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Alaska

  • The largest of the US states, Alaska spans an incredible 586,000 square miles. With its myriad of geographical terrains which split the state into five distinct regions and the expanse of water encircling over three quarters of the state, Alaska showcases a world of ecosystems just waiting to be discovered.

    • Grizzly Bear

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    • Copper River Delta Sunset

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    • Chugach Mountains

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    • Moose

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    • Glacier Bay

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    • Anchorage

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    Follow a pod of giant humpback whales as they breach into the air, watch the spellbinding grizzly bears as they lead their cubs to food and safety, spot puffins, bald eagles, moose, harbour seals and polar bears as they go about their daily rituals. The wilderness boasts a wealth of wildlife indigenous to their Alaskan habitats. Take to the water for a view from a different perspective. Cruises sweep along the inside passage, calling at intricate ports along the way. For a more intrinsic experience, small ship cruising enables guests to get up close and personal with the flora and fauna and offers the option of taking a raft to less accessible destinations accompanied by professional guides knowledgeable in the terrain. Day cruises venture out to Glacier Bay, Kenai Fjords and Prince William Sound offering a wonderful glimpse of coastal Alaska with dramatic mountain scenery, tidewater glaciers and the water's abundance of wildlife. For the more adventurous, kayaking and rafting along the thousands of rivers and coastal waters enables exploration of destinations difficult or impossible to access by land.

    Ascend into the skies for a bird’s eye view. Helicopters, light aircraft and float planes whisk you into the air across land and sea. Circle magnificent Denali (formerly Mount McKinley), fly deep into back country wilderness or land on a glacier and tread where few others have been before. From an hour’s pleasure flight to a full day tour fly fishing in the wilderness, Alaska is an inspirational experience which shouldn’t be missed.

    Back on land, a self drive or escorted itinerary are the only ways to truly experience the best of Alaska. Traditionally commencing from Anchorage, this small city is a wonderful introduction to life the Alaskan way. Sitting at the base of the Chugach Mountains, Anchorage is alive with arts, culture and speciality shopping. Leaving the city behind, the scenery is transposed to reveal small villages, rugged landscapes and gigantic national parks.

    One of the most famous attractions, Denali National Park is home to North America’s tallest mountain. Standing 20,320 feet in the air, Denali's magnificence attracts visitors from across the world. Visitors flock to the 6 million acre park, to hike, bike, raft, ski and explore the world's largest protected ecosystem, home to 750 species of flowering plant, 39 types of mammal and 165 bird species.

    Take a sternwheeler cruise from Fairbanks, try dog sledding or how about testing your luck panning for gold? Bathe in the naturally heated waters at Cheena Hot Springs, drive into Wrangell St. Elias National Park, North America’s largest national park, which is six times the size of Yellowstone, or explore the historic mining town of Kennicott. Sail out of the seaside village of Valdez on a sightseeing cruise to Prince William Sound or Columbia Glacier. No visit to this enchanting destination is complete without exploring Seward, Kenai, Homer, Girdwood and of course, Kodiak Island. The Kenai Peninsula boasts spectacular scenery and idyllic seaside villages but primarily is renowned as a natural habitat for Alaska’s abundant population of marine wildlife and birds.

    From a relaxing retreat to intrepid wilderness exploration, from small ship cruising to a soft adventure, whatever way you choose to appreciate this stunning destination, you can be assured that one visit is never enough!

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    • Top Tip 1

      From Girdwood, take an Alpine Air helicopter sightseeing trip over the Chugach Mountain range and land on a glacier.

    • Top Tip 2

      Visit the Alaska SeaLife Centre in Seward. It's a marine mammal rehabilitation facility where you'll view sea-birds, octopus and sea lions and learn about the work of the centre’s ocean scientists.

    • Top Tip 3

      Take a day cruise on Kenai Fjords National Park to view the magnificent glaciers and abundant wildlife.

    • Top Tip 4

      Alaska is mecca for fishermen worldwide. Try your hand at fly, salt or freshwater fishing and even ice-fishing.

    • Top Tip 5

      Take a float plane ride from Anchorage to Kodiak Island to see the owners of the island, the half ton Brown Bear!

    • Top Tip 6

      The best time to see the Northern Lights in Fairbanks is between November and April. It’s darkest during these months so the viewing is better.

    • Top Tip 7

      Make sure you visit Denali National Park. Private vehicles aren't allowed in the park so either take a day excursion or, better still, stay in one of the lodges within the park.

  • Alaska's National Parks Explorer

    Begins in and ends in Anchorage, Alaska

    15 Days / 14 Nights

    Departures: June to August

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    Your fly drive includes:

    • Round trip scheduled flights
    • Fully-inclusive 4 wheel drive car hire (conditions apply)
    • Accommodations as stated
    • Personalised Road Book
    • St Elias Glacier

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    • Bald Eagle

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    • Denali

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    • Denali National Park

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    • Talkeetna

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    Arrive Anchorage

    Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to Anchorage. Upon arrival, collect your rental car and drive to Hotel Captain Cook.

    Hotel: Hotel Captain Cook

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    Anchorage

    We’ve allowed a full day today for you to explore the vibrant, modern city of Anchorage. We suggest you take a guided tour which visits the city’s historical points of interest, such as Earthquake Park and Lake Hood.

    Hotel: Hotel Captain Cook

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    Seward

    Your expedition begins with a journey along the Seward Highway towards scenic Turnagain Arm. Keep an eye out for Beluga whales chasing salmon in the bay and Dall sheep grazing alongside the highway. Optional activities en route include taking a tram up Mt. Alyeska and stopping by Portage Glacier. Once in Seward, we suggest a visit to Exit Glacier and the SeaLife Centre. On your second day in Seward we have included a cruise which travels into the Kenai Fjords National Park, boasting abundant wildlife, alpine and tidewater glaciers and breath-taking scenery.

    Hotel: Exit Glacier Lodge

    127Mi/204Km

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    Talkeetna

    Your journey continues along the Glenn Highway north to Wasilla. We suggest a stop at the Alaska Native Heritage Centre before arrival into Talkeetna. Talkeetna serves as a base camp for visitors to Mt. Denali. A turn-of-the-20th-century gold-mining centre, the town has retained much of its early Alaskan flavour.

    Hotel: Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge

    240Mi/386Km

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    Denali National Park

    We have allowed ample time to experience the majesty of Denali National Park and take in sights of Georges Parks Highway. Enjoy a full-day narrated coach trip exploring the entire 92 miles of Denali Park Road.

    Hotel: Grande Denali Lodge or similar

    105Mi/169Km

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    Fairbanks

    Your journey continues on the Parks Highway north to Fairbanks, accompanied by incredible forest and mountain landscapes. In the afternoon climb aboard Riverboat Discovery III for an unforgettable three hour cruise into the Alaskan interior; travel the Chena and Tanana Rivers on the only authentic sternwheeler riverboat operating in Alaska.

    Hotel: Fairbanks SpringHill Suites by Marriott

    123Mi/198Km

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    Copper River

    It’s an early start today for a six hour drive to Copper River, however you will be awed by the dramatic scenery accompanying your route, with Mt. Drum, Mt. Wrangell and Mt. Blackburn as your stunning backdrop.

    Hotel: Copper River Princess Wilderness Lodge

    259Mi/417Km

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    McCarthy & Kennicott

    Today you continue south along the Richardson Highway towards the small town of Chitina, which acts as the gateway to Wrangell/St. Elias National Park and McCarthy-Kennicott. Today’s highlight is a bush plane flight which provides spectacular aerial views of the national park. The route takes you alongside Mt. Blackburn, over the Kennicott and Root Glaciers, past the Erie Mine and the awe-inspiring Stairway Icefall.

    Hotel: Kennicott Glacier Lodge

    50Mi/79Km

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    Valdez

    Today enjoy a bush plane flight back to Chitina, where you collect your car and recommence your journey. Heading south you enter the Chugach Mountains which circle the coast of Alaska. We suggest a stop at Thomson Pass for magical views of Worthington Glacier, before making the decent into Valdez. Valdez is surrounded by the Chugach Mountains, which are the most heavily glaciated mountains in the northwest. We suggest on your second day you take a cruise into Prince William Sound, where you’ll have an opportunity to see sea lions and humpback whales in their natural habitat.

    Hotel: Best Western Valdez Harbor Inn

    120Mi/194Km

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    Sheep Mountain

    As you travel north along the Richardson Highway, you’ll enjoy great views of the Wrangell Mountains. After a stop in Glenallen you’ll take the Glenn Highway to Sheep Mountain Lodge. With over 12 miles of trails to explore, filled with wildflowers and an abundance of birds, there is ample to keep you entertained during your stay.

    Hotel: Sheep Mountain Lodge

    192Mi/309Km

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    Journey home

    Take time to visit Independence Mine in beautiful Hatcher Pass en route back to Anchorage, where you return your rental car and check-in for your flight back to the UK.

    107Mi/172Km

    Prices

    From £5139 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms in low season. Other prices available on request.

    Silver Trail Explorer

    Begins in and ends in Whitehorse

    12 Days / 11 Nights

    Departures: May to August

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    Your fly drive includes:

    • Round trip scheduled flights
    • Fully inclusive 4 wheel drive car hire (conditions apply)
    • Accommodations as stated
    • Ferry crossing from Skagway to Haines
    • Personalised Road Book
    • Emerald Lake

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    • Panning For Gold

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    • Dawson City

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    • Dall Sheep, Kluane National Park

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    Whitehorse

    Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to Whitehorse. Upon arrival, collect your rental car and proceed to your hotel.

    Hotel: Best Western Gold Rush Inn

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    Whitehorse

    Today you have time to explore Yukon’s capital, and the pretty region which surrounds it. Why not visit the Yukon Wildlife Preserve? A unique place, it features ten species of northern Canadian mammal. You may also choose to head down to the Yukon River for a kayak or canoe ride.

    Hotel: Best Western Gold Rush Inn

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    Skagway

    Your journey begins with a drive along the South Klondike Highway, which connects the Yukon with Alaska. Also known as the Skagway to Carcross Road, the highway winds through the subalpine landscape of Tormented Valley to Tutshi Lake, Tagish Lake and the frequently photographed Emerald Lake. Dating back to 1897, Skagway was a lively gold mining town with a booming population of 20,000. Today it is just 800, but has maintained many of its original charms from the gold rush days. Hotel:

    Hotel: Westmark Inn

    110Mi/176Km

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    Haines

    Spend the morning in Skagway and explore the old town buildings before taking the afternoon ferry to Haines. Lasting around one hour, this journey offers a spectacularly scenic and relaxing ride along the Lynn Canal, a magnificent fjord. Located in the Valley of the Eagles, Haines is home to almost 4,000 American bald eagles who gather along the Chilkat River during autumn.

    Hotel: Hotel Halsingland

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    Haines Junction

    The Haines Highway winds from Haines over the Chilkat Pass, which is its highest summit. Pass Klukshu, a native summer fishing camp offering great photo opportunities. Haines Junction, a picturesque mountain village, with quaint restaurants and bakeries, is considered the gateway to Kluane National Park.

    Hotel: The Raven Hotel

    147Mi/238Km

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    Kluane National Park

    Today is a day of adventure. Take the Haines Highway, which climbs from the Chilkat River Valley and skirts the boundaries of Tatshenini-Alesk Provincial Park in British Columbia before arriving at Kluane National Park. Part of the largest contiguous area of protected wilderness on earth, it is home to a myriad of wildlife. It’s also where you find Canada's highest peak and the world's largest non-polar icefields.

    Hotel: The Raven Hotel

    155Mi/250Km

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    Tok

    This morning you drive north along the shores of beautiful Kluane Lake. We suggest a stopover at Sheep Mountain to see the Dall sheep grazing on the slopes. Your journey continues along the famous Alaska Highway before arriving in Tok, which is often referred to as the Dog Mushing Capital of Alaska.

    Hotel: Cleft of the Rock Bed & Breakfast

    290Mi/467Km

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    Dawson City

    The Top of the World Highway takes you through spectacular backcountry and gold mining areas. After crossing the Yukon River you arrive into Dawson City. The legendary Gold Rush of 1898 brought thousands of hopeful gold seekers to Dawson City. Now a National Historic Site, the city is reminiscent of a bygone era.

    Hotel: Aurora Inn

    185Mi/297Km

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    Dawson City

    We’ve allowed two full days to explore the historical sights of Dawson City. Depending on your interests you might like to visit Dredge No 4, a giant gold digging machine or SS Keno, the last steamer ship to run the Yukon River from Whitehorse. The Grand Palace Theatre is home to the Gaslight Follies Show and there's Diamond Tooth Gertie's Casino, featuring gambling tables and can-can shows.

    Hotel: Aurora Inn

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    Whitehorse

    Heading south, enjoy the raw beauty of the surrounding landscape. Stop at Five Finger Rapids and hike down to the shore of the Yukon River.

    Hotel: Best Western Gold Rush Inn

    333Mi/532Km

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    Journey home

    This morning take the short ride back to Whitehorse Airport, return your rental car and check-in for your flight back to the UK.

    Prices

    From £2296 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms in low season. Other prices available on request.

    Please note that due to the remote locations visited, some accommodation is below the standard that we would normally recommend. Additional car hire restrictions apply within the Yukon and Alaska, call for full details.

    Aurora Borealis Viewing at Bettles Lodge

    Begins in and ends in Fairbanks, Alaska

    3 Days / 2 Nights

    Departures: October to March

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    Your fly drive includes:

    • Return flight from Fairbanks to Bettles Lodge
    • 2 nights accommodation at Bettles Lodge
    • Arctic clothing, including parkas, snow pants, snow boots, mittens, face masks and hats
    • Three meals a day
    • Cross country skiing and guided snow shoe excursions.


    Bettles Lodge is located in one of the best places in Alaska to see the Aurora Borealis. Bettles has officially the most clear weather days in the state, meaning more cloud free nights and more opportunities to see the majestic lights dance in the sky. Located directly under the Auroral Band, Bettles has the highest aurora activity in the Northern hemisphere. The rustic Aurora viewing cabin is situated two miles from the lodge on a mile long lake. You can be dropped off and picked up, or the more adventurous can choose to ski or snowshoe the short journey, before enjoying hot chocolate, tea, or coffee in the warming cabin.

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    • Dog Sledding

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    Choose to depart Fairbanks early morning or early afternoon on your flight to Bettles. The one hour flight takes you over the Yukon River and above the Arctic Circle. On arrival you are transferred to Bettles Lodge, where you are based for the next two nights.

    Hotel: Bettles Lodge

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    Outdoor Adventure and Aurora Viewing

    Your day starts with a guided tour around the village of Bettles. Isolated for most of the year, with only an ice road for two months of the winter, this is a self-sufficient town offering absolute serenity in the wilderness. Choose to take a guided snow shoe excursion or go cross country skiing, both included in your package, or opt for a dog sled voyage to Koyukuk River, go ice fishing or flightseeing, all of which can be arranged.

    Hotel: Bettles Lodge

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    Depart Bettles Lodge

    Today you take the scenic flight back to Fairbanks, where your Northern Lights adventure comes to a close

    Prices

    From £1220 per person based on twin occupancy of a Standard room in low season. Other prices available on request.

    Bear Viewing at Redoubt Bay

    Begins in and ends in Anchorage, Alaska

    4 Days / 3 Nights

    Departures: June to September

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    Your fly drive includes:

    • Return transfers from Anchorage to the Lake Hood floatplane base
    • Return floatplane flight from Lake Hood to Redoubt Bay Lodge
    • 3 nights accommodation at Redoubt Bay Lodge
    • Guided bear and wildlife viewing
    • All meals at Redoubt Bay Lodge


    Redoubt Bay Lodge, located at the entrance to Lake Clark Pass, offers the only accommodations within a 171,000 acre critical habitat area, and is the only five acre privately owned property in the region. This small, rustic lodge sits on a small knoll overlooking Big River Lakes, a chain of lakes whose waters lead to the Big River and into Cook Inlet. The emphasis at the lodge is on viewing wildlife and exploring the surrounding lakes within the natural setting of the spectacular Chigmit Mountains

    • Black Bear

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    • Float Plane

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    Depart Anchorage

    Your adventure begins with a transfer to Lake Hood, where a scenic 50 minute floatplane flight offering views of Cook Inlet and the western edge of Kenai Peninsula, takes you to Redoubt Bay Lodge.

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    Redoubt Bay Lodge

    You are free to choose your guided wildlife viewing activities by boat, skiff or kayak – your days will be created to suit your particular interests. Bear viewing is undoubtedly the main activity, particularly during July, however a plethora of wildlife including migratory birds, bald eagles and harbour seals are regular sightings.

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    Depart Redoubt Bay

    You may continue to enjoy wildlife viewing until your departure floatplane flight, which takes you back to Lake Hood. We have also included a transfer back to your Anchorage hotel or airport.

    Prices

    From £2769 per person based on twin occupancy of a Standard room in low season. Other prices available on request.

    Alaska by Rail Tour

    Begins and ends in Anchorage, Alaska

    9 Days / 8 Nights

    Departures: May to August

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    Your fly drive includes:

    • Round trip scheduled flights
    • Accommodation as stated
    • Train from Anchorage to Seward (round trip), Anchorage to Talkeetna, Talkeetna to Denali National Park, and Denali to Fairbanks
    • 6 hour Kenai Fjords National Park cruise with lunch served on board
    • 2 hour jetboat safari in Talkeetna
    • 8 hour bus tour into Denali National Park (in May the tour may only be 4 hours long due to snow and road conditions)
    • Sightseeing tour of Fairbanks including admission to Museum of the North
    • Sternwheeler riverboat tour
    • Alaska by Rail Tour

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    • Stunning views en route

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    • Bus tour of Denali National Park

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    • Riverboat Discovery on the Chena River

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    • Humpback whale

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    Arrive Anchorage

    Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to Anchorage. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel under your own arrangements. Anchorage is Alaska's largest city, nestled between the Chugach Mountains and Cook Inlet. Anchorage provides an excellent start to your Alaskan holiday and offers an abundance of shopping, cultural attractions, and a great selection of restaurants.

    Hotel: Hilton Hotel

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    Anchorage to Seward

    Early this morning, transfer on your own to the Anchorage railway station to board the Alaska Railroad to Seward. This scenic journey takes you along Cook Inlet and into the glacier filled Kenai Mountains. Upon arrival in Seward the rest of the day is at your leisure. The Alaska Sea-life Centre, a world-class marine research facility funded by the Exxon Valdez oil spill settlement, is recommended as well as adding a dog sledding tour or guided sea kayaking excursion.

    Hotel: Harbor 360 Hotel

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    Seward to Anchorage

    This morning you will depart on a six hour cruise of Kenai Fjords National Park. The park boasts abundant wildlife, alpine and tidewater glaciers, and breathtaking scenery. As you cruise through Resurrection Bay keep watch for Stellar sea lions, harbor seals, puffins, eagles and whales. You will also cruise along the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge, home to a large variety of birds, on your way to either the Holgate or Aialik Glacier. If you spend long enough at the glacier, you'll see ice calve off into the ocean with a thunderous splash! A lunch is served on-board. Following your cruise, you'll take the Alaska Railroad back to Anchorage, arriving at approximately 10:15pm.

    Hotel: Hilton Hotel

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    Anchorage to Talkeetna

    This morning head back to the rail station to board the Alaska Railroad train bound for Talkeetna. On clear days the Talkeetna area has awe-inspiring views of Denali (formerly Mt. McKinley), North America's tallest peak. This afternoon you will embark on a two hour jet boat adventure aboard the Talkeetna Queen. Cruise to a wilderness site where you will take a leisurely quarter mile nature walk to an authentic trapper's cabin, complete with original furnishings and see how trappers lived in 'Bush' Alaska at the turn of the century. Your guide will display raw furs from the local area, demonstrate trapping methods, and acquaint you with the wildflowers and plants that grow in abundance here. Along the river you will have the opportunity to look for bald eagles, beavers, and possibly even moose and bears.

    Hotel: Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge

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    Talkeetna to Denali National Park

    You'll have some free time to explore this morning. Perhaps take the opportunity for more excursions in Talkeetna, such as flying in a ski-plane to mountain Denali. Your journey continues north by train to Denali National Park, arriving at approximately 3:30pm. The afternoon is free to enjoy as much or little as you please. Optional tours include river rafting and hiking. Tonight we recommend the delicious salmon dinner and amusing antics served at the Cabin Nite Dinner Theatre Show.

    Hotel: Grand Denali Lodge

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    Denali National Park to Fairbanks

    Early this morning, you'll depart on a bus tour of Denali National Park. This tour takes you through the best wildlife viewing portion of the Park Road, approximately 55 miles into the park. As you travel through the pristine wilderness, look for wildlife, such as bears, caribou, and moose, as well as views of the Mountain. Your experienced driver/guide will provide commentary and make stops during your eight hour adventure. In the afternoon, you'll travel by train to Fairbanks, with an evening arrival of 8:00pm.

    Hotel: River's Edge Resort

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    Fairbanks

    Start your day with a tour of historic Fairbanks including a visit to the University of Alaska's Museum of the North, the Trans Alaska Pipeline, the Morris Thompson Cultural Center and Pioneer Park. In the afternoon enjoy a sternwheeler cruise on the Chena River aboard the Riverboat Discovery. Along the route you will see a bush plane take off, see a champion line of Alaskan husky sled dogs, and gain insight into the ancient Athabaskan Indian culture during a stop at Chena Village.

    Hotel: River's Edge Resort

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    Fairbanks to Anchorage (by air)

    Today you will transfer via hotel courtesy shuttle to Fairbanks Airport for a scheduled flight back to Anchorage. The flight time is an hour, so once in Anchorage you will have the remainder of the day to explore.

    Hotel: Hilton Hotel

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    Journey home

    Time for some last minute sightseeing or shopping before transfiguring on your own to Anchorage International Airport and checking-in for your flight back to the UK.

    Prices

    From £3915 per person based on twin occupancy in low season. Other prices available on request.

    Yukon & Alaska Discovery

    Begins in and ends in Anchorage, Alaska

    15 Days / 14 Nights

    Departures: May to August

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    Your fly drive includes:

    • Round trip scheduled flights to Anchorage
    • Scheduled flight from Juneau to Anchorage
    • Fully inclusive 4 wheel drive car hire (conditions apply)
    • Accommodations as stated
    • Bus tour into Denali National Park
    • Personalised Road Book
    • Denali National Park

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    • Anchorage Skyline

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    • Portage Glacier, Anchorage

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    • Moose at Denali National Park

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    • Denali National Park - Awe Inspiring Views

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    • Fairbanks Riverboat

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    • Fairbanks - Aurora Borealis

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    • Yukon River at Dawson City

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    • Whitehorse Visitor's Centre

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    • Downtown Skagway

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    • The Bears of Juneau

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    • Juneau

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    • Glacier Bay Cave

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    • Glacier Bay National Park Cruise

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    • Glacier National Park

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    Arrive Anchorage

    Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to Anchorage. Upon arrival, collect your rental car and proceed to your hotel.

    Hotel: Sheraton Hotel

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    Talkeetna

    Today you will drive the Glenn Highway northbound, connecting to the Parks Highway in Wasilla. A few interesting stops along the way are the Alaska Native Heritage Center and the Eklutna Indian Village. Talkeetna is a small but unique gold mining community, famous for its special charm and as the expedition base for mountaineers seeking to summit mountain Denali. Why not experience some great optional excursions, including Denali flight-seeing or a jet boat excursion.

    Hotel: Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge

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    Denali National Park

    After a morning sightseeing in Talkeetna, you will drive the Talkeetna Spur Road back to the Parks Highway and continue north toward Denali. Denali National Park is one of the world’s last great frontiers for wilderness adventure. Enjoy an eight hour bus tour into Denali National Park which takes your through around 53 miles/88km of the park. The park is inhabited by many different animal species. With luck, you may see bears, caribou, moose, sheep, wolves and a variety of birds. Mountain Denali might be seen if the weather is clear today. You will have some free time in Denali over the two days so why not enjoy one of the optional activities at the park entrance area such as water rafting. Your hotel is located at the park entrance, where most of the park services and hotels can be found.

    Hotel: Grande Denali Lodge

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    Fairbanks

    Today you will drive the Parks Highway north to Fairbanks. Accompanied by incredible forest and mountain landscape you will drive through the communities of Healy, Nenana and by the community Ester, an old mining camp. Explore Alaska’s second largest city, also known as the 'Gateway to the Arctic' at your leisure. You may wish to add an optional activity, such as a tour over the Arctic Circle or a historical riverboat cruise. Attractions in Fairbanks include the Museum of the North, Pioneer Park, the Ice Museum, and the Santa Claus House in the nearby town of North Pole.

    Hotel: Pikes Waterfront Lodge

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    Tok

    Today you will drive southeast on the Alaska/Canada Highway to the border town of Tok. You will pass through the quaint towns of the North Pole and Delta Junction. There are views of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline and the Tetlin National Wildlife Refuge along the route.

    Hotel: Cleft of the Rock

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    Dawson City

    The Top of the World Highway brings you through spectacular backcountry and gold mining areas into Canada's Yukon Territory. When the highway reaches its highest elevation, incredible views into far-reaching countryside open up. Before you reach Dawson City, you cross the Yukon River by state ferry. Upon arrival in Dawson City, you might feel you just landed in a different century! Experience the old Klondike in its well-kept color and fame.

    Hotel: Aurora Inn

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    Whitehorse

    Today you will traverse along the Klondike Highway southeast to Yukon's capital city, Whitehorse. Your drive takes you through the interior of the territory, following the mighty Yukon River. Whitehorse’s rich Gold Rush history provides character to the city. The city of Whitehorse has wonderful restaurants and shops featuring local arts and crafts. Nearby hot springs, hikes, and river tours make Whitehorse a perfect stop on this driving tour.

    Hotel: Coast High Country Inn

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    Skagway

    Today you will drive south along the Klondike Highway. It is another of Alaska’s spectacular highways with Emerald Lake, Carcross desert and the small community of Carcross. The Yukon River Suspension Bridge provides excitement and scenic views from high above the river. Cross the Alaska/Canada border and continue to Skagway. This tiny town is part of Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park.

    Hotel: Westmark Inn Skagway

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    12

    Juneau

    Today, you will take a scheduled small plane flight from Skagway to Juneau. On a clear weather day, you may have some amazing views. After arrival in Juneau, transfer to hotel on own. Your hotel will be located in downtown Juneau. Rest of the day is yours to explore. Juneau attractions include the Mt. Roberts Tram, the State of Alaska Museum, and the Mendenhall Glacier.

    Hotel: Westmark Baranof Hotel

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    13

    Glacier Bay Nat Park from Juneau

    You will take an early morning flight from Juneau to Gustavus. Then depart on an eight hour cruise of Glacier Bay National Park. A National Park Service Ranger is onboard to provide information on the park, its glaciers, and wildlife. Keep an eye out for puffins, eagles, sea lions, sea otters, and possibly whales, bears and more! Lunch is included on the boat. You will then fly back to Juneau in the afternoon/evening.

    Hotel: Westmark Baranof Hotel

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    Anchorage

    The morning is at your leisure in Juneau. In the early afternoon or evening take a transfer (not included) to Juneau Airport to meet your scheduled flight to Anchorage. After arrival in Anchorage, the rest of the evening is free for you to explore. and grab those last minute souvenirs.

    Hotel: Sheraton Hotel

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    15

    Journey Home

    This morning take the short ride back to Anchorage Airport, and check-in for your flight back to the UK.

    Prices

    From £5139 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms in low season. Other prices are available on request.

    Please note that due to the remote locations visited, some accommodation is below the standard that we would normally recommend. Additional car hire restrictions apply within the Yukon and Alaska, call for full details.

    Journey Cassiar Highway, Yukon & Alaska

    Begins in and ends in Whitehorse

    15 Days / 14 Nights

    Departures: May to August

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    Your fly drive includes:

    • Round trip scheduled flights to Whitehorse
    • Alaska Marine Highway ferry
    • Fully inclusive 4 wheel drive car hire (conditions apply)
    • Accommodations as stated (including 2 nights on a ferry)
    • Personalised Road Book
    • Harbor Seals Wrangell

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    • Sign Post Forest, Watson Lake

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    • Cassier Highway

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    • Stewert

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    • Salmon Glacier

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    • Aerial View of Prince Rupert

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    • Wrangell

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    • Black bear catching salmon

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    • Alaska Marine Highway ferry

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    • Alaska's Inside Passage

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    • Juneau

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    • Mendenhall Glacier landscape around Juneau

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    • Yellowhead Highway

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    • Totem poles of Gitwangak

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    Day
    01

    Arrive Whitehorse

    Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to Whitehorse. Upon arrival, collect your rental car and proceed to your hotel.

    Hotel: Days Inn Whitehorse

    Day
    02

    Watson Lake

    Today you will traverse along the Alaska Highway east towards Watson Lake. We recommend you take the time for stops at the Signpost Forest and the Northern Lights Center. In the 50-foot dome of the center, impressive films about the colorful Aurora Borealis are shown daily.

    Hotel: Big Horn Motel

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    03

    Cassiar Highway

    Today you begin driving south along the Cassiar Highway. Although most of the highway is paved, cautious driving is required. You will travel near Boya Lake Provincial Park and through Centreville and Cassiar, two old gold mining towns. Before you reach Dease Lake, you will travel through Jade City. 75% of the world's jade production comes from this area.

    Hotel: Bell 2 Lodge

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    Stewart

    Today you will continue your journey will a further drive along the Cassiar Highway. In the area of Eddontenajon Lake, we recommend you make you a slight stop to experience the flightseeing tour. You will then continue your drive and reach Kinaskan Lake and Kinaskan Provincial Park where you have the opportunity for hiking or swimming in the lake. Before you reach Stewart, you come to a lake into which Bear Glacier calves its icebergs. Stewart and Hyder are linked by the Stewart-Cassiar highway via the spectacular Bear Pass, which cuts through the coastal mountain range. There are over twenty hanging glaciers visible from the road. The drive between Stewart and Hyder is spectacular and travels through Salmon River Valley. Here you will see Salmon Glacier, one of the most spectacular glaciers in the north. One of the richest salmon rivers, Fish Creek, attracts many local bears. The remainder of your time in Stewart is yours to explore the surrounding areas.

    Hotel: Ripley Creek Inn

    Day
    06

    Prince Rupert

    Leaving Stewart behind you'll drive back to the Cassiar Highway and continue south onto the Yellowhead Highway. Before the intersection for the Yellowhead Highway, you will have the opportunity to see totem poles of the small community Gitwangak. The route winds along Skeena River before you reach Terrace, a city with approx. 13,000 inhabitants.

    Hotel: Prince Rupert's Crest Hotel

    Day
    07

    Alaska Inside Passage

    Today you will board the Alaska Marine Highway ferry and begin your journey through Alaska's Inside Passage.

    Hotel: Overnight on the ferry

    Day
    08

    Wrangell

    Today you will arrive in Wrangell - a hidden jewel, waiting to be discovered. Wildlife abounds in the area. We recommend you take a variety of excursions to get you up close to glaciers, black and brown bears, eagles, sea lions, harbor seals, whales, salmon, and halibut to name a few.

    Hotel: Stikine Inn

    Day
    09

    Juneau

    Depending on the departure time of the ferry, you may have more time to explore the area if so we recommend a tour to Anan Creek for bear viewing or a jet boat tour on the Stikine River. Then continue your journey on the Alaska Marine Highway ferry, to your next port of call, Juneau.

    Hotel: Overnight on the ferry

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    Juneau

    Today you will arrive into Juneau. Depending on your arrival time you have the next two days at your own leisure. Juneau is Alaska's capital city with a little over 30,000 residents. The city is often called 'little San Francisco'. Juneau is situated at the foot of Mount Juneau with Mount Roberts and rises to the east into the Gastineau Channel. Recommended attractions include the Mt. Roberts Tram, the State of Alaska Museum, and the Mendenhall Glacier. .

    Hotel: Westmark Baranof

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    12
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    Skagway

    This morning, you will depart Juneau on the Alaska Marine Highway ferry. During your cruise up the Inside Passage and Lynn Canal, watch for bald eagles, sea lions, and other wildlife. Your ferry will make a short-stop in the fishing town of Haines on the way to your final destination of Skagway. The old part of town has been preserved and is now the Klondike Goldrush National Historical Park. Here you find original buildings from 1897. Places of interest are: the Red Onion Saloon, once a bordello and today a famous bar for locals and tourists; the restored Mascot Saloon, the Skagway Inn and the Golden North Hotel.

    Hotel: Westmark Inn Skagway

    Day
    14

    Whitehorse

    Today you will drive to Whitehorse and have more time to explore the capital of the Yukon.

    Hotel: Days Inn Whitehorse

    Day
    15

    Journey home

    This morning take the short ride back to Whitehorse Airport, return your rental car and check-in for your flight back to the UK.

    Prices

    From £3869 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms/cabins in low season. Other prices are available on request.

    Please note that due to the remote locations visited, some accommodation is below the standard that we would normally recommend. Additional car hire restrictions apply within the Yukon and Alaska, call for full details.

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    Begins in Anchorage, Alaska and ends in Vancouver, British Columbia

    15 Days / 14 Nights

    Departures: May, June, July and August

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    Your escorted tour includes:

    • Round trip scheduled flights
    • Accommodation for 15 nights as specified
    • 14 breakfasts, 13 lunches and 13 dinners
    • Air-conditioned motorcoach transportation
    • Services of a Tauck Tour Director
    • 7 night Alaska cruise
    • Classic tour
    • Denali Park

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    • Prince William Sound

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    Day
    01

    Arrive Anchorage

    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 travelling companions for a welcome reception and dinner.

    Hotel: Hotel Captain Cook (Dinner included)

    Day
    02

    Talkeetna and Denali National Park

    Learn about the lifestyles, traditions, and crafts of Alaska's indigenous tribes on a visit to the Anchorage Museum where hundreds of artefacts and two multimedia installations share the enduring cultures and histories of people from across the circumpolar North. Then take a scenic flight to Talkeetna, near the base of Denali (North America's highest peak, formerly known as Mount McKinley), followed by a drive to your wilderness lodge in Trapper Creek for a two-night stay.

    Hotel: Hotel Captain Cook (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

    Day
    03

    Trapper Creek

    Begin the day with a visit to the private homestead of Joanne Porterfield, nestled in the Alaska wilderness. Her family's gardens and farm have flourished here in the shadow of Mount McKinley for more than four decades. Set off on a wilderness jet boat adventure this afternoon. Return to your lodge in the late afternoon to enjoy dinner and an evening at leisure.

    Hotel: Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

    Day
    04

    Denali National Park

    Drive today to Denali National Park, one of the world’s last unspoiled frontiers and arrive at your lodge near the entrance to the park, Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge, in time for lunch. This afternoon, visit Husky Homestead to meet former Iditarod champion musher Jeff King and his family and their indomitable Husky sled dogs who live and train there. Enjoy dinner at your choice of restaurants at your lodge tonight.

    Hotel: Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

    Day
    05

    Denali National Park

    Rise early for a “Tundra Wilderness Tour” that takes you deep into the wilds of Denali National Park, a six-million-acre UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, through the forest and alpine tundra and over high mountain passes. Along the way, you may see moose, caribou, Dall sheep, wolves and grizzly bears and the awe-inspiring Denali itself, North America’s highest peak at 20,310 feet. Spend the rest of the afternoon and evening at leisure, and enjoy dinner on your own tonight.

    Hotel: Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge (Breakfast and lunch included)

    Day
    06

    Copper Centre

    Traverse the Alaskan wilderness today from Denali along the Alaska Range to your lodge situated on the Copper River in the small town of Copper Center, a gateway to the massive Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, known as "North America's Mountain Kingdom." Dinner this evening features a regional favourite, Alaskan salmon.

    Hotel: Copper River Princess Wilderness Lodge (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

    Day
    07

    Wrangell-St. Elias National Park

    On a private tour, you'll discover Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, which is home to more glaciers and mountains above 16,000 feet than any spot in North America, and part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Today you’ll also view the Trans-Alaska Pipeline, which transports crude oil from wells at Prudhoe Bay in the north to the port city of Valdez. Back at the lodge, there is time to walk one of the hiking trails or perhaps go whitewater rafting before dinner.

    Hotel: Copper River Princess Wilderness Lodge (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

    Day
    08

    Valdez & Whittier

    This morning it's a drive through the Chugach Mountains where the plants and wildlife are amazing, followed by a stop at Worthing Glacier, before arriving at Valdez. Sea conditions permitting, you'll cross Prince William Sound by private boat to Whittier. Keep watch for whales, seals and soaring eagles as you enjoy the mountain views. Next, you board your Princess ship in Whittier to start the 7-night cruise portion of your itinerary.

    Hotel: Aboard your Princess Ship (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

    Day
    09

    At Sea - Hubbard Glacier

    It's a day of scenic cruising as you journey toward Alaska's Hubbard Glacier, arriving mid-afternoon. Known as the Galloping Glacier this is North America's largest tidewater glacier. Soaring 40 storeys high, it's blue color is created by the denseness of the ice, which absorbs all colors of the spectrum except blue. Tonight, join the ship's captain for a welcome reception.

    Hotel: Aboard your Princess Ship (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

    Day
    10

    At Sea - Glacier Bay Cruising

    Your inspirational journey continues as you cruise the waters of Glacier Bay, west of Juneau. Your ship cruises along shorelines and islands completely covered by ice some 200 years ago. By the time naturalist, John Muir visited the area in 1879, the ice had retreated some 30 miles to form the bay you'll be exploring. Rugged mountains, spruce and hemlock forests, deep fjords, emerald waters and crisp fresh air are the day's companions, possibly along with sea otters, porpoises, seals and bald eagles. Early evening, enjoy the company of your fellow Tauck cruisers at a private cocktail party followed by dinner.

    Hotel: Aboard your Princess Ship (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

    Day
    11

    Skagway & Haines

    On arrival in historic Skagway, the gateway to the Klondike region, you'll disembark for a tour of the town and a ferry ride to Haines on the Lynn Canal, the deepest and longest fjord in North America. Here you'll begin a quiet rafting trip through the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve, home to world's largest congregation of bald eagles. Next, you'll travel back in time on the exciting White Pass & Yukon Route narrow-gauge railway, which was built in 1898 during the gold rush. This vintage rail excursion heads up steep grades, around cliff-hanging turns, and over high bridges.

    Hotel: Aboard your Princess Ship (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

    Day
    12

    Juneau

    Arrive in Alaska's capital city of Juneau, set on a narrow strip of land between the Coast Mountains and the Gastineau Channel, for sightseeing that includes a stop at the Mendenhall Glacier. Gather insights on the traditions of the indigenous Tlingit people of the Pacific Northwest during a private cultural presentation before enjoying your afternoon at leisure. Spend most of the afternoon aboard a private whale-watching cruise off Juneau. Reboard your Princess ship late this afternoon, and sail on to Ketchikan.

    Hotel: Aboard your Princess Ship (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

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    13

    Ketchikan

    Today you'll dock in Ketchikan, the ancestral home of the Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian tribes, for an inside look at the role that Tlingit heritage plays in the local culture. See some of the city’s numerous totem poles, and watch local totem carvers at work at Saxman Native Village; catch a performance of traditional Tlingit and Haida dances. You'll also have time to explore this colourful town on your own. Perhaps with a walk along its historic boardwalk lined with eclectic houses and shops or take in the waterfront promenade.

    Hotel: Aboard your Princess Ship (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

    Day
    14

    At Sea - Inside Passage

    Enjoy spectacular views of the fabled Inside Passage from your stateroom, or a variety of decks and lounges, on a full day of cruising amongst the densely forested islands and coastal communities of this renowned waterway. This evening, join your fellow travelling companions for a farewell cocktail party before a delicious dinner.

    Hotel: Aboard your Princess Ship (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

    Day
    15

    Journey Home

    Your cruise itinerary ends in Vancouver, where you disembark the ship and transfer to the airport for your flight back to the UK. Alternatively, you may choose to extend your holiday with a stay in Canada.

    Prices

    From £6158 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms / Inside Cabin in low season. Other prices available on request

    Alaska Call Of The Wild

    Begins and ends in Anchorage, Alaska

    8 Days / 7 Nights

    Departures: June, July & August

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    Your escorted tour includes:

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    • Accommodation for 7 nights as specified
    • 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches & 5 dinners
    • Air-conditioned motorcoach transportation
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    Day
    01

    Arrive Anchorage

    Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to Anchorage. Upon arrival transfer to the Hotel Captain Cook, meet your fellow travelling companions at the welcome dinner this evening.

    Hotel: Hotel Captain Cook (Dinner included)

    Day
    02

    Talkeetna

    In Alaska, dog sledding is both a very popular sport and an important mode of transportation to remote places where roads still don't go. This morning you will drive from Anchorage to Big Lake, where you'll meet the mighty dogs that respond to the cry of 'Mush!' by racing off into the wild and pulling heavy sleds over the snow – Alaskan Huskies – on a visit to a facility where Alaskan huskies in training to run next year’s world-famous Iditarod Race learn how to be sled dogs, sure to be a highlight of your family's Alaska tour. Next, you will continue to Talkeetna for a jet boat ride with a naturalist guide to look for bald eagles, beavers, moose and even bears that live along the river, and a nature walk in the Alaskan bush to see an authentic, turn-of-the-century trapper's cabin. If the weather is good, you'll have an incredible view of Alaska's famous Mount Denali – the Athabascan Indians called the mountain Denali, meaning 'the Great One' – en route to your wilderness lodge for a two-night stay. Once there, you and your family can compete in a high-tech treasure-hunting game – known as geocaching – where you'll use a GPS system to find hidden treasures!

    Hotel: Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

    Day
    03

    Trapper's Creek

    Nature is everywhere on a morning hike at Talkeetna Lake, with loons and kingfishers above you, and a forest brimming with wildflowers and wildlife surrounding you. As you walk, your local guide shares stories about how the first native people survived in this beautiful but wild land, life in Talkeetna today and the amazing encounters with wildlife.  After lunch at your lodge, travel to Trapper Creek to visit the private homestead of Joanne Porterfield, nestled in the Alaska wilderness. Her family's gardens and farm have flourished here in the shadow of Mount Denali for more than four decades. Later, back at your lodge in Talkeetna, enjoy an interpretive experience with storytelling, s'mores and more around an old-fashioned campfire.

    Hotel: Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge (Breakfast and lunch included )

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    04

    Denali

    Depart your lodge in Talkeetna and soar over the Denali foothills in a small plane (weather permitting) for a breathtaking bird's-eye view of towering Mt. Denali, the tallest mountain in North America. After your flight, you'll travel to Anchorage for a visit to the Alaska Native Heritage Center, a renowned cultural center and museum where you'll come away with a greater understanding of Alaska's Indigenous people. Following a dance performance, a tour and lunch, continue on to the wildlife-rich Kenai Peninsula and a two-night wilderness lodge stay in Cooper Landing, nestled within Chugach National Forest.

    Hotel: Kenai Princess Wilderness Lodge (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

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    05

    Kenai Peninsula

    Today, you can choose how you and your family will experience the wonders of the Kenai Peninsula, as your Alaska tour continues at your lodge in this wilderness wonderland between Cook Inlet and the Gulf of Alaska. You can choose to go kayaking, take a scenic river-rafting trip, or embark on a hike into the wilderness with a local guide. You might also want to take advantage of optional opportunities for fishing and horse riding that may be available at an additional cost.

    Hotel: Kenai Princess Wilderness Lodge (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

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    Girdwood

    Get a close-up glimpse of Alaskan wildlife on a visit to the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center on Turnagain Arm, meeting moose, bison, elk and other orphaned or injured animals being rehabilitated by this non-profit organization. Then head to the Crow Creek Mine in Alaska's historic gold rush country, where you'll meet a "prospector," pan for gold and dig into a barbecue lunch. Then it's on to your resort in Girdwood. Your evening includes an entertaining mountaineering demonstration.

    Hotel: Hotel Alyeska (Breakfast and lunch included)

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    Whittier and Prince William Sound

    Hop aboard an Alaska Railroad self-propelled rail car for a trip along Turnagain Arm to Whittier, where you'll board a boat that takes you and your family on a glacier adventure cruise on Blackstone Bay in Prince William Sound. With an expert wildlife guide aboard, you'll sail past thundering waterfalls and tidewater glaciers. Listen out for the sounds of glaciers groaning and cracking and keep an eye out for eagles, otters and harbor seals along the way. En route back to your hotel, you’ll travel through the Whittier Tunnel, the second longest highway tunnel in North America. Tonight, travel back to your hotel in Girdwood for your farewell dinner.

    Hotel: Hotel Alyeska (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

    Day
    08

    Journey Home

    There may be time for some last minute shopping or sightseeing before you transfer back to the airport for your flight home.

    Prices

    From £4241 per person sharing a Standard room in low season. Prices for children over 12 years, alternative party sizes, separate room for children and other date seasons are all available on request.

    Alaska & Kenai Fjords National Park

    Begins and ends in Anchorage, Alaska

    7 Days / 6 Nights

    Departures: June, July, August & September

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    Your escorted tour includes:

    • 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
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    Day
    01

    Arrive Anchorage

    Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to Anchorage. Upon arrival, transfer independently to the Sheraton Anchorage Hotel and meet your fellow travelling companions at the welcome meeting and dinner this evening.

    Hotel: Sheraton Anchorage Hotel (Dinner included )

    Day
    02

    Kenai Fjords National Park

    Today you will hike the spectacular trail from Exit Glacier to the Harding Icefield in the magical Kenai Peninsula for views of deep crevasses and huge ice ridges on the glacier. From 900m up, you'll get staggeringly beautiful scenic views and wonderful wildlife and bird watching opportunities amidst dramatic fjords and glaciers. This has been rated as one of the finest hikes in Alaska. If you prefer, there is also a more accessible trail to reach a different viewpoint of the glacier. Later, explore Seward and the impressive Alaska SeaLife Center, which houses a remarkable public aquarium and ocean wildlife rescue centre.

    Hotel: Seward Windsong Lodge (Breakfast included)

    Day
    03

    Resurrection Bay

    Today you set off on a full day wildlife viewing cruise around Resurrection Bay and the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge. Your guide will give a detailed commentary on the wildlife you see including sea lions, otters, Dall's Porpoise and an endless variety of seabirds including puffins and eagles. Orcas and Humpback whales are also often spotted. Enjoy a fresh salmon and prime rib lunch before continuing on to visit two active tidewater glaciers, Holgate and Aialik, where you'll be close enough to hear them creaking and cracking and see large ice rocks plummet into the water below.

    Hotel: Seward Windsong Lodge (Breakfast and lunch included )

    Day
    04

    Homer

    From Seward, you make your way towards the city of Homer where you spend the afternoon exploring Kachemak Bay, by kayak. With snow-capped mountains and forest as your backdrop, sea kayaking is a great way to discover the peacefulness of this wilderness area, it is commonplace to spot sea otters and porpoise as well as Bald Eagles circling overhead.  

    Hotel: Land's End Resort (Breakfast and dinner included )

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    05

    Soldotna

    Today take a 40-minute seaplane flight past Mount Redoubt and on to Lake Clark National Park and Preserve where a waiting boat will shuttle you around the lake in search of bears in their natural habitat. Lake Clark National Park and Preserve and the surrounding area comprises of sleeping volcanoes, ice fields and glaciers and an abundance of wildlife, with lakes and streams teeming with trout and spawning salmon which tempts lots of bears to the lake's shores to capture a tasty meal.

     

    Hotel: Land End's Resort (Breakfast included )

    Day
    06

    Anchorage

    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.

    Hotel: Sheraton Anchorage Hotel (Breakfast included )

    Day
    07

    Journey Home

    There'll be time for some last minute shopping or sightseeing before you transfer independently back to the airport for your flight home.

    Prices

    From £4241 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms in low season. Other prices available on request.

    Yukon and Alaska Walking Tour

    Begins and ends in Whitehorse, Yukon

    14 Days / 13 Nights

    Departures: June, July and August

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    Your escorted tour includes:

    • Round trip scheduled flights
    • Accommodation for 13 nights as specified (includes 12 nights of camping)
    • 12 breakfasts, 13 lunches, and 12 dinners
    • Private transportation
    • Services of a tour guide
    • A full range of guided hikes and wilderness trails
    • Scenic boat trip to Haines
    • Visit 1 UNESCO World Heritage Site
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    • Kluane National Park

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    • Tombstone Territorial Park

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    Day
    01

    Arrive Whitehorse, Yukon

    Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to Whitehorse. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel for the evening, located in Whitehorse and meet your travelling companions for a welcome meeting. Your guides will run through your equipment with you and you'll have a chance to pick up any missing items. This evening is free to explore as you wish.

    Hotel: Hotel included (TBC)

    Day
    02

    Skagway & Haines, Alaska

    This morning you set off for Skagway, Alaska, a famous gold rush town set at the northern end of a fjord, amongst high snowy peaks (no hiking today!) and along the popular Inside Passage cruise route. It is now preserved as part of the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park. From here you will board the ferry to Haines another coastal town in the Alaskan fjord with a fascinating history and culture, not to mention breathtaking scenery. You will spend the next three nights at the same campground, with beautiful natural surroundings and sweeping fjord and mountain views, so no need to worry about packing up after your first taste of hiking in Alaska tomorrow.

    Hotel: Camping (Lunch and dinner included)

    Day
    03

    Haines, Alaska

    Today you will start your hiking adventure following a spectacular trail through old growth coastal forest to the Mount Riley summit and the highest point on the Chilkat Peninsula. From the top, you are rewarded with 360-degree views of surrounding craggy glaciated mountains, as well as views down the Chilkoot and Chilkat inlets. In the afternoon you will visit is the ancient Tinglit Indian village of Klukwan, which is nestled along the banks of the Chilkat River. Local history reveals that Klukwan was originally settled many years ago by a group of Gaanaxteidi (Raven Clan) men and their Kaagwaantaan (Eagle Clan) wives. The village site was chosen because of the rich natural environment found here. A wander around the village with local information helps paint the picture of the area’s history. In addition, you will visit the world-famous Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve which boasts the largest gathering of Bald Eagles anywhere in the world. Enjoy an 18-mile drive on the Haines Highway to find excellent eagle viewing areas. Newly-created pull-outs along the highway are provided for eagle watchers and photographers.

    Hiking details:

    • Distance: 7.5 miles (12km) 
    • Duration: 4 hours (approx)
    • Elevation gain: 461m 
    • Rating: moderate to difficult

    Hotel: Camping (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

    Day
    04

    Haines, Alaska

    Today is all about peaks, with your goal being the summit of Mt. Ripinski. You’ll encounter many different Alaskan ecosystems along the way including lush forest, subalpine stunted trees, alpine meadow, and rocky summit. You begin your ascent through the forest, passing blueberries that the bears come to raid to fatten up in late August. The climb through the forest lasts several hours before reaching subalpine space, where you walk beside a small creek and alpine tundra dotted with wildflowers, including the white bell-shaped flowers of mountain heather. Views from the top are simply amazing in every direction, including the emerald blue Chilkoot Lake and Lutak Inlet, Haines town, Cathedral Peaks, the Chilkat River drainages and Takshanuk Mountains.

    Hiking details:

    • Duration: 5.5 – 6.5 hours (approx)
    • Mileage: 8 miles (13 kms) 
    • Altitude gain: 3690 ft. / 1125 m 
    • Rating: Strenuous

    Hotel: Camping (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

    Day
    05

    Kluane National Park and Preserve

    You leave Haines for your next stop, Kluane National Park (3.5 hours drive) stopping off en route to hike the Three Guardsmen Trail. You will set up camp in Haines Junction Village for three nights and visit the ancient town. A nearby reserve offers the perfect hiking opportunity, the Tatshenshini-Alsek Wilderness Park, as well as a river rafting experience for those who seek higher thrills (optional activity). Kluane Park is located in Yukon's southwest, which is dominated by North America's highest mountain range, the Saint-Elias range. There, Mount Logan peaks at 5959m. Amidst these giants sleeps the world's largest non-polar ice field from which entire seas originate, the Kaskawulsh Glacier. This heritage site is as challenging as it is fascinating: crossing vast ice steppes on which silence reigns, dwarfed by immense mountains, steering clear of Grizzlies and camping out underneath the Yukon sky.

    Hiking details:

    • Duration: 5 hours (approx)
    • Mileage: 4.5 miles (7kms) 
    • Altitude gain: +780 meters 
    • Rating: Moderate

    Hotel: Camping (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

    Day
    06

    Kluane National Park and Preserve

    The Cottonwood Trail in the Kluane National Park is still an absolute insider tip for nature travelers. Today you will hike through a true wilderness paradise to experience some of the most breathtaking landscapes of Canada. The Kluane Park is also known for the biggest Grizzly population of North America, although you'll take preventions from seeing them on the trail, you may have the opportunity to view various wildlife close by, along with the particularly impressive view of the south side of Mount Logan on a clear day.

    Hiking details:

    • Duration: 7 hours (approx) 
    • Mileage: 13km 
    • Altitude gain: 300m
    • Rating: Moderate

    Hotel: Camping (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

    Day
    07

    Kluane National Park and Preserve

    Another day, another trail - but they just keep getting more beautiful! Today you’ll hike the Auriol Trail which does not go above tree level. It was originally an old wagon trail used by cross country skiers until the land became part of the Kluane National Park and Reserve. The Auriol Trail is a loop trail, crossing over creeks and passing through aspen and spruce tree forests. There are footbridges to cross and switchbacks with plenty of elevation hiking.

    Hiking Details:

    • Duration: 4.5 hours (approx) 
    • Mileage: 9.3 miles (15 kms) 
    • Altitude gain: 367 m (1204 ft.) 
    • Rating: Easy to Moderate

    Hotel: Camping (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

    Day
    08

    Tok, Alaska

    Today you transfer from Kluane to Tok, stopping to admire beautiful landscapes, virgin territory and typical Klondike villages along the way. You will be traveling for approximately five and a half hours, not including stops. Tok is an outdoor person's paradise teeming with birds, mammals, and fish. The world famous Forty Mile Country, which inspired the likes of Jack London, lie to the north; while the Mentasta and Wrangell mountains lie to the south. Residents are forced to embrace the true frontier lifestyle, and there’s plenty of bird watching, camping, hiking, fishing, float trips and other exploring to be done in the area. In town, attractions include gold panning, museums, and horse riding.

    Hotel: Camping (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

    Day
    09

    Dawson City, Yukon

    Today you will transfer from Tok for Dawson City, crossing yet another American border only to head back into Canada a few hours later. You will go through old western style villages, both alive and deserted –‘ghostly’, some might say. You’ll see ancient mines and appreciate outstanding panoramas across the Kluane range. After approximately five and a half hours, you reach Dawson City, by way of the ‘Top of the World Highway’. A lot of traveling will be done today but it is decidedly more than worth it as you'll visit the depths of Yukon and its people. Tonight, you’ll camp near the banks of the Yukon River at a campsite which offers a free gold panning activity. Please note that whilst your campsite has all the expected facilities, it is more basic in nature due to its location.

    Hotel: Camping (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

    Day
    10

    Dawson City, Yukon

    This morning you enjoy a walking tour of Dawson City, the Klondike's most famous town, located along the 64th of latitude, 154 miles within the Polar Circle. This city was once called ‘the Paris of the North’ for its bustling activity. Each spring, hundreds of gold diggers still flood the town in search of the precious stone, but you will be experiencing a different kind of treasure – its ancient mines, its hot springs, its saloons' cold beer, the midnight sun, and the Jack London interpretation centre.

    Dawson City’s crowning glory is the spectacular panorama that can only be seen atop the Midnight Dome. Standing like a sentinel over the city, Midnight Dome has provided the backdrop for one of the wildest migrations in history...the Klondike Gold Rush. Between 1897 and 1899, roughly 50,000 people descended on the area around Dawson City to stake claims in the Klondike Gold Fields. So be sure that your camera batteries are charged and there is room on your memory card because you don’t want to miss an opportunity to capture this enchanting vista. Once you have recovered from the breathtaking view, make your way to Canada’s first (and friendliest) gambling hall, Diamond Tooth Gerties. Be entertained by Gertie’s powerhouse vocals and her high-kicking ‘Gold Rush Girls’.

    Hiking details:

    • Duration: 3-4 hours (approx)
    • Mileage: 5 miles (8.4 kms) 
    • Altitude gain: 1700 feet 
    • Rating: Easy to moderate

    Hotel: Camping (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

    Day
    11

    Tombstone Territorial Park and Range

    After a two hour transfer, the next three days are going to be spent exploring the Tombstone range, a hiking paradise. This specific region is the spirit of the Yukon territory: virgin nature, Grizzlies, and solitude.

    Today you’ll enjoy a half-day hiking option on the Angelcomb Peak, which is a nice easy going trail before you venture deeper into the park. The trail itself is shorter and offers great views up the East Blackstone River, as well as the peaks and valleys to the east of the Dempster Highway. This area is an important sheep habitat.

    Hiking details:

    • Duration: 3 hours (approx)
    • Mileage: 3.72 miles (6 km) 
    • Altitude gain: 590 m (1936 ft.) 
    • Rating: Easy

    Hotel: Camping (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

    Day
    12

    Tombstone Territorial Park and Range

    Enjoy a day hike to Alpine Lakes Viewpoint. This route follows one of the many ridges that lead up to an open alpine plateau and a rocky ridge above two picturesque alpine lakes. There is often caribou on the plateau, and you get amazing views all the way up the ridge.

    Hiking details:

    • Duration: 6 hours (approx) 
    • Mileage: 4.97 miles (8 kms) 
    • Altitude gain: 772 m (2533 ft.) 
    • Rating: Moderate

    Hotel: Camping (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

    Day
    13

    Tombstone Territorial Park and Range

    Enjoy a day hike to Grizzly Ridge, which is one of the most popular trails in Tombstone Territorial Park, and for good reason. Within about an hour you get a view of Mount Monolith at the end of Grizzly Valley. The trail is well established, and you can continue along the ridge towards Grizzly Lake for as long as you like.

    • Duration: 2-3 hours (approx) 
    • Mileage: 3.1 miles (5 km) 
    • Altitude gain: 423 m (1388 ft.) 
    • Rating: Easy

    Hotel: Camping (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

    Day
    14

    Whitehorse, Yukon

    Today is your final day in Canada’s Yukon but your adventure is not yet over. Today is mainly a drive day, which gives you the perfect chance to sit back and watch what the Yukon does effortlessly without even trying; offering perfect postcard views. It is also a great day for wildlife spotting so be prepared to stop along the way at viewpoints and as wildlife ambles throughout the area. You’ll finish your tour back in Whitehorse.

    Hotel: Best Western Gold Rush Inn (Breakfast and lunch included)

    Day
    14

    Journey home

    Once the tour ends you will transfer to the airport for your flight back to the UK. Alternatively, you may choose to extend your holiday with a stay eslewhere in Canada!

    Prices

    From £3565 per person based on twin occupancy in low season. Other prices available on request

    Alaskan Highlights

    Begins and ends in Anchorage, Alaska

    12 days/11 nights

    Departures: June 2019 to August 2020

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    Your escorted tour includes:

    • 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
    • Wrangell-St. Elias National Park

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    • Scenic walks and hikes

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    • Hike to Exit Glacier

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    • Denali National Park

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    • Seward Marina

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    • Kenai Fjords National Park

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    • Prince William Sound, Valdez

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    • Wildlife viewing opportunities

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    • Breaching Whale

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    • Grizzly Bear in Denali National Park

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    • Downtown Talkeetna

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    • View of Anchorage through the wilderness

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    Day

    Arrive Anchorage

    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.

    Hotel: Inlet Tower Hotel & Suites

    Day
    02

    Kenai Peninsula and Seward

    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.

    Hotel: Harbourview Inn

    Day
    03

    Kenai Fjords National Park

    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.

    Hotel: Harbourview Inn

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    04
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    05

    Valdez

    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.

    Hotel: Best Western Valdez Harbor Inn

    Day
    06
    Day
    07

    Wrangell-St. Elias National Park

    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'.

    Hotel: Mccarthy Lodge (breakfast included)

    Day
    08

    Alaska Range

    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.

    Hotel: Maclaren River Lodge (breakfast included)

    Day
    09
    Day
    10

    Denali National Park

    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?

    Hotel: Carlo Creek Lodge

    Day
    12

    Talkeetna and Anchorage

    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.

    Hotel: Inlet Tower Hotel & Suites

    Day
    13

    Journey Home

    There may be time for some last minute shopping or sightseeing before you transfer back to the airport for your flight home.

    Prices

    From £3369 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms in low season. Other prices are available on request.

    Please note that due to the remote locations visited, some accommodation is below the standard that we would normally recommend.

    Alaska, Wildlife & Wilderness

    Begins in and ends in Anchorage, Alaska

    15 Days / 14 Nights

    Departures: June 2019 to August 2020

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    Your escorted tour includes:

    • Round trip scheduled flights
    • Accommodation and camping for 14 nights as specified
    • 11 breakfasts, 13 lunches, and 10 dinners
    • Air-conditioned motorcoach transportation
    • Services of a professional tour leader and specialist guide
    • Wilderness float plane trip
    • Scenic ferry journey through Prince William Sound
    • Full day wildlife cruise in Kenai Fjords National Park
    • Brown bear with her cub

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    • Alaska Range

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    • A variety of wildlife

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    • Denali National Park

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    • Seward landscape

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    • Harbour Seals, Wragnell

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    • Whale breaching the water

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    • Endless wildlife viewing and hiking opportunities

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    • Wildlife cruise in Kenai Fjords National Park

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    • Impressive hikes in the foothills

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    • Anchorage skyline

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    • Kayaking adventure

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    Day
    01

    Arrive Anchorage

    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.

    Hotel: Inlet Tower Hotel & Suites

    Day
    02

    Talkeetna and Denali National Park

    Leaving Anchorage, you enter the wilderness pretty much instantly and make your way towards Talkeetna where you stop for the opportunity to try a local delicacy, reindeer sausage, before arriving in Denali National Park. Home to the highest mountain in North America, legendary Mount Denali (6,194m), the park covers six million acres and houses some of the most unspoiled wilderness and spectacular scenery in the whole of Alaska.

    Hotel: Camping (lunch and dinner included)

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    03
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    Denali National Park

    Enjoy two full days exploring the park with an included bus pass - the only way to get out into the incredible (and vast) wilderness. Try to spot Alaska's 'Big Five'; Caribou, Dall Sheep, moose, Grizzly Bears, and wolves. Denali is one of the only national parks where you are encouraged to find your own path off the trails, great for those of you looking for pure unadulterated adventure. There are plenty of optional walks and activities in Denali or you can take to the skies on a scenic (and highly recommended) glacier landing helicopter flight. As the trails are wild and unmarked, the hiking opportunities are endless. Your tour leader will suggest some local spots of scenic beauty and the best spots to the view wildlife.

    Hotel: Camping (breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

    Day
    05

    Alaska Range

    Head into the heart of the Alaska Range to spend the night in local cabins at Maclaren Lodge. With spectacular views of the surrounding valley, this rustic lodge provides the ideal setting for an authentic Alaskan experience. Although rooms are basic bunkhouse style, its remote location is something to savor with the chance to look out for grazing caribou near the quiet lakes of the tundra. This is also a birder's paradise with many species often sighted.

    Hotel: Maclaren River Lodge (breakfast and lunch included)

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    06
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    Wrangell and St. Elias National Park

    The scenery keeps on coming thick and fast, and today is no different. Drive through the dramatic Copper River Valley and stop for a short walk on the Liberty Falls Trail, just off the Edgerton Highway en route to the small town of McCarthy (population 40 in the summer, 17 the remainder of the year). This quaint settlement at the centre of a mass of mountains, glaciers, and wilderness will be your base to explore Wrangell-St Elias for the next two nights. Wrangell and St Elias National Park and Preserve contain nine of the sixteen highest peaks in the United States, including the second highest, Mount. St. Elias (5,488m), and is the most glaciated region in the North American continent.

    You’ll discover an imposing area of glaciers, mountains, forest, and wilderness, with wonderful wildlife viewing opportunities. Dall Sheep, mountain goats, caribou, moose, Grizzly, and Black Bears are just some of the park's inhabitants. An optional experience, and highly recommended, is the chance to fix crampons to your boots and hike around the Root Glacier, exploring its deep blue pools and carved ice shapes.

    Hotel: Camping (1 breakfast, 2 lunches and 2 dinners included)

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    Valdez

    Your journey continues towards Valdez, passing through the Chugach Range. On the rivers, fish wheels have been built to catch salmon migrating upstream to spawn. Stop at the famous Worthington Glacier, adjacent to the Thompson Pass, for a short walk. Explore the busy seaside town of Valdez, a return to civilization after the mountainous isolation of McCarthy. Valdez is a new town, as a major earthquake destroyed the old one in 1964. There are various hiking trails in and around Valdez such as the Mineral Creek Trail or the Keystone Canyon Pack Trail. You can also visit the historical museum to learn about the native culture, gold rush history, and the famous pipeline. Why not opt for a sea kayaking excursion to get up close to the glacier?

    Hotel: Camping (breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

    Day
    10

    Seward

    Board the Alaska state ferry, leaving Valdez behind and crossing Prince William Sound to reach Whittier. The views of the mountains, bays, fjords, and glaciers are unforgettable and the water is home to a unique array of marine life, Harbour Seals and sea lions. On arrival, explore the small fishing town of Seward. In its past life, Seward was a railroad port which means there is now plenty of great shopping and a picturesque old-time downtown area.

    Hotel: Camping (breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

    Day
    11

    Seward

    Set off on a full day wildlife viewing cruise around Resurrection Bay and the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge. To maximize your experience on board your guide will give a detailed commentary on the wildlife you see and the local area. On previous trips, travelers 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 also be seen! Enjoy an included fresh salmon and prime rib lunch on board (vegetarian options available).

    Hotel: Camping (breakfast and lunch included)

    Day
    12

    Kenai Fjords National Park

    The staggeringly beautiful Kenai Fjords National Park offers wonderful wildlife and bird watching opportunities amidst dramatic fjords and glaciers. Within the park is the huge Harding Icefield, claiming 300 square miles in its entirety. If weather conditions permit, take a spectacular walk from Exit Glacier to the Harding Icefield for views of deep crevasses and huge seracs. At an elevation of 900m, you will eventually reach a lookout point over the icefield and the views will be out of this world. The walk is strenuous and entirely dependent on weather conditions; if there are too much snow and ice on the trail, it may be impassable. There's an easier option available if you prefer, using an accessible trail to reach a different viewpoint of the glacier.

    Hotel: Camping (breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

    Day
    13

    Soldotna

    Head to Soldotna, your launch site for the bear float plane activity. Float planes are a way of life for many of the more remote Alaskan communities, particularly those who still have no road access and too little space amongst the mountains to build runways. Float planes generally seat a maximum of 10 people and you'll take to the air for a beautiful flight across the Cook Inlet. Land in the Big River Lakes area and transfer to the waiting boats to explore the river and lake system keeping your eyes open for bears. The lakes are just on the fringe of the Lake Clark Park and Wilderness Reserve but a long way from any roads and civilisation and the chance of bear sightings is excellent; you can usually see Brown (Grizzly) or Black Bears here. You may see thousands of salmon pushing upstream to spawn and if you're lucky, you'll see bears catching and feeding upon them. This is Alaska at its best, almost completely untouched wilderness with a backdrop of ice-clad 

    Hotel: Camping (breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

    Day
    14

    Alyeska and Anchorage

    After breakfast and packing up camp, you'll drive for a couple of hours to Alyeska in the Chugach Mountain Range which is ideal for a final wilderness walk before returning to the state's capital, Anchorage. Containing around half the population of the state, Anchorage in some ways looks just like any other sprawling American town and after nearly two weeks in the small towns and villages, the bustling streets of the city will feel somewhat different. Explore the art galleries and craft shops where you can see the beautiful Eskimo handicrafts being made.

    This tour ends at the gateway Inlet Tower Hotel & Suites at approximately 17:00 hrs. The rest of the evening is at your leisure to reflect and an unforgettable last two weeks. 

    Hotel: Inlet Tower Hotel & Suites

    Day
    15

    Journey Home

    There may be time for some last minute shopping or sightseeing before you transfer back to the airport for your flight home.

    Prices

    From £4039 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms/camping tents in low season. Other prices are available on request.

    Please note that due to the remote locations visited, some accommodation is below the standard that we would normally recommend.

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  • Denali Flightseeing and Glacier Landing

    Anchorage

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    • Mt. Denali

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    • Glacier Landing

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    Talkeetna is one of the best places to experience Mount Denali! You will be picked up in Anchorage and make the scenic, 2-hour drive to the quaint town of Talkeetna. Once there, your guide will treat you to lunch in town. Then take to the skies and get a birds-eye view of the landscape of Denali National Park and Mount Denali! This one-hour bush-plane experience gives everyone a window seat to the grandeur of Denali (Mount Denali): the tallest mountain on North America! A real Alaskan bush pilot will tell you about the area as you soar over glaciers, the Don Sheldon amphitheater, intense blue meltwater pools, and the Great Gorge of the Ruth Glacier.

    Duration: 9 Hours

    Prices

    From £559 per person.

    Kenai Fjord Cruise & Alaskan Railroad

    Anchorage

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    • Kenai Fjord Cruise

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    • Humpback Whale

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    • Alaskan Railroad

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    Depart Anchorage by rail for an adventure into the exciting world of Alaska’s wildlife. In Seward, embark on a 6 hour cruise which travels through the pristine waters of Resurrection Bay for up close encounters with wildlife. The wildlife cruises will be guided alongside large bird rookeries and sea lion colonies, providing stops for pictures and to view passing whales and sea otters. You will also have the opportunity to view several types of glaciers, including the enormous Bear Glacier, which is the largest glacier in the Kenai Fjords National Park.

    Duration: 15.5 Hours

    Prices

    From £335 per adult and £169 per child.

    Denali Backcountry Adventure

    Denali National Park

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    • Grizzly Bear in Denali National Park

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    • Denali National Park

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    This full-day narrated coach trip explores the entire 148km /92mi of the restricted Denali Park Road on your way to the Denali Backcountry Lodge. During your journey to Denali Backcountry Lodge, your experienced driver-guide will help in the search for bear, moose, caribou, Dall sheep and other wildlife while pointing out the biology and geology of the area. There are numerous stops for wildlife viewing, photography and to stretch your legs and enjoy complimentary snacks. Lunch is included on this full day journey at the Denali Backcountry Lodge and while at the Lodge you can take a nature walk or try panning for gold. The return journey by bus offers a different perspective of the stunning landscapes and more opportunities for wildlife viewing.

    Duration: 13 Hours

    Prices

    From £210 per person.

    McCarthy & Kennicott Adventure with Glacier Hike

    Chitina

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    • Kennicott Mill

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    • Wrangell-St. Elias National Park

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    Start your tour with a spectacular flight from Chitina Airport through Wrangell-St. Elias National Park to Kennicott where you join your guide on Main Street for a half day hike. This moderate hike takes you to Root Glacier. Along the way your guide will explain the natural history of the area, including wildflowers, geology and the effects glaciers have had upon the landscape. At the glacier, strap on your crampons and take your first steps onto the otherworldly terrain. Hike out across the ice as far as you can, discovering the many different features on the surface of the glacier: crevasses, moulons and perhaps even an ice cave. The color and beauty of these features will astound you, before you enjoy the scenic flight back at 5.00 pm.

    Duration: 8 Hours

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    From £464 per person.

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