13 days departing ANCHORAGE from
Tour Code: PAA
A unique adventure across America's largest state, where the pristine national parks, sparkling fjords and incredible wildlife are sure to impress. Hike to stunning overlooks in Denali National Park, camp riverside in Wrangell-St Elias, see glaciers calve into Prince William Sound and sea kayak at our exclusive wilderness camp. Home to the continent's tallest peaks, largest glaciers and biggest mammals, Alaska is a naturalist's nirvana. Full of awe-inspiring sights and challenging experiences, this trip is guaranteed to satisfy even the most adventurous amongst you.
- Two nights at a wilderness camp with all meals included
- Picturesque Kenai Peninsula water taxi journey
- Half day sea kayaking
- Scenic ferry through Prince William Sound
- Seward SeaLife Centre
- Full day exploring Denali National Park including bus pass
- Stay in rustic cabins in the Alaska Range
- Two nights in Wrangell-St Elias National Park
- Two nights in Valdez
- Two nights in Seward, gateway to the Kenai Fjords National Park
- Abundant wildlife viewing opportunities
- Scenic walks and inspiring hikes
|Accommodation:||8 nights camping with equipment (except sleeping bag), 2 nights wilderness camp, 1 hotel & 1 cabin night. For your own tent request our optional Solo Sleeper (see Dates & Prices tab).|
|Transport:||All transportation by private vehicle and ferry|
|Meals:||10 breakfasts, 12 lunches & 9 dinners|
|Guided:||Services of a professional tour leader|
|Group size:||Maximum 13|
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Our routes have been carefully chosen to include the best night stops and highlights. However, as local and operational conditions may vary and unforeseen circumstances can arise, the following itinerary should be used as a guideline.
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Our optional activities offer the flexibility to do the things you want to and leave out the things you don't. Below are the main optional activities for this trip which can be arranged once you are on tour via your tour leader and paid for locally. Please note all costs are subject to change.
- Scenic flight - Denali US$525
- Ice climbing - Wrangell-St Elias US$135
- Dogsled demonstration - Denali US$Free
- Scenic cruise - Kenai Fjords US$185
- Ghost Town tour - Kennecott Copper Mill US$28
- Mountain biking - Denali US$16-$57
- Whitewater rafting - Denali US$87-$117
- Sea Kayaking - Valdez US$99-$249
Day 1: Arrival day in Anchorage
Welcome to Anchorage, the largest city in Alaska with only 250,000 people and a city which has undergone quite a change since the earthquake of 1964. Now a bustling city fuelled by the oil boom and tourism, it wasn't long ago that Anchorage was the last outpost before heading into the 'Last Frontier'. It's also common place to find bear roaming the outskirts of the city. A great way to spend your day is to wander around the town getting a feel for the 49th state, speaking to the locals and breathing in that fresh Alaskan air! A welcome meeting will be held at 18:00 hrs for you to meet you tour leader and fellow travelling companions.
Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals: Paid locally
Day 2: Anchorage, Talkeetna and Denali National Park
After leaving Anchorage your first stop is the town of Talkeetna, a set off point for many climbers. Here you'll have the chance to try reindeer sausage before continuing north to Denali National Park for your two night stay. Upon arrival there's time to hit one of the trails inside the park including a stroll down to see the otter dam. A dog sled demonstration is must for a taste of the action.
Accommodation: Camping included | Meals: Lunch and dinner included
Day 3: Denali National Park
Surrounded by the tallest mountain peaks in North America, Denali National Park is teeming with Grizzly Bear, caribou, Dall Sheep, marmots and wolves. Activities such as river rafting, dog sledding demonstrations and walking on quiet nature trails are available near your lovely campground setting which borders the park itself. Take the included Denali shuttle bus, which offers scenic views of the taiga and sub-arctic tundra. As well as offering superb opportunities to view wildlife, it also gives you access to unlimited hiking opportunities. Denali is one of the few national parks where visitors are encouraged to walk off the beaten track and with over six million acres of untracked wild expanses the choices are endless. For the ultimate action-packed trip to Denali, make sure you treat yourself to the highly recommended scenic flight over Denali National Park with the chance to land on an ice sheet under the watchful gaze of Mount Denali's towering peak, North America's tallest mountain.
Accommodation: Camping included | Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
Day 4: Alaska Range
Today you head into the heart of the Alaskan Mountain range where you then spend the night in cabins. This is an authentic, rustic experience and although the rooms are basic bunkhouse style, you'll feel right at home. The remote location will provide you with a very unique wilderness experience indeed! Relax by the quiet lakes and keep a watchful eye for any grazing caribous that have come to keep you company. This is a bird watchers paradise with many species often sighted in the surrounding area. There's also a chance to enjoy excellent fishing for Artic Grayling.
Accommodation: Cabin included (multi share) | Meals: Breakfast and lunch included
Day 5-6: Wrangell St-Elias National Park
There's only one word for this national park and that's incredible. Wrangell-St Elias National Park is famous for being six times larger than Yellowstone and jam-packed with out of this world scenery. With 150 glaciers, the park boasts the tallest coastal mountain range in the world and nine of the 16 highest peaks in the USA. Vast and rugged, Wrangell-St Elias is phenomenal and any visit will no doubt be an exciting and rewarding one. Walk along ancient glaciers and for the more daring, why not get your thrills from a spot of ice climbing? This is a wilderness style campsite without showers, away from the tourist trail it offers rewarding views of Root Glacier and Kennecott River. With endless hours of daylight you'll never tire of such magnificent scenery. To explore the historic area of McCarthy and the Kennecott Mine, why not take the Kennecott Copper Mill ghost town tour?
Accommodation: Camping included | Meals: Breakfast (x1), lunch (x2), dinner (x2) included
Day 7-8: Valdez
You travel over Thompson Pass and arrive in Valdez (pronounced 'Val-dees'). Tucked away at the end of a glacier-carved fjord this beautiful place is often named 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 over 800 miles (1,300km) to Prudhoe Bay. You enjoy a free day here with the option to enjoy a highly recommended kayaking trip to the foot of either the Shoup Glacier or the larger Columbia Glacier. The Shoup Glacier excursion is a shorter one, but both offer amazing once-in-a-lifetime experiences as you pass chunks of ice, deposited from the cascading glacier above. In the evening enjoy an Alaskan cookout of meat and fresh fish.
Accommodation: Camping included | Meals: Breakfast (x2), lunch (x2), dinner (x2)
Day 9-10: Seward and Kenai Fjords National Park
After an awe-inspiring ferry ride through Prince William Sound you arrive at the colourful fishing village of Seward, the gateway to Kenai Fjords National Park. Seward is the base for the Exit Glacier hike up to the Harding Icefield which although not an easy hike, is most definitely magnificent. Another option is to enjoy an amazing wildlife boat tour of Kenai Fjords National Park with chances to spot whales, porpoises, sea otters and birdlife. Located on the south-eastern side of the Kenai Peninsula, this park covers more than 600,000 acres (2,400 square km) and is a premier bird watching destination. Journey to a tidewater glacier to experience the sights and sounds of icebergs being calved into the sea. A visit to the Seward SeaLife Centre is included for close encounters with the strange and beautiful.
Accommodation: Camping included | Meals: Breakfast (x2), lunch (x2), dinner (x1) included
Day 11-12: Homer and Kachemak Bay Wilderness Camp
From Seward you make your way towards the city of Homer where you board a boat to your unique wilderness camp overlooking the remote Kachemak Bay. Surrounded by dense forest you'll experience a true Alaskan adventure in this rugged paradise, with included activities such as sea kayaking with superb glacier views. It's also commonplace to spot sea otters and porpoise as well as Bald Eagles circling overhead. Available at no extra charge are mountain bikes and shorter trails to explore. The owners are wonderful people who welcome you into their family with delicious home-cooked meals including a salmon bake, enjoyed whilst basking in the breathtaking scenery.
Accommodation: Wilderness camp | Meals: Breakfast (x2), lunch (x2), dinner (x2) included
Day 13: Anchorage
Soak up even more outstanding scenery over breakfast before beginning the journey back to Anchorage. Your last stop offers the chance to walk to Byron Glacier, where you'll get close enough to touch it and admire the blue hue radiating out. Continue back towards Anchorage where this trip of a lifetime comes to an end.
Meals: Breakfast and lunch included
This tour ends at our gateway hotel at approximately 17:00 hrs. We recommend booking post-tour accommodation if time allows. If you are planning to fly tonight, please do not book a flight that departs before 21:00 hrs.
Why not add on a half day bear viewing extension at the beginning or end of your tour which includes a float plane flight into the wilderness? This is a wonderful experience with local guides, giving you the opportunity to get up close to these four legged animals. Please ask at the time of booking this tour.
- A 10% deposit per person is required to book
- Full payment is due 8 weeks before the tour departure
- We charged no credit card fees or hidden surcharges
- ABTA & ATOL licensed operator offering financial security for our tours
- Prices are land only. Call 0333 999 7965 for a flight inclusive quote (UK)
There are no forced supplements for single travellers. Accommodation is based on twin-share, so if you're travelling on your own, you'll share with a fellow passenger of the same sex. However, if you would prefer your own space our Solo Sleeper Option can be requested from per person. This will guarantee you your own tent for every night of the tour excluding 1 night cabin stay & 2 nights wilderness camp. The number of single tents we can offer is limited, so it's best to book early. Simply select the "Solo Sleepers" check box on the booking form or request over the phone.
We highly recommend you book this trip at least 30 days prior to departure. Reservations received within 30 days will be on request basis.
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Why not arrange your own Grand American Adventures departure? For groups of 8 or more, we can offer private departures on any of our published itineraries enabling friends, families or organizations to enjoy our style of travel at special rates. Although tours will run as per our standard itinerary shown here, slight modifications may be considered and dates can be chosen to suit your needs. (Subject to seasonal/operational restrictions). So contact us today and start planning your own adventure.
We've offer a whole range of travel extras with everything from city sightseeing, additional hotel nights, insurance and more so you can organise everything you'll need for your trip in one easy place
Tours begin and end at designated hotels in the departure and arrival cities, starting at 7.30am (check your tour voucher for exact details) and finishing at around 5pm, so it's a great idea to book a room for the night before and after your tour. You can book hotels either online when you book your tour or by call our sales team.
ANCHORAGE - INLET TOWER HOTEL & SUITES
A centrally located hotel with large rooms that include Wi-Fi and refrigerator. Also gym, restaurant and free shuttle service within 5 miles.
Twin share: per person per night Matched with another traveller of the same sex. Full room: per room per night Single or double room for travellers on the same booking.
Our specialist flights department can offer UK customers a great airline fare to all of our travel destinations.
We have preferred contracts with many international carriers and have secured some of the most competitive prices in the industry. We are also ATOL protected and IATA licensed.
Special offers are regularly available, so call us now on 0208 682 8921 or click below to request a flight quote by email.
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At Grand American Adventures we believe that your safety and enjoyment are the most important parts of your holiday.
Before you join your Grand American Adventures tour you MUST be covered by insurance that includes adequate coverage for baggage, medical expenses and the cost of repatriation. We can offer you a comprehensive travel insurance policy which is completely tailored for your trip and is specially designed to include all the activities listed.
See our insurance page for more information.
Want even more adventure? We offer wild Alaskan bear viewing tours, available before or after your trip.
View Alaska black and brown bears in their natural habitat on a guided bear watching trip at either Redoubt Bay Lodge or Lake Clark National Park.
Contact us on 0208 682 8921 or click below for further details.
> Read more about bear viewing at Redoubt Bay
> Read more about bear viewing at Lake Clark National Park
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