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  • Anchorage
  • Homer
  • Seward
  • Wasilla/ Palmer
  • Valdez
  • Fairbanks
  • Denali national Park
  • Anchorage

During the 15-day "Mighty Alaska" road trip you will be spoilt for the unspoilt nature scenes of Alaska. The possibility you spot grizzly bears and other brown bears is high, as is the possibility to spot whales during your expedition. And how about a walk to the edge of Exit Glacier in the Kenai Fjords NP or fly over the impressive Mount Denali? Impressive? To say the least.

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Day 1 & 2 - Anchorage

Anchorage is the largest city in Alaska and Alaska is the largest state in the US, to give you an idea it is about 53 times the size of Belgium. Your transfer to your hotel awaits, so all you ned to do is relax, breathe in the fresh air, maybe stretch your legs for a while and then doze off into a deep sleep so that you are ready for what is about  to become one of the most beautiful road trips of your life.

Tomorrow you spend the day at leisure to explore Anchorage. This morning you take possession of your rental car. Why not hop in at the Alaska Native Center which will present you with historical facts and interesting local cultural displays. You can also take a walk along the coast, put some local brews to the test or even book a flight by seaplane to admire glaciers and Alaska’s wildlife from the air.

Standard Hotel:  Ramada Anchorage (Bed only)
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Superior Hotel:  Hilton Hotel
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Day 3 & 4 - Anchorage > Homer (360km)

Along the Seward and Sterling Highway you drive south through a breath-takingly beautiful landscape. En-route, several stops are foreseen to hike the areas

Homer is the home of halibut fishing. Stroll through Homer Spit for the best view of the Kenai Peninsula. You can also go on a guided fishing or kayak expedition.

Standard Hotel:  BW Bidarka Inn
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Superior Hotel:  Land's End Resort
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Day 5 - Homer > Seward (272 km)

You head further north. Today your first piece of gravel road has been programmed: the Skilak Loop Drive, a must. This sand and gravel road runs through uninhabited natural area where the chance to spot wild animals, especially bears, shoots up into the air. Your end point today leads via the southern Passage to Moose Pass, a small, typical community in the middle of nowhere, to picturesque Seward, the gateway to the famous Kenai Fjords National Park.

Standard Hotel:  Breeze Inn
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Superior Hotel:  Windsong Lodge (Bed only)
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Day 6 - Seward

Today a cruise on the Kenai Fjords is an absolute must. The fjords are home to a rich and abundant fauna including sea lions, seals, otters, porpoises, orcas and humpback whales. After the cruise, get some interesting facts and figures from the Alaska Sealife Center. You may soon become a pro on the area. Another amazing plan? Head for the glacier where you can take a short walk on one of the oldest glaciers in the world!. The word magic may not even cover the load.

Standard Hotel:  Breeze Inn
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Superior Hotel:  Windsong Lodge (Bed only)
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Day 7 - Seward > Wasilla / Palmer (272 km)

From Kenai, your itinerary takes you north to the Portage Glacier, also more than worth your effort. On the way, stop to enjoy the Hatcher Pass and the Independence Mine Historic Park.

Standard Hotel:  Alaska Garden Gate Palmer
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Superior Hotel:  BW Lake Lucille
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Day 8 & 9 - Wasilla > / Palmer > Valdez (432km)

Two super highways follow up on each other today: the beautiful Glenn Highway and the Richardson Highway. If you wish, you will get to the Worthington Glacier.

Valdez is the ideal base for the exploration of the Prince William Sound. The bay is surrounded by the Chugach Mountains and the Columbia Glacier.

Standard Hotel:  Mountain Sky Hotel
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Superior Hotel:  BW Valdez Harbor Inn
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Day 10 & 11 - Valdez > Fairbanks (586 km)

During this long trek you will pass a succession of forests and mountains. Stop at the North Pole just before Fairbanks, you might get to see Santa there!

After Anchorage, this is the second largest city in Alaska. In this northernmost city of Alaska you can also enjoy the days with the longest daylight hours. Besides; this is THE city of gold diggers! Those who feel like trying their luck and taking some precious metal home, simply book an optional excursion.

 

Standard Hotel:  River's Edge Resort
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Superior Hotel:  Pike's Waterfront Lodge
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Day 12 & 13 - Fairbanks > Denali National Park (200 km)

You leave Fairbanks calmly and yet enthusiastically as you look forward to the next literally highlight of your journey: Mount Denali. With its 6190 meter tall stature, it is bound to impress you.

Tomorrow, day 13, a colourful excursion has been planned for you. How about an 8 hours bus tour through the Denali National Park during which you can admire the peak Mount Denali, That is if it is not veiled by clouds. In the park you will be spoiled for wildlife: bears, caribou, mouflons, wolves, moose and numerous other animals.

Standard Hotel:  Denali Grizzly Bear Resort (Bed only)
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Superior Hotel:  Grande Denali Lodge
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Day 14 - Denali National Park < Anchorage (379km)

It is hard to believe. Today is your last full day of your itinerary. 24 hours to take in the beauty of Alaska. Participate in one of the activities offered by the Denali National Park or meet the sled dogs of Jeff King, one of the most famous participants in Iditarod. He is the oldest of the mushers and 4 time winner of this prestigious and legendary sled race. Around midday you will continue to Anchorage 
Standard Hotel:  Ramada Anchorage (Bed only)
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Superior Hotel:  Hilton Hotel
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Day 15 - Anchorage

End of your journey, start of your memories. You simply drop off your rental car at the airport in time for your return flight.

Hotels & Meals

Mainstream American cuisine is similar to that in other Western countries. Wheat is the primary cereal grain. Traditional American cuisine uses indigenous ingredients, such as turkey, venison, potatoes, sweet potatoes, corn, squash, and maple syrup, which were consumed by Native Americans and early European settlers.

Slow-cooked pork and beef barbecue, crab cakes, potato chips, and chocolate chip cookies are distinctively American foods. Soul food, developed by African slaves, is popular around the South and among many African Americans elsewhere. Syncretic cuisines such as Louisiana Creole, Cajun, and Tex-Mex are regionally important. The confectionery industry in the United States includes The Hershey Company, the largest chocolate manufacturer in North America. In addition, Frito-Lay, a subsidiary of PepsiCo, is the largest globally distributed snack food company in the world. The United States has a vast breakfast cereal industry that includes brands such as Kellogg's and General Mills.

Characteristic dishes such as apple pie, fried chicken, pizza, hamburgers, and hot dogs derive from the recipes of various immigrants. French fries, Mexican dishes such as burritos and tacos, and pasta dishes freely adapted from Italian sources are widely consumed. Americans generally prefer coffee to tea. Marketing by U.S. industries is largely responsible for making orange juice and milk ubiquitous breakfast beverages.

The American fast food industry, the world's largest, pioneered the drive-through format in the 1930s. Fast food consumption has sparked health concerns. During the 1980s and 1990s, Americans' caloric intake rose 24%; frequent dining at fast food outlets is associated with what public health officials call the American "obesity epidemic". Highly sweetened soft drinks are widely popular, and sugared beverages account for nine percent of American caloric intake.

(Wikipedia)

Travel Documents

  • Travel documents: All Belgian nationals*  (children and babies included) must be in possession of an international e-passport (biometric) containing min. 2 blank pages,  valid at day of entry and during the entire stay. Connections recommends to let common sense prevail and to build in some slack in terms of validity. Often unforeseen circumstances (weather factors, volcanoes, and threats all kinds) are the cause of a mandatory postponed return date. A credit card is required upon check-in at the hotels and also when renting a car. Please keep this in mind. We strongly recommend you to print out the Esta- or Eta permit and to have it on you while you travel to avoid problems. 

  • All passengers who travel to and /or via the U.S. must apply for an electronic travel authorization at least 72 hours prior to departure. The ESTA procedure must be requested via the official website link https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov and paid by a personal credit card only.

  • Travellers with a non-Belgian nationality and / or travellers travelling on a foreign passport are invited to spontaneously report this matter to the Connections travel consultant and shall contact their respective embassy (s) or Consulate (ate) to obtain the latest updates concerning all current travel requirements and documents. They must apply for an electronic travel authorization at least 72 hours prior to departure via the official website link https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov and pay by a personal credit card only.

Insurances

Have a safe and carefree trip: travel fully insured with our Protections travel insurance! Our Protections insurance policies offer various formulas in order to offer you the widest possible cover (with even a fly-on-time, natural catastrophes and epidemics) for both single journeys or for the entire year.  We guarantee you the best protection at the best price. 

Tailored travel

The tours in our brochures are just a few examples of travel itineraries possible. Our trips can be tailored to suit your specific needs. If you want to book a specific destination or combine it with a mini-tour then we will gladly make you a tailor-made offer. For a personalised day-by-day program please contact our destination experts

Would you like to travel in a group; with your entire family, friends or colleagues? (min. 10 people required). Put our know-how to the test and send us your details and wishes. We will gladly turn the blueprints of your trip into a detailed quote and a lasting memory for you to cherish. Contact our Connections' Group Service by e-mail at groups@connections.be or by telephone on +32 (0)2 550 01 65. We would love to hear from you.

Health

No mandatory vaccinations. To verify the latest updates on health requirements, please surf to www.itg.be.
Medical interventions and costs can soon become outrageous in the U.S.A. Reflect before leaving and subscribe a decent travel insurance. Our protections All-in Premier insurance was especially designed specifically for travel to the U.S.A. and provides ample cover for all major calamities (fly-on-time and natural disasters included)!

Time Zones

The United States span 4 time zones:

  • Eastern (- 6 h)
  • Central (- 7 h)
  • Mountain (- 8 h)
  • Pacific (- 9 h)

Daylight saving time 2018: In The USA the clock is set forward in the night of Sunday 12 MAR 2017 at 2am.  In Belgium, the clock is set forward on Sunday 26 MAR 2017 at 02am. This entails that between 12 and 26 March, the time difference is one hour less than indicated above.

Winter time 2018: Belgium turns the clock back one hour on Sunday 29 OCT 2017 at 02am.  The USA turns back the arms of the clock on the night of Saturday, 5 nov at 2am. That entails that during the latter week the time difference is one hour less than indicated above.

Currency

Currency

US Dollar (USD), 1 USD = 0,92 EUR & 10 EUR = 10.83 USD (01/05/2020)

Payment Methods
  • A personal credit card is required upon check-in at the hotels and also when renting a car. The most convenient method of payment is by credit card but cash euros and dollars in small amount come in handy. Inform yourself timely, as from January 15, 2015 your Visa and/or MasterCard credit card (and possibly other types of credit cards) has automatically been set to "not for use in the US, for US car rental agencies and during cruises under the American flag".
  • You must then apply for a release of your credit card. This may be done prior to your arrival in the U.S. (in your bank branch or via the telephone number listed on the back of your credit card or by means of a special form available for PC banking) as well as after arrival in the US (through a withdrawal at an ATM. Please note, in this case there will be a transaction fee charged to your account). The same applies to the Maestro function in your bank card.

Climate

Average Temperatures (°C):
Destination J F M A M J J A S O N D
San Francisco 13 16 16 17 18 19 19 19 21 21 18 14
Las Vegas 14 17 21 26 31 37 40 39 34 27 19 14
New York  3  5 10 16 22 26 29 28 24 18 12  6
Miami 24 25 26 28 30 31 32 32 31 29 27 25
Chicago -1  2  8 15 22 27 29 28 24 17 9  2
Washington DC  6  8 13 19 24 29 31 30 26 20 14  8

What's included?

  • 14 night's  accommodation in listed hotels or  equivalent
  • Rental car: 1.2p compact, 3p midsize, 4p fullsize
  • Your E-roadbook

What's not included?

Your international return flight, unlisted meals and beverages aw well as personal expenses such as fuel, tips, etc

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