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ALASKAN HIGHLIGHTS

10 days departing ANCHORAGE Jun-Aug from £1530

Alaska | Hotels

 

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!

 

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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 & 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 McKinley'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.

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

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 £576 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.

 

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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