Alaskan Wonder

Duration: 7 days

Highlights: • Visit the sled dog kennels of a champion Iditarod musher
• Fly past Denali and land on a glacier
• Board a jetboat for a ride on a wilderness river
• Explore Prince William Sound in search of glaciers and wildlife
• Float down the Portage River

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Itinerary

Day 1 - Anchorage

Arrive in Anchorage and drive 15 minutes to your accommodation.

The Voyager Inn is located in downtown Anchorage, close to galleries, shops and restaurants. Interiors are warm and modern, and all rooms feature either mountain or city views. Guests have access to many facilities at the adjacent Hotel Captain Cook, including a fitness center with pool and hot tub.

Overnight: The Voyager Inn

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Day 2 - Anchorage-Talkeetna

This morning, drive two hours north to Talkeetna.

Visit the Talkeetna kennels of Iditarod champion Dallas Seavey for a dryland mushing tour. On this 2-hour visit, you will meet the dogs (including this year's puppies) at the kennels and learn about how these endurance athletes are raised and trained. You'll also hear about the life of a musher and what it takes to win the world's most iconic dogsled race. Then, climb aboard a wheeled racing rig used to train dog teams without snow. Finish with an exhilarating ride through the Talkeetna woods.

Overnight: Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge

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Day 3 - Talkeetna

This morning, your 2-hour flightseeing adventure takes you from Talkeetna to within 6 miles of Denali’s summit, which rises to 20,320 feet (6,193 meters) above sea level. Denali is the highest peak on the North American continent.

Enter a world of towering snow-capped mountains and glacier-filled valleys as you explore the south and east faces of Denali. You'll see the enormous Ruth Glacier, the Great Gorge with its mile-high granite walls and blue meltwater pools, and dozens of glacial and alpine features. Your highlight will be landing on a glacier, where you have the chance to step outside and enjoy the solitude of the Alaska Range.

This afternoon, watch for bald eagles and other wildlife as you explore the wilderness around Talkeetna on this jet boat tour. Your captain and naturalist guide will share stories of the human and natural history of the area as you visit a Native Alaskan camp and an historic trapper's cabin. Weather permitting, enjoy breathtaking views of the Alaska Range.

Overnight: Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge

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Day 4 - Talkeetna

This morning, drive one hour north to meet your guide in Denali State Park. This gentle 2-mile (3-kilometer) walk along Byers Lake is a great introduction to the nature of the Denali area. Your naturalist guide will talk about Alaskan flora, fauna, and local history. Visit a historic trapper’s cabin and watch for wildlife along the way. Moose, bears, and birds are often seen.

Enjoy your afternoon at leisure.

Overnight: Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge

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Day 5 - Talkeetna-Kenai Peninsula

This morning, drive three hours south to the Kenai Peninsula. 

Set out with your naturalist guide on a scenic float down the Portage River. This mellow float is great for guests of all ages, and offers the chance to relax while enjoying views of the Chugach Mountains, hanging glaciers and thick spruce forest. Moose, and other wildlife, are sometimes seen as you float through the Portage Valley.

Alyeska’s tram takes provides some of the best views of your entire trip. The summit viewing deck provides panoramic views of majestic mountains, hanging glaciers, sparkling streams, towering spruce, and an array of wildlife. While on the mountain enjoy hiking, exploring, berry picking or just relax and admire the view.

Located in a lush valley in the Chugach Mountains, the chateau-style Hotel Alyeska is the luxury accommodation at the center of Alyeska Resort. Only an hour from Anchorage but a world away from the city, the resort is surrounded by towering peaks, hanging glaciers Alaskan wilderness. Onsite amenities include restaurants, shops, a saltwater pool, hot tub and The Spa at Alyeska.

Overnight: Alyeska Resort

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Day 6 - Kenai Peninsula

This morning, drive 45 minutes to Whittier for your glacier and wildlife cruise.

You will explore shorelines, bird rookeries, marine wildlife and calving glaciers. Today could include the thrilling experience of cruising among the numerous glaciers in Harriman Fjord and cruising to the face of towering tidewater glaciers. Or cruise into the heart of Prince William Sound looking for humpback and killer whales. During the trip your captain will find a remote beach to go ashore for some tide pooling or a short hike into this northernmost rainforest. Other wildlife you can expect to see on this full day excursion includes sea otters, harbor seals, sea lions, Dall's porpoise and plenty of sea birds (including puffins).

Overnight: Alyeska Resort

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Day 7 - Departure

Drive one hour to Anchorage for your departure flight.

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