Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to Anchorage. Upon arrival, transfer independently to the Inlet Tower Hotel & Suites where the rest of the evening is yours to explore at your own pace.
Alaska & Kenai Fjords National Park
- 8 Days / 7 Nights
- June to September
- Round trip scheduled flights
- Accommodations as specified
- 5 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 1 dinner
- Transportation in a custom-made vehicle
- Tour leader and specialist guides
- In-Depth tour
From £4920 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms in low season. Other prices available on request.
Now a bustling city fuelled by the oil boom and tourism, it wasn’t that long ago that Anchorage was the final outpost before heading into the ‘Last Frontier’. It’s not uncommon to find bears roaming the outskirts of the city – this is one truly wild place. A great way to spend your day is to wander around town getting a feel for the 49th state, speaking to the locals and checking out some of the great cafes and restaurants. A welcome meeting will be held at 18:00 hrs, followed by a welcome dinner to help you get to know your tour leader and fellow travelling companions.
The Kenai Peninsula is like something from a larger-than-life children’s novel. It is staggeringly beautiful and offers wonderful wildlife and bird watching opportunities amidst dramatic fjords and glaciers. This morning you’ll make your way towards the city of Homer where you spend the afternoon exploring your new two-night home, and Kachemak Bay, by kayak. Sea kayaking is a great way to discover the peacefulness of this wilderness area and it is commonplace to spot sea otters and porpoise as well as Bald Eagles circling overhead. With snow-capped mountains and forest as your backdrop, it’s easy to see why people are drawn to Alaska and never leave. It is like nowhere else on planet earth!
Today is all about bears and that quintessential Alaskan experience! The premier bear viewing fly-in experience is located at Wolverine Creek near the Lake Clark National Park and Preserve. The bears are drawn to the waters where thousands of salmon are spawning in the shallows. After a 30-minute flight on a floatplane, you fly past Mount Redoubt to land in search of these magnificent creatures. There will be numerous viewing opportunities, with previous groups spotting many bears in the course of one day. You will likely see Alaskan brown bears and possibly some black bears teaching their cubs how to eventually do their own fishing when they are older. You’ll end up as close as 30 feet from these magnificent animals in the complete safety of your guide’s boat while they go about their business of fishing and relaxing.
Today you will hike the spectacular trail from Exit Glacier to the Harding Icefield for views of deep crevasses and huge seracs on the glacier. At an elevation of 900m, you will eventually reach a lookout point over the icefield and the views will be out of this world. This has been rated as one of the finest hikes in Alaska. The walk is strenuous and entirely dependent on weather conditions; however, views along the way and especially from the top are simply magical. There’s an easier option available if you prefer, using an accessible trail to reach a different viewpoint of the glacier. For those who want to explore Seward afterwards, the impressive Alaska SeaLife Center, which houses a remarkable public aquarium and ocean wildlife rescue centre, is a fun place to visit.
Today you set off on a full day wildlife viewing cruise around Resurrection Bay and the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge. To maximise your experience on board, your guide will give a detailed commentary on the wildlife you see and the local area. On previous trips, travellers have spotted sea lions, otters, Dall’s Porpoise and an endless variety of seabirds including puffins and eagles. Orcas are often spotted and if you’re lucky, Humpback Whales can be seen! Enjoy a fresh salmon and prime rib lunch on board (included – vegetarian options available). You will also spend time in front of two active tidewater glaciers: Holgate and Aialik Glaciers, so close you can hear them creaking and see chunks of ice fall to the water.
Driving through the Alaskan wilderness, you’ll stop at Alyeska in the Chugach Mountain Range, ideal for a final wilderness walk before returning to the State’s capital, Anchorage. Take a forest walk and pulley system over a stream to Alyeska Resort which is where you begin the trail. Ascend on the gondola to the top of the mountain for beautiful views of snow-capped mountains, wildflowers and Alaskan wilderness. This afternoon, explore the art galleries and craft shops where you can see the beautiful Eskimo handicrafts being made. Your tour with Grand American Adventures ends at 17:00.
The rest of the evening is yours to relax and reflect on such a wonderful week or sightseeing, taking in the memories you collected along the way.
There’ll be time for some last minute shopping or sightseeing before you transfer independently back to the airport for your flight home.
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