A unique adventure across America's largest state, where the pristine national parks, sparkling fjords and incredible wildlife are sure to impress. Hike to stunning overlooks in Denali National Park, camp riverside in Wrangell-St Elias, see whales when cruising through Kenai Fjords National Park and sea kayak at our exclusive wilderness camp. Home to the continent's tallest peaks, largest glaciers and biggest mammals, Alaska is a naturalist's nirvana. Full of awe-inspiring sights and challenging experiences, this trip is guaranteed to satisfy even the most adventurous amongst you.
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 - 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.
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:£575 | US$892 | Eur731 | AU$1179 | NZ$1265Please 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 15thSchedule: 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:£710 | US$1101 | Eur902 | AU$1456 | NZ$1562Please contact us to book.
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 last 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, for you to meet your tour leader and fellow travelling companions.
After leaving Anchorage your first stop is the town of Talkeetna, with a chance to try the local delicacy of reindeer sausage before continuing north to Denali National Park for your three night stay. Upon arrival, there's time to hit one of the trails inside the park including a stroll down to see the beaver dam. A dog sled demonstration is a must for a taste of the action.
Surrounded by the tallest mountain peaks in North America, Denali National Park is teeming with Grizzly Bears, caribou, Dall Sheep, marmots and wolves. Activities such as river rafting, dog sledding demonstration and walking on quiet nature trails are available near your campground setting which borders the park itself. You'll be given a two day pass to ride the Denali bus; this takes you deeper into the park and allows higher chances to spot wildlife as opening you up to some of the more remote trails. Denali is one of the few national parks where visitors are encouraged to walk off the beaten track and with over six million acres of untracked wild expanses, the choices are endless. Hike into the tundra and have a true experience of the Alaskan wilderness. For the ultimate action-packed trip, make sure you treat yourself to the highly recommended 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.
Today you head into the heart of the Alaskan Mountain range where you then spend the night in cabins. This is an authentic, rustic experience and although the rooms are basic bunkhouse style, you'll feel right at home. The remote location will provide you with a unique wilderness experience indeed! Relax by the quiet lakes and keep a watchful eye for any grazing caribou that have come to keep you company. This is a birdwatcher's paradise with many species often sighted in the surrounding area.
There's only one word for this national park and that's incredible. Wrangell-St Elias National Park is famous for being six times larger than Yellowstone and jam-packed with out of this world scenery. With 150 glaciers, the park boasts the tallest coastal mountain range in the world and nine of the 16 highest peaks in the USA. Vast and rugged, Wrangell-St Elias is phenomenal and any visit will no doubt be an exciting and rewarding one. Walk along ancient glaciers and for the more daring, why not get your thrills from a spot of ice climbing? This is a wilderness style campsite without showers, away from the tourist trail and offering rewarding views of Root Glacier and Kennecott River. With endless hours of daylight, you'll never tire of such magnificent scenery. To explore the historic area of McCarthy and the Kennecott Mine, why not take the Kennecott Copper Mill tour?
You travel over Thompson Pass and arrive in Valdez (pronounced 'Val-dees'). Tucked away at the end of a glacier-carved fjord this beautiful place is often named the 'Switzerland of Alaska' due to its surrounding snow-capped mountains. This is the most northerly ice-free port in the Western Hemisphere and the terminus of the Alaskan Pipeline that stretches over 800 miles (1,300km) to Prudhoe Bay. You enjoy a free day here with the option to enjoy a highly recommended kayaking trip to the foot of either the Shoup Glacier or the larger Columbia Glacier. The Shoup Glacier excursion is a shorter one, but both offer amazing once-in-a-lifetime experiences as you pass chunks of ice, deposited from the cascading glacier above. In the evening enjoy an Alaskan cookout of meat and fresh fish.
Board the Alaska state ferry, leaving Valdez behind and crossing Prince William Sound to reach Whittier. The views of the mountains, bays, fjords and glaciers are unforgettable and the water is home to a unique array of marine life, Harbour Seals and sea lions. Seward is a colourful fishing village of Seward and your gateway to Kenai Fjords National Park. This is the perfect day to sit back and admire the dramatic and changeable scenery. Located on the Southeastern side of the Kenai Peninsula, this park covers more than 600,000 acres (2,400 square km). You'll enjoy spectacular views of this rugged coastline and the Kenai Mountains. A visit to the Seward SeaLife Centre is included and a great way to round off your visit to Seward with encounters with the strange and beautiful.On day 11 you have one of two main options, both equally as good as each other but offering vastly different experiences. The first is a full day 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. The other option is the chance to hike on the Harding Icefield Trail for views of Exit Glacier. This has been rated as the most stunning (although strenuous) hike in Alaska.
From Seward, you make your way towards the city of Homer and take the ferry to your unique wilderness camp overlooking the remote Kachemak Bay. Surrounded by dense forest, you'll experience a true Alaskan adventure in this rugged paradise, with included activities such as sea kayaking with superb glacier views. It's commonplace to spot sea otters and porpoise as well as Bald Eagles circling overhead. The owners are wonderful people who welcome you into their family with delicious home-cooked meals including a salmon bake, enjoyed whilst basking in the breathtaking scenery.
Soak up even more outstanding scenery over breakfast before beginning the journey back to Anchorage. Your last stop offers the chance to walk to Byron Glacier, where you'll get close enough to touch it and admire the blue hue radiating out. Continue back towards Anchorage where this trip of a lifetime comes to an end.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.Why not add on a half day bear viewing extension at the beginning or end of your tour which includes a float plane flight into the wilderness? This is a wonderful experience with local guides, giving you the opportunity to get up close to these four-legged animals. Please ask at the time of booking this tour.
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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