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New! Adventures in Wild Alaska

Trip Length 10 days

From $4,995

  • Go wild on this comprehensive tour of Alaska, from the Kenai Fjords and Prince William Sound to the spectacular Wrangell Mountains and the quaint town of Talkeetna
  • Strap on your crampons for a glacier hike on scenic Root Glacier and sea kayak the icy waters of Shoup Bay State Marine Park
  • Relax in the comfort of historic mountain lodges and meander through a vast wilderness on Alaska’s Railroad’s Denali Star
  • Enjoy fantastic opportunities for watching Alaskan wildlife and kayaking near glaciers in Prince William Sound

Join us for an adventure-filled journey to wild, wonderful Alaska. From national parks to glittering glaciers and protected wildlife refuges, Alaska provides a bounty of opportunities for you to experience the splendor of nature. Led by expert local guides, this trip lets you see the sights from a variety of perspectives as you kayak the marine-rich waters, embark on boat tours, travel by bush flight and train, and even hike on top of glaciers. Of course, one of the highlights of the trip is wildlife spotting, and we'll be on the lookout for sea otters, humpback whales, sea lions, black bears, and rare seabirds, all of which inhabit this untamed corner of the world!

Day 1: Welcome to Anchorage!

Arrive in sophisticated Anchorage, anchored at the heart of the state’s stunning wilderness areas. As time allows, explore some of the city’s notable sites, including the Anchorage Museum of History & Art, the Alaska Native Heritage Center, or the fantastic Tony Knowles Coastal Trail. Today's dinner is by yourself, and there's plenty of grills, theatrepubs and brewhouses to choose from!

  • Accommodation:The Hotel Captain Cook

Day 2: Take a scenic journey from Anchorage to Seward

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before meeting the guides in the hotel lobby for a group orientation at 8am. We'll load into our comfortable vans and begin the drive south from Anchorage through Turnagain Pass to Seward. This is one of the most scenic drives in the world, where beluga whales cruise the waters of Turnagain Arm, Dall sheep cling to the craggy hillsides, and glaciers tumble from the rugged mountains of the Chugach Range.

After settling into our hotel in Seward, we'll acquaint ourselves with this charming coastal fishing town. Then we'll head into Kenai Fjords National Park to begin our amazing hike along the astounding Harding Icefield Trail. This strenuous but rewarding hike winds through cottonwood and alder forests, passes though heather-filled meadows, and ultimately climbs well above tree line to a breathtaking view of the Harding Icefield itself. That evening, your guides will prepare a special wild Alaskan salmon bake along the shores of Resurrection Bay.

(Hiking distance: 8 miles, with shorter options available; Elevation gain: 3,000 feet)

  • Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Harborview Inn

Day 3: Cruise through Resurrection Bay

After an early breakfast, we'll head down to the harbor to prepare for your choice of saltwater adventure in Kenai Fjords National Park: a six-hour glacier tour or an optional sport-fishing excursion.* As you cruise around Resurrection Bay, be on the lookout for sea otters, whales, sea lions, eagles, puffins, bears and mountain goats, all of which inhabit this spectacular national park.

In the afternoon, you'll have the option to visit the Alaska Sealife Center, Alaska’s only public aquarium and ocean wildlife rescue center. That evening, toast the day at one of Seward's many restaurant options, most of which are within walking distance of our hotel.

*Due to limited availability, please note that advanced notification is required for the sport-fishing option.

  • Breakfast/Lunch
  • Accommodation:Harborview Inn

Day 4: Cross the pristine waters of Prince William Sound

We'll begin the day with a drive to Whittier along the Seward Highway. On the way, we’ll make a short visit to the Begich, Boggs Visitor Center in Portage Valley, before entering Alaska’s longest tunnel and the portal to Whittier, AK. Upon our arrival in Whittier, we’ll board a ferry for the trip to Valdez. We'll cruise past Black Legged Kittiwake rookeries and near the faces of large tidewater glaciers as we cross the pristine waters of Prince William Sound.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Valdez Harbor Inn

Day 5: Sea kayak in Shoup Bay

Today, we'll load into kayaks and explore Shoup Bay State Marine Park—a highlight of the trip. We’ll paddle past the largest Black Legged Kittiwake rookery in Prince William Sound and enjoy lunch at the foot of the ancient tidewater glacier as it cracks, grumbles, and calves massive blocks of ice into the saltwater. Sea kayaking among the floating miniature icebergs makes for a fun obstacle course to test our paddling skills, as does riding the swift current of the connecting stream on an outgoing tide. Afterwards, we'll return to our hotel, where you can rest up and enjoy dinner on your own. Valdez is a walkable town with lots of options just steps from the hotel.

(Kayaking time: 6 hours)

  • Breakfast/Lunch
  • Accommodation:Valdez Harbor Inn

Day 6: Valdez to historic McCarthy

After breakfast at the hotel, we'll begin the scenic drive along the Richardson Highway from Valdez to the tiny town of Chitina. We’ll stop briefly to witness the spectacular Bridal Veil Falls in Keystone Canyon, after which we'll break for a short hike and picnic near the spectacular Worthington Glacier, a Natural Historic Landmark that tumbles from the Chugach Mountains. Our brief hike will take us up a sweeping moraine with stunning views of blue ice, glacial crevasses, and magnificent vistas of the mighty Chugach.

From Chitina, we’ll load into bush planes for the 40-minute flight through the Wrangell Mountains to the historic ghost town of McCarthy. We’ll then transfer to our home for the next two nights, the historic Kennicott Glacier Lodge in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, with spectacular views of the Kennicott Glacier, Mount Blackburn, and the Chugach Mountains. 

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Kennicott Glacier Lodge

Day 7: Go deep into Wrangell-St. Elias National Park

After a family-style breakfast, we'll join St. Elias Alpine Guides for a fascinating tour of the abandoned mining settlement of Kennecott Mill Town, including a look inside the 14-story Kennicott Copper Mill that ceased operations in 1938. Next, we'll strap on a pair of crampons and head out on to the Root Glacier for a full four hours of hiking. This is an amazing adventure on a slow-moving glacier that's suitable for all ages, and we'll see blue pools, waterfalls, canyons, crevasses and more. If time allows, we’ll take an afternoon hike toward the Jumbo Copper Mine.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Kennicott Glacier Lodge

Day 8: Journey along the spectacular Glenn Highway

In the morning, we'll catch a bush flight back to Chitina. We'll then continue our journey north and west along the Glenn Highway. This is one of Alaska's most awe-inspiring drives, with views of the Chugach Mountains, Wrangell Mountains, and Alaska Range accompanying us along the way. After traveling to the town of Glacier View, we'll check in to one of two properties, Sheep Mountain Lodge or Majestic Valley Lodge, where rooms include amazing views of both the Chugach and Talkeetna mountain ranges.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Sheep Mountain Lodge

Day 9: Explore Talkeetna and Denali National Park

After breakfast at the lodge, we'll continue along the Glenn Highway, past the impressive Mantanuska Glacier and through the fertile Matanuska/Susitna Valley—a region referred to as Alaska's bread basket. Our destination is the quaint town of Talkeetna, the gateway to Denali National Park’s rugged south district. If the weather is kind, we'll enjoy our first views of Denali (Mt. McKinley) and the rest of the mighty Alaska Range as we make our way into this pretty railroad town located at the end of a paved spur road.

In the afternoon, we'll check into the Talkeenta Alaskan Lodge, situated on a stunning bluff above the Susitna River, and then we’ll make our way downtown. If you'd like, you’ll have the first of two opportunities to join an optional "flightseeing" adventure around Denali—the highest peak in North America. In the evening, you can enjoy dinner on your own at one of the many local downtown eateries.

  • Breakfast/Lunch
  • Accommodation:Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge

Day 10: Depart from Alaska

We'll spend a leisurely morning enjoying Talkeetna, and you'll have another opportunity to take a flightseeing adventure around Denali. Then we'll board Alaska Railroad’s Denali Star for a 4-hour train ride south to Anchorage. This is more than just a return trip; it's a highlight of the journey, offering wonderful photographic opportunities and amazing views of this vast wilderness! We'll enjoy a farewell supper in the early afternoon and bid adieu to our traveling companions.

For those who decide to stay in Anchorage this evening, there are many good accommodations and guides can drop guests off at their chosen hotel.

  • Breakfast/Lunch

Jun 22, 2017 - Jul 01, 2017

Jul 20 - 29, 2017

Aug 17 - 26, 2017

pricing

2017 PRICE
$4995 (4-12 members)
$200 Internal flights (subject to change)
$2000 Single Supplement

 

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Harborview Inn — Seward

Located just a couple of blocks from Seward Waterfront Park on Resurrection Bay, the Harborview Inn is an easy walk to the harbor or to downtown Seward. The Inn is conveniently located for exploring the charming fishing town, as well as for journeys into Kenai Fjords National Park. Rooms are basic, but the friendly and helpful staff will make you feel right at home. The 39 guestrooms come with flat-screen TVs and free Wi-Fi.

Kennicott Glacier Lodge — Wrangell-St. Elias National Park

One of the highlights of any trip to Alaska is staying at this family-owned lodge located within Wrangell-St. Elias National Park. The Main Lodge opened in 1987, while the South Lodge was built in 2004. Throughout the property, you'll find historic photos and artifacts that tell the story of the surrounding Kennicott ghost town, a mining settlement that was abandoned in 1938. Both the architecture and the ambience are well suited to the fascinating surroundings. The hotel also has spectacular views of the Kennicott Glacier, Mount Blackburn, and the Chugach Mountains, with a 180-foot front porch from which to enjoy them.

Sheep Mountain Lodge — Glacier View

In this charming mountain lodge, guests stay either in the guesthouse or in one of 11 log cabins with country-style furnishings. In keeping with the cabin theme, there are no TVs, phones, or Wi-Fi in the guestrooms (although you can usually connect in the restaurant). The small, friendly property has a full bar and restaurant, and there's a hot tub for unwinding at the end of a long, active day. Sheep Mountain Lodge takes its name from a nearby Dall sheep and mountain goat preserve, and there's a spotting scope available for wildlife viewing.

Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge — Talkeetna

Built on top of a high bluff, the welcoming Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge offers breathtaking views and a lovely lodge setting. The rooms are cozy and clean with simple furnishings, but it's the common areas that really shine. The lodge was built in 1999 from spruce logs, knotty pine, birch wood, and river rocks, including a massive, 46-foot-high rock fireplace—the centerpiece of the lobby. The lobby, restaurants, and newly expanded back deck offer unobstructed panoramic views of the Alaska Range, including Denali, the highest mountain in North America.

The Hotel Captain Cook — Anchorage

Generally considered to be one of the nicest hotels in Alaska, The Hotel Captain Cook is grand both in style and in size. With 546 rooms and 96 suites spread over three towers, the hotel takes up an entire block of downtown Anchorage. The décor borrows from a nautical theme, including teak paneling in many of the public areas, and the rooms are comfortable, spacious and modern with views of Cook Inlet or the Chugach Mountains. This upscale property has all the big-hotel services you could ever hope for, including four restaurants, a gift shop, and a gym.

Valdez Harbor Inn — Valdez

Watch the boats come and go from this cheery hotel located right at water's edge on the Valdez Harbor. Part of the Best Western chain, the Valdez Harbor Inn is a reliable choice, and while it's not fancy, the rooms are cute, clean and comfortable. The restaurant and lounge have lovely views out onto the harbor, and the lobby's outdoors-inspired décor features big wood beams and overstuffed leather couches, as well as a couple of stuffed bears.

  • Go wild on this comprehensive tour of Alaska, from the Kenai Fjords and Prince William Sound to the spectacular Wrangell Mountains and the quaint town of Talkeetna
  • Strap on your crampons for a glacier hike on scenic Root Glacier and sea kayak the icy waters of Shoup Bay State Marine Park
  • Relax in the comfort of historic mountain lodges and meander through a vast wilderness on Alaska’s Railroad’s Denali Star
  • Enjoy fantastic opportunities for watching Alaskan wildlife and kayaking near glaciers in Prince William Sound

Join us for an adventure-filled journey to wild, wonderful Alaska. From national parks to glittering glaciers and protected wildlife refuges, Alaska provides a bounty of opportunities for you to experience the splendor of nature. Led by expert local guides, this trip lets you see the sights from a variety of perspectives as you kayak the marine-rich waters, embark on boat tours, travel by bush flight and train, and even hike on top of glaciers. Of course, one of the highlights of the trip is wildlife spotting, and we'll be on the lookout for sea otters, humpback whales, sea lions, black bears, and rare seabirds, all of which inhabit this untamed corner of the world!

DAILY itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to Anchorage!

Arrive in sophisticated Anchorage, anchored at the heart of the state’s stunning wilderness areas. As time allows, explore some of the city’s notable sites, including the Anchorage Museum of History & Art, the Alaska Native Heritage Center, or the fantastic Tony Knowles Coastal Trail. Today's dinner is by yourself, and there's plenty of grills, theatrepubs and brewhouses to choose from!

  • Accommodation:The Hotel Captain Cook

Day 2: Take a scenic journey from Anchorage to Seward

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before meeting the guides in the hotel lobby for a group orientation at 8am. We'll load into our comfortable vans and begin the drive south from Anchorage through Turnagain Pass to Seward. This is one of the most scenic drives in the world, where beluga whales cruise the waters of Turnagain Arm, Dall sheep cling to the craggy hillsides, and glaciers tumble from the rugged mountains of the Chugach Range.

After settling into our hotel in Seward, we'll acquaint ourselves with this charming coastal fishing town. Then we'll head into Kenai Fjords National Park to begin our amazing hike along the astounding Harding Icefield Trail. This strenuous but rewarding hike winds through cottonwood and alder forests, passes though heather-filled meadows, and ultimately climbs well above tree line to a breathtaking view of the Harding Icefield itself. That evening, your guides will prepare a special wild Alaskan salmon bake along the shores of Resurrection Bay.

(Hiking distance: 8 miles, with shorter options available; Elevation gain: 3,000 feet)

  • Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Harborview Inn

Day 3: Cruise through Resurrection Bay

After an early breakfast, we'll head down to the harbor to prepare for your choice of saltwater adventure in Kenai Fjords National Park: a six-hour glacier tour or an optional sport-fishing excursion.* As you cruise around Resurrection Bay, be on the lookout for sea otters, whales, sea lions, eagles, puffins, bears and mountain goats, all of which inhabit this spectacular national park.

In the afternoon, you'll have the option to visit the Alaska Sealife Center, Alaska’s only public aquarium and ocean wildlife rescue center. That evening, toast the day at one of Seward's many restaurant options, most of which are within walking distance of our hotel.

*Due to limited availability, please note that advanced notification is required for the sport-fishing option.

  • Breakfast/Lunch
  • Accommodation:Harborview Inn

Day 4: Cross the pristine waters of Prince William Sound

We'll begin the day with a drive to Whittier along the Seward Highway. On the way, we’ll make a short visit to the Begich, Boggs Visitor Center in Portage Valley, before entering Alaska’s longest tunnel and the portal to Whittier, AK. Upon our arrival in Whittier, we’ll board a ferry for the trip to Valdez. We'll cruise past Black Legged Kittiwake rookeries and near the faces of large tidewater glaciers as we cross the pristine waters of Prince William Sound.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Valdez Harbor Inn

Day 5: Sea kayak in Shoup Bay

Today, we'll load into kayaks and explore Shoup Bay State Marine Park—a highlight of the trip. We’ll paddle past the largest Black Legged Kittiwake rookery in Prince William Sound and enjoy lunch at the foot of the ancient tidewater glacier as it cracks, grumbles, and calves massive blocks of ice into the saltwater. Sea kayaking among the floating miniature icebergs makes for a fun obstacle course to test our paddling skills, as does riding the swift current of the connecting stream on an outgoing tide. Afterwards, we'll return to our hotel, where you can rest up and enjoy dinner on your own. Valdez is a walkable town with lots of options just steps from the hotel.

(Kayaking time: 6 hours)

  • Breakfast/Lunch
  • Accommodation:Valdez Harbor Inn

Day 6: Valdez to historic McCarthy

After breakfast at the hotel, we'll begin the scenic drive along the Richardson Highway from Valdez to the tiny town of Chitina. We’ll stop briefly to witness the spectacular Bridal Veil Falls in Keystone Canyon, after which we'll break for a short hike and picnic near the spectacular Worthington Glacier, a Natural Historic Landmark that tumbles from the Chugach Mountains. Our brief hike will take us up a sweeping moraine with stunning views of blue ice, glacial crevasses, and magnificent vistas of the mighty Chugach.

From Chitina, we’ll load into bush planes for the 40-minute flight through the Wrangell Mountains to the historic ghost town of McCarthy. We’ll then transfer to our home for the next two nights, the historic Kennicott Glacier Lodge in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, with spectacular views of the Kennicott Glacier, Mount Blackburn, and the Chugach Mountains. 

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Kennicott Glacier Lodge

Day 7: Go deep into Wrangell-St. Elias National Park

After a family-style breakfast, we'll join St. Elias Alpine Guides for a fascinating tour of the abandoned mining settlement of Kennecott Mill Town, including a look inside the 14-story Kennicott Copper Mill that ceased operations in 1938. Next, we'll strap on a pair of crampons and head out on to the Root Glacier for a full four hours of hiking. This is an amazing adventure on a slow-moving glacier that's suitable for all ages, and we'll see blue pools, waterfalls, canyons, crevasses and more. If time allows, we’ll take an afternoon hike toward the Jumbo Copper Mine.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Kennicott Glacier Lodge

Day 8: Journey along the spectacular Glenn Highway

In the morning, we'll catch a bush flight back to Chitina. We'll then continue our journey north and west along the Glenn Highway. This is one of Alaska's most awe-inspiring drives, with views of the Chugach Mountains, Wrangell Mountains, and Alaska Range accompanying us along the way. After traveling to the town of Glacier View, we'll check in to one of two properties, Sheep Mountain Lodge or Majestic Valley Lodge, where rooms include amazing views of both the Chugach and Talkeetna mountain ranges.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Sheep Mountain Lodge

Day 9: Explore Talkeetna and Denali National Park

After breakfast at the lodge, we'll continue along the Glenn Highway, past the impressive Mantanuska Glacier and through the fertile Matanuska/Susitna Valley—a region referred to as Alaska's bread basket. Our destination is the quaint town of Talkeetna, the gateway to Denali National Park’s rugged south district. If the weather is kind, we'll enjoy our first views of Denali (Mt. McKinley) and the rest of the mighty Alaska Range as we make our way into this pretty railroad town located at the end of a paved spur road.

In the afternoon, we'll check into the Talkeenta Alaskan Lodge, situated on a stunning bluff above the Susitna River, and then we’ll make our way downtown. If you'd like, you’ll have the first of two opportunities to join an optional "flightseeing" adventure around Denali—the highest peak in North America. In the evening, you can enjoy dinner on your own at one of the many local downtown eateries.

  • Breakfast/Lunch
  • Accommodation:Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge

Day 10: Depart from Alaska

We'll spend a leisurely morning enjoying Talkeetna, and you'll have another opportunity to take a flightseeing adventure around Denali. Then we'll board Alaska Railroad’s Denali Star for a 4-hour train ride south to Anchorage. This is more than just a return trip; it's a highlight of the journey, offering wonderful photographic opportunities and amazing views of this vast wilderness! We'll enjoy a farewell supper in the early afternoon and bid adieu to our traveling companions.

For those who decide to stay in Anchorage this evening, there are many good accommodations and guides can drop guests off at their chosen hotel.

  • Breakfast/Lunch
lodgings

Harborview Inn — Seward

Located just a couple of blocks from Seward Waterfront Park on Resurrection Bay, the Harborview Inn is an easy walk to the harbor or to downtown Seward. The Inn is conveniently located for exploring the charming fishing town, as well as for journeys into Kenai Fjords National Park. Rooms are basic, but the friendly and helpful staff will make you feel right at home. The 39 guestrooms come with flat-screen TVs and free Wi-Fi.

Kennicott Glacier Lodge — Wrangell-St. Elias National Park

One of the highlights of any trip to Alaska is staying at this family-owned lodge located within Wrangell-St. Elias National Park. The Main Lodge opened in 1987, while the South Lodge was built in 2004. Throughout the property, you'll find historic photos and artifacts that tell the story of the surrounding Kennicott ghost town, a mining settlement that was abandoned in 1938. Both the architecture and the ambience are well suited to the fascinating surroundings. The hotel also has spectacular views of the Kennicott Glacier, Mount Blackburn, and the Chugach Mountains, with a 180-foot front porch from which to enjoy them.

Sheep Mountain Lodge — Glacier View

In this charming mountain lodge, guests stay either in the guesthouse or in one of 11 log cabins with country-style furnishings. In keeping with the cabin theme, there are no TVs, phones, or Wi-Fi in the guestrooms (although you can usually connect in the restaurant). The small, friendly property has a full bar and restaurant, and there's a hot tub for unwinding at the end of a long, active day. Sheep Mountain Lodge takes its name from a nearby Dall sheep and mountain goat preserve, and there's a spotting scope available for wildlife viewing.

Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge — Talkeetna

Built on top of a high bluff, the welcoming Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge offers breathtaking views and a lovely lodge setting. The rooms are cozy and clean with simple furnishings, but it's the common areas that really shine. The lodge was built in 1999 from spruce logs, knotty pine, birch wood, and river rocks, including a massive, 46-foot-high rock fireplace—the centerpiece of the lobby. The lobby, restaurants, and newly expanded back deck offer unobstructed panoramic views of the Alaska Range, including Denali, the highest mountain in North America.

The Hotel Captain Cook — Anchorage

Generally considered to be one of the nicest hotels in Alaska, The Hotel Captain Cook is grand both in style and in size. With 546 rooms and 96 suites spread over three towers, the hotel takes up an entire block of downtown Anchorage. The décor borrows from a nautical theme, including teak paneling in many of the public areas, and the rooms are comfortable, spacious and modern with views of Cook Inlet or the Chugach Mountains. This upscale property has all the big-hotel services you could ever hope for, including four restaurants, a gift shop, and a gym.

Valdez Harbor Inn — Valdez

Watch the boats come and go from this cheery hotel located right at water's edge on the Valdez Harbor. Part of the Best Western chain, the Valdez Harbor Inn is a reliable choice, and while it's not fancy, the rooms are cute, clean and comfortable. The restaurant and lounge have lovely views out onto the harbor, and the lobby's outdoors-inspired décor features big wood beams and overstuffed leather couches, as well as a couple of stuffed bears.

Dates and Pricing

Jun 22, 2017 - Jul 01, 2017

Jul 20 - 29, 2017

Aug 17 - 26, 2017

pricing

2017 PRICE
$4995 (4-12 members)
$200 Internal flights (subject to change)
$2000 Single Supplement

 

Activity Level Moderate
Trip Length 10 days

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