Day 1 Anchorage There are no activities planned until an evening welcome meeting.
Please keep in mind, a lot of what there is to see and do in Alaska is weather-dependent. We give our CEOs the opportunity to adjust the schedule as needed based on weather. For example, something scheduled on the itinerary for Day 2 may be better on Day 4, when the sun is shining. Please be flexible and enjoy the ride.
Hiking note: On this trip there are several options for hikes in each location. Your CEO will adjust the hikes according to weather and fitness level of the group.
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Day 2 Anchorage/Homer (1L) Travel around the coast of the Kenai Peninsula, where glaciers tumble down from the mountains towards the ocean. Keep an eye out for beluga whales playing out at sea while travelling along the Turnagain Arm, or volcanoes across the Cook Inlet.
Private Vehicle (4.00-5.00 hours, 355km)
Day 3 Homer While in Homer, keep a look out for some of the local wildlife including bald eagles, sandhill cranes, moose and shorebirds, to name a few.
Day 4 Homer/Seward (1L) Leave Homer in the morning and arrive at the tip of the Kenai Peninsula where the ice age still lingers. Spend the day exploring this site to discover the fjords, their history, science and remote splendor.
Head out for an amazing hike to the Exit Glacier and Harding Icefield. Considered one of the greatest hikes on the Kenai Peninsula, experience glaciers and the forces that shaped the landscape up close, while exploring only a tiny portion of the nearly 1 million acres that make up Kenai Fjords National Park.
Kenai Peninsula and Fjords Exploration
Hike to Exit Glacier and Harding Icefield
Private Vehicle (3.00-4.00 hours, 270km)
Day 5 Seward/Valdez (1L) Hop an Alaska Marine Highway ferry through the Inside Passage, across the Gulf of Alaska and into Prince William Sound. If weather permits, catch a glimpse of the Columbia Glacier.
The Columbia Glacier is receding, leaving huge blocks of ice and an impassible moraine. It is always changing and each day the bay is filled with floating ice.
The crashing glaciers and towering Chugach Mountains rising from the sea make Valdez absolutely picturesque.
Private Vehicle (1.75-2.00 hours)
Ferry (6.00-6.50 hours)
Day 6 Valdez Valdez is a quintessential Alaskan coastal town surrounded by impressive mountains, and a great place to explore. Opt to hike Thompson's pass, kayak beside one of the world's largest tidal glaciers or catch a glimpse of salmon spawning (in season). The crashing glaciers and towering Chugach Mountains rising from the sea make Valdez absolutely picturesque.
Day 7 Valdez/McCarthy (1B, 1L) Travel into Wrangell-St Elias National Park, staying in the small historic town of McCarthy. Surrounded by more mountains and glaciers than anywhere else in Alaska, every direction has a spectacular view. The McCarthy road is an experience in itself. Once a railroad heading towards vast mining fortunes, the gravel road that remains couples incredible views with a rugged driving surface that truly encompasses the wild feeling of Alaska.
Worthington Glacier Visit
Travel time includes stops along the way.
Private Vehicle (6.00 hour(s), 233km)
Days 8-9 McCarthy This national park is the largest in the US, roughly 25% larger than Switzerland, and is the convergence of three mountain ranges.
Explore Wrangell-St Elias
Day 10 McCarthy/Tangle Lakes (1L) Drive through Copper River Valley en route to Tangle Lakes, checking out the fishwheels (used for salmon) along the way.
Private Vehicle (8.00 hour(s), 290km)
Day 11 Tangle Lakes/Denali National Park and Preserve (1L) Enjoy a scenic drive along the Denali Highway, stopping for photos along the way. In the afternoon, reach Denali National Park, known for its diversity of wildlife and the highest mountain in North America, Denali, formerly called Mt McKinley. Bask in the awesomeness of this vast wilderness.
Private Vehicle (6.00 hour(s), 257km)
Days 12-13 Denali National Park and Preserve Enjoy plenty of time to explore and hike Denali NP. Whether it's the summer when the animals are raising their young, or winter when they're preparing for the cold and hibernation, you'll get to see it all.
Discover the dynamic glaciated landscape providing large rivers, countless lakes and ponds, and unique landforms which form the foundation of the ecosystems that thrive in Denali with some hikes in the area. Enjoy picnic lunches and revel in the awesomeness of the park.
For those that do not want to hike, options include rafting on the Nenana River, a visit to the dog-sled kennels run by the park rangers or opt to take a scenic flight over Denali.
Denali National Park Visit
Day 13 Denali National Park and Preserve Enjoy more free time to explore Denali National Park.
Denali National Park Visit
Day 14 Denali National Park and Preserve/Anchorage (1L) Opt to enjoy a final dinner with the group and reminisce about the epic journey into the wild.
Private Vehicle (4.00-5.00 hours, 370km)
Day 15 Anchorage Depart at any time.