Authentic Alaska Tour

August 29, 2024 thru September 6, 2024

Imagine – eight days experiencing authentic Alaska. Our week begins in Fairbanks with stays in Denali National Park, Anchorage and Seward. Enjoy a riverboat cruise, a rail journey, a tundra wilderness tour, bay cruise, incredible wildlife sightings and more!


Transportation

Air

Roundtrip air included in package price.

Transportation

Motorcoach

Transportation

Rail

Transportation

Cruise

Duration

9 days, 8 nights

Activity Level 3

Moderate

Meals

14 Meals (8 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 2 dinners) included

Availability

Available


Tour Highlights

  • Museum of the North
  • Fairbanks City Tour
  • Denali National Park
  • Tundra Wilderness Tour
  • GoldStar Service Dome Car on Alaska Railroad
  • Anchorage touring
  • Alaska Sealife Center
  • Kenai Fjords National Park Cruise
  • Alyeska Ski Resort Tram ride

Inclusions

  • Roundtrip air transportation from ABQ to Fairbanks / Anchorage
  • Transfers & motorcoach transportation
  • 8 nights lodging
  • 14 Meals (8 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 2 dinners) included
  • Goldstar railcar ticket
  • Cruise ticket
  • Admissions & tours as described
  • Baggage handling (where available)
  • Services of a Professional Tour Director
  • Taxes and tips for included items (except hotel housekeeping)


Day 1 - Albuquerque to Fairbanks

Today we travel to Fairbanks, where we transfer to our hotel for a two-night stay. Take some time to rest and enjoy a meal at one of three on site dining venues.

Day 2 - Fairbanks

This morning we make a brief stop at the Alaska Pipeline before visiting the Museum of the North. There we discover Alaska Native cultures, natural wonders, diverse wildlife, Arctic dinosaurs and explore 2,000 years of Alaska art. After an independent lunch downtown Fairbanks, we then travel by motorcoach to Denali where we check-in for a two-night stay at the Grand Denali Lodge. Tonight, we enjoy our Welcome Dinner in the hotel’s Alpenglow Restaurant.

Meals included: (B, D)

Day 3 - Denali National Park

More than just the mountain, Denali National Park is six-million acres of wild land. Today we drive into this pristine region of Alaska on a tundra wilderness tour on the only road into and out of the park. Along the way, we enjoy a fully narrated ride learning about the flora and fauna of the area while looking out for the wild animals that roam freely and call this park home. We travel 53 miles into Denali National Park, enjoying the incredible scenery and some of the best opportunities to see wildlife in its natural setting. A boxed lunch is included in the tour.

Meals included: (B, L)

Day 4 - Alaskan Railroad

After a free morning in Denali, all aboard for an unforgettable rail adventure on the Alaska Railroad from Denali to Anchorage! Travel in style in the Midnight Sun domed railcar feature 360-degree views and an open-air viewing deck. First-class dining and beverage service are included. We first have lunch onboard and travel over the incredible Hurricane Gulch, all while in the shadow of Denali, or, as local Alaskans call it, “The Great One.” Then through the Alaska Ranch where we will have views of mountains, glaciers, rivers, and canyons. We make a brief stop in Talkeetna and then on to Anchorage, enjoying the scenery and dinner on board as we pass through the Matanuska-Susitna Valley. Tonight, we check in for a two-night stay in Anchorage.

Meals included: (B, L)

Day 5 - Anchorage & Alaska Native History

After Breakfast we visit the Alaska Native Heritage Center which offers a unique experience for each visitor to learn and explore the traditional and contemporary ways of Alaska’s Indigenous cultures. More than a museum, the Center is a place to engage and interact–to ask questions and discover. Our visit will take us on a journey through 10,000 years of Alaska Native history and culture through art, dance, and Native Games demonstrations, exhibits, traditional Native dwellings and more. After independent lunch at the Heritage Center, we explore the Chugach Mountains. We will return to our Hotel for an independent evening and dinner.

Meals included: (B)

Day 6 – Anchorage to Seward

This morning we enjoy a Trolley Tour of Anchorage, which includes the Ship Creek fish ladder, and Lake Hood – the largest float plane base in North America. After our tour you have time to explore town, the Anchorage Museum and enjoy an independent lunch at your leisure. We then head south and drive down the Turnagain Arm. This “All American Scenic Highway” has spectacular views of the Cook Inlet and Chugach Mountains. In dramatic fashion, see where the mountains meet the sea. Watch along the banks of the lakes and rivers where fishermen call this area home from May to September. Near the southern tip of the Kenai Peninsula, we encounter the town of Seward, an authentic Alaskan community not geared toward mass tourism and often described as “where the land ends and the sea begins.” We check in for a two-night stay at our Hotel in Seward. Independent evening and dinner.

Meals included: (B)

Day 7 – Seward

This morning we visit the puffins and seals at the Alaska Sealife Center, the only facility in Alaska that combines a public aquarium with marine research, education, and wildlife response. While primarily dedicated to marine research and education, the nonprofit Center is the only permanent marine mammal rescue and rehabilitation facility in the state. Next, we climb on board for a Kenai Fjords National Park Cruise exploring the world of wildlife and glaciers found in Kenai Fjords National Park. Our experienced captains will fully narrate your journey and will point out the spectacular sights while providing information on the area’s wildlife, history, and geology. Hungry and tired, we return to Seward for an independent evening and dinner.

Meals included: (B, L)

Day 8 - Seward to Anchorage

Today we return to Anchorage along the Seward Highway. A lunch stop will be made in Girdwood at the Alyeska Ski Resort where we will ride the tram, enjoy views of the world-famous Turnagain Arm and lunch at the top in the Bore Tide Deli. Back in Anchorage, we have our Farewell Dinner at Bridge Seafood before checking in to the Courtyard Anchorage Airport for our final night stay in Alaska.

Meals included: (B, L, D)

Day 9 - Fly Home

Our journey ends with departure from Anchorage airport to home. (B)

Itinerary subject to change. ***Please contact us for special pricing if you are joining the tour from outside of Albuquerque.


Package Pricing

$5,695 per person

Double occupancy

Deposit: $200

$7,075 per person

Single occupancy

Deposit: $200

Final Payment Due:

April 23, 2024

Deposit: n/a

Price Includes

• Roundtrip air transportation from ABQ to Fairbanks / Anchorage
• Transfers & motorcoach transportation
• 9 nights lodging
• 14 Meals (8 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 2 dinners) included
• Goldstar railcar ticket
• Cruise ticket
• Admissions & tours as described
• Baggage handling (where available)
• Services of a Professional Tour Director
• Taxes and tips for included items (except hotel housekeeping)


Booking Policy

FINAL PAYMENT DUE: April 23, 2024

CANCELLATION FEES:

  • None thru April 23, 2023
  • $200 April 24 thru May 28, 2023
  • $3,400 May 29 thru June 25, 2023
  • 100% after June 25, 2023

TRAVEL PROTECTION STARTS AT $585


ACTIVITY LEVEL RATING

The Activity Level 3: Moderate.

Expectations: Expect a moderate amount of walking. There will be time to rest on the coach and between attractions. To enjoy this tour, you should be prepared to walk slightly longer distances, climb stairs and tolerate periods of standing, for example on city walks, sightseeing stops or ship excursions. The daily pace and timing can fluctuate significantly between longer and shorter travel days, with additional activities possibly occurring in the early morning or evening. There may be some changes in altitude or temperatures.

Appropriate for: Most travelers beginning with those who are moderately fit, lead semi-active lives, are comfortable participating in long days of activities and expect some physical exertion.

ITINERARY

You will be issued your boarding pass the morning of our departure, after your arrival at the Albuquerque International Sunport. If you have a frequent flyer number, or a TSA number, please call our office at least 3 days prior to the tour to ensure we can note these in your reservation.

If you are joining the tour from locations other than Albuquerque, we make other arrangements for you to join the tour. Please call our office for more details.

AIRLINE TICKETS

For your reference, we send to you a detailed itinerary approximately 3-4 weeks prior to the scheduled tour departure. This has day-by-day times and events, hotel information where you can be reached in case of an emergency, and airline information.

The times listed on the itinerary are all approximate. We cannot be held responsible for schedule changes due to unforeseen circumstances with the weather, transportation agents, highway conditions, hotels or contracting agents.

AIRPORT SECURITY

Do not forget to bring your government issued picture ID to show at the airport. A Driver’s License is required in Alaska but you must have a valid US Passport for the cruse portion of the tour. If you do not have the proper ID, the airline will turn you away.

BAGGAGE

We have arranged for handling for one piece of luggage per person regarding the skycaps (where available) and hotels. If you check through luggage note that the maximum weight for the checked piece of luggage is 50 pounds and maximum size is 62 inches (length + width + height). If your bag weighs over 50 pounds the airlines will levy an extra fee that you will be responsible to pay. If you feel the need to lock your checked through luggage and your bag is searched, your lock could be damaged in the process. You can purchase a TSA (Transportation Security Administration) accepted and recognized lock at any luggage store. Make sure you ask for a TSA approved lock. These locks are the kind that TSA screeners can open by using a special tool without breaking. Passengers can carry-on 1 bag (dimensions are limited to 10x16x24 inches), plus a personal type bag, like a purse. We advise that you pack your carry-on lightly. There are restrictions regarding your carryon baggage and contents due to enhanced security measures. If you have further concerns, please visit the TSA's Web-site at www.tsa.gov. There is room inside the motorcoach for your hand carried bag.

CHECKED BAGGAGE FEES

On our airline for this tour, passengers may be assessed a fee per checked in bag, by the Airlines, upon checking in for the flight.

EMERGENCY CONTACT

It is always a good idea to carry on your person a list of medications that you are taking and an emergency contact phone number while you are traveling. And we suggest making a copy of the itinerary and provide it to a friend or family member.

GRATUITIES/ITEMS INCLUDED IN PRICE

The traditional end-of-tour gratuity to your tour director is included on this tour. All hotel porterage and airport skycap (when available) fees are included. We also include the gratuities for the coach drivers. Hotel housekeeping tips are not included.

LODGING REQUESTS

If you would like to request special accommodations at the hotel(s) where we are lodging, please call us as soon as possible and we will forward these requests for you. The phone numbers of the hotel(s) where we are staying are listed on the itinerary.

Many hotels around the country have instituted a "reconditioning fee" of $300 or more that is levied upon a guest that smokes in a non-smoking room. If this occurs during our tour you will be responsible for paying this fee to the hotel prior to check-out.

TRAVEL REQUESTS

We pay close attention to your requests but please realize that these are merely requests and cannot be guaranteed.

RESPONSIBILITY

SUN TOURS acts solely as an agent in arranging hotels, transportation, sightseeing, baggage-handling, and other services and does not assume any liability for injury, damage, loss or delay due to any act or default of any company or person. We, along with our subcontractors, reserve the right to make changes to an itinerary if it is necessary for the proper handling of a tour.

WEATHER AND CLOTHING/MISC. SUGGESTIONS

The average daytime high temperatures during our stay in Alaska can be pleasant during the day but colder at night. When we are on or close to the Ocean those temperatures drop 5-10 degrees or more. Typically, the air is much more humid than in Albuquerque and we can expect some Fall storms. Please be sure to bring a sweater and/or rain / warm jacket, along with good walking shoes and a hat and gloves. There are no dress codes for the areas we take you on this tour.

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