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Alaska Family Journey: Wilderness Explorer

Alaska Family Journey: Wilderness Explorer


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Itinerary

Tour Itinerary

Set out on a wildlife safari through Denali National Park and Preserve to spot the resident “big five”—grizzlies, moose, caribou, Dall sheep, and wolves, Visit the famed Alaska SeaLife Center for an up-close look at playful sea otters, colorful puffins, and leggy octopi, Watch champion sled dogs train for the upcoming racing season and learn about Iditarod traditions, Cruise Kenai Fjords National Park to see a glacier flowing straight into the sea.

Epic wildlife, soaring summits, and tundra stretching as far as the eye can see: everything is bigger in Alaska. Journey to the far north—where the sun never quite sets in the summer—and make the most of long days on hiking and wildlife-viewing excursions in the Alaskan wilderness. Explore Denali and Kenai Fjords National Parks, where kids will set out on educational adventures to claim their junior ranger badges.

Day 1: Anchorage
Arrive in time to meet your fellow travelers for a welcome gathering this evening. Your arrival transfer is included.
Transport: You will be transferred from the airport to your start hotel.
Activity: The adventure begins tonight. Feel free to explore before your welcome meeting, but make sure you're back in time to meet the group. Check for the meeting time on the welcome note at the hotel. After introductions, your CEO will review the details of your tour. Please note that normal check-in times apply at our start hotels, but you can usually store your luggage for the day if you arrive early.
Accommodation: Ramada Anchorage (or similar)

Day 2: Anchorage/Seward
Travel down the scenic Seward Highway, past Turnagain Arm, where one of the largest bore tides in the world surges a massive wave into the waterway each day. Continue to Seward for a visit to the famed Alaska SeaLife Center, an aquarium that collaborates with National Geographic on wildlife initiatives. The afternoon is free to explore Seward; or opt for adventure in the Alaskan wilderness while hiking, kayaking, or even dogsledding across a glacier!
Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Activity: On the shores of the scenic town of Seward sits the renowned Alaska SeaLife Center, Alaska's premier public aquarium. This esteemed marine science facility offers a combined focus on research, wildlife rehabilitation, and educating the public. Enjoy a visit to the centre, which frequently collaborates with the National Geographic Society on various wildlife initiatives such as critter cams, expeditions, and the important Photo Ark project, which aims to create portraits of the world's species before they disappear to extinction.
Free Time: Enjoy some time to explore this coastal town, go hiking or kayaking.
Accommodation: Harborview Inn (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 3: Seward
Board a catamaran for a cruise through Kenai Fjords National Park, where nearly 40 glaciers flow down coastal mountains, forging icy pathways into the sea. Our boat takes us to the exit ramp for one of these massive ice sheets, where we may see—and hear—great chunks of ice fall straight into the water. Kenai is also a wildlife-lover's paradise, home to orcas and humpbacks, puffins, porpoises, and much more. Enjoy lunch on board, and meet our accompanying park ranger, who will guide young travelers toward earning their first junior ranger badge of the trip!
Activity: Cruise through the glacial waters of Kenai Fjords National Park on a large catamaran hosted and narrated by a National Park Ranger. See three different kinds of glaciers, including a piedmont glacier, several cirque glaciers and an active calving tidewater glacier. Take time to look for wildlife in the sky and surrounding waters as you learn about the region. Keep an eye out for Humpback Whales, Orcas, Dall's Porpoise, Harbor Seals, puffins, sea otters, sea lions, and more.
Free Time: Enjoy a free morning to relax or tour the town.
Accommodation: Harborview Inn (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast Lunch

Day 4: Seward/Talkeetna
On our journey back north, we'll stop to explore the wilds surrounding the mountain town of Girdwood. Make your way along a winding boardwalk through the northernmost rainforest in North America; then board a hand-operated tram and take turns pulling your family along a rope strung high above a rushing river. Later, ride the gondola up Mount Alyeska for a look at hanging glaciers clinging to high mountain cliffs. Continue to Talkeetna, a quirky town that welcomes many a mountaineer hoping to conquer Denali's lofty summit.
Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Activity: Get out and stretch on Lower Winner Creek trail, hiking to Winner Creek gorge before taking the hand tram over the mighty Glacier Creek pulsing below. Enjoy North America's northernmost rainforest before circling back to the starting point.
Activity: Take a scenic tram ride to the top of Mt Alyeska. Enjoy the view of the Trunagain Arm, glaciers, mountain ranges, and even bear and moose if we're lucky. Take in the panoramic scenery from the top, where on a clear day, the view is as far as the eye can see. Opt to enjoy lunch at the top or head back down.
Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Accommodation: Swiss Alaska Inn (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 5: Talkeetna/Denali National Park and Preserve
As we travel toward Denali National Park, we get ever closer to Denali—or "the great one"—North America's highest peak. Even among the soaring summits of the Alaska Range, Denali dominates the horizon. At the gateway to the park, pick up junior ranger packets then meet a field educator at the Denali Education Center to learn about the surrounding ecosystems and the native people who have survived in these harsh conditions for centuries. This afternoon, we'll travel to the home of a true Alaskan hero, Jeff King, who has won the grueling, 998-mile Iditarod dogsledding race four times! Snuggle a husky puppy and watch grown champion sled dogs go through their summer training routine.
Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Activity: Visit the esteemed Denali Education Center for lunch and an interactive overview of the park and its subarctic ecosystem. Get an introduction to National Geographic's legacy with American national parks, as well as other projects National Geographic has supported in Denali NP and across Alaska. Listen to stories about the park's history and culture, as well as characteristics of its subarctic ecosystem. Learn about the complex geology here and how First Nations people have survived for generations in one of the most formidable climates on the planet.
Activity: Head to Husky Homestead, led by four-time Iditarod Champion Jeff King, to learn about the Iditarod traditions in the demanding Alaskan wilderness. Get a behind the scenes view of the champion sled dogs during their summer training. Hear tales about the people who live in this unforgiving terrain year-round and the heroic huskies that help them survive.
Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Accommodation: Denali Grizzly Bear Resort (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast Lunch

Day 6: Denali National Park and Preserve
This morning, venture into the heart of Denali National Park and Preserve on a wildlife safari. The park's incredible creatures stand out against the sparse landscape, and a drive along the park road is often the best way to see them. As we drive to the Eielson Visitor Center, make it your mission to spot Denali's "big five:" grizzly bears, moose, caribou, Dall sheep, and elusive wolves. Opt to join a ranger on a hike for a closer look at the treeless tundra and hearty plants that grow here. The return trip to our hotel offers another chance for wildlife-viewing.
Activity: Depart early to explore Denali National Park. Take the shuttle bus to the Eielson Visitor Center and back, getting deep into the heart of the park. The journey takes approximately 8 hours and shows off the stunning wilderness of Denali.
Activity: Spend the day exploring Denali National Park. The area is well-known for its diversity of wildlife and Denali, the highest peak in North America, formerly called Mt McKinley. There are 39 species of mammals, 167 species of birds, 10 species of fish, and one species of amphibian known in Denali. Summer is a time for raising the young and preparing for migration, hibernation, or survival during the winter and, with a little luck, we witness it all. Discover the dynamic glaciated landscape providing large rivers, countless lakes and ponds, and unique landforms which form the foundation of the ecosystems that thrive in Denali.
Accommodation: Denali Grizzly Bear Resort (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast Lunch

Day 7: Denali National Park and Preserve
This morning, meet up with an Alaska resident to hear all about life in America's northernmost state. Then set off for a hike with a naturalist guide from the Denali Education Center. Kids will have the opportunity to wrap up their junior ranger activities. Enjoy a free afternoon to relax, or opt to fly above Denali's soaring summit on a helicopter flight-seeing excursion.
Activity: Living next to the highest mountain in North America requires intense planning and preparation, and even then it's no easy feat. Learn how people live in this remote region, some without running water, and over a hundred miles from the closest grocery store. Meet a year-round resident of Denali and ask questions about surviving in a region with eight months of winter. Then head out with a naturalist on a guided hike to take in the awe-inspiring beauty of the Denali wilderness.
Free Time: Spend the afternoon exploring Denali NP - with so much to see and do, your options are endless!
Accommodation: Denali Grizzly Bear Resort (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 8: Denali National Park and Preserve/Anchorage
Enjoy a free morning to get in a final hike or an optional scenic river float before setting out on our drive back to Anchorage. Join the group for a farewell dinner this evening.
Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Free Time: Enjoy a final morning in Denali to take in some final sights.
Accommodation: Ramada Anchorage (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast Dinner

Day 9: Anchorage
Depart at any time.
Activity: Not ready to leave? Your CEO can help with travel arrangements to extend your adventure.
Meal(s): Breakfast

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Inclusions

Meals Included
8 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 1 dinner

Transport
Private vehicle, catamaran, shuttle bus, hiking

Inclusions
Your Family Journeys Moment: Denali Family Immersive Lunch and Lecture, Denali National Park and Preserve Your Family Journeys Moment: Husky Homestead, Denali Your Family Journeys Moment: Denali Immersive Presentation and Hike, Denali National Park and Preserve. Arrival transfer. Alaska SeaLife Center admission. Kenai Fjords National Park cruise. Mount Alyeska tram. Denali National Park transit bus to Eielson Visitor Center. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.

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Accommodations

Hotels (8 nts)

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Questions & Answers

Question: How many suitcases can I take with me on my trip?

Each person is allowed one "check-in," and one "carry-on." Remember to take all valuables with you as "carry-on", because electronic equipment, cameras, laptops, jewelry, business documents and money are not covered by the airlines' liability, so always carry them aboard with you.

Question: Is Airfare Included in the Price?

Airfare from your point of origin to and from the trip is not included in the land price.

G Adventures Tours Customer Reviews

Overall Rating
4
Accommodations
3.6
Itinerary
4
Professional Staff
4.3
Repeat with Operator
4
Value for Money
3.9

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