Mountains Glaciers and Parks - 7 Days

Starting in/Ending in: Anchorage, Alaska

Overview

Alaska is huge. It actually spans what once were five time zones! So big in fact you probably won’t scratch the surface of what it has to offer in terms of geography, wildlife, local flavor, or Alaska native culture. After a stay in Anchorage, Alaska’s largest city, fly to Kodiak Island, nicknamed Emerald Isle. The entire island is also the native habitat of the amazing Kodiak brown bear. And anyone traveling to Alaska should definitely make a trip to Denali, “The High One”, North America’s highest mountain. In addition, the Denali National Park protects an incredible wilderness area that contains grizzly bears, caribou, moose, wolves, and numerous other creatures. A train ride from Anchorage to Denali is one of the highlights of this tour!

Trip Highlights

  • Kodiak Island
  • Denali National Park
  • Alaska Railroad
  • Anchorage

Itinerary

Day 1
ANCHORAGE, ALASKA

Arrive in Anchorage by air or water. If arriving by air, your flight will most likely arrive early in the morning or late at night. We can add a second night in Anchorage so you can maximize your time or get a few hours of sleep after your early arrival.
In one the world’s most northern cities, take the opportunity to explore the many museums, restaurants and eclectic boutiques and stores. Explore the wildlife and glaciers of Alaska. Depending on time, take one of the many tours available that range from 2.5 to eight hours long. Customize your day to include the Portage Glacier, Mount Alyeska or Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center. Cruise across Portage Lake to see glaciers and learn from guides about the plants and animals in Portage Valley. Ride a tram to the summit of Mount Alyeska to view the Turnagain Arm off Cook Inlet and many alpine glaciers. Those visiting the wildlife center will see wolves, elk and grizzly bears. From your hotel, The Lakefront Anchorage, have a drink or a meal at the Deck at Lake Hood, and watching the float planes arrive and depart. Lake Hood is the largest and busiest seaplane base in the world, with some 250 planes landing each day.

Overnight: The Lakefront Anchorage – a Millennium Hotel, Anchorage, Alaska

Day 2
ANCHORAGE TO KODIAK ISLAND, ALASKA

Start the morning at the Alaska Native Heritage Center to see dwellings and demonstrations that introduce the state’s 11 major cultural groups. Those who are adventurous can follow a 2.4-kilometer trail and hike to the summit of the 1,070-meter Flattop Mountain. In the afternoon, take a 45-minute flight from Anchorage to Kodiak Island for an overnight stay. **Flights are not included in the price but we can help find you the best deal. Flights average $200 per person round-trip.

Overnight: Best Western Kodiak Inn (Complimentary Continental Breakfast) Kodiak Island, Alaska

Day 3
KODIAK ISLAND TO ANCHORAGE, ALASKA

On Kodiak Island, take a guided sightseeing excursion or sea float tour to see some of the 3,000 bears living on the island. Alternatively, rent a car and explore the island by yourself. The island, the second largest in the USA after Hawaii, is one of the country’s true adventure destinations. Take an early evening flight back to Anchorage.

Overnight: Hilton Anchorage, Anchorage, Alaska

Day 4
ANCHORAGE TO DENALI, ALASKA

Depart Anchorage on a scenic journey aboard the Denali Star Train to Denali National Park. Consider upgrading to a dome car for better sightseeing. Your journey will take you north through Talkeetna, with spectacular views of Denali and the Alaska wilderness. Alternatives to the train are the Park Connection Motor coach that runs daily and may be a faster way to get to your destination. Many people choose to ride the train in one direction and the bus the other way to view different scenery. Another option is air service, which also operates from Anchorage to Denali.

Overnight: Denali Bluffs Lodge, Denali, Alaska

*Round Trip Adventure Class Train Ticket included in price – upgrades to GoldStar service available

Day 5
DENALI NATIONAL PARK

Enjoy a full day exploring Denali. Covering more than 2 million hectares, this remote wilderness features the tallest peak in North America as well as alpine forests, tundra and glaciers. Bus tours take you through the park via 148-kilometer Denali Park Road. Tours range from 4.5 to 13 hours, and advance reservations should be made. Choose from nature and wildlife tours as well as the Kantishna Tour, which deposits you in a historic gold town. Denali has no shortage of outdoor recreational opportunities. Set off on a hike from the visitor’s center or Savage River. Join a ranger-led walk or program, go whitewater rafting on the Nenana River, try mountain biking or visit the Denali sled dog kennels to see a demonstration.

Accommodation: Denali Bluffs Lodge, Denali, Alaska

Day 6
DENALI TO ANCHORAGE, ALASKA

Return to Anchorage by train and enjoy an afternoon and evening discovering the shopping, arts, crafts, museums and dining options in the city. A visit to the Alaska Aviation Museum is a must, and do not miss the spectacular views during dinner at the Crow’s Nest atop The Hotel Captain Cook as your trip comes to an end.

Accommodation: Hilton Anchorage, Anchorage, Alaska

Day 7
Tour Ends

Many flights out of Anchorage depart very late in the evening, so you may still have a whole day to explore anything you missed before you head back home.

Trip Includes

  • 6 hotel nights at published hotels (or similar), local hotel taxes and resort fees (except where mentioned), Round-trip Adventure Class train ticket from Anchorage to Denali, travel tips, maps, and brochures. Complimentary Breakfast subject to change at the hotel’s discretion.

Trip Excludes

  • Rental car, gas, parking fees, porterage, flights (including the flight to Kodiak Island), airport transfers, meals, unless otherwise specified in the tour description, park & attractions entrance fees, unless otherwise specified in the tour description, ferry charges, travel insurance.

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From $ 2,660
per Single Occupancy Room (1 Adult)
From $ 237
per Child 17 years and under with 2 paying adults
From $ 3,048
per Double Occupancy Room (2 Adults)

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