ALASKA

Ultimate Alaska Wildlife Safari

Bald Eagles
from £9234 12 nights | Jun - Sep Exc. flights See price details
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  • Jun - Sep

Overview

In the company of some of Alaska's top naturalist guides, head off the beaten track and into the Alaskan wilderness in search of adventure, epic landscapes and unforgettable wildlife encounters.

Highlights

  • Sleep on a private island, set amongst the glaciers, icebergs and marine wildlife of Kenai Fjords National Park
  • Search for bears, wolves and moose with a stay in the heart of Denali National Park
  • Experience close encounters with grizzlies at Brooks Falls, Katmai National Park

Fully escorted by a qualified, dedicated and passionate natural history guide, this trip has been carefully designed to ensure some of the very best possible wildlife viewing opportunities that Alaska has to offer. With an average group size of just 14 passengers, you will be rewarded with a very personal experience as you explore this incredible state.

Although taking in many of the popular tourist attractions of Alaska, this itinerary offers a different and more intimate perspective. At Denali, stay in a lodge in the heart of the national park, with the chance to view wolves and grizzlies roaming the tundra long after the day visitors have left.

Explore the popular Kenai Fjords National Park on a small, private yacht for uninterrupted views of calving glaciers and marine wildlife, before heading to isolated Fox Island. With no other guests, your group will have exclusive use of the island for a memorable overnight stay.

Your tour ends with a floatplane flight to Katmai National Park, for the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to view Alaskan brown bears as they gather around Brooks Falls. You could be lucky enough to see up to 40 or 50 bears as they fish for salmon along a 1.5 mile stretch of the Brooks River.

Other highlights include a journey on the iconic Alaskan Railroad and a float trip by raft down the icy Placer River. From Fairbanks to Anchorage, taking in mountains, glaciers and endless wilderness in search of bears, wolves, whales and much more besides, this holiday offers an in-depth discovery of Alaska's natural wonders.

Itinerary & Accommodation

Day 1: Fairbanks
Your safari begins in Fairbanks, Alaska's second largest city and gateway to the Arctic north. The city retains its frontier flavour with pioneer saloons, paddle wheelers and outlying mining camps.
Day 2: Denali National Park
This morning you'll drive south through boreal forest and along the Nenana River to Denali National Park. At 6 million acres—larger than the state of Massachusetts—Denali is one of the world’s great wilderness preserves. The park's namesake is the highest peak in North America, towering 20,320 feet over the tundra and taiga below that provides habitat for wolves, grizzlies, moose and caribou. Formerly known as Mt. McKinley, its Athabascan Native name—Denali—means "The Great One." The remainder of your day is at leisure, perhaps enjoy a nature walk or some time to relax and soak up your surrounds.
Day 3: Denali National Park
From your remote base 90 miles inside the park, you'll have time and space to encounter genuine wilderness. Hiking, mountain biking, fishing and optional flightseeing over the glaciers of Denali are available. The climate and environment of Alaska's interior at this latitude is harsh much of the year, and it takes a vast amount of habitat to sustain animals. Wildlife encounters thus tend to be fleeting, though always thrilling.
Day 4: Denali National Park - Talkeetna
Depart for the park entrance by road this morning, keeping a close eye out for moose, caribou, grizzly bears and other resident wildlife. At midday board the Alaska Railroad for a classic train journey through Alaska's rugged interior. Your route through the Alaska Range climbs above tree line over Broad Pass, then descends to follow the Susitna River to historic village of Talkeetna, where you will disembark for the night. The rustic town, founded a century ago as the district headquarters for the new railroad, sits at the confluence of three rivers and enjoys a striking panorama of Mt. Denali and adjacent peaks. An outdoor recreation mecca, the town's economy today thrives on rafting, flightseeing, mountain biking, hiking, camping, fishing and hunting, and it is also the main base for climbing expeditions to Denali. After dinner there's time to stroll the compact downtown, whose buildings dating to the early 1900s have been designated a National Historic Site.
Day 5: Talkeetna - Girdwood
Continue south, eventually reaching the coast and following Turnagain Arm to Girdwood and Alyeska Resort, Alaska's premier ski area, where a host of exciting summer activities is also available. Set in a lush glacial valley in the Chugach Range southeast of Anchorage, Alyeska offers nature and luxury in tandem
Day 6: Girdwood
Today you'll explore the scenic drama of iceberg-choked Spencer Lake, then take a gentle float trip down the Placer River before returning to Girdwood. Dinner is not included this evening, in order to give you a chance to sample your choice of restaurants in the Alyeska/Girdwood area. You might wish to take the tram to the alpine summit and dine at Seven Glaciers, a 5-star restaurant with vistas of the ice-bound peaks and inlet far below.
Day 7: Girdwood - Fox Island, Kenai Fjords
This morning travel to the fishing town and port of Seward on the Kenai Peninsula. From here you will cruise to Fox Island, a private island on the edge of Kenai Fjords National Park. This secluded location reveals Alaska at its most pristine. The region is famed for sea kayaking, and an easy paddling excursion this afternoon is likely to reveal some of the area's prolific marine life.
Day 8 Kenai Fjords National Park
Board a private charter boat this morning for a cruise through a realm where the Ice Age still lingers. Your small yacht offers the opportunity for closer encounters with wildlife, which may include humpback and orca whales, porpoises, sea otters and a large colony of puffins. Glaciers pour from the jagged mountain heights into the sea, and you may observe icebergs calving with a crash as you head back to your exclusive island accommodation.
Day 9: Fox Island - Seawrd - Anchorage
After a final morning to enjoy the wild environs of Fox Island, weave your way back through the fjords to Seward. From here, retrace your route northward, with the mountain ranges of the Kenai Peninsula rising one after another as you traverse Moose Pass and cross some of Alaska's richest salmon rivers. You'll return to Anchorage by late afternoon where you'll have the rest of your evening at leisure.
Day 10: Anchorage - Brooks Falls, Katmai National Park
Today you'll fly west to King Salmon, then by floatplane to Katmai National Park and world-renowned Brooks Falls, one of the best places to view giant Alaskan brown bears in their natural habitat. Katmai is home to the world’s largest population of these enormous coastal grizzlies, with some 2,200 individuals inside the park. As many bear populations around the world decline, Katmai's 4 million acres of wilderness provides some of the last pristine habitat for these magnificent animals. From the safety of platforms built over Brooks Falls, you'll able to get a close look at this iconic wildlife spectacle, which very few visitors to Alaska have the privilege of seeing.
Day 11: Katmai National Park
At close range, watch bears stand in the rushing whitewater, jaws gaping, trying to catch the salmon that leap up the falls once spawning season starts. Our June and July departures will have a good chance to see fishing bears, since this is when the salmon are running, but bear viewing is excellent in August and September, too, with even more bears in the vicinity. You'll take a break to relax over lunch at world-famous Brooks Lodge, an easy walk from the falls. Meals
Day 12: Katmai National Park - Anchorage
After a last round of bear viewing in Katmai, you'll fly back to King Salmon, then on to Anchorage. Tonight your Expedition Leader hosts a farewell dinner to celebrate our Alaskan adventures.
Day 13: Anchorage
Your Alaska wildlife safari comes to a close today as you transfer to the airport for homeward flights, or ongoing travel arrangements.

Accommodation Options

Marriott Springhill Suites, Fairbanks

  • Grade: Standard
  • Type: Hotel

This modern 140-room hotel in the heart of historic down…

Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge

  • Grade: Standard
  • Type: Hotel

With Denali National Park on the doorstep, the 212 room …

Alyeska Resort, Girdwood

  • Grade: Superior
  • Type: Hotel

This resort is the perfect spot to relax.

Kenai Fjords Wilderness Lodge

  • Grade: Standard
  • Type: Unique and Boutique

Enjoy an intimate wilderness experience on the edge of a…

Brooks Lodge, Katmai National Park

  • Grade: Simple
  • Type: Unique and Boutique

Overlooking the Brooks River, there are 16 cabins provid…

Accommodation

The above is a selection of accommodation available for this holiday. Please contact us for further details.

Prices & Dates

Twin share from £9,234 per person
Single room from £11,461 per person

 2018 Departure Month Departure Date 
 June 2018  21, 23*, 26*, 30*
 July 2018  03*, 07, 14*, 21*
 August 2018  25, 30
 September 2018  01

*These departures stay at Gold Creek Lodge in Katmai National Park. All other departures stay at Brooks Lodge in Katmai National Park.

Price includes
12 nights accommodation ● All meals from dinner on day 1 to breakfast on day 13 (except dinner on days 5 & 9) ● Bottled water ● Services of Expedition Leader, local guides and lodge staff ● Airport transfers on arrival and departure ● Alaska Railroad as per the itinerary ● Kayaking at Fox Island ● Permits and entrance fees

Price excludes International flights & associated taxes ● Dinner on days 5 & 9 ● Tips, gratuities and personal expenses ● Alcoholic beverages ● Travel insurance

Group size: around 14 pax

NB
- a 14-day Photography Special is also available, taking around 10 guests and including an additional night in Denali National Park. Please contact us for full details.

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