Travel with UAF-OLLI
June 14 – 17 Haines & Skagway: Fjords, Glaciers and Wildlife
July 10 - 12 Delta Junction: Its Farms, People and History
August 1 - 4 Kotzebue: Fish Camp and Inupiat Culture *CANCELED*
A $100 non-refundable deposit is due at registration.
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We strongly recommend that all excursion participants purchase travel insurance from an insurance carrier of their own choice. If you must cancel your trip due to health or other problems, OLLI cannot refund payments unless the travel vendor agrees to refund what OLLI has already paid in advance.
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Delta Junction: Its Farms, People and History
July 10 - 12
Activity Level: Moderate to Active
Delta Junction is located about 100 miles south of Fairbanks, near the confluence of the Delta and Tanana rivers. The famed Alaska Highway ends here, where it intersects with the Richardson Highway. The early history of non-native settlement in the area began in 1928 with the introduction of 23 bison from Montana to an area south of Big Delta. After World War II, people began farming and continued successfully raising livestock in the Delta Junction area.
This completely-guided excursion gives you a chance to see sights you won’t see when passing through on the main highway and visit places you can’t go on your own. You’ll find there is a lot more to the Delta area than you ever realized. Meet some of the amazing people who grow the food you purchase in our Fairbanks stores. Learn how their specialized farming techniques accommodate the short growing season and the cold and dark winters of interior Alaska. Learn about Delta's history at the Big Delta Historical Park. Tour the Northern Lights Dairy and observe their process from milking the cows to packaging products for the consumer. Visit the green pastures of grazing yaks and their calves, and admire the vast barley fields of Alaska Flour Company. Follow the lead car on gravel or paved side roads, enjoying scenic vistas not visible from the main highway. You’ll stop at historic sites and pass fields of diverse crops on the way to Clearwater Lodge. Eat lunch at the Buffalo Drive-in and visit the Sullivan Roadhouse museum next door. Dine at Rika's Roadhouse both nights and enjoy a lecture afterward. On the last day, drive to The Black Rapids Lodge for a guided tour of the historic Old Black Rapids Roadhouse. The excursion ends with lunch and a spectacular view from the deck of the luxurious Black Rapids Lodge.
Cost per person: $375 double occupancy or $490 single occupancy includes two nights accommodation, two dinners, lunch on Tuesday, two lectures, all guided tours and fees.
Not included: Transportation from Fairbanks to Delta and to activities, transportation from The Black Rapids Lodge to Fairbanks, breakfast and lunch on July 10 and 11.
$100 non-refundable deposit due at registration; remainder due June 2. No refund for cancellation after June 2.
Haines & Skagway: Fjords, Glaciers and Wildlife
*This excursion is full. You can join a wait list.*
June 14 - 17
Activity Level: Easy to Moderate
Haines and Skagway are located at the northern end of the Lynn Canal in Southeast Alaska. Flanked by the largest contiguous protected area on the planet and a UNESCO world heritage site, Haines is the perfect jumping-off point for exploring the geology, history and wildlife of Alaska’s southern panhandle. Skagway is a short 18-mile sail north of Haines via the Lynn Fjord and is home to the world-famous White Pass & Yukon Route Railroad, one of only a few narrow gauge railways still in operation.
This 3-day/4-night excursion begins on Tuesday evening with a group dinner and orientation at the Victorian-era Hotel Hälsingland in Haines. On Wednesday, enjoy a gentle float trip through the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve with a stop at the centuries-old Native Village of Klukwan. On Thursday, board a high-speed catamaran for a 45-minute cruise to Skagway, followed by an exhilarating ride on the White Pass & Yukon Route Railroad to the summit. For the grand finale, on Friday, enjoy a scenic cruise aboard a custom-made whale-watching boat before boarding a 30-foot 10-person voyager canoe for a guided excursion to the breathtaking Davidson Glacier.
Cost per person: $1490 double occupancy or $1740 single occupancy includes accommodations, group dinner on Tuesday and Friday. Daily guide/escort to Eagle Preserve Raft Float & Native Village Tour, White Pass Summit Excursion, Catamaran and Davidson Glacier Tour, two evening lectures, and lunches on all days except check-in day.
Not included: Round trip transportation Fairbanks to Haines, lunch on check-in day, all breakfasts, and dinners on nights 2 and 3.
$100 non-refundable deposit due at registration; additional $350 non-refundable deposit and completed paperwork due March 16; remainder due April 27. No refund for cancellation after May 31.