The Grand Tour Combo trip is a combination of two of our 7 day trips: the Classic Alaskan Tour and the Grand Tour. The following Grand Tour Combo description includes the Wildland Glacier Tour followed by the Classic Alaskan Tour. The opposite (Classic Alaskan followed by the Wildland Glacier) is also offered. Accommodations in Anchorage between trips is included.
The Classic Alaskan Tour visits two of Alaska’s most picturesque and accessible areas: the Kenai Peninsula and Denali National Park. Highlights of this trip include excellent hiking and canoeing (included in the trip) in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, an area known for its beauty and abundant wildlife. And for anglers, the fishing here is world class. The glaciers and wildlife in Kenai Fjords National Park are guaranteed to delight you, and the tallest mountain in North America in Denali National Park is awe inspiring.
This trip includes canoeing in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge and a full day bus tour in Denali National Park.
Great hiking opportunities can be found at each location as well as additional day trip adventures. Additional optional adventure tours include whitewater and scenic river rafting, Mt. biking, glacier/ wildlife cruises, dog mushing, flight seeing, and sea kayaking.
This trip features five nights deluxe camping and one night at a hotel or lodge (night 3).
The Wildland Glacier Tour travels a loop through the Matanuska River Valley, Wrangell St. Elias National Park, Valdez, and Prince William Sound. This is a great trip for those with limited time looking for an off the beaten path adventure. Highlights include outstanding glacier scenery (including camping within walking distance of a glacier), historic, turn of the century ghost towns, and a scenic ferry tour across Prince William Sound (past the massive Columbia Glacier). Great hiking opportunities can be found at each location as well as additional day trip adventures. Additional optional adventure tours include whitewater rafting, sea kayaking, glacier hiking, ice climbing, horseback riding, flight seeing, and wildlife/ glacier cruises.
We’ll depart Anchorage in the morning and travel to the Matanuska Glacier, the largest accessible glacier in Alaska.
We'll hike onto the glacial ice and morraine to observe unique glacial features.
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Our destination today is wrangell St. Elias National Park. Within the park is McCarthy, near the Kennecott Copper Mines. En route we'll cross the mighty Copper River and travel the old railway path to McCarthy.
Wrangell St. Elias National Park is the largest national park in the U.S. (13.2 million acres) and is part of one of the largest protected areas in the world (a world heritage site). Four major mountain ranges can be found here; the Chugach, St. Elias, Alaska, and the Wrangells, containing some of North America's highest peaks.
Other popular activities in the area include glacier hiking with crampons, ice climbing, whitewater river rafting, and horse back riding.
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We'll spend a full day in this outstanding area.
Recreational opportunities include glacier hiking, ice climbing, flight seeing, river rafting, historic mine tours, and great day hikes.
Today we'll travel to Valdez. En route to Valdez we’ll view the Alaska Pipeline and stop at the road accessible Worthington Glacier for a short hike. Later, we’ll cross scenic Thompson Pass and arrive in Valdez in time to explore the harbor or go on a short hike.
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Often referred to as the 'Little Switzerland" of Alaska, Valdez is beautifully situated at the base of the towering Chugach Mountains on the shores of Prince William Sound. Made famous by the Alaska Pipeline, and later the Exxon Valdez oil spill, Valdez has since become a popular tourist destination. Visitors are attracted to the lush landscape, high concentration of glaciers, and great outdoor recreation.
Recreational opportunities include hiking, sea kayaking, river rafting, glacier/wildlife cruises, and ocean fishing.
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Today we’ll cross Prince William Sound on the Alaska State Ferry. We'll look for bears, humpback and killer whales, Dall porpoises, sea lions, harbor seals and mountain goats as we relax and enjoy the scenery. En route we'll pass the Columbia Glacier, one of the largest and most magnificent tidewater glaciers in the state. The Columbia glacier covers an area the size of Los Angeles and casts thousands of tons of ice into the sea each year. As we pass the Columbia we'll search for seals sunbathing on the floating ice-bergs.
We’ll arrive in in Hope by 5:00.
Hope is the best preserved gold rush community in South Central Alaska. Well explore this hitoric town and go for a hike.
Additional activities include whitewater rafting and fishing.
We’ll travel south on the scenic Seward Highway (a USDA National Scenic Byway, Alaska Scenic Byway and All American Road) along the Turnagain Arm to the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge on the Kenai Peninsula. The mountains of the Chugach range and the Kenai Mountains will tower above us as we marvel at the scenery and look for wildlife along the way. We’ll camp near the waters edge at one of our favorite Alaskan lakes. Canoes will be available for an afternoon/ evening paddle.
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We'll spend a full day near the Kenai River surrounded by the Kenai and Chugach Mountains. There is an outstanding variety of hiking options available in the area and we’ll canoe the waters of one of the many local lakes. Or, consider one of the other additional activities available.
Additional recreational opportunities include world-class fishing, river rafting, sea kayaking, and horse-back riding.
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Today our destination is Seward and Kenai Fjords National Park, home of the 300 square mile Harding Ice Field and abundant marine wildlife. From here you can embark on a glacier/wildlife cruise (optional activity) 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 we’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!
Or, if you prefer, you can go hiking at Exit Glacier, fishing, flight seeing, sea kayaking, dog sledding, and/or visit the Alaska Sea Life Center.
Tonight we’ll stay at a Seward hotel.
Today we travel north to Denali National Park. Mt. Denali, or Mt. McKinley if you prefer (20,320 ft.), Mt Foraker (17,400 ft.), and Mt. Hunter (14,573 ft.) are all visible from several vistas along the way.
Later we’ll continue north, over Broad Pass into our first taste of the treeless north. On the north side of Alaska Range we’ll meet up with the Nenana River which will lead us to Denali National Park.
This evening we’ll have time to explore the park entrance, visit the Denali National Park Visitor Center, and/or go on a short hike.
Today we'll go on a wildlife bus 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 your 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.
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Today is set aside for recreational activities based near the park entrance: hiking, river rafting, flight seeing, horseback riding, mountain biking and/or river kayaking.
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Casual drive to Anchorage with time to stop for sightseeing and day hikes. We’ll arrive in Anchorage by 5:00.
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