August 8-17, 2017
$3,299 from Baton Rouge
Escorted by Wayne Barnes
See Alaska by Land
Travel to Denali National Park, Alaska’s most popular destination; journey aboard the Alaska Railroad; blazing fall colors; pan for gold; Alaska salmon bake; Riverboat Discovery; guided wilderness tour; Iditarod kennel visit of four-time champion Martin Buser. “A tour that will leave you breathless and inspired.”
Day 2, Wed., Aug. 9 – Fairbanks – Fairbanks is the 2nd largest city in Alaska, about 32,000 population, and located in the heart of Alaska’s interior. Today we enjoy a fully narrated cruise on the authentic sternwheeler, DiscoveryIII, along the Chena and Tanana rivers. See a bush pilot’s demonstration, watch a fish wheel in operation. Visit a replica of an Athabascan Indian Village and meet Susan Butcher’s famous Iditarod sled dog team. Visit Gold Dredge#8 and try our luck panning for gold. See the trans-Alaskan pipeline. Tonight enjoy included Alaskan Salmon Bake.
Day 3, Thurs. Aug. 10 – Fairbanks – Today we go to the town of North Pole and visit Santa Claus’ house. We tour historic downtown Fairbanks, the Visitor’s Center Museum and the University of Alaska Museum. Time for pictures and shopping. (An optional 1-day [11 hour] tour to Barrow, Alaska, the northern mostpoint in the United States ispossible. Cost is approximately $900. Those who have done it have considered it worthwhile).
Day 4, Fri., Aug. 11 - Denali – Board the world famous Alaska Railroad and journey through untamed wilderness to Denali National Park, location of North America’s highest peak, 20,320 foot Mount McKinley. This afternoon is availablefor shopping or optional tours such as river rafting and flightseeing, or simply enjoy thebeauty. (Optionaldinner and show, approximately $80)
Day 5, Sat., Aug. 12 - Denali – Morning at leisure. This afternoon take a fully narrated Natural History Tour, led by a naturalist driver guide. Be on the lookout for grizzly, caribou, moose, wolves, Dall sheep and other wildlife.
Day 6, Sun., Aug. 13 - Anchorage – This morning we continue our exploration of Alaska as we motor coach for Anchorage. Our first 150 miles provides us with the best opportunity to view Mt. McKinley. We stop along the way at Talkeetna, setting for Northern Exposure. Journey south and stop at Wasilla for a visit to Happy Trails Kennels , home of four-time Iditarod champion Martin Buser. See mushing demonstration.
Day 7, Mon., Aug. 14 – Anchorage - Anchorage is Alaska’s largest city and began in 1915 along Ship Creek as a tent city. Today we enjoy one of the world’s most scenic drives, the south shore of lovely Turnagain Arm. Then, a spectacular mid-day & afternoon cruise aboard the Klondike Express, a luxury catamaran , visiting the largest concentration of glaciers in Alaska – calm waters, wild sights, PrinceWilliam Sound & College Fjord. See towering glaciers in Harriman Fjord & watch for curious otters, whales & sea lions.
Day 8, Tues., Aug. 15 – Anchorage – If you desire a day for independent activities, this would be the best day. For those who prefer to stay with the group, we will return to Turnagain Arm to view scenic areas and visit a wildlife rehabilitation center. We will visit Girdwood and then back to Anchorage, with time for downtown shopping.
Day 9, Wed., Aug. 16 - Anchorage – Morning visit to the Native Cultural Center. Afternoon visit to the Anchorage Museum of History & Art. More time for downtown shopping. Arrive at the airport by 4:30 p.m. for our 6:25 p.m. flight home.
Day 10, Thurs., Aug. 17 – Arrive New Orleans at approximately 9:30 a.m. – private, deluxe motorcoach to Gonzales, Baton Rouge, arriving in Zachary at approximately noon.
SUPPLEMENTS & REDUCTIONS
Single Supplement: $699
Triple Reduction: $150/person
- Price is per person, double occupancy and includes all transportation from Baton Rouge
- First class hotels and all entrance fees
- Breakfast daily
- One lunch and one dinner
- Full sightseeing
- Baggage handling
- Taxes and tips including tips for guides, escort and driver