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Summary : Alaska tops many a wildlife photographer's bucket list. From glacier-clad peaks to giant bears, capture incredible images on the Ultimate Alaska Wildlife Photo Safari. Unlike standard big-ship cruises and bus tours, you'll go deep into the remote parts of Alaska far from the heavily touristed areas that dominate most itineraries. Position yourself—and your camera—at the rail of a private yacht in front of calving glaciers, before a panorama of Denali from a backcountry wilderness lodge, and at river’s edge to capture a salmon leaping from the water into the gaping jaws of a brown bear. This photo safari reveals Alaska “less discovered”—bigger, wilder and more amazing than you ever imagined.
Activities : Birding, Culture, Hiking, Kayaking, Photography
Your Alaska nature safari begins in Fairbanks, a modern city that retains its frontier flavor with pioneer saloons, paddle wheelers and outlying mining camps.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
After morning activities in Katmai, return to Anchorage. Celebrate your Alaskan adventure at a farewell dinner with your Expedition Leader.
Today, your Alaska safari comes to a close as you transfer to the airport for flights home.
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.
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.
Internal flights and train; accommodations; all meals from dinner on Day 1 to breakfast on Day 14 (except dinner on Days 6 & 10); bottled water; services of Photo Expedition Leader, local guides and lodge staff; some gratuities; airport transfers on Day 1 and final day; kayaking at Fox Island; permits and entrance fees; all taxes.
Travel to and from start and end point of trip; dinner on Days 6 & 10; 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.