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Jewels Of Alaska

  • 8 Days / 7 Nights
  • May to September

During this fully-guided tour, you’ll explore Anchorage, meet champion sled dogs, take a jet boat tour along the Chuitna River, ride on the world-famous glass-domed Alaskan Railroad, spot magnificent wildlife, see the glaciers of College Fjord and learn about Native Alaskans and their rich cultural heritage. 

  • Round trip scheduled flights
  • Accommodation for 8 nights as specified
  • 11 meals (3 with wine) as specified
  • Accompanied by one of the passionate Travel Directors
  • Air-conditioned motorcoach transportation
  • MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® experience

2024 Departure Dates
June 23rd; July 7th, 14th, 21st & 28th; August 4th, 11th & 18th; September 1st

2025 Departure Dates
May 11th, 18th & 25th; June 1st, 8th & 22nd; July 6th, 13th, 20th & 27th; August 3rd, 10th, 17th & 31st

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Day 1

Arrive Anchorage, Girdwood, Whittier & Valdez

Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to Anchorage, Alaska. Upon arrival, transfer independently to the Sheraton Anchorage Hotel and Spa. The rest of the day is yours to explore Anchorage as you please, before starting your Insight Vacation escorted tour tomorrow evening.


Day 2

Anchorage, Girdwood, Whittier & Valdez

This morning you will have some more free time to explore Anchorage. Set amid the coastal Chugach Mountains, Anchorage defies popular visions of polar ice caps and frozen tundra. It’s also warmer than you think (averaging 65 degrees in summer), making conditions ideal for sightseeing or taking on uniquely Alaskan opportunities like arctic biking or touring the fjords of Prince William Sound.  In the evening you will join your Travel Director for a welcome dinner with wine, the perfect opportunity to mingle with fellow guests on your tour.


Day 3

Anchorage Sightseeing and the Matanuska Valley

Get acquainted with Anchorage on an immersive city tour. During a visit to the renowned Alaska Native Heritage Center, join a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience as you enjoy an exclusive presentation on Agutak (Eskimo ice cream) while learning how it’s made by Alaska’s first people. Learn how this culinary treat establishes a link to the past, inspires a sense of pride and spurs dialogue on a culture’s remarkable ability to survive. This afternoon, travel through the fertile Matanuska Valley and stop at a local farm to see how the long summer days and glacial silt create the perfect environment for growing vegetables and flowers. Depart Anchorage for the quaint community of Talkeetna, nestled at the base of Mount Denali, North America’s tallest peak. The evening is yours at leisure, feel free to ask your Travel Director for suggestions on the best spots to grab a bite.

Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge, Talkeetna (Breakfast included)
Day 4

Talkeetna

This morning, enjoy an immersive jet boat tour up the Chulitna River and make a visit to a trapper’s cabin. Learn about the fascinating lifestyle of hunting and trapping in Interior Alaska.
The rest of the day is yours to explore, perhaps discovering more of Talkeetna or joining an optional experience such as a flightseeing tour of the Alaska Range, or a dryland dog sledding ride.

Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge, Talkeetna (Breakfast Included)
Day 5

Journey Along the Alaskan Railroad

Enjoy a Relaxed Start this morning before boarding the world-famous Alaska Railroad train for a spectacular journey over swift-rushing streams, toward Denali National Park and Preserve. View the majestic surroundings from the comfort of your glass-domed rail car. Later, meet a local climber who will share stories about what it’s like to climb up one of the most daunting and tallest land-based mountains in the world, Denali. A trek that begins deep in the heart of the Alaskan Range and where conditions only get tougher further into the journey, forcing climbers to build snow walls for protection from the harsh elements. The climb which takes approximately 17-18 days round trip, takes incredible physical and mental fortitude. For tonight’s dinner with wine, the choice is yours between a charming local brewery or the lodge’s rustic restaurant during your Dine-Around evening. 

Grande Denali Lodge, Denali National Park (Breakfast and inner with wine included)
Day 6

Denali National Park

With the Denali National Park and Preserve just a short drive away from your hotel, you’ll find a number of ways to enjoy the Alaskan wilderness on your own or spend the day partaking in one of our optional activities. With Denali, the highest peak in North America at the center of it all, the park consists of 6 million acres of tundra, boreal forest and ice-capped mountains. This magnificent land is nature at its most pure yet has something to offer all. From a blissful stroll through one of the meadows, to a rewarding hike, this Park is for everyone. You will also find that to be true with the exciting optional experiences which include a rafting trip down the Nenana River, (waiver required) to a helicopter flightseeing tour or a Denali Wilderness walking tour, the choice is yours – just don’t forget your camera! End the day back at your lodge where you’ll enjoy panoramic views of your surroundings under the star filled night. 

Grande Denali Lodge, Denali National Park (Breakfast included)
Day 7

Girdwood and Mount Alyeska

Enjoy a scenic journey along the George Parks Highway. Stop in Big Lake, AK and visit four-time Iditarod winner Martin Buser at his own home. Arriving at the kennel, you will be greeted by between thirty and sixty excited sled dogs. Spend time with Martin and learn about the many challenges faced on the 1,049-mile dogsled race. Take a virtual trip along the Iditarod trail alongside Martin’s narration including countless stories from his thirty-five years of racing, as well as a great deal of Iditarod history. A true insider experience into the world of the Iditarod, that very few get to experience.  
Journey on the Seward Highway along Turnagain Arm with its dramatic views, before arriving in the town of Girdwood, home of the Alyeska Resort. In the evening, join your Travel Director for a wonderful Celebration Dinner, complete with wine and good cheer.

Alyeska Resort, Girdwood (Breakfast, lunch and dinner with wine included)
Day 8

Journey Home

Take this morning to enjoy the surroundings and amenities at the beautiful Alyeska resort.
Travel to Whittier to board the 26 Glacier Cruise for a 100-mile (160-kilometer) boat tour of Prince William Sound and into the College Fjord with the chance to see the glaciers up close. Visit with the Captain in the wheelhouse to learn how he expertly navigates the icy waterways and sits down to a sumptuous lunch against an incredible backdrop. For those saying farewell today, travel back to Anchorage where you will arrive at the Anchorage Airport at approximately 8 pm. Depending on your flight time, you may need to extend your stay in Anchorage or perhaps choose to add a few days for some extra sightseeing.


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