10 Day 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.
- Fly In Bear Viewing
- Glacier and Wildlife Cruise in Kenai Fjords National Park
- Chugach National Forest hiking - mild to wild
- "End of the Road" a quirky culture tour and beach hike in the shoreside village of Homer, Alaska
- Denali Flightsee, Tundra tour inside the park and a return to Anchorage via historic Alaska Railroad
The National Park Safari features stays at our world famous BearCamp and renowned riverside main lodge. BearCamp is a "glamping" style basecamp with twin and queen beds and linens, gas heat and light, "en Suite" potties in the tents and composting toilets and showers in shared bathrooms. Main lodge features river and mountain view rooms complete with individual decks. All trips based on double occupancy - single rooms sometimes available for an additional fee.
Anchorage pickup/transfer to lodge/fly to BearCamp
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.
Morning with Bears & Return
Your final morning with the bears and this amazing 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 lodge the Kenai River. Private bath and gas fireplace will join with nightly happy hour, great meals and service welcome you back to (almost) civilization!
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.
Glacier & Wildlife Viewing
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.
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.
"End Of The Road" Tour
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.
Wilderness Lake Kayaking
Today we'll spend the afternoon on one of our beautiful wilderness lakes, paddling our safe and stable kayaks in a gorgeous setting. Perfect for beginners and strong paddlers alike, we'll explore the coastline and wildlife of the area and find an island to hop out and spread out the lunch. A great way to combine a little exercise with a fun activity in a gorgeous area. Return to lodge in the early afternoon with diner and happy hour to follow. Paddle boards available as well.
Talkeetna, Denali Flightsee and more.....
And now the Denali Experience! We’ll depart in the morning for the incredibly scenic trip north, with stops at Turnagain Arm (in hopes of spotting a "bore tide") then continue north past Anchorage Palmer and the "sleeping lady" in the distance. 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.
Tundra Wildlife Tour
Today marks another bucket list items...the famous road tour of Denali National Park. There is only one road, and the wildlife use it, too! We'll hope to spot Moose, Caribou, Stone Sheep, Wolves, Arctic Fox and more. Names like Teklanika, the Savage River and Polychrome Pass will ring in your memory forever. It's a bus ride in the park and truly one of the iconic park experiences in Alaska and the country. Return to the Park entrance and we'll enjoy dinner and overnight at our favorite cabins. (note the only road in the park is a gravel one, so there will be a few bumps!) Dinner at one of our favorite spots at the park entrance.
Denali to Anchorage via Historic Alaska Railroad
In keeping with the "no backtracking" theme of this trip, following breakfast you may relax on your deck in view of the sweeping vista laid out before you. Some may choose to visit the dogs of an Iditarod Champion. Finally, we'll visit the visitor center for those who want more info on the big park then it's on to the final leg of your safari - aboard the “Dome Cars” of the historic Alaska Railroad as it speeds past the countless rivers and mountain vistas on its way to Anchorage. Finish at 8:30 downtown- (hotel and dinner on your own.) Perhaps YOUR "Bucket List" has room for day of wandering the streets of the bustling Anchorage with it's native Art shops, museums and a one of a kind vibe.
Recommended Gear List
However you choose to arrive, please be "dressed for adventure", as there may be a quick turnaround after lunch to get to the airstrip for your flight to bearcamp - flight times are affected by tides and each day is different time wise. If your trip includes an overnight at BearCamp, be ready to check in to the lodge with a smaller day pack (1500 cubic inches or less) packed and ready to go, as your BearCamp® experience will typically be scheduled for your first 2 days of your trip (though not always). Maximum traveling gear for flights is 25 pounds per person. If you are on an extended stay with Great Alaska, we'll hold your larger bag back at the lodge while you are at bearcamp. Be sure to bring a water bottle! Please see our pre trip info for specific what to bring list for BearCamp.
Our trips include complimentary sightseeing van pickup in Anchorage (we pickup at 4 downtown, mid town and airport locations). Pickup is typically at 7:30 - 8:00 a.m. (time varies slightly each day based upon number and location of pickups). You'll arrive at the main lodge around 10:30 for check in and orientation. We pick up at the cruise dock in Seward or Whittier for an additional fee. On trips that include our Denali extension, return return to Anchorage is via the historic Alaska Railroad, arriving approximately 8:30 pm. Cabs will be available to take you to your hotel or the airport, whichever you need. (trip ends with return to Anchorage)
Complimentary van pickup in Anchorage on day one followed by sightseeing transfer to lodge. Trips include our signature meals "nearly world famous" nightly happy hour and appetizers, plus of course our legendary evening activities like "by the fire" salmon fishing and Moose River wildlife kayaking/paddle boarding. Finally, all necessary equipment for your daily adventures is included in your package.
What's Not Included
Gratuities, daily resort fee, Alaska sport fishing license and items of a personal nature.