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Explore Denali National Park
Includes return economy airfares
15 days priced from 3679 inclusive of flights and accommodation.
Escorted Journey

15 days from £3679pp

Highlights

Some of the highlights included are:

  • Discover the glaciers of Wrangell-St Elias
  • Explore Denali National Park
  • Walk to the Harding Icefield
  • Search the Big River Lakes for bears

Holiday Type

Wildlife & Nature
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Off the Beaten Track
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What's included
  • Small Group Journey with no more than 13 people
  • All authentic local experiences mentioned except where specified optional
  • International flights
  • 2 nights’ hotel, 11 nights’ camping
  • 11 breakfasts, 13 lunches, 9 dinners
  • Arrival transfers & all internal transport
Need to know
  • Arrives: Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (ANC)
  • Time difference: GMT-8
  • Visa requirements: British passport holders require an electronic travel authorisation (ESTA), available online
  • Language: English
  • Currency: US dollar (USD)
  • Flying time from UK: around 11 hours
  • Plug type: 2 flat pins
  • Voltage: 120V
Your route
 

Itinerary

Day 1
Fly from the UK to Anchorage.

Fly from the UK to Anchorage.

comfortable hotel

Days 2-4
Denali

Denali

En route to the six-million-acre wilderness, you’ll stop off to try a local delicacy, reindeer sausage, and then your adventure really begins: spend two full days exploring the park at your own pace. Free hikes abound here, as well as a range of organised activities – we highly recommend a glacier landing helicopter flight. Perhaps give white water rafting, mountain biking or a dogsledding demonstration a try too. Whatever you choose, wildlife lovers should keep an eye out for Alaska’s answer to the Big Five: caribou, moose, grizzlies, wolves and dall sheep.

Basic camping

Day 5
The Alaska Range

The Alaska Range

In rustic surrounds, explore the beautiful valley, looking out for grazing caribou and a plethora of bird species as you go. There is also the chance to go canoeing here.

multi-share cabin

Days 6-7
Wrangell-St Elias National Park

Wrangell-St Elias National Park

A mass of lofty peaks and ice, the scenery here is nothing short of spectacular – and on a vast scale. Spend your time exploring the town of Kennecott and just soaking up the landscapes; perhaps even take a scenic flight to get a bird’s-eye view of it all. Or, if you really want to experience it up-close, consider a cramponed hike around the Root Glacier.

basic camping

Days 8-9
Valdez

Valdez

It has plenty of gold-rush history to learn about though, not to mention some stunning sights right on its doorstep. Have your camera at the ready when you stop at the Worthington Glacier, and take a stroll along Thompson Pass. You can even embark on a sea kayaking excursion to see the ice sheet up close.

Basic camping

Day 10
Seward

Seward

Look out for harbour seals, sea lions and plenty more marine life on your way to this fishing town.

Basic Camping

Day 11
Resurrection Bay

Resurrection Bay

Travellers have been known to spot sea lions, otters, porpoise, puffins, eagles and – if you’re really lucky – orcas and humpback whales.

Basic camping

Day 12
Kenai Fjords National Park

Kenai Fjords National Park

Weather pending, this will be the day when you have your most thrilling experience: the chance to walk from Exit Glacier to the icefield, gazing at crevasses and calving blocks of ice as you go. The hike is tough and not for the faint of heart, but the rewards when you reach the lookout point of the trail (900m) are huge: you’ll feel like you’re on top of the world.

Basic camping

Kenai Fjords, Alaska
Day 13
Soldotna

Soldotna

Today you’ll head for Soldotna, the launch site for a floatplane ride across the Cook Inlet, in search of bears in the Big River Lakes. Here you’ll transfer from plane to boat, drifting through the water, on the lookout for grizzlies and black bears. Make sure you have your camera fully charged – this is where you’re likely to get that classic shot of bears catching and feeding on salmon as they push upstream.

Basic camping

Black bear cubs
Days 14-15
Depart Anchorage and return to the UK.

Depart Anchorage and return to the UK.

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2018
5 June to 19 June
priced from 3679 for travel during June

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