- On-tour film vignettes custom-made for you
- 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
- 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
Day 1 Welcome to Alaska
You will be greeted and picked up at Anchorage International Airport. We will then transfer you to your hotel in the heart of Anchorage. Meet your fellow explorers at the hotel tonight at our welcome dinner, then head to bed early. Don’t forget to close your blackout-blinds to block out the famous Alaskan sun! Get some rest as the tour starts first thing the next morning.
Day 2 Iditarod Huskies, jet boating – Talkeetna
Take the first stop in the wilderness at Big Lake today. There, you will meet a champion Iditarod musher along with his energetic and friendly sled dogs. You will learn how these excellent dogs train and prepare for the next season. Continue to Talkeetna, a border town on the Talkeetna River, the Chulitna River, and Susitna River, and the starting points of a mountain climbing for all daring to take on Mount Denali. Ask your guide to see the monument in the little cemetery to all those who have not made it. Check out the National Museum of Forest Service History. We have a Jet Boat ride this day as well. Relaxing nature walk is an opportunity for visits to the authentic town; it does not take much to see it. If it’s good weather, you’ll have a fantastic view of the famous Mount Denali. Join us later for some fun games and dinner à la carte at your comfortable lodge.
Day 3 A hike at a lake and a wilderness homestead in Trapper Creek
Travel to Trapper creek this morning and watch for Loons and King Fishers on the lake. Life in the forest will offer plenty of company during your travels. Your local guide will also tell of how the first indigenous people have survived in this lovely but wild land. As we travel back to Talkeetna, we hope to have some encounters with wildlife. After a well-deserved lunch, we will take a Talkeetna River Natural History Float. Your day ends at a soothing campfire, where you’re not only going to enjoy storytelling but also learn tips for surviving in the wild.
Day 4 Flightseeing near Mt. Denali and on to Kenai via Anchorage
Depart your lodge at Talkeetna for a bird’s eye view towering Mount Denali, the highest mountain in North America, in a small plane. (Weather permitting) After your flight, you will be in Anchorage to visit the Alaska Native Heritage Centre. This is a well known cultural center and museum where you can learn more about the indigenous people of Alaska. On your way along the Turnagain Arm, watch for Caribou as well as bears. If it is the right time of year, you will get the famous Bore Tide. If we have time, we will either go to the Sea Life Park or go on a kayak trip.
Day 5 Seward
Combine sea kayaking adventures with a scenic cruise of Resurrection Bay. Fox Island is a magical mix of the temperate rain forest, sculpted cliffs, protected coves, and long pebbled beaches.
Day 6 Meet unique wildlife & pan for gold on Turnagain Arm.
Today, we will introduce you to orphaned animals cared for at a rehabilitation center. The Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center is a non-profit organization that works to preserve the wildlife of Alaska through education. Think of muskox, grizzly bears, and bald eagles. You’ll find out about this old mine and the art of gold mining and platinum prospecting during a quick visit to Crow Creek Gold Mine. At the turn of the twentieth century, the “gold fever” brought scads of hopeful miners seeking incalculable wealth into this region. A prospector, a gold pan, and a barbecue lunch will be waiting for you. 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.
Day 7 A train, a boat and a glacial wonderland on Prince William Sound
Today, you’re all on the Alaska Railroad to head to the Little town of Whittier. We will cruise through Blackstone Bay and Prince William Sound to Whittier along the fantastic shores of Turnagain Arm. In Whittier, board the glacier boat cruise where you’ll be traveling near 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 out for eagles, otters, seals, and 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.
Day 8 Journey home
The finish of the tour: Girdwood. Fly home anytime. The hotel includes transfers (approximately 60 minutes) to Anchorage International Airport. Ask for a reservation before or after your trip for additional hotel nights.