Alaska 11-Day Grand Adventure

Alaska 11-Day Grand AdventureOverview

Our most comprehensive adventure, the Alaska Grand Adventure features stays at all three of Alaska Wildland Adventures’ deluxe wilderness lodges on the Kenai Peninsula, showing travelers the full beauty of riverside, backcountry and seacoast Alaska. Explore Alaska at a relaxed pace with activities including a marine wildlife and glacier cruise in Kenai Fjords National Park; hiking to alpine tundra to take in amazing views of a glacier-carved lake; kayaking among glacier bergs; and more! This trip also includes an immersive experience deep in the heart of Denali National Park, followed by a luxurious journey back to Anchorage aboard the first-class Alaska Railroad Goldstar cars.

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Alaska 11-Day Grand AdventureItinerary

This adventure begins with a journey along Turnagain Arm and through the Chugach Mountains en route to the port town of Seward. From there, board our private vessel to Kenai Fjords Glacier Lodge for a three-night stay in Kenai Fjords National Park. Day 4 brings you to Kenai Riverside Lodge, directly on the banks of the Kenai River. Fish, hike and explore the turquoise river waters before spending days 5 and 6 at Kenai Backcountry Lodge, our remote, boat-in-only paradise on the shores of glacier-carved Skilak Lake. On day 7, you’ll journey north to Talkeetna, a quaint mountain town that serves as basecamp for those summiting North America’s highest peak, Denali. Spend days 8-10 exploring the six million acres of Denali National Park before returning back to Anchorage (or Fairbanks) aboard the Alaska Railroad in their first-class Goldstar cars.

Arrival
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Arrive in Alaska at least the day before your trip begins and plan to overnight in Anchorage.

Day One: Marine Wildlife and Glacier Cruise
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Meet your trip leader at 6:30 a.m. this morning, then enjoy a scenic drive south along Turnagain Arm to Seward, a picturesque seacoast town situated at the head of Resurrection Bay. Embark on a marine wildlife and glacier cruise bound for Kenai Fjords National Park, home to an array of glaciers and marine wildlife such as whales, Steller sea lions, sea otters, puffins and more! Enjoy lunch in front of a tidewater glacier before arriving at our exclusive lodge destination: Kenai Fjords Glacier Lodge. Overnight at Kenai Fjords Glacier Lodge.

Day Two: Explore Kenai Fjords National Park
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Enjoy a full day of exploration at the lodge and choose from an array of activities to match your interest and energy level. Guided options include interpretive nature walks, sea kayaking amid glacial ice, canoeing in the lagoon and coastal explorations. Or relax at the lodge by the wood stove, peruse the natural history library or take a leisurely stroll along the beachfront. Overnight at Kenai Fjords Glacier Lodge.

Day Three: Another Day to Explore Kenai Fjords National Park
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Spend a second day enjoying all that Kenai Fjords Glacier Lodge has to offer: kayak, canoe, beachcomb, relax, read and recharge. Overnight at Kenai Fjords Glacier Lodge.

Day Four: Travel to Kenai Riverside Lodge
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This morning allows for a final half-day activity before boarding our boat for the return wildlife cruise to Seward. Enjoy a fine dinner with your group and spend the evening relaxing at our Kenai Riverside Lodge in Cooper Landing; after dinner, enjoy the wood-fired sauna, relax on our riverside deck, or retire to your private cabin and enjoy the peaceful, wooded surroundings. Overnight at Kenai Riverside Lodge.

Day Five: Raft the Kenai River
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Gear up for a scenic raft trip into the heart of the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge and watch for moose, bears, bald eagles and other bird species along the way. Enjoy a delicious picnic along the river or on the shores of Skilak Lake before arriving at Kenai Backcountry Lodge in the late afternoon to settle into your cabin. Overnight at Kenai Backcountry Lodge.

Day Six: Explore Kenai National Wildlife Refuge
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Spend a full day exploring the remote wilderness of Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. Hike a secluded trail and at the top, explore the tundra and enjoy captivating views of the lake and surrounding wilderness. Return to the lodge in the afternoon and enjoy the wood-fired sauna or simply relax at the lodge. Depending on the weather, options for the evening may include an exploration of the lake by sturdy touring kayak or fireside natural history presentation by one of the lodge's guides. Overnight at Kenai Backcountry Lodge.

Day Seven: Go North to Talkeetna
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Begin the journey north through the scenic Chugach State Park to Talkeetna, gateway to the Alaska Range. Once there, you'll have the freedom to choose from several activities, including a guest favorite - flightseeing! Take to the skies on an optional flightseeing tour of Denali and its adjacent glacial canyons, or wander through "downtown" Talkeetna and learn about mountaineering and Talkeetna's history. Tonight, you have the flexibility to dine with the other members of your group or enjoy a great meal on your own. Overnight at Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge.

Day Eight: Travel Deep Into Denali National Park
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After breakfast, continue traveling north to Denali National Park and stop for lunch at the Denali Park entrance. After lunch, board the a private bus and embark on a 5-6 hour Denali wildlife drive through the park, where you can watch for caribou, moose, Dall sheep, grizzly bears, resident and migratory birds and - if weather permits - gaze upon the splendor of Denali. Upon arrival to Denali Backcountry Lodge, enjoy dinner and settle into your cabin accommodations. Overnight at Denali Backcountry Lodge.

Day Nine: Explore Denali National Park
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Enjoy a full day of exploration and hiking in the Kantishna region of Denali National Park. The activities available at Denali Backcountry Lodge include guided hiking, natural history programs, gold panning and mountain biking. Optional add-on flightseeing tours will be offered during your stay at the lodge (this activity is weather and space-dependent and does not require advance reservations). Overnight at Denali Backcountry Lodge.

Day Ten: Another Day to Explore Denali National Park
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Spend another full day in Denali National Park. Overnight at Denali Backcountry Lodge.

Day Eleven: Return to Anchorage on the Alaska Railroad
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Following an early breakfast, embark on a return Denali scenic drive and watch for wildlife while heading for the entrance of the park. Bid farewell to Denali and board the first-class Goldstar cars of the Alaska Railroad for your comfortable return journey to Anchorage, arriving at approximately 8:30 p.m.

Departure
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You will arrive at the Anchorage train station by approximately 8:30 p.m. on the last day of your journey. See the "Alaska Travel Information" section of your Trip Planning Booklet for recommended lodging. If you choose to fly home this night, we suggest you book a flight that departs after 11:30 p.m. in case of possible transportation delays.

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Alaska 11-Day Grand AdventureLodging

Kenai Riverside Lodge: Located right on the banks of the turquoise Kenai River. Guest cabins are nestled into the trees surrounding the main lodge and have the rustic charm of historic pioneer cabins with modern comforts like heat, lights, private bath, comfy beds and Adirondack chairs on the front porch. Our cozy cabins accommodate up to four people.

Kenai Backcountry Lodge: Located on a glacier-carved lake accessible only by boat. Nine guest cabins in wooded settings are connected to the historic main lodge by gravel pathways and boardwalks. The newly renovated guest cabins each have a minimum of two comfy beds, a private bath and shower, a private porch and propane light and heat. Electrical outlets for recharging electronics are available in the main lodge and other public spaces on the property; we are able to support CPAP machines in certain cabins.

Kenai Fjords Glacier Lodge: The only lodge located in Kenai Fjords National Park, with views of Pedersen Lagoon and Glacier. A network of boardwalks connects the cabins to the main lodge. Each guest cabin features cozy beds, on-demand heat and electricity, full bath amenities, and a private porch with views of Pedersen Lagoon Wildlife Sanctuary.

Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge: We partner with Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge, owned by Pursuit, to provide our guests amazing views of Denali while staying in the quaint mountain town of Talkeetna. Set on a ridge just above the town, this lodge features a giant river rock fireplace, a beautiful selection of Native art and award-winning cuisine.

Denali Backcountry Lodge: We partner with Denali Backcountry Lodge, owned by Pursuit, to ensure our guests have a true wilderness experience deep in the heart of Denali National Park in the historic settlement of Kantishna. Your stay here will feature private cabins, stunning views, amazing daily activities, and fresh and seasonal cuisine.

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Alaska 11-Day Grand AdventureTravel Info & Terms

Payment Policies

All trip prices are based on double occupancy. Taxes and seasonal fuel surcharges, when applicable, are not included in trip price and are subject to change prior to trip departure. We accept checks, MasterCard, Visa and Discover.

Payment Schedule: Amount Due per Person:
121+ days prior to departure: $1,000 or 50% of trip total, whichever is less
120 to 61 days: 50% of total
Within 60 days: 100% of total

For Alaska Trip Add-Ons, additional deposits will apply in accordance with the specific Trip Add-On and operator. These deposit terms will be explained at the time of booking.

Reservations made within 60 days must be guaranteed with MasterCard, Visa or Discover. Late payments may result in releasing your reservation and rebooking will be subject to availability. Cancellation fees will apply.

Upon receipt of your initial deposit, we will send you written confirmation, trip planning materials and a travel insurance application. We recommend that you purchase travel insurance.

Cancellation Policy

Our policies go into effect at the time of book and upon receipt of deposit. Written cancellations and changes must be received in our reservations office to be valid. Non-appearance for program will result in no refund. We strongly recommend that you purchase travel insurance.

If the cancellation or change occurs:

121+ days prior to departure: The fee is $300 or 10% of trip total, per person, whichever is less
120 to 91 days: The fee is $600 or 20% of trip total, per person, whichever is less
90 to 46 days: 50% of total trip cost, per person
Within 45 days: 100% of total trip cost, per person

Refunds

No refunds will be made on individual features, transfers or sightseeing voluntarily omitted by the participant. No refunds for unused services will be issued. Our tours operate rain or shine. Refunds for cancelled flights or any services reserved outside of Alaska Wildland Adventures will be made in accordance with the rules of the carrier.

Travel Protection

We recommend that you purchase a travel protection plan to help protect you and your travel investment against the unexpected. Travel protection plans can include coverage for Trip Cancellation, Trip Interruption, Emergency Medical and Emergency Evacuation/Repatriation, Trip Delay, Baggage Delay and more.

A Note About Occupancy

In addition to our standard double occupancy, we also offer solo supplement, triple and quad pricing options for our Alaska adventure vacations. Requested solo accommodations, when available, are subject to a solo supplement fee; however, for a solo traveler interested in sharing accommodations with another same sex traveler, we will make every effort to pair you, and the solo supplement fee will be waived. Occasionally, pairing is not possible and a “forced solo” rate will apply during the Alaska vacation. If you are a solo traveler and you’d like to experience an Alaska vacation with Alaska Wildland Adventures, we will do all we can to have you join us!

A Note About Weather

Kenai Fjords Glacier Lodge is located in pristine, remote Alaskan wilderness and is only accessible by boat. In rare circumstances, due to high winds, weather fronts or ocean conditions, we are unable to access the lodge at scheduled times. Alternative activities and accommodations have been planned for this uncommon occurrence and will be discussed with you when you check in at our Seward office if necessary.

Please visit Our Policies for additional information.

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Alaska 11-Day Grand AdventureWhat to Bring

We want you to have everything you need to be comfortable during your trip with us. Plan your travel wardrobe around informal and comfortable clothing; even at mealtimes, dress is casual.

The weather in Alaska is quite variable so clothing which can be layered is ideal. Of special note is to make sure you bring a high quality rain suit so that even if it rains, you can stay comfortable outdoors and have an enjoyable experience. Items made of wool or synthetic fabric remain comfortable and warm even when wet. Cotton is not recommended for Alaska outdoor activities as the fabric does not easily dry and won’t help keep you warm once wet.

The summer in Alaskan is usually quite mild with temperatures in the fifties and sixties. We liken the Alaska summer to spring or fall in other parts of the country. The most reliable advice is to be prepared for any type of weather! We have found that when our gear and spirits are well suited, the weather is always perfect.

For a complete item-by-item list, visit our Packing List page. Please note that this packing list is designed for a trip eight to nine days in length. You will need most items on this list and we’ve provided an “Optional Items” section for other things that we find useful in Alaska’s backcountry. Also note that there are no laundry facilities available at our wilderness lodges.

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