At the recent Alaska Media Roadshow, Travel Agent learned that CIRI Alaska Tourism is set to offer the company's first escorted group tour, which goes on sale November 1.
CIRI decided to add the escorted group tour to the company's customized unescorted packages based on feedback from industry partners, CIRI Director of Marketing Dee Buchanon told Travel Agent.
"We had a partner of ours that really wanted to work with us on it, and we wanted to sell into some of our lighter days, so we built a package around days with more availability," Buchanon said. "People have been calling us and asking for escorted tours and guaranteed departures."
The new tour, which is a guaranteed departure, is an eight-day, seven-night itinerary that includes stays at the Anchorage Marriott or Hilton, Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge, Grande Denali or McKinley Village and Seward Windsong Lodge. The tour cost includes seven breakfasts, one lunch, one snack and two dinners.
CIRI will offer five departure dates in 2014: May 19-26, June 2-9, June 30-July 7, July 28- Aug 4 and September 1-8.
5/19, 6/2, 9/1
Value Season 6/30, 7/28 Peak Season
• Net Per Person Double Occupancy $ 2,043.75 $ 2,343.75
• Net Per Person Single Occupancy $ 2,943.75 $ 3,368.75
• Net Per Person Triple Occupancy $ 1,806.25 $ 2,093.75
• Net Per Person Quad Occupancy $ 1,693.75 $ 1,956.25
Day 1 (Monday) Fly to Anchorage, Alaska’s largest city, where you will be greeted at the airport and transferred to the hotel for an overnight in Anchorage. Overnight in Anchorage.
Day 2 (Tuesday) Breakfast included at the hotel. The Anchorage city tour begins with a visit to the Anchorage Museum. Travel today from Anchorage to Seward. Opening group dinner in Seward. Overnight at Seward Windsong Lodge. Overnight in Seward.
Day 3 (Wednesday) Breakfast is included at the lodge. Today you cruise into Kenai Fjords National Park on a dayboat up to the face of a glacier. Overnight again at Seward Windsong Lodge. Lunch is included with the wildlife and glacier cruise. Overnight in Seward.
Day 4 (Thursday) Breakfast at the hotel. Travel from Seward to Talkeetna. Open afternoon & evening in Talkeetna. Overnight at Talkeetna Lodge.
Day 5 (Friday) Breakfast is included at the hotel. Deluxe dome rail train ride from Talkeetna to Denali. Open evening for optional activities. Overnight in Denali.
Day 6 (Saturday) Breakfast is included at the hotel. Tundra Wilderness Tour bus tour deep into Denali National Park is included today. A snack box is included on the motorcoach during the park tour. Free time is included today for optional activities. Overnight in Denali.
Day 7 (Sunday) Breakfast is included at the hotel. Deluxe Motorcoach to Anchorage. Closing night dinner at local restaurant. Overnight in Anchorage.
Day 8 (Monday) Breakfast is included at the hotel. Transfer from the hotel to the airport is included.
CIRI Alaska Tourism offers travel agent partners commission starting from 10 percent.