ALASKAN HIGHLIGHTS

10 days departing ANCHORAGE from

Style: Active
Destination: Alaska
Tour Code: PAH

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Trip Overview

Alaska is an adventurer's dream. Sweeping scenic views, vast landscapes, glaciers, and wildlife offer the visitor an experience unparalleled anywhere else. Go where nature is still untamed and experience "The Frontier State's" high points - hiking to stunning Bear Glacier in Kenai National Park, crossing glacier-filled Prince William Sound or spotting the mighty grizzly at Denali National Park. From lush rainforests and abundant wildlife, to the snow capped peaks and majestic glaciers, this Alaska tour guarantees a true wilderness adventure!

Included Highlights
  • Kenai Fjords National Park
  • Day hikes in Seward and Valdez
  • Scenic ferry crossing across Prince William Sound
  • Two full days in Denali National Park including bus pass
  • Abundant wildlife viewing opportunities
  • Scenic walks and hikes
  • Dog sled demonstration
  • Visit to Byron Glacier
Tour Facts & Features
Accommodation: 4 hotel nights in twin share accommodation + 3 cabin & 1 bunkhouse nights in multi-share. For your own room request our optional Solo Sleeper (see Dates & Prices tab)
Transport: All transportation by private vehicle
Meals: All meals paid locally
Guided: Services of a professional tour leader
Group size: Maximum 13
Age range: 18+
Wifi: Wi-fi available in some hotels

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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.

Optional Activities (paid locally)
  • Denali scenic flight US$500
  • Dogsled demonstration in Denali US$Free
  • Kenai Fjords scenic cruises US$69-$190
  • Mountain biking in Denali, US$16-$57
  • Whitewater rafting in Denali US$87-$117
  • Valdez Sea Kayaking US$99-$249


Itinerary Update

Please note from 01/01/2015 this tour will operate as a 10 tour. One day is removed from Denali National Park and includes two days in beautiful Wrangell-St Elias National Park. To read more click here >

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 Kenai Fjords 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 to visit the Portage Glacier and to walk the Byron Glacier Trail. The trail takes you along a rushing glacial river into a dramatic, steep valley to the base of Byron Glacier. From there we round Cook Inlet's Turnagain Arm and venture onto the Kenai (pronounced 'keen eye') Peninsula and the colourful fishing village of Seward, the gateway to Kenai Fjords National Park.
Accommodation: Hotel in twin share with meals paid locally

Day 2: Kenai Fjords National Park

Located on the south-eastern side of the Kenai Peninsula, Kenai National Park covers more than 2400 square kilometres and is a place where we 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 our free day. We can hike in the high-country of the Harding Icefields, try our 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.
Accommodation: Hotel in twin share with meals paid locally

Day 3-4: Valdez via ferry

After leaving the Kenai Peninsula, we ride on the awe-inspiring Alaska Marine Highway Ferry through Prince William Sound to Valdez (pronounced 'Val-dees'). Take in the rugged coastline and snowcapped Chugach Mountains as you pass striking icebergs and a myriad of forested islands. Tucked away at the end of a glacier-carved fjord and called the 'Switzerland of Alaska' due to its surrounding snow-capped mountains, Valdez is the most northerly ice-free port in the Western Hemisphere and the terminus of the Alaskan Pipeline that stretches over 800 miles to Prudhoe Bay. 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.
Accommodation: Hotel in twin share with meals paid locally

Day 5: Maclaren River Lodge

We 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 provides the ideal setting for an authentic Alaskan experience. We get to experience the quiet lakes of the tundra and look out for grazing caribous. This is also a birder's paradise with many species often sighted and there is a chance to experience excellent fishing for grayling. Accommodation: Multi-share bunkhouse included with meals paid locally

Day 6-8: Denali National Park

As we travel along the old Denali Highway to Denali National Park and Preserve keep an eye open for caribou and other wildlife while enjoying the peaceful, unspoiled wilderness. Surrounding Mount McKinley, the tallest mountain peak in North America, Denali offers a vast refuge for a variety of wildlife. Wolves, caribou, and Dall sheep call Denali home, as does the mighty grizzly bear. Enjoy an included dog sled demonstration and a wide range of optional activities are available such as river rafting, scenic flights and hiking, for all fitness and adventure levels.

The following days we are free to explore the pristine backcountry of 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: Cabins in twin share with meals paid locally

Day 9: Anchorage

We stop at Talkeetna, en route to Anchorage for the chance to try a local speciality; Reindeer Sausage. Leave Alaska's highlights behind, and return to civilisation and the end of the tour.

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.

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  • Full payment is due 8 weeks before the tour departure
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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 room for every night of the tour except the cabin stay on day 5 at Maclaren Lodge. The number of single rooms 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 60 days prior to departure. Reservations received within 30 days will be on request and subject to availability of en-route accommodation.


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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

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.

Special offers are regularly available, so call us now on 0208 682 8920 or click below to request a flight quote by email.

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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.

Contact us on 0208 682 8920 for more information or click below for further details.

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