Our signature wildlife-oriented Alaska tour, complete with special lodgings inside Denali National Park and a boat tour of Kenai Fjords National Park
Want to see Alaska but can’t decide between the mountains and coastline? Why not do both? As our most comprehensive itinerary of Alaska’s classic sites—Kenai Fjords and Denali National Parks, wildlife viewing opportunities abound, with a chance to see whales, sea birds, sea lions, otters, porpoises, bald eagles, bears, wolves, caribou, dall sheep, and moose. Visit the Alaska SeaLife center, a world-class aquarium showcasing Alaska’s rich marine life, and take in the sites of historic Anchorage, Alaska’s gateway to the north. Relax in comfortable wilderness lodges and hotels and delight in some of the bonuses that MTS can offer: a three-night stay in your own private cabin in Denali National Park (a rare opportunity for most visitors) and a breathtaking bush-plane transfer over the Alaska Range—a once-in-a-lifetime experience!
Easy to moderate day hikes, wildlife viewing, bush plane flight, optional canoeing
- Explore two of Alaska’s crown jewels: Kenai Fjords and Denali National Parks with two bonuses—a three-night stay inside Denali and a private bush-plane transfer over the Alaska Range
- See it all, from the tundra to the mountains to the sea, on our most comprehensive tour of Alaska
- Discover the vast wildlife of Kenai Fjords—one of the best one-day wildlife tours in Alaska—and the Alaska SeaLife Center
- Enjoy a variety of lanscapes and habitats to hike in—tundra, rainforest, and recently deglaciated terrain
- Learn from the in-depth knowledge of our expert guides—the best in Alaska, bar none!
Duration: 8 days Start Location: Fairbanks End Location: AnchorageDownload Detailed Itinerary
Day 1 : Arrive in Fairbanks, Alaska
Arrive in Fairbanks, Alaska. Transfer on your own to the group hotel. Meet the guide in the hotel lobby at 6:30 pm for a brief meeting. We will take a walk along the riverfront, exploring Fairbanks' history, and host a welcome dinner.
Day 2 : Alaska Railroad & Denali National Park
This morning we jump on the Alaska Railroad and rise out of the flatland into the Alaska Range. This exciting ride takes us through a dramatic canyon to the Denali Park entrance.
After lunch we enter Denali National Park by way of the restricted access road with a Camp Denali naturalist guide as our driver. Along the way we’ll search for wildlife (moose, Dall sheep, caribou, bear, and wolves), stop for a picnic dinner, and begin to see a new side of Mount McKinley if the weather is good. When we arrive at Camp Denali, the staff will welcome us with a dessert reception and help us settle into our individual cabins.
Days 3 - 4 : Denali National Park
Overlooking Wonder Lake and Mount McKinley, the traditions of excellence and community at Camp Denali go back 60 years. Each day here is filled with laughter and camaraderie, exploration, and relaxation. You will have the option to join a strenuous or a moderate hiking group for a full day hike or opt for an easier naturalist's foray. If you choose, you could skip on the guided activities and stay back at camp for independent options as diverse as canoeing, biking, fishing, or just reading and relaxing. Evening programs round out each day.
Day 5 : Fly over Alaska Range / Exit Glacier and Kenai Peninsula
Alaska has more pilots and planes per capita than any other state in the country. Today we journey to Anchorage and fly over Denali National Park by bush plane. Weather permitting, our flight will take a jaw-dropping, awe-inspiring detour to circle the “big three”—Mounts Foraker, Hunter, and of course, McKinley (Denali).
After lunch we will travel along the shores of Cook Inlet's Turnagain Arm and down the Kenai Penninsula. Captain Cook sailed into Anchorage’s Cook Inlet in 1778 in search of the Northwest Passage. In the afternoon we will hike at Exit Glacier arriving in Seward, AK later in the afternoon. Seward was Alaska's original harbor city, a year round, ice-free, deep water port. It remains a bustling small maritime city.
Day 6 : Kenai Fjords National Park
After breakfast we will embark on a six-hour tour of Kenai Fjords National Park featuring marine wildlife, sea bird rookeries, and a visit to a tidewater glacier. Be on the lookout for whales, porpoises, sea otters, sea lions, puffin and other marine species.
Day 7 : Alaska Sealife Center – Hiking on the Kenai Peninsula
This morning we will visit the Alaska SeaLife Center. Heading back towards Anchorage, we will stop for a hike on the Kenai Peninsula and get back to Anchorage in the late afternoon.
Day 8 : Depart Anchorage
We’ll enjoy breakfast together at the hotel and say our final good-byes as we head our separate ways for the journey home. You can schedule your departure from Anchorage any time today.
DATES: Best time to go: June - September Departures: Aug 14 - 21, 2014
Minimum age is 10.
Westmark Fairbanks HotelFairbanks, AK
The Westmark Fairbanks Hotel & Conference Center is the premier property among Fairbanks hotels and sets the standard for elegance, style and service in the Golden Heart City. With a convenient downtown location near the Chena River and Morris Thompson Cultural and Visitor Center, the Westmark Fairbanks Hotel is prepared to meet your every need, whether business or leisure.
Camp DenaliDenali National Park
Situated on 67 acres of rising terrain, Camp Denali is centered on a pond that reflects up to 11 major peaks of the Alaska Range. Family-owned and operated, this rustic homestead is complimented by traditional cabin amenities, such as wood stoves, propane lights, and hand-sewn quilts made by Denali's own staff.
Breeze InnSeward, Alaska
A relaxing getaway in Seward, Alaska, the Breeze Inn offers a fulfilling lodging and dining experience in a breathtaking setting. Where nesting eagles and patrolling sea lions are your neighbors, the Breeze Inn is also in the heart of Seward's busy small boat harbor on Resurrection Bay, within walking distance of most of the activities of our beautiful coastal town.
Westmark Anchorage HotelAnchorage, Alaska
Perfectly located in the heart of downtown Anchorage, the Westmark Anchorage Hotel is a blend of sophistication and convenience. With top-rated customer service and friendly staff, the Westmark Anchorage Hotel will take all the stress out of travel and feel like a home away from home.
Take in the awe-inspiring views of the surrounding Chugach Mountains and Cook Inlet from the private balconies that adjoin every guest room.
Properties shown are representative of the accommodations we use on this trip, may not be inclusive of all accommodations we use, and are subject to change.
Expert leadership is the key to an exciting, unforgettable experience. Our trips feature gifted leaders for whom leading trips is a true vocation. Besides showing you wonders you’d never find on your own, they make sure everything runs smoothly and safely without a hitch. They are knowledgeable about all aspects of your trip, and take great pleasure in sharing their insights with you. More than just guides, they positively elevate your experience by being teachers, companions, and the best of friends. You’ll be in good hands with them every step of the way.
Jeff Sloss, Alaska Discovery Kayak, Canoe, & River Guide: Jeff has been a lead guide for Alaska Discovery for over 20 years. He has helped set the high standards of quality and commitment that makes us a great company. Whenever we think of exploring a new area we turn to Jeff to make it happen. In the winter, Jeff teaches skiing and snowboarding in Juneau, works on film projects, and helps raise his two daughters. Jeff is an active conservationist and has lobbied Congress to protect the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Jeff carries a deep love for Alaska onto all of his trips. Jeff writes, "Among the high points of this career are experiencing some of the world's finest places, and meeting new people as well as enjoying the company of returning guests that share an appreciation of this Great Land."
Clint Fries, Alaska Discovery Guide: Calm, conscious and curious... Clint is an explorer. Guiding for 20 years from the Arctic to Latin America, he is always up for an adventure, and seldom at a loss for words. Clint entertains in front of some of the finest backdrops known. He likes to combine exquisite wilderness meals and an eye for the unseen. Join him for a trip and you will likely find the group positive, cohesive, and at ease in the wilds.