Kenai Fjords Denali Explorer by Coach, Rail & Bush Plane
Holiday Ref: 16555
Discover the beauty of the Kenai Fjords National Park where you will find glaciers, marine wildlife including humpback and orca whales, otters and sea lions. Then venture into the heart of the Denali National Park where you will search for wildlife such as Moose, Bear and caribou. Take a nature walk or try panning for gold.
Price based on June 2019 - Other dates available June - August 2019 - Call for details!
Upon arrival into Anchorage Airport make your way to your downtown Anchorage Hotel. Remainder of the day is at leisure.
With almost 300,000 people calling it home, Anchorage is the largest city and cosmopolitan centre of Alaska. While not the capital of the state, it is the self-proclaimed gateway to Alaska for many visitors. Built originally as a railway depot, the city grew with the development of the farming collective in the Mat-Su valley and the building of Air Force bases. With the discovery of oil, the city became the commercial and financial centre of the state. Situated on the Pacific Ocean on Cook Inlet and moderated by the ocean, the city does not often get the extreme weather that much of Alaska is renowned for. A vibrant and unique city on the edge of the Alaskan wilderness - parks, trails, and moose all for a unique setting, and there are plenty of opportunities for exploring if you choose. The quaint log cabin visitor centre is a good place to start.
Board the Coastal Classic Train in the Goldstar Railcar for a breathtaking ride to Seward. This scenic journey takes you along Cook Inlet and into the glacier-filled Chugach Mountains. On arrival in Seward, board a boat to exclusive Fox Island for lunch and an afternoon of optional activities. After dinner, prepared by a gourmet chef, enjoy an evening at leisure or beach camp fire. Overnight on Fox Island at Kenai Fjords Wilderness Lodge. (Breakfast, lunch & dinner included today).
Board the Coastal Classic Train in the Goldstar Railcar for a breathtaking ride to Seward. This scenic journey takes you along Cook Inlet and into the glacier-filled Chugach Mountains. On arrival in Seward, board a boat to exclusive Fox Island for lunch and an afternoon of optional activities. After dinner, prepared by a gourmet chef, enjoy an evening at leisure or beach camp fire. Overnight on Fox Island at Kenai Fjords Wilderness Lodge. (Breakfast, lunch & dinner included today)
After a hot and hearty breakfast, you’ll depart this morning on the Northwestern Fjord Cruise. Travel farther into Kenai Fjords National Park than with any other cruise and visit the magnificent Northwestern Fjord, home to three amazing tidewater glaciers and numerous alpine glaciers. Kenai Fjords National Park boasts abundant wildlife, alpine and tidewater glaciers and breathtaking scenery. This cruise is the best way to see this pristine National Park and its inhabitants. Also, visit the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge, an island home to teeming seabird rookeries. Don’t miss this opportunity to see the untouched beauty of Alaska’s coastal waters. Return to Seward this evening for an overnight stay at Seward Windsong Lodge. (Breakfast at lodge & deli style lunch is included onboard cruise today).
Mid-morning, board a scheduled motorcoach to Talkeetna - your driver will give you some history of the area along the way. Stop in Anchorage and have approximately 90 minutes for lunch (on your own, not included) before continuing to Talkeetna. Upon arrival in Talkeetna at 5:30pm you will be dropped off at your hotel. The evening is at your leisure. Talkeetna is a small but unique gold mining community, famous for its special charm and for its views of Mount Denali, North America’s tallest mountain.
This morning take the Denali Star, the Alaska Railroad’s flagship train, in the Goldstar Railcar to Denali National Park. The afternoon is open for optional activities such as white water rafting down the Nenana River, helicopter flightseeing over the Park, land on a glacier, or hiking. (Lunch is included onboard the train today).
This full-day narrated coach trip explores the entire 148km /92mi of the restricted Denali Park Road on your way to the Denali Backcountry Lodge. During your journey to Denali Backcountry Lodge, your experienced driver-guide will help in the search for bear, moose, caribou, Dall sheep and other wildlife while pointing out the biology and geology of the area. There are numerous stops for wildlife viewing, photography and to stretch your legs and enjoy complimentary snacks. Lunch is included on this full day journey at the Denali Backcountry Lodge and while at the Lodge you can take a nature walk or try panning for gold. You will return to the park entrance via a flightseeing tour in a small bush plane. If weather permits, you will fly close to Mount Denali.
This morning is open for optional activities such as: whitewater rafting down the Nenana River, helicopter flightseeing over the Park, landing on a glacier, or hiking. After lunch (not included), take the shuttle to the Alaska Railroad Station and board the Denali Star Train in the Goldstar Railcar to Fairbanks. Enjoy the late afternoon scenery as you travel north to Fairbanks. (Dinner is included onboard the train today) Overnight Fairbanks.
Start the morning with a riverboat cruise along the Chena River (prices available on request), lunch on the deck at the riverside restaurant and try your hand at gold panning or visit the Alaska Museum of the North, one of the top 10 visitor attractions.
Check out of your hotel early and make your way to the airport for your flight back to the UK.