Alaskan Highlights

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  • Itinerary
  • What's Included
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  • Grand American Adventures

Alaska is an adventurer's dream! With its sweeping scenic views, vast landscapes, glaciers, and spectacular wildlife, this wonderland offers the visitor an unparalleled experience. Go where nature is still untamed and hike to Exit Glacier in Seward, enjoy a ferry through the Prince William Sound and spot the mighty Grizzly Bear in Denali National Park. Experience the back-country beauty of Wrangell-St Elias National Park and incredible optional activities. From lush rainforests and abundant wildlife, to the snow-capped peaks and majestic glaciers, Alaska guarantees a true wilderness adventure!

Highlights
  • Scenic ferry journey through Prince William Sound
  • One day bus pass in Denali National Park
  • Two nights in Wrangell-St Elias National Park
  • Visit to spectacular Byron Glacier
  • Dog sled demonstration
  • Scenic walks and hikes
  • Wildlife viewing opportunities, including Grizzly Bear
  • Visit to Talkeetna Ranger Station (depending on availability)
  • National Parks: Kenai Fjords, Wrangell-St Elias and Denali
Extras

We offer a whole range of travel extras, from additional hotel nights to flights and insurance, so you can organise everything you'll need for your trip.

Book Extra Nights in Anchorage

Our tours depart at designated hotels in our gateway cities, so it's a great idea to book a room for the night before and after your tour. It's also worth staying extra nights to explore the city more. You must book these hotels in advance either online with your tour or by contacting our friendly sales team. ANCHORAGE - INLET TOWER HOTEL & SUITES1020 W 12th Ave, Anchorage, AK 99501Conveniently located at 12th Ave and L Street, The Inlet Tower Hotel and Suites is your doorway to Downtown Anchorage. This hotel offers& large rooms including Wi-Fi and refrigerator plus a gym, Pubhouse Gastopub and free shuttle service within 5 miles. Full room (Your own single or double room)From £197 | US$260 | Eur237 | AU$335 | NZ$352Price per room per night AIRPORT TRANSFER INFORMATIONThe hotel offers a 24 hour free shuttle. Contact the hotel directly upon arrival, or request the shuttle service at the information desk. It is normal to tip the driver US$1-2 per person.

Bear Viewing Extension

Redoubt Bay Lodge TourView Alaska black and brown bears in their natural habitat on a guided bear watching trip at Redoubt Bay Lodge, a small rustic lodge situated in a 171,000-acre critical habitat area.Redoubt Bay Lodge is a 50-minute float plane flight southwest of Anchorage near the dramatic entrance of Lake Clark National Park and Preserve and is home to one of the most concentrated and view-able bear populations in the state of Alaska. After landing our float plane in front of the lodge, your bear watching adventure begins. You will take a covered pontoon boat with our experienced naturalist guides through the chain of Big River Lakes that are host to sockeye and Coho salmon runs and a popular feeding site for resident bear (and fishermen as well!)This bear viewing experience is an easy half day trip from Anchorage with morning or afternoon departures of approximately 6.5 hours. INCLUDED HIGHLIGHTSWild Alaska brown and black bear watching from a covered pontoon boat50-minute scenic return flight-seeing with a guaranteed window seatRedoubt Bay field guide with bear, flora and fauna factsHomemade lunch in the rustic Redoubt Bay lodgeCountless photo opportunitiesShuttle service from and to Anchorage airport from your hotel TOUR FACTSDeparts daily Jun 6th to Aug 15thSchedule: Morning trip: 08:00 AM - 02:30 PM | Afternoon trip: 12:30 PM - 07:00PMTour length: 6.5 hours total. Flight time is 50 minutes each wayMeals included: Lunch of soup and sandwich with cookies and beveragesBoats: Pontoons with half of the boat covered. Each boat carries 6-10 peopleWhat to bring: Be prepared to spend the day outside, we would recommend lots of layers. You should have good walking shoes or light hiking boots, sunglasses, film/batteries, long pants, T-shirt, sweatshirt, light coat, rain gear, and mosquito repellent. PRICES PER PERSON:£535 | US$695 | Eur642 | AU$899 | NZ$947Please contact us to book this unforgettable trip.  Lake Clark TourSituated at the headwaters of Bristol Bay, Lake Clark National Park and Preserve is an epitome of the Alaska wilderness landscape. At four million acres, the Park encompasses volcanoes, mountains, glaciers, rivers, waterfalls and diverse Alaska wildlife.Take a scenic flight to Redoubt Mountain Lodge, Lake Clark National Park for an Alaska brown bear viewing excursion from a covered boat with knowledgeable guides. Depart from Lake Hood Sea Plane Harbor in Anchorage and fly southwest over Cook Inlet and the tundra-covered hills of the western Alaska interior. Watch for the Chigmit Mountains, where Alaska and Aleutian Ranges meet, and two active volcanoes – Mount Redoubt and Mount Iliamna – before landing in Crescent Lake, Lake Clark National Park. Your bear viewing guides will escort you by boat to lakeside areas where bears are frequently spotted feeding on spawning wild Alaska.This bear viewing trip is a full day experience not to be missed. INCLUDED HIGHLIGHTSThrilling 70 minute flightseeing tour to Lake Clark National Park by float planeUp close bear viewing from a covered pontoon boat - watch bears feed on spawning salmonViews of Mt. Redoubt and Mt. Iliamna volcanoesHomemade lunch in rustic, cozy day lodgeSummertime courtesy shuttle from the Anchorage airport and many Anchorage hotels TOUR FACTSDeparts daily Jul 15th to Sep 20thSchedule: Morning trip: 08:00 AM - 07:00 PM Tour length: 6.5 hours total. Flight time is 50 minutes each wayMeals included: Lunch of soup and sandwich with cookies and beveragesBoats: Pontoons with half of the boat covered. Each boat carries 6-10 peopleWhat to bring: Dress comfortably and in layers; Alaska weather can change dramatically. A sunny and warm day in Anchorage can turn windy, rainy, and cool in the National Park. Please bring prescription medications. PRICES PER PERSON:£688 | US$895 | Eur826 | AU$1160 | NZ$1222Please contact us to book.

Book Flights (UK Only)

Our specialist flights department can offer UK customers a great airline fare to all of our destinations. We have preferred contracts with many international carriers and have secured some of the most competitive prices in the industry. Why Book Your Flights with Grand American Adventures?Secure your flight with a deposit of only £125 per personDate changes free of charge (subject to terms)We are ATOL protected and IATA licensedPersonal service - you're more than just a numberCall us now on 0208 682 8920 for today's special offers or request a flight quote online

Travel Insurance

At Grand American Adventures we believe that your safety and enjoyment are the most important parts of your holiday. That's why we recommend you take out insurance as soon as your booking is confirmed. We can offer you a comprehensive travel insurance policy which is completely tailored for your trip and is specially designed to include all the activities listed we do.If you do not take our policy, you must ensure that the policy you do take offers an equivalent level of protection and covers you for the activities involved - be aware that some policies do not include, or restrict, coverage for this type of travel. ?See our insurance page for more information.

Optional Activities During Your Tour

There are loads of exciting optional activities available for you to choose from during your trip giving you the flexibility to do the things you want to and leave out the things you don't. A list of optional activities and approximate costs are shown at the end of each day by day itinerary descriptions above.Your tour leader will arrange your chosen activities during the tour so no need to pre-book. You'll also pay for these locally so ensure you budget for the bucket list items!As local weather conditions and seasonality can change not all optional activities may be available on your trip and prices can be subject to change.

Food And Meals
  • 2 breakfasts. All other meals paid locally
Accommodation Types
  • Hotel
Destinations visited
  • Kenai Fjords National Park
  • Wildlife Cruise
  • Yukon
  • Seward
  • Alaska
  • Anchorage
  • Kenai Peninsula - Seward
  • Kenai Fjords National Park - Seward
  • Valdez
  • Wrangell-St Elias National Park
  • Alaska Range
  • Denali National Park
  • Talkeetna to Anchorage
  • USA
  • Anchorage 
  • Kenai Peninsula
  • Wrangell-St. Elias National Park
  • Talkeetna
  • North America
Tags
  • Active
  • Small Group
  • Camping
  • Scenic

Day: 1

Welcome to Anchorage, the largest city in Alaska with only 250,000 people and a city which has undergone quite a change since the earthquake of 1964. Now a bustling city fuelled by the oil boom and tourism, it wasn't that long ago that Anchorage was the last outpost before heading into the 'Last Frontier'. It's common place to find bears roaming the outskirts of the city. A great way to spend your day is wandering around the town getting a feel for the 49th state, speaking to the locals and breathing in that fresh Alaskan air! A welcome meeting will be held at 18:00 hrs for you to meet your tour leader and fellow travelling companions.

  • Anchorage 

Day: 2

Leaving Anchorage, your first stop is to visit Portage Glacier before rounding Cook Inlet's Turnagain Arm and venturing onto the Kenai (pronounced `keen eye') Peninsula followed by the chance to walk the Byron Glacier Trail. This short trail takes you along a rushing glacial river into a dramatic, steep valley all the way to the base of Byron Glacier. From here you make your way to the colourful fishing village of Seward - the gateway to Kenai Fjords National Park. In its past life, Seward was a railroad port so there is now plenty of great shopping and a picturesque old-time downtown area.Upon arrival, you have the option of a five-hour guided wildlife cruise to view sea mammals, including pods of orca, an array of birdlife and be able to experience the sights and sounds of icebergs being calved into the sea. What you'll see on this cruise cannot be guaranteed however, this day has always proven to be a popular and rewarding tour with loads of wildlife sightings.

  • Kenai Peninsula
  • Seward

Day: 3

Today is a full free day to hike one of the most beautiful trails in Alaska - the Harding Icefield. This is not an easy hike but the views are worth it. This trail is popular for spotting wildlife and delivers breathtaking views of Exit Glacier along the way. Nothing will prepare you for the incredible views so it's worth saving your lunch to eat at the top if the weather is good.

  • Kenai Fjords National Park
  • Seward

Day: 4-5

Board a scenic ferry through Prince William Sound to Valdez (pronounced 'Val-dees'). Take in the rugged coastline and snow-capped Chugach Mountains as you pass striking icebergs and a myriad of forested islands. Tucked away at the end of a glacier-carved fjord and called the 'Switzerland of Alaska' due to its surrounding snow-capped mountains, Valdez is the most northerly ice-free port in the Western Hemisphere and the terminus of the Alaskan Pipeline that stretches over 800 miles to Prudhoe Bay. There's no better way to experience this pristine environment than with an optional (and highly recommended) sea kayaking trip up to the mouth of the glacier. A variety of hiking trails make this area a walker's paradise.

  • Valdez

Day: 6-7

Bordering Canada's Yukon Territory, Wrangell-St Elias National Park is the largest in the United States, containing glaciers five times the size of Manhattan and nine of the sixteen highest peaks in North America! With endless hours of daylight, you'll never tire of such magnificent glaciers and remote vistas. To explore the historic area of McCarthy and the Kennecott Mine, why not take the Kennecott Copper Mill Ghost Town tour or if you're feeling adventurous, try glacier walking or ice climbing? You stay at the McCarthy Lodge, a comfortable and quirky hotel without the modern trappings of the chain hotel. The atmosphere is welcoming and is often described as a 'home away from home'.

  • Wrangell-St. Elias National Park

Day: 8

Head into the heart of the Alaska Mountain Range on what is considered to be one of the most beautiful drives in the state, enjoy sweeping views of the Alaska Range on the Denali Highway before arriving to the Maclaren River Lodge. With spectacular views of the surrounding valley, this rustic lodge provides the ideal setting for an authentic Alaskan experience. This is a birder's paradise with many species often sighted and with the chance to fish for grayling (permit purchased locally) the activities are plentiful.

  • Alaska Range

Day: 9-10

As you travel the old Denali Highway to Denali National Park, keep your eyes open for wildlife while enjoying the peaceful, unspoilt Alaskan wilderness. Surrounded by the tallest mountain peak in North America, Denali offers a variety of wildlife including Grizzly Bear, caribou, Dall Sheep, marmots and wolves. Activities such as river rafting, dog sled demonstration and walks on quiet nature trails are available, all nearby to your campground setting which borders the park. Take the included Denali shuttle bus, for scenic views of the taiga and sub-arctic tundra as well as superb opportunities to view wildlife and hike the parks trails. Denali is one of the few national parks where visitors are encouraged to walk off the beaten track and make their own path. As a real treat and highly recommended, why not opt for a scenic flight over Denali National Park with the chance to land on an ice sheet under the watchful gaze of Mount Denali's towering peak, North America's tallest mountain?

  • Denali National Park

Day: 11

Departing Denali, make your way towards Anchorage stopping en route in the town of Talkeetna where you can sample a local speciality; reindeer sausage. You also take in a visit to the Talkeetna Ranger Station depending on availability.Continue on towards the Anchorage where your tour ends upon arrival. Why not add on a half day bear viewing extension for a float plane flight and landing in the wilderness? This wonderful experience with local guides allows you to get up close to the four-legged animals that call this place home.This tour ends at our gateway hotel at approximately 17:00 hrs. We recommend booking post-tour accommodation if time allows. If you are planning to fly tonight, please do not book a flight that departs before 21:00 hrs. 

  • Talkeetna
  • Anchorage 
  • Services of a professional tour leader
  • All transportation by private vehicle and ferry

You will have the option to book your own flights independently with the operator.

Dates Price Single Availability
05-Aug-2018 for 10 Nights Visit Website
07-Jun-2019 for 10 Nights Visit Website
21-Jul-2019 for 10 Nights Visit Website
04-Aug-2019 for 10 Nights Visit Website
16-Aug-2019 for 10 Nights Visit Website

Why Grand American Adventures?

Grand American Adventures specialises in small group holidays to the Americas, with their fountains of knowledge and experience they are committed to bringing you some of the finest small group adventures. They believe in doing more than just visiting a place, it’s about really getting out there and having an adventure. It's not just about where you go, it's how you experience it. Tours encompass the most exciting sights and highlights, visit off-the-beaten-path locations not found if travelling alone and a whole range of exciting activities.

They offer one of the widest ranges of small group holidays in North America, along with adventures through Central and South America. With more than 60 exciting itineraries, you can experience epic journeys travelling the USA through the national parks, celebrate the music and history of the deep south or Cuba, delve into cowboy life on a traditional ranch stay, walk in the Canadian Rockies or the Inca Trail, cruise the Amazon or raft the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon.

With a maximum group size of just 13 on most tours, it feels more like travelling with friends than being on an organised tour. These small group adventures are made up of singles, couples and friends from all around the world. You'll meet like-minded people where everyone is guaranteed to share a passion for travel and discovery, and a small group will allow you to get further off the tourist trails for a more intimate experience. Plus, there are no single supplements if you’re happy to share a room or tent with a fellow traveller of the same gender.

Grand American Adventures’ Tour Leaders are chosen for their professionalism, unbridled passion to explore and a desire to travel while sharing the experience. They have hiked hundreds of miles of national park trails, slept under the stars and done almost every activity there is, and are keen to introduce you to the places that they call home. They will get you from A to B, organise activities and no doubt show you secret spots along the way. Ultimately they are there to make sure you get the most out of your adventure.

The company has always had a level of concern and commitment to the natural surroundings and the local people they encounter on their tours. They endeavour to operate tours that create a positive impact on the areas they visit and a lasting impression for those who travel with them. This is achieved with their philosophy of 'leave no trace', constant reviews of operational processes, and working with locals to give something back to the communities they come into contact with. They support a number of responsible charities and organisations wherever possible and they also give you the option to offset your carbon emissions for your tour.

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