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  • Talkeetna

    The tiny, funky hamlet of Talkeetna is located 115 miles north of Anchorage in the Mat-Su Valley, and conveniently close to the Denali National Park and Preserve. It is defintely a not-to-be-missed stop in Southcentral Alaska.

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    Talkeetna has retained much of its early Alaska flavor. Log cabins, a roadhouse and clapboard storefronts line the dirt streets. Main Street, the only paved road in town, greets visitors with a hand-hewn sign reading "Welcome to Beautiful Downtown Talkeetna.”

    Talkeetna abounds with outdoor adventure other than viewing or climbing Mount McKinley. Riverboat and jet boat tours up Talkeetna Canyon, Devils Canyon, Chulitna River and Tokositna River are popular and the boats are also often used for charter fishing trips. Horseback excursions are also available on trails with majestic views of Mount McKinley. Shopping local galleries and dining at several local eateries, including a brewery, is also an easy way to spend an afternoon.

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    • Top Tip 1

      From Girdwood, take an Alpine Air helicopter sightseeing trip over the Chugach Mountain range and land on a glacier.

    • Top Tip 2

      Visit the Alaska SeaLife Centre in Seward. It's a marine mammal rehabilitation facility where you'll view sea-birds, octopus and sea lions and learn about the work of the centre’s ocean scientists.

    • Top Tip 3

      Take a day cruise on Kenai Fjords National Park to view the magnificent glaciers and abundant wildlife.

    • Top Tip 4

      Alaska is mecca for fishermen worldwide. Try your hand at fly, salt or freshwater fishing and even ice-fishing.

    • Top Tip 5

      Take a float plane ride from Anchorage to Kodiak Island to see the owners of the island, the half ton Brown Bear!

    • Top Tip 6

      The best time to see the Northern Lights in Fairbanks is between November and April. It’s darkest during these months so the viewing is better.

    • Top Tip 7

      Make sure you visit Denali National Park. Private vehicles aren't allowed in the park so either take a day excursion or, better still, stay in one of the lodges within the park.

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  • Alaska's National Parks Explorer

    Begins in and ends in Anchorage, Alaska

    15 Days / 14 Nights

    Departures: June to August

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    Your fly drive includes

    • Round trip scheduled flights
    • Fully-inclusive 4 wheel drive car hire (conditions apply)
    • Accommodations as stated
    • Personalised Road Book
    • St Elias Glacier

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    • Bald Eagle

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    • Denali

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    • Denali National Park

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    • Talkeetna

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    Arrive Anchorage

    Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to Anchorage. Upon arrival, collect your rental car and drive to Hotel Captain Cook.

    Hotel: Hotel Captain Cook

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    Anchorage

    We’ve allowed a full day today for you to explore the vibrant, modern city of Anchorage. We suggest you take a guided tour which visits the city’s historical points of interest, such as Earthquake Park and Lake Hood.

    Hotel: Hotel Captain Cook

    127Mi/204Km

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    Seward

    Your expedition begins with a journey along the Seward Highway towards scenic Turnagain Arm. Keep an eye out for Beluga whales chasing salmon in the bay and Dall sheep grazing alongside the highway. Optional activities en route include taking a tram up Mt. Alyeska and stopping by Portage Glacier. Once in Seward, we suggest a visit to Exit Glacier and the SeaLife Centre. On your second day in Seward we have included a cruise which travels into the Kenai Fjords National Park, boasting abundant wildlife, alpine and tidewater glaciers and breath-taking scenery.

    Hotel: Exit Glacier Lodge

    240Mi/386Km

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    Talkeetna

    Your journey continues along the Glenn Highway north to Wasilla. We suggest a stop at the Alaska Native Heritage Centre before arrival into Talkeetna. Talkeetna serves as a base camp for visitors to Mt. Denali. A turn-of-the-20th-century gold-mining centre, the town has retained much of its early Alaskan flavour.

    Hotel: Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge

    105Mi/169Km

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    Denali National Park

    We have allowed ample time to experience the majesty of Denali National Park and take in sights of Georges Parks Highway. Enjoy a full-day narrated coach trip exploring the entire 92 miles of Denali Park Road.

    Hotel: Grande Denali Lodge or similar

    123Mi/198Km

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    Fairbanks

    Your journey continues on the Parks Highway north to Fairbanks, accompanied by incredible forest and mountain landscapes. In the afternoon climb aboard Riverboat Discovery III for an unforgettable three hour cruise into the Alaskan interior; travel the Chena and Tanana Rivers on the only authentic sternwheeler riverboat operating in Alaska.

    Hotel: Fairbanks SpringHill Suites by Marriott

    259Mi/417Km

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    Copper River

    It’s an early start today for a six hour drive to Copper River, however you will be awed by the dramatic scenery accompanying your route, with Mt. Drum, Mt. Wrangell and Mt. Blackburn as your stunning backdrop.

    Hotel: Copper River Princess Wilderness Lodge

    50Mi/79Km

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    McCarthy & Kennicott

    Today you continue south along the Richardson Highway towards the small town of Chitina, which acts as the gateway to Wrangell/St. Elias National Park and McCarthy-Kennicott. Today’s highlight is a bush plane flight which provides spectacular aerial views of the national park. The route takes you alongside Mt. Blackburn, over the Kennicott and Root Glaciers, past the Erie Mine and the awe-inspiring Stairway Icefall.

    Hotel: Kennicott Glacier Lodge

    120Mi/194Km

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    Valdez

    Today enjoy a bush plane flight back to Chitina, where you collect your car and recommence your journey. Heading south you enter the Chugach Mountains which circle the coast of Alaska. We suggest a stop at Thomson Pass for magical views of Worthington Glacier, before making the decent into Valdez. Valdez is surrounded by the Chugach Mountains, which are the most heavily glaciated mountains in the northwest. We suggest on your second day you take a cruise into Prince William Sound, where you’ll have an opportunity to see sea lions and humpback whales in their natural habitat.

    Hotel: Best Western Valdez Harbor Inn

    192Mi/309Km

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    Sheep Mountain

    As you travel north along the Richardson Highway, you’ll enjoy great views of the Wrangell Mountains. After a stop in Glenallen you’ll take the Glenn Highway to Sheep Mountain Lodge. With over 12 miles of trails to explore, filled with wildflowers and an abundance of birds, there is ample to keep you entertained during your stay.

    Hotel: Sheep Mountain Lodge

    107Mi/172Km

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    Journey home

    Take time to visit Independence Mine in beautiful Hatcher Pass en route back to Anchorage, where you return your rental car and check-in for your flight back to the UK.

    Prices

    From £4615 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms in low season. Other prices available on request.

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  • Alaska Call Of The Wild

    Begins and ends in Anchorage, Alaska

    10 Days / 9 Nights

    Departures: June, July & August

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    Your escorted tour includes

    • Round trip scheduled flights
    • Accommodation for 8 nights as specified
    • 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches & 4 dinners
    • Air-conditioned motorcoach transportation
    • Services of a Tauck Tour Director
    • Family friendly
    • Grizzly Bear in Denali National Park

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    • Float Plane

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    • Whales in Prince William Sound

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    • Anchorage, Alaska

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    • Talkeetna

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    Day
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    Arrive Anchorage

    Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to Anchorage. Upon arrival transfer to the Hotel Captain Cook, meet your fellow travelling companions at the welcome dinner this evening.

    Hotel: Hotel Captain Cook (no meals included)

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    Anchorage

    Today you are free to explore the vibrant, modern city of Anchorage before returning to the hotel to meet your travelling companions for a welcome reception and dinner.

    Hotel: Hotel Captain Cook (Dinner included)

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    Talkeetna

    In Alaska, dog sledding is both a very popular sport and an important mode of transportation to remote places where roads still don't go. Drive from Anchorage this morning to Big Lake, where you'll meet the mighty dogs that respond to the cry of "Mush!" by racing off into the wild and pulling heavy sleds over the snow – Alaskan Huskies – on a visit to a facility where Alaskan huskies in training to run next year’s world-famous Iditarod Race learn how to be sled dogs, sure to be a highlight of your family's Alaska tour. Continue on to Talkeetna for a jet boat ride with a naturalist guide to look for bald eagles, beavers, moose and even bears that live along the river, and a nature walk in the Alaskan bush to see an authentic, turn-of-the-century trapper's cabin. If the weather is good, you'll have an incredible view of Alaska's famous Denali, meaning "the Great One" – en route to your wilderness lodge for a two-night stay. Once there, you and your family can compete in a high-tech treasure-hunting game – known as geocaching – where you'll use a GPS system to find hidden treasures... for Tauck Bridges guests only!

    Hotel: Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

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    Trapper Creek

    Nature is everywhere on a morning hike at Talkeetna Lake, with loons and kingfishers above you, and a forest brimming with wildflowers and wildlife surrounding you. As you walk, your local guide shares stories about how the first native peoples survived in this beautiful but wild land in the shadow of Denali, and about life in Talkeetna today – and, of course, about amazing encounters with wildlife. After lunch at your lodge, travel to Trapper Creek to visit the private homestead of Joanne Porterfield, nestled in the Alaska wilderness; her family's gardens and farm have flourished here in the shadow of Denali for more than four decades. Later, back at your lodge in Talkeetna, enjoy an interpretive experience with storytelling, s'mores and more around an old-fashioned campfire tonight.

    Hotel: Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge (Breakfast and lunch included)

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    Denali

    Depart your lodge in Talkeetna and soar over the Denali foothills in a small plane (weather permitting) for a breathtaking bird's-eye view of towering Denali (a.k.a. Mount McKinley), the tallest mountain in North America. After your flight, you'll have some free time to explore Anchorage, Alaska's largest city, before continuing on to the wildlife-rich Kenai Peninsula and a two-night wilderness lodge stay in Cooper Landing, nestled within Chugach National Forest.

    Hotel: Kenai Princess Wilderness Lodge (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

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    Kenai Peninsula

    Today, you can choose how you and your family will experience the wonders of the Kenai Peninsula, as your Alaska tour continues at your lodge in this wilderness wonderland between Cook Inlet and the Gulf of Alaska. You can choose to go kayaking, take a scenic river-rafting trip, or embark on a hike into the wilderness with a local guide – they're included with Tauck Bridges! You might also want to take advantage of optional opportunities for fishing that may be available at an additional cost. Tonight, the prickly porcupine is the subject of a special wildlife presentation after dinner.

    Hotel: Kenai Princess Wilderness Lodge (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

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    Girdwood

    Get a close-up glimpse of Alaskan wildlife on a visit to the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center on Turnagain Arm, meeting moose, bison, elk and other orphaned or injured animals being rehabilitated by this non-profit organization. Then head to the Crow Creek Mine in Alaska's historic gold rush country, where you'll meet a "prospector," pan for gold and dig into a barbecue lunch. Then it's on to your resort in Girdwood; your evening includes an entertaining mountaineering demonstration where you'll learn about the latest gear required for safe mountain climbing.

    Hotel: Hotel Alyeska (Breakfast and lunch included)

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    08

    Whittier & Prince William Sound

    Hop aboard the Alaska Railroad for a trip along Turnagain Arm to Whittier; there, a private boat for Tauck Bridges guests only awaits to take your family on a glacier adventure cruise on Blackstone Bay in Prince William Sound! With an expert wildlife guide aboard, you'll sail past thundering waterfalls and tidewater glaciers. Tonight, join us back at the hotel in Girdwood for our farewell dinner, where you'll share memories of your family's Alaska tour experience with your new-found friends.

    Hotel: Hotel Aleyska (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

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    09

    Journey Home

    There may be time for some last minute shopping or sightseeing before you transfer back to the airport for your flight home.

    Prices

    From £4795 per person sharing a Standard room in low season. Prices for children over 12 years, alternative party sizes, separate room for children and other date seasons are all available on request.

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