Our Classic Alaska Tour features Alaska’s most renowned destinations: Kenai Fjords National Park, the Matanuska Glacier and Denali National Park. 3 nights hotel/ lodge, 3 nights camping.
Our Classic Alaska Tour is a quintessential Alaska journey that features the major biotic regions and multi-sport activities that Alaska is world renowned for.
Explore Kenai Fjords National Park, one of the richest marine environments in the world, encompassing the largest icefield (700 sq. miles) contained entirely within the United States. Hike with crampons on the Matanuska Glacier, Alaska’s largest accessible glacier. Explore the crown jewel of the National Park system, Denali National Park and Preserve and observe Alaska’s famed terrestrial mammals, and if you’re lucky, Mt Denali- tallest mountain in North America.
This is an action-packed week. Add an additional optional activity or two and up the adventure factor.
Our trips are designed as full-service trips and include many opportunities for exploration, including pre-scheduled activities and terrific hiking opportunities. For those looking for a little more adventure, additional optional adventure tours are available throughout your trip and little or no prior experience is needed to enjoy them.
Two full days are set aside for you to choose your activities based upon your interests. Some of the exciting activities available to you include:
Hiking, whitewater and scenic river rafting, mt. biking, glacier/ wildlife cruise, horseback riding, dog sledding, world class fishing, flight seeing, sea kayaking and more!
Additional multi-sport adventure activities can be arranged during your trip. Your guide will make all of the arrangements with our long-time local travel partners at the places we visit. See detailed itinerary description for optional trip descriptions and costs. If you have any questions concerning these activities please contact us and we’ll be happy to discuss them with you. Do your research, you will find our trips to be excellent value.
All vacation packages include our well-trained guide, comfortable transportation, equipment, almost all meals, and are suitable to everyone with a spirit for adventure.
Please Note: This itinerary may operate in a slightly different destination order depending on local conditions. All features of the itinerary will be the same, only the destination order will be altered.
★ indicates our favorite recommended extra activity
Travel south on the scenic Seward Highway (a USDA National Scenic Byway, Alaska Scenic Byway, and All-American Road) along the Turnagain Arm to Kenai Fjords National Park on the Kenai Peninsula. The mountains of the Chugach Range and the Kenai Mountains will tower above us. We’ll stop along the way for wildlife sightings, short hikes and to marvel at the magnificent scenery. This afternoon we’ll take a short hike out to Exit Glacier, and if you’re feeling up to the challenge, the Harding Icefield. Tonight, we’ll stay at a local hotel.
We recommend one of two hikes in the Seward and Kenai Fjords National Park area. Choose between the Harding Ice Field Trail at Exit Glacier or Caines Head trail along the shore of beautiful Resurrection Bay. The Harding Ice Field Trail is a strenuous hike into Kenai Fjords National Park up the side of Exit Glacier; the higher you go, the more sweeping the views. The Caines Head Trail follows the shore of Resurrection Bay through dense temporal rainforest with towering trees and magnificent views of the ocean. Depending on the time of year spawning salmon can be seen. Both hikes are wonderful. Tonight, we’ll stay at a local hotel.
Or consider the other activities available. The glacier/wildlife cruise is our favorite.
★ Glacier/Wildlife Cruise- By far the most popular activity in the area is the glacier/wildlife cruise into the heart of Kenai Fjords National Park. Look for the abundant wildlife that can be observed including whales- orcas and humpbacks, sea otters, endangered Stellar sea lions, Dall porpoises, and colonies of nesting sea birds- including Puffins, cormorants, Oyster Catchers, and Bald Eagles to name a few. On the way you’ll visit an active tidewater glacier and watch and listen for falling ice. This is one of Alaska’s premier wildlife and glacier viewing trips and we highly recommend it! $154, $77 Age to 11.
Sea Kayaking- Explore Resurrection Bay by sea kayak with a shoreline paddle along Caines Head State Recreation Area. Look for sea otters, spawning salmon, eagles, seabirds and many others while enjoying the tranquility of the water from your kayak. From $74.
Dog Sledding- Fly out to a glacier for a ride with a team of sled dogs. Breathtaking scenery of Resurrection Bay treats you during the entire helicopter ride to the Godwin Glacier; upon landing you will find over 80 dogs waiting to take you for a ride. Your guide will explain the history of the legendary Iditarod Sled Dog Race and the fundamentals of dog sledding and then off you go with a dog team across the glacier. $449.
Alaska Sea Life Center- Visit a world class marine research facility. The many exhibits at the Alaska Sea Life Center immerse visitors in marine ecosystems and provide opportunities to watch animals in naturalistic habitats as well as research settings. This is a great ½ day activity. $21.95 Ages to 11 $11.95.
We'll depart Seward to the Matanuska Glacier, the largest accessible glacier in Alaska. The Matanuska Glacier is 26 miles long and 4 miles wide at its terminus and is ranked #2 by Alaska Magazine of “the places to visit” in Alaska. This afternoon we’ll don ice crampons and go for a couple of hour hike on the glacier. Tonight, we’ll stay at a local lodge in basic, yet comfortable rooms set in a majestic location. Our accommodations feature an outdoor fire pit, hot tub, and miles of trails to explore.
Today we travel north to Denali National Park. Mt. Denali (Mt. McKinley) (20,320 ft.), Mt. Foraker (17,400 ft.), and Mt. Hunter (14,573 ft.) are all visible (weather permitting) from several vistas along the way.
Continuing north, we will head over Broad Pass and into our first taste of the treeless north. On the north side of the Alaska Range we’ll meet up with the Nenana River which will lead us to Denali National Park.
This afternoon we’ll have time to explore the park entrance, visit the newly constructed Denali National Park Visitor Center and/or go on a short hike. Camping.
We’ll spend two full days exploring the Denali region.
One day is set aside for a wildlife viewing tour into the heart of Denali National Park (included in tour cost). Keep your camera ready as you search for grizzly bears, black bears, moose, wolves, caribou, Dall sheep, arctic fox, and if you’re lucky, tremendous views of North America's largest mountain, Mt. McKinley (Denali). Get off the bus for a hike in a wild and remote wilderness.
The other day is set aside for recreational activities based near the park entrance. There are multiple hiking options within Denali National Park near the park entrance. Another popular activity is the sled dog kennel tour offered free by the National Park Service. Camping.
Hiking- There are a number of great hiking options in Denali National Park. Hike up Mt. Healy for sweeping views of Denali National Park and the Nenana River corridor. For those desiring a less strenuous hike, there are multiple established trails surrounding the visitor center that are great hikes. Or, head into the park 15 miles on the free park shuttle and hike along the Savage River or hike up a nearby peak. Your guide will explain your hiking options and will make recommendations based on our many years of experience exploring and guiding in this region.
Guided Ranger Hike- Guided ranger hikes are offered by the National Park Service. These vary in length and location. No Charge.
Sled Dog Kennels- Visit an active sled dog kennel. The Denali National Park sled dog kennel is responsible for the winter patrols of the Denali National Park wilderness- where no motorized vehicles are permitted. There is an informative talk along with a dog sledding demonstration. No Charge.
Denali Park Bus- You can head back into the park again for more wildlife viewing, perhaps a good view of Mt. McKinley, and/or another hike. $34.
River Rafting- Mild and wild whitewater rafting trips are offered on the Class II-IV Nenana River, the river that forms part of the Denali National Park Boundary.
MILD: Relax, and enjoy the scenery on a 2 plus hour float along the boundary of Denali National Park. Take in Mt. Fellows, Mt. Healy, Musher’s Monument and other surrounding peaks. Watch for wildlife along the river bank; moose, caribou, bears and wolves can be seen $92, $62 Ages to 13.
WILD: The Nenana River Canyon is packed with over 10 Class III and IV rapids over a stretch of river 11 miles long, fun whitewater that is very suitable for beginners. Paddle rafting and oar rafting options are available. $92, $72 Ages 10-13.
River Kayaking- For a little more intimacy in your river experience, paddle an inflatable kayak down the float section of the Nenana River. Navigate a few class two rapids and practice your kayaking strokes while enjoying the beautiful mountain scenery. $92.
Flight Seeing- Flying is the most impressive way to view Mt. McKinley (Denali) and the incredible scenery within Denali National Park. On a good weather day, the views are truly breathtaking. Add a glacier landing for an experience beyond description. From $315 per adult, $195 Ages to 12.
Mountain Biking- Rent a Mt. Bike for a ride into Denali National Park- ride the park road or take the bus in and ride back. $40 full day $25 half day.
Casual drive to Anchorage with time for sightseeing and day hikes depending on the weather. We will arrive in Anchorage by 5:00-5:30 pm and will bring you to the Anchorage location of your choice.
Add our Wildland Glacier Tour to the Classic Alaska tour to form a combination tour you will never forget: Grand Tour Combo - 13 days
Give us a call today. We’d be happy to answer all your questions.
Single Supplement $225 may apply to single travelers
“Taking the opportunity, I would like again to thank our guides who not only did a fantastic work on camping and feeding us, but also enjoyed travelling with us and made this travel really friendly and informal.”