Classic: Highlights of Alaska (NUGG)
Countries Visited: United States Excellent value, amazing prices, quality experiences Simple and clean hotels, guesthouses and hostels chosen for location and character Affordable public and private transport for maximum cultural interaction Plenty of optional activities tailored to your interests and budget
Trip Style: Classic - Designed for maximum variety, these trips are geared towards travellers searching for a healthy mix of active exploration, uncommon landscapes, amazing wildlife and local cultures.
Service Level: Basic
Physical Demands Rating: 1 - You'll have to walk around on your own, climb some stairs and carry your own bag. Easy does it.
Group Size: Max 13, avg 10
Meals Included: 1 breakfast, 8 lunches
Accommodations: Standard hotels (3 nts), cabins (2 nts, en suite facilities), basic hotels (2 nts, shared facilities), basic hotels (3 nts, triple-share, shared facilities), cabins (4 nts, twin-share, shared facilities)
Devour seafood in Anchorage, hike in stellar Denali NP, hear glaciers groan at Wrangell-St Elias NP, 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 challenges This 15-day adventure will put you in touch with this massive state better than you'd imagined possible, mixing hotel stays with cabins typical of the Alaskan wilderness. 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.
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|Offer valid through 3/31/2018|
|Day 1||Anchorage||Day 1 Anchorage|
There are no activities planned until an evening welcome meeting. Additional Notes: Please keep in mind, a lot of what there is to see and do in Alaska is weather-dependent. We give our CEOs the opportunity to adjust the schedule as needed based on weather. For example, something scheduled on the itinerary for Day 2 may be better on Day 4, when the sun is shining. Please be flexible and enjoy the ride. Hiking note: On this trip there are several options for hikes in each location. Your CEO will adjust the hikes according to weather and fitness level of the group. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
|Day 2||Homer||Day 2 Anchorage/Homer (1L)|
Travel around the coast of the Kenai Peninsula, where glaciers tumble down from the mountains towards the ocean. Keep an eye out for beluga whales playing out at sea while travelling along the Turnagain Arm, or volcanoes across the Cook Inlet. Transport: Private Vehicle (7.00 hour(s), 357km)
|Day 3||Homer||Day 3 Homer|
While in Homer, keep a look out for some of the local wildlife including bald eagles, sandhill cranes, moose and shorebirds, to name a few.
|Day 4||Seward||Day 4 Homer/Seward (1L)|
Leave Homer in the morning and arrive at the tip of the Kenai Peninsula where the ice age still lingers. Spend the day exploring this site to discover the fjords, their history, science and remote splendor. Head out for an amazing hike to the Exit Glacier and Harding Icefield. Considered one of the greatest hikes on the Kenai Peninsula, experience glaciers and the forces that shaped the landscape up close, while exploring only a tiny portion of the nearly 1 million acres that make up Kenai Fjords National Park. Included Activities: Kenai Peninsula and Fjords Exploration Hike to Exit Glacier and Harding Icefield Transport: Private Vehicle (5.00 hour(s), 270km)
|Day 5||Valdez||Day 5 Seward/Valdez (1L)|
Hop an Alaska Marine Highway ferry through the Inside Passage, across the Gulf of Alaska and into Prince William Sound. If weather permits, catch a glimpse of the Columbia Glacier. The Columbia Glacier is receding, leaving huge blocks of ice and an impassible moraine. It is always changing and each day the bay is filled with floating ice. The crashing glaciers and towering Chugach Mountains rising from the sea make Valdez absolutely picturesque. Transport: Ferry (6.00-6.50 hours) Private Vehicle (1.75-2.00 hours)
|Day 6||Valdez||Day 6 Valdez|
Valdez is a quintessential Alaskan coastal town surrounded by impressive mountains, and a great place to explore. Opt to hike Thompsons pass, kayak beside one of the worlds largest tidal glaciers or catch a glimpse of salmon spawning (in season). The crashing glaciers and towering Chugach Mountains rising from the sea make Valdez absolutely picturesque.
|Day 7||McCarthy||Day 7 Valdez/McCarthy (1B, 1L)|
Travel into Wrangell-St Elias National Park, staying in the small historic town of McCarthy. Surrounded by more mountains and glaciers than anywhere else in Alaska, every direction has a spectacular view. Included Activities: Worthington Glacier Visit Transport: Travel time includes stops along the way. Private Vehicle (6.00 hour(s), 233km)
|Days 8-9||McCarthy||Days 8-9 McCarthy|
This national park is the largest in the US, roughly 25% larger than Switzerland, and is the convergence of three mountain ranges. Included Activities: Explore Wrangell-St Elias
|Day 10||Tangle Lakes||Day 10 McCarthy/Tangle Lakes (1L)|
Drive through Copper River Valley en route to Tangle Lakes, checking out the fishwheels (used for salmon) along the way. Transport: Private Vehicle (8.00 hour(s), 290km)
|Day 11||Denali National Park and Preserve||Day 11 Tangle Lakes/Denali National Park and Preserve (1L)|
Enjoy a scenic drive along the Denali Highway, stopping for photos along the way. In the afternoon, reach Denali National Park, known for its diversity of wildlife and the highest mountain in North America, Denali, formerly called Mt McKinley. Bask in the awesomeness of this vast wilderness. Transport: Private Vehicle (6.00 hour(s), 257km)
|Days 12-13||Denali National Park and Preserve||Days 12-13 Denali National Park and Preserve|
Enjoy plenty of time to explore and hike Denali NP. Whether its the summer when the animals are raising their young, or winter when theyre preparing for the cold and hibernation, youll get to see 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 with some hikes in the area. Enjoy picnic lunches and revel in the awesomeness of the park. For those that do not want to hike, options include rafting on the Nenana River, a visit to the dog-sled kennels run by the park rangers or opt to take a scenic flight over Denali. Included Activities: Denali National Park Visit
|Day 13||Denali National Park and Preserve||Day 13 Denali National Park and Preserve|
Enjoy more free time to explore Denali National Park. Included Activities: Denali National Park Visit
|Day 14||Anchorage||Day 14 Denali National Park and Preserve/Anchorage (1L)|
Opt to enjoy a final dinner with the group and reminisce about the epic journey into the wild. Included Activities: Orientation Walk Transport: Private Vehicle (7.00 hour(s), 402km)
|Day 15||Anchorage||Day 15 Anchorage|
Depart at any time.
Local Flights: N/A
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Itinerary Disclaimer: While it is our intention to adhere to the route described below, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations. The itinerary is brief, as we never know exactly where our journey will take us. Due to our style of travel and the regions we visit, travel can be unpredictable. The Trip Details document is a general guide to the tour and region and any mention of specific destinations or wildlife is by no means a guarantee that they will be visited or encountered. Aboard expedition trips visits to research stations depend on final permission.
Additionally, any travel times listed are approximations only and subject to vary due to local circumstances.