There isn’t a more independent way of experiencing Alaska at your own pace then to create a custom travel itinerary which includes a rental car as your means of transportation for your Alaska vacation. All of Alaska Tour & Travel’s packages can be customized to provide visitors the option of traveling via rental car instead of the Park Connection Motorcoach or the Alaska Railroad. We sometimes call these packages Self-drives, and have found they are a popular means of touring Alaska. Our Self-drive’s include all the hotels, tours, car rental and any other necessities that you’ll find in our other packages.
One of the advantages of Self-Drive packages is that you can visit some off-the beaten-path Alaskan communities which are not otherwise included in travel packages. Communities such as Homer, Cooper Landing, Valdez, as well as some great parks such as Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, Kachemak Bay State Park, and even Chugach State Park will be readily accessible to explore at your own pace with a Self-drive package.
Some visitors still want a ride on the Alaska Railroad and choose to include a rental car for only a portion of their Alaska vacation. For example, using Anchorage as your base camp you could use a rental car to visit the Kenai Peninsula towns of Seward and Homer for a few days then return your car to Anchorage before traveling by the Alaska Railroad to Denali and perhaps onward to Fairbanks.
Alaska Self-drive travel packages can be a great value and economical way of touring Alaska. Our staff has learned a few tips about how to reduce the cost of Self-drive packages further. We can arrange to rent your car from an off-airport car rental site in Anchorage which saves you from paying 11% in airport concession taxes, plus a $7 per day Consolidated Facility Fee. Also, if you are embarking or disembarking a cruise ship in Whittier and want to rent a car, you should avoid paying the one-way car rental surcharge of $125 plus taxes as well as paying the Whittier toll tunnel fee by taking the Park Connection Motorcoach to the Anchorage airport and then taking a taxi to Thrifty’s off-site rental office near the airport.
Planning a self-drive Alaska travel package is easy. You can use our Alaska Trip Finder to select a Self-drive package, such as our Best of Alaska Tour 7460, or if you already know where you want to visit; you can build your own package on our Alaska Trip Planner. Any of our Most Popular Tours can be converted to a Self-drive and keep in mind that you get to choose the type of car you want to rent as well. If you want help planning, give our Alaska Travel Experts a call and let them help you plan a Self-drive travel package; our staff is very familiar with Alaska’s highways and their roadside stops, and we enjoy giving you our own insight in where to stop along the way.