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Day 1

Anchorage
Arrive in Anchorage and meet your representative who can answer any questions you might have about your forthcoming journey. Anchorage is Alaska’s largest city with a population of around 300,000, and is on scenic Cook Inlet. The city has a dynamic atmosphere and plenty of good restaurants as well as many parks and open spaces.
Overnight at Millennium Hotel.

Day 2

Seward
Take the Seward Highway across the Kenai Peninsula past mountains and glaciers to the town of Seward itself, a typical Alaskan coastal community nestled between Resurrection Bay and the Chugach Mountains. Seward has a busy harbourside and several good seafood restaurants. In the afternoon join an included wildlife tour of the bay into the Kenai Fjords National Park, with a chance to see whales, otters and other marine life.
Overnight at Edgewater Hotel.

Day 3

Valdez
Leave Valdez and enter the four-kilometre-long tunnel through the Chugach Mountains to reach the coastal town of Whittier, where you will join the car ferry to Valdez. You have a good chance of spotting more marine life like whales on the crossing, along with a good view of the dramatic of Prince William Sound, with its waterfalls, mountains and glaciers. Valdez is a thriving coastal town with great seafood restaurants.
Overnight at Aspen Hotel.

Day 4

Paxson
Head on through Keystone Canyon and then climb to the top of the Thompson Pass and see Worthington Glacier. Continue north west with views of the mountains of the Wrangell-St Elias National Park, home to nine of the 16 highest peaks in North America. Arrive for an overnight stop in Paxson, with Denali to the west and the Alaska Range stretching out to the north.
Overnight at Denali Highway Cabins.

Day 5

Fairbanks
Move on up past the tree line before descending to Delta Junction and onwards to Fairbanks, the second largest city in Alaska, at the meeting point of the Tanama and Chena Rivers. Overnight at Pikes Waterfront Resort.

Day 6

Denali
Approach Denali for a two night stay. On a fine day, many of the peaks of the Alaska Range will be visible, and you may even be able to see the peak of Mount McKinley, or Denali, the highest peak in North America at 6,194 metres.
Overnight at Denali Grande Hotel.

Day 7

Denali
Take a wildlife tour into the heart of the Denali National Park, where you may see grizzly bears, caribou, moose, Dall sheep, wolves, eagles and other birds of prey, while seeing views of Mount McKinley and the other mountains of the Alaskan Range. Other activities on offer include hiking, flightseeing trips and whitewater rafting.

Day 8

Anchorage
Journey onwards to Anchorage, past charming towns like Talkeetna, and the Mat-Su Valley, the Musk-Ox Farm in Palmer and the Iditarod Museum, which traces the story of the famous dog sled races. Arrive in Anchorage at the end of your tour and drop your car off at the airport before catching your return flight.

Day 9

Arrive back in Ireland.

What's Included

  • Seven nights in deluxe hotels as listed or in accommodation of a similar standard
  • Meet and greet on arrival at Anchorage
  • Wildlife cruise and lunch on the Kenai Fjords
  • Ferry passage from Portage-Whittier-Valdez

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