Alaska Coast to Denali Journey - Overland Trip Featuring 2 National Parks, Hiking & Kayaking

   
 

Alaska Coast to Denali Journey - Overland Trip Featuring 2 National Parks, Hiking & Kayaking

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2 days ago

DURATION

7 Days

SEASON

June - September

RATES

USD 4,995.00 per person

EXPIRES

Aug 29, 2018
Alaska Coast to Denali Journey - Overland Trip Featuring 2 National Parks, Hiking & Kayaking
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Alaska Coast to Denali Journey is a week-long adventure offering an in-depth exploration of the magical worlds of two distinct Alaska national parks: Kenai Fjords & Denali. Explore the spectacular Kenai Fjords National Park by kayak and small boat tours and then venture 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 adventure trip in style with a ride on the historic Alaska Railroad.

This 7-day overland trip round-trip from Anchorage is designed to complement any coastal cruise experience or to make the most of only a week away from home. Journey from the snow-capped peaks and emerald waters of the Kenai Peninsula to the glacier-clad Alaska Range and its sweeping upland tundra valleys. Venture into the wilderness on foot or sea kayak, exploring the trails and shores used by gold seekers and trophy hunters. Hike up to see views of North America's highest peak, Denali, and ride the Alaska Railroad through scenic road-less valleys. This is a great start to any Alaska national parks tour as it covers two important parks by land; complement it with one of our small ship cruises into Glacier Bay National Park for the ultimate experience!

ITINERARY

Day 1: Mon - Anchorage, Seward & Kenai Fjords
Seward, Alaska, United States
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Meet your trip leader and fellow travelers at 6:30 a.m. in hotel lobby (meeting location confirmed with reservation). 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 and puffins. A four-hour cruise allows time to explore the dramatic coastlines. Enjoy lunch in front of a tidewater glacier before arriving at your 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 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.

ACCOMMODATIONS: Kenai Fjords Glacier Lodge

MEALS: lunch and dinner

Day 2: Tue - Kenai Fjords Exploration
Kenai Fjords National Park, Alaska, United States
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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 the natural history library, take a leisurely stroll along the beachfront or relax in a rocking chair taking in the spectacular view.

ACCOMMODATIONS: Kenai Fjords Glacier Lodge

MEALS: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 3: Wed - Cruise To Seward & Exit Glacier
Seward, Alaska, United States
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This morning allows another opportunity to canoe, kayak or explore the area in the morning before bidding farewell to Kenai Fjords Glacier Lodge. Midday, 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 stroll to the face of the massive Exit Glacier located just down the road from the lodge.

ACCOMMODATIONS: Seward Windsong Lodge

MEALS: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 4: Thurs - Talkeetna, Alaska
Talkeetna, Alaska, United States
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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.

ACCOMMODATIONS: Talkeetna Lodge

MEALS: breakfast, lunch and dinnner

Day 5: Fri - Denali National Park
Denali National Park, Alaska, United States
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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 Kantishna Roadhouse, enjoy dinner and settle into your cozy cabin accommodations deep within Denali National Park.

ACCOMMODATIONS: Denali Backcountry Lodge

MEALS: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 6: Sat - Denali's Kantishna Region
Denali National Park, Alaska, United States
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Enjoy a full day of exploration in the Kantishna region of Denali National Park. Available activities include guided hikes, natural history programs, gold panning in Moose Creek, self-guided mountain bike exploration or fishing in Wonder Lake. Optional add-on flightseeing tours may be offered during your stay at the lodge (weather and space-dependent). You may also take advantage of Denali Backcountry Lodge's Spa and Wellness Center at an additional cost.

ACCOMMODATIONS: Denali Backcountry Lodge

MEALS: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 7: Sun - Historic Alaska Railroad To Anchorage
Anchorage, Alaska, United States
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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 trip leader and board the historic Alaska Railroad for your comfortable return journey to Anchorage. Meals are available for purchase on the train. After arriving to Anchorage at approximately 8:30 p.m., transfer (transfers not included) to your hotel or the airport.

ACCOMMODATIONS: n/a

MEALS: breakfast

WHAT'S INCLUDED

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  • Meals as indicated on itinerary, accommodations in a mix of hotels & rustic lodges, entrance fees, leadership, crew, local guides, kayaking, hiking activities, private coach transfers to Talkeetna, Denali & Alaska Railroad return from Denali to Anchorage.

NOTES

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Itinerary Notes: We may occasionally alter itineraries slightly for safety, or to take advantage of weather, wildlife and unplanned discoveries. Our ability to be spontaneous makes this style of adventure travel unique.


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