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Tailor Made Wonders of Alaska (2016)
Days: 9 | From: $12,645
Luxury Tailor Made Journeys depart on the dates that work for you and feature expert local guides throughout your journey. The itinerary below can be customized to your interests.
Day 1: Arrive Anchorage, Alaska
Arrive in Anchorage, situated on the shores of Cook Inlet. You are met and transferred to your hotel.
Day 2: Girdwood | Bear Sanctuary
This morning, you may choose from a number of optional activities, perhaps a tour of Anchorage or a visit to Redoubt Bay Bear Sanctuary. Then, travel to Girdwood, where you check in to your hotel and spend the rest of the day at leisure. You may consider embarking on a glacier dog sledding tour.
Hotel Alyeska | Meals: B
Day 3: Seward | Immersed in Nature
Drive to Seward and visit the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center. Surrounded by mountains and hanging glaciers, this 140-acre Portage Valley preserve works to rehabilitate injured or sick animals and also provides permanent care and housing for animals and birds that are too injured for re-release. In addition to bears, there are bison, moose, caribou, elks, eagles, owls, musk oxen, Sitka black-tailed deer and a variety of game birds. Continue to the Portage Visitor Center and the Exit Glacier, located just outside of the seaside town of Seward. In the afternoon, discover the Alaska Sealife Center, the world’s first cold-water marine institute, dedicated to preserving the marine environment through research, rehabilitation and education. Witness the Steller sea lion as it glides past underwater viewing windows. See puffins diving and harbor seals on rocky beaches. Alaskan king crab, sea stars and the Giant Pacific octopus also await, as do a wide array of inter-tidal creatures and deep-sea fish.
Seward Windsong Lodge | Meals: B
Day 4: Kenai Fjords National Park | Glaciers & Wildlife
Cruise to Kenai Fjords National Park, which encompasses approximately 580,000 acres on the rugged outer Kenai Peninsula coastline. Here, the Harding Icefield forms a thick, uniform blanket of icepack over the mountain peaks, extending over 700 square miles of the park. The ice field feeds over 40 outlet glaciers; a few of them end in Resurrection Bay. Get up-close views of them on your cruise. You may even witness the crashing of calving glaciers. Keep watch for spectacular views of the wildlife in their natural habitat, perhaps seeing mountain goats, moose, bears, wolverines and marmots. Bird enthusiasts should keep their eyes peeled for bald eagles amid the cliffs and rocky shores; they’re often seen nesting in the tops of spruce and hemlock trees. Meanwhile, watch the waters for sea lions, harbor seals, Dall porpoises, sea otters and Humpback, Killer and Minka whales.
Seward Windsong Lodge | Meals: B L
Day 5: Talkeetna | Iditarod Champions
Drive to Talkeetna, arriving in the afternoon at Happy Trails Kennels in Big Lake — the homestead of four-time Iditarod champion Martin Buser. Pay a private visit to the kennel, which has garnered four Iditarod championships, the latest in 2002, along with a number of top 10 finishes. Hear stories of the races and meet the dogs. You also have an opportunity to tour Buser’s trophy room and view his extensive collection of Alaskan artifacts. Upon arrival at your remote lodge, check in and spend the rest of the day at leisure.
Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge | Meals: B
Days 6-7: Denali National Park | Going Off the Grid
Early today, transfer by private vehicle to the Denali Park entrance, where you have time for lunch before you board the lodge transfer to the remote Kantishna region. Drive overland to Denali National Park through more than 90 miles of rugged Alaskan scenery, while your knowledgeable driver-guide imparts details about the biology, geology and history of the area. En route, watch for bears, caribou, foxes, moose, wolves and a variety of birds. Upon arrival, check in to your cabin and begin your “off-the-grid” adventure. The next day, explore amid six million acres of wild landscapes, marked by focal Denali (Mount McKinley). Guided hikes for all manner of travellers depart the lodge each morning. Whether you are a beginner, intermediate or advanced trekker, these hikes offer an opportunity for you to explore the park on foot and learn about the wildlife and flora from experienced naturalist guides. Other optional activities include mountain biking and gold panning.
Kantishna Roadhouse | Meals: B D (Day 6); B L D (Day 7)
Day 8: Anchorage | Flightseeing
Depart the lodge and proceed to the Kantishna Airstrip for a flightseeing adventure of Denali. Your exploration by air ends at the Denali Park entrance, where you walk to the train station and board a luxury glass-domed luxury rail car for your return to Anchorage. With an estimated arrival in Anchorage at 8:00 p.m., you may wish to purchase refreshments or dinner onboard. Check in to your hotel and spend the remainder of the evening at leisure.
Hotel Captain Cook | Meals: B
Day 9: Depart Anchorage
Transfer to the airport and board your homebound flight.