Trip Overview

Trip Overview

  • Visit the Denali Education Center to learn about the park’s natural and human history, and then head out on a hike with a naturalist guide.
  • Cruise the stunning Kenai Fjords on a boat tour, watching for puffins, sea lions, and orcas.
  • Take a behind-the-scenes tour of the Alaska SeaLife Center, visiting its marine science laboratories and hearing from a researcher about current projects.

Itinerary

Itinerary

Discover the beauty of the great state of Alaska during ten days of jaw-dropping coastline vistas, astounding encounters with wildlife, and the towering majesty of Denali. Spy caribou and moose; keep your eyes peeled for orcas; and go behind the scenes at the celebrated Alaska SeaLife Center in picturesque Seward. Experience the raw beauty of nature on an unforgettable journey to wild Alaska.

This trip is offered in partnership with
G Adventures.

Day 1: Anchorage
Arrive at any time.
Accommodations:Inlet Tower and Suites (or similar)
Day 2: Anchorage/Homer
Travel along the stunning coast of the Kenai Peninsula, where glaciers tumble down from the mountains towards the ocean. Keep an eye out for beluga whales playing out at sea while driving along the Turnagain Arm, or catch a glimpse of volcanoes across the Cook Inlet. Opt to enjoy a hike outside of Homer.
Meals Included:Breakfast
Accommodations:Best Western Bidarka (or similar)
Day 3: Homer
Enjoy a free day in Homer. Walk the quaint streets and visit the museum, restaurants, and art galleries. If you're feeling more adventurous, explore Kachemak Bay by water taxi or kayak, go hiking, catch a floatplane for remote grizzly bear viewing, or try your hand at a local sport — halibut fishing.
Meals Included:Breakfast
Accommodations:Best Western Bidarka (or similar)
Day 4: Homer/Seward
Leave Homer and arrive at the tip of the Kenai Peninsula where the ice age still lingers. Get a guided, behind-the-scenes tour of the world-renowned Alaska SeaLife Center, an incredible marine science facility that frequently collaborates with the National Geographic Society on wildlife initiatives.
Meals Included:Breakfast
Accommodations:Harborview Inn (or similar)
Day 5: Seward
Today, set out by ship to explore the Kenai Fjords, viewing glaciers, seabird colonies, puffins, sea lions, and whales (and if we're lucky, orcas). The afternoon is at your leisure. Opt to go hiking or explore the town.
Meals Included:Breakfast
Accommodations:Harborview Inn (or similar)
Day 6: Seward/Denali National Park and Preserve
Enjoy a scenic drive, stopping for photos along the way. In the afternoon, reach the Denali National Park area, known for its diversity of wildlife and the highest mountain in North America, Denali (formerly called Mt McKinley). Settle in and meet our instructor from the Denali Education Center, and learn about the sometimes surprising, always extreme, conditions that shape life in Denali and define a subarctic ecosystem.
Meals Included:Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodations:Denali Perch Resort (or similar)
Day 7: Denali National Park and Preserve
Travel to the heart of Denali National Park on a day-long journey to the Eielson Visitor Center. The tour is run by the National Parks Service and includes a park-naturalist guide. Along the way, enjoy breathtaking views of the Alaska Range and its many peaks. Have your cameras ready to take pictures of wildlife, which may include caribou, grizzly bears, Dall sheep, moose, and wolves.
Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodations:Denali Perch Resort (or similar)
Day 8: Denali National Park and Preserve
This morning, enjoy a hike with a naturalist guide from the Denali Education Center, taking in the awe-inspiring natural beauty of the Denali wilderness. The afternoon is free to relax and enjoy the great outdoors with options to observe a sled dog demonstration by the National Parks Service or flight seeing. This evening, enjoy another lecture discussing history, daily life, and culture with a local resident.
Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodations:Denali Perch Resort (or similar)
Day 9: Denali National Park and Preserve/Anchorage
Enjoy the scenic drive back to Anchorage. Opt for a final dinner with the group and reminisce about your epic journey into the wild.
Meals Included:Breakfast
Accommodations:Inlet Tower and Suites (or similar)
Day 10: Anchorage
Depart at any time.
Meals Included:Breakfast