The Greatland Safari
The Greatland Safari
The Greatland Safari
 
 
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The Greatland Safari

The amazing Kenai Peninsula in 7 big days

One of our most popular trips... experience Alaska in a single week! The Greatland Safari focuses on the amazing Kenai Peninsula, combining our famous riverfront main lodge with an amazing stay at our private, fly-in wilderness camp. Glacier and wildlife cruising, scenic floating and gold panning, wild bear viewing, Wilderness hiking, "end of the road" touring and more. Saturday starts.
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June 1 - September 10
Greatland Safari 7 days $4,295.00 per person BOOK NOW

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Day-by-Day Itinerary


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Day 1 fly to bear camp

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.

Day 4  Glacier/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. Lunch served shore-side by your enthusiastic guides.  Return to the lodge for happy hour and overnight.

End of the Road tour

Day 6  "end of the road" touring

No one should miss Homer and the “End of the Road”. See early Russian churches, active volcanoes, mountain vistas and probably baby Moose with their mothers.  Your first view of Homer and Kachemak Bay is truly unforgettable and we will spend a fun filled day exploring the art and rustic uniqueness of a bush community at “Land’s End”.  A famous sawdust floor tavern, wine tasting, local artist galleries, even a boat from "A dangerous catch" call this amazing area home.  Return to lodge for happy hour, dinner and overnight. 


Refuge Paddling

Day 7  Refuge paddling/Return to Anchorage

 

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 enjoy lunch at our riverfront tent camp on the edge of the refuge.   Return to lodge at noon, check out at 2:00 and return to Anchorage via commuter air from Kenai Airport (175.0 p/p) or charter float plane (250.00 p/p).