Alaska Coast to Denali Journey
United States, 7 Days From $ 4,695 per person Themes
Eco Wildlife & Nature
This week-long Alaska trip offers an in-depth exploration of the magical worlds of two amazing and uniquely distinct national parks: Kenai Fjords & Denali. Travelers will love this convenient Monday through Sunday itinerary. Explore Alaska's spectacular Kenai Fjords National Park by kayak and small boat tours and then venture deep into the heart of Denali National Park to the region known as Kantishna. Along the way, visit the charming small towns of Seward and Talkeetna and finish off your Alaska adventure trip in style with a ride on the historic Alaska Railroad.
An in-depth exploration of the magical world of two of Alaska's most stunning national parks; increase the breadth of your Alaskan experience as you learn about the wildlife and botany of Kenai Fjords and Denali National Park. Paddle a sea kayak (no experience necessary!) while surrounded by stunning glacial fjords. Spend a day searching for glaciers and marine wildlife such as humpback whales, puffins, sea lions, harbor seals and more amid the backdrop of the dramatic coastal fjords on a small ship cruise in Kenai Fjords National Park. Leave the crowds behind and venture 89 miles into the heart of Denali National Park. Spend two nights where the vast majority of other Alaskan travelers don't: deep within this treasured park. By day, find out how Dall sheep, grizzlies and caribou survive the Alaskan winters in the tundra landscapes surrounding Mt. McKinley; by night, relax and enjoy the comforts of a backcountry wilderness lodge.
Trips begin on Mondays. There are 6 departures from June through August.
History & Culture
Yachting & Sailing
Why Authentic Ecotourism?
Trips have a primary focus on visiting remote and relatively unaltered natural environments.Our style of travel maintains a low impact on the natural environment. Use is sustainable over time without altering the resource or negatively affecting the experience.There is an educational emphasis and purposeful desire for travelers to learn about the natural and cultural history of the places they visit.Our tours provide direct benefit to the local economy and inhabitants, thereby providing an incentive for community support and preservation of wild areas and wildlife habitat.The travel provides economic growth while protecting the natural environment -- any development must willingly be subjected to limits.We also recognize that at some point, a group becomes too large to be "ecotourism." That's why we believe that smaller groups mean a bigger experience.
Arrival: Plan to arrive in Alaska at least the day before your trip begins and to overnight in Anchorage. On the first day of your trip, meet your Trip Leader at 6:30 a.m. in the hotel lobby (meeting location confirmed with reservation).
Day 1: Meet your Trip Leader and fellow travelers at 6:30 a.m. in the hotel lobby. Enjoy a scenic drive south along Turnagain Arm and through the Chugach National Forest to Seward, a picturesque seacoast town situated at the head of Resurrection Bay. Board a small boat bound for Kenai Fjords National Park, home to an array of glaciers and marine wildlife such as whales, Steller sea lions, sea otters, puffins and more! A four-hour cruise allows time to explore the dramatic coastlines. Enjoy lunch in front of a tidewater glacier before arriving at our exclusive lodge destination.
Nestled on the edge of a protected tidal lagoon, the lodge offers miles of pristine beachfront and breathtaking views of stunning Pedersen Glacier. This afternoon, meet your guides for a tour of the lodge and property before settling into your private cabins. Enjoy dinner and evening presentations. (L,D)
Day 2: After breakfast in the main lodge, choose from an array of activities to match your interest and energy level. Guided options include interpretive nature walks, canoeing, sea kayaking and coastal explorations; or, relax at the lodge and peruse our natural history library, take a leisurely stroll along the beachfront or relax in a rocking chair taking in the spectacular view. (B,L,D)
Day 3: This morning allows another opportunity to canoe, kayak, or explore the area in the morning before bidding farewell to the lodge.
Midday, we'll embark on a return coastal wildlife cruise back to Seward followed by a delicious dinner at the lodge. In the evening, take a casual stroll to the face of the massive Exit Glacier located just down the road from the lodge. Overnight at lodge in Seward. (B,L,D)
Day 4: Begin the journey north to the historical town of Talkeetna, mountaineering gateway to the Alaska Range. Once in Talkeetna, choose from several activities, including a guest favorite - flightseeing. Take to the skies on an optional flightseeing tour of Mount McKinley (Denali) and its adjacent glacial canyons or wander through "downtown" Talkeetna and learn about mountaineering and this quaint town's history. Tonight, you have the flexibility to dine with the other members of your group or enjoy a great meal on your own. Overnight in Talkeetna. (B,L,D)
Day 5: Continue traveling north to Denali National Park and stop for lunch at the Denali Park entrance. After lunch, enjoy the park's highlights while traveling the length of the restricted access Denali Park Road. Watch for caribou, moose, Dall sheep, grizzly bears, resident & migratory birds, and, weather permitting, Denali, the tallest peak in North America. Upon arrival at Kantishna Roadhouse, enjoy dinner and settle into your cozy cabin accommodations deep within Denali National Park. (B,L,D)
Day 6: Enjoy a full day of exploration in the Kantishna region of Denali National Park. Available activities include guided hikes, natural history programs and dog sled demonstrations. Optional add-on flightseeing tours may be offered during your stay at the lodge (weather and space-dependent). (B,L,D)
Day 7: Following an early breakfast, embark on a return Denali scenic drive and watch for wildlife en route to the park entrance. Bid farewell to your Trip Leader and board the historic Alaska Railroad for your comfortable return journey to Anchorage, arriving at approximately 8:30 p.m. Lunch, dinner and transfers not included. Lunch and dinner are available for purchase on the train. (B)
Departure: Plan to arrive at the Anchorage train depot by approximately 8:30 p.m. on the last day of your journey. We recommend you spend this night in Anchorage. If you choose to fly home this night, we suggest you book a flight that departs after 11:30 p.m. in case of possible transportation delays.