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Alaskan Highlights Tour

Discover the best of Alaska, where untamed wildlife roams free and wilderness reigns supreme. On this 11 day escorted tour, you’ll experience Alaska’s rich culture and captivating wilderness alongside other travellers, with a dedicated guide leading the way. 

The United State’s northernment state, Alaska is a haven of wilderness. By day, explore its awe-inspiring mountains, countless glaciers and impressive icebergs, stopping to watch whales breaching and moose, caribou, bison and bears prowling in their natural habitat. At night, you’ll get the chance to experience authentic Alaskan hospitality, staying in cosy lodges and comfortable hotels and watch as the night skies come to life with the mesmerising Northern Lights. 

Starting your journey in Alaska’s largest city of Anchorage, you’ll visit the port town of Seward, before heading into Kenai Fjords National Park, where you’ll get to hear the crackle of ice from the impressive Exit Glacier after hiking the Harding Icefield. Climb aboard a ferry that will take you on an incredible journey through the teal coloured water of Prince William Sound, passing majestic mountains and glaciers as you go. Spend a couple of days enjoying stunning Valdez and take to the pristine waters on a sea kayaking trip, then head to Wrangell-St Elias National Park, home to nine of North America’s sixteen highest peaks. You’ll get to experience more breathtaking views on the incredible drive through the Alaskan Mountain Range, ending up in Denali National Park, with beautiful tundra, glaciers and impressive Denali, North America’s highest mountain peak. 

Duration
11 days
Best time to go
May to September
Options
Group basis, Escorted
Start your journey
Bears in Katmai National Park

Trip highlights

  • Look out for incredible Alaskan wildlife, including Grizzly Bears
  • Visit Kenai Fjords, Wrangell-St Elias and Denali, three of Alaska’s awe inspiring National Parks
  • Watch a dog sled demonstration
  • Relax and take in the views on a scenic ferry ride through Prince William Sound
Anchorage

Arrive in Anchorage, Alaska’s largest city, and spend the day exploring and speaking to the locals. In the evening, enjoy getting to know your fellow travellers and your tour guide at a welcome meeting.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Inlet Tower Hotel & Suites or similar
Glacier Bay National Park

This morning, you’ll leave Anchorage and head to Portage Glacier before continuing on to Kenai Peninsula. Here, you’ll get to take to the Byron Glacier Trail by foot, before heading to Seward, a colourful fishing village that acts as the gateway to Kenai Fjords National Park. Either take some time to explore the village or hop aboard an optional five hour guided wildlife cruise. 

Suggested Accommodation

  • Harborview Inn Seward or similar
Cruising Glacier Bay

Today, you’re free to spend the day hiking the Harding Icefield, one of Alaska’s most beautiful trails. Spot wildlife along the way, and take in the exceptional views of Exit Glacier.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Harborview Inn Seward or similar
Seven Seas Mariner in Alaska

Board a ferry and let it take you on the scenic journey through Prince William Sound to Valdez, passing by islands and striking icebergs. When you reach Valdez, you’ll have the option of experiencing this beautiful and pristine environment on a sea kayaking trip to the mouth of the glacier.

 

Suggested Accommodation

  • Best Western Valdez Harbor Inn or similar
Ship Exterior

Explore the United States’ largest National Park, with nine of North America’s sixteen highest peaks and gigantic glaciers. Stay the night at the homely and welcoming McCarthy Lodge.

Suggested Accommodation

  • McCarthy Lodge or similar
a view of a snow covered mountain

Today, you’ll take one of the most beautiful drives the state has to offer, into the heart of the Alaska Mountain Range. After taking in some of the incredible views, you’ll arrive at Maclaren River Lodge, the perfect setting for an authentic Alaskan experience.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Maclaren River Lodge or similar

Enjoy the unspoilt Alaskan wilderness as you travel along the old Denali highway to Denali National Park. Your campground setting borders the park, with a variety of impressive wildlife, fun filled activities and quiet nature trails all nearby. You’ll have the option to take a scenic flight over the park and even the chance of landing on an ice sheet as Mount Denali towers above you. If you’d rather keep your feet on the ground, hike through wilderness and take the Denali shuttle bus, taking in the views of the taiga, sub-arctic tundra and Alaskan wildlife.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Carlo Creek Lodge or similar

On your way back to Anchorage, make one last stop in Talkeetna, try reindeer sausage and, depending on availability, visit the Talkeetna Ranger Station. You’ll arrive back in Anchorage in the late afternoon. 

 

Included

  • Cost of accommodation (double room based on two people sharing) for a total of 10 nights (alternative but similar accommodation may be used at certain times of the year)
  • Board basis: Breakfast for 2 days
  • 1 bottle of mineral water per person per day
  • Private/small group (air-conditioned) transport / transfers
  • Assistance and porterage: meeting and assistance on arrival/departure at airports and hotels
  • English-speaking local guides for all guided excursions as illustrated in the itinerary
  • Entrance fees (excluding video camera fee) for monuments and palaces and entertainment, and park fees for all guided excursions as illustrated in the itinerary
  • Taxes

Not included

  • International flights and airfare taxes
  • Visa arrangements and fees
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses, such as alcoholic beverages, telephone calls, laundry, camera fees, spa and business facilities in the hotel
  • Video and professional still camera fees during excursions
  • Gratuities for drivers, tour directors, local guides, naturalists and hotel staff
  • Meals (unless specified)
  • Optional attractions and excursions (unless specified)
  • Car hire and insurance