Introduction Join us as we see America’s “Last Frontier” first hand. Marvel at the size of this largest state in the U.S. with all its awesome natural wonders that can only be fully experienced on a land, sea, and air tour. Bring plenty of digital space because everyday is a “Kodak” moment from sunrise […]
Join us as we see America’s “Last Frontier” first hand. Marvel at the size of this largest state in the U.S. with all its awesome natural wonders that can only be fully experienced on a land, sea, and air tour. Bring plenty of digital space because everyday is a “Kodak” moment from sunrise to sunset (or does the sun set?)
Travel by van, plane, sight-seeing vessel, fishing boat, and Mississippi- style riverboat. See agriculture as we visit an area where 90 pound cabbage and 30 pound turnips are grown and get acquainted with musk ox farming. Opportunities to see wildlife will seem endless. Take advantage of the opportunity to catch world-class halibut on a day of fishing in Cook Inlet. As we travel in our van we are likely to see moose, bears, and more. Cruise Kenai Fjords National Park, and visit the Alaska Sea Life Center in Seward. Sea lions, sea otters, whales, moose, caribou, timberwolves, grizzly bears, black bears, and numerous sheep are among the animals we will see in their natural environment. In addition, you will have an opportunity to see Mt. McKinley, the University of Alaska, a recreated Athabascan village, and glaciers. The highlight of the trip, of course, will be the day of halibut fishing.
We hope you can travel with us on this unforgettable, activity-filled tour of one of the most fascinating and scenic places in the world.
Day 1-We arrive in Anchorage, Alaska’s largest city. After getting our
luggage, we will head to our hotel for an overnight. Depending on our
arrival time, we may have time to explore the city of Anchorage before we
“hit the hay”.
Day 2– Jerry will pick up our van for the duration of the trip this morning.
After breakfast we will see the mountains in the background as we head to
the eastern side of Alaska and toward the town of Delta Junction, the
town where the Alaskan Highway (Alcan) ends. The route leads us
through a beautiful scenic area of Alaska as we pass by Matanuska Glacier
and the Wrangell-Elias Mountain Range. Always have your camera ready
because you never know when a moose, bear, or some other critter will
appear along or on the road. After a short stop at the visitor’s center, we
will stop at the Steakhouse of Delta Junction for our evening meal before
going on to one of our favorite bed and breakfast stays with Rick and
Day 3-Our first stop is Rika to check out the roadhouse and its sample of
Alaskan history and gift shop that I’m sure you’ll all be interested in. We
continue on with a view of the Alaska Pipeline up close. We see it often as
we continue on for the next couple of days, and you might agree with me
that it could be considered the eighth wonder of the world. Our next stop
is at North Pole, just a few miles out of Fairbanks. This is a good place to
mail any postcards, to get them postmarked “North Pole”. We also see
Santa’s house. Notice the light poles in town. Our last stop is Fairbanks
for today. Following our fast-food lunch, we have another short drive to
the Museum of the North, located on the campus of the University of
Alaska, Fairbanks. The unique, modern architecture of the outside seems
to be in contrast to the artifacts that cover the history of Alaska from
native inhabitants to early settlers and the gold rush. While Fairbanks may
be one of the coldest cities in Alaska in the winter, it is one of the
warmest in the summer, with temperatures frequently in the 70’s and
80’s. We will eat local style before heading to our entertainment for the
night, a light-hearted, comical look at the colorful characters from early
and present day Fairbanks. After a long day we retire to our hotel for the
Day 4-Today is a well-earned relaxing day as we cruise the Tanana River on
an old-fashioned paddle wheeler. Paddle-wheel tourist riverboats still ply
the Chena and Tanana Rivers, and we have reserved seats on board for
this morning’s cruise. The Mississippi style riverboat cruises to an
authentic (recreated) Athabascan village where many of the traditional
skills and lifestyles of the native people can be seen in one place. Skills
include salmon fishing, wood carving, dog handling, and working with
leather and skins. Guides at this village are native Alaskans. We return to
our riverboat departure point around noon. We head south to enjoy the
exciting scenery and events that await us.
Day 5– Today is our trek into the great Denali National Park. After an early
breakfast we begin our bus tour of Denali National Park some time
between 5 a.m. and 8 a.m. Although the visibility of Mount McKinley
varies, we hope to have a clear day with active animals. We will see sheep
and caribou and may see moose, timberwolves, ptarmigan, and grizzly
bears. Our professional driver/guide is experienced at seeing wildlife, but
also appreciates your help at spotting animals since he or she is also driving
the bus. Should Mount McKinley be visible, we will be in for a treat and
for photo opportunities. This amazing part of creation is especially awe
inspiring because it rises higher above its nearby surroundings, 18,000
feet, than any other mountain in the world. Mt. Everest rises only 11,000
feet above its surroundings. Lunch and frequent stops will be provided
enroute. We spend a few minutes at the end of our trip in the small shops
that line the highway in Denali. We will have supper in the Salmon Bake
Restaurant in the town of Denali. We will again stay a short distance from
Denali National Park.
Day 6-Today we’re on our way south. Our first stop will be in the
village of Talkeetna. Located on the edge of Denali National Park, this
village was the inspiration for the TV show Northern Exposure. After
eating lunch and visiting the many shops, we head south to our next stop,
Wasilla, home of Sarah Palin. We continue on to the famous Iditarod
Trails Dog Race Museum in Wasilla. This museum is dedicated to the
heroic efforts of dog mushers competing in the annual 1000 mile Iditarod
Sled Dog Race. We view an interesting, short video about the Iditarod
race, see sled dogs and puppies, and have a chance to ride behind sled
dogs if you choose. We will spend the night in Wasilla, the home town of
the Republican Party’s Vice- Presidential candidate in 2008.
Day 7-This morning we will start with a stop at the Visitor’s Center in
Palmer, the heart of Alaskan agriculture, less than an hour’s drive from
Anchorage. Palmer owes its existence to the hardy pioneers who
homesteaded the land when the railroad was built in the early part of this
century, and to the more than 200 families who came in 1935 from
America’s depressed Midwest to establish the Matanuska colony. The
colonists, as they are still called, arrived in May and lived in tent camps in
and around Palmer until their homes were ready. They drew lots for their
40 acre tracts. They cleared the land and planted it and, in the face of
many obstacles, established the Palmer area as the center of Alaskan
agriculture. Next we stop at a musk ox farm. The Musk Ox Farm, located
just outside of Palmer, is home to a unique domestication project which
began in 1954. The Musk Ox Farm is an ideal place to observe and
photograph these animals at close range. On our tour you will learn about
the history of the musk ox, a prehistoric remnant of the last great Ice Age,
and how it has been domesticated on the farm. You’ll see cows, powerful
bulls, and tame yearlings. The Musk Ox Project promotes the use of qiviut
(the fine under-wool of the musk ox) as the basis of an Arctic native textile
industry,which provides an economic supplement to subsistive
communities throughout Alaska. We will spend the afternoon exploring an
abandoned gold mine and enjoying the wonderful scenery on the way to
Hatcher Pass. We will return to our home in Wasilla for the second night.
Day 8-As we drive south of Anchorage, our first stop is at Potter’s Marsh,
just outside of Anchorage. You will be able to see several species of birds
and perhaps a moose strolling through the marsh or salmon spawning
below you, as you wander along the 1500 ft. long marsh watching
boardwalk. We will drive southeast to spend some time at Girdwood 40
miles south of the city. We stop at “The Great Alaskan Tourist Trap” briefly
before taking to one of the area trails. Along this stretch of highway from
south of Girdwood to Seward take special note of the tides which are
among the highest in the world at up to 40 feet. We may see only muddy
flats at low tide or water-filled inlets at high tide. We will enjoy our lunch
at another unique restaurant where you can enjoy a sandwich, pizza, or a
bottomless bowl of soup. We will pass by the Alaska Wildlife Center. Here
injured and orphaned animals are rehabilitated and provided with a home
similar to their native habitat. We will see elk, as well as bears, moose,
eagles, and whatever other critters may be in need of help. We continue
south along the highway which can produce an avalanche of scenery to the
end of the road at Seward.
Day 9-We spend the day on a cruise of the Kenai Fjords National Park. In
the past on this cruise we have seen salmon, sharks, orcas, porpoises,
whales, sea otters, sea lions, black bears, and sheep. In addition, we will
probably be able to experience the calving of a glacier and hear the
thundering sound. Included in the cruise is a healthy lunch on the boat
and an all you can eat salmon and prime rib supper on Fox Island before
returning to the mainland. After a short break we will have an opportunity
to travel to Exit Glacier just north of Seward for a short hike to another
Day 10-After breakfast we go to the Alaska Sea Life Center, a research and
rehabilitation center partially built with a 56 million dollar fine paid by
Exxon after the oil spill. Here you will see live birds and fish and have an
opportunity to have your picture taken with a sea lion. Then we head
north and west to Soldotna. After a stop for lunch we drive south to the
village of Ninilchik which takes us back in time to an earlier era in Alaska.
This small village of Ninilchik has around 200 fishing outfitters leaving from
the harbor. We will make a quick stop at one of the area churches, a
Russian Orthodox Church built by Russian residents during the early 20th
century. Now we go on to Homer on the opposite side of the Kenai
Peninsula from Seward. We will have a chance to shop and eat on the
world-famous “spit” to dine on halibut or salmon before we spend our
night in Anchor Point to be close to our fishing voyage. Before heading to
our lodging we stop at Fred Meyer (Alaska’s answer to Walmart) to pick
up a fishing license and brunch for the following day.
Day 11-This is fishing day! Hopefully you were able to sleep after
dreaming about world record halibut. A few years ago a world record
halibut was caught in Cook Inlet out of Homer, just south of here, that
weighed 453 pounds. We may just catch small 30 and 40 pound fish or
maybe a slightly bigger 100 pound fish. Our catch can be packed and
prepared for shipping home in this village. We will spend a second night
here. The evening meal will be the catch of the day…. OUR catch!
Day 12-We will pick up our frozen fish this morning and head back to
Anchorage. This is the day we arrive safely back in Iowa to share all the
fish stories with our friends. Our last day will vary depending on our flight
times (we may stay overnight for one more night or take a late departure
Who We Are
Jerry and Diana Kokoschke and More for Le$$ Tours
We are career teachers who have put together tour
packages that we feel would be interesting to many people.
Jerry has a BSEd in English and German. Diana has a BSEd
and MSEd in special education.
We spent the summer of 2002 operating a bed and
breakfast house in Germany for a non-profit organization,
which allowed us to enjoy German life from the inside.
We also have hosted 23 exchange students in our home and
have traveled to visit many of these students. We were
encouraged by friends to develop tours to non-traditional
places that we had encountered.
Because we have direct contact with all of our
destinations, we are able to offer more sights at a lower
cost to you. Thus, we developed our name, More for Le$$
Tours, in 2000.
We lead very active lives in addition to our travels.
* Jerry is a retired teacher, a Melvin Jones Lions Club recipient,
an auctioneer, an avid fisherman, and enjoys gardening and
* Diana is a retired teacher, operates a tax and financial services
business, books all the tours, and enjoys doing cross stitch.
Why Travel With Us?
* No hidden or optional tour fees-all included
* Personally selected 3* and 4* hotels
* Most meals included (except on some trips)
* Personally selected sights and activities
* No flag leader—literature, maps, and suggestions for each
sight are provided
* Efficient use of time provides more opportunity for experiences
* Inside information from natives
* Interesting background materials in all areas (we are teachers
* Lower costs because we do everything by ourselves.
The cost of the tour is $ 3450 per person, based on double
occupancy. Supplement for a single traveler is $250. Children
staying in a room with a parent will be at a reduced rate.
More for Le$$ Value with everything below included:
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More for Le$$ Tours Terms and Conditions
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you with more sights, better accommodations, and the best tour
available at less cost to you.
Prices shown are per person, double occupancy, stated in
US Dollars. Single supplements are specified.
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April 1, 2018 and Final payment will be due on
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We recommend Travel Guard Insurance, as they have competitive
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assist you with that purchase if desired.
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