- Gratuities to Director, drivers and local guides included
- Travel the spectacular shoreline of Turnagain Arm on the Alaska Railroad
- Jetboat ride in “bush” Alaska
- Hike around Talkeetna Lake
- Meet sled dogs in training
- Kayak, river raft and hike on the Kenai Peninsula, known as “Alaska’s Playground.”
- Cruise past glaciers on Prince William Sound
- Arctic Circle Guided Tour
- Riverboat Discovery Tour
- Kake hikes and sightseeing
- Experience ancient Kake cultural
- Bear and Eagle watching on Silver Spike Bridge
- Whale watching on Point White Jr
- Airport transfers on arrival and departure.
- All meals included.
- History experts
Points of Interest
- Big Lake
- Talkeetna River
- Chulitna River
- Mount Denali
- National Museum of Forest Service History
- Trapper Creek
- Alaska Native Heritage Center
- Fox Island
- Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center
- Crow Creek Gold Mine
- Alaska Railroad
- Blackstone Bay
- Mount Marathon
- Kenai Fjords National Park
- Denali National Park
- Stampede Trail
- Tanana Valley Railroad
- Kupreanof Island
Day 1 ARRIVE AT TED STEVENS ANCHORAGE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
Welcome to The Last Frontier! Unwind as your Adventure Guides check you in to your expansive room. Transportation Provided. Then start the tour with a trip to visit the Alaska Native Heritage Centre, a well known cultural center and museum, to learn more about the indigenous peoples of Alaska. Spend the remainder of the day exploring Anchorage. Ask your guide to take you wherever you’d like in Anchorage.
WELCOME DINNER Celebrate your first night in Alaska and the beginning of your trek with an authentic Alaskan seafood feast! Take a coach to Bridge Seafood or Simon Seaforts, a unique restaurant in the waters of an urban salmon stream.
Day 2 – Anchorage to Girdwood
On your way along the Turnagain Arm, watch for Caribou as well as bears! Visit the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center. This non-profit organization works to preserve the wildlife of Alaska through the help and education. Be introduced to the orphaned animals, such as ox and musk, grizzly and bald eagles. Tonight, you’ll also learn how outdoor adventures can be personal and stunning, yet have a minimal impact on the natural environment, and what they need for security and comfort. Hotel in Girdwood
Day 3 – Whitter
BREAKFAST AT THE HOTEL Fuel up on breakfast at the hotel this morning before beginning today’s adventures. Girdwood to Whittier. All aboard the Alaska Railroad! Discover for yourself why the National Geographic Traveler ranked this Coastal Train among their Top Ten Train Rides in North America. We will cruise through Blackstone Bay, Prince William Sound, to Whittier along the fantastic shores of Turnagain Arm. In Whitter, board the glacier boat cruise where you’ll be traveling through spectacular waterfalls and glaciers some 1,700 feet above the boat. Keep your ears ready to hear glaciers groan and crack–and keep an eye on eagles, otters, and seals, whales along the way. On your way back to your hotel, you will be crossing through Whittier Tunnel, North America’s second-largest road tunnel. Tonight, join us at our reception and dinner to swap stories of your adventures. Before making the return journey 6 pm that evening.
Day 4 – Girdwood to Seward
Awake and head down to Seward. We will stay in Seward overnight. After we arrive, we head over to The Alaska SeaLife Center. This is a world-class marine research and rehabilitation facility, and one of Alaska’s premier aquatic visitor attractions. Answers to the ocean’s mysteries are being unlocked daily by SeaLife Center scientists.
Day 5 – Seward
Your six-hour “Genuine Alaska Tour” starts at the Seward rail terminal close to the little vessel harbor at 11:05 am. Start by visiting memorable downtown Seward, one of the most established networks in Alaska, where you will see direct the impacts of the 1964 quake. Remain in wonderment of Mount Marathon, home of the second most seasoned footrace in the United States, at that point visit the acclaimed “Mile 0” of the Iditarod Trail, and realize why Seward was the “Portal to Alaska.” Next, look for moose, bear, mountain goats, and spawning salmon as you travel to incredible Exit Glacier in Kenai Fjords National Park. Take a short stroll on a nature trail that will take you directly to the icy mass! Your aides will call attention to local greenery, enable you to spot untamed life and answer questions about the fast-dissolving ice sheet. At that point, you will enjoy nearby fish or one of the numerous fantastic courses at the Resurrection Roadhouse, an excellent eatery settled in the shadow of stunning mountains. Finish off your day with a visit to Seavey’s Iditarod Racing Kennel, where you will appreciate VIP status on the 1/2 Hour Wilderness Sled Dog Ride and Tour.
Day 6 -Seward to Anchorage
We spend the night in Anchorage. We should arrive in the early afternoon; this will allow you to visit a few more areas.
Day 7 – Anchorage to Talkeetna
Explore the starting point for the journey to the climb of Mount Denali. Enjoy many beautiful things here in this little town. We have a jet boat ride and a river ride if you like.
Day 8- Talkeetna Denali National Park
Today is the ride to Denali National Park, the home of Mount McKinley. Making frequent stops for sightseeing and including a stop at Denali. We will go deep into Denali National Park by bus. You have the option of taking a narrated bus tour or a bus tour where you can get on and off the bus to hike anywhere, you want to. A picnic lunch will be served out in the park. We can be out and about between 7-10 hours. We also have ATV tours, big truck tours, or jeep tours. Please just let us know your preferences. Lodging at Motel Nord Haven. Experience your own ‘Into the Wild’ journey on this 4-wheel off-road adventure in Denali National Park. Aboard your safari transport, head deep into the Alaskan bush to the Stampede Trail, a forgotten trail in the wilderness that Christopher McCandless took to explore the backcountry. Learn about the area’s geology and wildlife. We will stop along the way to explore the open tundra. Hotel transport from select locations is included on this 3.5-hour tour.
Day 9 – Denali/ Fairbanks
While in Fairbanks we will have a guided tour of Fairbanks and dinner as we arrive at 8 pm that night.
Day 10 Fairbanks North Pole Delta Junction.
We will have the vehicle in Fairbanks as we set off and see the sights of the northern areas. (Winter Months) Stay up late for a chance to see the dancing northern lights from several areas on the property — Tour Gold Dredge 8 – a national historical monument. Ride the Tanana Valley Railroad in the Interior’s original goldfields and pan for gold – everyone finds gold! Great family fun! See the North Pole we have guides from this area and ask them all about Real Alaska. Also, there is a Riverboat Discovery! Climb aboard an authentic Alaskan sternwheeler, the Riverboat Discovery, and take a journey back in time along the Chena and Tanana river. Skyfire In Focus Tours would love for you to join us on our next Arctic Circle guided tour.
Day 11 Fairbanks North Pole Delta Junction.
We will have the vehicle in Fairbanks as we set off and see the sights of the northern areas. (Winter Months) Stay up late for a chance to see the dancing northern lights from several areas on the property — Tour Gold Dredge 8 – a national historical monument. Ride the Tanana Valley Railroad in the Interior’s original goldfields and pan for gold – everyone finds gold! Great family fun! See the North Pole we have guides from this area and them all about Real Alaska. Climb on board an authentic Alaskan sternwheeler, the Riverboat Discovery, and take a journey back in time along the Chena and Tanana river.
Day 12- Fairbanks to Anchorage
We drive back to Anchorage, on a 6-hour drive.
We depart Fairbanks for Anchorage. Then we head off to St Petersburg. We will be traveling to Kake Island to spend some time with the tribe. Kake boasts the most massive totem pole in the world, carved out of a single tree. This is the place to come if you’d like to relax and experience a genuinely Authentic Alaska experience. This beautiful beachfront village has been home to the Kake tribe of Tlingit Native Americans for thousands of years, and nearly 70% of the 500 current residents are of Tlingit heritage. The word Kake comes from the Tlingit word “Keix’,” meaning “opening of daylight” and many of the Tlingit traditions remain at the foundation of the community; with the people of Kake continuing to live off the land through hunting, fishing and gathering vegetation.
Visitors to Kake find themselves immersed in steep heritage as they experience the community’s traditional dancing, storytelling, basket weaving, beading, and carving. However, one of the village’s most iconic traditions is to stand at the foot of the village’s 132-foot totem pole to learn the history and heritage of the community. The totem pole was created in 1971 by a trained Native carver and raised according to the traditional ceremony. It is recorded as one of the world’s tallest sanctioned totem poles.
The Keku Cannery is another favorite stop. The historic salmon-packing cannery was an economic driver for the city during the early part of the 20th century. In 1997 it was listed as a National Historic Landmark, as the best-preserved Alaska salmon cannery in Southeast Alaska, with original worker housing, boardwalks between buildings, and period machinery.
While in Kake, you can choose different tours and adventures. Some of our guests enjoy exploring the historic buildings and native culture. There are numerous wildlife hikes to select, as well. Take a hike through a well-known trail with your guide and discover beautiful waterfalls and fishing. Or take a walk down to a stretch of a deserted beach. Near Sitka, there are so many different species of animal life. From majestic eagles, black bears, and whales can all be seen from the shore. However, deer, wolves, beaver, porcupine, red squirrel, marten, moose and around 300 species of birds can all be found among the vistas of blue-gray seas and densely forested lands of the island.
Unlike other communities of the region, Kake does have roads. There are a small number of trucks available for rent on the island so that visitors can get around town. Explore old logging roads on Kupreanof Island, and find popular trailheads. Some visitors also opt to rent a vehicle in Juneau or Petersburg and bring it to Kake by ferry on the Alaska Marine Highway. This option may require an extra day of travel but may be worth it for those who want a guaranteed way to see more of the island.
Finally, if you’re lucky enough to be visiting during the Fourth of July, the day’s celebrations offer an unforgettable experience. Tasty food, genuine fun, and grand fireworks are the order of the day with parades, vendors, and a variety of family-friendly events.
Fun times to visit Kake are for the Fourth of Jule, Kake Day (January), Summer dog Salmon Festival. Talk to us, and we can help you schedule this visit.
Note: While we are in Kake we have to bring our food they do not have any eating facilities. We will cook and eat our meals.
Day 13- Have a day with the tribe or go fishing (must buy a Fishing License) Dinner we will have a cookout.
Day 14- Activities planned with the tribe.
BEAR and EAGLE WATCHING – Eagles are frequently spotted during a visit to Kake, and it’s not unusual to see a black bear taking a stroll up the street. However, there is nothing like watching the fish amble about in their natural habitat. For the best bear viewing on the island, head to Gunnuk Creek and stake out your location at Silver Spike Bridge. The bear viewing platform at the old Gunnuk Creek Fish Hatchery is another perfect place to watch the bears in action.
WHALE WATCHING – Point White Junior and Long Beach are two of the best places in Kake to watch for whales as they feed, breech and play. Pack a picnic lunch and bring your binoculars to help you spot the whales offshore.
KAKE DOG SALMON FESTIVAL – The Kake Dog Salmon Festival, informally cofounded by former Kake Tribal Corporation President Gordon Jackson and Juneau resident Peter Metcalfe during a fishery meeting in 1994, was first organized to celebrate the one-millionth pound of salmon processed at the local plant. For event schedule and additional information, please follow the link to the Kake Tribal Corporation website: http://www.kaketribalcorporation.com/dogsalmon.html
***Note – For your safety and the safety of the wildlife, please resist approaching animals. Know bear safety guidelines, especially if you are hiking out on the trails.***
Day 15- Travel to Sitka for touring the city and overnight here.
Day 16- Sitka and Fly Home Pickup Airport Home