Gray Line of Alaska Launches Season With Special Denali National Park Packages, New Self-Drive Tours



    
    Individual and Group Tours Can Be Readily Customized

    
    SEATTLE, May 26 /CNW/ -- Gray Line of Alaska is launching its Alaska
season with new self-drive tours and Denali Summer Special packages.  A leader
in Alaska and Yukon tourism with more than 60 years of experience, Gray Line
of Alaska specializes in offering a wide range of land tours from Denali to
the Arctic and customizing individual itineraries.

    "Alaska-bound travelers should take advantage of these new special
offers," said Mark Mumm, Gray Line of Alaska's director of sales and
marketing. "Our tour season, including day trips in many destinations, runs
through Sept. 22, and we have availability on most packages. We also
specialize in creating custom packages for both individuals and groups.
Because we have the knowledge and infrastructure -- day boats, trains and
motor coaches -- readily available, we can create an ideal travel itinerary or
customize an existing tour on relatively short notice."
    

    Denali Summer Special
    
    Gray Line of Alaska is making star-attraction Denali National Park more
accessible for visitors with its Denali Summer Special. The affordable,
two-day packages are offered through Sept. 19 and include roundtrip luxury
rail travel to Denali and one night at a park entrance hotel.  Prices start at
$289 per person, double occupancy, from Anchorage, or $199, per person, double
occupancy, from Fairbanks.

    "Our Denali Summer Special package gives visitors time to tour the
popular Tundra Wilderness or take trips featuring whitewater rafting,
flightseeing, guided hiking and self-drive jeep tours," said Mumm. "The
six-hour Tundra Wilderness Tour is the best way to travel deep into Denali
National Park, where wildlife -- including grizzly bears, moose, caribou, Dall
sheep and wolves -- is most readily spotted."

    Train travel is aboard McKinley Explorer domed railcars. These trains,
North America's largest passenger railcars, offer panoramic glass windows for
viewing picturesque Alaska's dramatic scenery while traveling to and from
Denali.
    

    New Self-Drive Tours
    
    For independent travelers, Gray Line of Alaska is adding two new
pre-planned, self-drive tours to its Alaska by Car program this year. Both
include a rental car, itinerary, hotel reservations and select tours.

    Homer by Car is a seven-day tour, roundtrip from Anchorage, with stops in
Seward, Alyeska and Homer. It includes Portage Glacier, Kenai Fjords and Gulf
Island Kachemak Bay cruises, an Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center tour and
Alyeska tram ride with mountaintop lunch.

    Valdez by Car is a nine-day tour, roundtrip from Anchorage, with stops in
Valdez, Glennallen, Fairbanks and Denali. Travelers take a Columbia Glacier
cruise, ride the luxurious McKinley Explorer train to Denali National Park and
take a Denali Natural History tour.

    Gray Line's Alaska by Car tour is a seven-day self-drive tour, roundtrip
from Anchorage. The Alaska by Car with McKinley Explorer tour adds one day to
visit Denali by train. As with all Gray Line of Alaska tours, these self-drive
itineraries can be customized.
    

    Independent and Escorted Tours
    
    Gray Line of Alaska offers both independent packages and escorted tours.
The Denali and Interior independent packages range from three to seven days
and highlight the Kenai Peninsula, Prince William Sound or Talkeetna. Each
includes Denali National Park.

    Two, eight-day escorted tours offer the convenience of a tour guide to
handle trip logistics. Escorted Great Land Explorer trips journey from
Fairbanks to Anchorage, visiting Talkeetna, Denali and Seward. The Escorted
Alaska Explorer trip is a roundtrip tour from Anchorage that visits Talkeetna,
Denali, Alyeska and Seward.

    Independent highway tours combine the Anchorage-Denali-Fairbanks rail
route with motor coach travel through the Yukon Territory. After Fairbanks,
the All Alaska Tour visits Beaver Creek, Whitehorse, Skagway and Juneau while
the Yukon Highlights trip explores Tok and Dawson City instead of Beaver Creek
before continuing on to Whitehorse, Skagway and Juneau.

    Gray Line of Alaska specializes in creating commissionable custom land
tours and day tours in Alaska and the Yukon for both individuals and groups.
Alaska tour package reservations can be booked with a travel agent, through
the Gray Line of Alaska web site (www.graylinealaska.com) or by calling
800-544-2206.
    

    -- www.graylinealaska.com --

    About Gray Line of Alaska
    
    A division of Holland America Line, Inc., Gray Line of Alaska has been
the premier tour operator in Alaska for more than 60 years. The company offers
multiple-day package tours and a la carte touring options for independent
travelers, and sightseeing tours in Fairbanks, Juneau, Skagway, Anchorage,
Denali, Dawson City and Whitehorse, capital of the Yukon. Information:
800-544-2206; www.graylineofalaska.com.


    
    CONTACT: Sarah Scoltock
    PHONE:   800-637-5029
    FAX:     206-262-5934
    EMAIL:   pr@hollandamerica.com




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For further information:

For further information: Sarah Scoltock, 1-800-637-5029, fax,
+1-206-262-5934, pr@hollandamerica.com

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