Alaska & Kenai In Depth

6 day Small Group Tour - from £3269

Pristine national parks, sparkling fjords and incredible wildlife unfold in front of your eyes. Home to the continent’s tallest peaks and largest glaciers, Alaska is a photographer’s nirvana, full of awe-inspiring sights and challenging experiences.

Highlights:

  • Ranger-guided wildlife cruise around Resurrection Bay
  • Kayaking in Kachemak Bay
  • Incredible hiking to the Harding Icefield
  • Floatplane tour into Lake Clark National Park & Preserve
  • Opportunities to spot wildlife
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Your Itinerary

Day 1 - Anchorage

Welcome to Anchorage, the largest city in Alaska, with only 300,000 people. Now a bustling city fuelled by the oil boom and tourism, it wasn’t that long ago that Anchorage was the final outpost before heading into the ‘Last Frontier’. It’s not uncommon to find bears roaming the outskirts of the city – this is one truly wild place.

A great way to spend your day is to wander around town getting a feel for the 49th state, speaking to the locals and checking out some of the great cafes and restaurants. A welcome meeting will be held at 18:00 hrs, followed by a welcome dinner to help you get to know your tour leader and fellow travelling companions.

Hotel: Inlet Tower Hotel or similar

Meals: Dinner

Day 2 - Homer (Kachemak Bay)

The Kenai Peninsula is like something from a larger-than-life children’s novel. It is staggeringly beautiful and offers wonderful wildlife and bird watching opportunities amidst dramatic fjords and glaciers. This morning you’ll make your way towards the city of Homer where you spend the afternoon exploring your new two-night home, and Kachemak Bay, by kayak. Sea kayaking is a great way to discover the peacefulness of this wilderness area and it is commonplace to spot sea otters and porpoise as well as Bald Eagles circling overhead. With snow-capped mountains and forest as your backdrop, it’s easy to see why people are drawn to Alaska and never leave. It is like nowhere else on planet earth!

Hotel: Best Western Bidarka Inn or similar

Meals: Breakfast and dinner

Day 3 - Soldotna

Today is all about bears and that quintessential Alaskan experience! The premier bear viewing fly-in experience is located at Wolverine Creek near the Lake Clark National Park and Preserve. The bears are drawn to the waters where thousands of salmon are spawning in the shallows. After a 30-minute flight on a floatplane, you fly past Mount Redoubt to land in search of these magnificent creatures.

There will be numerous viewing opportunities, with previous groups spotting many bears in the course of one day. You will likely see Alaskan brown bears and possibly some black bears teaching their cubs how to eventually do their own fishing when they are older. You’ll end up as close as 30 feet from these magnificent animals in the complete safety of your guide’s boat while they go about their business of fishing and relaxing.

Hotel: Best Western Bidarka Inn or similar

Meals: Breakfast

Day 4 - Seward (Kenai Fjords National Park)

Today you will hike the spectacular trail from Exit Glacier to the Harding Icefield for views of deep crevasses and huge seracs on the glacier. At an elevation of 900m, you will eventually reach a lookout point over the icefield and the views will be out of this world. This has been rated as one of the finest hikes in Alaska. The walk is strenuous and entirely dependent on weather conditions; however, views along the way and especially from the top are simply magical. There’s an easier option available if you prefer, using an accessible trail to reach a different viewpoint of the glacier. For those who want to explore Seward afterwards, the impressive Alaska SeaLife Center, which houses a remarkable public aquarium and ocean wildlife rescue centre, is a fun place to visit.

Hotel: Harborview Inn or similar

Meals: Breakfast

Day 5 - Seward

Today you set off on a full day wildlife viewing cruise around Resurrection Bay and the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge. To maximise your experience on board, your guide will give a detailed commentary on the wildlife you see and the local area. On previous trips, travellers have spotted sea lions, otters, Dall’s Porpoise and an endless variety of seabirds including puffins and eagles. Orcas are often spotted and if you’re lucky, Humpback Whales can be seen!

Enjoy a fresh salmon and prime rib lunch on board (vegetarian options are available). You will also spend time in front of two active tidewater glaciers: Holgate and Aialik Glaciers, so close you can hear them creaking and see chunks of ice fall to the water.

Hotel: Harborview Inn or similar

Meals: Breakfast and lunch

Day 6 - Depart Anchorage

You begin to make your way slowly back to Anchorage today but the fun is not over yet. After driving through the Alaskan wilderness, you’ll stop at Alyeska in the Chugach Mountain Range, ideal for a final wilderness walk before returning to the State’s capital, Anchorage. Beginning with a forest walk and pulley system which takes you over a stream, this eventually leads you to Alyeska Resort which is where you begin the trail. You can also opt to pay for the gondola to the top for beautiful views of snow-capped mountains, wildflowers and your final breaths of Alaskan wilderness before finishing up in Anchorage.

Containing around half the population of the state, Anchorage in some ways looks just like any other sprawling American town and after exploring small towns and villages the bustling streets of the city will feel somewhat different. If you decide to stay on, why not explore the art galleries and craft shops where you can see the beautiful Eskimo handicrafts being made?

Meals: Breakfast

6 day Small Group Tour - from £3269

With flights from £3995

OPTIONS

  • Extend your stay in Anchorage – from £98
  • Choose to fly economy, premium, business or first class

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All prices are per person, based on 2 sharing a twin room, and include meals where shown. Call Freedom Destinations for departure dates and availability. Seasonal variations may apply – call or enquire now for more details. Itineraries may vary for tours departing from 1st April 2021 onwards.

Alaska & Kenai in Depth

YOUR TOURING EXPERIENCE

First class small group touring with the company of others. Our experienced guides will make sure you don’t miss a thing.

Your Small Group Tour includes:

  • Superb sightseeing, walks and activities
  • Air-conditioned vehicle with WiFi
  • 2 nights’ lodge accommodation
  • 2 nights’ resort accommodation
  • 1 night in a hotel
  • 5 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 1 dinner
  • A friendly and knowledgeable tour leader

Departure dates:

20 June 2020
18 July 2020
15 August 2020
20 September 2020
18 June 2021
16 July 2021
13 August 2021
18 September 2021

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