Alaska by Car – Tour 1CR
Alaska By Car - Southbound - 1CR Itinerary
Explore Alaska from the comfort of your own rental car. This enticing 8-day Alaska tour is convenient and at your own leisure. With a number of included excursions, this tour package is perfect for the truly independent traveler!
Included in your Tour:
- 7 nights hotel accommodations
- 7 day car rental
- Riverboat Discovery Sternwheeler Cruise with Lunch
- Tundra Wilderness Tour in Denali National Park
- Portage Glacier Cruise
- Kenai Fjords National Park Cruise
Unless noted, tour is not escorted and does not include meals, sightseeing or home city air.
Day 1: Fairbanks
Pick up your rental car at the airport and then drive a short distance to your accommodations for the night. Spend the day exploring Alaska's second largest city at your leisure. Overnight Fairbanks hotel.
Day 2: Fairbanks - Denali (123 miles)
This morning, make your way to Riverboat landing for a cruise on the Chena and Tanana rivers aboard an authentic sternwheeler. Afterwards, grab lunch on the river's edge before departing the city for Denali National Park. Overnight Denali-area hotel. (L)
Day 3: Denali
Spend your morning to simply relax or venture out to experience even more of the Denali area. This afternoon, embark on a Tundra Wilderness Tour for opportunities to see bears, caribou, moose, wolves and Dall sheep. The bus will pick you up at your hotel and travel into the park on the famous Denali National Park Road. Overnight Denali-area hotel. (S)
Day 4: Denali - Talkeetna (105 miles)
Sleep in this morning or get up early to explore more of Denali National Park before you venture further south towards Talkeetna on Denali's south side. Take in the sights of the George Parks Highway or arrive early to your hotel nestled in the mountains of Denali State Park to take advantage of an optional excursion or simply to relax. Overnight Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge.
Day 5: Talkeetna - Cooper Landing (240 miles)
Drive south down the Parks highway towards Cooper Landing, located on Alaska's Kenai Peninsula. But first, stop for a glacier cruise aboard the mv Ptargmigan, where you'll cruise to the face of Portage glacier. Afterward, continue on the Turnagain Arm to your accommodations for the evening, located on the banks of the Kenai River. Overnight Kenai Princess Wilderness Lodge.
Day 6: Cooper Landing - Seward (47 miles)
Enjoy a leisurely morning before jumping back in the car and traveling further into the Kenai peninsula to the port town of Seward. Embark on the Kenai Fjords National Park Cruise, taking in the sights of Alaska's rugged coastline and abundance of marine wildlife. Back on shore, travel just a few miles to your destination for the evening. Overnight Seward hotel. (L)
Day 7: Seward - Anchorage (147 miles)
Head back to Anchorage today taking in the sights of the Seward Highway as you go. Keep an eye out for beluga whales making their way towards the Cook Inlet or for Dall Sheep combing the mountainsides. Enjoy a leisurely evening upon arrival into Anchorage. Overnight Anchorage hotel.
Day 8: Anchorage
Drop your car off at the airport Avis office at the conclusion ofyour tour.