Alaska vacations come in many shapes and sizes, but rest assured Alaska truly has something to offer nearly everyone. A vacation to Alaska will almost certainly be one of your favorite vacations, and the experience of a lifetime. There is a reason why many Alaska residents first came to Alaska on a vacation, and never left! Alaska's friendly people, stunning scenery, abundant wildlife, massive glaciers and rugged peaks all await you on your Alaska vacation.
Where to start? Alaska is a big place and there is lots to do. Consider starting off by calling an Alaska vacations expert. Your Alaska vacation will likely include many components with numerous hotels, tours and cruises, as well as transportation options such as a rental car, bus travel or the Alaska railroad. Often arranging all these services can mean hours or even days of research and phone time. When you purchase an Alaskan vacation package you can book everything with one phone call. By calling an Alaska vacations expert, like the folks at Alaska Tour and Travel, you also have someone to walk to though the planning process step by step. They will make sure your Alaska vacation includes the tours and destinations that are just right for your party. Alaska Tour and Travel also has a 'zero mark up' policy, so you can be sure you are getting the best available rates on each component in your Alaska vacation.
Alaska vacations can be broken down into a number of categories including self guided, escorted, Alaska cruise tours, and RV or motorhome rental vacations. Here are a few of the differences.
Escorted Alaska vacations. On an escorted vacation package you will generally travel with a group of 25 to 40 fellow passengers lead by an experienced escort, often call a tour director or tour manager. Your guide will take care of most of the details of your Alaska vacation - checking you into hotels, suggesting restaurants, arranging optional tours, and making sure your luggage takes the same trip as you. Travel is generally by exclusive motorcoach and Alaska railroad. All accommodations, transportation, tours, and many meals are usually included.
Self guided Alaska vacations by rental car or Alaska railroad and motorcoach. On a self guided vacation you generally travel with just your own party, without a guide who stays with you the entire way. You usually arrange your own meals, transfers and optional tours en route. Self-guided trips are generally less expensive and offer more flexibility on planning day to day schedules during your Alaska vacation. "Self drive" Alaska vacations travel by rental car, while many people choose not to drive and travel by a combination of the Alaska Railroad and Motorcoach.
Alaska cruise tour vacations. A cruise tour vacation combines a 7 day Gulf of Alaska cruise to or from Alaska with an Alaska land tour, typically 4 to 6 days in length. Cruises travel between Seward and Vancouver, BC. A cruise tour really represents seeing all of the best Alaska has to offer. The cruise portion offers massive glaciers, interesting southeast Alaska port town, and of course all the amenities of a fabulous cruise ship from major lines like Princess Cruises. On the land side of your vacation, you will travel into interior Alaska for exciting excursions, wildlife viewing and great scenery like the magnificent Mt. McKinley.
Alaska RV rentals. For the ultimate flexibility on your Alaska vacation consider renting a motorhome. You can decide when and where to go in Alaska as you travel. Motorhomes offer great cost savings as well, since you won't need a hotel, rental car and can cook many of your own meals.
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