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Highlights of Alaska

Highlights of Alaska


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Itinerary

Tour Itinerary

Devour seafood in Anchorage, hike in stellar Denali National Park, hear glaciers groan at Wrangell-St Elias National Park, marvel at the views of the Kenai Peninsula

A vast, rugged land of jaw-dropping beauty and abundant wildlife, Alaska remains America's last truly unconquered frontier. Up to the challenge? This 15-day adventure will put you in touch with one massive state more than you'd imagined possible, mixing hotel stays with cabins typical of the Alaskan frontier. Along the way, you'll sample amazingly fresh seafood in Anchorage, hike Denali National Park, investigate glaciers, and be blown away by the awesome majesty of your surroundings. Prepare to have your horizons expanded tenfold.

Day 1: Anchorage
Arrive at any time.
Activity: Your opportunity to meet your CEO and fellow travellers, and learn more about your tour. Opt to join the group for a local meal afterwards. Don't forget to see the notice in the lobby (or ask reception) for the official time and place to meet up with the group.
Accommodation: Ramada Anchorage (or similar)

Day 2: Anchorage/Homer
Travel along the coast of the Kenai Peninsula. Opt to enjoy a hike outside of Homer.
Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Accommodation: Glacier View Cabins (or similar)
Meal(s): Lunch

Day 3: Homer
Enjoy a free day in Homer. Opt to take a water taxi to explore Kachemak Bay or go for a hike.
Free Time: Spend free time exploring nearby bays, or hiking and spotting some of the area's amazing wildlife.
Accommodation: Glacier View Cabins (or similar)

Day 4: Homer/Seward
Travel to the Kenai Peninsula and explore the Kenai Fjords. Hike to the Exit Glacier and Harding Icefield this afternoon, seeing the size and power of this natural phenomenon in person.
Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Activity: Explore the Kenai Peninsula where earthquakes and ocean storms are the architects. Ice worms, bears and whales make their home in this land of constant change. Native Alutiiq used these resources to nurture a life intertwined with the sea.
Activity: Head out on an amazing hike to the Exit Glacier and Harding Icefield. The 11.9km (7.4 mi) round trip of the Harding Icefield Trail is a spectacular day hike through the Alaska backcountry. Starting on the valley floor, the trail winds through cottonwood and alder forests, passes though heather-filled meadows and ultimately climbs well above tree line to a breathtaking view of the icefield. The top of the trail is a window to past ice ages - a horizon of ice and snow that stretches as far as the eye can see, broken only by an occasional nunatak or lonely peak. There are various lookout points along the trail that serve as good turnaround points. Portions of the upper trail are covered by ice and snow part of the year. Easier, shorter hikes to the base of the glacier are also options that also afford beautiful views for those not looking for a strenuous hike. Black bears are spotted frequently from the Harding Icefield Trail.
Accommodation: Harborview Inn (or similar)
Meal(s): Lunch

Day 5: Seward/Valdez
Spend the day on a scenic journey to Valdez. Take the ferry across the Gulf of Alaska and into Prince William Sound. View Portage Glacier and the town of Whittier before arriving to Valdez.
Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Activity: Enjoy a scenic ferry ride from Whittier to Valdez. View the stunning Chugach mountains rising in the distance as you sail past icy blue glaciers and try to spot some wildlife. The waters near Valdez are teeming with life so you have a good chance of spotting whales, dall's porpoises, sea otters, and sea lions as your journey progresses.
Transport: Get to the next spot on your route aboard a convenient and efficient ferry boat.
Accommodation: Keystone Hotel (or similar)
Meal(s): Lunch

Day 6: Valdez
Enjoy a full day to discover everything that Valdez has to offer. Opt to go kayaking or hiking.
Free Time: With lots to do in and around Valdez, get out and explore!
Accommodation: Keystone Hotel (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 7: Valdez/McCarthy
Travel toward the huge and wild Wrangell-St Elias National Park, stopping at Worthington Glacier, Copper River view point and the small town of Chitina en route.
Transport: Travel time includes stops along the way.
Activity: Spend some time exploring this glacier located in the Chugach Mountains near Thompson Pass—the snowiest place in Alaska. Worthington Glacier is one of the most accessible glaciers in Alaska, passing within a few feet of the parking lot with a viewing shelter right off the Richardson Highway. Like most of Alaska's glaciers, this valley glacier has been steadily retreating for the last 150 years, but not as dramatically as many others. The upper basin sits at 5,500 feet and collects about 28 feet of snow each year.
Accommodation: Lancaster Hotel - McCarthy (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast Lunch

Day 8: McCarthy
Spend two days exploring the park and hiking around. Opt to take a scenic flight, go for a glacier walk or try ice climbing. Choose to explore the ghost town of Kennecott, hike the Bonanza Mine Trail or the Root Glacier Trail.
Activity: Enjoy time to explore this park on foot or from the air. Wrangell-St Elias National Park is located in the eastern region of south-central Alaska. The Chugach, Wrangell, and St Elias mountain ranges converge here in what is often referred to as the 'Mountain Kingdom of North America'. It is the largest national park in the US at six times the size of Yellowstone.
Free Time: Don't waste a minute! Start exploring this epic wilderness.
Accommodation: Lancaster Hotel - McCarthy (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 9: McCarthy
Spend two days exploring the park and hiking around. Opt to take a scenic flight, go for a glacier walk or try ice climbing. Choose to explore the ghost town of Kennecott, hike the Bonanza Mine Trail or the Root Glacier Trail.
Activity: Enjoy time to explore this park on foot or from the air. Wrangell-St Elias National Park is located in the eastern region of south-central Alaska. The Chugach, Wrangell, and St Elias mountain ranges converge here in what is often referred to as the 'Mountain Kingdom of North America'. It is the largest national park in the US at six times the size of Yellowstone.
Free Time: Don't waste a minute! Start exploring this epic wilderness.
Accommodation: Lancaster Hotel - McCarthy (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 10: McCarthy/Copper River Valley
Enjoy a free morning in McCarthy before starting the drive towards Denali through Copper River Valley. Checking out the mountains, expansive scenery, and fishwheels (used for salmon) along the way.
Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Accommodation: Tangle River Inn (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast Lunch

Day 11: Copper River Valley/Denali National Park and Preserve
Journey to Denali National Park and look for a clear view of Denali en route, the highest mountain in North America, formerly called Mt McKinley. The group will be travelling along the Denali Highway which opened in 1957 as the first road accessing Denali National Park and America's highest peak. Now it has been named one of the top greatest drives in America and you will get to experience it! Driving along the highway today allows you to pass through awesome wilderness while linking you to Alaska's gold rush history and prehistoric past. As you drive on a clear day you will be able to spot the trifecta of mountain ranges; Wrangell, Chugach, and Alaska for an extraordinary experience. The long winding road is constantly giving way to beautiful vistas and the vibrant flora and wildlife of this scenic state.
Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Accommodation: Denali Perch Resort (or similar)
Meal(s): Lunch (Enjoy a picnic.)

Day 12: Denali National Park and Preserve
Enjoy a full-day excursion into Denali NP to Eielson Visitor Center to take in the beautiful scenery and wildlife. Opt to get closer to nature with hikes, rafting or a scenic flight.
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.
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.
Accommodation: Denali Perch Resort (or similar)
Meal(s): Lunch (Enjoy a picnic lunch.)

Day 13: Denali National Park and Preserve
Enjoy more free time to explore Denali National Park.
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 Perch Resort (or similar)

Day 14: Denali National Park and Preserve/Anchorage
Drive to Anchorage and enjoy a final evening with the group.
Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Activity: Enjoy a brief walk with your CEO. He/she will give you some tips on finding things like supermarkets, main squares, and ATMs. For more specific or in-depth information, an official guided tour is recommended.
Accommodation: Ramada Anchorage (or similar)
Meal(s): Lunch

Day 15: Anchorage
Depart at any time.

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Inclusions

Meals Included
5 breakfasts, 8 lunches

Transport
Air-conditioned private vehicle, national park shuttle bus, ferry, hiking.

Inclusions
Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group. All national and state park entrance fees. Hikes and exploration of Kenai Peninsula. Hike to Exit Glacier and Harding Icefield. Views of Portage and Worthington Glaciers. Wrangell-St Elias National Park visit. McCarthy visit. Cooper River Valley and Tangle Lakes views. Full-day excursion to Eielson Visitor Center in Denali NP. Free time in Homer, Valdez, and Denali National Park. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.

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Accommodations

Standard hotels (4 nts), cabins (2 nts, en suite facilities), basic hotels/cabins (5 nts, shared facilities), basic hotels (3 nts, triple-share, shared facilities).

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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.

Customer Reviews

Overall Rating
4.2
Accommodations
3
Itinerary
5
Professional Staff
5
Repeat with Operator
5
Value for Money
3

Ratings based off 1 reviews - currently showing 1 reviews with comments only

Hard-working, experienced guide with a great personality. Whenever possible, though, my preference would be for a guide who has lived in the place for a long time or even grew up there and is steeped in the local history and culture. Also would like it if the guide could participate with the group in hikes and other activities rather than just coordinating and scheduling them for us.


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