National Park Wildlife Safari
National Park Wildlife Safari
National Park Wildlife Safari
 
 
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National Park Wildlife Safari

The whole enchilada- Bears, Denali and more!

Our Original Safari and still the favorite after thirty years! This great trip combines our famous riverfront lodge with 2 days at our private, fly-in BearCamp® plus 3 days touring Denali for that perfect blend of adventure and variety without the dreaded "bus tour" feel. Wilderness Glacier Cruising, Wild Brown Bear viewing, Wilderness hiking, "end of the road" Touring. Denali include Incredible flight seeing, tundra wilderness tour in the park, followed by a return to Anchorage via the historic Alaska Railroad. Wow! Space gets tight early on this great trip.
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June 1 - Aug. 31
The National Park Safari 10 Big Days $6,595.00 P/P BOOK NOW

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Day-by-Day Itinerary


Day 2

Day 1 Alaska Bear viewing

Your driver will pick you up at your hotel at 7:30 on day one.  The trip on Alaska’s most scenic highway crosses 2 mountain passes & brings you to our Riverside Main Lodge for lunch. Following orientation, drop your main bag and board a small plane for the flight to our private, remote Bear Camp, named “Best U.S. Bush Camp” by Outside Magazine. A truly one of a kind experience with outstanding staff.  Excellent meals flown in daily and served with fine wines combine with comfortable accommodations (in comfortable, high tech heated tent-cabins) with uniquely knowledgeable guides make this a highlight of any Alaska experience.

Day 3

Day 2 return from bearcamp

Your final morning with the bears and true wilderness.  You'll choose from our raised platform or a number of other ground-level viewing stations to truly experience the bears in the their native environment.  Following lunch, your return bush flight will bring you back to our main lodge and your riverside home for the next 5 days on our renowned riverside lodge the Kenai River.  Private bath and gas fireplace will join with nightly happy hour, great meals and service welcome you back to civilization!  


Alaska Hiking

Day 3 Wilderness Hiking

Today you'll enjoy one of the amazing local trails that make the Chugach National Forest and Kenai National Wildlife Refuge justly famous.  Choose from a moderate, mostly level and fairly short trail to the Russian River falls to view salmon leaping towards their native spawning grounds- or select a more aggressive hike that will break a sweat and culminate in a fantastic view of the surrounding snow capped peaks...it's your choice and there are many to choose from!  Return to lodge for happy hour, dinner and overnight.

Kenai Fjords Cruise

Day 4  Glacier and wildlife cruising

Today we'll cruise the incomparable Kenai Fjords National Park!  The protected waters of Resurrection Bay and Aialik bay are some of the most amazing regions on earth.  On the short drive to Seward, we'll stretch our legs by walking to the face of a retreating Glacier close enough to nearly touch...then it's on to Seward to spend the rest of this day cruising and seeking calving Glaciers, Humpback whales and Orca, charming Sea Otters and endangered Stellar Sea Lions. Return to lodge for happy hour, dinner and overnight.

Day 7

Day 5  Bald eagle scenic float

Today we'll float through the turquoise clear waters of the upper Kenai River and it's prodigious salmon spawning grounds to see one of nature's most amazing events.  This annual returning salmon brings Bear and Eagle (plus wild Trout!) in numbers to feast on salmon eggs and the carcasses of hundreds of thousands of dying salmon.  The tumbling aquamarine water rushes along rocks and forest through the younger and "Swiss-Alp" inspired Kenai Mountains. Gourmet lunch served shore-side by your enthusiastic guides.  Return to the lodge for happy hour and overnight.

Refuge Paddling

Day 6  end of the road tour - homer, AK

Today, we'll tour Homer, Alaska. We'll visit a Russian orthodox church, see active volcanoes, mountain vistas and spot Moose with their spring young.  Your first view of Homer and Kachemak Bay is truly unforgettable and we'll spend a fun filled day exploring the art and rustic uniqueness of a bush community at “Land’s End”.  We'll walk "the Spit", stroll the bay side Boardwalk and visit the world - famous Salty Dog Saloon.  For Natural history buffs, a stop at the amazing "Islands and Oceans" exhibit is a must.  Every tour is different, and you'll be back to the lodge in time for family friendly happy hour, dinner and overnight.



Day 7  Wildlife refuge kayaking

 

Today's adventure is a paddle into the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge on board safe and maneuverable kayaks.  This is a truly unique area, and it's serpentine meanderings are home to Moose, Eagle, Fox, Beaver, Brown and Black bear and even Lynx and Wolves.  The quiet kayaks allow us to explore it all without disturbing the animals.  We'll lunch along the way and return back to the main lodge for a relaxed afternoon before heading north for Denali.


Flightseeing

Day 8 north to Denali!

And now the Denali Experience!  We’ll depart in the morning for the incredibly scenic trip north to Denali, with scenic stops, then continue north past Anchorage and Palmer, with the impossibly rugged Mountains in the background.  Finally, it's on to the historic bush community of Talkeetna (base camp for the Denali climbs)  That evening, you'll board a bush plane for a spectacular flight seeing tour of Denali Nat. Park and Preserve.  Afterward, you and your guide will walk the old streets of this unique and quirky town within view of the tallest mountain in North America. Overnight at our favorite local inn.

Denali Flightseeing

Day 9 on to Denali - TUNDRA WILDLIFE TOUR

An early drive will find us at the entrance to our largest national park where you will board one of the famous Park Tour Buses for the tour of spectacular Denali National Park .  Traffic is restricted to only these buses and you will receive a narrated tour of the history, animals and grandeur of this incomparable location.  Polychrome pass, the Savage River and many other notable landmarks make this trip one of the most famous day trips of any park in America.  Return to park entrance and overnight/dinner at one of our favorite cabins/inns.


   
Day 10

DAY 10  DENALI - ALASKA RAILROAD

Today you can rise early and relax on your deck in view of the sweeping vista laid out before you.  We may visit the dogs of an Iditarod Champion or spend time at the awesome visitors center or even take a short hike before we head back to your hotel in Anchorage.  Return to Anchorage via the historic Alaska Railroad aboard the Alaska Railroad's dome car featuring "Gold Star" class.  Arrive Anchorage at 8:30 pm- transfer to your hotel or the airport on your own (cabs will be waiting).