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9 Day - STORY's Grand Alaskan Adventure

Alaska awaits you!

July 17, 2020

July offers the best weather of the year with an average temperature of 65 degrees. Join us on a truly Grand Alaskan Adventure!


The trip is fully-hosted by our professional Story Tour Captain and complemented by our local, expert tour guides. Story's Alaskan Adventure is the perfectly balanced Alaska experience.
  • Alaska
  • Alaskan Railroad
  • Aurora Borealis
  • Bull Moose, Alaska
  • Dall Sheep, Alaska
  • Daali NP, Alaska
  • Iditarod, Alaska
  • Wild Alaska
  • Alaska
  • Alaska Mountains

Day 1: ARRIVE FAIRBANKS, ALASKA

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Arrival Transfer
  • STORY Exclusive
  • Included STORY Way Dining

Depart your home airport on your flight to Fairbanks International Airport (FAI). Flights are not included, but inquire with our Air Department for a quote here.


Upon arrival, meet our representative for your included Meet-and-Greet and Arrival Transfer to our Fairbanks hotel.


Once you check in to your room (rooms are typically ready between 2-3pm) freshen up before you meet your Tour Captain.


STORY Exclusive: Meet your Tour Captain and fellow STORY Adventurers for a special Welcome Reception from our unique perspective ~ unique vantage point to survey the scenery in the company of your new friends.


food icon   STORY Way Dining: The STORY Land & Sea approach to dining debuts with your Tour Captain and fellow travelers as you taste the finest cuisine from the Great Alaskan Frontier.

About the STORY Way®: Slow Food Movement: Locally grown, farm to table.
Our approach to dining is truly unique. STORY Land & Sea's unique, off-the-beaten-path venues provide an immersion into authentic regional food and wine. Your Tour Captain will select a variety of appetizers, featuring regional cuisine, and will select your vino for the evening: a variety of red and white wine, and yes, "the wine flows." Then you will be presented with the restaurant's primary menu. It's an intentionally slow evening of delight so you can savor the experience.


Accomodation: Pike’s Waterfront Lodge or similar, 2 Nights

 

Northern Lights

Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) near Fairbanks, Alaska


 

Day 2: ARCTIC CIRCLE IMMERSION BY AIR & LAND
HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Flightseeing" to Coldfoot and the Arctic Circle
  • Brooks Mountain Range
  • Dalton Highway
  • Trans Alaska Pipeline
  • Yukon River

After your included breakfast at the hotel, you will board our private mini-coach with panoramic windows for a short drive to the local airfield.

 

Brooks Mountain Range

Brooks Range, Northern Alaska

STORY Arctic Circle Immersion: We will fly from Fairbanks to Coldfoot, north of the Arctic Circle in the Brooks Mountain Range. The flight provides an aerial view of the vast Alaska wilderness. Our land tour will take us south on the Dalton Highway, made famous during the construction of the Trans Alaska Pipeline. The views of the historic pipeline are remarkable. We will then cross the Arctic Circle and you will receive an official Arctic Circle Adventure Certificate. Stand in awe as we explore up close, the amazing arctic tundra and feel the veins of ice just beneath the surface. Experience the mighty Yukon River and marvel at the majestic beauty of the northland's most famous waterway and learn of the river's storied past. At the end of our tour we will visit the Arctic Circle Trading Post, situated in the rural community of Joy, Alaska.

We will return to Fairbanks for the remainder of the evening at leisure.

food icon   Optional Dining: Join your Tour Captain for an optional dinner tonight in Fairbanks.

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Day 3: PANORAMIC TRAIN RIDE TO TALKEETNA

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Panoramic Train Journey
  • Denali National Park
  • Talkeetna Tour
  • Included STORY Way Dining
Alaskan Train Journey

Train to Talkeetna, Alaska

This morning we will board the deluxe dome railcar for a beautiful journey through the amazing Denali National Park.

DENALI NATIONAL PARK
Denali National Park and Preserve encompasses 6 million acres of Alaska's interior wilderness. Its centerpiece is 20,310-ft.-high Denali (fka Mount McKinley), North America's tallest peak. With terrain of tundra, spruce forest and glaciers, the park is home to wildlife including grizzly bears, wolves, moose, caribou and Dall sheep.

Breakfast and Lunch will be served on the train while you enjoy panoramic views of Denali's magical snow capped mountains and breathtaking landscapes.

 

Denali National Park, Alaska

Denali National Park, Alaska

 

Denali Peak, Alaska
 

A lone caribou framed by the majestic Denali Peak (formerly Mt. McKinley), North America's highest mountain.

Upon arrival in Talkeetna, your Tour Captain will do a short Orientation Walkabout in the town of Talkeetna that has a great, relaxed atmosphere with beautiful views of Denali. It is said to be the inspiration for the old TV show "Northern Exposure". The residents seem to enjoy a slower pace of life even though it is the main hub for every climber attempting to summit Denali. They must make a stop at Talkeetna NPS ranger station and because of this you will see signed summit and climbing team flags throughout the entire town in restaurants, stores and hotels.

Talkeetna, Alaska

Panoramic scenery near Talkeetna, Alaska..

After our quick tour we will transfer to our beautiful Alaskan lodge, our home for the next two evenings. After you have time to rest a freshen up, you will join your Tour Captain for a beautiful Welcome Dinner the STORY Way.

food icon   STORY Way Dining: Join your Tour Captain for an included dinner tonight at our beautiful lodge.

Accomodation: Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge or Similar 2 Nights

 

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Day 4: DENALI NATIONAL PARK & GLACIER EXPLORATION

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • "Flightseeing" in Denali National Park
  • Walk on a Glacier
  • Afternoon at Leisure
Airplane landing on glacier in Denali NP

Airplane landing on glacier in Denali NP

Today we will board an airplane for a "flightseeing" trip to west side of Denali National Park. After a beautiful flight, we will land and walk out on a glacier (weather permitting) and experience this wild wilderness firsthand. This experience will take your breath away and leave you speechless at the wonder of this landscape!

Then we will return to Talkeetna for an afternoon at leisure. See our optional excursions.

 

food icon   Optional Dinner: Join your Tour Captain for an optional dinner at a local Alaskan Brewery Pub.

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Day 5: To GIRDWOOD and HUSKY FARM

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • STORY Exclusive: Husky Farm Experience and Lunch
  • Scenic Drive to Mt Alyeska
  • STORY Way Dining

After breakfast we will board our micro-coach and set out for Girdwood.

 

Sled Dogs in Iditarod, Alaska

Sled dogs are an Alaskan icon.

STORY Exclusive: On our way to Girdwood we will stop at a husky farm for an up close and personal experience with a world renowned Iditarod champion. We will enjoy a wonderful lunch on the property as well.

 

Husky Puppy

Child with Husky puppy. How cute is that?

After our STORY Exclusive we will reboard and take in the scenic drive on the our beautiful hotel at the base of Mt. Alyeska. Upon arrival check in and freshen up before our included Welcome Dinner.

food icon   STORY Way Dining: : Tonight we have a wonderful surprise for you for our included dinner. Get ready for a dining experience that you will be talking about long after it's over!

Accomodation: Hotel Alyeska or similar, 3 Nights

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Day 6: DAY AT LEISURE IN GIRDWOOD

Alyeska Ski Resort, AlyeskaGlacier Creek Valley from the Alyeska Ski Resort, Alyeska, Alaska

 

Today you can rest and relax in the beauty of Alaska in the shadow of Mt. Alyeska. We have reserved tickets for the Scenic Alyeska Tram for you to enjoy at your leisure. The tram summits the mountain so you can view the breathtaking vistas and rolling hills in the countryside.

We can also choose an optional excursion today. The options are limitless!

Glacier Hike
Horseback Riding Tour
Fishing Tour on Kenai River
Wildlife and Glacier Cruise
Zip-Lining
Bear Viewing Tour
Kenai Fjords National Park Cruise
Sea Kayaking and River Rafting
Rainforest and Alpine Hiking
Crow Pass Hike

food icon   Optional Dinner: Join your Tour Captain for an optional dinner tonight.

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Day 7: HELICOPTER GLACIER LANDING AND PRINCE WILLIAM SOUND

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Helicopter Ride
  • Lake George Glacier
  • Lake George Valley
  • Colony Glacier
  • Prince William Sound
Helicopter landing on a Glacier, AlaskaHelicopter landing on a Glacier, Alaska
 

 

STORY Exclusive: This morning after breakfast we will experience very best way to take in Alaska. We will board a helicopter and explore the Lake George Glacier, Lake George Valley and the Colony Glacier. As you fly through the Chugach backcountry the panorama opens to glacial formed valleys and magnificent fields of ancient translucent blue ice. The highlight will be the glacier landing a top a high ridge with a 360 degree view. On the way back you will have an exciting trip over the pristine waters of Prince William Sound. The clear waters and rocky fjords offer breathtaking landscapes and excellent wildlife spotting opportunities.

Whale in Prince William SoundWhale breaching in Prince William Sound
 

 

food icon   Optional Dinner: Join your Tour Captain for an optional dinner tonight.

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Day 8: ALASKA WILDLIFE CONSERVATION CENTER THEN TO ANCHORAGE

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center
  • STORY Exclusive Animal Encounter
  • Anchorage Immersion
  • Earthquake Park
  • Lake Hood
  • Bootleggers Cove
  • Alaska Native Heritage Center

This morning after breakfast we will board our micro-coach and set out for the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center. This is a wildlife center dedicated to the rehabilitation of orphaned and injured animals in addition to providing wildlife awareness and education to the public.

STORY Exclusive: As a STORY guest you will enjoy a tour where your personal guide will walk you through the AWCC and share the history and personal stories of the resident animals. You'll have a chance to be up close and personal with a porcupine and have the chance to feed some of the animals.

Whale in Prince William Sound

Alaskan Brown Bears

 

 

Whale in Prince William SoundAlaskan Moose
 

 

Whale in Prince William SoundThe Alaskan Wolf
 

 

After our wonderful exclusive experience we will stop back in Girdwood for a quick lunch and then continue on to Anchorage.

Upon arrival we will have a private city tour of Anchorage. Get to know Anchorage on this tour that takes you around the city's top sites, including the port, Earthquake Park, Lake Hood and Bootleggers Cove. Gain further insight into Alaska's indigenous cultures with a visit to the renowned Alaska Native Heritage Center.

food icon   STORY Way Dining: : Tonight we will celebrate our adventure through Alaska at a wonderful Farewell Dinner.

Accommodation: Hotel Captain Cook or similar, 1 Night

Anchorage, Alaska

Anchorage, Alaska

 

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Day 9: DEPARTURE DAY OR EXTEND YOUR STAY

After your breakfast (time permitting) meet our representative for your included airport transfer.

Wild Alaska

 

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Heart of City Hotels mean your experience is like none other in the travel industry.

There is a difference between centrally-located hotels and Story's Heart of City hotels. No taxis or shuttles required when you're in the historical heart of the cities and villages. Our Deluxe tour hotels feature a full, hot breakfast included daily with cappuccino, tea, juice and an assortment of meats, fresh, local vegetables, fresh-baked pastries and fruit.

Fairbanks, Alaska - 2 Nights



Talkeetna, Alaska - 2 Nights



Girdwood, Alaska - 3 Nights



Anchorage, Alaska - 1 Night


9 Day - STORY's Grand Alaskan Adventure.
Included:


We've tried to include everything! However, make note of the following:

  • Arrival Transfers in Fairbanks

    Departure Transfers in Anchorage:

    4 Unique Dinners Included: Our Tour Captains will invite you to join them to unique restaurants each night even when dinner is optional.

  • Enjoy a True Small Group of never more than 16 Travelers. Guaranteed. No waiting on big groups on big buses.
  • Hotels in the heart of the cities and towns.
    Not on the outskirts of town so no shuttles or special transfers needed.
  • We Never Upsell while On Tour.
    See any of the mainstream tour operator itineraries to the UK and Northern Ireland and you will see very quickly how their "tour directors" make extra revenue.
  • Story Land & Sea® provides gratuities for your Local City Tour Guides, Tour Drivers, Restaurant and Hotel Staff.
  • Customary gratuities for your Story Tour Captain are not included and should be extended on a voluntary, individual basis...
  • Off-the-Beaten-Path and unique Restaurants throughout the itinerary. 
    A authentic restaurants that fit our group size.
  • All Admissions and Sightseeing as defined on itinerary
  • Portage Included through your Small Group Tour.
  • Services of professional Tour director called a Tour Captain. 
    The Tour Captain serves as your host throughout the trip to ensure everything goes according to the journey's plan.
  • Services of Professional Guides
    We use professional, certified guides for our sightseeing at select venues and sites throughout the Small Group Tour. 

TOUR CONDITIONS:

Services of a full-time, experienced guides and professional Tour Captain.

SIGHTSEEING
Comprehensive daily sightseeing per itinerary via private transportation with experienced, local driver. Admission & entrance fees to all sightseeing as detailed per itinerary.

DAILY BREAKFAST, AND 4 DINNERS
Full, hot breakfast daily. 4 dinners included per itinerary. Coffee or tea included with breakfast only; all other beverages are extra. Select dinners are included at unique restaurants.

PORTAGE
Portage (one suitcase per person) and all tipping (driver, restaurant, hotel and guide staff) included. Extra bag portaged for $130 per bag. Story Land & Sea luggage tags upon arrival first hotel.

SOLO TRAVELERS 
Single Supplement applies. See Dates & Rates Tab.

PASSPORTS & VISAS
Travel documents are your responsibility including compliance with customs' regulations. PASSPORTS: A valid passport is required and must be obtained in person by each tour member at a local passport office.

LODGING & ACCOMMODATIONS
Tour prices are per person, based on two persons sharing double or twin-bedded room with private bathroom with tub or shower. Single rooms subject to availability and at an additional cost (tour participants without a roommate will have to pay the single room surcharge). Hotels used are based on your itinerary.

SERVICE CHARGES AND TAXES: All departure taxes and tipping are included. 

Airfare is not included but it can be quoted here. Remember, you are responsible to arrive at the point of your small group Italy tour origination. If you are delayed for any reason, your vacation may be at risk even if Story Land & Sea® made your airfare arrangements. Airfare is a completely separate booking from your land tour vacation. You can cancel your vacation with a 100% refund up to 90 days prior to departure. Within 90 days you will begin receiving penalties per the terms of the Tour Application should you have to cancel.

Travel Protection is not included. Story Land and Sea® recommends that you purchase a travel protection plan to help protect you and your travel investment against the unexpected. A Protection Plan can include coverage for Trip Cancellation, Trip Interruption, Emergency Medical and Emergency Evacuation/Repatriation, Trip Delay, Baggage Delay and more.

For more information on available plans or to enroll, go to travelexinsurance.com or contact Travelex Insurance Services at 800-228-9297 and reference location number 06-0051.

 

 

9 Day - STORY's Grand Alaskan Adventure

2020 Departures

— Small Group Tour Prices —
Published Date Tour Size Price Per Person
Prices subject to change. Please inquire with booking.
Departures in July 2020
July 17 Max 16 Guests $7,379

Solo Supplement: $1,559

True Small Group departures with no more than 16 Story Guests, per person based on double occupancy plus on-tour airfare.



 

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