Expedition Overview

Expedition Overview

  • Hear tales of the Iditarod from a veteran musher and interact with their sled dogs.
  • Watch for humpbacks, orcas, and tidewater glaciers on a wilderness cruise in Kenai Fjords National Park.
  • Ride the rails to Denali aboard a deluxe glass dome rail car, and learn about the park’s dynamic ecosystem from a National Geographic Expert.
  • Get up close with Alaska’s wildest residents at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, an animal rehabilitation facility featured on the Nat Geo Wild television series Alaska Animal Rescue.

Itinerary

Itinerary

Encounter majestic landscapes and diverse wildlife on an expedition into the heart of Alaska’s untouched wilderness. Experience the rugged beauty of Denali National Park on naturalist-led excursions and search for moose, caribou, wolves, grizzly bears and Dall sheep. Hike amid the soaring peaks of the Alaska Range and journey along the stunningly scenic Seward Highway. Cap off your adventure with a cruise in Kenai Fjords National Park, home to humpback whales and towering tidewater glaciers.

Day 1: Fairbanks, Alaska
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Arrive at Fairbanks International Airport (FAI) mid-afternoon. Later, hear tales of the Alaska backcountry from an Iditarod veteran and interact with their sled dogs. This evening, join your fellow travelers for a welcome reception and dinner.

Meals Included:Dinner
Accommodations:Springhill Suites
Day 2: Fairbanks / Denali National Park
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Today begins with a scenic ride aboard a deluxe dome rail car train to the entrance of Denali National Park. The glass-domed car provides panoramic views while an outdoor viewing platform offers fresh air and an excellent vantage point for photos. Upon arrival, take a short drive to the Murie Science and Learning Center for an exhilarating “Welcome to Denali” presentation. Then head out to a local restaurant for a tasty lunch. After lunch, enjoy a lecture by your National Geographic Expert at your hotel.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodations:Grande Denali Lodge
Days 3-4: Denali National Park
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Spend the next two days enjoying multiple short hikes through Denali National Park to learn more about the unique flora and fauna that are integral to this delicate region’s ecosystem. In the afternoons either relax until dinner or book an optional tour around Denali.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodations:Grande Denali Lodge
Day 5: Denali National Park / Anchorage
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Make your way south to Anchorage, stopping for lunch along the way. Upon arrival, enjoy a city tour before being transferred to your hotel. Enjoy a free evening to explore Anchorage on your own.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodations:Hotel Captain Cook
Day 6: Anchorage/Girdwood/Kenai Peninsula
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This morning drive south of Anchorage along the stunningly scenic Seward Highway, past Turnagain Arm and the snowcapped Chugach mountains, which seem to rise out of the mirrored waters of Cook Inlet. This is part of a route that National Geographic has named one of its “Drives of a Lifetime.” Take the tram to the top of Mount Alyeska for panoramic views and visit the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, featured on the Nat Geo Wild television series Alaska Animal Rescue. The center provides refuge for orphaned, injured, and sick animals that can't survive in the wild. Later in the afternoon continue south to our comfortable lodge situated on the banks of the Resurrection River.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodations:Seward Windsong Lodge
Day 7: Kenai Fjords National Park
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Embark this morning on a scenic cruise through Kenai Fjords National Park. Today is filled with breathtaking views of glaciers and offers great wildlife watching opportunities for all manner of marine life. Steller sea lions can be seen on the rocky islands and Harbor seals are often spotted on ice floes and in the bays. Sea otters bob on the surface, porpoises leap beside the boat and orca, minke, gray and humpback whales are all frequently sighted. Thousands of seabirds call this area home and fill the skies and sea rocks. The highlight of the day is a stop at the base of a tidewater glacier in the hopes of seeing it "calve"-shedding gigantic chunks of ice into the ocean with a thunderous crash. This evening gather for a farewell dinner at a harbor-front restaurant in Seward.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodations:Seward Windsong Lodge
Day 8: Kenai Fjords National Park/Anchorage
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Before departing from Kenai, enjoy one last short hike to Exit Glacier. Note the markers showing the glacier's recession over the past 120 years. Walk the Edge of the Glacier Trail to capture stunning photos in front of glacier ice. Return to Anchorage mid-afternoon and transfer to Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (ANC) to connect with your flight home.

Meals Included:Breakfast