Sea & Mountains

Alaska Explorer

8 Nights/9 Days

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Trip highlights

  • Denali National Park

  • Alaska Railroad

  • Wrangeli St-Elias National Park

  • Root & Kennicott Glaciers

  • Mt. Blackburn

  • Columbia Glacier

  • Stairway Icefall

  • Prince William Sound

  • Seward

  • Kenai Fjords National Park

Day 1 - 2

Arrive (USA)

 

Welcome to Alaska!

 

After your long journey from the UK, you’ll have a meet & greet at the airport and a private transfer to your hotel. You’ll stay here in Anchorage for 2 nights.

Rest of day at leisure

On your 2nd day in Anchorage, you’ll have private round trip transport to Seward. This drive from Anchorage to the seaside community of Seward starts with a 2 hour journey through spectacular scenery as you pass between the dramatic shorelines of Turnagain Arm and the jutting peaks of the Chugach Mountains. As you continue, you’ll pass through the Kenai Peninsula which is famous for its array of outdoor activities.

You’ll enjoy the Kenai Fjords Cruise with a buffet lunch from 11:30AM to 5:30PM from Seward.

Afterwards, you’ll travel back to Anchorage.

2 Nights in Anchorage :

Hotel Westmark Anchorage

Day 3

Flight to Valdez

Take the scheduled flight from Anchorage to Valdez. Upon arrival, take a taxi to your hotel. Valdez is the activity centre for Prince William Sound. A mix of tidewater glaciers, rain forests and mountains. Fur trading, salmon canning and gold and copper mining attributed to the growth and settlement of Valdez. Between 1897-98, the Klondike Gold Rush bought prospectors to Valdez. From 1910 - 1916, copper and gold mining flourished in this area. Then in the early 1970’s Valdez became the staging area for work on the lower portion of the Trans Alaska Pipeline. Valdez has a few museums giving a detailed history of this area and today, Valdez hosts the Valdez Marine Terminal which is the southernmost end of the 800 mile pipeline.

Overnight in Valdez:

BW Valdez Habor Inn

Day 4

Valdez - Columbia Glacier Cruise

Today you’ll enjoy the Columbia Glacier Cruise with lunch onboard.

This 6 hour journey travels through Prince William Sound and will include a visit to the Columbia Glacier. Here, you’ll witness history in the making as the Glacier retreats back into the Chugach Mountains. In addition to the amazing ice you’ll see in Columbia Bay, you’ll also see plenty of wildlife as well as the history of mining, oil shipping, earthquake, and the fishing history of this area.

Overnight in Valdez:

BW Valdez Harbor Inn

Day 5

Flight from Valdez to Kennicott

Today, you’ll take a private flight from Valdez to Kennicott. On the flight to McCarthy we’ll fly along the flanks of 16,000ft Mt. Blackburn and over the Kennicott and Root Glaciers, past the Erie Mine and view the awe inspiring Stairway Icefall. Before you land, you’ll do a flyby of Kennicott and McCarthy to orient you with the land you’re about to explore. Once you have settled into your hotel, you’ll head out to hike the magnificent Root Glacier.
 

Overnight in Kennicott:

Kennicott Glacier Lodge

Dinner included

Day 6-7

Flight from Kennicott to Denali

After breakfast at the lodge, you’ll take your private flight to Denali. You’ll fly over the mighty Wrangell St-Elias National Park and straight to Denali National Park. Upon arrival, you’ll be met and transferred to your hotel. Overnight here for 2 nights.

 

On your 2nd day, you’ll embark on your excursion into Denali Park (with lunch). Travelling 62 miles into Denali National Park to Stony Hill Overlook, and some of the best wildlife spotting opportunities on the Tundra Wilderness Tour. Although sightings are never guaranteed, you’ll be looking for Dall sheep, moose, caribou, wolves and Grizzly bears. There’s an amazing view from the Stony Hill Overlook, from the base to the summit of Denali. After this amazing tour, you’ll head back to your hotel.

2 nights Denali National Park:

Denali Bluffs 

Day 8

Denali - Anchorage

Today, you’ll board the Alaska railroad panoramic car that will take you back to Anchorage. Dinner will be included.

The Alaska railroad’s premium class of service offers passengers an exceptional way to travel across Alaska. Glass dome ceilings allow for panoramic views as Alaska glides past the window outside. The upper viewing platform offers excellent photographic opportunities.

Overnight Anchorage:

Westmark Anchorage 

Day 9

Last day

Your final day of your Alaska adventure.  Perhaps take a last look around Anchorage before heading towards home.

International flights home

Trip details

Price from £ 3615  Per person

With Economy international flights from  £ 4495 per person

Price includes

  • Accomodation room only unless otherwise instructed

  • Internal flights

  • All room only taxes included

  • ATOL protection

Additional Extra's

  • International Flights

  • Additional unscheduled excursions

  • local admission fees

  • Fuel

  • Immunisations

  • Visa's

  • Personal travel insurance

  • local gratuaties