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Alaskan Wonder

  • Code #AW
  • 13 Days
Duration
13 Days
/12 Nights
Availability
Jun,2017-Aug,2018
Group Size
Max 13
Departure City: 
Anchorage
Ends in: 
Anchorage
Accommodation
Camping

Trip Overview

Welcome to the 'Land of the Midnight Sun', Alaska! This is the last wilderness frontier - a land of majestic mountain peaks, crystal clear lakes and glimmering ice blue glaciers. With rushing rivers, pristine unspoilt scenery and an abundance of wildlife that's truly wild all competing for your attention, you won't be disappointed! Enjoy an included half day glacier hike in magnificant Wrangell St-Elias National Park and a full day wildlife cruise into Kenai Fjords National Park in search of whales and unique marine life. The 49th State is nothing short of incredible!

Included Highlights 
  • Half day glacier hiking with crampons in Wrangell-St Elias
  • Full day wildlife viewing cruise in Kenai Fjords (lunch included)
  • Two day bus pass to see the best of Denali National Park
  • Visit spectacular Alaskan glaciers
  • Dog sledding demonstration in Denali National Park
  • Wildlife spotting opportunities - bear, moose, caribou, Dall Sheep & whales
  • See protected wildlife at the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge
  • Stunning walks and hikes in wilderness scenery
  • Admission to amazing national parks - Wrangell-St Elias, Denali, Kenai Fjords, plus Kenai National Wildlife Refuge
Treknical Details

Interests

Mountains
National Parks
Small Group
Wildlife

Accommodation & Transportation

Group Size
Max 13
Camping
12 Nights

Food & Meals

  • We operate a Food Kitty on this trip - you will need to contribute US$10 a day which covers all your meals whilst camping
  • 1 lunch included

Other Inclusions

  • Services of a TrekAmerica tour leader
  • Private transportation
  • All accommodation, camping fees & equipment (except sleeping bag)

Essential Information

  • Prices quoted are land only. Call us on 0333 999 7951 for a flight quote (UK only).
  • Our Alaska trips pass through rugged terrain and isolated areas. Many areas will have basic facilities and little nightlife.

Resources

Alaskan Wonder
Download Trek Tips
Anchorage
Download City Guide

Our routes have been carefully chosen to include the best overnight stops, highlights and included experiences, with plenty of optional activities to choose from. No two Trek trips are the same, with stops at some of your tour leader's favourite places and occasional changes to the itinerary, so get ready for one awesome adventure!

As this tour departs at 07:30 hrs we recommend that you book pre tour accommodation. Please request further details at time of booking.

Head into the wild and rugged landscapes of North America's 49th State and what better place to start than the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Wrangell-St Elias National Park. Cruise past the massive Matanuska Glacier and down the McCarthy Road towards an incredible national park that's home to the continent's largest assemblage of glaciers and peaks above 16,000 ft. Prepare yourself for some top-notch glacier action with an included half day hiking trip on Root Glacier, or for a more vertical challenge, grab an axe and try your hand at some ice climbing. Spend the night in a wilderness camp overlooking the glacier as you sit around the campfire, just don't forget the s'mores! Melted chocolate and marshmallow sandwiched between two crackers over the fire, perfection!

Accommodation

Camping included

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Optional Activities

Scenic flight US$120-$270
Ghost Town tour (Kennecott Copper Mill) US$28

Take the scenic route along the Alaskan Mountain Range, crossing the famous 1300km long Alaskan pipeline. The Tangle Lakes are your next spot and a perfect spot to chill out. If you're feeling active, some wilderness canoeing beneath the mountain scenery should do the trick; getting out on the water is also a great way to see this stunning place in all its glory. Keep an eye out for those cheeky beavers!

Accommodation

Camping included

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Optional Activities

Wilderness canoeing US$25-$75
Jet boat ride US$75

Surrounded by the tallest mountain peaks in North America, Denali National Park is so large that the only way of getting around is by bus (or small aircraft!). Lucky for you, we've thrown in a 2 day pass so you can get out into the wilds and explore the best this enormous expanse has to offer. The rangers even encourage you to stray off the path and become your own guide. Watch out for Grizzly Bear, caribou and Dall Sheep which roam in the park. You can't go anywhere without your camera at the ready as there is so much to see and experience from an included dog sled demonstration to the mighty Mount Denali that dominates the park's landscape. For a different perspective, why not take an optional helicopter flight with the chance to land on an ice sheet in the shadows of this impressive mountain? This is once in a lifetime stuff and we promise the views alone will blow you away.

Accommodation

Camping included

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Optional Activities

Mountain biking US$20-$57
Whitewater rafting US$92-$187
Scenic flight US$524
Alaskan salmon bake US$30

Follow the Cook Inlet to Resurrection Bay and the coastal town of Seward, known for its stunning mountain scenery and unbeatable views of the bay. Jump aboard an included guided cruise of the Kenai Fjords (with lunch included) and be prepared to be awestruck at the sheer beauty of this place! Throughout the cruise you'll have plenty of opportunities to spot some amazing marine and birdlife such as whales, sea lions, otters and puffins. One thing that can't be caught on camera is the noise coming from the glaciers as they creak and sometimes fall into the sea creating a mighty splash. Back on land, lace up your hiking boots and follow the Harding Icefield Trail beside a glacier,, all the way to the top. Our tour leaders often rate this as one of their favourite hikes and you'll no doubt feel the same way!

Accommodation

Camping included

Meals Included

1 lunch included. Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Head to Homer, located at stunning Kachemak Bay on the Kenai Peninsula. It's fair to say there'll never be a dull moment in Homer as it's surrounded by wilderness and ocean so there are heaps of activities to keep you entertained. The glacier-crafted spit and its invigorating beach walks are the perfect warm up for a hearty and delicious dinner of ultra-fresh halibut - prepared by yours truly! If you don't know the first thing about preparing fish, don't panic as your tour leader is on hand to give advice on cooking your fresh fish dinner, so you won't go hungry! Homer is most famous for its wildlife and bear viewing opportunities so make the most of this and join a dedicated bear viewing tour.

Accommodation

Camping included

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Optional Activities

Halibut fishing from US$155
Sea kayaking US$150
Bear viewing US$695

As you cross to the other side of the peninsula, the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge awaits you. There's only one word you'll need and that is wow! The refuge is a whopping network of lands and water that's almost 2 million acres in size and protects some of North America's most iconic wildlife, including Brown Bear, Black Bear, moose and caribou, as well as thousands of birds. This place is full to the brim with outdoor adventures. Why not try your hand at rafting, keeping a keen eye out for moose grazing by the shore and eagles flying high above you?

Accommodation

Camping included

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Optional Activities

Whitewater rafting US$100-$160

Today you make your way back to the city of Anchorage, carrying a whole heap of incredible memories with you to ease your passage. It's not until you head back to civilisation that you realise just how magnificent it is to travel in a true wilderness area where nature and wildlife are king! Stay on after the tour if you want to explore Anchorage, a city with heaps of local walking trails, as well as a great bar and restaurant scene.

This tour ends at our gateway hotel at approximately 17:00 hrs. We can book you post-tour accommodation at our gateway hotel if required. If you are planning to fly tonight, please do not book a flight that departs before 21:00 hrs.

Accommodation

None included. Tour ends at 17:00hrs

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Optional Activities

Aerial tramway US$25
We offer a whole range of travel extras with everything from additional hotel nights, travel insurance, city sightseeing and more so you can organise everything you'll need for your trip in one easy place.

Our tours usually depart at 07:30am and finish around 5:00pm at designated hotels in our gateway cities, so it's a great idea to book a room for the night before and after your tour. It's also worth staying extra nights to explore the city more. You must book these hotels in advance either online with your tour or by contacting our friendly sales team.

 

ANCHORAGE - INLET TOWER HOTEL & SUITES

1020 W 12th Ave, Anchorage, AK 99501

Conveniently located at 12th Ave and L Street, The Inlet Tower Hotel and Suites is your doorway to Downtown Anchorage. This hotel offers& large rooms including Wi-Fi and refrigerator plus a gym, Pubhouse Gastopub and free shuttle service within 5 miles.

 

Twin share (With a trekker of the same sex)
From £112 | US$159 | Eur134 | AU$201 | NZ$211
Price per person per night

Full room (Your own single or double room)
From £195 | US$278 | Eur234 | AU$351 | NZ$369
Price per room per night

 

AIRPORT TRANSFER INFORMATION

The hotel offers a free 24 hour shuttle service. Contact the hotel upon arrival using the hotel shuttle phones in the baggage claim area, or call the hotel directly on 907-276-0110. A tip of US$2 per person is recommended. If you prefer to take a taxicab, they leave from the designated taxi area near baggage claim. The fare should be approximately US$15-17 including tip.

Our specialist flights department can offer UK customers a great airline fare to all of our Trek destinations. We have preferred contracts with many international carriers and have secured some of the most competitive prices in the industry. 

Why Book Your Flights with Trek?

  • Secure your flight with a deposit of only £125 per person
  • Date changes free of charge (subject to terms)
  • We are ATOL protected and IATA licensed
  • Personal service - you're more than just a number

Call us now on 0208 682 8920 for today's special offers or

Request a flight quote

At TrekAmerica we believe that your safety and enjoyment are the most important parts of your holiday. That's why we recommend you take out insurance as soon as your booking is confirmed. TrekAmerica can offer you comprehensive travel insurance which is completely tailored for your trip and is specially designed to include all the activities listed we do.

If you do not take our policy, you must ensure that the policy you do take offers an equivalent level of protection and covers you for the activities involved - be aware that some policies do not include, or restrict, coverage for this type of travel. ​

See our insurance page or download our insurance tips pdf for more information.

There are loads of exciting optional activities available for you to choose from during your trip giving you the flexibility to do the things you want to and leave out the things you don't. A list of optional activities and approximate costs are shown at the end of each day by day itinerary descriptions above.

Your tour leader will arrange your chosen activities during the tour so no need to pre-book. You'll also pay for these locally so ensure you budget for the bucket list items!

As local weather conditions and seasonality can change not all optional activities may be available on your trip and prices can be subject to change.

ALASKA BEAR VIEWING EXTENTION

View Alaska black and brown bears in their natural habitat on a guided bear watching trip at Redoubt Bay Lodge, a small rustic lodge situated in a 171,000‐acre critical habitat area.

Redoubt Bay Lodge is a 50‐minute float plane flight southwest of Anchorage near the dramatic entrance of Lake Clark National Park and Preserve and is home to one of the most concentrated and view-able bear populations in the state of Alaska. After landing our float plane in front of the lodge, your bear watching adventure begins. You will take a covered pontoon boat with our experienced naturalist guides through the chain of Big River Lakes that are host to sockeye and Coho salmon runs and a popular feeding site for resident bear (and fishermen as well!)

This bear viewing experience is an easy half day trip from Anchorage with morning or afternoon departures of approximately 6.5 hours.

 

INCLUDED HIGHLIGHTS

  • Wild Alaska brown and black bear watching from a covered pontoon boat
  • 50‐minute scenic return flight-seeing with a guaranteed window seat
  • Redoubt Bay field guide with bear, flora and fauna facts
  • Homemade lunch in the rustic Redoubt Bay lodge
  • Countless photo opportunities
  • Shuttle service from and to Anchorage airport from your hotel

 

TOUR FACTS

  • Departs daily Jun 15th to Aug 15th - we operate an alternative trip at the end of Aug
  • Schedule: Morning trip: 08:00 AM - 02:30 PM | Afternoon trip: 12:30 PM - 07:00PM
  • Tour length: 6.5 hours total. Flight time is 50 minutes each way
  • Meals included: Lunch of soup and sandwich with cookies and beverages
  • Boats: Pontoons with half of the boat covered. Each boat carries 6-10 people
  • What to bring: Be prepared to spend the day outside, we would recommend lots of layers. You should have good walking shoes or light hiking boots, sunglasses, film/batteries, long pants, T-shirt, sweatshirt, light coat, rain gear, and mosquito repellent.

 

PRICES PER PERSON:

£526 | US$723 | Eur631 | AU$946 | NZ$994

Please contact us to book this unforgettable trip.

Reviews

What our trekkers say

4.7 out of 5

Alaska | The last wilderness frontier

Past Trekkers Review

'If you wanna see Alaska, You gotta to do Alaska'

Reviewed August 2015
'If you wanna see Alaska, You gotta to do Alaska' was the advice given to us on day one of the Alaskan Wonder by our awesome Trek Leader Tommy. And he was right. From wilderness camping in front of a glacier to ice climbing this trek showcases the best of Alaska. And definitely takes you ou...
Past Trekkers Review

Best Experience of My Life!!

Reviewed July 2015
We had the most exceptional time trekking around Alaska! From ice climbing glaciers, to whale watching, bear viewing, white water rafting and so much more!! Everything we did and everywhere we went was absolutely incredible! The views and the wildlife are amazing enough on their own! We got to stay ...
Past Trekkers Review

The Best State in America

Reviewed July 2014
Alaska is an absolutely brilliant state. If you are into wildlife, the great outdoors, scenery and action and adventure, then this tour will provide it in bucketloads. I felt exhausted after this trek, but at the end of it I could have done it again and again. I had such fun, from scenic flight to h...
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