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Highlights of Alaska

 

 

15 days from $3199

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 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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  1. Bird-watch and keep an eye out for other indigenous wildlife at the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge

    Hike to Exit Glacier and the Harding Icefield, considered one of the greatest hikes on the Kenai Peninsula

    Visit the largest National Park, Wrangell St. Elias

    Explore the ghost town of Kenicott

    Discover Alaska wilderness and wildlife in Denali National Park

  2. Services of a Chief Experience Officer throughout

 

Day 1 – Anchorage
Arrive in Anchorage at any time.

Day 2 – Homer

Travel along the coast of the Kenai Peninsula where glaciers tumble down from the mountains toward the ocean. Keep an eye out for beluga whales playing out at sea while traveling along Turnagain Arm on the journey to Homer. (L, D)

Day 3 – Homer

Homer may be the end of the road but it is the starting place for many wilderness adventures in a variety of public lands. The largest wildlife refuge in Alaska, the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge, is headquartered in Homer, offering bird-viewing and experiences unmatched anywhere else. While in Homer, you can enjoy the wildlife whether it’s hiking on a local trail, exploring a tide pool, horseback riding or flightseeing over the surrounding glaciers. Bald eagles, sandhill cranes, moose and shorebirds are just a few of the varieties of local watchable wildlife you can see. Extend your visit to experience where the road ends and your adventure just begin! (B, L, D)

Day 4 – Seward / Exit Glacier & Harding Icefield Excursion
Head out on an amazing hike to the Exit Glacier and Harding Icefield this morning. Considered one of the greatest hikes on the Kenai Peninsula, you'll 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. Exit Glacier, the only area of Kenai Fjords National Park accessible by car, is one of thirty-five glaciers that flow off the vast Harding Icefield. The Icefield is the largest in North America, and it remains as a 300 square mile vestige of the last ice age. The 7.4-mile roundtrip hike of the Harding Icefield Trail is a spectacular one! 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. Keep an eye out for black bears, spotted almost every day from the Harding Icefield Trail! Enjoy a dinner out and reflect on the spectacular natural wonders of the Alaskan Wilderness you experienced today on this amazing hike! (B, L, D)

Day 5 – Discover Kenai Fjords

At the tip of the Kenai Peninsula lies a land where the ice age still lingers. In Kenai Fjords, glaciers, 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 entwined with the sea. Explore this site to discover Kenai Fjords, its history, science and remote splendor. (B, L)

Day 6 – Valdez

Indescribable adventure awaits at every bend of Alaska's incredible coastline. Each magnificent fjord, towering glacier, and historic waterfront town urges you to linger and discover its wonders. Give yourself the freedom to answer this "call of the wild" on an Alaska Marine Highway ferry, through the Inside Passage, across the Gulf of Alaska, into Prince William Sound, and out to the Aleutians. Valdez is a must-experience destination for any Alaska vacation. The crashing glaciers and towering Chugach mountains rising from the sea make Valdez absolutely picturesque. Experience the spectacular natural beauty that entices people from around the world to visit. (B, D)

Day 7 – Visit to Columbia and Worthington Glaciers
Today visit the famous Columbia Glacier. Captain Cook named the Columbia Glacier as he explored Prince William Sound in 1890. At that time the glacier was advancing, and an impressive wall of ice greeted the Captain. This remained unchanged until about 1990 when the Glacier suddenly halted and started its retreat. It has since retreated over 6 miles. Visit The Trans-Alaskan Pipeline terminus, located at Valdez, 800.5 miles from its origin on the Arctic Ocean. The 48-inch diameter pipeline was completed in 1977 at a cost of $8 billion, and is one of the largest pipelines in the world. It has a capacity of 2 million barrels of oil per day. Since the opening of the line, more than 19,000 oil tankers have loaded up at the terminal in Valdez, taking crude oil to refineries along the coast in Washington and California. Stop at Worthington Glacier, located in the Chugach Mountains near Thompson Pass—the snowiest place in Alaska. (B, L, D)

Day 8 – Wrangell St. Elias National Park

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 United States, six times the size of Yellowstone. Wrangell-St. Elias encompasses over 20,000 square miles of mountain wilderness—that's over 50,000 square kilometers, or 25% larger than Switzerland! Spend a full day exploring this amazing National Park! (B, L, D)

Day 9 – Kenicott / McCarthy
Explore Kennicott, a ghost town frozen in time. When the Kennicott Copper Corporation abruptly abandoned the town in 1938 they left behind their equipment, buildings, and personal belongings. However, their stories of discovery, perseverance, and ingenuity live on. See what it was like to live and work in this remote wilderness as you tour the town site, listening to tales of lucky fortunes, tenacious frontiersmen, and tragic endings. Later, visit the historic town of McCarthy and discover the real Alaska! McCarthy is surrounded by more mountains and glaciers than anywhere else in Alaska! (B, L, D)

Day 10 – Tangle Lake
Today travel to Tangle Lake, journeying through Copper River Country en route. Did you know Copper River salmon are fattier than others because they have to travel hundreds more miles, and need more reserves? Yes, they’re considered the best in the world. Copper River Country is where the wilderness meets the road in roadside Alaska. Far enough away from both Anchorage and Fairbanks to develop a certain independent self-reliance, people are unfettered by local government. When something needs to be done you don’t wait for somebody else to do it here. (B, L, D)

Day 11 – Denali National Park
The highest mountain in North America, Mt. McKinley has been the goal of aspiring high altitude climbers since it was first climbed in 1913. Its reputation as a highly coveted summit derives from its location near the Arctic Circle and the Pacific Ocean giving it some of the most ferocious weather in the world. Because of its weather and ease of access, some climbers use McKinley as a training ground for climbing the 8,000 meter peaks of the Himalaya, including Everest. Mt. McKinley is also known by its Athabascan name Denali meaning "The Great One" and some climbers refuse to use "McKinley" when referring to this mountain. In fact, at least half a dozen names exist for the highest mountain in North America and most translate to "The Great One". (B, L, D)

Day 12 – Denali National Park
Everything about Denali National Park is big: the scenery, the mountains, the incredible beauty, and the animals. The shuttle in Denali is an excellent way to spot the wildlife for which Alaska is so famous: moose, bear, wolves, caribou, Dall sheep and more. Enjoy a full day exploring the Alaskan Wilderness in Denali National Park! (B, L, D)

Day 13 – Denali National Park
You have another full day to explore and hike Denali National Park. With the park’s shuttle service dropping you off in the heart of Denali National Park, your adventure begins. Denali is well-known for its diversity of wildlife. 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, you’ll witness it all! As you hike the park, 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. (B, L, D)

Day 14 – Anchorage
Transfer to Anchorage, a rugged city beautifully settled between the base of the Chugach mountain range and Cook Inlet, today. An urbanized wilderness, humans are not the city's only inhabitants. They share the city with bears, moose and a small wolf pack. Year-round outdoor recreation is very accessible and venues are well-maintained to make the most of the city's setting. Anchorage is something rugged and wild, beautiful and urban all at once, so enjoy all it has to offer, and be sure to watch out for the wildlife! Discover this amazing city with a city tour until it's time to say good-bye. (B, L)

Day 15 – Anchorage

Your Alaska adventure comes to a an end today.


 

 

 

 

Departure Date Twin Single Triple
6/07/14 $3199    
7/13/14 $3199    
7/19/14 $3199    
8/02/14 $3199    
8/16/14 $3199    

 

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Prices are land-only, per person. Small group experience: Max 13 people, Average 10.