Ultimate Alaska Wildlife Safari

Alaska Adventure

  • Small Group
  • Land Based Adventures
  • 15 Capacity
  • 13 Days
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Summary : While superlatives strive to convey the grandeur of Alaska, they never quite manage to capture the reality. The Ultimate Alaska Wildlife Safari does. Alongside some of Alaska's top naturalist guides, go far afield from the heavily touristed routes and into a genuine Alaskan wilderness adventure—to the inner heart of Denali; alongside the face of a calving glacier; at river’s edge, watching giant brown bears fish for salmon. This is Alaska “less discovered”—bigger, wilder and more amazing than you’ve imagined. See it for yourself on this special Alaska expedition with opportunities to view wildlife inaccessible to most travelers, providing a unique stay at a classic lodge in the backcountry of Denali (away from the tourist crowds), small ship journey to a private island in Kenai Fjords and, perhaps as a highlight of your trip, a stay at Brooks Falls in Katmai, one of the best places on earth for viewing brown bears. No state is as vast, as stunning and as wild as Alaska.

Activities : Birding, Culture, Hiking, Kayaking

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Itinerary
Day 1
Fairbanks, Alaska

Your Alaska nature safari begins in Fairbanks, a modern city that retains its frontier flavor with pioneer saloons, paddle wheelers and outlying mining camps.

Day 2 – 3
Denali – Kantishna

Travel south to Denali National Park, larger than the state of Massachusetts and one of the world’s great wilderness preserves. The park's namesake, also called Mt. McKinley, is the highest peak in North America, towering over the tundra and taiga below that provides habitat for wolves, grizzlies, moose and caribou. From your remote base 90 miles inside the park, enjoy the time and space to encounter authentic wilderness. Hiking, nature walks, biking, fishing and optional flightseeing are available. The climate and environment of Alaska's interior at this latitude is harsh much of the year, and it takes a vast amount of habitat to sustain animals—wildlife encounters tend to be fleeting, but always thrilling!

Day 4 – 5
Denali / Girdwood

Depart Denali by train on a journey through Alaska’s rugged interior, over Broad Pass and along the Susitna River to Wasilla. From here, ride south to Alyeska Resort, Alaska’s premier ski area, where a host of exciting summer activities are also offered. Set in a lush glacial valley in the Chugach Range, Alyeska offers nature and luxury in tandem. Explore the northernmost temperate rain forest in North America which surrounds your lodge, or board the tram to the summit, where you may choose to dine at Seven Glaciers, a 5-star restaurant with vistas of the ice-bound peaks and Turnagain Arm far below. On Day 5, explore the scenic splendor around iceberg-choked Spencer Lake, then take a gentle float trip down the Placer River before returning to Girdwood for the evening.

Day 6
Fox Island

This morning, travel to Seward on the Kenai Peninsula where you'll board a boat to Fox Island, a private island on the edge of Kenai Fjords National Park. Your location reveals the pristine side of Alaska most visitors miss.The region is famed for sea kayaking, and an easy paddling excursion this afternoon may unveil some of the area’s prolific marine life.

Day 7
Kenai Fjords – Private Cruise

Iconic images of Alaska are on display today as you board a private charter boat for a cruise through a realm where the ice age still lingers. Your small yacht allows you to approach wildlife at intimate range, and Kenai Fjords National Park provides unparalleled opportunities for viewing humpback and orca whales, porpoises, sea otters and a large colony of puffins. Here, glaciers pour into the sea, and you may observe icebergs calving with a crash. Following your all-day outing, the boat returns you to Fox Island for a final night.

Day 8
Fox Island / Seward

After a final morning enjoying the wild environs of Fox Island, transfer back to Seward. This afternoon, tour the Alaska SeaLife Center on the shores of Resurrection Bay. Visitors to Alaska’s only public aquarium and ocean wildlife rescue center find a "window on the sea," enjoying close encounters with puffins, octopus, sea lions and other creatures while peering over the shoulders of marine biologists studying Alaska’s rich and diverse sea life. Spend the night in Seward, surrounded by some of Alaska's most majestic peaks.

Day 9
Kenai Peninsula / Anchorage

The mountain ranges of the Kenai Peninsula rise one after another on your return drive to Anchorage, as you traverse Moose Pass and cross some of Alaska's richest salmon rivers. Time permitting, stop at Exit Glacier for a close-up look at this active river of ice. The only portion of Kenai Fjords National Park accessible by road, it is a place where visitors can witness up close how glaciers re-shape a landscape and see plant life reclaiming the barren rock exposed by a glacier's retreat. Overnight in Anchorage.

Day 10 – 11
Katmai National Park - Brooks Falls

Katmai National Park is home to the world’s largest population of brown bears. Fly by small plane this morning to King Salmon, then by floatplane to world-renowned Brooks Lodge, one of the best places to view these coastal grizzlies in their natural habitat. From the safety of platforms built over Brooks Falls, observe this classic spectacle up close, as the bears fish vigorously for salmon swimming upstream to spawn.

Day 12
Katmai / Anchorage

After morning activities in Katmai, return to Anchorage. Celebrate your Alaskan adventure at a farewell dinner with your Expedition Leader.

Day 13
Anchorage / Home

Today, your Alaska safari comes to a close as you transfer to the airport for flights home.

Notes

Departure dates subject to change. Please contact ExpeditionTrips to confirm departure schedule before purchasing air tickets.

Getting There & Getting Home:
Arrive in Fairbanks, Alaska, on Day 1 of the program for a 7:00 p.m. dinner orientation. You are free to depart Anchorage anytime on the final day.

Physical Requirements:
The activities on the Alaska adventure are diverse. Although the longest walk required is two miles (round trip to the falls in Katmai), longer walks and hikes are available for those who choose them. It's stressed that travelers are not required to participate in every activity.

Included:
Internal flights and train; accommodations; all meals from dinner on Day 1 to breakfast on Day 13 (except dinner on Days 5 & 9); bottled water; services of Expedition Leader, local guides and lodge staff; most gratuities; airport transfers on Day 1 and final day; kayaking at Fox Island; permits and entrance fees; all taxes.

Not Included:
Travel to and from start and end point of trip; dinner on Days 5 & 9; alcoholic beverages; some gratuities; passport and visa fees; optional activities; items of a personal nature (phone calls, souvenirs, etc.); airline baggage fees; airport and departure taxes; optional travel insurance.