12 days departing ANCHORAGE from

Style: Active
Destination: Alaska
Tour Code: PAA

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Trip Overview

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, chock-full of awe-inspiring sights and challenging experiences to satisfy even the most adventurous amongst you.

Included Highlights
  • Full day exploring Denali National Park including bus pass
  • Abundant wildlife viewing opportunities
  • Stay in rustic cabins in the Alaska Range
  • Two nights in Wrangell-St Elias National Park
  • Two nights in Valdez
  • Scenic ferry through Prince William Sound
  • Two nights in Seward, gateway to the Kenai Fjords National Park
  • Two scenic Kenai Peninsula water taxi journeys
  • Two nights at a wilderness camp with all meals
  • Half day sea kayaking
  • Scenic walks and hikes
Tour Facts & Features
Accommodation: 8 nights camping with equipment (except sleeping bag) + 2 nights wilderness camp + 1 cabin night. For your own tent request our optional Solo Sleeper (see Dates & Prices tab).
Transport: All transportation by private vehicle
Meals: All meals whilst camping included
Guided: Services of a professional tour leader
Group size: Maximum 13
Age range: 18+
Wifi: Wi-fi available in some campsites

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Trip Itinerary

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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Optional Activities (paid locally)
  • Denali scenic flight US$525
  • Wrangell-St Elias Ice climbing US$135
  • Dogsled demonstration in Denali US$Free
  • Kenai Fjords scenic cruises US$185
  • Kennecott Copper Mill Ghost Town tour US$28
  • Mountain biking in Denali, US$16-$57
  • Whitewater rafting in Denali US$87-$117
  • Valdez Sea Kayaking US$99-$249

Trip Departure Time

As this tour departs at 0730 we recommend that you book pre-tour accommodation. Please request hotel details at the time of booking.

2016 departures only - Arrival day in Anchorage

Please note 2016 departures will be 13 days in duration including an additional night at the beginning of the tour. On this arrival day there will be a meeting at 18.00 with your tour leader and group, the tour will then depart the next day as per day one of the itinerary below. Fully updated itineraries and dossiers will be available from the end of October 2015.

All 2016 departure dates displayed online have been updated to reflect the inclusion of this arrival day.

Day 1: Anchorage, Talkeetna & Denali National Park

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 Anchorage was the last outpost before heading into the 'Last Frontier' and bears can still be observed on the outskirts of the city. After leaving Anchorage your first stop is the town of Talkeetna, a set off point for many climbers, where you have the chance to try reindeer sausage before continuing north to Denali National Park for your two night stay.
Accommodation: Camping with meals included

Day 2: Denali National Park

Surrounded by the tallest mountain peaks in North America, Denali National Park is teeming with grizzly bears, caribou, Dall sheep, marmots and wolves. Activities such as river rafting, dog sled demonstration 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 make their own trails, just make sure you keep your eyes peeled for bears and other wildlife. As a real treat and highly recommended if your budget allows, why not opt for a scenic flight over Denali National Park with the chance to land on an ice sheet under the watchful gaze of Mount McKinley's towering peak, North America's tallest mountain.
Accommodation: Camping with meals included

Day 3: Alaska Range

Today you head into the heart of the Alaskan Mountain range where you then spend the night in rustic cabins. Although the rooms are basic `bunkhouse' style, the remote location is something to savour. Here you'll experience the quiet lakes of the tundra and make sure to keep an eye out for grazing caribous. This is a bird watchers paradise with many species often sighted in the surrounding area and there is also a chance to experience excellent fishing for grayling.
Accommodation: Cabin included (multi share) | Breakfast and lunch included I Dinner at own expense

Day 4-5: Wrangell St-Elias National Park

There is only one word for this national park and that is `epic'! 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 tallest coastal mountain range in the world and 9 of the 16 highest peaks in the USA. Vast and rugged this park is phenomenal and any visit to Wrangell 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 and it offers rewarding views of Root Glacier and Kennecott River. With endless hours of daylight you will never tire of such magnificent views. To explore the historic area of McCarthy and the Kennecott Mine, why not take the Kennecott Copper Mill Ghost Town?
Accommodation: Camping with meals included

Day 6-7: 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 1300 kilometres (over 800 miles) to Prudhoe Bay. You enjoy a free day here and a memorable (plus highly recommended) optional activity is kayaking 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.
Accommodation: Camping with meals included

Day 8-9: Seward & 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, it is most definitely a magnificent one. Other options include fishing the waters of Resurrection Bay (permit purchased locally) or enjoying 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 (2400 square kilometres). It is a premier bird watching opportunity and a visit to a tidewater glacier to experience the sights and sounds of icebergs being calved into the sea make this one perfect day out.
Accommodation: Camping with meals included

Day 10-11: Homer & 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 will experience a true Alaskan adventure in this rugged paradise, with included activities such as sea kayaking with superb glacier views. It is also common place 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, while basking in the breath-taking scenery.
Accommodation: Wilderness camp with meals included

Day 12: Anchorage

Soak up the breath-taking scenery over breakfast before beginning the journey back to Anchorage. Your last stop is 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.

This tour ends at our gateway hotel at approximately 17:00 hrs. We can book you post-tour accommodation at our gateway hotel if required. 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 up close to these four legged animals. Please ask at the time of booking this tour.

Tour Notes

Due to the Alaskan ferry schedule this trip may operate in either direction.

This Alaska adventure holiday passes through rugged terrain and isolated areas. Many areas/campgrounds will only have basic/rustic facilities and little nightlife.

Special Departures

If you want to make sure you're right in the heart of the action at the absolute best time to be there, then why not book one of our Special Departures.

4th July special departures

Celebrate the 4th of July in Valdez

One of the most celebrated occasions in the US, enjoy the festivities of Independence Day while in Valdez on the Alaskan Adventure tour.

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Solo Sleepers   Optional Solo Sleeper

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 (excludes cabin stay on day 3 & wilderness camp on days 10 & 11). 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.

Important Notes

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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Private Departures

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.

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Tour Extras

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

Hotels Before and After your trip

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.

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Travel Insurance

At Grand American Adventures we believe that your safety and enjoyment are the most important parts of your holiday.

Travel Insurance

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.

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Alaskan Bear Viewing Extensions

Want even more adventure? We offer wild Alaskan bear viewing tours, available before or after your trip.

Bear viewing extension

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.

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> Read more about bear viewing at Lake Clark National Park

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