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10 Day Alaska Journey

Embark on an unforgettable 10-day voyage in Alaska, venturing from the sparkling coast of the Kenai Peninsula to the rugged wilderness of Denali National Park.
Anchorage, United States
Duration
Duration
10 days, 9 nights
Max Group Size
Max Group Size
12
Minimum Age
Minimum Age
12 years
Fitness Level
Fitness Level
Moderate
Meals
Meals
Partially included
Start & End Location
Start & End Location
Anchorage
What's Included

  • Get up to $90 cash back per person when you book with us
  • A 10-day Alaskan adventure, through the rugged wilderness & encountering incredible wildlife
  • 6 nights quality hotel accommodation, with good locations & facilities
  • 3 nights rustic cabin accommodation, immersed in the Denali National Park
  • 9 breakfasts, 2 lunches, & 1 dinner
  • A mix of transport throughout the tour, including private vehicle, boat, hiking, walking, national park shuttle
  • Alaska SeaLife Center visit, Seward
  • Kenai Fjords National Park wildlife cruise
  • National Park Service excursion to Eielson Visitor Centre in Denali National Park
  • Services of a locally-based CEO Chief Experience Officers to guide you through this exciting adventure
  • Departs from the meeting point at Inlet Tower Hotel & Suites, 1020 W 12th Ave, Anchorage (meeting location may change, please check your final documents for the confirmed location.
What's excluded

  • Some meals – allow USD510-665 for meals not included
  • Optional activities
What to Expect

Enjoy your encounter with heavenly beauty never seen before. Alaska, northwest of Canada, is the largest and most sparsely populated U.S. state. It's known for its diverse terrain of open spaces, mountains and forests, with abundant wildlife and many small towns. Those who love wilderness would definitely find Alaska an unusual, unique, and beautiful place. 

 

Itinerary

 

Give yourself a chance to discover the beauty of the great state of Alaska during ten days of jaw-dropping coastline vistas, astounding encounters with wildlife, and the towering majesty of Denali. Spy caribou and moose, keep your eyes peeled for orcas and go behind the scenes at the celebrated Alaska SeaLife Center in picturesque Seward. Experience the raw beauty of nature on an unforgettable journey to wild Alaska.

 

Day 1 – Anchorage

 

Arrive any time today in Anchorage, as there are no scheduled activities other than a welcome meeting with your CEO and fellow travellers.  After introductions, your CEO will review the details of your tour, however, keep in mind that a lot of what there is to see and do in Alaska is weather-dependent, so your CEO might need to adjust the schedule as needed based on weather.

 

Day 2 – Anchorage to Homer

 

Travel along the stunning coast of the Kenai Peninsula, where glaciers tumble down from mountains towards the ocean. As you drive along the Turnagain Arm, keep an eye out for beluga whales playing out at sea, or catch a glimpse of volcanoes across the Cook Inlet. Upon arrival in Homer, opt to stretch your legs on a short hike outside of town to get a little closer to the majestic landscape.

 

Day 3 – Homer

 

Enjoy a free day in Homer. Stroll the quaint streets and check out the restaurants and art galleries along the Homer Spit, a 4.5-mile-long finger of land protruding into Kachemak Bay. Discover stories of life on the bay at the Natural History Museum or satisfy your adventurous side exploring Kachemak Bay by water taxi, kayak, or on a self-guided hike.

 

Other optional activities include catching a floatplane for remote grizzly bear viewing or trying your hand at the local sport of halibut fishing.

 

Day 4 – Homer to Seward

 

Leave Homer and arrive at the tip of the Kenai Peninsula, where the Ice Age still lingers. On the shores of the scenic town of Seward sits the renowned Alaska SeaLife Center, Alaska’s premier public aquarium. This esteemed marine science facility offers a combined focus on research, wildlife rehabilitation, and educating the public. Enjoy a visit to the centre, which frequently collaborates with the National Geographic Society on various wildlife initiatives such as critter cams, expeditions, and the important Photo Ark project, which aims to create portraits of the world’s species before they disappear to extinction.

 

Enjoy a free afternoon to explore the coastal town of Seward or set out on an optional hike through the Alaska backcountry to Exit Glacier and the Harding Icefield. Starting on the valley floor, the trail winds through cottonwood and alder forests, passes through heather-filled meadows and ultimately climbs well above the tree line to a breathtaking view of the icefield. The top of the trail is a window to past ice ages – a horizon of ice and snow that stretches as far as the eye can see, broken only by an occasional nunatak or lonely peak.

 

Alternatively, you can get out on the water and paddle through the waves by kayak while learning about the history of the area. Out along the coast, watch for curious animals that might peek their heads out to see who’s passing by. The area is renowned for a variety of wildlife including sea otters, eagles, birds, and whales it’s likely you’ll spot at least a feather or the tip of a tail.

 

Day 5 – Seward

 

Set out by catamaran to cruise the glacial waters of Kenai Fjords National Park. Enjoy narration by a knowledgeable park ranger while scanning the sea for puffins, sea lions, colonies of seabirds, and whales (including, if you're lucky, orcas). Plus, you'll see three types of glaciers and watch and listen for ice calving off the tidewater glacier. 

 

Spend the evening at your leisure; opt to go hiking or explore the town. The Coastal Trail Hike is a 4.5-mile coastal track in the Caines Head Recreation Area that can be reached by boat or foot from Seward and offers up sweeping views of rolling alpine meadows and the North Pacific Ocean. Wander through ancient rainforest hanging with moss and then on to beach trails (some of which can only be accessed during low tide). From glaciers to bald eagles and vertical cliffs to WWII history this trail will certainly get you out into the wilds of beautiful Alaska.

 

Day 6 – Seward to Denali National Park & Preserve

 

Keep your camera close during a scenic drive to Denali National Park, named for the highest mountain in North America – formerly known as Mount McKinley, at a dizzying 20,310 feet high. Settle into your rustic lodgings in the Denali wilderness and meet an instructor from the Denali Education Center, who will share the riveting history of mountaineering here.

 

Day 7 – Denali National Park & Preserve

 

Rejoin the Denali Education Center for an interactive introduction to the park and its subarctic ecosystem. Learn about National Geographic’s legacy with American national parks, as well as other projects National Geographic has supported in Denali NP and across Alaska. Listen to stories about the park’s history and culture, and learn about the complex geology here and how First Nations people have survived for generations in one of the most formidable climates on the planet. Then head out on a hike with a naturalist guide to take in the awe-inspiring beauty of the Denali wilderness.

 

Enjoy a free afternoon to relax and explore on your own. Opt to observe a dog-sledding talk and demonstration, or get a bird’s-eye view on an optional flightseeing excursion.

 

Day 8 – Denali National Park & Preserve

 

Depart early and catch the shuttle into the heart of Denali National Park. As you make your way to the remote Eielson Visitor Center, hop on and off the bus as you please. The area is well-known for its diversity of wildlife and Denali, the highest peak in North America, was formerly called Mt McKinley. There are 39 species of mammals, 167 species of birds, 10 species of fish, and one species of amphibian known in Denali.

 

Summer is a time for raising the young and preparing for migration, hibernation, or survival during the winter and, with a little luck, you'll witness 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.

 

Day 9 – Denali National Park & Preserve to Anchorage

 

Enjoy the scenic drive back to Anchorage, following the Alaska Range southward along the picturesque Susitna River. Opt for a final dinner with your fellow travellers this evening, and reflect on your epic journey into the wild.

 

Day 10 –  Anchorage

 

Having spent the last 10 days immersed in breathtaking natural beauty, it's time to return to reality, and you're welcome to depart at any time today. 

 

Where we Visit:

  • Anchorage
  • Homer
  • Seward
  • Denali National Park & Preserve
  • Eielson Visitor Center
  • Kenai Fjords 
Frequently Asked Questions

Cold Weather:

  • Long-sleeved shirts or sweater
  • Scarf
  • Warm gloves
  • Warm hat
  • Warm layers

Documents:

  • Flight info (required) (Printouts of e-tickets may be required at the border)
  • Insurance info (required) (With photocopies)
  • Passport (required) (With photocopies)
  • Required visas or vaccination certificates (required) (With photocopies)
  • Vouchers and pre-departure information (required)

Essentials:

  • Binoculars (optional)
  • Camera (With extra memory cards and batteries)
  • Cash, credit and debit cards
  • Day pack (Used for daily excursions or short overnights)
  • Ear plugs
  • First-aid kit (should contain lip balm with sunscreen, sunscreen, whistle, Aspirin, Ibuprofen, bandaids/plasters, tape, anti-histamines, antibacterial gel/wipes, antiseptic cream, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, rehydration powder, water purification tablets or drops, insect repellent, sewing kit, extra prescription drugs you may be taking)
  • Flashlight/torch (Headlamps are ideal)
  • Fleece top/sweater
  • Footwear
  • Hat
  • Locks for bags
  • Long pants/jeans
  • Moneybelt
  • Outlet adapter
  • Personal entertainment (Reading and writing materials, cards, music player, etc.)
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Shirts/t-shirts
  • Sleeping bag and liner
  • Sleepwear
  • Small travel towel
  • Sunglasses
  • Toiletries (Preferably biodegradable)
  • Watch and alarm clock
  • Waterproof backpack cover
  • Windproof rain jacket

Health & Safety:

  • Face masks (required)
  • Hand sanitizer (required)
  • Pen (Please bring your own pen for filling out documents.)
  • Rubber gloves

Warm Weather:

  • Sandals/flip-flops
  • Shorts/skirts (Longer shorts/skirts are recommended)
  • Sun hat/bandana
  • Swimwear
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It is customary in North America to tip service providers such as waiters, bartenders and taxi drivers, at approximately 18-20%, depending on the service. Tipping is an expected - though not compulsory - component of your tour program and an expression of satisfaction with the persons who have assisted you on your tour. Although it may not be customary to you, it is of considerable significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels. There are times during the trip where there is an opportunity to tip any local guides used. Recommendations for tipping local guides would range from $2-8 USD per activity depending on the quality and length of the service; ask your CEO for specific recommendations based on the circumstances and culture.

 

Also at the end of each trip, if you felt your Chief Experience Officer did an outstanding job, tipping is appreciated. The amount is entirely a personal preference; however, as a guideline $5-10 USD per person, per day can be used as a guide. If your CEO(s) exceeded your expectations, feel free to tip more.

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Terms & Conditions:

  • The minimum age is 12 years, & an adult over the age of 18 years must accompany each child under the age of 18 years
  • While it is The Operator's intention to adhere to the route described below, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary, and on occasion, it may be necessary or desirable to make alterations
  • Travel insurance is compulsory in order to participate in this trip. You will not be permitted to join the group until evidence of travel insurance has been sighted by your CEO, who will take note of your insurance details
  • All guests must complete & sign a waiver of liability
  • Guests should have a moderate level of fitness as the tour may include light hiking, biking, rafting, or kayaking in addition to walking

Cancellation Policy:

You may cancel your booking by notifying the Tour Operator. Cancellation fees, if any, will be determined with reference to the date on which notice of cancellation is received by the Tour Operator and are expressed as a percentage of the total price paid for the cancelled Tour, product or service (excluding any insurance products).

Cancellation of a Tour:

  • Cancellation received 60 days or more before departure of first product or service in relevant booking: Lifetime Deposit will be held by the Tour Operator in accordance with these Terms, the remainder of the payments made to the Tour Operator in respect of the cancelled product will be refunded
  • Cancellation received 30-59 days before departure of first product or service in relevant booking: Lifetime Deposit will be held by the Tour Operator in accordance with these Terms, an amount equal to 50% of the remainder of the payments made to the Tour Operator in respect of the cancelled Tour will be refunded
  • Cancellation less than 30 days before departure of first product or service in relevant booking: Lifetime Deposit will be held by the Tour Operator in accordance with these Terms, and no further refund will be payable

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