Alaska Soft Adventure and Self Drive

Beginning with a scenic drive from Anchorage to Seward, this 13-day tour takes you on adventures into the wilderness. Spot marine wildlife as you sail into the Kenai Fjords National Park, followed by a trip with the locals on the Alaska Marine Highway Ferries. See the “real” Alaska on a light plane to Kennicott Glacier Lodge, stay in cabins at Sheep Mountain Lodge and explore the Matanuska Glacier. Explore the Kantishna Trails or enjoy other activities such as ice trekking, glacier walks, rafting, dog mushing and flightseeing.

 

 

Tour Inclusions:

Accommodation in clean and comfortable hotels with private facilities, meals as indicated (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner), 11 days car hire-mid size vehicle, Kenai Fjords National Park Cruise, Return light plane flights: Chitina/Kennicott, AMHS fare: Whittier/Valdez, Kantishna Wilderness Trails Tour.

PRICES
Land arrangements
including twin share
$4,950
Day
1

Anchorage

Arrive into Anchorage, complimentary transfer to Clarion Suites (1 night)

Day
2

Anchorage to Seward

Collect hire car and drive south to Seward (210 km). In the afternoon enjoy a two hour guided hike at nearby Exit Glacier. Your naturalist guide provides insightful narration about the topography, vegetation and natural habitats surrounding a glacial environment. Breeze Inn (2 nights)

Meals included: Breakfast
Day
3

Kenai Fjords Cruise

Five hour cruise into Kenai Fjords National Park. The park is home to orcas, humpback whales, sea otters and many species of birds. The tour also visits Holgate Glacier. Afternoon at leisure to explore Seward.

Meals included: Lunch
Day
4

Seward to Valdez

Drive to Whittier (145 km) where you will board an Alaska Marine Highway System (AMHS) ferry. Your car will be transported on the ferry as you sail through stunning Prince William Sound to Valdez. This area is home to marine life such as orca, humpback whales, sea lions and puffins. Mountain Sky Hotel (1 night)

Day
5

Valdez to Kennicott

Drive to Chitina (193 km) where you will board a light plane for the flight to Kennicott. Kennicott Glacier Lodge (3 nights)

Day
6

Kennicott

The Kennicott Glacier Lodge is a remote wilderness lodge in the heart of Wrangell St. Elias National Park. The spectacular alpine scenery is still being formed by glaciers and peaks that rise up sharper than the Himalayas. Possible activities include hikes on alpine trails, guided glacier walks and tours of the historic Kennicott Copper Mine.

Day
7

Kennicott

Day at leisure

Day
8

Kennicott to Sheep Mountain Lodge

In the morning catch a return flight to Chitina. Drive from Chitina to the Sheep Mountain Lodge, which is situated on the Glenn Highway (142 km). Sheep Mountain Lodge (2 nights)

Day
9

Sheep Mountain Lodge

Day at leisure to explore the surrounding area. You may wish to hire a guide to go for an ice trek on the Matanuska Glacier.

Day
10

Sheep Mountain Lodge to Denali

Drive to Denali National Park (443 km). Denali Grizzly Bear Resort (2 nights)

Day
11

The Kantishna Wilderness Trails

This full day trip into Denali National Park includes snacks en-route and lunch at the Kantishna Roadhouse.

Meals included: Lunch
Day
12

Denali to Fairbanks

In the morning you may decide to take an optional Denali rafting experience (not included in tour price). You may see moose, sheep, caribou and bear, as you raft downstream. In the afternoon drive to Fairbanks (196 km) and return your hire car. Bridgewater Hotel (1 night)

Day
13

Fairbanks

Departure from Fairbanks

Tour Notes & Options

Prices based on twin share accommodation, please contact us for single pricing.

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