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ALASKAN ADVENTURE

12 days departing ANCHORAGE Jun-Aug from £1328

Alaska | Camping

 

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 you.

 

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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, Talkeetna & 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 Anchorage was the last outpost before heading into the 'Last Frontier' and bears can still be observed on the outskirts of the city. After leaving Anchorage your first stop is the town of Talkeetna, a set off point for many climbers, where you have the chance to try reindeer sausage before continuing north to Denali National Park for your two night stay. Accommodation: Camping with meals included

 

Day 2: Denali National Park

Surrounded by the tallest mountain peaks in North America, Denali National Park is teeming with grizzly bears, caribou, Dall sheep, marmots and wolves. Activities such as river rafting, dog sled demonstration and walking on quiet nature trails are available near your lovely campground setting which borders the park itself. Take the included Denali shuttle bus, which offers scenic views of the taiga and sub-arctic tundra as well as offering superb opportunities to view wildlife, it also gives you access to unlimited hiking opportunities. Denali is one of the few National Parks where visitors are encouraged to walk off the beaten track and make their own trails, just make sure you keep your eyes peeled for bears and other wildlife. As a real treat and highly recommended if your budget allows, 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 McKinley's towering peak, North America's tallest mountain. Accommodation: Camping with meals included

 

Day 3: Alaska Range

Today you head into the heart of the Alaskan Mountain range where you then spend the night in rustic cabins. Although the rooms are basic `bunkhouse' style, the remote location is something to savour. Here you'll experience the quiet lakes of the tundra and make sure to keep an eye out for grazing caribous. This is a bird watchers paradise with many species often sighted in the surrounding area and there is also a chance to experience excellent fishing for grayling. Accommodation: Cabin included (multi share) | Breakfast and lunch included I Dinner at own expense

 

Day 4-5: Wrangell St-Elias National Park

There is only one word for this national park and that is `epic'! Wrangell-St Elias National Park is famous for being six times larger than Yellowstone and jam-packed with out of this world scenery, with 150 glaciers, the tallest coastal mountain range in the world and 9 of the 16 highest peaks in the USA. Vast and rugged this park is phenomenal and any visit to Wrangell will no doubt be an exciting and rewarding one. Walk along ancient glaciers and for the more daring, why not get your thrills from a spot of ice climbing? This is a wilderness style campsite without showers, away from the tourist trail and it offers rewarding views of Root Glacier and Kennecott River. With endless hours of daylight you will never tire of such magnificent views. To explore the historic area of McCarthy and the Kennecott Mine, why not take the Kennecott Copper Mill Ghost Town? Accommodation: Camping with meals included

 

Day 6-7: Valdez

You travel over Thompson Pass and arrive in Valdez (pronounced 'Val-dees'). Tucked away at the end of a glacier-carved fjord this beautiful place is often named 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. You enjoy a free day here and a memorable (plus highly recommended) 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 as you pass chunks of ice, deposited from the cascading glacier above. Accommodation: Camping with meals included

 

Day 8-9: Seward & Kenai Fjords National Park

After an awe-inspiring ferry ride through Prince William Sound you arrive at the colourful fishing village of Seward, the gateway to Kenai Fjords National Park. Seward is the base for the Exit Glacier hike up to the Harding Icefield which although not an easy hike, it is most definitely a magnificent one. Other options include fishing the waters of Resurrection Bay (permit purchased locally) or enjoying an amazing wildlife boat tour of Kenai Fjords National Park with chances to spot whales, porpoises, sea otters and birdlife. Located on the south-eastern side of the Kenai Peninsula, this park covers more than 600,000 acres (2400 square kilometres). 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 make this one perfect day out. Accommodation: Camping with meals included

 

Day 10-11: Homer & Kachemak Bay Wilderness Camp

From Seward you make your way towards the city of Homer where you board a boat to your unique wilderness camp overlooking the remote Kachemak Bay. Surrounded by dense forest you will experience a true Alaskan adventure in this rugged paradise, with included activities such as sea kayaking with superb glacier views. It is also common place to spot sea otters and porpoise as well as bald eagles circling overhead. Available at no extra charge are mountain bikes and shorter trails to explore. The owners are wonderful people who welcome you into their family with delicious home-cooked meals including a salmon bake, while basking in the breath-taking scenery. Accommodation: Wilderness camp with meals included

 

Day 12: Anchorage

Soak up the breath-taking scenery over breakfast before beginning the journey back to Anchorage. Your last stop is the chance to walk to Byron Glacier, where you'll get close enough to touch it and admire the blue hue radiating out. 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. Why not add on a half day bear viewing extension at the beginning or end of your tour which includes a float plane flight into the wilderness. This is a wonderful experience with local guides, giving you the opportunity to up close to these four legged animals. Please ask at the time of booking this tour.

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 Fjords National Park

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

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$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

A 10% deposit per person is required to book

Full payment is due 8 weeks before the tour departure

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 £80 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.

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.

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