Detailed Itinerary

Day 01

6th June 19
  • Welcome to Anchorage ( D)

    Today is your arrival day. A Rahhalah representative will pick you up and take you to your hotel.

    Meet with your guide to go over the  itinerary.

    Welcome dinner.

    Overnight in Anchorage Hotel Captain Cook or similar.

Day 02

7th June 19
  • Anchorage- Matanuska Glacier ( B , L)

    Try a local favorite! The Matanuska Glacier is a frozen 27 mile long river of ancient ice. Thousands of years old, this massive glacier is tucked up into the head of the Matanuska Valley. You will spend over 2 hours directly on the glacier with a glacier guide by your side, learning how the Matanuska Glacier was born and how it shaped the landscape in the Matanuska Susitna Valley. Explore blue meltwater pools, ice formations, and deep crevasses. We will drive for about two hours today. Walking on ice is slippery fun, so our guests are equipped with a helmet, a walking stick, and micro-spikes that attach to your shoes. We require our guests to bring sturdy footwear (hiking shoes, waterproof shoes, boots) and suggest that you bring an extra pair of socks. Don't be surprised that your shoes get filthy dirty with glacial mud! This glacial till is finely ground rock the glacier has created - it makes for great facials! This tour does require walking outside for about 2 hours with our glacier guide! Our fully-guided transportation includes a pick up at your hotel in Anchorage as well as water and snacks. We will also stop for lunch where we’ll overlook the glacier while enjoying some yummy Alaskan fare. This tour is private to this group. We will drive for about 2 hours today.

    Overnight in Anchorage Hotel Captain Cook or similar.

Day 03

8th June 19
  • North to Talkeetna !( B, L, D)

    Head north to Talkeetna today! We'll stop for lunch at a roadside lodge before getting a chance to visit a working sled dog kennel! Today's tour is private. There is a possibility of additional people on the dog kennel tour. We will be in transit for about 4 hours today.

    Embark on your musher training run at the homestead of Dallas Seavey, a four-time Iditarod first place Champion, top three finisher in Norway’s 2018 Finnmarksløpet, youngest Yukon Quest first place Champion, and former star of NatGeo's Ultimate Survival Alaska! Here, you will go from being a dog sled enthusiast to an experienced musher! Meet the professional Iditarod mushers/handlers of Dallas Seavey Racing and genuine Iditarod champion Alaskan Huskies!

    Bond with your dog team while you receive a thorough explanation of the musher lifestyle, lingo, and an orientation of how to handle the huskies. With your newfound knowledge and confidence you’ll receive your equipment and help harnessing onto your custom wheeled sled! Each two guests will share a wheeled dog sled and a small dog team of approximately 3 Alaskan Huskies for the 5 mile self drive mini expedition! Take off into the trails of Talkeetna’s boreal forest, showcasing its beautiful colors! For the first half of your ride, you will guide your four-legged team through the birch trees! Keep an eye out and listen for local wildlife! Once you reach an opening in the forest, a photo stop is made during your unforgettable fall ride to pose with the canine athletes in front of the enchanting backdrop! Take in the brisk air and alternate from standing to riding on the passenger bench! The final half of mushing will duplicate the Iditarod trail where you will visit replicas of official Iditarod checkpoints and other highlights of “The Last Great Race on Earth” until you cross the burled arch Finish Line! During the total 5 miles, there will be a lead musher guiding and tail musher following for quality, safety, and comfort during your mush - both guiding the dogs and riding in the cart!

    Complete your dog sled experience toward the kennel for a continued tour of the homestead. Alaskan Huskies are powerful athletes that are known for their affectionate, loyal, playful personalities -- and the puppies are no different! Try to keep up with the lively future Iditarod racing young huskies during your puppy nature walk in a field of poppies! Make sure to take photos with the future Iditarod Champions before they’re famous!

    Overnight Susitna River Lodge or similar.

Day 04

9th June 19
  • Flightseeing with Glacier Landing/ Drive to Denali National Park ( B, D)

    Today you will take to the skies and get a birds-eye view of the landscape of Denali National Park and Mt. Denali! This one-hour bush-plane experience gives everyone a window seat to the grandeur of Denali (Mt. McKinley): the tallest mountain on North America! A real Alaskan bush pilot will tell you about the area as you soar over glaciers, the Don Sheldon amphitheater, intense blue meltwater pools, and the Great Gorge of the Ruth Glacier. This tour includes a glacier landing on Denali and about 20-30 min of exploration with the pilot!

    We will depart Talkeetna shortly after noon to make the drive up to Denali National Park. This drive will be about three hours. Once at your hotel, you will check in for the next 3 nights.

    7 pm Aramark Cabin Nite Dinner Theatre

    You’ll enjoy a night of fun, festivity and food! Get a taste of old-time Alaska at Cabin Nite Dinner Theater– a popular dinner theater performed in an authentic log cabin in the Miners Plaza at Denali Park Village. Join our heroine Fannie Quigley and an unforgettable cast of characters in this true-to-life Gold Rush tale of adventure in early 1900's Alaska. It's a great mix of colorful storytelling, spirited music and humor, brought to life by talented performers. Everyone in your group will love the lighthearted entertainment and hearty cuisine of Alaska's most unique dinner theater. The All-You-Can-Eat Meal is served family-style and includes Alaskan Salmon, Barbecue Ribs, Potatoes, Corn, Drop Biscuits and Berry Cobbler.

    Overnight Grande Denali Lodge or similar.

Day 05

10th June 19
  • Denali Adventure Hike (B ,L)

    Today your local, experienced, naturalist hiking guide takes you on a journey into the Denali area’s backcountry. Away from crowds and maintained trails, you’ll explore incredible, rarely visited areas just outside of Denali National Park. Your 6-hour experience will carefully equip you with all of the travel skills necessary to make the most of your own hiking trip in Denali National Park. Denali is mostly a trail-less wilderness which can be intimidating to those not familiar with the local terrain but desiring to explore. Today you will learn wildlife protocol, identify tracks, flowers, berries and weather patterns while discussing the history and culture of the area. You’ll also talk about route planning, stream crossings, and finding your way back. Learn how to not get lost!

    This is a fully private tour. This excursion is in the wilderness on uneven terrain. No facilities are available--backcountry options only. ( box lunch will be provided)

    Overnight Grande Denali Lodge or similar.

Day 06

11th June 19
  • Denali - Full Day Bus Tour ( B, L)

    Experience the Denali Park Highway on this full day tour! Start your day with a hotel pick up. ( early morning) Learn about the history and features of Denali National Park as you wind your way through all 92 miles of the Denali Park Road. Keep an eye out for Denali’s Big Five: Caribou, moose, bear, Dall sheep, and wolves. View braided rivers, spectacular mountain passes, and stretches of tundra. Soak up the rainbow-colored view at Polychrome Pass. Hop out at the Eielson Visitor Center for a chance to see Mt. Denali on clear days!

    Lunch today will be a buffet deli lunch at the exclusive Kantishna Lodge. Prior to returning to the park entrance, you will have some downtime to gold pan, go on a short guided hike, or simply soak in the solitude of nature.

    INCLUDES: Pick-up from most Denali hotels, 92 miles of guided sightseeing, snacks and refreshments, lunch at Miner’s Day Lodge and signature Alaskan activities in Kantishna.

    This is a shared group tour.

    Overnight Grande Denali Lodge or similar.

Day 07

12th June 19
  • Alaska's Golden Heart City - Fairbanks ( B ,L, D)

    Today we'll head to Fairbanks before your chance to warm up at the famous Chena Hot Springs. We will tour the world-class 'ice hotel' where you see pieces of ice art created and maintained for 10+ years! You may want to add a cocktail in real ice “glassware” which is not included, approximately $15, before dinner. After the Ice Museum, we'll eat dinner at the Chena Hot Springs Restaurant which boasts greenhouse to table dining featuring “Chena Fresh” lettuce, tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers and herbs grown in the local greenhouses at Chena Hot Springs. Don't worry, this plated dinner of an Alaskan catch, fresh seasonal vegetables, and a dessert at the restaurant is included in your tour!" Following dinner, take a soak in the healing waters of Chena Hot Springs' mineral water rock pools. Don't forget your swimsuit and towel! Your guide will be there to direct you through each activity and then we will head back to Fairbanks so you can rest up for your early morning rail departure! Things to Bring For Chena Hot Springs Swimsuit & Shower Shoes (sport sandals or flipflops) Towel - $5 towel rental on site if you forget one from Fairbanks Hotel Quarters for the Changing Rooms ($0.50 per locker event) Sense of Adventure! This is a private tour, however our visit to Chena Hot Springs is not private. We will be in transit for up to four hours.

    Overnight Springhill Suites Fairbanks or similar

Day 08

13th June 18
  • Departure Fairbanks ( B)

    Airport Transfer to Fairbanks International Airport (hotel check out is 12pm).