Alaska: Wilderness & Wildlife - A Luxury Small Group Journey (2020)

Immerse yourself in the epic grandeur of wild Alaska, as you view stunning Denali National Park from a deluxe domed railcar, walk across the surface of a glacier, and meet Alaskan sled dogs to learn how a team is prepared for the Iditarod

Journey Overview

Immerse yourself in the epic grandeur of wild Alaska, as you view stunning Denali National Park from a deluxe domed railcar, walk across the surface of a glacier, and meet Alaskan sled dogs to learn how a team is prepared for the Iditarod.

Journey Highlights

  • Explore Alaska by road, rail, helicopter and airplane
  • Venture beyond the rarely crossed Arctic Circle for a guided visit to an isolated wilderness community
  • Ride a dome railcar through Denali National Park, and take a flightseeing trip to land on a snow-covered glacier
  • Stop at the kennels of a four-time Iditarod race winner and visit with his Alaskan huskies
  • Cruise in stunning Kenai Fjords National Park, sighting marine life and viewing its glaciers
Itinerary

Journey Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Fairbanks, Alaska

Arrive in Fairbanks, where you are met and privately transferred to your hotel. Tonight, enjoy a reception and welcome dinner. 
Pike’s Waterfront Lodge | Meals: D

Day 2: Fairbanks | Exploring Above the Arctic Circle

Board a small plane for a sightseeing flight (weather permitting) that carries you over the majestic Brooks Range to a landing above the Arctic Circle, in the tiny town of Wiseman. Tour this far-flung outpost with a local guide who shows you the nearby Trans-Alaska Pipeline, a marvel of engineering, and the Koyukuk River, a tributary of the mighty Yukon River. Return to Fairbanks for an evening at your leisure.
Pike’s Waterfront Lodge | Meals: BL 

Day 3: Talkeetna | Train Ride Through Scenic Denali

This morning, it’s “all aboard” a deluxe dome railcar for a scenic ride through Denali National Park. Enjoy breakfast and lunch as you take in the passing vistas of Denali’s pristine forests and snow-capped mountains. Arrive in Talkeetna, a quirky village said to have inspired the TV series Northern Exposure, and transfer to your hotel. 
Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge | Meals: BLD

Day 4: Talkeetna | Walking on a Glacier

Board an airplane for a flightseeing adventure to the remote western end of Denali National Park for marvellous views of Denali as well as Mount Foraker and Mount Hunter. Continue over the Kahiltna Glacier to the climbers’ base camp, where you land and step out on the glacier (weather permitting) for an exhilarating wilderness experience, before returning to Talkeetna. Enjoy your afternoon at leisure, explore on your own or choose from optional activities like fishing, ziplining, biking and hiking. Tonight, gather with your fellow guests and A&K Resident Tour Director for a Scenic Sundowner, as the sun sets outside your lodge. 
Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge | Meals: B

Day 5: Girdwood | Iditarod Champion Sled-Dog Teams

Set out for Girdwood, stopping en route to visit the kennels of four-time Iditarod champion Martin Buser. Go up close with members of his Alaskan husky sled-dog teams and eat lunch on site. Then, proceed to Girdwood, a resort community at the base of Mount Alyeska. Cap your day with a ride on the Scenic Alyeska Tram, summiting the mountain to take in the glorious vistas of the surrounding countryside. Enjoy an evening at leisure at your resort. 
The Hotel Alyeska | Meals: BLD 

Day 6: Seward | Fjord Cruise & Scenic Train Ride

Journey along scenic Turnagain Arm, through forests and across coastal flats to Seward, keeping watch for Dall sheep high up in the rocky cliffs. Next, board a boat and cruise into Kenai Fjords National Park, where you view massive glaciers and keep an eye out for whales, sea otters, walruses and other marine wildlife. Enjoy lunch on board before returning to the harbor. Next, board the Alaska Railroad dome rail train for the return to Girdwood, marvelling at the natural scenery and enjoying dinner on board. 
The Hotel Alyeska | Meals: BLD

Day 7: Girdwood | Design Your Day

Today, enjoy one of these Design Your Day activities.

  • Set Out on a Guided Interpretive Hike in the scenic Portage Valley, with its verdant forests and glacier-carved landscapes.
  • Relax on a Leisurely Float Trip down the Portage River, taking in the breathtaking panoramas all around you.
  • Prospect for Gold on a visit to an authentic mining facility that dates from the original Alaskan Gold Rush.

Return to your lodge for an afternoon at leisure. 
The Hotel Alyeska | Meals: B 

Day 8: Anchorage | Up Close with Native Species

Set out for the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Centre, where you enjoy an up-close visit with the native Alaskan species being rehabilitated there, including bison, moose and grizzly bears. Continue to Anchorage for a city tour featuring Lake Hood, a port for seaplanes. Also visit Earthquake Park and view the historic downtown area. Tonight, gather for a farewell dinner. 
Hotel Captain Cook | Meals: BD

Day 9: Depart Anchorage

Transfer to the Anchorage airport and depart. 
Meals: B

Journey Details

This journey contains some active elements.
Included flights are subject to weather conditions.
Minimum age is 10 years.
First group event: welcome briefing at 6:00 p.m. on Day 1.
Last group event: farewell dinner at 7:00 p.m. on Day 8.
Departures are guaranteed to operate with a minimum of 2 guests.

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Accommodation/Partners

Accommodation/Partners

Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge

Alaska: Wilderness & Wildlife - A Luxury Small Group Journey (2020)

Talkeetna spans several pretty log buildings which houses the main lodge and 212 guest rooms in separate buildings overlooking the forest ... Read more

The Hotel Captain Cook, Alaska

Alaska: Wilderness & Wildlife - A Luxury Small Group Journey (2020)

The Captain Cook Hotel is the only true luxury HOTEL IN Anchorage, America's gateway to the Pacific Rim. As Alaska's largest city, Anchor ... Read more

Dates & Prices

Journey Dates & Prices

Prices are per person, based on double occupancy

May 29, 2020 - Jun 6, 2020
Price AU$12,300pp Single Supplement AU$1,440 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Available Enquire
Jun 12, 2020 - Jun 20, 2020
Price AU$12,300pp Single Supplement AU$1,440 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Available Enquire
Jul 10, 2020 - Jul 18, 2020
Price AU$12,300pp Single Supplement AU$1,440 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Available Enquire
Jul 17, 2020 - Jul 25, 2020
Price AU$12,300pp Single Supplement AU$1,440 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Available Enquire
Jul 24, 2020 - Aug 1, 2020
Price AU$12,300pp Single Supplement AU$1,440 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Available Enquire
Aug 7, 2020 - Aug 15, 2020
Price AU$12,300pp Single Supplement AU$1,440 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Available Enquire
Aug 14, 2020 - Aug 22, 2020
Price AU$12,300pp Single Supplement AU$1,440 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Available Enquire
Aug 28, 2020 - Sep 5, 2020
Price AU$12,300pp Single Supplement AU$1,440 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Available Enquire
Sep 4, 2020 - Sep 12, 2020
Price AU$12,300pp Single Supplement AU$1,440 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Available Enquire
Notes:

Availability shown here is updated weekly and indicative only. Availability on any product or journey shown here is not specific to a category of travel and may not denote availability at the cheapest ‘From’ price. For real time availability, talk to your travel agent or call Abercrombie & Kent on 1300 851 800.