9 days

Alaskan Highlights

Alaskan Highlights

Denali National Park

Kenai Fjords National Park

Seward Harbour

Anchorage

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  • Experience the Alaskan wilderness at its finest including spectacular fjord scenery, glaciers and the continent’s highest peaks. America’s largest state is the ultimate adventurer's dream. Sweeping scenic views, vast wilderness lands and the chance to view abundant wildlife all combine to offer us an experience unparalleled anywhere. As well as covering the highlights of the interior, we also take to the waterways with a ferry ride across Prince William Sound, following the rugged coastline with the backdrop of snow-capped mountains. Spending a night in a rustic lodge, we get a taste of how it is to live like an Alaskan. Along the way we stay in comfortable accommodation and travel at a leisurely pace – an ideal way to appreciate the highlights and experience the striking beauty of Alaska.

    Why we love it

    • Experience the Alaskan wilderness at its finest including spectacular fjord scenery, glaciers and the continent’s highest peaks.
    • America’s largest state is the ultimate adventurer's dream. Sweeping scenic views, vast wilderness lands and the chance to view abundant wildlife all combine to offer us an experience unparalleled anywhere.
    • As well as covering the highlights of the interior, you also take to the waterways with a ferry ride across Prince William Sound, following the rugged coastline with the backdrop of snow-capped mountains.
    • Spending a night in a rustic lodge, we get a taste of how it is to live like an Alaskan.
    • Along the way you'll stay in comfortable accommodation and travel at a leisurely pace – an ideal way to appreciate the highlights and experience the striking beauty of Alaska.

    Itinerary

    Day 1 - Anchorage - Kenai Fjords National Park

    • Your tour starts at 7:30am at the Inlet Tower Hotel & Suites in Anchorage. As this is an early start we recommend booking a night's pre-tour accommodation at this hotel, which can be arranged when you book the tour.
    • The largest city in Alaska with only 250,000 people, Anchorage has gone through quite a change since the earthquake of 1964. Now a bustling city fuelled by the oil boom and tourism, it was not that long ago that Anchorage was the last outpost before heading into the ‘Last Frontier’. After leaving Anchorage you will round Cook Inlet's Turnagain Arm and venture on to the Kenai (pronounced ‘keen eye’) Peninsula and the colourful fishing village of Seward, the gateway to Kenai Fjords National Park.
    • At Portage Glacier the leader will take group on a 1 mile hike to Byron Glacier where you can get close enough to touch it.
    Inlet Tower Hotel & Suites or similar

    Day 2 - Kenai Fjords National Park

    • Located on the south-eastern side of the Kenai Peninsula, Kenai National Park covers more than 600,000 acres (2400 square kilometres) and is a place where you'll get to enjoy spectacular views of the rugged coastline and the Kenai Mountains and also look out for wildlife. There is much to do on your free day. You can hike in the high-country of the Harding Icefields, try your hand at fishing or enjoy a spectacular cruise through Resurrection Bay and Aialik Fjord, with views of local marine life, migrating birds and tidewater glaciers along this remote wilderness coast.
    Harborview Inn Kenai Fjords or similar

    Day 3-4 - Valdez

    • After leaving the Kenai Peninsula, you'll ride on the awe-inspiring Alaska Marine Highway Ferry through Prince William Sound to Valdez (pronounced ‘Val-dees’). Tucked away at the end of a glacier-carved fjord and called the ‘Switzerland of Alaska’ due to its surrounding snow-capped mountains, this is the most northerly ice-free port in the Western Hemisphere and the terminus of the Alaskan Pipeline that stretches 1300 kilometres (over 800 miles) to Prudhoe Bay.
    • You'll enjoy a free day here and there are a number of things you can choose to do, including gliding past the rugged coastline, gazing upon the snow-capped Chugach Mountains and checking out spectacular icebergs released by the immense Columbia Glacier. A myriad of forested islands dot the seascape on our way to Valdez and the towering mountains that surround this fjord make for stunning views. There's probably no better way to experience this pristine environment than with an optional sea kayaking trip. A variety of hiking trails make this area a walker's paradise.
    Mountain Sky Valdez or similar

    Day 5 - Maclaren River Lodge

    • You'll head into the heart of the Alaska mountain range on the most beautiful drive in the state, climbing Thompson Pass and past Wrangell-St Elias National Park, en route to Maclaren River Lodge. With spectacular views of the surrounding valley this rustic lodge, complete with a river-stone fireplace and log cabins, provides the ideal setting for an authentic Alaskan experience.
    • Please note that these cabins are multi-share and sleep up to four people. You will get to experience the quiet lakes of the tundra and look out for grazing caribous. This is also a birder watcher's paradise with many species often sighted and there is a chance to experience excellent fishing for grayling.
    • This range is actually the highest mountain range in North America and includes Mount McKinley - the highest peak in North America, measuring an impressive 6196 metres (20,327 feet). Also with this range are three national parks - Kluane, Wrangell-St Elias and Mount McKinley, which was later re-named Denali National Park and Preserve.
    • Optional visit to Kennecott Copper Mill Ghost Town - an extraordinary relic from America's past.
    Maclaren Lodge or similar

    Day 6-8 - Denali National Park

    • You will then follow the old Denali Highway to Denali National Park and Preserve, where nature survives in a timeless state. Surrounding the tallest mountain peak in North America, grizzly bears, caribou, Dall sheep, marmots and wolves all roam the park. Activities such as river rafting, dog sled demonstrations or walking on a quiet nature trail are available near our lovely campground setting bordering the park.
    • The following days you will be free to explore the backcountry. Take the included Denali shuttle bus, which offers scenic views of the taiga and sub-arctic tundra and offers superb opportunities to view wildlife as well as access to limitless hiking options. For a real treat why not try an optional scenic flight to get a good view of Mount McKinley's towering peak. You could even opt for a glacier landing! Please note that accommodation in Denali National Park is in twin-share cabins.
    Carlo Creek Cabins Denali or similar

    Day 9 - Anchorage

    • On your final day you'll return to Anchorage where your tour concludes upon arrival at approximately 5pm at the Inlet Tower Hotel & Suites. Optional post-tour accommodation is available - please inquire when booking your tour. If you are planning to fly out of Anchorage tonight, please do not book a flight that departs before 9pm (21:00 hrs).
  • What to Know

    What's Included

    • The services of a professional tour leader.
    • Sightseeing and entrance fee to Kenai Fjords and Denali National Parks.
    • Overnight in a rustic Alaskan lodge.
    • Transport in a customised vehicle and ferry.

    Not Included

    • International flights, airport transfers, airport departure taxes, visas, insurance, any optional tours and activities, tips and items of a personal nature.
    • Airport transfers
    • Airport departure taxes
    • Visas
    • Insurance
    • Any optional tours and activities
    • Meals
  • Map Itinerary

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Trip Code PNPAH
Group size 5 - 13
Start City: Anchorage, Alaska, United States
End City: Anchorage, Alaska, United States

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