Trip Type : Private Guided
Denali: The Great One tour

Denali: The Great One

Travel Style: A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level: Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
6 days
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Overview

Highlights

  • Ride the famous Alaska Railroad, from the history-rich gold-rush city of Fairbanks into the rugged mountains of Denali’s Alaska Range, on this tailor-made 6-day adventure.
  • View the grand slam of Alaskan wildlife—grizzly bears, moose, caribou, and dall sheep—within a 6-million-acre wilderness
  • Enjoy charmingly rustic lodging inside Denali National Park, where fewer than 5% of all visitors stay

Short Description

In Athabaskan, Denali means “the Great One”—not surprising a name for this mountain given its size. Denali National Park accounts for six million acres of untamed wilderness, 39 documented species of mammals, 169 species of birds, 14 species of fish, more than 650 flowering plants and North America’s tallest mountain: Denali, formerly known as Mount McKinley. Bears, wolves, moose and hundreds of other wild animal species roam freely, and the taiga forest gives way to high alpine tundra. It’s an untamed wilderness that few have the chance to experience.

Private tours give you the undivided attention of a guide, and often involve special access to sites and unique experiences not available to larger groups. This is a great option for families, couples, and small friend groups. Expect to pay a bit more for the extra service.
Trip Type Private Guided
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City Fairbanks
End City Anchorage

Trip Includes

  • Expert leadership
  • Accommodations as noted in itinerary (or similar)
  • If applicable, tent accommodations and arrangements in the field, including camp and cook staffs, comfortable and roomy two-person tents, kitchen and dining tents, and other community equipment
  • Meals as noted in the itinerary
  • Airport transfers
  • Sightseeing as noted in the itinerary
  • Ground transportation
  • Additional guides and porters where necessary
  • Tips for lodge, hotel, or camp staff
  • Entrance fees and permits, unless noted separately in costs
  • Basic medical and evacuation insurance

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Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Fairbanks

Arrive in Fairbanks, Alaska, “The Golden Heart City,” and transfer to your hotel. The afternoon is free to spend exploring the historic downtown river walk, visiting the highly acclaimed Museum of the North, or taking a river cruise to learn about the original highways of Alaska: an amazing 4,000 miles of river systems that connected native and mining communities.

Day 2: Alaska Railroad and the Denali Road

Meals: Lunch

Accommodation: Camp Denali

All aboard the Alaska Railroad, bound for the roof of the continent! Take in epic beauty as you ride the rails for half a day on your way to Denali. After reaching the outskirts of these incredibly expansive parklands, you’ll connect with the Denali tour bus. Over the course of six hours, you’ll travel along breathtaking wilderness with the narration of an expert naturalist, who will explain the unique features of Denali National Park along the way. Frequent stops along this scenic drive allow us to view the wildlife of the tundra, including moose, caribou, dall sheep, and grizzly bears. And if weather permits, you’ll have the chance to see the mighty peak of Denali rising above the landscape. Photographers swoon for opportunities like these, so have your camera poised and ready! Only 5% of Denali’s visitors actually have a chance to stay in the park, and you’ll end your long travel day in one of the park’s lodges for a deluxe wilderness experience.

Days 3-4: Hiking and Exploring Denali National Park

Accommodation: Camp Denali

Just outside your tranquil lodge, deep within Denali National Park, an assortment of activities will be available to you each day, such as guided hikes, wildlife and nature photography, sightseeing and aerial tours—some of which come at an added expense. Don’t be shy about interacting with the resident park rangers and naturalists, who are there to answer your questions and introduce you to the splendor that is Denali. Spend the next two days reveling in the park’s exquisite beauty, comforted by delicious meals and quiet accommodations at your lodge.

Day 5: Last Day in Denali and Alaska Railroad to Anchorage

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Copper Whale Inn

You’ll spend the morning on board the Denali Road bus looking for wildlife and taking in the scenery as you return to the Denali Depot. Take in the beautiful Alaskan landscape from the upper-level dome or outdoor viewing deck as the train snakes its way over the Continental Divide and four mountain passes, while following enormous rivers down to Alaska’s largest city, Anchorage. Each ride is unique, and the wildlife you’ll see will likely depend on the weather. Both the bus and the train naturalists will explain the captivating landscape you’ll be traversing.  Lunch and dinner will be served on the train. This evening, you’ll arrive in the bustling city of Anchorage, where restaurant options abound.

Day 6: Depart Anchorage

Meals: Breakfast

While you can schedule your departure flight home at any time, we highly recommend that you plan to take some time to explore the Anchorage Museum, the Alaska Native Heritage Center and the Tony Knowles Coastal Train, or begin an exploration of the Kenai Peninsula. You may even elect to extend your trip and fly to Juneau, where you’ll have the chance to experience the magnificent fjords of Glacier Bay National Park.

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Flights & Transport

Only ground transport

Air Travel

Airfare is not included in the land cost of our trips. For air reservations, we recommend you contact the airlines directly, either by phone or the Internet. In addition, many travelers elect to use their “frequent flyer” miles when traveling with us. But please check with our staff before purchasing or obtaining your tickets. We need to verify your arrival and departure schedule and ensure we have enough participants to operate the trip.

Group Size:

Private - your group only

Accomodations

Camp Denali — Denali National Park

Situated on 67 acres of rising terrain, Camp Denali is centered on a pond that reflects up to 11 major peaks of the Alaska Range. Family-owned and operated, this rustic homestead is complimented by traditional cabin amenities, such as wood stoves, propane lights, and hand-sewn quilts made by Denali's own staff.

 

Copper Whale Inn — Anchorage

Comfort, convenience and natural wonders converge to create a relaxing respite at this unique downtown inn. Conveniently located in the heart of Anchorage, the Copper Whale offers stunning views across Cook Inlet to the Alaska Range. Binoculars in the living room help you spot bald eagles, beluga whales and other passing wildlife.

Cancellation Policy:

If written cancellation is received cancellation fee will be:

  • 120 days or more prior to departure $400
  • 119 to 90 days prior to departure 25% of Land Cost
  • 89 to 60 days prior to departure 50% of Land Cost
  • 59 days or fewer prior to departure 100% of Land Cost

Trip ID#:

DenGreMou

Trip Excludes

  • International airfare
  • Meals not noted on itinerary
  • Insurance other than basic medical and evacuation insurance
  • Optional tipping to leader, guides and local staff
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Airport taxes (international—varies by location)
  • Cost of medical immunizations; and items of a personal nature (sodas, alcoholic beverages, laundry, etc.)

Meals Included:

2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches and 1 Dinner

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