11 days departing ANCHORAGE from

Style: Active
Destination: Alaska
Tour Code: PAH

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Trip Overview

Alaska is an adventurer's dream with its sweeping scenic views, vast landscapes, glaciers, and spectacular wildlife, this wonderland offers the visitor an experience unparalleled with anywhere else. Go where nature is still untamed and experience "The Frontier State's" high points - hiking to stunning Bear Glacier in Kenai Fjords National Park, crossing glacier-filled Prince William Sound or spotting the mighty grizzly bear at Denali National Park. Experience the back country beauty of Wrangell-St Elias National Park and incredible optional activities. From lush rainforests and abundant wildlife, to the snow-capped peaks and majestic glaciers, Alaska 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 days in Denali National Park
  • Abundant wildlife viewing opportunities
  • Scenic walks and hikes
  • Dog sled demonstration
  • Visit to Byron Glacier
  • Two nights in Wrangell-St Elias National Park
  • One day Denali National Park bus pass
Tour Facts & Features
Accommodation: 6 hotel nights in twin share accommodation + 2 cabin (twin share) nights & 1 bunkhouse night (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.

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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 11 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 & Seward

The largest city in Alaska with only 250,000 people, Anchorage is a bustling city metropolis with unrivalled natural wonders. Not that long ago Anchorage was the last outpost before heading into the 'Last Frontier' and it is common place to spot bears on the outskirts of the city. After leaving Anchorage your first stop is to visit the Portage Glacier and to walk the Byron Glacier Trail. This short trail takes you along a rushing glacial river into a dramatic, steep valley to the base of Byron Glacier. From here you 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 I 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 you'll get to enjoy spectacular views of the rugged coastline and the Kenai Mountains. Seward is the base for the Exit Glacier hike up to the Harding Icefield which although not an easy hike, is equally magnificent and well worth it. Other options include fishing the waters of Resurrection Bay (permit purchased locally) or enjoying an amazing wildlife cruise of Kenai Fjords National Park with chances to spot whales, porpoises and sea otters. 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 are all part of this perfect day out.
Accommodation: Hotel in twin share I Meals paid locally

Day 3-4: Valdez via ferry

After leaving the Kenai Peninsula, you ride on the awe-inspiring Alaska Marine Highway Ferry through Prince William Sound to Valdez (pronounced 'Val-dees'). Take in the rugged coastline and snow-capped 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 no better way to experience this pristine environment than with an optional (and highly recommended) sea kayaking trip up to the mouth of the glacier. A variety of hiking trails make this area a walker's paradise.
Accommodation: Hotel in twin share I Meals paid locally

Day 5-6: Wrangell-St Elias National Park

Bordering Canada's Yukon Territory, Wrangell-St Elias 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! With endless hours of daylight you will never tire of such magnificent glaciers and remote views. 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 opt to try glacier walking, ice climbing or even ice cave trekking? You stay at the McCarthy Lodge, a comfortable and quirky hotel without the modern trappings of the chain hotel. The atmosphere is welcoming and is often described as a `home away from home'.
Accommodation: Hotel in twin share I Meals paid locally

Day 7: Alaskan Range

Head into the heart of the Alaskan Mountain Range on what is considered to be one of the most beautiful drives in the state, climbing Thompson Pass before arriving to the Maclaren River Lodge. With spectacular views of the surrounding valley, this rustic lodge provides the ideal setting for an authentic Alaskan experience. This is a birder's paradise with many species often sighted and with a chance to experience excellent fishing for grayling (permit purchased locally) the activities are plentiful.
Accommodation: Multi-share bunkhouse included with meals paid locally

Day 8-9: Denali National Park

As you travel along the old Denali Highway to Denali National Park, keep an eye open for caribou and other wildlife while enjoying the peaceful, unspoiled Alaskan wilderness. Surrounded by the tallest mountain peak in North America, Denali National Park offers a variety of wildlife like grizzly bears, caribou, Dall sheep, marmots and wolves. Activities such as river rafting, dog sled demonstration and walks on quiet nature trails are available near our lovely campground setting which borders the park. Take the included Denali shuttle bus, which offers scenic views of the taiga and sub-arctic tundra as well as superb opportunities to view wildlife and hike the many trails in the park. Denali is one of the few national parks where visitors are encouraged to walk off the beaten track and make their trails. As a real treat and highly recommended, 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 Denali's towering peak, North America's tallest mountain.
Accommodation: Cabins in twin share I Meals paid locally

Day 10: Talkeetna to Anchorage

Departing Denali, you make your way towards Anchorage stopping en route in the town of Talkeetna where you have the opportunity to try a local speciality; Reindeer Sausage. Leave Alaska's highlights behind, and return to civilisation and the end of the tour. Why not add on a half day bear viewing extension which includes a float plane flight into the wilderness? This wonderful experience with local guides gives you the opportunity to get up close to the four legged animals that call this place home.

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.

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 the Alaskan Range

One of the most celebrated occasions in the US, enjoy the festivities of Independence Day while in the Alaskan Range on the Alaskan Highlights 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 room for every night of the tour except the cabin stay on day 7 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

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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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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