Ultimate Alaska

An epic, all encompassing journey away from the crowds in Alaska. This adventure takes you tracking grizzly bears, sea kayaking, exploring wild national parks and whale watching. A true trip of a lifetime.

Duration
13 Days
Price
When
Jun - Sep 2019
Destination
Alaska
Type
Small Group Safari
Duration Price When Destination Type
13 Days Jun - Sep 2019 Alaska Small Group Safari
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About this trip

Alaska is a land of extremes and words such as ‘grand’, ‘epic’ and ‘extraordinary’ fail to even start to describe the reality. Our specialist small group trip takes you far from tourist routes, into the Alaskan wilds and close to its beating heart in Denali National Park. Here you can witness grizzly bears swiping for salmon from the river’s edge, witness glaciers calving before your eyes, watch for orca and humpback whales, and more. We’re proud of our Ultimate Alaska Wildlife Safari, experience Alaska like you’ve never imagined alongside like-minded travellers, and expert wildlife guides.

 

What makes this trip extraordinary

  • Hiking, nature walks, bear (and other wildlife) watching, fishing, flight-seeing and biking in Denali National Park.
  • Humpback whale and orca viewing from a small yacht in Kenai Fjords.
  • Witness grizzly bears swiping salmon from bubbling rivers at Brooks Falls.
  • Close encounters with puffins, octopus, sea lions and more in the Alaska SeaLife Centre.

An epic 13- or 14-day adventure journey of Alaskan discovery into Denali National Park, Brooks Falls and the grizzly bears

from $11,639 per person sharing excluding international flights

Day by day

Day 1

Arrive in Fairbanks

Today you meet your guide and fellow travellers in Fairbanks, the capital of Alaska’s interior region (considered Alaska’s second capital city). Fairbanks is quite unique; modern, yet with frontier twists, including saloons and paddle wheelers. Take some time to explore your surroundings today and get the anticipation building for your upcoming adventure.

Day 2

Fairbanks - Denali National Park

On day two, your journey south begins and you arrive in Denali after about two or three hours on the road. At six million acres, Denali is one of the world’s great wildernesses, and it is home to Denali (formerly Mt. McKinley), the highest peak in the whole of North America. Wildlife includes wolves, moose, caribou, grizzly bears and a whole lot more. You’ll have time for some exploration today; with everything from hiking, biking, fishing, and even flightseeing available.

Overnight: Kantishna Roadhouse (B, L, D)

Day 3

Denali National Park

Denali, literally translated from Athabascan Indian, means ‘the great one’, and today you continue exploring this great park with the activities on offer. Bear in mind that with such a harsh climate, wildlife sightings are often exhilarating but transient. Spend the evening cosied up in your log cabin with a mug of hot cocoa and share pictures and stories of the day’s adventures.

Overnight: Kantishna Roadhouse (B, L, D)

Day 4

Denali - Talkeetna

Today you depart Denali by train on a journey through Alaska’s rugged interior, over Broad Pass and along the Susitna River to Talkeetna. At the confluence of three rivers, Talkeetna is a rustic town with astounding views of Denali. The economy here thrives on adventure, so there are numerous activities; from rafting and mountain biking, to fishing. Enjoy a delicious dinner, then explore the town, which dates back to the 1900s.

Day 5

Talkeetna - Alyeska Resort

Today you continue your journey south to Girdwood and Alyeska Resort, Alaska’s premier ski resort, and host to incredible activities throughout the summer. Take some time to explore your new surroundings today, including the northernmost temperate rainforest in North America. This evening, you can choose to board the tram up to the summit for some 5 star cuisine with unforgettable vistas.

Day 6

Activities in Alyeska

You’ll spend a majority of the morning exploring Spencer Lake, a stunning area punctuated by icebergs. Later this afternoon, enjoy a boat excursion down the Placer River, before heading back to Alyeska Resort for your evening meal.

Day 7

Alyeska - Fox Island

This morning, you travel to Seward, on the Kenai Peninsula, before boarding a boat to take you to the private Fox Island. Within the Kenai Fjords, this island truly is pristine, and is missed by a majority of people travelling to Alaska. Take some time this afternoon for a bit of kayaking in search of some of the areas quite prolific marine life. There is just one lodge on the island, and we will have this glorious secluded location all to ourselves.

Overnight: Kenai Wilderness Lodge (B, L)

Day 8

Exploring Fox Island

Board a private, intimate charter yacht today for some exploration of an area where it feels the Ice Age still lives on. Being on such a small vessel means wildlife encounters can be close, without disturbing them. This is one of the best places for viewing humpback whales, sea otters and porpoises, and there is a large colony of puffins to visit. Back to Fox Island for a last night in this wilderness paradise.

Overnight: Kenai Wilderness Lodge (B, L, D)

Day 9

Fox Island - Anchorage

This morning you’ll have some time to enjoy your wild surroundings once more; perhaps go for a nice walk this morning and get some last photos. Then it is time to head north again and you cross Moose Pass, as well as some of Alaska’s most salmon rich rivers. Hopefully there will be time to stop at famous Exit Glacier for a close up look at this astounding area. Later, you’ll arrive at Anchorage where you’ll spend the night.

Overnight: Historic Anchorage Hotel (B, L, D)

Day 10

Anchorage - Brooks Falls

This morning, catch your small aircraft flight to King Salmon, then on to the famous Brooks Falls Lodge by floatplane. This is one of the best places in the world to view grizzly bears in their natural habitat.

Overnight: Brooks Falls Lodge (B, L, D)

Day 11

Grizzly bears at Brooks Falls

Head to the safety of the platforms built over Brooks Falls where you can watch these awesome bears swiping salmon from the river with gigantic grizzled paws, claws the length of a human finger. At this time, the salmon are headed upstream to spawn, and the bears are blissfully aware that this is the time to feed up. Some will even catch the fish with their jaws as it powers towards its birth spot up the river. Sport fishing is also available.

Overnight: Brooks Falls Lodge (B, L, D)

Day 12

Brooks Falls - Anchorage

Enjoy another morning of bear focussed activities, before saying your goodbyes and heading back to Anchorage. This evening you’ll enjoy a delicious farewell dinner with your expedition leader and celebrate the adventures of the last 12 days.

Overnight: Historic Anchorage Hotel (B, L, D)

Day 13

Depart Alaska

This is the last day of your safari in Alaska, we’ll ensure you are transferred to the airport in time for your next flight, whether it is homeward bound, or onto another destination.

TRIP DETAILS

SMALL GROUP INFORMATION

This safari is run on a small group basis and is either 13 or 14 days in length. The 14-day trips are specialist photography departures and include extra time to capture incredible images of the grizzly bears in action. Guest numbers are limited to about 13.

Trip date
Jun 20 - Jul 02 2020
Jun 23 - Jul 05 2020
Jun 25 - Jul 07 2020
Jun 27 - Jul 09 2020
Jun 30 - Jul 12 2020
Jul 04 - Jul 16 2020
Jul 07 - Jul 19 2020
Jul 09 - Jul 21 2020
Jul 11 - Jul 23 2020
Jul 14 - Jul 26 2020
Jul 16 - Jul 28 2020
Jul 18 - Jul 30 2020
Jul 21 - Aug 02 2020
Jul 23 - Aug 04 2020
Jul 25 - Aug 06 2020
Jul 28 - Aug 09 2020
Aug 23 - Sep 04 2020
Aug 26 - Sep 07 2020
Aug 28 - Sep 09 2020

Talk to one of our specialists for further details on our tailor-made safaris in Alaska.