Alaska Journey

National Geographic Journeys, Anchorage to Anchorage

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Discover the beauty of the great state of Alaska during ten days of jaw-dropping coastline vistas, astounding encounters with wildlife, and the towering majesty of Denali. Spy caribou and moose; keep your eyes peeled for orcas; and go behind the scenes at the celebrated Alaska SeaLife Center in picturesque Seward. Experience the raw beauty of nature on an unforgettable journey to wild Alaska.

What’s included

  • Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Alaska SeaLife Center, Seward Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Denali Immersion, Denali National Park and Preserve
  • Kenai Fjords wildlife cruise
  • National Park Service excursion to Eielson Visitor Centre in Denali NP
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Highlights

  • Search for beluga whales out at sea
  • Get a behind-the-scenes tour of the renowned alaska sealife center
  • Explore the kenai fjords
  • Enjoy breathtaking views of the alaska range
  • Hike in the denail area with a naturalist guide

Itinerary

Day 1 Anchorage Arrive at any time. Additional Notes: 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. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Day 2 Anchorage/Homer (1B) Travel along the stunning 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 driving along the Turnagain Arm, or catch a glimpse of volcanoes across the Cook Inlet. Opt to enjoy a hike outside of Homer. Transport: Private Vehicle (4.00-5.00 hours, 355km)
Day 3 Homer (1B) Enjoy a free day in Homer. Walk the quaint streets and visit the museum, restaurants, and art galleries. If you're feeling more adventurous, explore Kachemak Bay by water taxi or kayak, go hiking, catch a floatplane for remote grizzly bear viewing, or try your hand at a local sport — halibut fishing.
Day 4 Homer/Seward (1B) Leave Homer and arrive at the tip of the Kenai Peninsula where the ice age still lingers. Get a guided, behind-the-scenes tour of the world-renowned Alaska SeaLife Center, an incredible marine science facility that frequently collaborates with the National Geographic Society on wildlife initiatives. Included Activities: Alaska SeaLife Center Transport: Private Vehicle (3.00-4.00 hours, 270km)
Day 5 Seward (1B) Today, set out by ship to explore the Kenai Fjords, viewing glaciers, seabird colonies, puffins, sea lions, and whales (and if we're lucky, orcas). The afternoon is at your leisure. Opt to go hiking or explore the town. Included Activities: Kenai Fjords Boat Trip
Day 6 Seward/Denali National Park and Preserve (1B, 1D) Enjoy a scenic drive, stopping for photos along the way. In the afternoon, reach the Denali National Park area, known for its diversity of wildlife and the highest mountain in North America, Denali (formerly called Mt McKinley). Settle in and meet our instructor from the Denali Education Center, and learn about the sometimes surprising, always extreme, conditions that shape life in Denali and define a subarctic ecosystem. Additional Notes: Depending on availability, we may stay in the accommodation at the Denali Education Center or at a nearby lodge. Please remember that due to the remoteness of the Denali area, the accommodation is simple, but allows you access to one of the most stunning wildlife areas in Alaska. Included Activities: Denali Immersion Transport: Private Vehicle (6.00-7.00 hours, 580km)
Day 7 Denali National Park and Preserve (1B, 1L) Travel to the heart of Denali National Park on a day-long journey to the Eielson Visitor Center. The tour is run by the National Parks Service and includes a park-naturalist guide. Along the way, enjoy breathtaking views of the Alaska Range and its many peaks. Have your cameras ready to take pictures of wildlife, which may include caribou, grizzly bears, Dall sheep, moose, and wolves. Additional Notes: Private vehicles cannot drive into the National park. The excursion today is a guided tour operated by the park and other travellers may also be on the excursion. Included Activities: Denali National Park Visit Transport: Shuttle (8.00-9.00 hours)
Day 8 Denali National Park and Preserve (1B, 1L) This morning, enjoy a hike with a naturalist guide from the Denali Education Center, taking in the awe-inspiring natural beauty of the Denali wilderness. The afternoon is free to relax and enjoy the great outdoors with options to observe a sled dog demonstration by the National Parks Service or flight seeing. This evening, enjoy another lecture discussing history, daily life, and culture with a local resident. Included Activities: Denali Immersion
Day 9 Denali National Park and Preserve/Anchorage (1B) Enjoy the scenic drive back to Anchorage. Opt for a final dinner with the group and reminisce about your epic journey into the wild. Transport: Private Vehicle (4.00-5.00 hours, 370km)
Day 10 Anchorage (1B) Depart at any time. Included Activities: Departure Day
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