Alaska is an adventurer's dream with its sweeping scenic views, vast landscapes, glaciers and spectacular wildlife. This wonderland offers the visitor an experience unparalleled with anywhere else. Go where nature is still untamed and hike to Exit Glacier in Seward, enjoy a five hour wildlife cruise in Kenai Fjords National Park and spot the mighty grizzly bear in Denali National Park. Experience the back country beauty of Wrangell-St Elias National Park. From lush rainforests and abundant wildlife, to the snow-capped peaks and majestic glaciers, Alaska guarantees a true wilderness adventure!
• International flights with Air Transat departing from London Gatwick in economy class
• Includes seat selection on Air Transat
• Return internal flight from Vancouver to Anchorage
• 13 nights accommodation (8 hotel nights, 3 lodge nights inc 1 multi share, 2 cabin nights)
• Guided boat tour through Kenai Fjords national park
• Denali national park Bus pass
• Visit to Byron Glacier
• Wrangell-St Elias national park
• Professional tour leader
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Day 1 - Fly to Vancouver
Landing in Vancouver, make your way independently to your airport hotel. Spend the afternoon exploring this welcoming city. Maybe take a water taxi across False creek to the Granville Island public market, join a tour out into the Strait of Georgia in search of whales or hire a bike and cycle through Stanley park, where you will find fabulous examples of First nation totem poles, the Vancouver Aquarium and secret gardens.
Day 2 Vancouver - Anchorage
Make your way back to the airport and join your flight from Vancouver to the exciting wilds of Alaska. Welcome to Anchorage, the largest city in Alaska, fuelled by the oil boom and tourism. Make your way independently to your hotel and spend the rest of the day exploring this last outpost of normality before meeting with the rest of your group.
Day 3 Anchorage – Seward
Leaving Anchorage your first stop is to visit the Portage Glacier where you round Cook Inlet's Turnagain Arm and venture onto the Kenai (pronounced 'keen eye') Peninsula followed by the chance to walk the Byron Glacier Trail. This short trail takes you along a rushing glacial river into a dramatic, steep valley all the way to the base of Byron Glacier. From here you and the colourful fishing village of Seward - the gateway to Kenai Fjords National Park. Upon arrival, you will enjoy an included five hour guided wildlife cruise of Kenai Fjords National Park with the chance to spot whales, porpoises and sea otters. It's a premier bird watching opportunity and a visit to a tidewater glacier to experience the sights and sounds of icebergs being calved into the sea are all part of this perfect day out.
Day 4 Kenai Fjords National park – Seward
Located on the south-eastern side of the Kenai Peninsula, Kenai National Park covers more than 2,400sq km and is a place where you'll get to enjoy spectacular views of the rugged coastline and the Kenai Mountains. Seward is the base for the Exit Glacier hike up to the Harding Icefield which although not an easy hike, is equally magnificent and well worth it. This trail is popular for spotting wildlife and delivers breathtaking views of Exit Glacier along the way. Nothing will prepare you for the incredible views at the top and it's worth eating your lunch up there if the weather is good
Day 5 & 6 Valdez
After leaving the Kenai Peninsula, you travel by road to Valdez (pronounced 'Val-dees'). Take in the rugged coastline and snow-capped Chugach Mountains as you pass striking icebergs and a myriad of forested islands. Tucked away at the end of a glacier-carved fjord and called the 'Switzerland of Alaska' due to its surrounding snow-capped mountains, Valdez is the most northerly ice-free port in the Western Hemisphere and the terminus of the Alaskan Pipeline that stretches over 800 miles to Prudhoe Bay. There's no better way to experience this pristine environment than with an optional (and highly recommended) sea kayaking trip up to the mouth of the glacier. A variety of hiking trails make this area a walker's paradise.
Day 7 & 8 Wrangell – St Elia National Park
Bordering Canada's Yukon Territory, Wrangell-St Elias National Park is the largest in the country, containing glaciers five times the size of Manhattan and nine of the sixteen highest peaks in North America! With endless hours of daylight you'll never tire of such magnificent glaciers and remote views. To explore the historic area of McCarthy and the Kennecott Mine, why not take the Kennecott Copper Mill Ghost Town tour or if you're feeling adventurous why not opt to try glacier walking or ice climbing? You stay at the McCarthy Lodge, a comfortable and quirky hotel without the modern trappings of the chain hotel. The atmosphere is welcoming and is often described as a `home away from home'.
Day 09 Alaskan Range
Head into the heart of the Alaskan Mountain Range on what is considered to be one of the most beautiful drives in the state, enjoy sweeping views of the Alaska Range on the Denali Highway before arriving to the Maclaren River Lodge. With spectacular views of the surrounding valley, this rustic lodge provides the ideal setting for an authentic Alaskan experience. This is a birder's paradise with many species often sighted and with the chance to fish for grayling (permit purchased locally) the activities are plentiful. Your accommodation for tonight is a multi-share bunkhouse with shared facilities, but you should know your group quite well by now.
Day 10 & 11 Denali National Park
As you travel along the old Denali Highway to Denali National Park, keep an eye open for caribou and other wildlife while enjoying the peaceful, unspoilt Alaskan wilderness. Surrounded by the tallest mountain peak in North America, Denali National Park offers a variety of wildlife including Grizzly Bear, caribou, Dall Sheep, marmots and wolves. Activities such as river rafting, watching a dog sled demonstration and walks on quiet nature trails are available, all nearby your lovely campground setting which borders the park. Take the included Denali shuttle bus, which offers scenic views of the taiga and sub-arctic tundra as well as superb opportunities to view wildlife and hike the many trails in the park. Denali is one of the few national parks where visitors are encouraged to walk off the beaten track and make their own trails. As a real treat and highly recommended, why not opt for a scenic flight over Denali National Park with the chance to land on an ice sheet under the watchful gaze of Mount Denali's towering peak, North America's tallest mountain?
Day 12 Talkeetna – Anchorage
Departing Denali, you make your way towards Anchorage stopping en route in the town of Talkeetna where you have the opportunity to try a local speciality; Reindeer Sausage. You also take in a visit to the Talkeetna Ranger Station depending on availability. . Overnight in Anchorage.
Day 13 Anchorage to Vancouver
Leave Alaska's stunning scenery behind and head to the airport for your flight to Vancouver. Overnight in Vancouver.
Day 14 Fly from Vancouver - End of the t our
Head to the airport after some last minute shopping for your flight home.Want to alter anything?
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