They say everything’s bigger in Texas. Well they have clearly never been to Alaska. Sometimes it takes looking at a map to appreciate just how big it truly is (more than double the size of Texas). But Alaska is more than just a big state. It’s the great outdoors served on top of a 23,000-year-old glacier next to a snow-capped mountain with a bald eagle flying into the sunset and a grizzly bear fishing for salmon right behind you. This trip is the adventure of a lifetime. This is U.S. travel like you’ve never seen it.
What are the top highlights?
- Stand in awe of Denali, the tallest mountain in North America
- Visit the Iditarod Headquarters and learn about the world’s most famous sled dog race
- Get front-row seats to the (animal) show at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center
- Hike to one of the most impressive chunks of ice you’ve ever seen, Exit Glacier
- Enjoy a plethora of outdoor activities in the charming coastal town of Seward
- Cruise through the Kenai Fjords and keep your eyes peeled for whales, sea lions, otters, and more
Your trip includes
- Round-trip flights & airport transfers
- Expert Tour Director & local guides
- Private deluxe motorcoach
- 8 nights in hand-picked accommodations
- Welcome Dinner with food & drinks
- Daily breakfast & three-course Farewell Lunch
- Five-hour Kenai Fjords cruise and guided tour
- Entrance to Denali National Park, Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, and other select attractions
You’ve selected an UltimatePlus departure. Nice choice! You’ll be staying at upgraded hotels throughout your trip. Each property is located in a safe and convenient area to ensure a comfortable stay, in rooms that are only for EF Ultimate Break travelers. Actual accommodations will be made available to you 30 days before your trip.
Admit it, booking flights is the worst. Here's why you should let us do it for you:
- Flight costs are included in your monthly payment plan, so you can pay over time
- Airport transfers are included, so we’ll be waiting, sign in hand
- Flights are booked with major airlines
- 24/7 support no matter what time zone you’re in
- One checked bag included on most flights
- Option to make changes to your trip up to 99 days before departure
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- Day 1: Arrive in Anchorage + Welcome Dinner
Welcome to the largest city in America’s largest state. While the population of Anchorage is only about 300,000 (~3% of New York City), the city spans 1,900 square miles (six times larger than NYC). That’s Alaska for you, folks. Time to get used to some wide-open spaces.
- Meet an EF representative at the airport.
- Transfer to your accommodation and check in.
- Receive the latest schedule from your Tour Director.
- Meet your fellow travelers as they arrive.
In the evening, it’s time for your Welcome Dinner. Enjoy an included meal at an authentic local spot. Then it’s on to wherever your new friends and the party takes you.
- Day 2: Travel to Denali via Talkeetna
Remember what we said about Alaska being big? It should come as no surprise that North America’s tallest mountain, Denali, is in Alaska. If it’s a clear day, you’ll have no trouble spotting its 20,000 ft peak as you get closer.
- Board the train and set your sights for the town of Talkeetna.
- Explore the quaint shops in town and grab lunch on your own.
- Hop on a bus and tell the driver to head for Denali...please.
- Day 3: Tundra Wilderness Tour in Denali National Park
Fact: A day in Denali is a whole lot better than a day in denial. Once in the park, you’ll have a chance to see moose, caribou, wolves, Dall sheep, and grizzly bears. And if you happen to see all five, you, my friend, have scored a “Denali Slam.”
- Join a local guide as you venture by bus into Denali National Park for a full-day wilderness tour.
- Reach Stony Hill Overlook, where you’ll be rewarded with impressive views of Denali in all its glory on a clear day.
- Look up, look down, look all around for the Alaskan wildlife you came here for.
- Day 4: Travel to Anchorage via Iditarod and Palmer Visitor Center
If you’ve seen Balto, the 1995 animated film starring Kevin Bacon, you know how amazing sled dogs can be. And if you haven’t, never fear! You’ll learn all about sled dog races and their cultural importance at the Iditarod Headquarters today.
- Stop by the Iditarod Headquarters for a lesson in sled dog racing and discover what makes the so-called “Last Great Race” so great.
- Learn about the 1935 Matanuska Colony Project, part of FDR’s New Deal, in which 200 families moved to Palmer, Alaska to pioneer a new farming settlement.
- Arrive in Anchorage and enjoy a free evening to do as you please.
- Day 5: Travel to Homer via Seward
Your next stop on your journey through America’s Last Frontier is Homer, Alaska. And if you’re a fan of the delightfully light and mildly sweet taste of Halibut, you’ll be happy to know Homer is the “Halibut Fishing Capital of the World.”
- Visit the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center on your way out of Anchorage.
- See animals up-close and learn what Alaska is doing to preserve its wildlife.
- Get used to saying “wow” as you look out the window on your scenic drive along Seward Highway and Sterling Highway toward Homer.
- Day 6: Free day in Homer
It’s been a busy trip. Take a day to explore the surrounding area on your own time. Located right on Kachemak Bay, Homer is perfect for all you water adventurers and Halibut enthusiasts out there.
Free Time Suggestions
Sea Kayaking: Up for a bit of adventure? Thought so. You can rent a kayak and explore Kachemak Bay on your own, or talk to your Tour Director about booking a tour with a local expert.
Seldovia day trip: Hop on the ferry in Homer for a 45-minute ride to the charming city of Seldovia. Check out the original boardwalk, explore the small town on foot, and finish with a leisurely hike.
Pratt Museum: Keep on filling that brain with all things Alaska. This natural history museum offers you a chance to learn about the surrounding region, including how a pesky little beetle has managed to devastate many of Alaska’s forests.
- Day 7: Travel to Seward via Exit Glacier
What’s that? You want more breathtaking Alaskan coastal towns? Well good, because you’re heading to the town of Seward, which is home to some of the most beautiful sights in Alaska. First stop, a slowly moving mass or river of ice formed by the accumulation and compaction of snow, also known as a glacier.
- Run—don’t walk—to the bus, because you’re on your way to beautiful Seward, Alaska.
- Arrive in the Seward area and enjoy a scenic hike to the 23,000-year-old Exit Glacier.
- Spend the evening exploring the small, but lively town of Seward.
- Day 8: Kenai Fjords National Park Cruise
This is the day you’ve been waiting for. The day you cruise Alaskan fjords, look up at towering cliffs, and spot wildlife in their natural habitat. We’re talking seals, sea lions, otters, and yes, maybe even whales!
- Board the glacier and wildlife cruise and prepare to see…well, glaciers and wildlife.
- Ooh and aah your w