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 us.

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 Fjord
  • 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$500
  • Wrangell-St Elias Ice climbing US$130
  • Dogsled demonstration in Denali US$Free
  • Kenai Fjords scenic cruises US$69-$190
  • Halibut fishing in Homer from US$105
  • Kennecott Copper Mill Ghost Town tour US$25
  • Ice cave trekking, Wrangell-St Elias US$85
  • 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.

Day 1: Anchorage to 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 that Anchorage was the last outpost before heading into the 'Last Frontier'. After leaving Anchorage our first stop is the town of Talkeetna, a set off point for many climbers, where you have the chance to try some reindeer sausage. We then travel north to Denali National Park for our two night stay.
Accommodation: Camping with meals included

Day 2: Denali National Park

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. 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!
Accommodation: Camping with meals included

Day 3: Alaska Range

We head into the heart of the Alaska mountain range where we then spend the night in rustic cabins. Here we experience the quiet lakes of the tundra and look out for grazing caribous. This is a birder'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.
Accommodation: Cabin included | Meals paid locally

Day 4-5: Wrangell St-Elias National Park

Travelling along the Denali Highway, we make a quick stop at Gracious House where you can try the delicious fresh pastries. We then venture off the main highway into the heart of Wrangell-St Elias National Park. Bordering Canada's Yukon Territory, this stunning national park is the largest in the country, containing glaciers five times the size of Manhattan and nine of the sixteen highest peaks in North America! We camp on the banks of the Kennecott River in the shadow of Mount Blackburn with a beautiful view of Root Glacier. To explore the historic area of McCarthy and the Kennecott Mine, why not take the Kennecott Copper Mill Ghost Town tour. Or if you're feeling adventurous why not try glacier walking, ice climbing or even ice cave trekking!
Accommodation: Camping with meals included

Day 6-7: Valdez

We travel over Thompson Pass and arrive in 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. We enjoy a free day here and a memorable 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.
Accommodation: Camping with meals included

Day 8-9: Kenai Fjords National Park

After an awe-inspiring ferry ride through Prince William Sound we arrive at the colourful fishing village of Seward, the gateway to Kenai Fjords National Park. Hike to views of Exit Glacier, fish the waters of Resurrection Bay or enjoy an amazing boat tour of Kenai Fjords National Park. Located on the south-eastern side of the Kenai Peninsula, this park covers more than 600,000 acres (2400 square kilometres. We get to enjoy spectacular views of this rugged coastline and the Kenai Mountains and also look out for sea mammals. It is also 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 are all part of this perfect day out.
Accommodation: Camping with meals included

Day 10-11: Kachemak Bay Wilderness Camp

From Homer we take a boat to our wilderness camp overlooking remote Kachemak Bay. We get to experience a true Alaskan adventure in this remote wilderness paradise, with included activities such as sea kayaking, mountain biking, hiking, and beach combing. You'll appreciate the home-cooked meals, including a salmon bake, while basking in the breathtaking scenery.
Accommodation: Wilderness camp with meals included

Day 12: Anchorage

Soak up the breathtaking scenery over breakfast before beginning the journey back to Anchorage. Our last stop is the chance to hike to Byron Glacier, where you'll get close enough to touch it, 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.

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.

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  • Prices are land only. Call 0333 999 7951 for a flight inclusive quote

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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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.

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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 Extension

Want even more adventure? We offer a wild Alaskan bear viewing tour 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 Redoubt Bay Lodge - a small rustic lodge situated in a 171,000-acre critical habitat area.

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