Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to Anchorage. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel for the evening, located in Anchorage and meet your traveling companions for a welcome reception.
- 12 Days / 11 Nights
- June to August
- Round trip scheduled flights
- Accommodation 12 nights as specified
- 2 breakfasts
- All transportation by private vehicle and ferry
- Services of a professional tour leader
- Wilderness float plane trip
- Scenic ferry journey through Prince William Sound
- One day bus pass in Denali National Park
From £3369 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms in low season. Other prices are available on request.
Leaving Anchorage, your first stop is to visit Portage Glacier before rounding Cook Inlet’s Turnagain Arm and venturing 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 make your way to the colourful fishing village of Seward – the gateway to Kenai Fjords National Park. In its past life, Seward was a railroad port so there is now plenty of great shopping and a picturesque old-time downtown area. Upon arrival, you have the option of a five-hour guided wildlife cruise to view sea mammals, including pods of orca, an array of birdlife and be able to experience the sights and sounds of icebergs being calved into the sea. What you’ll see on this cruise cannot be guaranteed however, this day has always proven to be a popular and rewarding tour with loads of wildlife sightings.
Today is a full free day to hike one of the most beautiful trails in Alaska – the Harding Icefield. This is not an easy hike but the views are worth it. This trail is popular for spotting wildlife and delivers breathtaking views of Exit Glacier along the way. Nothing will prepare you for the incredible views so it’s worth saving your lunch to eat at the top if the weather is good.
Board a scenic ferry through Prince William Sound to Valdez (pronounced ‘Val-dees’). Take in the rugged coastline and the 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.
Bordering Canada’s Yukon Territory, Wrangell-St Elias National Park is the largest in the United States, 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 vistas. 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, 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’.
Head into the heart of the Alaska 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 at 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.
As you travel the old Denali Highway to Denali National Park, keep your eyes open for wildlife while enjoying the peaceful, unspoiled Alaskan wilderness. Surrounded by the tallest mountain peak in North America, Denali offers a variety of wildlife including Grizzly Bear, Caribou, Dall Sheep, marmots, and wolves. Activities such as river rafting, dog sled demonstration and walks on quiet nature trails are available, all nearby to your campground setting which borders the park. Take the included Denali shuttle bus, for scenic views of the taiga and sub-arctic tundra as well as superb opportunities to view wildlife and hike the park’s trails. Denali is one of the few national parks where visitors are encouraged to walk off the beaten track and make their own path. 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?
Departing Denali, make your way towards Anchorage stopping en route in the town of Talkeetna where you can sample a local specialty; reindeer sausage. You also take in a visit to the Talkeetna Ranger Station depending on availability. Continue on towards the Anchorage where your tour ends upon arrival. Why not add on a half day bear viewing extension for a float plane flight and landing in the wilderness? This wonderful experience with local guides allows you to get up close to the four-legged animals that call this place home. This tour ends at the Inlet Tower Hotel & Suites at approximately 17:00 hrs. The rest of the evening is at your leisure to relax and grab a spot of dinner.
There may be time for some last minute shopping or sightseeing before you transfer back to the airport for your flight home.
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