Grand Circle Self-Drive Tour

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Grand Circle Self-Drive Tour - 1CB
9 Days / 8 Nights
$1,949.00: $500 off per couple (May)
$2,199.00 (Value Rate)
$2,399.00 (Peak Rate)
$2,149.00: $500 off per couple (Peak)
$1,949.00: $500 off per couple (Sept)
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9 Days / 8 Nights (Tour 1CB)

This self-drive tour from Anchorage is the perfect fit for travelers eager to visit historic Valdez. Guests on this itinerary will also experience Alaska's interior in destinations like Denali and Fairbanks.

Included in your Tour:

Package includes 8 nights hotel accommodations, 7 day car rental, Columbia Glacier Cruise, Gold Dredge 8 & Riverboat Discovery Sternwheeler Cruise with lunch and Tundra Wilderness Tour in Denali. Airport transfers included. Be sure to check for specials and offers.

Prices include a compact car.  During checkout you will have the ability to upgrade to a full-size car for $100 per car or a small SUV for $350 per car.  


Day 1

  • Overnight:

We will transfer you from the Anchorage airport to your hotel upon your arrival. This afternoon, explore Anchorage on your own. Take in the historic sites, or simply peruse the shops and museums in the downtown area. Overnight Anchorage.

Day 2

  • Overnight:
    Copper Center

Pick up your rental car from Avis in downtown Anchorage. Drive 211 miles to Copper Center, the Gateway to Wrangell St. Elias National Park. Spend the day at the National Park Visitors Center or take an optional excursion like rafting or fishing. Overnight Copper River Princess Wilderness Lodge.

Day 3

  • Overnight:
    Copper Center

Drive two hours to Valdez, where you'll embark on the Columbia Glacier Cruise will for a 7 hour journey through Prince William Sound. Watch for glaciers calving, whale pods and dozens of seabird species as you cruise. Overnight Copper River Princess Wilderness Lodge.

Day 4

  • Overnight:

Continue North along the Richardson Highway for your 277-mile drive to Alaska's Golden Heart City of Fairbanks! Upon your arrival, explore this renowned gold rush town or simply experience a delicious meal at one of the area's many eateries. Overnight Fairbanks.

Day 5

  • Overnight:

Relive the gold rush at its peak with your visit to Gold Dredge 8. After lunch, cruise the Chena and Tanana Rivers aboard an authentic sternwheeler. In the afternoon, drop the car off at the Avis airport office and we will transfer you to your Fairbanks hotel. Overnight Fairbanks.

Day 6

  • Departs From:
    Fairbanks, 8:15 AM (Train Departs Fairbanks Depot)
  • Arrives At:
    Denali, 12:15 PM (Train Arrives Denali Depot)

This morning, we will transfer you to the Rail Depot for your Alaska Railroad journey to Denali. We'll also handle your luggage and transfer you to your Denali area hotel upon arrival. Overnight Denali.

Day 7

  • Overnight:

Venture into Denali National Park on the tundra Wilderness Tour in search of moose, caribou, bear and Dall sheep. Look for glimpses of "The Great One", Denali along the way. Overnight Denali.

Day 8

  • Departs From:
    Denali, 9:15 AM (Train Departs Denali Depot)
  • Arrives At:

Travel by luxurious railcar to Anchorage - continue to look for wildlife and glimpses of Denali along the way. Overnight Anchorage.

Day 9

    We'll transfer you to the airport at the end of your tour.