Alaska Photo Journey Full Itinerary
Arrival: Plan to arrive in Alaska at least the day before your trip begins and overnight in Anchorage.
Day 1: Meet your Trip Leader and fellow travelers at 6:30 a.m. in the hotel lobby (meeting location confirmed with reservation). Enjoy a scenic drive south along Turnagain Arm and through the Chugach National Forest to the stunning seacoast town of Seward, where we’ll board a small boat bound for Kenai Fjords National Park – home to an array of glaciers and marine wildlife including whales, Steller sea lions, sea otters, puffins and more! A half-day marine wildlife cruise will allow us to explore the rugged coastlines and capture amazing photographs along the way. Enjoy lunch in front of a tidewater glacier before arriving at our exclusive lodge destination: Kenai Fjords Glacier Lodge.
Nestled in a protected tidal lagoon area, the Glacier Lodge offers miles of pristine beachfront for combing and views of the stunning Pederson Glacier. This afternoon, meet your guides for a tour of the lodge and property and settle into your private cabins. Enjoy dinner and evening presentations. Overnight at Kenai Fjords Glacier Lodge. (L,D)
Day 2: Today, explore the wild delights of Kenai Fjords National Park. After breakfast in the main lodge, choose from a wide array of activities best suited to your energy level and interest. Guided options include naturalist walks, sea kayaking, group canoe paddles and more.
In the spirit of adventure and to take advantage of tidal and weather patterns, guides will discuss specific nature outings and options with our group this morning. All activities are suitable for beginners and require no previous experience.
For those seeking a more relaxed approach, the main lodge offers ideal comfort with direct views of nature. Curious sea otters and seals frequent the lagoon, just steps from the main lodge deck. In a nearby meadow, we can sometimes glimpse bears and other wildlife from a safe distance. Our natural history library offers amazing resources and interesting reads - cozy up with a good book and let your worries drift out with the tide!
Upon return to the main lodge, share stories from your day's adventure with other guests and join an evening natural history presentation, given by local expert guides or guest speakers. Overnight Kenai Fjords Glacier Lodge. (B,L,D)
Day 3: Savor another morning in the wilds of Kenai Fjords National Park. A morning outing allows an opportunity to kayak, canoe, hike or beach comb for a half-day before boarding our boat for the return wildlife cruise to Seward.
Tonight’s destination is the Seward Windsong Lodge, located in a spectacular glacier river valley. After dinner, stroll nearby trails or relax in our comfortable accommodations. Overnight Seward Windsong Lodge. (B, L, D)
Day 4: Begin the journey north through the scenic Chugach State Park to Talkeetna, gateway to the Alaska Range. With its scenic beauty and river access, Talkeetna is a popular destination for both travelers and resident Alaskans alike.
Once in Talkeetna, 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. Another casual activity to enjoy this afternoon is wandering through "downtown" Talkeetna. Tour the small-town museum, where artifacts and exhibits showcase native peoples, aviators, gold seekers and trappers from Talkeetna’s past and present. Tonight, you have the flexibility to dine with the other members of your group or enjoy a great meal on your own. Overnight Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge. (B, L, D)
Day 5: This morning, we make our way north to the Denali Park entrance area. Bid farewell to the crowds and journey to our home for the next three nights – the renowned Camp Denali. A delicious picnic-style dinner will be enjoyed during the wildlife drive. This evening, arrive at Camp Denali. Family owned and operated for more than 30 years, Camp Denali lies in the heart of Denali National Park, just twenty-nine air miles from Mt. McKinley. Cozy guest cabins are carefully situated along a ridgeline to capture superlative mountain views. Make sure to have your cameras ready to take advantage of amazing vistas from the comfort of your private cabin. Overnight at Camp Denali. (B, L, D)
Days 6 & 7: Enjoy exploration and hiking in the Kantishna region of Denali National Park for the next two days. In keeping with its mission, Camp Denali provides daily, guided outings and hikes. Naturalist guides assist guests in first hand exploration of the park’s landscape, searching for wildlife, nesting birds and wildflowers. For those seeking a bird’s eye perspective of the park, you may sign up for optional flightseeing tours that depart the Kantishna airstrip daily (weather dependent, no advance reservations required). Return to the main lodge for dinner, conversation and relaxing. Overnight Camp Denali. (B, L, D)
Day 8: Following an early breakfast, embark on a return scenic drive and watch for wildlife while heading for the entrance of the park. Say goodbye to your Trip Leader as you board the Alaska Railroad for passage on a memorable 365-mile route of scenic unspoiled backcountry en route to Anchorage. Lunch, dinner and transfers not included. Lunch and dinner are available for purchase on the train.
Arrive at the Anchorage Rail Depot (located at 411 West 1st Avenue) at approximately 8:30 p.m. Taxis are located directly outside the rail terminal and are easy to access. Although transfers to the airport or local hotels are not included, some hotels included courtesy shuttle service from the rail depot to their property. (B)
Departure: Plan to arrive at the Anchorage train station by approximately 8:30 p.m. on the last day of your journey. 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.