Alaska Explorer

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The USA’s largest state, Alaska is also its wildest corner. As you explore its vast national parks, you’re more likely to see grizzly bears than other visitors. Mountains rise like giant meringues over dense evergreen forests laced with hiking trails. And, along the island-strewn coastline, you can watch as humpback whales twist and twirl their huge bodies ou...
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Trip type
Private Guided
Lodging level
Premium - 4 star
Physical level
Trip pace
Balanced schedule

What's this trip about?

    The USA’s largest state, Alaska is also its wildest corner. As you explore its vast national parks, you’re more likely to see grizzly bears than other visitors. Mountains rise like giant meringues over dense evergreen forests laced with hiking trails. And, along the island-strewn coastline, you can watch as humpback whales twist and twirl their huge bodies out of the water, blowing plumes of spray before disappearing again beneath the waves. Planning a trip to somewhere so untouched can seem daunting, but our specialists, having visited the region, can help tailor an Alaska holiday to your interests. Alongside the state’s natural world are towns and cities with a rich gold-mining past. Skagway could have been plucked from a history book with its brightly painted wooden buildings. From here, you can hop on the White Pass & Yukon Railroad, following in the footsteps of gold prospectors caught in the fever of the Klondike Gold Rush.

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Itinerary focusClassic Highlights
Group sizeIntimate group - 12 max
Age rangeNo age restrictions
Flights and transportAll internal ground transport included
Start CityAnchorage
End CityHomer

Travel Themes

  • Cultural
  • National Parks
  • Nature & Wildlife


  • North America
  • United States


  • Alaska
  • Anchorage
  • Chugach Mountains
  • Denali National Park
  • Fairbanks
  • Misty Fjords National Monument
  • Seward
  • Valdez


  • Canoeing
  • Culture
  • Educational/ learning
  • Historic sightseeing
  • Wildlife viewing

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Day 1 : Anchorage

Today you begin your journey by boarding your international outbound flight to Anchorage. On arrival in Anchorage make your way to your downtown accommodation. The remainder of the day is free to relax.

Day 2 : Anchorage

Enjoy a day at leisure in Anchorage, relaxing after your flight. You may wish to visit the museums and shops and admire the nearby Chugach Mountains.

Day 3 : Denali Park Entrance

Collect your hire car from the airport depot and drive to Denali National Park. The remainder of the day is free to go white water rafting or explore the vicinity of the park.

Day 4 : Denali Park Entrance

Enjoy a full day trip, by bus, into Denali National Park. This long journey is where most visitors to the park see the vast majority of wildlife. After lunch, return back to the Park Entrance in the afternoon.

Day 5 : Denali Park Entrance

Today you have a full day to explore Denali Park Entrance region. You may wish to take part in some of the many available activities or, alternatively, explore the magnificent scenery of the region.

Day 6 : Fairbanks

Drive north to Fairbanks where you will spend the night. This afternoon you may wish to take a paddle wheeler cruise on the Chena and Tanana rivers.

Day 7 : Fairbanks

Travel by mini coach and light aircraft on a spectacular journey beyond the Arctic Circle. You will see vast stretches of lake-strewn tundra, the Alaska oil pipeline and there will be time to walk on the spongy tundra and learn all about this northern wilderness.

Day 8 : Kennicott & McCarthy

Set off early and drive to Chitina where you board a light aircraft and fly into the mining ghost town of Kennicot on the edge of Wrangell St Elias National Park.

Day 9 : Kennicott & McCarthy

Spend the day exploring Kennicot, McCarthy and Wrangell St Elias National Park. There are some magnificent walks amongst the mountains here and wildlife is prolific.

Day 10 : Kennicott & McCarthy

Enjoy another full day exploring this spectacular national park. Don't miss a visit to the nearby Kennicott copper mine which splendidly evokes the history and industry of the area.

Day 11 : Valdez

After a spectacular early flight back to Chitina re-join your car and drive south to Valdez. The afternoon is free to explore upon arrival.

Day 12 : Seward

Today, board the ferry that will take you across the remarkable Prince William Sound to Whittier. Upon arrival, drive south to Seward.

Day 13 : Seward

Embark on a full day cruise in Kenai Fjords National Park. Here you will be able to appreciate the stunning beauty of the coastal scenery, including icebergs and glaciers, whilst looking out for the abundant wildlife. A delicious salmon and prime rib lunch on Fox Island is included.

Day 14 : Seward

Spend a day exploring the little town of Seward and neighbouring Kenai Fjords National Park. Many activities are available such as walking and canoeing.

Day 15 : Homer

Today, drive to Homer at the tip of the Kenai Peninsula. Homer is well known for halibut fishing so you may wish to try your hand at hooking one of these large fish.

Day 16 : Homer

Take a thrilling light aircraft flight to Katmai National Park, where you land on a deserted beach. From here you will walk in a small group, with your experienced guide, looking for grizzly bears that are seen in significant numbers in the green meadows here. After the bear viewing enjoy the views from the aircraft on your flight back to Homer.

Day 17 : Cooper Landing

Drive to Cooper Landing, a convenient stopping place on the road back to Anchorage.

Day 18 : International return flight

Depart after breakfast to Anchorage Airport where you drop off your hire car before boarding your onward flight.

Day 19 : International return flight

Arrive home today to complete your journey.

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Last Updated: 0/12/2022

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