This unique in-depth tour of America's largest state is sure to impress. Pristine national parks, sparkling fjords and incredible wildlife unfold on a daily basis. Home to the continent's tallest peaks, largest glaciers and biggest mammals, Alaska is a photographer's and naturalist's nirvana, full of awe-inspiring sights and challenging experiences. Explore the Kenai Peninsula and its abundance of wildlife, creaking glaciers, incredible hiking opportunities, wilderness kayaking and a full day float plane to Lake Clark in search of bears.
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.
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 - EMBASSY SUITES600 E Benson Blvd, Anchorage, Alaska 99503Conveniently located in midtown Anchorage, close to the Anchorage Museum of History & Art, this modern hotel offers spacious rooms with mountain views, free Wi-Fi, a state of the art fitness centre and indoor swimming pool. Full room (Your own single or double room)From £337| US$444 | Eur405 | AU$573 | NZ$602Price per room per night AIRPORT TRANSFER INFORMATIONThe hotel operates a complimentary 24 hour airport shuttle service. When you arrive to the airport, please call the hotel and they will send a shuttle and driver to collect you. Whilst this is a free service, a tip of US$2 is generally expected.
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
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.
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.
Welcome to Anchorage, the largest city in Alaska, with only 300,000 people. Now a bustling city fuelled by the oil boom and tourism, it wasn't that long ago that Anchorage was the final outpost before heading into the 'Last Frontier'. It's not uncommon to find bears roaming the outskirts of the city - this is one truly wild place. A great way to spend your day is to wander around town getting a feel for the 49th state, speaking to the locals and checking out some of the great cafes and restaurants. A welcome meeting will be held at 18:00 hrs, followed by a welcome dinner to help you get to know your tour leader and fellow travelling companions. Featured Hotel: Sheraton Anchorage HotelThe Sheraton Anchorage Hotel and Spa boasts the finest lodging in the city and is nearby to downtown restaurants, museums, shopping, and attractions, while still being located in the heart of the great Alaskan wilderness.
The Kenai Peninsula is like something from a larger-than-life children’s novel. It is staggeringly beautiful and offers wonderful wildlife and bird watching opportunities amidst dramatic fjords and glaciers. Today you will hike the spectacular trail from Exit Glacier to the Harding Icefield for views of deep crevasses and huge seracs on the glacier. At an elevation of 900m, you will eventually reach a lookout point over the icefield and the views will be out of this world. This has been rated as one of the finest hikes in Alaska. The walk is strenuous and entirely dependent on weather conditions; however, views along the way and especially from the top are simply magical. There's an easier option available if you prefer, using an accessible trail to reach a different viewpoint of the glacier. For those who want to explore Seward afterwards, the impressive Alaska SeaLife Center, which houses a remarkable public aquarium and ocean wildlife rescue centre, is a fun place to visit. Distance: 9.7 miles (return) Elevation gain: 3953 feet Difficulty: Moderate to Strenuous Time: 6-8 hours (depending on your ability) Departing: Bottom of Exit Glacier Featured Hotel: Seward Windsong LodgeJust outside the town of Seward, down the winding road that leads to the Exit Glacier, towering mountains, fragrant spruce trees and the rush of the Resurrection River is Seward Windsong Lodge. It is surrounded by breath-taking scenic beauty, offering incredible opportunities for exploration, and the chance to wind down after a long day out.
Today you set off on a full day wildlife viewing cruise around Resurrection Bay and the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge. To maximise your experience on board, your guide will give a detailed commentary on the wildlife you see and the local area. On previous trips, travellers have spotted sea lions, otters, Dall's Porpoise and an endless variety of seabirds including puffins and eagles. Orcas are often spotted and if you're lucky, Humpback Whales can be seen! Enjoy a fresh salmon and prime rib lunch on board (included - vegetarian options available). You will also spend time in front of two active tidewater glaciers: Holgate and Aialik Glaciers, so close you can hear them creaking and see chunks of ice fall to the water.
From Seward, you make your way towards the city of Homer where you spend the afternoon exploring your new two-night home, and Kachemak Bay, by kayak. Sea kayaking is a great way to discover the peacefulness of this wilderness area and it is commonplace to spot sea otters and porpoise as well as Bald Eagles circling overhead. With snow-capped mountains and forest as your backdrop, it’s easy to see why people are drawn to Alaska and never leave. It is like nowhere else on planet earth! Featured Hotel: Land’s End ResortSet on the tip of the Homer Spit and overlooking Kachemak Bay, Land’s End Resort is only six miles from the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge. There's a refined seafood restaurant with bay views and outdoor seating. Other amenities include an indoor heated pool, a hot tub and a sauna, as well as an exercise room and complimentary Wi-Fi.
Today is all about bears and that quintessential Alaskan experience! The premier bear viewing fly-in experience is located in Lake Clark National Park and Preserve. This rugged area comprises sleeping volcanoes, ice fields and glaciers and an abundance of wildlife, with lakes and streams teeming with trout and salmon. The bears are drawn to the lake shore where thousands of salmon are spawning in the shallows, which makes it easy for them to capture a meal. And as spawned out salmon die and drift back into the river outlet more bears will travel the riverbank in search of an easy meal.After a 40-minute flight from the sea plane base in Soldotna, you fly past Mount Redoubt and land, where a waiting boat will shuttle you around the lake in search of these magnificent creatures. The viewing opportunities can be non-stop and on previous trips, our customers have spotted up to 20 bears throughout the course of one day.
You begin to make your way slowly back to Anchorage today but the fun is not over yet. After driving through the Alaskan wilderness, you’ll stop at Alyeska in the Chugach Mountain Range, ideal for a final wilderness walk before returning to the State's capital, Anchorage. Beginning with a forest walk and pulley system which takes you over a stream, this eventually leads you to Alyeska Resort which is where you begin the trail. You can also opt to pay for the gondola to the top for beautiful views of snow-capped mountains, wild flowers and your final breaths of Alaskan wilderness before finishing up in Anchorage.Containing around half the population of the state, Anchorage in some ways looks just like any other sprawling American town and after exploring small towns and villages the bustling streets of the city will feel somewhat different. If you decide to stay on, why not explore the art galleries and craft shops where you can see the beautiful Eskimo handicrafts being made?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.
You will have the option to book your own flights independently with the operator.
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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