North America's tallest mountain, breathtaking glaciers, serene wilderness - Alaska is blessed with extraordinary beauty. On this tour we'll search for an incredible array of wildlife, visit Wrangell St Elias National Park and cruise stunning Prince William Sound .
- Local Tour Manager as your host
- 12 nights in hotels of a good standard
- 16 meals: 12 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 1 dinner
- Welcome dinner
- Overseas transfers & other transportation
- Anchorage city tour
- Alyeska Aerial Tram ride
- Visit the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center
- Half-day cruise through the Kenai Fjords National Park
- Full-day tour of Denali National Park
- Copper Center, gateway to Wrangell St Elias National Park
- Drive the scenic Richardson Highway to Valdez
Cruise Prince William Sound to Columbia Glacier
Scenic flight into Wrangell St Elias National Park with tour of abandoned mining town
Make your own way to Anchorage, where we'll meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel.
Surrounded by mountains and set in a fabulous location at the head of Cook Inlet, Anchorage offers all the amenities of any modern US city. It was founded as a railroad construction camp in 1915 and we'll discover its highlights on a tour. We'll explore the historic downtown area, try to spot salmon swimming in Ship Creek and visit Earthquake Park, where an entire neighbourhood slid into the ocean during an earthquake in 1964.
Get to know your travelling companions better over a welcome dinner this evening.
We're going to take to the road and head to Seward today. Our scenic route will take us alongside the beautiful shore of Turnagain Arm and we will make a stop to ride the aerial tram to the top of Mount Alyeska. We'll take in spectacular views of the waterway, mountains and hanging glaciers, so be sure to have your camera at the ready.
Seward is one of Alaska's oldest towns and when we arrive we'll visit the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to preserving the area's wildlife. Orphaned black and brown bears, moose and lynx are just some of the species found at the centre.
Seward is situated on the Kenai Peninsula at the head of Resurrection Bay. Today we're going to cruise through the beautiful scenery of the Kenai Fjords National Park. We'll keep our fingers crossed for wildlife sightings and enjoy a buffet lunch, with freshly-prepared salmon and prime rib on the menu!
After breakfast we're going to make our way to the historic mining and railway town of Talkeetna. We'll travel back along the shores of Turnagain Arm and north of Anchorage through the fertile Matanuska-Susitna Valley. The streets of Talkeetna are lined with log cabins and timber-clad houses and the town is known for its thriving arts community. After settling in at the hotel, you may wish to visit some of its galleries in the company of your travelling companions.
We will enjoy fantastic views today as we travel towards our next destination, Denali National Park. Look out for wildlife, such as bears and beavers, as we head to our cabins near the park's entrance.
Moose, Dall sheep, wolves, bears and caribou all make their home in Denali National Park and we're going in search of them on today's Tundra Wilderness Tour. We'll set off early and travel deep into the national park on an unforgettable eight-hour narrated adventure. We'll soak up the parks' incredible scenery and may even get to see Denali, the tallest peak in North America at more than 6,100 metres above sea level. A boxed lunch is included today.
Today we leave Denail and make our way to Copper Center, the gateway to Wrangell St Elias, America's largest national park. On arrival this afternoon, we’ll head to the the visitor center to learn about the history of the park and surrounding area - home of the native Athna people. We'll then get a glimpse of the region's stunning scenery when a Local Guide takes us on a short hike to admire views of the Wrangell Mountains and the Copper River. Continuing on our way, we'll visit the Copper Center Museum, which houses artefacts including photographs, clothing and letters.
Today you can spend time relaxing at the lodge or exploring the local area with your travelling companions. A perfect spot for a stroll is the Klutina Lake Trail, a route used by miners during the time of the Alaska gold rush.
Alternatively, you could join our optional excursion into the Wrangell St Elias National Park. It covers 20,000 square miles of spectacular mountain wilderness and is one of the least visited National Parks in the country. When copper was discovered deep inside the park, the famous Kennicott mines were developed, along with the frontier towns of McCarthy and Kennicott. When the mines closed in 1938 the towns were abandoned, and to this day Kennicott remains a ghost town. You'll step back in time and experience this legacy of Alaska's mining era on a scenic flight to McCarthy, which is followed by a tour of Kennicott ghost town and lunch at a nearby lodge.
Our adventure continues today as we travel to Valdez, a city on the shores of Prince William Sound. Our journey takes us along Alaska's oldest highway, the Richardson, past lush farms and magnificent mountains. This evening is yours to do just as you please, you could perhaps head out and explore the harbour with your fellow travellers.
Prince William Sound is prized for its stunning coastal scenery, tidewater glaciers and abundance of wildlife, both in and out of the water. We'll explore its beauty on a cruise today, so keep your eyes peeled for sea lions, puffins, seals, eagles, otters, bears and even whales. We will sail past impressive hanging glaciers and forest-covered mountains and stop at the huge, rapidly retreating Columbia Glacier. If we're lucky, we may see it calving, when chunks of ice break off and crash into the water. Lunch is included today.
After an early breakfast we will make our way back to Anchorage, driving along the Glenn Highway, which is recognised as a National Scenic Byway. It runs alongside the Matanuska-Susitna Valley and we'll enjoy breathtaking views of huge glaciers, towering mountains and scenic river valleys.
At the end of your tour, you can join your fellow travellers on a transfer to the airport or choose to make your own arrangements.
Experience even more of your destination by adding one or more optional excursions to your vacation before you set off. Right now is the perfect opportunity to do that – with everything booked and paid for you’ll have even more to get excited about and all you’ll need to think about while you’re away is having a great time.
By the way - look out for ‘Optional Excursion Packages’. For some holidays we’ve grouped a selection of excursions into a package which means you can make a saving when you book in advance.
Prices shown may vary according to departure date and are subject to change. The full range of excursions will be detailed in your vacation information pack, sent approximately 15 weeks prior to departure.
USA - Wrangell St Elias National Park - scenic flight and historic tour
Take a scenic flight from from Chitina to McCarthy, where on arrival we have a guided historical tour of Kennicott. Here we have an included lunch at the Kennicott Glacier Lodge, before returning back by flight.
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Dates and Prices
Make Your Own Way
Wednesday 20 May 2020