Alaska 11-Day

Day 1

Anchorage / Kenai Fjords

Meet your Alaska Trip Leader and fellow travelers at 6:30 a.m. in the lobby of the Quality Suites. Enjoy a scenic drive south along Turnagain Arm and through the Chugach National Forest to Seward, a picturesque seacoast town situated at the head of Resurrection Bay. Embark on a marine wildlife and glacier cruise bound for Kenai Fjords National Park, home to an array of glaciers and marine wildlife such as whales, Steller sea lions, sea otters, puffins and more! After lunch in front of a tidewater glacier, continue to the exclusive Kenai Fjords Glacier Lodge, our home for three nights. Nestled in a protected tidal lagoon area, the lodge offers miles of pristine beachfront and views of the stunning Pedersen Glacier. This afternoon, meet your Alaska tour guides to survey the lodge and property before settling into your private cabin. Enjoy dinner and evening presentations. (L,D)

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Days 2 & 3

Kenai Fjords

Enjoy two full days of exploration at the lodge and choose from an array of activities to match your interest and energy level. Guided options include interpretive nature walks, sea kayaking amid glacial ice, canoeing in the lagoon and coastal explorations. Or you may choose to relax at the lodge by the wood stove, peruse the natural history library or take a leisurely stroll along the beachfront. (B,L,D Daily)

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Day 4

Kenai / Seward / Kenai River

Spend a leisurely morning kayaking, canoeing or strolling along the beaches near our lodge before boarding our boat for an Alaska wildlife cruise to Seward. Enjoy a fine dinner with your group and spend the evening relaxing at Kenai Riverside Lodge in Cooper Landing. After dinner, enjoy the wood-fired sauna, relax on our riverside deck, or try fishing in our eddy on the Kenai River. (B,L,D)

Day 5

Kenai National Wildlife Refuge

Gear up for a scenic raft trip into the heart of the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. Along the way, watch for moose, bears, bald eagles and other bird species. The Kenai River is famous for its salmon and, depending on the time of your visit, you may witness their incredible spawning runs. Enjoy a delicious picnic along the river or on the shores of Skilak Lake. Arrive at Kenai Backcountry Lodge, our home for two nights, and spend a relaxing evening. (B,L,D)

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Day 6

Kenai National Wildlife Refuge

Spend a full day exploring the remote wilderness of the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. Enjoy guided hiking along a secluded trail and travel through several fascinating ecological communities. At the top of the trail, explore the tundra and enjoy splendid views of the lake and surrounding wilderness. “Non-hikers” may choose to explore the lakeshore by boat, stopping for scenic views and short walks. Return to the lodge in the afternoon and enjoy the wood-fired sauna or simply relax at the lodge. Depending on the weather, options for the evening may include an exploration of the lake aboard sturdy touring kayaks or a fireside natural history presentation by one of the lodge's guides. (B,L,D)

Day 7

Kenai / Talkeetna

Say farewell to our new friends at Kenai Backcountry Lodge, and cross the lake heading to the next stop on our Alaska adventure tour. Begin the journey north through the scenic Chugach State Park to Talkeetna, gateway to the Alaska Range. Once in Talkeetna, you'll have the freedom to choose from several activities, including a guest favorite — flightseeing. Take to the skies on an optional flightseeing tour of Mt. McKinley and its adjacent glacial canyons, or wander through downtown Talkeetna and learn about mountaineering and the town’s history. Tonight, you have the flexibility to dine with the other members of your group or enjoy a great meal on your own. Spend tonight at the Talkeetna Hotel. (B,L,D)

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Day 8

Talkeetna / Denali National Park

After breakfast, continue traveling north to Denali National Park and stop for lunch at the Denali Park entrance. After lunch, board the Kantishna Roadhouse private bus for a five to six hour Denali wildlife drive. Watch for caribou, moose, Dall sheep, grizzly bears, resident and migratory birds and — weather permitting — gaze upon the splendor of Denali (Mt. McKinley). After a full day of touring, enjoy dinner and a peaceful evening in your cabin at the Kantishna Roadhouse. (B,L,D)

Days 9 & 10

Denali National Park

Enjoy the next two full days of your Alaska tour exploring and hiking in the Kantishna region of Denali National Park. Activities available from our lodge include guided hiking, natural history programs, gold panning, dog sled demonstration and mountain biking. Optional add-on flightseeing tours will be offered during your stay at the lodge. This activity is weather and space-dependent and does not require advance reservations. (B,L,D Daily)

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Day 11

Denali National Park / Alaska Railroad / Anchorage

Following an early breakfast, watch for wildlife while heading for the entrance of the park. Bid farewell to Denali and board the first-class cars of the Alaska Railroad (GoldStar rail cars) for your comfortable return journey to Anchorage. Lunch, dinner and Anchorage transfers not included in the price of your Alaska tour. (B)

Departure: You will arrive at the Anchorage train station by approximately 8:30 p.m. on Day 11 of your Alaska tour. If you choose to fly home this night, we suggest you book a flight that departs after 11:30 p.m. in case of possible transportation delays.

NOTE: We suggest arriving in Alaska at least the day before your trip begins and overnighting in Anchorage so that you can comfortably make the early morning meeting with your Trip Leader. The cost of this hotel stay is not included in the tour price.

 

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