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Highlights of Alaska

Alaska

Highlights of Alaska

Hiking·
Rafting·
Kayaking
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Start: Anchorage
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End: Anchorage

Alaska remains America’s last truly unconquered frontier. Up to the challenge?

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LocationAlaska
Duration15 days
Start / EndAnchorage / Anchorage
Tour operatorG Adventures

Alaska

Highlights of Alaska

Hiking·
Rafting·
Kayaking·
15 days·G Adventures
Start: Anchorage
·
End: Anchorage

Description

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 one massive state more than you’d imagined possible, mixing hotel stays with cabins typical of the Alaskan frontier. Along the way, you’ll sample amazingly fresh seafood in Anchorage, hike Denali Nationa...

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Itinerary

Day 1Anchorage

There are no activities planned until an evening welcome meeting.

Day 2Anchorage/Homer

Travel around the coast of the Kenai Peninsula, where glaciers tumble down from the mountains towards the ocean. Keep an eye out for beluga whales playing out at sea while travelling along the Turnagain Arm, or volcanoes across the Cook Inlet.

Travel along the coast of the Kenai Peninsula. Opt to enjoy a hike outside of Homer.


Day 3Homer

While in Homer, keep a look out for some of the local wildlife including bald eagles, sandhill cranes, moose and shorebirds, to name a few.

Enjoy a free day in Homer. Opt to take a water taxi to explore Kachemak Bay or go for a hike.

Day 4Homer/Seward

Leave Homer in the morning and arrive at the tip of the Kenai Peninsula where the ice age still lingers. Spend the day exploring this site to discover the fjords, their history, science and remote splendor. Head out for an amazing hike to the Exit Glacier and Harding Icefield. Considered one of the greatest hikes on the Kenai Peninsula, 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.

Travel to the Kenai Peninsula and explore the Kenai Fjords.Hike to the Exit Glacier and Harding Icefield this afternoon, seeing the size and power of this natural phenomenon in person.

Day 5Seward/Valdez

Hop an Alaska Marine Highway ferry through the Inside Passage, across the Gulf of Alaska and into Prince William Sound. If weather permits, catch a glimpse of the Columbia Glacier. The Columbia Glacier is receding, leaving huge blocks of ice and an impassible moraine. It is always changing and each day the bay is filled with floating ice. The crashing glaciers and towering Chugach Mountains rising from the sea make Valdez absolutely picturesque.

Spend the day on a scenic journey to Valdez. Take the ferry across the Gulf of Alaska and into Prince William Sound. View Portage Glacier and the town of Whittier before arriving to Valdez.


Day 6Valdez

Valdez is a quintessential Alaskan coastal town surrounded by impressive mountains, and a great place to explore. Opt to hike Thompson's pass, kayak beside one of the world's largest tidal glaciers or catch a glimpse of salmon spawning (in season). The crashing glaciers and towering Chugach Mountains rising from the sea make Valdez absolutely picturesque.

Enjoy a full day to discover everything that Valdez has to offer. Opt to go kayaking or hiking.

Day 7Valdez/McCarthy

Travel into Wrangell-St Elias National Park, staying in the small historic town of McCarthy. Surrounded by more mountains and glaciers than anywhere else in Alaska, every direction has a spectacular view.

Travel toward the huge and wild Wrangell-St Elias National Park, stopping at Worthington Glacier en route. 

Day 8-9McCarthy

This national park is the largest in the US, roughly 25% larger than Switzerland, and is the convergence of three mountain ranges.

Spend two days exploring the park and hiking around. Opt to take a scenic flight, go for a glacier walk or try ice climbing. Choose to explore the ghost town of Kennecott, hike the Bonanza Mine Trail or the Root Glacier Trail.

Day 10McCarthy/Tangle Lakes

Drive through Copper River Valley en route to Tangle Lakes, checking out the fishwheels (used for salmon) along the way.

Day 11Tangle Lakes/Denali National Park and Preserve

Enjoy a scenic drive along the Denali Highway, stopping for photos along the way. In the afternoon, reach Denali National Park, known for its diversity of wildlife and the highest mountain in North America, Denali, formerly called Mt McKinley. Bask in the awesomeness of this vast wilderness.

Journey to Denali National Park and look for a clear view of Denali en route, the highest mountain in North America, formerly called Mt McKinley.

Day 12Denali National Park and Preserve

Enjoy plenty of time to explore and hike Denali NP. Whether it's the summer when the animals are raising their young, or winter when they're preparing for the cold and hibernation, you'll get to see it all. 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 with some hikes in the area. Enjoy picnic lunches and revel in the awesomeness of the park. For those that do not want to hike, options include rafting on the Nenana River, a visit to the dog-sled kennels run by the park rangers or opt to take a scenic flight over Denali.

Enjoy a full-day excursion into Denali NP to Eielson Visitor Center to take in the beautiful scenery and wildlife. Opt to get closer to nature with hikes, rafting or a scenic flight.

Day 13Denali National Park and Preserve

Enjoy more free time to explore Denali National Park.

Day 14Denali National Park and Preserve/Anchorage

Opt to enjoy a final dinner with the group and reminisce about the epic journey into the wild.

Drive to Anchorage and enjoy a final evening with the group.

Day 15Anchorage

Depart at any time.

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Accommodation

Standard hotels (3 nts), cabins (2 nts, en suite facilities), basic hotels/cabins (6 nts, shared facilities), basic hotels (3 nts, triple-share, shared facilities).

What's Included

All national and state park entrance fees. Hikes and exploration of Kenai Peninsula. Hike to Exit Glacier and Harding Icefield. Views of Portage and Worthington Glaciers. Wrangell-St Elias National Park visit. Kennecott ghost town entrance. McCarthy visit. Cooper River Valley and Tangle Lakes views. Full-day excursion to Eielson Visitor Center in Denali NP. Free time in Homer, Valdez, and Denali N... Read more

Meals Included

1 breakfast, 8 lunches

What to Take

You will be on the move a lot, so our advice is to pack as lightly as possible. For days in the outdoors, we recommend the use of lightweight, breathable, moisture-wicking fabrics made of wool or synthetic fibers. Cotton is not recommended for days spent hiking as it does not allow for heat or moisture to enter or escape, and it will not dry easily once wet. We recommend using a backpack fo... Read more
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