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Alaska Highway

Alaska National Parks Explorer

14-day tailor-made self-drive from £5,685 pp incl. flights


Short description

Humpbacks to eagles, glaciers to fjords, Indian villages to gold rush towns – Alaska is wilderness on a grand scale


  • Stay in homely mountain lodges
  • Spot whales on fjord cruises
  • Hike through a caribou-dotted wilderness
  • Drive impossibly scenic routes to stop at remote glaciers

In Brief

  • 1 Night Anchorage
  • 2 Nights Seward
  • 1 Night Talkeetna
  • 2 Nights Denali National Park
  • 1 Night Fairbanks
  • 1 Night McCarthy
  • 2 Nights Valdez
  • 1 Night Anchorage


Recommended for:
Natural world | Self-drive | Wildlife

This comprehensive road trip showcases ‘The Last Frontier’ at its very best, with included excursions that range from scenic flights over the continent’s tallest mountain to a pair of fjord cruises that bring you to husky kennels and pods of whales. You’ll even enjoy a guided drive and hike in a national-park wilderness, spotting bear and moose as you go. Along the way, you’ll link cosy lodge stays in old gold rush outposts with scenic drives that plunge through forests, summit high mountain passes and skirt beluga-dotted rivers.

Day by day itinerary

Day 1

Begin your trip with complimentary airport lounge access before you board your flight to Alaska. On arrival, you’ll pick up your hire car at the airport to make the short drive to your central hotel, perhaps relaxing after your flight with a dip in the hot tub or soak in the sauna.

Stay: Hilton Anchorage (Superior)

Days 2-3

This morning travel 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. A great stop for lunch is Alyeska Resort in Girdwood where you can take the tram up Mt. Alyeska (optional). Other stops we recommend include Porterage Glacier and its visitor centre, the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Centre which provides care and rehabilitation for injured and orphaned wildlife. Here you can safely get close, observe, and photograph some of Alaska’s largest land animals including moose, bison, elk, deer, caribou, bears, muskox and in Seward Exit Glacier and the SeaLife Centre.

Next day Treat yourself to an abundance of wildlife viewing with this 3 hour Kenai Fjords cruise in Resurrection Bay. Travel 55 miles (round-trip) along a rugged coastline and snap plenty of memorable photos as you sail past Bear Glacier. Sail close to sea lion colonies and seabird rookeries, and keep your eyes peeled for whales, sea otters, Dall’s porpoises, eagles and mountain goats

Stay: Seward Windsong Lodge (Standard)

Day 4

Head back towards Anchorage today taking in the sights of the Seward Highway as you go. Pass through Anchorage and drive the Glenn Highway north to Wasilla and onto Talkeetna. Stops can include a visit to the Alaska Native Heritage Centre in Anchorage and the Museum of Alaska Transportation and Industry in Wasilla. 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. A turn-of-the-20th-century gold-mining centre,the town hasretained much of its early Alaskan flavour

Stay: Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge (Superior)

Days 5-6

This morning, embark on a Wilderness Adventure Jet Boat tour. Stand in the splendour of Denali and the great Alaska Range from a spectacular vantage point on the Susitna River! The folklore, artifacts and a panoramic view of Denali in the Alaska Range combine to make this an unforgettable and unique Alaskan river adventure. After your jet boat tour, drive the Parks Highway north to Denali National Park, passing by incredible forest and mountain landscapes.

Next day join a Denali Jeep excursion, Ranked #2 in Drives of a Lifetime by National Geographic Traveller magazine, experience the natural wonders of Alaska’s Denali Highway — this time by Jeep! This 4-hour guided excursion travels along a 135 mi gravel road & takes you off the beaten path in a 4 x 4 to enjoy scenic views of Denali, the Alaska Range, glaciers and wildlife.

Stay: Denali Cabins (Standard)

Day 7

Continue on the George Parks Highway north to Fairbanks. Accompanied by incredible forest and mountain landscapes, you drive through the communities of Healy, Nenana and Ester - an old mining camp. 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. This narrated tour provides background on the area’s natural history and the Athabascan Indian culture. 

Stay: River's Edge Resort (Standard)

Day 8
Fairbanks to Chitina | Chitina to McCarthy Flight

Depart early this morning for an approximate 6-hour drive through broad, meandering river valleys characteristic of the north side of the Alaska Range. Reaching Copper River, you’ll find the scenery changes dramatically as Mt. Drum, Mt. Wrangell and Mt. Blackburn rise to stunning heights. A quick visit to Copper Centre is well worth the few extra miles off the main Richardson Highway – located at the confluence of the Klutina and Copper Rivers it offers classic Alaskan character and some interesting sites. Continue south to the town of Chitina, the main entry point by flight into McCarthy-Kennicott and Wrangell-St. Elias National Park

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.

Stay: Ma Johnson Hotel (Standard)

Day 9
McCarthy to Chitina Flight | Chitina to Valdez

Today fly back to Chitina by bush plane while enjoying great views of the Wrangell Mountains. From Chitina continue south where you will begin to enter the Chugach Mountains that ring the coast of Alaska from Prince William Sound. At Thompson Pass you may wish to stop at one of the pullouts for the scenery and views of Worthington Glacier before you begin the descent into Valdez.

Stay: Best Western Valdez Harbour Inn (Standard)

Day 10
Valdez | Prince William Sound Columbia Glacier Cruise with lunch

Discover the magic of Alaska on this 7-hour Columbia Glacier cruise from Valdez. A local captain and crew will guide you through the Trans Alaska Pipeline Terminal and Columbia Bay before arriving at Columbia Glacier, the largest tidewater glacier in South Central Alaska. Look out for wildlife along the way; if you’re lucky you could spot porpoises, puffins, sea lions and sea otters among other creatures. (Lunch included)

Stay: Best Western Valdez Harbour Inn (Standard)

Day 11
Valdez to Sheep Mountain Lodge

Today you will drive back north on the Richardson Highway with great views of the Wrangell Mountains as you return to Glennallen (weather permitting).Here you follow the Glenn Highway towards Palmer/Anchorage until you reach Sheep Mountain Lodge.

Stay: Sheep Mountain Lodge

Day 12
Sheep Mountain Lodge to Anchorage

Drive the Glenn Highway south to Anchorage. Highlights include the Independence Mine in beautiful Hatcher Pass and the many communities in the Mat-Su Valley. This valley contains many farms with the remarkable growing season in Alaska and offers beautiful views of the Chugach Range. Upon arrival in Anchorage your incredible Alaska self drive adventure comes to an end.

Stay: Hilton Anchorage (Superior)

Days 13-14
Depart for UK

Dropping your car back at the airport, board your overnight flight home via Seattle.



Any element of this itinerary can be adjusted to suit your needs. Just contact us to find out more.

Accommodation rating: Standard Superior

14-day tailor-made self-drive
from £5,685 pp incl. flights


May / Sep 2024

from £5,685 pp. incl. flights

Jun / Jul / Aug 2024

from £6,345 pp. incl. flights

Valid for travel: June to Early September


  • Complimentary UK departure airport lounge access
  • UK to Anchorage International flights via Seattle
  • 12 nights hotel accommodation
  • 11 days car hire - Intermediate 
  • Resurrection Bay Wildlife Cruise
  • Admission to Alaska Wildlife Conservation Centre
  • Talkeetna Wilderness Adventure Jet Boat Tour
  • Denali Highway Jeep Excursion
  • Sternwheeler Riverboat Discovery Cruise
  • Scenic Return Flight Chitina - McCarthy
  • Kennecott Mill Town Tour
  • McCarthy to Kennicott Morning Glacier Hike
  • Prince William Sound Columbia Glacier Cruise with lunch
  • Meals as per itinerary

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Prices are per person based on two people sharing a twin/double room; prices are subject to availability and possible change; normal booking conditions apply.

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