Anchorage to Anchorage

8 days from 1,949pp

For travellers looking to explore a more remote corner of North America at a faster (and active) pace, this eight-day journey through Alaska’s vast vistas is just the ticket. Catch the state’s greatest highlights including the imposing Harding Icefield, the enchanting Kenai Fjords, the jaw-dropping Denali National Park, and the charming town of Talkeetna. Go north and treat yourself to a week of scenery and smiles.
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8 days Anchorage to Anchorage

From 1,949 per person

Is this tour for me?

Travel Style: Classic

All of the highlights, culture, access, and I-can’t-believe-we-did-that moments, all at a great price.

Service Level: Standard

Comfortable tourist-class accommodations with character; mix of public and private transport.

Physical Rating: 3 – Average

Some tours may include light hiking, biking, rafting, or kayaking in addition to walking.

Trip Type: Small Group

Small group experience; Max 13, avg 9

Age requirement: 12+

All travellers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Day 1: Anchorage

Arrive at any time.

Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting:
1h18:00

The adventure begins tonight. Feel free to explore before your welcome meeting, but make sure you’re back in time to meet the group. 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 Inn Downtown Anchorage (or similar)

Day 2: Anchorage/Seward

Drive south through the Kenai Peninsula along one of US’s most scenic highways, the Seward Highway. Pass between cliffs and ocean and through the Chugach National Forest surrounded by mountains. Hike one of the trails of Kenai Fjords National Park to the Exit Glacier and Harding Icefield in the afternoon, seeing the size of this natural phenomenon in person.

Leave Anchorage 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.

Hike to Exit Glacier and Harding Icefield
Exit Glacier5h-8h 12km

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 that utilizes back-country and on-trail trekking. 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.

Private Vehicle
Anchorage – Seward2h30m-3h200km

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Accommodation

Murphy’s Alaskan Motel (or similar)

Meals included:

Lunch

Day 3: Seward
Enjoy a free day for activities around Seward. Opt to take a scenic boat cruise through the Kenai fjords to get up close and personal with glaciers and marine life, hike through breathtaking scenery, or visit the Alaska SeaLife Center.
Free Time
Seward Full Day

Get out and explore this natural paradise!

Optional Activities – Day 3

Kenai Fjords Boat Trip
Seward

150-175USD per person

Soak in the gorgeous coastline views from the comfort of a boat. Keep your eyes peeled for a variety of whales (orca, humpback, fin and minke) and marvel at the view of the glaciers.

Alaska SeaLife Center Visit
Seward1h-3h

20USD per person

The Alaska SeaLife Center is the only public aquarium in the state and also functions as an ocean wildlife rescue center. The facility focuses on research, rehabilitation, education, and exhibits.

Coastal Trail Hike
Seward2h-3h 1-6km

Free

Enjoy an easier hike along the scenic Coastal Trail for about 2-3 hrs.

Sea Kayaking Tour
Seward – Resurrection Bay8h-9h

Explore the stunning surroundings of Resurrection Bay from the water. Follow a naturalist guide along the scenic western shoreline of the bay and marvel at the snow-covered mountains and hanging glaciers. Learn about the bay’s history, highlights, and wildlife along the way. Sea otters, sea lions, harbor seals, bald eagles, seabirds, and jumping salmon are often seen. Occasionally, whales are also spotted. Continue along the Caines Head State Recreation Area and, depending on group speed, all the way to Tonsina Creek. During spawning season, if the tide is high it may be possible to paddle up the creek to see spawning salmon.

About halfway into the trip, make a shoreline stop to enjoy hot drinks and lunch with time to stretch your legs and explore.

Accommodation

Murphy’s Alaskan Motel (or similar)

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 4: Seward/Talkeetna

Travel north to quaint Talkeetna. Opt to take a scenic flight over the area, float by raft or go further afield by jet boat on the Talkeetna River to learn about local flora, fauna and early settlers to the area, or stay in town to shop or sample beer from the local microbrewery.

Private Vehicle
Seward – Talkeetna5h-6h250km

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Free Time
Talkeetna Afternoon

Spend time exploring quirky Talkeetna.

Optional Activities – Day 4

Shopping

Scour the local shops and stalls for unique wares to remind you of your travels to the region.

Wilderness Jet Boat Tour
Talkeetna

70USD per person

Travel by river jetboat 20 miles (32km) along the river system, learning about the local ecosystem from a naturalist guide. Stop off and go for a short nature walk to the Dena’ina Indian Encampment, home to the earliest native settlers in the area, then visit an old trapper’s cabin to learn about the trapper’s way of life.

Talkeetna River Natural History Float Trip
Talkeetna 10km

79USD per person

Board a raft and float down the Talkeetna River on the lookout for bears, eagles, moose, beavers, foxes and native birds while learning about the local environment of the river and its banks. Loop onto to the Susitna River for the return journey, and if you’re lucky enough for it to be clear, you’ll see stunning Denali (formerly Mt McKinley) over the trees. This is a relaxing and educational float that gets you out in nature.

Denali Scenic Flight
Denali National Park and Preserve

220-420USD per person

Take to the skies for a bird’s eye view of the spectacular grandeur. Get a better view of the mountains, glaciers, and wilderness from a few thousand feet up.

Accommodation:

Swiss Alaska Inn (or similar)

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 5: Talkeetna/Denali National Park and Preserve

Head north and keep cameras at the ready for the stunning scenery on the way to Denali National Park. Enjoy a dog sledding demo, and opt to hike in the park.

Enjoy plenty of time to explore and hike Denali NP. 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.

Private Vehicle
Talkeetna – Denali National Park and Preserve3h-3h30m250km

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Denali National Park Visit
Denali National Park and Preserve

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.

Denali Visitor Center & Dog Sled Demonstration
Denali National Park and Preserve

Learn about the flora and fauna throughout Denali NP at the visitor centre before a dog sledding talk and demonstration by the park rangers.

Optional Activities – Day 5

Denali Scenic Flight
Denali National Park and Preserve

220-420USD per person

Take to the skies for a bird’s eye view of the spectacular grandeur. Get a better view of the mountains, glaciers, and wilderness from a few thousand feet up.

Rafting on Nenana River
Denali National Park and Preserve

Hit the rapids on the Nenana River. Soak in the gorgeous scenery and get a rush of adrenaline in Denali National Park.

Accommodation:

Denali Perch Resort (or similar)

Day 6: Denali National Park and Preserve

Hop on a Denali NP bus to Eielson Visitor Center on a full-day excursion to take in the beautiful flora, fauna, and mountains in the park. Keep an eye out for moose, bears, and caribou!

Scenic Shuttle Bus to Eielson Visitor Center
Denali National Park and Preserve

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.

Optional Activities – Day 6

Hiking
Denali National Park and Preserve1h-3h 2-7km

Use any of the hiking trails around the park to enjoy the rugged beauty of Denali National Park. If the weather is clear, look up to see Denali (formerly named Mt McKinley) towering overhead.

Accommodation:

Denali Perch Resort (or similar)

Meals included:

Lunch

Day 7: Denali National Park and Preserve/Anchorage
Free morning for optional whitewater rafting or hiking, then say farewell to Denali NP and travel back to Anchorage. Opt to join the group for a farewell dinner.
Private Vehicle
Denali National Park and Preserve – Anchorage4h-5h370km

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Free Time
Denali National Park and Preserve Morning

Go rafting or hiking on the last morning in Denali NP.

Optional Activities – Day 7

Rafting on Nenana River
Denali National Park and Preserve

Hit the rapids on the Nenana River. Soak in the gorgeous scenery and get a rush of adrenaline in Denali National Park.

Hiking
Denali National Park and Preserve1h-3h 2-7km

Use any of the hiking trails around the park to enjoy the rugged beauty of Denali National Park. If the weather is clear, look up to see Denali (formerly named Mt McKinley) towering overhead.

Farewell Dinner

Enjoy a meal with your new found friends and reminisce about the fantastic adventure you’ve all had.

Accommodation:

Ramada Inn Downtown Anchorage (or similar)

Day 8: Anchorage

Depart at any time.

Departure Day

Not ready to leave? Your CEO can help with travel arrangements to extend your adventure.

What’s Included

  • Road trip along the scenic Seward Highway
  • Hike to Exit Glacier and Harding Icefield
  • Kenai Peninsula stay
  • Denali NP entrance fees
  • Denali NP dogsled demonstration
  • Full-day excursion to Eielson Visitor Center in Denali NP
  • Free time in Seward
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Accommodations

Hotels/motels (5 nts), cabins (2 nts, shared facilities).

Meals

2 breakfasts, 2 lunches
Allow USD265-345 for meals not included.

Transportation

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

Staff & experts

Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout.

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