Mountainous Alaskan Landscapes
Mountainous Alaskan Landscapes
Kanai Fjords Peninsula, Alaska
Kanai Fjords Peninsula, Alaska
Alaskan wildlife sightings
Alaskan wildlife sightings
Prince William Sound, Valdez & Wrangell St. Elias National Park
Prince William Sound, Valdez & Wrangell St. Elias National Park
Denali National Park, Alaska
Denali National Park, Alaska

Alaskan Highlights - Small Group Tour

10 Nights from €4,089 Including Flights

Overview

Alaska is the perfect place for an adventure, and this 10-night small group tour* is the perfect way to enjoy an Alaskan adventure. Here nature is still untamed and on this tour you will experience the high points of “The Frontier State” – hike to the stunning Bear Glacier, be ferried across the iceberg-filled Prince William Sound, take in the spectacular scenery of snow-capped peaks, majestic glaciers and lush forests whilst spotting the abundant wildlife.

Highlights:

  • Two days in Denali National Park, including a dog sled demonstration and the chance to hike, bike and go white-water rafting
  • A day hike in Valdez and the option to go sea-kayaking
  • Visit the stunning Kenai Fjords National Park with its rugged coastline and spectacular mountain range, and where you can hike, fish or choose a wildlife cruise
  • Visit the largest National Park in the USA - Wrangell-St Elias, containing glaciers five times the size of Manhattan and the highest mountains in North America

* Maximum party size for these tours is 13

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Please note: This itinerary has been created to include the best highlights however due to the nature of Alaska, changes in local conditions may mean that the itinerary has to be adpated to unforseen circumstances, so the following itinerary should be used as a guideline.

Day 1

Anchorage

Travel to Anchorage the largest city in Alaska with a population of just 250,000, and meet with your tour leader and group this evening.

Overnight: Inlet Tower Hotel (or similar), meals paid locally

Day 2

Anchorage - Seward

Head south from Anchorage, stopping at the Portage Glacier to walk the Byron Glacier Trail. This short trail takes you along the glacial river into a dramatic valley and to the base of Byron Glacier. From here you continue through Turnagain Arm onto the Kenai (pronounced “keen eye”) Peninsula and the colourful fishing village of Seward, the gateway to the Kanai Fjords National Park. On arrival you have the option of a five-hour guided wildlife cruise where you will also be able to experience the sights and sounds of icebergs being carved into the sea

Overnight: Harbourview Inn (or similar), meals paid locally

Day 3

Kenai Fjords National Park - Seward

The Kenai National Park covers a thousand square miles and is located on the south-eastern side of the Kenai Peninsula. Today you will enjoy a full day hike to one of the most beautiful  trails in Alaska - the Harding Icefield. It's not an easy hike but the views are well worth it. Along the trail you will spot wildlife and experience amazing views of Exit Glacier.

Overnight: Harbourview Inn (or similar), meals paid locally

Days 4 & 5

Valdez via ferry

After leaving the Kenai Peninsula, you ride on the breath-taking Alaska Marine Highway Ferry through Prince William Sound to Valdez. Take in the rugged coastline and snow-capped Chgach Mountains as you pass by majestic icebergs and countless forested islands. 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. It is tucked away at the end of a glacier-carved fjord and called the “Switzerland of Alaska” due to its surrounding snow-capped mountains. There is a an optional, and highly recommended, sea-kayaking trip up to the mouth of the glacier. This area is a walker’s paradise with a wide variety of hiking trails.

Overnight: Best Western Valdez Harbour (or similar), meals paid locally

Days 6 & 7

Wrangell-St Elias National Park

The Wrangell-St Elias National Park is the largest in the USA, containing glaciers the size of Manhattan and nine of the 16 highest peaks in North America. It borders Canada’s Yukon Territory, and for much of the year offers long hours of daylight. You have a choice of excursions, either take the Kennecott Copper Mill Ghost Town tour or if you’re feeling energetic you can try glacier walking, ice climbing or even ice cave trekking. You’ll be staying at the McCarthy Lodge, a comfortable and quirky hotel, for two nights.

Overnight: McCarthy Lodge (or similar) breakfast included other meals paid locally

Day 8

Alaskan Range

Journey to the heart of the Alaskan Mountain Ranger on one of the most beautiful drives of Alaska, climbing Thompson Pass before arriving at the Maclaren River Lodge. This rustic lodge provides the ideal setting for an authentic Alaskan experience, with spectacular views of the surrounding valley. This is a birder’s paradise with many species often sighted, and you can enjoy the experience of fishing for grayling (permit purchased locally).

Overnight: Maclaren River Lodge (or similar) in multi-share bunkhouse accommodation included, meals paid locally

Days 9 & 10

Denali National Park

Travel along the old Denali Highway into the Denali National Park, keeping an eye open for caribou and other wildlife, whilst enjoying the peaceful unspoilt Alaskan wilderness. This spectacular National Park is home to a variety of wildlife such as grizzly bears, caribou, Dall sheep, marmots and wolves, and is where you will find North America’s highest peak at 20,000 feet – Mount Denali. You’ll be staying in cabins in a campground bordering the park, offering several activities to give you the best experience of Alaska, such as river rafting, dog sled demonstrations and walks on quiet nature trails. There is a complimentary shuttle bus into the park, which offers scenic views of the sub-arctic taiga and tundra, as well as superb opportunities to view wildlife and hike the trails. You could treat yourself to the scenic flight over the Denali National Park, with a chance to land on an ice sheet.

Overnight: Carlo Creek Lodge (or similar) accommodation in twin share cabins included, with meals paid locally

Day 11

Talkeetna - Anchorage

On your return to Anchorage you will stop at the town of Talkeentna, where you can try the local speciality – Reindeer Sausage. To finish this adventure on  a high, you could add a  bear viewing trip which includes a float plane flight into the wilderness at a supplement of approximately $695 - please ask for details.


Please note that the tour does not end until 17.00, so we advise booking a final night hotel in Anchorage, or book a flight departing after 21.00

 

What’s Included

  • International flights
  • Travel on the tour in an air-conditioned private vehicle
  • 5 hotel nights, 2 lodge nights, 2 nights in cabins on a twin share basis and 1 multi-share bunkhouse night
  • 2 breakfasts, all other meals paid locally
  • Services of a professional tour leader
  • Scenic ferry through Prince William Sound
  • One day bus pass in Denali National Park
  • Scenic hikes & walks, including a visit to the spectacular Byron Glacier
  • Denali - Dogsled demonstration
  • Wildlife viewing opportunities including Grizzly Bear
  • Wine & cheese "sundowner"

What’s Not Included

  • Transfers to the joining point of the tour and away from the finishing point
  • Meals paid locally
  • Kenai Fjords - scenic cruise $155 to £215
  • Valdez - Sea kayaking $260
  • Wrangell-St Elias - Ice climbing $145
  • Wrangell-St Elias - Glacier walk $120
  • Wrangell-St Elias - Scenice helicopter flight $120-270
  • Denali National Park – scenic flight $525
  • Denali National Park – Mountain biking $20 bike rental or $57 guided
  • Denali National Park – White water rafting $92-187

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