11 days departing ANCHORAGE from
Tour Code: PAH
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 and 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!
- Scenic ferry through Prince William Sound with whale spotting opportunities
- One day bus pass in Denali National Park
- Two nights in the incredible Wrangell-St Elias National Park
- Visit to spectacular Byron Glacier
- Dog sled demonstration
- Scenic walks and hikes
- Wildlife viewing opportunities, including Grizzly Bear
- Visit to Talkeetna Ranger Station (depending on availability)
- National Parks: Kenai Fjords, Wrangell-St Elias and Denali
|Accommodation:||5 hotel nights in twin share accommodation, 3 lodge (1 multi share) & 2 cabins nights. For your own room request our optional Solo Sleeper (see Dates & Prices tab)|
|Transport:||All transportation by private vehicle and ferry|
|Meals:||All meals paid locally|
|Guided:||Services of a professional tour leader|
|Group size:||Maximum 13|
13 days from ANCHORAGE
Kayak amongst glaciers and stay in a remote wilderness camp.
8 days from KETCHIKAN
See wildlife and wilderness up close as you cruise by.
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 that 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 wandering 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 your tour leader and fellow travelling companions.
Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals: Paid locally
Day 2: Anchorage and Seward
Leaving Anchorage your first stop is to visit the Portage Glacier where you round Cook Inlet's Turnagain Arm and venture onto the Kenai (pronounced 'keen eye') Peninsula followed by the chance to walk the Byron Glacier Trail. This short trail takes you along a rushing glacial river into a dramatic, steep valley all the way to the base of Byron Glacier. From here you and the colourful fishing village of Seward - the gateway to Kenai Fjords National Park.
Accommodation: Lodge in twin share | Meals: Paid locally
Day 3: Kenai Fjords National Park/Seward
Located on the south-eastern side of the Kenai Peninsula, Kenai National Park covers more than 2,400sq km 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. Another option is to enjoy an amazing wildlife cruise of Kenai Fjords National Park with the chance to spot whales, porpoises and sea otters. It's 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: Lodge in twin share | Meals: Paid locally
Day 4-5: 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 | Meals: Paid locally
Day 6-7: 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'll 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 or ice climbing? 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 with shared facilities | Meals: Paid locally
Day 8: 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, enjoy sweeping views of the Alaska Range on the Denali Highway 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 the chance to fish for grayling (permit purchased locally) the activities are plentiful.
Accommodation: Lodge in multi-share bunkhouse with shared facilities included with meals paid locally
Day 9-10: 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, unspoilt Alaskan wilderness. Surrounded by the tallest mountain peak in North America, Denali National Park offers a variety of wildlife including Grizzly Bear, caribou, Dall Sheep, marmots and wolves. Activities such as river rafting, watching a dog sled demonstration and walks on quiet nature trails are available, all nearby your 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 own 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 | Meals: Paid locally
Day 11: 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. You also take in a visit to the Talkeetna Ranger Station depending on availability.
Leave Alaska's highlights behind and return to civilisation for the end of your 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 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.
- 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 room for every night of the tour except the cabin stay 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.
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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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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