Day 1 - Arrive Anchorage, Alaska
Arrive in Anchorage, where you are met and transferred
along the scenic Turnagain Arm to Girdwood to your hotel.
Ride up the Alyeska Aerial Tram, and then hike with a guide
on Mount Alyeska for breathtaking views. Tonight, gather
for a festive welcome dinner.
Day 2 - Kenai Peninsula
This morning, set out to experience Alaska’s jaw-dropping
landscapes on a family float trip down the Portage River.
Savor Alaska’s prized fish during a lunchtime salmon
bake. Later, enjoy a behind-the-scenes visit at the Alaska
Wildlife Conservation Center, a nonprofit organization that
rehabilitates injured or orphaned animals and returns them
to the wild. During your visit, keep on the lookout for black
and brown bears, moose, bison, wolves, a variety of birds and
other species. Dinner this evening is at your leisure, perhaps
to enjoy one of the fine local restaurants.
Day 3 - Kenai Peninsula
Cruise by private boat in the majestic glacier and marine
wildlife country of Prince William Sound. Spy calving
glaciers as well as species such as orcas, puffins and sea lions
at close range, even as bald eagles wheel overhead. Go ashore
for a guided beach walk during our cruise. Return to your
hotel in the late afternoon for dinner at your leisure, whether
at your hotel or in neighboring Girdwood.
Day 4 - Redoubt Bay
Approximately 90% of Alaska is not served by roads, so
aviation plays a vital role in everyday life. Ride Like a Local
as you fly to Redoubt Bay Lodge, the site of some incredible
bear viewing. Embark by boat through “bear country,”
watching for black and brown bears, and other wildlife along
the way. Later, continue to your accommodations in a rustic-modern
lodge that overlooks North America’s tallest peak,
Denali (formerly Mount McKinley). Enjoy this evening at
Day 5 - Talkeetna
Explore historic Talkeetna, the jumping-off point for Denali
climbers. Privately visit the dog kennels of Iditarod racer
Dallas Seavey and try your hand at dryland mushing. Visit
the family-run Kahiltna Birchworks for tastings of birchmade
candy and ice cream. Set out on a guided walk of the
town’s historic district, followed by time at leisure for lunch.
Fly over the peaks and glaciers of Denali National Park.
Then, land — and walk — on a glacier’s surface (weather
permitting), surrounded by snowy peaks. Later, visit the
Day 6 - Talkeetna
After a relaxing early morning, board a Deluxe Dome Car
on the Alaska Railroad to Denali National Park, viewing the
most scenic section of this Alaska rail journey featuring the
Alaska Range and Denali, while enjoying lunch on board.
Arrive at the Denali station in the late afternoon to tour the
Visitors Center and take a short hike near the park entrance.
Then, travel the short distance to 229 Parks Restaurant &
Tavern, the best at Denali, for dinner. Afterward, return by
motorcoach to the lodge.
Day 7 - Anchorage
Continue exploring the magnificent Denali area with
an all-ages kayak trip on placid Byers Lake. Next, join a
knowledgeable naturalist guide on a hike that reveals
Alaska’s abundant flora and fauna, stopping for a picnic
lunch en route. Then, continue to Anchorage, where you
meet the chef who prepares your farewell dinner for an
authentic Chef ’s Table experience, and then feast and share
favorite stories from your journey with the new friends
Day 8 - Depart Anchorage
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your departing