Essence of Alaska (6 Days)

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Discover Denali & the Mat-Su Valley


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All Ages: Allows for adults and children (we recommend five years and older)

Adult: Adults only (age 16 and older)

Private: Exclusive tour up to seven people

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6 Days, 5 Nights

Starting Price

$4,749 | Based on Double Occupancy

Venture Off the Beaten Path

This core tour of Alaska is engaging from start to finish. Enjoy remarkable scenery, fantastic wildlife viewing, backroad adventures, glacier treks, and river boat rides for six days. Then, if you’re looking for more, customize your trip to your liking or pair it with an Inside Passage cruise.

The Land of Grizzlies and Glaciers

“This tour was excellent. Our guide was amazing, friendly, and very thoughtful. This is a trip I will never forget.”

—Caryn P.

“We had a FANTASTIC time. It’s difficult to summarize all the wonderful things we experienced here. If you book with AAU, you will not be disappointed!”

—Syl A.

“Great itinerary, amazing sights, and the best tour guide I’ve ever experienced. It was a very short but full 6 days and I regret not staying on for a few more days to see Seward like the rest of our group.”

—Gene B.
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    This itinerary packages the essence of Alaska into a compact timeframe. In six days, you’ll see and do more than most travelers who visit our state by other methods. Your knowledgeable Alaskan guide will lead you through the Mat-Su Valley and Denali National Park, allowing you to explore glaciers, encounter wildlife, and tour scenic landscapes. Customize your journey with options like fishing or bear viewing, or cruise home via the Inside Passage.

    • Day 01

      Anchorage & Wasilla

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    • Day 02

      Palmer & Matanuska Glacier

      Upgrade available on this day.

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    • Day 03

      Talkeetna & Denali National Park

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    • Day 04

      Denali National Park

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    • Day 05

      Denali & Wasilla

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    • Day 06


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    Rates & Inclusions

    Deluxe Package

    Treat yourself to the ultimate trip. Our Deluxe Package includes all listed activities, transportation, deluxe hotels, a partial meal plan, plus Denali flightseeing in Talkeetna. *Ask about our 2025 early season special rates.*

    2024 Rates:

    • $4499 Per Person (Double Occupancy)
    • $4199 Per Person (Triple/Quad Occupancy)
    • $5199 Per Person (Single Occupancy)
    • $230 Per Person Tax

    2025 Rates:

    • $4749 Per Person (Double Occupancy)
    • $4449 Per Person (Triple/Quad Occupancy)
    • $5449 Per Person (Single Occupancy)
    • $250 Per Person Tax

    Quality Package

    Enjoy great value with our Quality Package, which includes all listed activities, transportation, quality hotels, a partial meal plan, plus a river jet boat ride in Talkeetna.

    2024 Rates:

    • $4249 Per Person (Double Occupancy)
    • $3949 Per Person (Triple/Quad Occupancy)
    • $4949 Per Person (Single Occupancy)
    • $230 Per Person Tax

    2025 Rates:

    • $4499 Per Person (Double Occupancy)
    • $4199 Per Person (Triple/Quad Occupancy)
    • $5199 Per Person (Single Occupancy)
    • $250 Per Person Tax

    What’s Included in Your tour

    • checkmark icon Accommodations for Five Nights
    • checkmark icon Most Meals
    • checkmark icon Executive 14-Seat Mini-Coach
    • checkmark icon Private Alaskan Guide
    • checkmark icon Denali National Park Tour
    • checkmark icon Zipline or Horseback Riding
    • checkmark icon Knik Glacier Boat Tour
    • checkmark icon Gold Panning at Independence Mine
    • checkmark icon Hatcher Pass Scenic Tour
    • checkmark icon Matanuska Glacier Ice trek
    • checkmark icon Denali Flightseeing in Talkeetna (Deluxe)
    • checkmark icon River Jet Boat Ride in Talkeetna (Quality)

    Available Activity Upgrades

    Want to make your Alaskan adventure even more remarkable? We have activity upgrades on select days, allowing you to enjoy the Alaskan tour of your dreams. Check out the tour itinerary for available upgrades.

    Tour Add-Ons

    Looking to make this trip of a lifetime even more memorable? We have some experiences to recommend! Our add-on experiences begin at the end of your official tour. We’re happy to provide suggestions of activities and accommodations as well as assist with the planning and coordination of your touring.

    Bear Viewing

    Anchorage Add-On

    Lake Clark Bear Viewing (6–8 hrs)


    After a scenic ride on a float plane that passes three active volcanoes, numerous salmon streams, and towering glaciers, you’ll arrive at this ideal oceanfront bear viewing habitat to watch brown bears interacting with each other in the wild. Observe them as they frolic in the grass with their cubs, dig for claims, and take afternoon naps.

    Anchorage Add-On

    Katmai Bear Viewing (8–10 hrs)


    The federally protected Katmai National Park and Preserve is world famous for having the largest population of Alaska brown bears. Accessible only by air, this is Alaska wilderness in its rawest form. At Brooks Falls, where numerous bears congregate to catch salmon, three bear viewing platforms connected by elevated boardwalks allow for close, unobstructed, extraordinary bear viewing.

    Pre- and Post-Tour Accommodations 

    Anchorage Add-On

    Pre-Tour Hotel Stay

    Upscale: $395 / night

    Anchorage Add-On

    Post-Tour Hotel Stay

    Upscale: $395 / night


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