Take off for an adventure-filled journey to wild, wonderful Alaska. Gape at glittering glaciers and calving icebergs, kayak the marine-rich waters and wind through cottonwood and alder forests. Look out for humpback whales, sea lions, black bears, and rare seabirds. Guided by expert local guides, embark on boat tours, travel by bush flight and train, and hike on top of glaciers. Explore quaint historic towns and end the escapade with a lasting impression - a train ride through Alaska's vast wilderness on the Denali Star.
Arrive in Anchorage, at the heart of Alaska's stunning wilderness. Should you arrive into Anchorage early, you might explore some of the city's notable sites, such as the Anchorage Museum of History & Art, the Alaska Native Heritage Center, or the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail. Tonight, we will have a feast with local Alaskan flare and cuisine with our new friends with a welcome dinner.
In the morning, meet your guides for a group orientation. Begin the drive south to the charming fishing town of Seward. On this scenic drive, see beluga whales cruise the waters of Turnagain Arm, Dall sheep cling to the craggy hillsides, and glaciers tumble from the rugged mountains. Settle in, then head out for a challenging but rewarding hike along the Harding Icefield Trail in Kenai Fjords National Park, through cottonwood and alder forests, and heather-filled meadows. Come evening, dine on wild Alaskan salmon bake along the shores of Resurrection Bay.
Enjoy an early breakfast, before heading down to the harbor for today's Kenai Fjords adventure: a 7-hour glacier boat tour or an optional sport-fishing excursion (requiring advance booking due to limited availability). While cruising around Resurrection Bay, be on the lookout for sea otters, whales, sea lions, bears, eagles, puffins, and mountain goats. In the afternoon, there's an option to visit Alaska Sea Life Center, the only public aquarium and ocean wildlife rescue center in the state. Toast the day at one of Seward's many restaurants just a short walk from the hotel.
Begin the day with a drive to Whittier along the Seward Highway, including a short visit to the Begich, Boggs Visitor Center in Portage Valley. Continue through Alaska's longest tunnel and the portal to Whittier, to board a ferry for the trip to Valdez. Crossing the pristine waters of Prince William Sound, cruise past black-legged kittiwake rookeries and near the faces of large tidewater glaciers. Enjoy dinner and rest.
Today, load into sea kayaks and explore Shoup Bay State Marine Park in Prince William Sound - a highlight of the trip. Paddle past the largest black-legged kittiwake rookery and enjoy lunch at the foot of the ancient tidewater glacier as it cracks, grumbles and calves massive blocks of ice into the saltwater. Kayak among floating miniature icebergs - fun obstacles for testing paddling skills! Afterwards, return to the hotel for rest and dinner on your own at one of Valdez' many restaurants, just steps away.
Today, drive along the spellbinding Richardson Highway to the tiny town of Chitina, with a brief stop to take in the striking Bridal Veil Falls at Keystone Canyon. Break for a short hike and picnic near the Worthington Glacier, up a sweeping moraine offering vistas of blue ice, glacial crevasses, and the mighty Chugach Mountain. At Chitina, board a bush plane for a 40-minute flight over the Wrangell Mountains to the historic town of McCarthy, and transfer to Kennicott Glacier Lodge in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park.
After a family-style breakfast, join St. Elias Alpine guides for a fascinating tour of Kennecott Mill's abandoned mining settlement. Peek into the 14-story Kennicott Copper Mill that ceased operations in 1938. Next, strap on a pair of crampons and head out for a thrilling 4-hour hike on a slow-moving glacier - suitable for all ages. Admire its blue pools, waterfalls, canyons, and crevasses along the way. Time permitting, take an afternoon hike toward the Jumbo Copper Mine, followed by a sumptuous dinner at the lodge.
In the morning, catch a bush flight back to Chitina. Continue the journey north and west along the Glenn Highway, famed as one of Alaska's most awe-inspiring drives, paired with views of the Chugach and Wrangell Mountains and the Alaska Range. Arrive to the town of Glacier View and check in at one of two available lodges, where rooms feature amazing views of both the Chugach and Talkeetna mountain ranges.
After breakfast, continue along the Glenn Highway, past the striking Matanuska Glacier and through the fertile Matanuska/Susitna Valley, referred to as Alaska's bread basket. If the weather is kind, revel in views of the mighty Alaska Range while approaching the quaint railroad town of Talkeetna - the gateway to Denali National Park's rugged south district. If the weather is clear, join a spectacular flightseeing adventure around Denali (additional fee), North America's highest peak. Or take a stroll around Talkeetna (which was the setting for the TV hit Northern Exposure and the trails along the Sustina River. Enjoy dinner on your own at a local restaurant.
On the final day of this unforgettable expedition, spend a leisurely morning touring Talkeetna or (weather permitting) take a spectacular flightseeing adventure of Denali if weather was not in your favor yesterday (additional fee). Enjoy a farewell lunch in the early afternoon, then board Alaska Railroad's Denali Star for a 4-hour train ride south to Anchorage. This is one of the journey's main highlights, offering marvelous views and photo opportunities of this vast wilderness. For those who decide to extend their trip in Anchorage, MT Sobek guides can drop travelers off at their hotel or at the airport. Bid adieu to incredible Alaska.
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This comprehensive expedition tailored for MTS travelers is the perfect introduction to Alaska, from the Kenai Fjords and Prince William Sound to the Wrangell Mountains and Talkeetna.
Since 1972, MT Sobek has maintained its reputation as a wilderness expert and adventure travel pioneer in Southeast Alaska.
End the trip with a 4-hour train ride on the Alaska Railroad's Denali Star, while enjoying vast wilderness panoramas in the company of our expert guides.
Our expert guides and trip leaders are truly the key to our trips' success. Many are locals who live in-country year-round; others have made it their second home—all are passionate, enthusiastic and endlessly knowledgeable. Meet a few of the guides that might be on your trip.
Kayaking in pristine waters, scenic travel by bush flight, van, boat and train, hiking across glaciers, and touring historical towns.
Charming country-style lodges, inns and cabins offer guests beautiful backdrops and easy access to daily adventures and eateries in town.
Enjoy mild summers, with almost daily light rain, chilly winds near glaciers, and breezy ocean sides. Daytime 55°F - 75°F. Evenings 40°F - 55°F.
A trip representative will meet you at the airport.
There is always the option to stay behind in the van or in the hotel and enjoy other local sightseeing activities.
The flight is not pre-booked at Denali because of the weather. Due to the weather in Alaska and on the tallest mountain in North America, there is 50/50 chance it will cloudy/clear. So we make room for this activity to take place but don't book until we are confirmed the weather permits itself. There is plenty of availability to book when arriving in Talkeetna.
It is usually 8-9 hours depending on weather, tides, and number of people on the fishing vessel. It entails fishing for a variety of species depending what is currently in season that can include: halibut, rockfish, silver salmon, king salmon & lingcod.
Explore the whales, wildlife, and glaciers of Kenai Fjords National Park on a stable catamaran. Visit 2 active tidewater glaciers. Cruise with a National Park Ranger. Enjoy our optional Alaska Salmon & Prime Rib Buffet while you cruise.
It rains often in Alaska, but mostly when you are closest to the ocean and not so much when you are high up in the mountains. So be sure to bring a sturdy raincoat. The rain is what makes Alaska legendary!
Make any of our trips a custom adventure or start from scratch. Take two itineraries and match them up to create a unique third. Add extras and extensions and more...if you can imagine it, we can make it happen!
"If you are active and want a great taste of Alaska, you can't go wrong with this trip."
MT Sobek Traveler, Adventures in Wild Alaska
"Adventures in Wild Alaska was a wonderful trip for a first-time visitor to Alaska! I would highly recommend it."
MT Sobek Traveler, Adventures in Wild Alaska