Alaska’s Coast to Denali National Park Adventure

Alaska’s Coast to Denali National Park Adventure

Alaska Beyond South America

This week-long Alaska trip offers an in-depth exploration of the magical worlds of two amazing and uniquely distinct national parks: Kenai Fjords & Denali. Explore Alaska's spectacular Kenai Fjords National Park by kayak and small boat tours and then venture deep into the heart of Denali National Park to the region known as Kantishna. Along the way, visit the charming small towns of Seward and Talkeetna and finish off your Alaska adventure trip in style with a ride on the historic Alaska Railroad. Spend a day searching for glaciers and marine wildlife such as humpback whales, puffins, sea lions, harbor seals in Kenai Fjords National Park. Search for Dall sheep, grizzlies, wolves and caribou in the tundra landscapes surrounding Mount McKinley.

Beyond South America
7 days / 6 nights
From June to August
Places visited
Kenai Fjords and Denali National Park

What´s included

  • Daily breakfast, transfers, lunch, dinner plus snacks, tours with bilingual guides, and local taxes.
  • 2 nights of accommodation at the Kenai Fjords Glacier Lodge in Kenai.
  • 1 night of accommodation at the Seward Windsong Lodge in Seward.
  • 1 night of accommodation at Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge in Talkeetna.
  • 2 nights of accommodation at the Tonglen Lake Lodge in Denali.
  • All activities as outlined in the itinerary.

Not included

  • International & domestic flights.
  • Meals and drinks other than those mentioned.
  • Hotels in Anchorage.
  • Tips or personal expenses.
  • Travel insurance.
  • Optional tours and experiences.
  • Any items not mentioned.

Detailed description

Day 1
Anchorage / Kenai Fjords National Park
Marine Wildlife & Glacier Cruise

Meet your Trip Leader and fellow travelers this morning in Anchorage. Enjoy a scenic drive south along Turnagain Arm and through the Chugach National Forest to the stunning seacoast town of Seward. Here 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 coastline. 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 stunning views of Pedersen Glacier and miles of pristine beachfront prime for combing. 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.

Day 2
Kenai Fjords National Park
Explore Kenai Fjords National Park

Explore the wild delights of Kenai Fjords National Park for a full day. After breakfast in the main lodge, choose from a wide array of activities those that are 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 within 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 in late afternoon, 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.

Day 3
Kenai Fjords National Park / Seward
Return to Seward

Savor another morning in the wilds of Kenai Fjords National Park. A morning outing allows for another 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, enjoy an evening cordial at the Resurrection Roadhouse or stroll across the road to observe the braided river outwash, or relax in our comfortable accommodations. Overnight Seward Windsong Lodge.

Day 4
Seward / Talkeetna
Travel to Talkeetna

Begin the journey north through the scenic Chugach State Park to the mountain town of Talkeetna, the gateway to the Alaska Range. Talkeetna is rich in gold-mining history and, presently, is the starting point for many mountaineering expeditions for climbers on the Alaska Range and Denali (Mt. McKinley).

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. Experienced pilots will share stories of how the last ice age has shaped the land. Moments later, enter a world of rugged high mountain peaks and wide glacier-filled valleys (As this is a weather-dependent activity, you will also have options to flightsee during your time in Denali, with Denali Air, or other local operators).

Another casual activity to enjoy this afternoon is wandering through “downtown” Talkeetna. Tour the small-town museum, where artifacts and exhibits highlight 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

Day 5
Talkeetna / Denali National Park
North to Denali

After a hearty breakfast, lace up your most comfortable trekking shoes to prepare for an immersive nature hike as we make our way further north, en route to our charming and small-scale Denali accommodations.

Aboard our custom mini coach, we’ll travel in comfort from Talkeetna north to the eastern border of Denali National Park, where we’ll meet local naturalists for a special presentation on Denali’s history, ecology, and geology. Directly afterward, we’ll put our newfound knowledge to use during an interactive guided hike, as we explore Denali’s beautiful front country sights and sounds.

After our day of exploring Denali by foot, we’ll be welcomed to our northern home away from home at Tonglen Lake Lodge. This secluded 5-acre piece of paradise boasts incredible mountain views, lakeside solitude, and authentically Alaskan-crafted “hideaway” style guest cabins. In addition to rustically elegant and private guest accommodations, you’ll have the opportunity to enjoy a rotation of optional activities, which may include local nature walks, yoga, evening art and music events, Native Alaskan cultural presentations, and more. Appetizers followed by a savory dinner in the main lodge await us this evening.

Following dinner, we’ve carved out some free time to settle in and relax. Tonglen Lake Lodge routinely offers evening bonfires and yard games as a fun option for guests. Overnight Tonglen Lake Lodge.

Day 6
Denali National Park
Explore Denali

Today, we’ll enjoy a peaceful morning and breakfast at Tonglen Lake Lodge, followed by a new perspective of Denali – by bus.

One of our favorite ways to explore Denali National Park and increase the odds of seeing Alaska’s charismatic wildlife is by way of an interpretative bus tour into the park. Our bus trip will start at the Denali Visitors Center and will include awe-inspiring sights along the one restricted-access Denali Park Road. Make sure to have your camera and binoculars at the ready; there’s always the possibility of spotting a majestic eagle overhead or a lumbering grizzly foraging along the road’s edge.

After our drive tour adventure, we’ll return to Tonglen Lake Lodge for dinner and unwinding. Overnight Tonglen Lake Lodge.

Day 7
Denali National Park / Anchorage
Return to Anchorage on the Alaska Railroad

On the last day of this active adventure, we’ll enjoy a more relaxed morning at Tonglen Lake before embarking on our voyage south to Anchorage.

After breakfast this morning, we’ll make our way to visit Alaska’s 4-legged “celebrities” – Alaskan sled dogs! You’ll be able to learn more about how sled dogs serve an important role throughout rural and remote Alaskan communities.

Next, board the historic Alaska Railroad for comfortable sightseeing en route back to Anchorage. You’ll arrive safely at the Anchorage Rail Depot 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 include a courtesy shuttle service from the rail depot to their property.

Anchorage – 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 that night, we suggest you book a flight that departs after 11:30 p.m. in case of transportation delays.

Note: We do not expect any major changes from this schedule. However, in the spirit of adventure, we allow our itinerary to remain flexible so that we may take advantage of spontaneous events.

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