As others have written, this is a long tour, lasting about 13 hours. The time passed quickly for me, though. I enjoy road trips, and (to me) that's basically was this was.
The bus leaves at 6 a.m. We returned to the cabins around 7 p.m. that evening. It was a rainy & cloudy day, but we were able to see many different animals and some beautiful scenery. There are a few rest stops along the way and snacks are offered.
We didn't get to see Mt. McKinley due to the weather, but there isn't much anyone can do about that.
The driver shuts off the bus and cautions everyone to be quiet when an animal is spotted. The theory is they do not want the animal to be disturbed by all the commotion of everyone looking at it. It's far different than Yellowstone where an animal near the road will cause traffic jams. Also, no one is allowed off the bus to view the animal. Again, this is very different from Yellowstone, where I've seen folks get out of their cars and get too close to an animal.
I do agree that the bus driver should not also be the tour guide. Although the driver/guide was very friendly and helpful, I would have felt better with him just driving instead of driving and giving information.
The lunch at the end of the road was better than I thought it would be. There were several different types of salads, soup, fruit, sandwich fixings, and two types of desserts.
If you aren't a fan of long road trips, you may want to look into a shorter tour.
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