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T4: Denali and Kenai Fjords Spring Wildlife Tour

Tour Overview

After a welcome dinner in Anchorage, we journey via the Alaska Railroad along the coast, through mountains, past glaciers to the port of Seward where were will boat out to our fabulous beach front accommodations on Fox Island.  After a peaceful afternoon, gourmet dinner, and tasty breakfast on the island, we will cruise among the glaciers, whales, puffins, and sea otters in Kenai Fjords National Park.  Next we visit the resident bears, moose, caribou and others at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center on our way to the charming village of Talkeetna - inspiration for the tv series Northern Exposure.  As we continue heading 'North to the Future" on our way to Denali National Park - we'll keep our eyes out for the elusive Mt. McKinley along the way.  We will head deep into Denali's alpine tundra wilderness to look for bears, caribou, Dall sheep, and other wildlife.  Our destination is a private lodge in Kantishna, a former mining community deep inside Denali National Park.  To return to civilization, we will fly by small plane past the dramatic 18,000 ft. north face of Mt. McKinely and then make the scenic drive back to Anchorage.

 

Ask us about optional excursions and extra nights of lodging if arriving early or staying after the tour.

Logistics

• Fly to Anchorage (ANC) and depart from Anchorage (ANC).

 

Highlights

• Explore Denali National Park including its Visitor Center
• Wildlife viewing excursion deep into Denali National Park
• Look for bears, Dall sheep, moose, and caribou
• Several opportunities to see Denali (Mt. McKinley), North America’s tallest mountain
• Cabin accommodations in Denali along a rushing alpine stream
• Alaska Railroad journey along the coast and past glaciers to Seward
• 1 night at beach front Fox Island Wilderness Lodge out in Kenai Fjords
• Spectacular, premium day cruise in Kenai Fjords National Park to see glaciers, whales, puffins, eagles, sea otters, and more.
• Visit to Exit Glacier in Kenai Fjords National Park

• 1 night at Skyline Lodge, deep in Denali National Park
• See wildlife up close at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center
• Tour concludes in Anchorage
• Optional hiking throughout the trip
• Locally owned and operated lodging and dining (LGBT owned when possible)
• See Alaska’s highlights while avoiding the crowds of tourists

Optional Activities

Anchorage Optional Tours and Activities

 

Bicycle along Anchorage’s Coastal Trail - $15+
Rent a mountain bike and helmet and explore Anchorage’s fabulous Tony Knowles Coastal Trail along Cook Inlet.

 

Alaska Native Heritage Center - $24.95
Experience and learn about the rich heritage of Alaska's eleven cultural groups drawing upon the lifeways of long ago, the wisdom of our elders, and the traditions that endure.

 

Knik Glacier Tour - $150
Fly over the water on an airboat upriver to the Knik Glacier, one of the largest glaciers in south central Alaska. See icebergs and the face of the glacier, before returning to civilization.

 

Float-plane Glacier flight Seeing Tour - $235
Take an exciting float-plane flight over the rugged Chugach Mountains to see glaciers and look for moose. Flying time about 1.5 hours.


Fly-out Bear Viewing Tour - $595
Depart from Lake Hood, the busiest float plane airport in the world for a scenic flight across Cook Inlet to Redoubt Bay. Your naturalist guides will take you in a covered pontoon boat through a chain of lakes where spawning salmon attract numerous brown and black bears. This half day trip includes lunch.

 

 

Denali Optional Tours and Activities


Whitewater rafting - $87

Raft the exciting class 3-4 rapids of the Nenana River Canyon, which borders Denali National Park. This glacier fed river features huge waves up to twenty feet! Guests are outfitted with wet suit booties and a drysuit, which protects you from the chilly water.

 

Denali (Mt. McKinley)– Flightseeing Tours

Circle Denali Flight - $350
This flight follows the spine of the Alaska Range, taking you (weather permitting) as close as 1 mile away from Mt. McKinley. View colossal glaciers and magnificent peaks. Fully narrated by the pilot, detailing the geography and wildlife of Denali National Park. Flights average about an hour in length. All seats are window seats!


Denali Glacier Landing - $450
Enjoy a breath-taking flight along the peaks of the Alaska Range to Mt. McKinley! Your pilot will take you through the Great Gorge of the Ruth Glacier (the world’s deepest gorge) and cap the experience by landing on the glacier with skis! Marvel at the mass of frozen ice and towing cliffs before your plane takes off from the glacier and makes the scenic return trip. Total flying time is about 100 minutes.

 

Helicopter Flightseeing Tours

Denali Excursion - $335 - Tour Length: 2 hours - Total Flight time: 50 min.
This flightseeing tour offers a panoramic view of Denali National Park. Travel along the spine of the Alaska Range through unexplored backcountry of towering peaks and ancient glaciers. View the impressive Cantwell Glacier as it cascades over a 900-foot cliff, while North America’s Highest peak, Mt. McKinley, towers on the horizon. Keep an eye out for park residents, such as bear, moose, and Dall sheep.


Denali Glacier Landing Expedition - $435 - Tour Length: 2 hours - Total Flight time: 50 min. (also 15-20 min. of glacier exploring)
Fly over the Yanert Valley and view how the Pacific and North American tectonic plates have collided with each other. Highlight your flight seeing adventure by landing on the Yanert Glacier. Step out onto the ancient ice and explore the glacier with your pilot/guide. Glacier walking boots are provided for your added safety on this tour.

 

Back Country ATV Adventure - $85
Join your guide as you drive your own 4-wheel all terrain vehicle (ATV) on a truly exciting journey! This experience takes you back on old coal mining trails and spills you out onto the Dry Creek river bed where Athabascan Indian artifacts have been found. Your trek takes you high up on Black Diamond Peak where you can view the entire Healy Valley.

 

 

T4: Denali and Kenai Fjords Spring Wildlife Tour

Day 1 - D

Welcome to Alaska!  Arrive in Anchorage by 4pm today. Hop in a taxi out front of the beautiful new Anchorage airport and make the short 15 minute ride downtown to the comfortable accommodations where our group is spending the night.

 

06:00 pm Group orientation – meet and greet and discuss particulars of the trip
06:30 pm Welcome Dinner

Day 2 - (meals included today): B, L, D

We rise early to take the scenic Alaska Railroad along Turnagain Arm and through the mountains to coastal Seward. Upon arrival, we head immediately to a Kenai Fjords tour boat that will whisk us out to our island home for the night. We will be welcomed out at Fox Island with a hearty grilled salmon lunch and then the rest of the afternoon is yours to explore the island’s beaches or forest trails, relax, or join a kayak tour of the island (additional cost for kayak tour).

 

• Coffee and brown bag (to go) breakfast
05:45 am Transfer to the Anchorage Depot
06:45 am Train departs (watch for glaciers and wildlife)!
11:05 am Arrive Seward, shuttle to harbor
12:00 pm  Cruise to Fox Island Lodge
• Salmon BBQ lunch, cabin check in
• Afternoon Explore, relax, join a National Park Ranger led walk, or paddle the island in a sea kayak
06:45 pm Dinner cooked by Fox Island’s private chef
• Accommodations are comfortable cabins right on the beach of beautiful Fox Island

 

Day 3 - B, L, D

We begin the day with a lovely breakfast cooked by the gourmet chef at Fox Island Lodge and then pack up for the day and check out of our rooms. For the rest of the day, we join Kenai Fjords Tours’ preeminent cruise out to remote Northwestern Fjord in Kenai Fjords National Park. Keep your binoculars and cameras handy for sightings of whales, seals, sea otters, puffins, bald eagles, and glaciers.

08:00 am Breakfast
09:45 am Full-day wildlife and whale-watching cruise to glacier-clad Northwestern Fjord
• Lunch on board
06:30 pm Arrive Seward
• Check into hotel in Seward
• Dinner

 

Day 4 - B, L

Today we head "North to the Future." There are many interesting sights along the way beginning with Exit Glacier, which is located in Kenai Fjords National Park, not far from our accomodations. Farther down the road, we can stop in at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center for an up close and personal view of some of Alaska’s most famous residents.

 

In the late afternoon, we will continue north to the charming village of Talkeetna (widely considered the town that Northern Exposure’s Cicely, Alaska was modeled on).  Talkeetna is where mountain climbers fly up to the glaciers of the Alaska Range to attempt a climb of Denali (and we are currently in the middle of the climbing season).  Incidentally, Talkeetna is also the best place to take a scenic flight around Mt. McKinley, the dramatic Ruth Gorge and even land on glacier!

 

08:00 am Breakfast
• Visit Exit Glacier (Kenai Fjords National Park)
• Lunch
• Visit the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center

• Arrive Talkeetna

• Explore Talkeetna and/or Mt. McKinley Flightseeing tour?

• Dinner (on our own, or together Dutch treat)

 

Day 5 - B, L

We continue north to the massive Alaska mountain Range and the entrance area to Denali National Park.  If we are lucky enough to hit a clear day, we will enjoy amazing views of Mt. McKinley along the drive. Locals call the mountain, Denali – a native Athabascan word meaning ‘the high one.’ At 20,320 feet, Denali is the tallest mountain in North American, but is only visible about 20% of the time in summer.  Luckily we will be in good places to see the mountain several times over the next few days.  There are a couple of scenic overlooks to stop, stretch our legs and view Mt. McKinley if the mountain is ‘out’.  We can explore the Visitor Center and there is free time to hike/explore, shop, or do an optional tour such as helicopter flightseeing or whitwater rafting.

 

• Breakfast
• Depart Talkeetna when ready
• Arrive Denali.  Visit the Denali National Park Visitor Center and explore adjacent nature trails

• Remainder of afternoon free
• Dinner at your own pace (we can meet up together if folks like, or have some alone/couples time...)

 

Day 6 - B, L, D

Today we explore the remote wilderness of Denali on a wildlife bus safari.  Our destination is Kantishna at the end of the Denali Park road, deep inside Denali National Park!

• Breakfast
• Wildlife bus tour in Denali National Park. Bag lunch (no food nor water is available for purchase during the trip)
• Arrive Kantishna, Skyline Lodge

• Explore the area - stroll, hike, or bike.  Or just relax!
• Group Dinner

Virtually the only way to enter Denali National Park is the park’s shuttle bus system. This is a long bumpy trip on a gravel road in a modified school bus, yet it is an incredible journey through the alpine wilderness of Denali. While wildlife and mountain sightings are never guaranteed, bears, Dall sheep, caribou and moose are often seen from the bus.  This excursion is one of the best chances to see Alaska's large land mammals in the wild.  For many previous Out in Alaska guests, this wildlife safari in Denali was the highlight of their entire trip. Don’t forget your camera and binoculars!

Day 7 - B, L, D

So far we have journeyed and seen the sights by train, boat, van, and bus.  Now its time to fly!  We will return to the Denali Park entrance area by small bush plane, but not without flying by the dramatic north face of Denali (Mt. McKinley) - weather permitting.  After arriving back at the Denali entrance area, it will be time to make the scenic drive south back towards anchorage for the conclusion of our tour.


Breakfast
• Denali Flightseeing trip
• Arrive Anchorage
• Farewell Dinner
• End of guided portion of Out in Alaska Trip

• Optional drinks together at Mad Myrna’s Bar

 

Day 8- B, L, D

Our adventure has come to an end. Let us know if you would like us to arrange additional nights lodging or additional activities and tours for you.

• Breakfast at our lodging


 

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T4: Denali and Kenai Fjords Spring Wildlife Tour

Dates

Early June 2013, exact dates TBA

Price

$3575 per person, double occupancy

($4225 single)

 

 

This trip includes

• Accommodations: 7 nights of comfortable, eclectic lodging (gay B & Bs, locally owned lodges, unique cabins, etc.).
• All activities and transportation as described above: All ground and boat transportation during the trip. Airport transfers are not included.
• Meals: 7 Breakfasts, 6 lunches, and 5 dinners (alcoholic beverages and espresso drinks not included).
• Taxes: All local taxes are included

 

Items of a personal nature are not included.
Gratuities (for hotel maids, guides, etc.) are not included.

 

All information subject to change due to weather, current conditions, road closures, or other reasons!

 

For more information and to inquire about a trip contact us: (907) 347-2214 or info@outinalaska.com


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