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19 days from £8,230pp

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Tour highlights

  • Visit Denali National Park with its abundant wildlife and Mount Denali, 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 Kenai Fjords National Park by boat.

  • Look for whales, porpoises, and sea otters while admiring the glaciers of Prince William Sound.

Price includes:

  • Scheduled international flights
  • Fully insured vehicle hire
  • All accommodation
  • 24-hour support while you travel
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Itinerary idea in detail

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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, journey back to Denali Park Entrance where you will arrive late afternoon.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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

  • Spend the day exploring Kennicott, McCarthy and Wrangell-St Elias National Park. There are some magnificent walks among the mountains here and wildlife is prolific.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Today, board the ferry that will take you across the remarkable Prince William Sound to Whittier. Look out for whales, porpoises and sea otters as your ferry winds past the impressive tidewater glaciers. Upon arrival, drive south to 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.

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

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

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

  • Arrive home today to complete your journey.

Accommodation options

While the itinerary price reflects the suggested accommodation, Audley trips are 100% tailor-made, and a specialist can help you select the option best suited to your tastes and budget.

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When to go

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Place Daily max temperature (°C) Monthly rainfall (mm)
Anchorage
 
Denali Park Entrance
 
Denali National Park
 
Fairbanks
 
McCarthy & Kennicott
 
Valdez
 
Seward
 
Homer
 
Cooper Landing
 

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