Duration: 8 Days / 7 Nights
Terrain: Rolling / Steep
Enjoy two of the many sides of Alaska as you explore the forests, rivers, and snow-capped mountains of Denali National Park and the fjords of Kenai Peninsula. Start your adventure with an all day wildlife & glacier cruise. Spend another day exploring the region on water on a rafting trip along the Kenai River. Just when you think Alaska cannot get any better, take in the Alaska Range including Denali via a scenic overflight or if you prefer go on epic hike in Denali State Park. Then spend a few days absorbing as much as you can of Denali National Park on a day long bus ride into the interior and a hike in search of resident wildlife, or stop by the sled dog kennels to learn about this vital mode of transportation still used by the rangers today.
Day 1 — Arrive into Anchorage After arriving into Anchorage and a long day of travel, settle into your hotel to get some rest before your Alaskan adventure begins. Meals included: None
Day 2 — Anchorage to Kenai Fjords After breakfast at the hotel we will begin our two-hour drive south to the town of Seward where you board your six-hour boat tour through Kenai Fjords National Park. The cruise glides past seals, whales and puffins as we explore coastal rainforests, tidewater glaciers and remote Alaskan islands. Experienced and engaging captains narrate the trip, so you walk away knowing a whole lot more about Kenai Fjords National Park and its wonders. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 3 — Kenai Fjords Exploration Today you’ll explore the turquoise waters and wooded riverbank scenery with talented guides leading the way. The guides handle the rowing and navigation so that you can relax, take in the sights, ask questions and scan for abundant wildlife along the river, including owls, ducks, waterfowl, moose and sometimes bears. And don’t forget the Kenai River is home to migrating salmon! You will enjoy a picnic lunch along the shores of the river. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 4 — Kenai Fjords to Talkeetna This morning learn about the lifestyle of Seward’s own Iditarod family and see what it takes to prepare musher and sled dogs for the world’s most demanding race. Tour the racing kennels, cuddle puppies, and climb aboard a comfortable custom made and covered wheeled sled for a thrilling two-mile sled ride from the Seavey Homestead to the base of Resurrection Mountain. Both Dallas and Mitch Seavey are Iditarod winners. After lunch in town we will begin our journey north to Talkeetna with a possible hike stop along the way. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 5 — Overflight of Denali or Reed Lakes A highlight of any Alaska trip is an overflight of Denali (for an additional cost), providing a bird’s eye view of the Alaska Range including Mount Denali, Mount Hunter, Mount Foraker as well as seven glaciers featuring the 45-mile long Kahiltna Glacier. If you prefer we can do an epic 9-mile hike (or as far as you want to go) to a waterfall and alpine lakes with some rock and boulder hopping mixed in. After the hike we will make our way north to Denali State Park to stretch our legs at Byers Lake before arriving in time for dinner just outside Denali National Park. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 6 — Denali National Park Start the day with a hearty breakfast. Then we will board a Denali Park Shuttle for a day long trip (8-9 hours) taking us to the heart of the park at the Eielson Visitor’s Center. Along the way the bus will stop for key historical points, photo opportunities, and as the bus encounters any wildlife along the way which can include moose, grizzly bear, mountain goats, and more. After a full day in the park relax in the 6 acres that surround our bed & breakfast. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 7 — Exploring Denali’s Front Country Today is all about stretching our legs on the many front country trails Denali offers and trying to find as much wildlife as we can as you never know when a moose, grizzly bear, beaver, or other wildlife will show themselves. We can also visit the Denali sled dog team this afternoon. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 8 — Triple Lakes Hike & Return to Anchorage Before we say farewell to Denali we will venture out to the Triple Lakes Hike, along the eastern border of the park, providing opportunities to see moose feeding at the lakes, walking along the Nenana River, and great views of the Alaskan Range. As we make our way back to Anchorage we will stop for one last chance to stretch our legs at Thunderbird Falls before our flights home. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
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Dimond Center Hotel or lodging nearby – 1 night Just 10 minutes away from the airport this hotel is a great place to stretch out after your full day of travel to Anchorage. Owned and operated by the Seldovia Native Association their culture and artwork from their home in Kachemak Bay region is woven into the design of the hotel.
Seward Windsong Lodge or lodging nearby – 2 nights On the banks of Resurrection River, just south of Exit Glacier, this quaint lodge features casual rooms with log-cabin-style furniture, free Wi-Fi and flat-screens with DVD players, plus microwaves, minifridges and great views right out your door.
Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge or lodging nearby – 1 night Set on a ridge above the small community of Talkeetna on the south side of Denali, the Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge offers unforgettable views of Denali and the Alaska Range, yet just minutes from adventures of a lifetime..
Denali Cabins or lodging nearby – 3 nights The Denali Cabins are made up of 46 individual cedar cabins that are comfortably heated and appointed with private baths and blackout curtains for a peaceful night’s sleep. All cabins come well-appointed with Wi-Fi, telephones, televisions, and private baths.
PRICING & INCLUSIONS
- Lodging as outlined in lodging section above based on double occupancy
- Meals as noted in itinerary above
- Snacks and beverages
- Park admission and museum admissions for all included activities
- Services of professional trip leader(s)
- Ground transportation for all included events during the trip & porterage service
- Black Sheep Adventures reusable water bottle, wool (baaaah) socks & luggage tags
TRIP PRICE EXCLUDES:
- Pre & post tour travel
- Alcoholic beverages
- Gratuities for your BSA guides
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