Highlights
  • Devour seafood in anchorage
  • Hike in stellar denali national park
  • Hear glaciers groan at wrangell-st elias national park
  • Marvel at the views of the kenai peninsula

A vast, rugged land of jaw-dropping beauty and abundant wildlife, Alaska remains America’s last truly unconquered frontier. Up to the challenge? This 15-day adventure will put you in touch with one massive state more than you’d imagined possible, mixing hotel stays with cabins typical of the Alaskan frontier. Along the way, you’ll sample amazingly fresh seafood in Anchorage, hike Denali National Park, investigate glaciers, and be blown away by the awesome majesty of your surroundings. Prepare to have your horizons expanded tenfold.

Trip Description
Highlights of Alaska
 

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Highlights of Alaska

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The variety of visited places. April 2015

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The tour is the perfect mix to experience the breathtaking Alaskan nature.

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You are well guided with a lot of freedom. That means you can enjoy being in a group but you can also be independent what is really unique. May 2015

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It was a great experience and exactly the way I wanted to explore Alaska. We were very activ but we could always choose the right amount of strenousity.

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I love the G Adventures style of travel, where the tour is small group focused and the emphasis is on seeing and experiencing each place to the fullest - rather than staying up and partying every night (like contiki or top deck). February 2016

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Western Express Southbound was a brilliant little breath of California and the west coast of the US. The natural landscape is dynamic and inspiring and I don't think you can compare it with anywhere else in the world - it blew me away. Yosemite National Park and the Grand Canyon can't be described in words, they are just so incredibly beautiful you have to see it with your own eyes to believe it - it can never be captured in photographs. The cities are just like you imagine from TV and movies - I loved the flashing signs and rapid pace of Vegas and strolling down the Walk of Fame in Hollywood. Travelling in a small group is just the best way to tour, and this is what makes G such a great and thoughtful company.
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just really friendly ceo's, a right laugh and you get to see so much in the time you have December 2015

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its a really good tour to go on and the people you meet are absolutely fantastic but I feel there needs to be more walmart however overall the people and food and activities were fantastic and I am looking to book the next one as soon as I can but over all ....everything is awesome
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Great CEO's with experience and well round knowledge about the places we were travelling to. Great people on tour. Great size and amazing places to be seen. You are well informed and what you read on the internet is what you get plus more! December 2015

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Get experience overall. Glad I did it. It was life changing! Great people, great places! Started recommending it already to others! The YOLO trip had the best of both worlds.. The cites and national parks.
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Itinerary

Day 1 Anchorage

There are no activities planned until an evening welcome meeting. Additional Notes: Please keep in mind, a lot of what there is to see and do in Alaska is weather-dependent. We give our CEOs the opportunity to adjust the schedule as needed based on weather. For example, something scheduled on the itinerary for Day 2 may be better on Day 4, when the sun is shining. Please be flexible and enjoy the ride. Hiking note: On this trip there are several options for hikes in each location. Your CEO will adjust the hikes according to weather and fitness level of the group. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

Day 2 Anchorage/Homer (1L)

Travel around the coast of the Kenai Peninsula, where glaciers tumble down from the mountains towards the ocean. Keep an eye out for beluga whales playing out at sea while travelling along the Turnagain Arm, or volcanoes across the Cook Inlet. Transport: Private Vehicle (4.00-5.00 hours, 355km)

Day 3 Homer

While in Homer, keep a look out for some of the local wildlife including bald eagles, sandhill cranes, moose and shorebirds, to name a few.

Day 4 Homer/Seward (1L)

Leave Homer in the morning and arrive at the tip of the Kenai Peninsula where the ice age still lingers. Spend the day exploring this site to discover the fjords, their history, science and remote splendor. Head out for an amazing hike to the Exit Glacier and Harding Icefield. Considered one of the greatest hikes on the Kenai Peninsula, experience glaciers and the forces that shaped the landscape up close, while exploring only a tiny portion of the nearly 1 million acres that make up Kenai Fjords National Park. Included Activities: Kenai Peninsula and Fjords Exploration Hike to Exit Glacier and Harding Icefield Transport: Private Vehicle (3.00-4.00 hours, 270km)

Day 5 Seward/Valdez (1L)

Hop an Alaska Marine Highway ferry through the Inside Passage, across the Gulf of Alaska and into Prince William Sound. If weather permits, catch a glimpse of the Columbia Glacier. The Columbia Glacier is receding, leaving huge blocks of ice and an impassible moraine. It is always changing and each day the bay is filled with floating ice. The crashing glaciers and towering Chugach Mountains rising from the sea make Valdez absolutely picturesque. Transport: Ferry (6.00-6.50 hours) Private Vehicle (1.75-2.00 hours)

Day 6 Valdez

Valdez is a quintessential Alaskan coastal town surrounded by impressive mountains, and a great place to explore. Opt to hike Thompson's pass, kayak beside one of the world's largest tidal glaciers or catch a glimpse of salmon spawning (in season). The crashing glaciers and towering Chugach Mountains rising from the sea make Valdez absolutely picturesque.

Day 7 Valdez/McCarthy (1B, 1L)

Travel into Wrangell-St Elias National Park, staying in the small historic town of McCarthy. Surrounded by more mountains and glaciers than anywhere else in Alaska, every direction has a spectacular view. Included Activities: Worthington Glacier Visit Transport: Travel time includes stops along the way. Private Vehicle (6.00 hour(s), 233km)

Days 8-9 McCarthy

This national park is the largest in the US, roughly 25% larger than Switzerland, and is the convergence of three mountain ranges. Included Activities: Explore Wrangell-St Elias

Day 10 McCarthy/Tangle Lakes (1L)

Drive through Copper River Valley en route to Tangle Lakes, checking out the fishwheels (used for salmon) along the way. Transport: Private Vehicle (8.00 hour(s), 290km)

Day 11 Tangle Lakes/Denali National Park and Preserve (1L)

Enjoy a scenic drive along the Denali Highway, stopping for photos along the way. In the afternoon, reach Denali National Park, known for its diversity of wildlife and the highest mountain in North America, Denali, formerly called Mt McKinley. Bask in the awesomeness of this vast wilderness. Transport: Private Vehicle (6.00 hour(s), 257km)

Days 12-13 Denali National Park and Preserve

Enjoy plenty of time to explore and hike Denali NP. Whether it's the summer when the animals are raising their young, or winter when they're preparing for the cold and hibernation, you'll get to see it all. Discover the dynamic glaciated landscape providing large rivers, countless lakes and ponds, and unique landforms which form the foundation of the ecosystems that thrive in Denali with some hikes in the area. Enjoy picnic lunches and revel in the awesomeness of the park. For those that do not want to hike, options include rafting on the Nenana River, a visit to the dog-sled kennels run by the park rangers or opt to take a scenic flight over Denali. Included Activities: Denali National Park Visit

Day 13 Denali National Park and Preserve

Enjoy more free time to explore Denali National Park. Included Activities: Denali National Park Visit

Day 14 Denali National Park and Preserve/Anchorage (1L)

Opt to enjoy a final dinner with the group and reminisce about the epic journey into the wild. Included Activities: Orientation Walk Transport: Private Vehicle (4.00-5.00 hours, 370km)

Day 15 Anchorage

Depart at any time.

Dates & Pricing

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$ 3,899

Price Per Day:

$ 260 per day
 
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Details
Trip Includes
  • All national and state park entrance fees
  • Hikes and exploration of Kenai Peninsula
  • Hike to Exit Glacier and Harding Icefield
  • Views of Portage and Worthington Glaciers
  • Wrangell-St Elias National Park visit
  • Kennecott ghost town entrance
  • McCarthy visit
  • Cooper River Valley and Tangle Lakes views
  • Full-day excursion to Eielson Visitor Center in Denali NP
  • Free time in Homer
  • Valdez
  • and Denali NP
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
Meals Included: 1 breakfast, 8 lunches
Flights & Transport
Only ground transportAir-conditioned private vehicle, national park shuttle bus, ferry, hiking.
Group Size:
Small Group - 24 max
Max 13, avg 10

Solo Notes

We believe single travellers should not have to pay more to travel so our group trips are designed for shared accommodation and do not involve a single supplement. Single travellers joining group trips are paired in twin or multi-share accommodation with someone of the same sex for the duration of the trip. Some of our Independent trips are designed differently and single travellers on these itineraries must pay the single trip price.
Accomodations
Standard hotels (3 nts), cabins (2 nts, en suite facilities), basic hotels/cabins (6 nts, shared facilities), basic hotels (3 nts, triple-share, shared facilities).
Start City
Anchorage
End City
Anchorage
Guides Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout.

Age Notes

Min. Age: You must be 18 to travel unaccompanied on a G Adventures tour. For minors travelling with a guardian over 21 years old, the minimum age is 12.

Additional Information:

Important Notes

1.TRAVEL DAYS In order to cover the vast distance in North America to be able to visit several different parks and cities along our trip, we will have a couple of long driving days. 2. WALKS AND HIKES - OPTIONAL All walks and hikes proposed by our CEO will be easy to moderate level. You may choose to participate or not, but exploring our national parks on foot is part of our way of travelling. It’s a healthy way to discover North America’s beauty and landscape. 3. COMBO TRIP Please note that some trips could be a combination of multiple G Adventure tours. You should expect some group members to join or leave the tour between tour segments. 4. LEGAL DRINKING AGE Please note that the legal drinking age in the United States is 21 and in Canada, 19 (with Alberta and Quebec at 18). Many bars and clubs will ask for ID at the door, therefore listening to live music in certain bars or spending a night out in Las Vegas or New Orleans is not possible when you are under the legal age, even if you don't plan on consuming alcohol. Drinking laws in both countries are strictly enforced and our CEOs are unable to help those under age obtain alcohol of any kind. While this should not stop those under legal drinking age from booking a tour, it is important to note that if a traveller is under-age there are certain optional nighttime activities that they may not legally be able to participate in. When trying to book the right trip, we recommend that travellers under legal drinking age take this into consideration when booking a tour that visits several big cities.

Meals

Some meals on this tour are included in the tour price. When a meal is not included, this is because there are often many options available and we believe you should have the opportunity to explore a bit and taste the local cuisine yourself. In these cases, your CEO will be able to suggest some good local restaurants or options for you to choose from.

Dossier Disclaimer

The information in this trip details document has been compiled with care and is provided in good faith. However it is subject to change, and does not form part of the contract between the client and the operator. The itinerary featured is correct at time of printing. It may differ slightly to the one in the brochure. Occasionally our itineraries change as we make improvements that stem from past travellers, comments and our own research. Sometimes it can be a small change like adding an extra meal along the itinerary. Sometimes the change may result in us altering the tour for the coming year. Ultimately, our goal is to provide you with the most rewarding experience. Please note that our brochure is usually released in November each year. If you have booked from the previous brochure you may find there have been some changes to the itinerary. VERY IMPORTANT: Please ensure that you print a final copy of your Trip Details to review a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans.

Physical Requirements Our small group adventures bring together people of all ages. It is very important you are aware that, as a minimum, an average level of fitness and mobility' is required to undertake our easiest programs. Travellers must be able to walk without the aid of another person, climb 3-4 flights of stairs, step on and off small boats, and carry their own luggage at a minimum. Travellers with a pre-existing medical condition are required to complete a short medical questionnaire, which must be signed by their physician. This is to ensure that travellers have the necessary fitness and mobility to comfortably complete their chosen trip. While our CEOs work hard to ensure that all our travellers are catered for equally, it is not their responsibility to help individuals who cannot complete the day's activities unaided. Please refer to the physical ratings in this Trip Details document for more information. The medical questionnaire can be found online at: www.gadventures.com/medical-form.
Rules & Other Requirements Illegal drugs will not be tolerated on any trips. Possessing or using drugs not only contravenes the laws of the land but also puts the rest of the group at risk. Smoking marijuana and opium is a part of local culture in some parts of the world but is not acceptable for our travellers. Our philosophy of travel is one of respect towards everyone we encounter, and in particular the local people who make the world the special place it is. The exploitation of prostitutes is completely contrary to this philosophy. Our CEOs have the right to expel any member of the group if drugs are found in their possession or if they use prostitutes.

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