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Ultimate Alaska Wildlife Safari

 

 

13 days from $8995

While superlatives strive to convey the grandeur of Alaska, they never quite manage to capture the reality. Our Ultimate Alaska Wildlife Safari trip does, though. We take you far afield from the heavily touristed routes to get you up close to the real Alaska: to the inner heart of Denali; alongside the face of a calving glacier; at river’s edge, watching giant brown bears fish for salmon. This is Alaska “less discovered” – bigger, wilder and more amazing than you’ve imagined. You’ve got to see it for yourself.

Grizzly Bears, Brooks Falls

 

 

    Grizzly viewing at Brooks Falls – a rare opportunity! Cruise through Kenai Fjords aboard a private yacht among icebergs and marine wildlife Wildlife sea kayaking Brown bear viewing in Katmai National Park Hotel accommodations for 12 nights including a stay on a private island in Kenai Fjords and an overnight at a deluxe backcountry lodge deep within Denali National Park, far from tourist crowds

 

Day 1 – Fairbanks, Alaska
Our Alaska nature safari begins in Fairbanks, a modern city that retains its frontier flavor with pioneer saloons, paddle wheelers and outlying mining camps.

Days 2 - 3 – Denali / Kantishna
Today we travel south to Denali National Park, larger than the state of Massachusetts and one of the world’s great wilderness preserves. The park's namesake, also called Mt. McKinley, is the highest peak in North America, towering over the tundra and taiga below that provides habitat for wolves, grizzlies, moose and caribou. From our remote base 90 miles inside the park we have time and space to encounter authentic wilderness. Hiking, nature walks, biking, fishing and optional flightseeing are available. The climate and environment of Alaska's interior at this latitude is harsh much of the year, and it takes a vast amount of habitat to sustain animals—wildlife encounters thus tend to be fleeting, though always thrilling!

Days 4 - 5 – Denali / Girdwood
Depart Denali by train on a journey through Alaska’s rugged interior, over Broad Pass and along the Susitna River to Wasilla. From here we drive south to Alyeska Resort, Alaska’s premier ski area, where a host of exciting summer activities are also offered. Set in a lush glacial valley in the Chugach Range, Alyeska offers nature and luxury in tandem. Explore the northernmost temperate rain forest in North America which surrounds our lodge, or board the tram to the summit, where you may choose to dine at Seven Glaciers, a 5-star restaurant with vistas of the ice-bound peaks and Turnagain Arm far below. On Day 5 we’ll explore the scenic splendor around iceberg-choked Spencer Lake, then take a gentle float trip down the Placer River before returning to Girdwood for the evening.

Day 6 – Fox Island
This morning we travel to Seward on the Kenai Peninsula where we'll board a boat to Fox Island, a private island on the edge of Kenai Fjords National Park. Our location reveals the pristine side of Alaska most visitors miss. The region is famed for sea kayaking, and an easy paddling excursion this afternoon may unveil some of the area’s prolific marine life.

Day 7– Kenai Fjords by Private Yacht
Iconic images of Alaska are on display today as we board a private charter boat for a cruise through a realm where the ice age still lingers. Our small yacht allows us to approach wildlife at intimate range, and Kenai Fjords National Park provides unparalleled opportunities for viewing humpback and orca whales, porpoises, sea otters and a large colony of puffins. Here, glaciers pour into the sea, and we may observe icebergs calving with a crash. Following our all-day outing, our boat returns us to Fox Island for a final night.

Day 8 - Fox Island / Seward
After a final morning enjoying the wild environs of Fox Island, we transfer back to Seward. This afternoon we tour the Alaska SeaLife Center on Resurrection Bay. Visitors to Alaska’s only public aquarium and ocean wildlife rescue center find a "window on the sea," enjoying close encounters with puffins, octopus, sea lions and other creatures while peering over the shoulders of marine biologists studying Alaska’s rich and diverse sea life. We spend the night in Seward, surrounded by some of Alaska's most majestic peaks.

Day 9– Kenai Peninsula / Anchorage

The mountain ranges of the Kenai Peninsula rise one after another on our return drive to Anchorage, as we traverse Moose Pass and cross some of Alaska's richest salmon rivers. Time permitting, we’ll stop at Exit Glacier for a close-up look at this active river of ice. The only portion of Kenai Fjords National Park accessible by road, it is a place where visitors can witness up close how glaciers re-shape a landscape and see plant life reclaiming the barren rock exposed by a glacier's retreat. We overnight in Anchorage.

Days 10 - 11 – Katmai National Park
Katmai National Park is home to the world’s largest population of brown bears. We fly by small plane this morning to King Salmon, then by floatplane to world-renowned Brooks Lodge, one of the best places to view these coastal grizzlies in their natural habitat. From the safety of platforms built over Brooks Falls, we observe this classic spectacle up close, as the bears fish vigorously for salmon swimming upstream to spawn.

Day 12 – Katmai / Anchorage
After morning activities in Katmai, we return to Anchorage. We celebrate our Alaskan adventure at a farewell dinner with our Expedition Leader.

Day 13 – Anchorage / Home
Today, our Alaska safari comes to a close as we transfer to the airport for our flights home.


 

SpringHill Suites: Conveniently located in central Fairbanks, nearby the visitor center and a number of restaurants, the SpringHill Suites Fairbanks offers comfort and luxury while traveling to and from America's largest state. Large studio-suite rooms, innovatively laid out, stylishly furnished and smartly designed, combined with plenty of other comforts and an on site restaurant and wifi enhance the hotel’s luxuries.

Kantishna Roadhouse: One of only 3 lodges located within Denali National Park, and far beyond the boundary of the park tour buses, the location allows guests to exclusively experience this remarkable area away from tourist crowds. Its private cabins provide wonderful amenities (including en-suite facilities) and its location allows us to explore, search for wildlife, walk and hike in the shadows of North America's largest peak.

Kenai Wilderness Lodge: This remote lodge set on the private Fox Island within Kenai Fjords National Park, accommodates just 18 visitors amidst some of the most beautiful scenery imaginable. The lodge accommodates its guests in cozy and comfortable private cabins, each with ensuite facilities but no electricity (solar lighting). The island is remarkable indeed with tower mountains overlooking the wildlife-rich waters. Here, we will quietly participate in a wildlife sea-kayaking journey (no experience necessary and our guides will help even the least experienced travelers) and will journey in a small ship (our group is usually only 13-14 people and most other ships hold over one hundred travelers!) to view puffins, sea lions, otters and perhaps even whales. This stop is surely a highlight of our trip.

Alyeska Resort: Designed to integrate native heritage influence into a modern luxury hotel, The Alyeska Resort is one of Alaska's jewels. Located in the historic mining-supply town of Girdwood, the hotel provides visitors with wonderful access to Alaska's mountain scenery with a mountaintop tram and plenty of hiking and walking trails. The renowned "Seven Glaciers" restaurant located on top of the mountain is available to enjoy a gourmet (optional) meal on your free evening at Alyeska. 

Brooks Lodge: World famous Brooks lodge provides one of the best places on earth to easily view grizzly bears at close range! From the rustic cabins, it is a mile walk to the falls where bears fish for salmon in preparation for winter's freeze. In September, bears are everywhere in the area (not just at the falls). Accommodations here are rustic but comfortable and require three-four travelers to share rooms for two nights. Here, we match travelers by gender (or by couples, depending on the group). The cabins have bunkbeds and private facilities. Any inconvenience caused by the shared cabins is well worth it as the bears provide a spectacular show!

Historic Anchorage Hotel: Anchorage is indeed an historical destination and our lodging here provides us with a stay in one of the state’s most authentic properties: the renowned Historic Anchorage Hotel. On the list of National Historic Places, this luxurious property located in the heart of downtown offers our guests a lovely and experiential accommodation during our wildlife adventure.

 

 

 

Departure Date Twin Single Triple
June 26, 2014* $9,995 $11,590  
June 29, 2014 $8,995 $10,490  
July 01, 2014 $8,995 $10,490  
July 13, 2014 $8,995 $10,490  
July 15, 2014 $8,995 $10,490  
August 25, 2014* $9,995 $11,590  
August 29, 2014 $8,995 $10,490  

*Special Photo Departure with Eric Rock
     

 

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Price is land-only, per person.