USA Escorted Tours

Alaska Journey Tour

From €3449pp
Depart From
Fly from Cork or Dublin
Departure Date
Regular departures June to Aug 2019
Duration
10 Days
Destination
Alaska, USA
Price
From €3449pp
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National Geographic Tours: Greater exploration, insider access, and the freedom to roam- all without sacrificing comfort. 

Discover the beauty of the great state of Alaska over ten days of jaw-dropping coastline vistas, astounding encounters with wildlife, and the towering majesty of Denali.

Your tour will start and end in Anchorage, the largest city in Alaska. Travel along the stunning coast of the Kenai Peninsula, where glaciers tumble down from the mountains towards the ocean. 

Spend the day exploring Denali National Park. The area is well-known for its diversity of wildlife and Denali, the highest peak in North America, formerly called Mount McKinley. There are 39 species of mammals, 167 species of birds, 10 species of fish, and one species of amphibian known in Denali. 

Spy caribou and moose, keep your eyes peeled for orcas, and go behind the scenes at the celebrated Alaska SeaLife Centre in picturesque town of Seward. Experience the raw beauty of nature on an unforgettable journey to wild Alaska.

 

IS THIS TOUR FOR ME?

TRAVEL STYLE: NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC JOURNEYS

Greater exploration, insider access, and the freedom to roam – all without sacrificing comfort.

SERVICE LEVEL: UPGRADED

Quality accommodations and more inclusions than on other G Adventures tours, like meals, private transport, and activities.

PHYSICAL RATING: 3 - AVERAGE

Some tours may include light hiking, biking, rafting, or kayaking in addition to walking.

TRIP TYPE: SMALL GROUP

Small group experience; Max 12, avg 10.

AGE REQUIREMENT: 12+

All travellers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

DAY 1: ANCHORAGE

Arrive at any time. Please keep in mind, a lot of what there is to see and do in Alaska is weather-dependent. We give our CEOs the opportunity to adjust the schedule as needed based on weather.

Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

The adventure begins tonight. Feel free to explore before your welcome meeting, but make sure you’re back in time to meet the group. After introductions, your CEO will review the details of your tour. Please note that normal check-in times apply at our start hotels, but you can usually store your luggage for the day if you arrive early.

Accommodation

  • Inlet Tower and Suites (or similar)

DAY 2: ANCHORAGE/HOMER

Travel along the stunning coast of the Kenai Peninsula, where glaciers tumble down from the mountains towards the ocean. Keep an eye out for beluga whales playing out at sea while driving along the Turnagain Arm, or catch a glimpse of volcanoes across the Cook Inlet. Opt to enjoy a hike outside of Homer.

Private Vehicle

  • Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Optional Activities- Day 2

  • Hiking: Enjoy a short hike outside Homer to get a little closer to the majestic landscape.

Accommodation

  • Best Western Bidarka (or similar)

Meals included:

  •  Breakfast

DAY 3: HOMER

Enjoy a free day in Homer, walk the quaint streets and visit the museum, restaurants and art galleries. If your feeling more adventurous, opt to explore Kachemak Bay by water taxi or kayak, go hiking, catch a floatplane for remote grizzly bear viewing or try your hand at a local sport– halibut fishing.

Free Time

  • Enjoy a full day to explore the great outdoors.

Optional Activities - Day 3

Kachemak Bay Exploration

  • 75-85USD per person
  • Hop on a water taxi and head to Kackhemak Bay. Spend some time hiking the trails, exploring the cove or trying to spot some of the animals that stop to visit the bay like sea otters and seals.

Halibut Fishing

  • 200-300USD per person
  • Head out with the locals to see if you can haul in some halibut, Homer has some of the best fishing in all of North America and is known as the 'The Halibut Fishing Capital of the World.'

Hiking

  • Free
  • Enjoy a short hike outside Homer to get a little closer to the majestic landscape.

Accommodation

  • Best Western Bidarka (or similar)

Meals included:

  •  Breakfast

DAY 4: HOMER/SEWARD

Leave Homer and arrive at the tip of the Kenai Peninsula where the ice age still lingers. Get a guided, behind-the-scenes tour of the world-renowned Alaska SeaLife Center, an incredible marine science facility that frequently collaborates with the National Geographic Society on wildlife initiatives. Visit the centre’s labs and meet a researcher for a presentation on current projects.

Private Vehicle

  • Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Alaska SeaLife Center

On the shores of the scenic town of Seward sits the renowned Alaska SeaLife Center, Alaska’s premier public aquarium. This esteemed marine science facility offers a combined focus on research, wildlife rehabilitation, and educating the public. Enjoy a behind-the-scenes visit to the centre, which frequently collaborates with the National Geographic Society on various wildlife initiatives such as critter cams, expeditions, and the important Photo Ark project, which aims to create portraits of the world’s species before they disappear to extinction. Take in a guided tour of the labs here and meet a researcher for a presentation on current projects.

Accommodation

  • Harborview Inn (or similar)

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

DAY 5: SEWARD

Today set out by ship to explore the Kenai Fjords, viewing glaciers, sea bird colonies, puffins, sea lions and whales (if we're lucky, maybe orcas). The afternoon is free, opt to go hiking or explore the town.

Kenai Fjords Boat Trip

Soak in the gorgeous coastline views from the comfort of a boat. Keep your eyes peeled for a variety of whales (orca, humpback, fin and minke) and marvel at the view of the glaciers.

Free Time

  • Enjoy some time to explore this coastal town, go hiking or kayak.

Optional Activities - Day 5

Coastal Trail Hike

  • Enjoy an easier hike along the scenic Coastal Trail for about 2-3 hrs.

Accommodation

  • Harborview Inn (or similar)

Meals included:

  •  Breakfast

DAY 6: SEWARD/DENALI NATIONAL PARK AND PRESERVE

Enjoy a scenic drive, stopping for photos along the way. In the afternoon, reach the Denali National Park area, known for its diversity of wildlife and the highest mountain in North America, Denali (formerly called Mt McKinley). Settle in and meet our instructor from the Denali Education Center, and learn about the sometimes surprising, always extreme, conditions that shape life in Denali and define a subarctic ecosystem.

Depending on availability, we may stay in the accommodation at the Denali Education Center or at a nearby lodge. Please remember that due to the remoteness of the Denali area, the accommodation is simple, but allows you access to one of the most stunning wildlife areas in Alaska.

National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Denali Immersion

Visit the esteemed Denali Education Center for two lectures about the park’s history and culture, as well as characteristics of its subarctic ecosystem. Learn about the complex geology here and how Native peoples have survived for generations in one of the most formidable climates on the planet. Also head out on a hike with a naturalist guide to take in the awe-inspiring beauty of the Denali wilderness. Beginning in the early 20th century, National Geographic has funded several exploratory expeditions and research initiatives in Denali National Park, from early aerial photographs and mapping expeditions, to research pertaining to the volcanic craters here and the behaviour of wolf packs. We’ll learn more about National Geographic’s legacy with American national parks, as well as other projects National Geographic has supported in Denali NP and across Alaska.

Private Vehicle

  • Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Accommodation

  • Denali Perch Resort (or similar)

Meals included:

  •  Breakfast | Dinner

DAY 7: DENALI NATIONAL PARK AND PRESERVE

Travel to the heart of Denali National Park on a day-long journey to the Eielson Visitor Center. The tour is run by the National Parks Service and includes a park-naturalist guide. Along the way, enjoy breathtaking views of the Alaska Range and its many peaks. Have your cameras ready to take pictures of wildlife, which may include caribou, grizzly bears, Dall sheep, moose, wolves and more.

Private vehicles cannot drive into the National park. The excursion today is a guided tour operated by the park and other travellers may also be on the excursion.

Denali National Park Visit

Spend the day exploring Denali National Park. The area is well-known for its diversity of wildlife and Denali, the highest peak in North America, formerly called Mt McKinley. There are 39 species of mammals, 167 species of birds, 10 species of fish, and one species of amphibian known in Denali. Summer is a time for raising the young and preparing for migration, hibernation, or survival during the winter and, with a little luck, we witness it all. Discover the dynamic glaciated landscape providing large rivers, countless lakes and ponds, and unique landforms which form the foundation of the ecosystems that thrive in Denali.

Shuttle

  • Move efficiently from point A to point B aboard this dependable ride.

Accommodation

  • Denali Perch Resort (or similar)

Meals included:

  •  Breakfast | Lunch

DAY 8: DENALI NATIONAL PARK AND PRESERVE

This morning, enjoy a hike with a naturalist guide from the Denali Education Center, taking in the awe-inspiring natural beauty of the Denali wilderness. The afternoon is free to relax and enjoy the great outdoors with options to observe a sled dog demonstration by the National Parks Service or flight seeing. This evening enjoy another lecture discussing history, daily life and culture with a local resident.

Free Time

  • Denali National Park and Preserve

Spend the day exploring Denali NP – with so much to see and do, your options are endless!

  • National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Denali Immersion

Visit the esteemed Denali Education Center for two lectures about the park’s history and culture, as well as characteristics of its subarctic ecosystem. Learn about the complex geology here and how Native peoples have survived for generations in one of the most formidable climates on the planet. Also head out on a hike with a naturalist guide to take in the awe-inspiring beauty of the Denali wilderness. Beginning in the early 20th century, National Geographic has funded several exploratory expeditions and research initiatives in Denali National Park, from early aerial photographs and mapping expeditions, to research pertaining to the volcanic craters here and the behaviour of wolf packs. We’ll learn more about National Geographic’s legacy with American national parks, as well as other projects National Geographic has supported in Denali NP and across Alaska.

Optional Activities- Day 8

Denali Scenic Flight

  • 220-420USD per person
  • Take to the skies for a bird's eye view of the spectacular grandeur. Get a better view of the mountains, glaciers, and wilderness from a few thousand feet up.

Denali Visitor Center & Dog Sled Demonstration

  • Learn about the flora and fauna throughout Denali NP at the visitor centre before a dog sledding talk and demonstration by the park rangers.

Accommodation

  • Denali Perch Resort (or similar)

Meals included:

  •  Breakfast | Lunch

DAY 9: DENALI NATIONAL PARK AND PRESERVE/ANCHORAGE

Enjoy the scenic drive back to Anchorage and take an orientation walk of the city with the CEO. Opt for a final dinner with the group and reminisce about the epic journey into the wild.

Private Vehicle

  • Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Accommodation

  • Inlet Tower and Suites (or similar)

Meals included:

  •  Breakfast

DAY 10: ANCHORAGE

Depart at any time. Not ready to leave? Your CEO can help with travel arrangements to extend your adventure.

Meals included:

  •  Breakfast

Price is per adult sharing and includes:

  • National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Alaska SeaLife Center, Seward
  • National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Denali Immersion, Denali National Park and Preserve
  • Kenai Fjords wildlife cruise
  • National Park Service excursion to Eielson Visitor Centre in Denali National Park
  • Accommodation:
    • Hotels (6 nights), cabins (3 nights)
  • Meals:
    • 9 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 1 dinner 
    • Allow USD440-575 for meals not included
  • Transportation:
    • Private vehicle, boat, hiking, walking, national park shuttle
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
  • Staff & experts:
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout 
    • Local guides

Please ask us about adding great value:

  • Flights- we will quote the best fare based on your desired travel dates
  • Travel insurance

Subject to availability. Terms & conditions apply.

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