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Alaska Grand Journey
Alaska Grand Journey
Alaska! The very word evokes images of pristine wilderness, rugged mountains and glacier-fed streams. From the frozen tundra of the Arctic Circle to the lush, temperate rainforests of the southeast coast, this is North America’s last frontier.
Black bear near Kenai Fjords Glacier Lodge
Wildflowers near Kenai Backcountry Lodge
Hiking at Pedersen Glacier
Bald Eagle - Alaska
Breaching humpback whale
Alaska Grand Journey
ANCHORAGE / KENAI NATIONAL PARKMeet your Trip Leader and fellow travelers at 8:00 a.m. in the hotel lobby (meeting location confirmed at time of reservation). Enjoy a scenic drive south along Turnagain Arm and through the Chugach National Forest to the quaint community of Cooper Landing. Gear up and raft 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. A delicious picnic lunch will be served along the river or on the shores of Skilak Lake. Arrive at Kenai Backcountry Lodge in the late afternoon and settle into your accommodations. Overnight at Kenai Backcountry Lodge. (L,D)
KENAI NATIONAL PARKSpend a full day exploring the remote wilderness of the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. Hike 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. Or explore the lake 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 by sturdy touring kayak or a fireside natural history presentation by one of the lodge's guides. Overnight at Kenai Backcountry Lodge. (B,L,D)
KENAI NATIONAL PARK / SEWARD / KENAI FJORDS NATIONAL PARKCross the lake in the morning, and say farewell to the Kenai Backcountry Lodge as you head to Seward, a picturesque seacoast town situated at the head of Resurrection Bay. Embark on a marine wildlife and glacier cruise in Kenai Fjords National Park, home to an array of glaciers and marine wildlife such as whales, Steller sea lions, sea otters, puffins and more! Enjoy lunch in front of a tidewater glacier before arriving at our exclusive lodge destination: Kenai Fjords Glacier Lodge. Nestled in a protected tidal lagoon area, the Glacier Lodge offers miles of pristine beachfront for combing and views of the stunning Pedersen Glacier. This afternoon, meet your guides for a tour of the lodge and property and settle into your private cabins. Enjoy dinner and evening presentations. Overnight at Kenai Fjords Glacier Lodge. (B,L,D)
KENAI FJORDS NATIONAL PARKAfter breakfast in the main lodge, choose from an array of activities to match your interest and energy level. Guided options include nature walks, canoeing, sea kayaking and coastal explorations. Or, relax in a rocking chair and take in spectacular glacier views. Overnight at Kenai Fjords Glacier Lodge. (B,L,D)
KENAI FJORDS NATIONAL PARK / SEWARDThis morning allows for another opportunity to kayak, canoe or beachcomb for a half-day before boarding our boat for the return wildlife cruise to Seward. Enjoy a fine dinner with our group and relax at the Seward Windsong Lodge this evening. Overnight at Seward Windsong Lodge. (B,L,D)
SEWARD / TALKEETNAFollowing breakfast at the Seward Windsong Lodge, 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 (Denali) and its adjacent glacial canyons or wander through "downtown" Talkeetna and learn about mountaineering and Talkeetna'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 PARKContinue traveling north to Denali National Park and stop for lunch at the Denali Park entrance. After lunch, board a private bus and embark on a 5-6 hour Denali wildlife drive through the park. Watch for caribou, moose, Dall sheep, grizzly bears, resident and migratory birds and, if weather permits, gaze upon the splendor of Denali (Mt. McKinley). Upon arrival at Denali Backcountry Lodge, enjoy dinner and settle into your cabin accommodations. Overnight at Denali Backcountry Lodge. (B,L,D)
DENALI NATIONAL PARKEnjoy a full day of exploration and hiking in the Kantishna region of Denali National Park. The activities available at Denali Backcountry include guided hiking, natural history programs, gold panning and mountain biking. Flightseeing tours may be offered during your stay at the lodge. This activity is weather and space-dependent and does not require advance reservations. Overnight at Denali Backcountry Lodge. (B,L,D)
DENALI / ANCHORAGEAfter an early breakfast, embark on a return Denali scenic drive and watch for wildlife while heading for the entrance of the park. Bid farewell to Denali and board the first class GoldStar cars of the Alaska Railroad for your comfortable return journey to Anchorage, arriving approximately at 8:30 p.m. Anchorage transfers are not included. (B,L,D)
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 Backcountry Lodge
In the heart of the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge’s two million acres of stunning mountain, lake and river habitat lies Kenai Backcountry Lodge: a unique, historic property offering discerning travelers a rustic and remote Alaskan experience. Tucked along the shoreline of a glacier-carved lake and accessed only by boat, Kenai Backcountry Lodge promises a picturesque wilderness setting rich with history, comfort, hospitality and natural beauty.
Nine guest cabins ensure a small group atmosphere at all times and a lighter footprint on the Earth. Near the historic main log lodge, there are nine cabins in wooded settings, connected by gravel pathways and boardwalks to protect the fragile ground below. Kenai Backcountry Lodge features custom designed Yukon-style cabin tents! These comfortable accommodations combine cabin comfort and canvas tent charm. Two lakeside log cabins* reflect the original property’s history and charm (one has a loft that kids love), and two newer log cabins have attached private baths/showers in a wooded setting. All cabins offer charming indoor amenities, including lodge-style furnishings, linens, comforters, and propane heaters and lights.
Modern “his and hers” bathhouses with flush toilets and hot showers are located a short distance from the cabins. You are sure to appreciate the soft jazz music piped into the bathhouse, and the privacy provided in their design.
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.