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  • Brown Bear Hunting for Fish, Alaska
  • Mount McKinley, Denali National Park and Preserve, Alaska
  • Husky Sledding
  • Seward, Alaska

Best of Denali & Kenai Fjords Self-Drive

14-day tailor-made self drive from £4,495 pp incl. flights

Free car hire on this itinerary

Summary

Short description

An epic road trip through Alaska's Kenai Fjords and Denali National Park's

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Highlights

  • Spend time in Anchorage, Alaska’s largest cityand its economic and political heart
  • See tidewater and alpine glaciers, and the abundant wildlife of the Kenai Fjord National Park on a full- day cruise
  • Explore Denali National Park, home to North America’s highest mountain, Mount McKinley

In Brief

  • 2 Nights Anchorage
  • 2 Nights Seward
  • 2 Nights Homer
  • 1 Night Cooper Landing
  • 1 Night Girdwood
  • 1 Night Talkeetna
  • 2 Nights Kantishna
  • 1 Night Denali National Park and Preserve

Itinerary

Recommended for:
Activity adventure | Mountains | Natural world | Self-drive | Wildlife

This driving holiday explores the magnificent landscapes and national parks, featuring North America's highest peak – Mount McKinley. Starting in Anchorage, travel south to Seward and enjoy a full-day, northwestern fjord cruise in the Kenai National Park before continuing south through the volcanic landscapes known as the 'Ring of Fire'. After two nights in Homer, begin heading northwards. Your tour ends with two nights in the beautiful Denali National Park.  

Day by day itinerary

Day 1
Anchorage

Depart London on your daytime flight via Iceland to Anchorage. On arrival, make your way to your downtown hotel. The remainder of the day is spent at your leisure. 

Stay: Hotel Captain Cook (Superior) 

Day 2
Anchorage

Today you're free to explore Alaska's largest city, the gateway to the beautiful Alaskan wilderness. Day touring options cover every spectrum from historic city tours and wildlife cruises to flight safaris and even a glacier dog sledding experience reached by helicopter!

Stay: Hotel Captain Cook (Superior) 

Days 3-4
Seward & Northwestern Fjord Cruise

Collect your rental car in downtown Anchorage and head south on the Seward Highway to Turnagain Arm keeping your eyes peeled for the beluga whales and Dall sheep that frequent this region. After a restful night's sleep, embark on a full day cruise of the Kenai Fjords National Park. The Northwestern Fjord is home to three tidewater glaciers, a number of alpine glaciers and an abundance of wildlife. 

Stay: Exit Glacier Lodge (Superior)

Days 5-6
Homer

Leave Seward behind and travel the Sterling Highway through a landscape of volcanic peaks. Your destination for the next two nights is Homer, which boasts a remarkable setting beneath the soaring peaks of the Kenai Mountains. Your time here is free to explore. Or, perhaps take an optional bear viewing tour into the Hallo Bay Wilderness. 

Stay: Land's End Resort (Standard)

Day 7
Coopers Landing

Your destination on leaving Homer is Ninilchik, the oldest settlement on the Kenai Peninsula. Then, from here, continue on to Coopers Landing and a tour of the Upper Kenai River.

Stay: Kenai Princess Wilderness Lodge (Standard) 

Day 8
Girdwood & Glacier Dog Sledding Helicopter Tour

Continue northwards to Girdwood which lies in a valley in the southwestern Chugach Mountains. This afternoon you'll enjoy a helicopter flight to the base camp high in the Chugach Mountains which is also the training ground for the Iditarod sled dogs. On this giant snowfield you'll learn how the dogs are trained, about their endurance and how they possess an inherent desire to run. 

Stay: Alyeska Resort (Superior)

Day 9
Talkeetna

Next stop is the tiny, quirky town of Talkeetna, for many a perfect representation of small-town Alaska. This early gold rush town retains much of its history with clapboard houses, log cabins and a main street which is the only paved road in town. Talkeetna is also the jumping off point for many expeditions to Mount McKinley.

Stay: Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge (Superior) 

Days 10-11
Denali Back Country Lodge

From Talkeetna you'll follow the Parks Highway north to Denali. Leave your car at the park entrance and transfer by bus deep into the park and your base for the next two nights. Keep an eye out for the myriad wildlife which includes bears, caribou, moose, sheep and wolves plus an abundance of birdlife. This is a true wilderness experience and there is plenty of time to explore at your leisure. Activities available include panning for gold, day hikes of all levels, botany walks and mountain biking.

Stay: Denali Backcountry Lodge, Kantishna (Standard)

Meals: B L D

Day 12
Denali National Park Entrance

Enjoy an early breakfast before the journey back through the magnificent scenery to the park entrance. The rest of the day is yours to explore. 

Stay: Grande Denali Lodge (Standard)

Day 13
Departure

From Denali, make your way back to Anchorage airport for your overnight flight back to the UK arriving on day 14. 

Day 14
Arrival

On arrival in the UK continue with your onward journey.

Map

Pricing

Any element of this itinerary can be adjusted to suit your needs. Just contact us to find out more.

Accommodation rating: Standard Superior

14-day tailor-made self drive from £4,495 incl. flights

Superior

Low Season

from £4,495 pp. incl. flights

High Season

from £4,555 pp. incl. flights

Valid for Travel: June to August 2018

Includes:

  • Complimentary UK airport lounge access
  • 12 nights accommodation
  • 11 days car rental
  • Full day Northwestern Fjords Cruise with breakfast and lunch
  • 2 hour Kenai Scenic Float Tour at Cooper Landing
  • 2 hour Glacier Dog Sled Helicopter Tour
  • Denali Backcountry Adventure Tour by coach with 2 nights in Kantishna
  • Denali National Park entrance fee
  • meals and touring as stated and personalised driving directions with maps


Terms & Conditions

Prices are per person based on two people sharing a twin/double room; prices are subject to availability and possible change; normal booking conditions apply.

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