Discover Alaska
with Ed & Myra Schrader

Sept. 7, 2019 to Sept. 15, 2019

President’s Trip highlights include:

  • Denali National Park
  • Jetboat Wilderness Tour in Talkeetna
  • See the Alaska Wildlife Conservative Center
  • Kenai Fjords National Park
  • Visit the Crow Creek Mine for real gold mining
  • Admission to the Alaska SeaLife Center
  • Transfers, train rides and airfare included

Trip Itinerary:

Sept. 7

Transfer: Airport to Hotel
BAC Limousine & Bus Service

Overnight for one night at The Lakefront Anchorage
(Breakfast and transfers included)

Welcome to The Lakefront Anchorage, by Millennium Hotels. The hotel is full of Alaskan heritage and artifacts that warmly adorn the spacious lobby. The hotel is situated on the lake with its own floatplane dock for flightseeing or fishing. Lake Hood and Lake Spenard are the world's largest and busiest float plane base with more than 800 take-offs and landings on a busy day. The hotel is located very close to the Anchorage Airport. There is a restaurant and lounge in the hotel. At check-in, please set up your courtesy transfers to the rail depot or the airport. The hotel also runs a complimentary shuttle to the downtown area once an hour. Inquire at the front desk for a copy of the schedule.

Sept. 8

Private Transfer: Anchorage to Denali
Airlink Shuttle & Tours

Estimated travel time 6 hours. Stops at vistas and sights as will be agreed upon.

Denali Park Village
Overnight for two nights in standard room (including transfers).

Denali Park Village hotel is located seven miles south of the park entrance and nestled along the banks of the Nenana River. Spread over 20 acres, your lodge is part of the Denali Park Village complex offering both lodge and cabin accommodations and offers light hiking and interpretive trails throughout the facility. For the adventurous, there are more rugged trails located near the property entrance.

The new 15,375 square foot, two-story Summit Lodge building is focal point of the hotel and houses all guest services functions. It features a high-timber lodge look and feel, complete with fireplace and comfortable seating in the lobby area. The Summit Lodge also offers Denali National Park & Preserve interpretive messaging and is home to the Gold Rush Dining Room, Lucky Miss Saloon, Quigley’s Coffee Station, Summit Gift Shop and 24-hour concierge desk. The Summit Lodge sits on the banks of the majestic Nenana River with outdoor seating on a deck with an exterior fire pit and breathtaking views of the Alaskan Wilderness.

Sept. 9

Denali Backcountry Adventure Tour
Departs 6:30 a.m. and returns 7 p.m.
Full day tour of Denali National Park with lunch is included at Kantishna.

The Denali Backcountry Adventure is a full day narrated exploration along the Denali Park Road to Denali Backcountry Lodge in Kantishna, returning to the Denali Park entrance in the evening. This trip into Denali National Park travels the entire length of the restricted 92-mile Denali Park Road to Kantishna. The trained naturalist Guide/Driver provides natural history interpretation along the way, helping guests search for bear, Moose, Caribou and other wildlife while pointing out the biology and geology of the region. Stops are made along the way for photography and take several rest stops where guests can stretch their legs. Snacks, drinks and lunch are provided.

Lunch is served at the Denali Backcountry Lodge. The lunch consists of a sandwich bar, soups, fruits, snacks, fresh baked goods and drinks. While at the lodge guests can try their luck at gold panning near the lodge, or take a guided nature walk to Fannie Quigley’s historic pioneer cabin, which was restored by the National Park Service.

After lunch depart the lodge at 2:30 p.m. touring back through the Park to your hotel returning approximately 7 p.m.

Denali from the Talkeetna River, Alaska

Sept. 10

Luxury Dome Rail: Denali Park to Talkeetna
Departs 9:15 a.m. and arrives 1:40 p.m.
Gray Line of Alaska

Your Rail Guide will keep you posted on points of interest along the way. A no-host, full-service restaurant is available on the lower level and coffee, tea and a no-host bar are available in the dome area for your enjoyment.

Jetboat Wilderness Tour
Depart 2:30 p.m. and return 4:30 p.m.
Mahay’s Riverboat Service

Today your exciting trip will begin aboard the fifty-one passenger “Talkeetna Queen” as it whisks you into the heart of the wilderness in comfort. This is the most technologically advanced river jetboat in Alaska designed to safely navigate rivers that were previously inaccessible. It is glass-domed, environmentally controlled, and has an on-board restroom for your comfort.

Upon arriving at the Safari sight, you will take a 1/4 mile leisurely nature walk where you will see a Dena’ina Indian Encampment. You will visit an authentic trapper’s cabin with its original furnishings and view how trappers lived in “Bush” Alaska at the turn of the century. Your experienced guide will display raw furs from the local area and demonstrate trapping methods. Naturalists will acquaint you with the wildflowers and plants that grow in abundance along the river system and you will learn about the edible plants that were used by the Native Indians for cooking and medicines.

As you travel ten miles of river you will have opportunities to view nesting bald eagles, beaver activity, and moose and you just might see black bear and grizzly bear roaming the shore.

Stand in the splendor of Denali and the Alaska Range from a spectacular vantage point on the Susitna River! The possibility of Wildlife, and folklore, artifacts and a panoramic view of Denali in the Alaska Range combine to make this an unforgettable and unique Alaskan river adventure. You will be transferred back to your hotel at the end of your adventure.

Overnight for one night in the Main Lodge
Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge

Upon arrival, look forward to Talkeetna Lodge shuttle van for your transfer to the Lodge. The Lodge is set on a ridge above the small community of Talkeetna on the south side of Mt. McKinley, and offers unforgettable views of Mt. McKinley (now Denali) and the Alaska Range. Enjoy the view as you relax next to the 46-foot river rock fireplace or shop for Native art from villages across Alaska.

Dining at the Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge is truly in a class by itself. Gaze across the endless wilderness stretching from the lodge to the base of Mt. McKinley and the Alaska Range. Watch as the light changes across the landscape casting colorful hues on the towering summit of Mt. McKinley, while you enjoy fresh Alaska seafood cuisine and attentive friendly service.

Sept. 11

Morning free
There are plenty of activities in the Talkeetna Area including flightseeing to Denali, hiking, rafting and fishing.

Luxury Dome Rail: Talkeetna to Anchorage
Departs 1:40 p.m. and arrives 5 p.m.
Gray Line of Alaska

Skirt past the Matanuska Valley, the most fertile farming area in Alaska, which produces bushel basket sized cabbages along with many other huge vegetables, due to long hours of sunlight. Your conductor will keep you posted on points of interest along the way.

Private Transfer
BAC Limousine & Bus Service

Overnight for one night at The Lakefront Anchorage
(Breakfast and transfers included)

Sept. 12

Private transfer Anchorage to Seward
Airlink Shuttle & Tours

Several stops will be made along the way including:

Crow Creek Gold Mine
Learn the techniques of gold panning on this authentic placer claim.

Visiting this former gold mining camp 40 miles south of Anchorage is like stepping back in time to the Gold Rush era. Built in 1898, the Crow Creek Gold Mine camp has changed very little in the past hundred years, with small shacks made of rough-hewn timber and logs, unpaved trails, and wagon wheels and mining implements scattered about. View the original bunkhouse, mess hall, blacksmith shop, meat cache, ice house, and barn. Keep all the gold you find.

Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center
AWCC is a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving Alaska’s wildlife through public education. AWCC takes in injured and orphaned animals year-round and provides spacious enclosures and quality animal care. Animals that cannot be released into the wild are given a permanent home at the center.

Amateur photographers have the opportunity to take award winning photographs while animals display their natural, “wild”, behavior. Coyotes peer out from behind the brush while a bald eagle swoops in on the salmon remains left by a grizzly bear. Wood Bison plod through 65 acres of tidal flat terrain, as part of a program that will one day restore the species to the Alaskan wilderness.

AWCC has provided care for hundreds of displaced animals because visitors made contributions in the form of admission fees, donations, memberships, and gift shop purchases. AWCC encourages guests to visit the center with your walking shoes and camera in hand for an educational Alaskan experience to remember.

Visitor Center on the shore of Portage Lake.
Begich, Boggs Visitor Center

The Begich, Boggs visitor center is open seasonally from Memorial Day until mid-September. The center offers the opportunity for visitors to learn more about Portage Glacier and the Chugach National Forest. Visit the Begich, Boggs, Visitor Center on the shore of Portage Lake. The center offers the opportunity for visitors to learn more about Portage Glacier and the Chugach National Forest. Numerous exhibits provide information about Portage Glacier and Chugach National Forest.

Admission is $5.00 per adult; children 15 years and younger are free; the admission must be paid at the door and cannot be included in the tour price.

Overnight for one night in harbor view room at Harbor 360 Hotel
(including transfer and continental breakfast)

The Harbor 360 Hotel is your gateway to Kenai Fjords National Park in the scenic harbor town of Seward, Alaska. Located directly on the waterfront of the Seward Small Boat Harbor, Harbor 360 Hotel offers guests stunning 360 degree views of Resurrection Bay and the surrounding Kenai Mountains. Hotel offers unequaled access to a bustling harbor and a historic downtown district brimming with art galleries and eateries.

Spacious, comfortable guest rooms feature two queen beds. Enjoy views of the harbor while soaking in the hot tub or swimming in Seward’s only hotel pool. All rooms include free breakfast featuring a variety of hot and cold items so you can get a great start to your day of Alaskan adventures. Other amenities feature on site laundry machines and high-speed internet access.

Sept. 13

Kenai Fjords Full Day Tour
Depart 10 a.m. and return 5:30 p.m., Lunch included.
Major Marine Tours

This trip departs from the port of Seward, and travels through Resurrection Bay, passing by Caines Head, Bear Glacier and the Harding Gateway. Guests will travel through a small section of the Gulf of Alaska as we round Cape Aialik and enter Aialik Bay and the Kenai Fjords National Park. visit Holgate Glacier and in Aialik Bay, visit one of the massive tidewater glaciers for a short while, hopefully watching ice break off into the water (calving). After viewing the glacier, you will have the chance of seeing nesting seabirds and Stellar sea lions located either in the Chiswell Islands or Cape Resurrection. Throughout the cruise, you will have a chance of seeing otters, whales, porpoise as well as some land based wildlife along the coastline. Lunch is included.

Alaska SeaLife Center

The Alaska SeaLife Center offers an unrivaled, up-close and personal experience with Gulf of Alaska marine wildlife. Witness a 2000+ pound Steller sea lion gliding past underwater viewing windows, puffins diving in a carefully crafted naturalistic habitat, and harbor seals resting on rocky beaches. Alaskan king crab, sea stars, and the Giant Pacific octopus also await you, as well as a whole variety of intertidal creatures and deep sea fishes.

The many exhibits at the Alaska SeaLife Center immerse visitors in Alaskan marine ecosystems and provide opportunities to watch animals in naturalistic habitats as well as research settings.

Mountain goats feeding on grass with Exit glacier on the background at Kenai Fjords National Park

Sept. 14

Private motorcoach: tour Seward to Anchorage
Airlink Shuttle & Tours

Travel by motorcoach from Seward to Homer. Your driver will narrate along the way.

Overnight for one night at The Lakefront Anchorage.

Sept. 15

Transfer from your hotel to the Anchorage Airport
Airlink Shuttle & Tours

Boats on Smooth Reserection Bay Seward Alaska Harbor Marina

Details & Registration

Payments

A $450 per person deposit is required to hold your space on the trip. The final statement will be emailed to you. Your final payment is due June 1, 2019.

Rate

$4679 per person double occupancy. Pricing is in USD, per-person based on double-occupancy rate. Package prices include all transportation, accommodations, sightseeing and courtesy transfers as outlined and agreed upon. Prices are subject to change without notice and any surcharges imposed by suppliers will be the responsibility of the guest regardless of payment status. Price breakdowns are not given on vacation packages.

*Pricing is based on 20 travelers, therefore price per person could change if minimum number of travelers is not met.

Registration

To register please download and complete the Alaska Travel Registration (PDF) and send it to abacon@duluthtravel.com or fax +1-770-813-8303.

If you have any questions please reach out to Ashley at +1-770‐534‐6164 or  acarter3@brenau.edu.

 

Please return applications to:
abacon@duluthtravel.com
or
fax +1-770-813-8303

For more terms and conditions, information about pricing, documents, refunds, cancellation charges, travel insurance, responsibilities and limitations please visit http://knightlytours.com/terms/.

Denali Mountain and Wonder Lake at sunrise, Alaska
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