Multi-Day Tour

15 Days - Alaska’s National Parks (15 days)

Zegrahm Expeditions

Anchorage, AK, United States To Fairbanks, AK, United States

Valid for Departures: 17 Jul 2018 - 31 Jul 2018

Itinerary

DAY LOCATION(S) HOTEL MEALS DESCRIPTION
Day 1
17 Jul 2018
Anchorage, AK United States
Hotel Captain Cook Dinner

DEPART / anchorage, ALASKA

Arrive in Anchorage and transfer to the Hotel Captain Cook, with the remainder of the day free to explore on your own. Gather this evening at the hotel for a briefing, dinner, and overnight.

Day 2
18 Jul 2018
Homer, AK United States
Land’s End Resort Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Anchorage / homer

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your short flight to Homer. Visit the Pratt Museum as well as the Ocean Visitor Center. Then embark on a sightseeing cruise through Kachemak Bay. In addition to magnificent volcanoes and glaciers, you’ll visit a bustling seabird colony and search for the sea otters that frequent the area. Enjoy dinner at a local restaurant and check in to the Land’s End Resort for overnight.

Day 3
19 Jul 2018
Homer, AK United States
Land’s End Resort Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Homer / katmai national park

Board bush planes this morning for a supremely scenic flight to the east coast of Katmai National Park. Join guides for a full day of exploration, with a focus on viewing coastal brown bears in their natural habitat. The bears frequently forage along tidal flats, where foxes, bald eagles, and other wildlife can also be found. Enjoy lunch in the field and more time viewing bears this afternoon before our return flight to Homer.

Day 4
20 Jul 2018
Seward, AK United States
Seward Harbor 360 Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

HOMER / SEWARD

This morning take a drive along the Sterling Highway to Seward; the highway passes through the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge and Chugach National Forest, home to Dall sheep, mountain goats, bears, caribou, and moose, and features splendid mountain scenery. Upon arrival in Seward, go for a short hike to view the Exit Glacier. Check in to the Seward Harbor 360 for dinner and overnight.

Day 5
21 Jul 2018
Seward, AK United States
Seward Harbor 360 Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

SEWARD / KENAI FJORDS NATIONAL PARK

Board a local boat for an exploration of spectacular Kenai Fjords National Park. Keep watch for Steller sea lions, harbor seals, puffins, eagles, and even whales. Cruise past the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge, home to a variety of birds, on your way to either the Holgate or Aialik Glacier. Enjoy lunch on board and return to Seward in the afternoon.

Day 6
22 Jul 2018
Cordova, AK United States
Orca Adventure Lodge Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

SEWARD / WHITTIER / CORDOVA

This morning drive to Whittier along the Seward Highway. Then take a cruise through Prince William Sound—with great views of the dozens of glaciers that tuck into the Sound’s mountain walls—to Cordova, nestled at the head of Orca Inlet. Spend the next two nights at Orca Adventure Lodge.

Day 7
23 Jul 2018
Cordova, AK United States
Orca Adventure Lodge Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

CORDOVA

This morning drive to the Copper River Delta and Childs Glacier, one of Alaska’s most active glaciers. You have the afternoon to enjoy a picnic lunch in full view of the glacier and historic Million Dollar Bridge, once the vital link from Cordova to the McCarthy and Kennicott mines. Return to town where you may spy bald eagles perched in the trees and sea otters playing in the water.

Day 8
24 Jul 2018
Cordova, AK United States
Kennicott Glacier Lodge Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

CORDOVA / MCCARTHY

This morning explore the area by kayak, passing waterfalls, rocky beaches, and salmon streams. Or, hike through temperate rainforest, making stops at scenic viewpoints and a massive 1,000-year-old spruce tree. After lunch embark on a wilderness flightseeing excursion along the Copper River, world renowned for its flavorful Copper River salmon. This is one of Alaska’s most impressive wilderness waterways and the flight route takes you along the Wrangell and Chugach mountain ranges en route to the historic towns of McCarthy and Kennicott. The Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve is the largest National Park in the United States; more than 100 glaciers and some of North America’s highest peaks are situated among the park’s 13.2 million acres. Spend the next two nights at the quaint Kennicott Glacier Lodge, which is decorated with old mining artifacts and photos from the gold rush.

Day 9
25 Jul 2018
Wrangell–St. Elias National Park, Alaska, AK United States
Kennicott Glacier Lodge Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

WRANGELL–ST. ELIAS NATIONAL PARK

Today join a mountain and glacier guide for a spectacular hike along an old wagon road. Make several stops along the way to discuss glaciology and geology, and to view 16,390-foot Mt. Blackburn. At the glacier, strap on your crampons and after some simple instruction and a bit of practice, set out for a walk on the glacier itself. With no set schedule and a pre-packed lunch, the day on the ice is at our leisure.

Day 10
26 Jul 2018
Denali National Park, AK United States
Grande Denali Lodge Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

MCCARTHY / DENALI NATIONAL PARK

After breakfast, board your small bush plane for a flight over Wrangell-St. Elias to Chitina. Then, take a drive along spectacular and remote Denali Highway, once the only access road to Denali. Today the road is an often overlooked treasure taking travelers back to Alaska’s rich past, its colorful gold rush history, and the wilderness that remains throughout much of the state. The highway is no longer the primary route to Denali National Park and is therefore lightly traveled on the 133 miles between Paxson and Cantwell. Check in to the Grande Denali Lodge for dinner and overnight.

Day 11
27 Jul 2018
Denali National Park, AK United States
Camp Denali Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DENALI NATIONAL PARK (KANTISHNA)

Continue along Denali National Park Road, which extends 87 miles from the park entrance to the old mining community of Kantishna. The road crosses rolling mountainsides and sheer cliffs, and meanders past summer slopes graced with birds and wildflowers. Check in to Camp Denali, your home for three nights.

Day 12
28 Jul 2018
Denali National Park, AK United States
Camp Denali Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DENALI NATIONAL PARK

Encompassing more than six million acres, Denali National Park is the continent’s premier location to view and photograph an amazing array of wildlife in a spectacular setting. Moose, caribou—with full racks of antlers at this time of year—Dall sheep, and grizzly bears are among the 37 mammal species that live in the park. Golden eagles, gyrfalcons, ptarmigan, and long-tailed jaegers are but a few of the 165 species of migratory and resident birds that call Denali’s rock cliffs, forests, and tundra home during the temperate months. If weather permits, you will enjoy breathtaking views of Mt. McKinley, North America’s highest peak, and eight other major mountains in the Alaska Range. Embark on a series of guided hikes, at various levels of exertion, in the higher alpine valleys and the Wonder Lake area, with ample opportunities to witness wildlife.

Day 13
29 Jul 2018
Denali National Park, AK United States
Camp Denali Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DENALI NATIONAL PARK

Encompassing more than six million acres, Denali National Park is the continent’s premier location to view and photograph an amazing array of wildlife in a spectacular setting. Moose, caribou—with full racks of antlers at this time of year—Dall sheep, and grizzly bears are among the 37 mammal species that live in the park. Golden eagles, gyrfalcons, ptarmigan, and long-tailed jaegers are but a few of the 165 species of migratory and resident birds that call Denali’s rock cliffs, forests, and tundra home during the temperate months. If weather permits, you will enjoy breathtaking views of Mt. McKinley, North America’s highest peak, and eight other major mountains in the Alaska Range. Embark on a series of guided hikes, at various levels of exertion, in the higher alpine valleys and the Wonder Lake area, with ample opportunities to witness wildlife.

Day 14
30 Jul 2018
Fairbanks, AK United States
Westmark Fairbanks Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DENALI NATIONAL PARK / FAIRBANKS

Return to the park entrance and make a stop at the Murie Science and Learning Center, which promotes scientific research to aid park managers and provides science-based education programs and information to students, educational institutions, and the visiting public. After lunch at the Center, board luxurious domed rail cars—Gold Star Service—for the four-hour journey to Fairbanks. Situated in the heart of the Tanana Valley, the city’s hospitable frontier atmosphere recalls its long and colorful history that dates back to the late 1800s; the discovery of gold forever marked the city as the expeditionary gateway to Alaska’s Arctic. Check in to the Westmark Fairbanks for dinner and overnight.

Day 15
31 Jul 2018
Fairbanks, AK United States
None None

FAIRBANKS / HOME

Transfer to the airport today for your independent homeward flight.

Tour Features

Experience(s)

  • Sightseeing
  • Walking & Biking
  • Wildlife & Nature

Description

Alaska’s National Parks | 15 Days | Overland Adventure

Expedition Highlights

• Visit four amazing national parks—Denali, Wrangell-St. Elias (America’s largest), Kenai Fjords, and Katmai.

• Search for Alaska’s iconic wildlife, including grizzly bears, caribou, Dall sheep, moose, sea otters, wolves, Steller sea lions, and bald eagles.

• Take a ride on the Alaska Railroad, drive the full length of the spectacular Denali Highway, fly by small plane over the Wrangell Mountains and take a cruise to view some of Alaska’s iconic coastal scenery.

• Photograph coastal brown bears as they forage along tidal flats in Katmai National Park.

• Enjoy a variety of hiking options, both on and off trail, and strap on some crampons for an unforgettable walk on a glacier.

Flight Information

You will need to purchase airfare from your home city/Anchorage and Fairbanks/home city. Air transportation within Alaska is included in the price of the expedition. Please contact our in-house Air Department for fare quotes, reservations, or other air-related questions.

Luggage Restrictions:

Due to charter aircraft operation restrictions within Alaska, all participants will be limited to 30 lbs of checked soft-sided luggage. No luggage can be accepted over this weight limit. In addition, one small carry-on that will fit between your legs or on your lap is permitted.

A 25% per person deposit will reserve your space on this expedition. All rates are per person, quoted in US dollars, and must be paid in US dollars. Rates and itineraries are subject to change. Please review our Terms & Conditions online at www.zegrahm.com/terms, or call our office for a printed copy.

Know Before You Go

For most activities, a relatively moderate level of exertion is required. However, a variety of activities will be offered. We will often leave the beaten path to walk over uneven terrain such as rocky trails and shores, and icy paths, including glaciers. Transportation options will vary with some motorcoach rides over bumpy roads, and boat and train journeys that require sitting for long periods of time. Our accommodations range from superb hotels to rustic lodges tucked into remote corners of the parks we are visiting. This permits us close-up viewing of wildlife. Not all accommodations have en suite facilities; comfortable outhouses—with incredible views!—will be part of the true Alaska experience. Seasonal temperatures can range from the low 40s to the low 70s° F, with evenings a bit cooler.

About Us

With over 25 years in expedition travel, Seattle-based Zegrahm Expeditions Inc. is a leading adventure travel company specializing in small-ship expedition cruises, tours, and safaris to remote and intriguing destinations around the world. Led by expert guides and lecturers, Zegrahm itineraries are carefully crafted and all-inclusive, feature deluxe accommodations, and operate in all seven continents.

Insider Tip

Virtually everything is included: gratuities, transfers, group hotels, wine and beer with lunch and dinner, and a variety of excursions including snorkeling and birding.

Terms & Conditions

Please read our complete set of Terms and Conditions on our website. In order to confirm your participation, it is important that you carefully read and electronically sign the acknowledgement form for your trip. You can select the applicable trip option from our website.



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