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Discover the wild world of Alaska at your own pace on this 14-day self-drive adventure. Enjoy mystique glacier hiking and cruise, scenic flights, and exciting wildlife tours.
Alaska
Self-Drive
Independent Holiday Packages

Highlights

Enjoy 3-hour Sternwheeler Riverboat Cruise into the Alaskan Interior, traveling the Chena and Tanana Rivers

Explore the dynamic features of Root Glacier on a guided trail and ice hike!

Take a Scenic Flight from Chitina to McCarthy-Kennicott

Freedom of Choice Activity

Experience the many faces of Alaska in this 14-day self-drive adventure. Start in Anchorage, an unforgettable paradise famous for glaciers, mountain vistas, wildlife, and modern luxuries. Drive the scenic Glenn Highway towards Talkeetna and make few interesting stops along way such as the Alaska Native Heritage Center and the Eklutna Indian Village. Take a sightseeing flight to Mount Denali, the tallest mountain in North America, before continuing north along the scenic Parks Highway to explore Denali National Park, the world’s last great frontiers for wilderness adventure.

Continue on the George Parks Highway north to Fairbanks. Then, climb aboard the Riverboat Discovery III for an unforgettable 3-hour cruise into the Alaskan Interior, traveling the Chena and Tanana Rivers. Drive towards the tiny town of Chitina for your scenic flight above mountains, glaciers and wilderness before arriving in the magical place of McCarthy-Kennicott. Enjoy a half-day Root Glacier hike exploring other-worldly formations unlike anything else you have ever seen: blue pools, waterfalls, canyons, crevasses and moulins. Fly back to Chitina then head over to Sheep Mountain and check out scenic Matanuska Glacier! Drive back towards Seward and visit the magnificent Northwestern Fjord, home to three amazing tidewater glaciers and numerous alpine glaciers. As you reach Anchorage, spend time enjoying wildlife and the stunning landscapes before your tour ends.

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Included

2 nights in Anchorage at Hilton Anchorage Hotel - 3*
1 night in Talkeetna at Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge - 3*
2 nights at Grande Denali Lodge - 3*
2 nights in Fairbanks at Rivers Edge Resort- 3*
2 nights in McCarthy at Kennicott Glacier Lodge - 3*
1 night at Sheep Mountain Lodge- 3*
2 nights in Seward at Windsong Lodge - 3*
2 nights in Homer at Land’s End Resort - 3*
Private transfer from Anchorage Airport to hotel
Car rental for 13 Days
Denali Backcountry Adventure Tour
Sternwheeler Riverboat Discovery Cruise
Scenic Return Flight Chitina - McCarthy
Kennecott Mill Town Tour
Kennicott Morning Glacier Hike from McCarthy
Full day Northwestern Fjords Cruise with breakfast and lunch
Freedom of Choice Day
Admission to Alaska Wildlife Conservation Centre
Denali National Park entrance fee

Freedom of Choice 

For this package we have included Freedom of Choice days in the itinerary. Our per person price includes at least one tour on each Freedom of Choice day.

Pre-select one tour on the following day:

  • One "Freedom of Choice" tour on day 2

Expand the itinerary below for more details.

Itinerary

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Day 1
Anchorage

Upon arrival in Anchorage transfer to your hotel, the rest of the day is at leisure to enjoy the sights.

Overnight stay in Anchorage at Hilton Anchorage Hotel in a standard room.

Anchorage
Anchorage
Day 2
Anchorage

Today enjoy one pre-selected tour from our Freedom of Choice options:

  • Option 1. Anchorage Brew Tour
    ​Get the inside scoop on Anchorage’s beer culture and brewery history on this half-day tour. An in-the-know guide whisks you around the city to sample six tasty offerings at three venues, including three classic breweries that you are sure to enjoy. Pair the hoppy happiness with light snacks, chat it up with locals and take with you a renewed perspective on Anchorage’s stand-out beer scene.

OR

  • Option 2. Eco Nature Tour
    Anchorage is home to ecological treasures that mirror Alaska’s wild beauty, but they are often left off of city tour itineraries. This tour visits natural attractions all within city limits: take a walk through a boreal forest, peer into the statewide ecosystem at a fish hatchery, and observe wildlife at a coastal wildlife refuge.

OR

  • Option 3. Upgrade Option: Alaska Bear Viewing Tour (Additional Cost)
    Enjoy a half day guided day tour with the opportunity to view Alaska’s black and brown bears in their natural habitat. You’ll fly by floatplane, 70 miles southwest of Anchorage to the entrance of Lake Clark Wilderness Preserve, site of Redoubt Bay Lodge to view resident brown bears up close from one of the lodge’s covered pontoon boats. (Lunch is included).

Overnight stay in Anchorage at Hilton Anchorage Hotel in a standard room.

Anchorage
Anchorage
Day 3
Anchorage → Talkeetna

This morning drive the Glenn Highway northbound, connecting to the Parks Highway in Wasilla. A few interesting stops along way are the Alaska Native Heritage Centre and the Eklutna Indian Village. Talkeetna serves as a base camp for Denali climbers; the community of under 1000 residents is located at the confluence of the Talkeetna and Susitna Rivers.

Overnight stay in Talkeetna at Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge in a guest lodge room.

Anchorage → Talkeetna
Day 4
Talkeetna → Denali National Park

In the morning you have time to take a sightseeing flight to Mount Denali, the tallest mountain in North America, before continuing north along the scenic Parks Highway. Your route will travel along the boundary of Denali State Park and Hurricane Gulch with massive peaks of the Alaska Range in view nearly the entire route. At 6 million acres, Denali National Park is one of the world’s last great frontiers for wilderness adventure.

Overnight stay at Grande Denali Lodge in a standard room.

Talkeetna → Denali National Park
Denali National Park
Day 5
Denali National Park

This full-day narrated coach trip explores the entire 148 km/92 mi of Denali Park Road on your way to Denali Backcountry Lodge. With multiple stops for wildlife viewing and photography, your experienced driver-guide will help search for grizzly bears, moose, wolves, caribou and Dall sheep while sharing the biology and geology of the area. For the return trip, board a small Alaskan bush plane for a flightseeing tour back to the park entrance where if weather permits, you will fly close to Mount Denali (Lunch &
snacks included today between Jun 4 - Sep 12).

Overnight stay at Grande Denali Lodge in a standard room.

Please note during May to Jun 4 this tour does not include the scenic return flight and will be replaced with a shorter 6-7 hour Tundra Wilderness Coach Tour while the road further into the park thaws and dries out.

Denali National Park
Denali National Park
Day 6
Denali National Park →Fairbanks

Continue on the George Parks Highway north to Fairbanks. In the afternoon, climb aboard the Riverboat Discovery III for an unforgettable 3-hour cruise into the Alaskan Interior, traveling the Chena and Tanana Rivers on the only authentic sternwheeler riverboat operating in Alaska. You will see a floatplane take off, meet sled dogs, witness the “wedding of the rivers,” and gain insight into the ancient Athabascan Indian culture. Athabascan guides who have worked and lived in Alaska will take you on a personalized tour of the Chena Indian Village.

Overnight stay in Fairbanks at Rivers Edge Resort in a river cottage.

Denali National Park →Fairbanks
Sternwheeler Riverboat
Day 7
Fairbanks

In Fairbanks you have the unique chance for an optional day tour to cross the Arctic Circle and to visit the vast interior. Another option is to drive along Chena Hot Springs road (watch out for a moose!), go on a hiking trip and visit Chena Hot Springs Resort. Here you can relax in the large heated indoor pool or the natural outdoor rock lake.

Overnight stay in Fairbanks at Rivers Edge Resort in a river cottage.

Fairbanks
Arctic Circle
Day 8
Fairbanks → Chitina → McCarthy

Settle in for a day of driving through some of Alaska’s most diverse and dynamic landscapes. You’ll drive the Richardson Highway along the Tanana River through Delta Junction, home to the Delta Bison Sanctuary. Once you’ve reached Copper Centre you’ll turn east to the small town of Chinitna. Flying from Chitina is the best way to get to McCarthy-Kennicott and the flightseeing that is included in the trip makes it a great value. On the way to McCarthy fly alongside 16,000’ Mt. Blackburn, over the Kennicott and Root
Glaciers, past the Erie Mine and view the awe-inspiring Stairway Icefall. A flyby of Kennicott and McCarthy before landing will orient you to the area you are about to explore. Along the way your pilot will describe landforms, point out wildlife and fill you in on a bit of the human history of the area. (Please note: Flying has the added benefit of saving 4-5 hours of driving on the single lane, gravel surfaced McCarthy road).

Overnight stay in McCarthy at Kennicott Glacier Lodge in a south wing room.
 

Fairbanks → Chitina → McCarthy
Bison Sanctuary
Day 9
McCarthy → Kennicott & Root Glacier Hike → McCarthy

Spend the morning exploring the dynamic features of nearby Root Glacier on a guided trail and ice hike. The afternoon is yours to visit the Kennecott Mines National Historic Landmark and the funky-rustic nearby enclave of McCarthy.

Overnight stay in McCarthy at Kennicott Glacier Lodge in a south wing room.

McCarthy →  Kennicott & Root Glacier Hike → McCarthy
Kennicott Mines
Day 10
McCarthy → Chitina → Valdez → Sheep Mountain

Today fly back to Chitina to retrieve your rental vehicle and then drive the Richardson Highway north to the Glenn Highway. Take the Glenn Highway towards Anchorage to Sheep Mountain. Check out scenic Matanuska Glacier before you relax for the evening. 

Overnight stay at Sheep Mountain Lodge in a classic cabin.


 

McCarthy → Chitina → Valdez →  Sheep Mountain
Matanuska Glacier
Day 11
Sheep Mountain → Seward

Drive the Glenn Highway south to Anchorage. Highlights on today’s trip include the Independence Mine in beautiful Hatcher Pass and the many communities in the Mat-Su Valley. Continue on through Anchorage along the Seward Highway towards scenic Turnagain Arm, a body of water featuring the world’s second highest tides at over 30 feet. Keep an eye out for Beluga whales chasing salmon in the bay or Dall sheep along the highway. In Seward we suggest a visit to Exit Glacier and the Sea Life Centre.

Overnight stay in Seward at Seward Windsong Lodge in a standard room.

Sheep Mountain → Seward
Hatcher Pass
Day 12
Seward

Today we have arranged for you to take an all-day Kenai Fjords National Park Cruise. Travel farther into Kenai Fjords National Park than with any other cruise and visit the magnificent Northwestern Fjord, home to three amazing tidewater glaciers and numerous alpine glaciers. 

Overnight stay in Seward at Seward Windsong Lodge in a standard room.

Breakfast, Lunch
Seward
Kenai Fjords National Park Cruise
Day 13
Seward → Homer

Travel further the Sterling Highway, a designated scenic highway covering miles of spectacular landscape. Along the way view snowcapped mountains, active volcanoes including Mt. Iliamna, Mt. Redoubt and Mt. Augustine, deep ocean bluffs, excellent salmon fishing opportunities along the Kenai River, and a magnificent coastline.

Overnight stay in Homer at Land’s End Resort in a midship bay room.
 

Seward → Homer
Mt. Iliamna
Day 14
Homer

Homer “Halibut Capital of the World” provides you with truly incredible panoramic views of mountain ranges, white peaks, glaciers and the famous Homer Spit. Use the day to explore the area - kayak to a remote cove, take a scenic cruise and spot wildlife including whales, seals, sea otters and many shorebirds.

Overnight stay in Homer at Land’s End Resort in a midship bay room.

Homer
Homer
Day 15
Homer → Anchorage

This morning, drive north on the scenic Sterling and Seward Highways back towards Girdwood. Along the way we have included admission to the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Centre which provides care and rehabilitation for injured and orphaned wildlife. If time permits, take the aerial tram up Alyeska Mountain for views of Turnagain Arm, up to seven “hanging” glaciers and the endless peaks of the Chugach Mountain Range before
continuing the short drive from Girdwood to Anchorage.

Homer → Anchorage
Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center

Additional information

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English
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Independent Holiday Package

Start your holiday when and with who you want! Our Independent Holiday Packages are NOT group tours with set departure dates. Available daily, they are pre-designed, purpose built, packaged itineraries full of memorable experiences delivered by our hand-picked local partners.

14 nights
from AUD10,636
per person, twin share
Alaska
Anchorage
Anchorage
Self-Drive
Independent Holiday Packages
25th May 2021- 18th August 2021

Hotel options

Hilton Anchorage Hotel
Hilton Anchorage Hotel

Anchorage
We’re in the heart of downtown, within three blocks of the Egan and Dena'ina convention centers, 5th Avenue Mall, and the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts. Our lobby features an extensive collection of Alaskan art. Visit our fitness center and relax in our indoor pool and steam room. We have a business center open 24 hours. Enjoy American favorites and local specialties, such as wild Alaskan salmon caponata and seared Alaskan halibut in our restaurant. Our open-air, non-smoking lounge offers drinks and televised sports games.

Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge
Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge

Talkeetna
Set on a ridge just above the town of  Talkeetna, the Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge offers majestic views of the tallest peak in North America. It’s the best of Alaska, outside and in. Outside, we’re at the doorstep for high-energy outdoor adventures in Denali and beyond. Inside, there’s a crackling fire in a giant river rock fireplace, and a carefully-curated selection of Native art in the boutique. Award-winning cuisine, the best wine selection in the area, friendly service—and a great night’s sleep! All rooms feature a full private bath, hair dryer, coffee maker, refrigerator, satellite television, telephone, and wireless internet.

Grande Denali Lodge
Grande Denali Lodge

Denali National Park
The Grande Denali Lodge on Sugarloaf Mountain is designed with your comfort and convenience in mind.  The interior design highlights the Alaska Native Heritage of its owners while it offers panoramic views of the surrounding Denali wilderness and the Nenana River canyon. You'll find the lodge is a very special place where you can truly relax, meet friends, share a meal, or simply take in the beauty all around you. Grande Denali Lodge offers spacious guest rooms with canyon or hillside views and a selection of Alaskan-style cabins with a range of creature comforts. Our Alpenglow Restaurant features New American cuisine with a focus on fresh Alaskan seafood and tender, all-natural meats combined with seasonal fruits and vegetables. 

River's Edge Resort
River's Edge Resort

Fairbanks
Our unique resort property offers a full range of accommodations, dining, and RV Park sites and campgrounds. Enjoy the beauty of authentic Alaska in your own private cottage setting situated along the banks of the Chena River. Relax in a river front cottage, where the sounds of the Chena River flowing joins with the rustling of birch leaves.

 

Kennicott Glacier Lodge
Kennicott Glacier Lodge

McCarthy
Kennicott Glacier Lodge is a family owned lodge featuring gracious hospitality, breathtaking Alaska scenery, and access to lots of outdoor activities.  We are the only lodge in the historic town of Kennicott, Alaska and most of the activities in the area begin right across the street from us.  Try glacier hiking or ice climbing on the Root Glacier, one of the few easily accessible glaciers in North America.  Learn about the unique history of the National Historic Landmark of the Kennicott Copper Mine.  Or spend your time flight seeing, alpine hiking, or river rafting. Kennicott is located 314 miles east of Anchorage. Approximate drive time is 7 hours from Anchorage, 5 hours from Valdez, and 9 hours from Fairbanks.

Sheep Mountain Lodge
Sheep Mountain Lodge

Sheep Mountain 
For over 75 years, Sheep Mountain Lodge has hosted travellers from across Alaska and around the world. The Lodge is located along the scenic Glenn Highway halfway between the towns of Palmer and Glennallen. Our guests enjoy spectacular mountain views, local outdoor recreational activities, cabins with private bath and showers, delicious home cooked meals, and old fashioned Alaskan hospitality that has made Sheep Mountain Lodge famous. Extensive decks, greenhouses and flower gardens compliment the scenery. You can watch Dall Sheep through our telescope, read on the deck of your cabin or relax in the hot tub after a day of traveling or hiking.

 

Seward Windsong Lodge
Seward Windsong Lodge

Seward
Set alongside the Resurrection River, on the edge of Chugach National Forest near the Exit Glacier. Windsong Lodge is a tranquil retreat designed to showcase Alaska’s wild beauty. While the bustling port of Seward and vast protected expanses of Kenaj Fjords National Park are mere minutes away, Windsong’s peaceful setting and unique dining experiences offer a quiet and cosy escape after an exhilarating day of exploration. Our contemporary Alaskan-inspired guest rooms and suites feature a private ensuite, hair dryer, coffee maker, refrigerator, flat-screen television, telephone, and complimentary Wi-Fi.

Land’s End Resort
Land’s End Resort

Homer
For half a century, Land’s End in Homer, Alaska, has been among Alaska’s most cherished waterfront hotels. Perched on the beach at the tip of the famous Homer Spit, Land’s End immerses you in the natural paradise of Kachemak Bay. View whales and sea otters right outside your window or shorebirds as they migrate the shoreline. Wake up to the sounds of the surf and the eagle’s antics. View sunrises and stunning vistas of the Kenai Mountains from your private deck. This Alaska resort hotel features a variety of lodging styles, including fully furnished beachfront homes, view-lofts and two-room suites.

Important notes

Please note that this product is not part of our flexible booking policy as the supplier terms and conditions apply. Our team will advise of the exact booking conditions at the time of booking.

Why are flights not included?

Following customer feedback, we do not include flights in our holiday packages. Many prefer the flexibility to book flights with Frequent Flyer points or travel on specific airlines.  

However, we are able to assist, so please just notify us during the booking process or contact our team.

Blackout dates may apply during festive season.