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Alaska: Coast to Denali
Alaska: Coast to Denali
International Expeditions' small-group Alaska adventure offers an immersive exploration of two amazing and uniquely distinct national parks: Kenai Fjords and Denali. Explore Alaska's spectacular Kenai Fjords National Park by kayak and small boat tours before venturing deep into the heart of Denali National Park to the region known as Kantishna. Along the way, visit the charming small towns of Seward and Talkeetna, and finish off your Alaska tour with a ride on the historic Alaska Railroad.
Kayaking at Kenai Fjords Glacier Lodge
Brown bears in Exit Glacier Valley
Breaching humpback whale
Alaska: Coast to Denali Itinery
Anchorage / Kenai Fjords National Park
Meet your Expedition Leader and fellow travelers at 6:30 a.m. in the hotel lobby. 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. Board a small boat 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! A four-hour cruise allows time to explore the dramatic coastlines. Enjoy lunch in front of a tidewater glacier before arriving at our exclusive lodge destination: Kenai Fjords Glacier Lodge. Nestled on the edge of a protected tidal lagoon, the Glacier Lodge offers miles of pristine beachfront and breathtaking views of stunning Pedersen Glacier. This afternoon, meet your guides for a tour of the lodge and property before settling into your private cabins. Enjoy dinner and evening presentations. Overnight at Kenai Fjords Glacier Lodge. (L,D)
Kenai Fjords National Park
After breakfast in the main lodge, choose from an array of activities to match your interest and energy level. Guided options include interpretive nature walks, canoeing, sea kayaking and coastal explorations; or, relax at the lodge and peruse our natural history library, take a leisurely stroll along the beachfront or relax in a rocking chair taking in the spectacular view. Overnight at Kenai Fjords Glacier Lodge. (B,L,D)
Kenai Fjords National Park / Seward
This morning allows another opportunity to canoe, kayak or explore the area in the morning before bidding farewell to Kenai Fjords Glacier Lodge. Midday, we'll embark on a return coastal wildlife cruise back to Seward followed by a delicious dinner at the Seward Windsong Lodge. In the evening, take a casual nature walk to the face of the massive Exit Glacier located just down the road from the lodge. Overnight at Seward Windsong Lodge. (B,L,D)
Seward / Talkeetna
Begin the journey north to the historical town of Talkeetna, mountaineering gateway to the Alaska Range. Once in Talkeetna, choose from several activities, including a guest favorite - flightseeing. Take to the skies on an optional flightseeing tour of Mount McKinley (Denali) and its adjacent glacial canyons or wander through "downtown" Talkeetna and learn about mountaineering and this quaint 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. Overnight in Talkeetna. (B,L,D)
Talkeetna / Denali National Park
Continue traveling north to Denali National Park and stop for lunch at the Denali Park entrance. After lunch, enjoy the park's highlights while traveling the length of the restricted access Denali Park Road. Watch for caribou, moose, Dall sheep, grizzly bears, resident & migratory birds, and, weather permitting, Denali, the tallest peak in North America. Upon arrival at Denali Backcountry Lodge, enjoy dinner and settle into your cozy cabin accommodations deep within Denali National Park. Overnight at Denali Backcountry Lodge. (B,L,D)
Denali National Park
Enjoy a full day of exploration in the Kantishna region of Denali National Park. Available activities include guided hikes and natural history programs. Optional add-on flightseeing tours may be offered during your stay at the lodge (weather and space-dependent). Overnight at Denali Backcountry Lodge. (B,L,D)
Denali National Park / Anchorage
Following an early breakfast, embark on a return Denali scenic drive and watch for wildlife en route to the park entrance. Bid farewell to your Expedition Leader and board the historic Alaska Railroad for your comfortable return journey to Anchorage, arriving at approximately 8:30 p.m. Lunch, dinner and transfers not included. Lunch and dinner are available for purchase on the train. (B)
Optional Post-Trip Extensions
Grizzy Bear Viewing Extension
Every summer, millions of salmon travel from the Bering Sea back to their homes in the lakes and streams of Katmai National Park. These fish provide a bountiful food source for the world's largest population of grizzly (brown) bears. The famed bear viewing at Brooks Falls is only a short walk from Katmailand's Brooks Lodge. As many as 50 bears can be viewed fishing along the Brooks River during the peak of the salmon season. Many visitors see bears within minutes of arrival from the safety of viewing platforms. In addition to the amazing bear viewing, this Katmai National Park day tour includes transportation by small planes to King Salmon, Alaska in a pressurized propjet aircraft and floatplane.
Available as a pre- or post-Alaska tour extension.
2017 Pricing: Double Occupancy $1,053
Anchorage / Katmai National Park
This Alaska bear-viewing tour departs Anchorage daily at approximately 7:30 a.m. and arrives back in Anchorage at approximately 9:00 p.m. Air travel to and from Brooks Lodge involves 1.5 hours of travel time each direction. The remaining 8-9 hours of your time is spent enjoying awe-inspiring grizzly bear viewing. During this unguided adventure, National Park Service staff will provide a safety briefing and details on how to enjoy your experience in "Bear Country." Spend two nights at the Lakefront Hotel with shuttle service to/from the airport.
Kenai Fjords Glacier Lodge
Welcome to the only lodge within the 700,000 acre Kenai Fjords National Park! Situated on the shores of a protected lagoon in full view of Pedersen Glacier, Kenai Fjords Glacier Lodge offers an unprecedented way for Alaska travelers to experience Kenai Fjords National Park. Featuring an elegantly rustic main lodge and sixteen nicely appointed cabins, the Glacier Lodge pairs modern comfort with the wilds of remote Alaska.
By day, guests can choose from a range of activities to match individual interests and energy levels including guided nature walks, sea kayaking, strolling along the beachfront or perusing the naturalist library. In the evening, the lodge serves as the dining room and lounge, featuring wilderness fine dining and a stunning view of Pedersen Glacier.
As an Alaska eco lodge, Kenai Fjords Glacier Lodge was built to minimize the impact on the natural area and is managed with a strong commitment to ecological sensitivity. The Glacier Lodge and guest cabins reside within the Native-owned, 1,700 acre Pedersen Lagoon Wildlife Sanctuary. These heritage lands, owned by Port Graham Native Corporation, represent a small portion of the ancestral homeland of the Alutiiq people that once lived along and roamed the entire coast of Southcentral Alaska.
With only 16 cabins surrounded by a 1,700 acre wildlife sanctuary, it's safe to assume you'll find plenty of "me time." A network of boardwalks connects the cabins, providing a comfortable walkway for guests and protecting the environment. In addition to these creature comforts, the unique and breathtaking location of this wilderness lodge is another highlight of the cabins. Guest cabins were designed to be minimally visible from the adjacent Pedersen Lagoon while still offering spectacular views from within. Built with the surrounding wilderness in mind, guests need not leave the comforts of their private cabin to soak in a sense of place; the immensity of the Alaskan landscape is just outside the cabin window.
Denali Backcountry Lodge
Escape to the remote comforts and warm hospitality at the exclusive Denali Backcountry Lodge, located in Kantishna in the heart of Denali National Park and Preserve. Enjoy all the comforts of an all-inclusive stay with ample opportunity to explore the ruggedly wondrous backcountry with guided hikes and activities, or on your own with equipment rentals. Experience the rustic comforts of Denali National Park lodging with your own private cabin. Relax with games by the fire in the spacious, two-story Main Lodge with great views of Moose Creek and the peaceful outdoors.
Seward Windsong Lodge
This seasonal Seward, Alaska lodge offers rooms with Alaskan-style log furniture, flat-screen TVs and DVD players. The lodge is on the Resurrection River with views of the nearby Chugach Mountains. Rooms at Seward Windsong Lodge offer free Wi-Fi, full private bathroom and a coffee maker. The spacious rooms at the lodge are fully carpeted, heated and have exterior entrances. Guest can enjoy fresh Alaskan seafood at the restaurant, which also features beer and wine. The lodge is at the gateway to Kenai Fjords National Park, while Seward Water Front Park is a short walk from the lodge.