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    Places visited:

  • Anchorage
  • Denali Park Entrance
  • Denali National Park
  • Fairbanks
  • Chitina
  • Kennicott & McCarthy
  • Valdez
  • Whittier
  • Seward
  • Homer
  • Cooper Landing
  • Visit Denali National Park with its abundant wildlife and Mount McKinley, the highest mountain in North America.

  • Marvel at the grandeur of Wrangell-St Elias National Park while visiting Kennicott and McCarthy.

  • View the fjords and tidewater glaciers and wildlife of the Kenai Fjords by boat.

Audley Travel specialist Anna

What our specialists say...

This trip is an ideal balance of highlights and exploration for the first time visitor to Alaska. It includes the best known sights as well as including some Audley surprises. Arriving in Anchorage, guests will drive north to Denali where they will visit the National Park in the shadow of Mount McKinley. Continuing north to Fairbanks you can take an optional trip up the Dalton Highway to the Arctic Circle before continuing to the historic ghost town of Kennicott and McCarthy in Wrangell St Elias National Park. Cross Prince Willliam Sound, looking at glaciers and whales, to Seward and then Homer on the Kenai Peninsula where there is an option to view grizzly bears at Hallo Bay.

We recommend this trip for:

  • Anchorage
  • Denali Park Entrance
  • Denali National Park
  • Denali Park Entrance
  • Denali National Park
  • Fairbanks
  • Chitina
  • Kennicott & McCarthy
  • Chitina
  • Valdez
  • Whittier
  • Seward
  • Homer
  • Cooper Landing

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Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

Day 1 Anchorage

International outbound flight , Anchorage

Today you begin your journey by boarding your international outbound flight to Anchorage. On arrival in Anchorage make your way to your downtown accommodation. The remainder of the day is free to relax.

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Day 2 Anchorage

Anchorage

Enjoy a day at leisure in Anchorage, relaxing after your flight. You may wish to visit the museums and shops and admire the nearby Chugach Mountains.

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Day 3 Denali Park Entrance

Anchorage , Denali Park Entrance

Collect your hire car from the airport depot and drive to Denali National Park. The remainder of the day is free to go white water rafting or explore the vicinity of the park.

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Day 4 Denali Park Entrance

Denali National Park , Denali Park Entrance

Enjoy a full day trip, by bus, into Denali National Park. This long journey is where most visitors to the park see the vast majority of wildlife. After lunch, return back to the Park Entrance in the afternoon.

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Day 5 Denali Park Entrance

Denali Park Entrance

Today you have a full day to explore Denali Park Entrance region. You may wish to take part in some of the many available activities or, alternatively, explore the magnificent scenery of the region.

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Day 6 Fairbanks

Denali National Park , Fairbanks

Drive north to Fairbanks where you will spend the night. This afternoon you may wish to take a paddle wheeler cruise on the Chena and Tanana rivers.

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Day 7 Fairbanks

Fairbanks

Travel by mini coach and light aircraft on a spectacular journey beyond the Arctic Circle. You will see vast stretches of lake-strewn tundra, the Alaska oil pipeline and there will be time to walk on the spongy tundra and learn all about this northern wilderness.

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Day 8 Kennicott & McCarthy

Fairbanks , Chitina , Kennicott & McCarthy

Set off early and drive to Chitina where you board a light aircraft and fly into the mining ghost town of Kennicot on the edge of Wrangell St Elias National Park.

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Day 9 Kennicott & McCarthy

Kennicott & McCarthy

Spend the day exploring Kennicot, McCarthy and Wrangell St Elias National Park. There are some magnificent walks amongst the mountains here and wildlife is prolific.

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Day 10 Kennicott & McCarthy

Kennicott & McCarthy

Enjoy another full day exploring this spectacular national park. Don't miss a visit to the nearby Kennicott copper mine which splendidly evokes the history and industry of the area.

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Day 11 Valdez

Kennicott & McCarthy , Chitina , Valdez

After a spectacular early flight back to Chitina re-join your car and drive south to Valdez. The afternoon is free to explore upon arrival.

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Day 12 Seward

Valdez , Whittier , Seward

Today, board the ferry that will take you across the remarkable Prince William Sound to Whittier. Upon arrival, drive south to Seward.

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Day 13 Seward

Seward

Embark on a full day cruise in Kenai Fjords National Park. Here you will be able to appreciate the stunning beauty of the coastal scenery, including icebergs and glaciers, whilst looking out for the abundant wildlife. A delicious salmon and prime rib lunch on Fox Island is included.

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Day 14 Seward

Seward

Spend a day exploring the little town of Seward and neighbouring Kenai Fjords National Park. Many activities are available such as walking and canoeing.

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Day 15 Homer

Seward , Homer

Today, drive to Homer at the tip of the Kenai Peninsula. Homer is well known for halibut fishing so you may wish to try your hand at hooking one of these large fish.

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Day 16 Homer

Homer

Take a thrilling light aircraft flight to Katmai National Park, where you land on a deserted beach. From here you will walk in a small group, with your experienced guide, looking for grizzly bears that are seen in significant numbers in the green meadows here. After the bear viewing enjoy the views from the aircraft on your flight back to Homer.

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Day 17 Cooper Landing

Homer , Cooper Landing

Drive to Cooper Landing, a convenient stopping place on the road back to Anchorage.

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Day 18 International return flight

Cooper Landing , International return flight

Depart after breakfast to Anchorage Airport where you drop off your hire car before boarding your onward flight.

Day 19 International return flight

International return flight

Arrive home today to complete your journey.

Audley Travel specialist Mike
Audley Travel specialist Anna

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Cooper Landing