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Alaska Coast to Denali Journey

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7 days Alaska Coast to Denali Journey
Alaska Coast to Denali Journey is a weeklong adventure offering an in-depth exploration of the magical worlds of two distinct Alaska national parks: Kenai Fjords & Denali. Explore the spectacular Kenai Fjords National Park by kayak and small boat tours and then venture deep into the heart of Denali National Park to the region known as Kantishna. Along the way, visit the charming small to wns of Seward and Talkeetna, and finish off your Alaska adventure trip in style with a ride on the historic Alaska Railroad.

This 7-day overland trip is designed to complement any coastal cruise experience or to make the most of only a week away from home. Journey from the snow-capped peaks and emerald waters of the Kenai Peninsula to the glacier-clad Alaska Range and its sweeping upland tundra valleys. Venture into the wilderness on foot or sea kayak, exploring the trails and shores used by gold seekers and trophy hunters. Hike up to see views of North America's highest peak, Denali, and ride the Alaska Railroad through scenic road-less valleys.
read more Alaska Coast to Denali Journey is a weeklong adventure offering an in-depth exploration of the magical worlds of two distinct Alaska national parks: Kenai Fjords & Denali. Explore the spectacular Kenai Fjords National Park by kayak and small boat tours and then venture deep into the heart of Denali National Park to the region known as Kantishna. Along the way, visit the charming small towns of Seward and Talkeetna, and finish off your Alaska adventure trip in style with a ride on the historic Alaska Railroad.

This 7-day overland trip is designed to complement any coastal cruise experience or to make the most of only a week away from home. Journey from the snow-capped peaks and emerald waters of the Kenai Peninsula to the glacier-clad Alaska Range and its sweeping upland tundra valleys. Venture into the wilderness on foot or sea kayak, exploring the trails and shores used by gold seekers and trophy hunters. Hike up to see views of North America's highest peak, Denali, and ride the Alaska Railroad through scenic road-less valleys.
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Day 1 - MON - Anchorage, Seward & Kenai Fjords

Day 2 - TUE - Kenai Fjords Exploration

Day 3 - WED - Cruise to Seward & Exit Glacier

Day 4 - THR - Talkeetna, Alaska

Day 5 - FRI - Denali National Park

Day 6 - SAT - Denali's Kantishna Region

Day 7 - SUN - Historic Alaska Railroad to Anchorage


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Day 1 - MON - Anchorage, Seward & Kenai Fjords

Meet your trip leader and fellow travelers at 6:30 a.m. in hotel lobby (meeting location confirmed with reservation). Enjoy a scenic drive south along Turnagain Arm and through the Chugach National Forest to Seward, a picturesque seacoast town situated at the head of Resurrection Bay. Board a small boat bound for Kenai Fjords National Park, home to an array of glaciers and marine wildlife such as whales, Steller sea lions, sea otters and puffins. A four-hour cruise allows time to explore the dramatic coastlines. Enjoy lunch in front of a tidewater glacier before arriving at your exclusive lodge destination: Kenai Fjords Glacier Lodge.

Nestled on the edge of a protected tidal lagoon, the Glacier Lodge offers miles of pristine beachfront and breathtaking views of Pedersen Glacier. This afternoon, meet your guides for a tour of the lodge and property before settling into your private cabins. Enjoy dinner and evening presentations.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Kenai Fjords Glacier Lodge
MEALS:
lunch and dinner

Day 2 - TUE - Kenai Fjords Exploration

After breakfast in the main lodge, choose from an array of activities to match your interest and energy level. Guided options include interpretive nature walks, canoeing, sea kayaking and coastal explorations; or, relax at the lodge and peruse the natural history library, take a leisurely stroll along the beachfront or relax in a rocking chair taking in the spectacular view.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Kenai Fjords Glacier Lodge
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 3 - WED - Cruise to Seward & Exit Glacier

This morning allows another opportunity to canoe, kayak or explore the area in the morning before bidding farewell to Kenai Fjords Glacier Lodge. Midday, embark on a return coastal wildlife cruise back to Seward followed by a delicious dinner at the Seward Windsong Lodge. In the evening, take a casual stroll to the face of the massive Exit Glacier located just down the road from the lodge.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Seward Windsong Lodge
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 4 - THR - Talkeetna, Alaska

Begin the journey north to the historical town of Talkeetna, mountaineering gateway to the Alaska Range. Once in Talkeetna, choose from several activities, including a guest favorite - flightseeing. Take to the skies on an optional flightseeing tour of Mount McKinley (Denali) and its adjacent glacial canyons or wander through "downtown" Talkeetna and learn about mountaineering and this quaint town's history. Tonight, you have the flexibility to dine with the other members of your group or enjoy a great meal on your own.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Talkeetna Lodge
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinnner

Day 5 - FRI - Denali National Park

Continue traveling north to Denali National Park and stop for lunch at the Denali Park entrance. After lunch, enjoy the park's highlights while traveling the length of the restricted access Denali Park Road. Watch for caribou, moose, Dall sheep, grizzly bears, resident & migratory birds and, weather permitting, Denali, the tallest peak in North America. Upon arrival at Kantishna Roadhouse, enjoy dinner and settle into your cozy cabin accommodations deep within Denali National Park.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Denali Backcountry Lodge
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 6 - SAT - Denali's Kantishna Region

Enjoy a full day of exploration in the Kantishna region of Denali National Park. Available activities include guided hikes, natural history programs and dog sled demonstrations. Optional add-on flightseeing tours may be offered during your stay at the lodge (weather and space-dependent).
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Denali Backcountry Lodge
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 7 - SUN - Historic Alaska Railroad to Anchorage

Following an early breakfast, embark on a return Denali scenic drive and watch for wildlife en route to the park entrance. Bid farewell to your trip leader and board the historic Alaska Railroad for your comfortable return journey to Anchorage. Meals are available for purchase on the train. After arriving to Anchorage at approximately 8:30 p.m., transfer (transfers not included) to your hotel or the airport.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
n/a
MEALS:
breakfast

Itinerary Notes

We may occasionally alter itineraries slightly for safety, or to take advantage of weather, wildlife and unplanned discoveries. Our ability to be spontaneous makes this style of adventure travel unique.

Arrival & Departure

The Alaska Coast to Denali Journey begins and ends in Anchorage, Alaska. Meet your expedition leader at 6:30am on Day 1 at the designated Anchorage hotel. The trip ends when your Alaska Railroad train arrives at the Anchorage station on Day 7 at about 8:30pm. Most travelers plan to arrive at the Anchorage airport (ANC) one day before and depart one day after the trip. If you choose to fly home on the night of Day 7, we suggest you book a flight that departs after 11:30 p.m., in case of possible transportation delays.

Weather Delay Policy

In rare circumstances, due to high winds, weather fronts or ocean conditions, we are unable to access our Kenai Fjords Glacier Lodge at scheduled times. Alternative activities and accommodations have been planned for this uncommon occurrence, but please be prepared for a possible change in schedule.
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Included

Meals as indicated on itinerary, accommodations in a mix of hotels and rustic lodges, entrance fees, leadership, crew, local guides, kayaking, hiking activities, private coach transfers to Talkeetna and Denali and Alaska Railroad return from Denali to Anchorage.

Exclusions

Airfare to and from Alaska, airport taxes, excess baggage charges; return transfer from railroad to airport or hotel; any additional hotel nights in Anchorage; some meals; items of a personal nature such as alcoholic beverages; and insurance of any kind..

While in Denali, due to limited space on the Denali Backcountry Lodge bus, it is mandatory that you only have one bag per person, plus a daypack and/or purse/camera bag per person. If you have more than one bag and would like to bring it to the lodge, please be prepared to pay an additional $50 charge per additional bag (rates subject to change from Denali Backcountry Lodge).

Room Configuration

Single rooms are available for a 25% supplement. If you are traveling alone and wish to share accommodations, we will charge the 25% single supplement, then refund this amount once a share is found. If a share is not found the 25% single supplement will apply.

Families & Children

Minimum age is 7 years old. Triple/quadruple occupancy subject to availability; inquire for discounts.

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of $1000 per person is required at the time of booking. A Reservation Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. A second deposit of 50% of the trip total, less the original deposit, is due 120 days prior to departure. Final payment is due 60 days prior to departure. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Cancellations are subject to the following per-person fees, based on number of days prior to departure:
$300 or 10% of total - 121 days
$600 or 20% of total - 91-120 days
50% of total - 46-90 days prior
100% of total cost - 0-45 days

Terms & Conditions

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information is sent upon confirmation.

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Trip Reviews

OVERALL: 5 stars ACCOMMODATIONS: 5 stars MEALS: 5 stars

Overall Trip Review

The trip was amazing in every way. Kenai Glacier Lodge was incredible.  Everywhere we stayed actually -- each and every place.  The Denali Park Road was an incredible experience; it was beautiful in the rain on the way in and in the sun on the way out. There were no downsides to the trip.  Even the weather cooperated beautifully.

Accommodation Review

All accommodations were excellent.  Some were more rustic, but super comfortable rustic. 

Meals Review

The food was outstanding, and the snacks provided on the bus rides were so thoughtful.  Early morning coffee was available at all the lodges, and the meals were all excellent.  I loved all the seafood options the most.

Crew & Guides Review

Leigh Lubin was outstanding.  She was thoughtful, thorough, informed, unflappable, attentive, and super upbeat.  The information she provided as we drove was very valuable in that she taught us so much about Alaska.  Her organization made everything work smoothly, and if any small problem presented itself she handled it without missing a beat.

AdventureSmith Explorations Review

I really appreciated the regular contact from AdventureSmith, and all the materials you sent were spot-on in terms of preparing for the trip. 

Traveler Advice

Do the trip!  It will be the trip of a lifetime in so many ways.

E.Griffin - Carpenteria, CA
OVERALL: 5 stars ACCOMMODATIONS: 5 stars MEALS: 5 stars

Overall Trip Review

Amazing in every way, the trip exceeded our (high) expectations, great itinerary, great people.  Of course the weather cooperated and that factored into making it great (very little rain, views of Denali) and we had a great group of 16 people that we really enjoyed. 

Accommodation Review

The lodges were great, the two hotels in the middle of the week were actually very, very nice (Seward and Talkeetna) and the Kantishna Roadhouse was fun. 

Meals Review

Great variety, great choice, the on the go lunches were great, particularly the picnic chef salad at Eagle River. 

Crew & Guides Review

Leigh was amazing and has great teaching skill in addition to being a fun, caring person. Jeff was such a competent and fun driver, very entertaining in a good way and made the longer drives really go quickly. 


AdventureSmith Explorations Review

Very clear communication. All the transportation and arrangements were great.  I wasn't used to this level of service but it was much appreciated! 

Traveler Advice

Just know that you are covering a lot of miles and territory, not much down time but we understood that as part of a busy week and a group experience, you don't have too much time on your own if you take part in the activities (which we did).

F. Griffin - Carpenteria, CA
OVERALL: 5 stars ACCOMMODATIONS: 5 stars MEALS: 5 stars

Overall Trip Review

Every detail was well-organized and carefully planned, so the complexities of traveling by small bus to boat, back to van, transfer to Kantishna bus, transfer to railroads all worked seamlessly and flawlessly. The guides--all of them, but especially our trip guide and driver--were very knowledgeable, interesting, and fun!  We expected the lodges to be in lovely locations, which they were, and the food was extraordinary.

Accommodation Review

Beautiful lodges, well-equipped for the outdoor adventures, which included canoes and kayaks in Kenai or mountain bikes in Kantishna.  It was really nice that the Kenai Lodge had giant boots and very water-proof pants for all. Our primary interest was to see the wildlife and natural beauty of the Kenai Peninsula and Denali National Park, and we saw everything we had hoped for, and more. The Kenai Glacier Wilderness Lodge delighted us with its isolated lagoon and Pedersen Glacier, otters, seals, black bear and eagles. The road through Denali to Kantishna provided us with many sightings of caribou, moose, 5 grizzlies, a red fox with a squirrel in its mouth, and the lodge was charming. We did not spend much time in Seward or Talkeetna, but the accommodations in both were great.

Meals Review

Lovely little appetizers were a nice treat before dinner. All meals were outstanding!

Crew & Guides Review

Leigh Lubin and driver Jeff were fantastic!  Well-prepared, interesting, fun, patient, knowledgeable, warm: they made the trip even more memorable and special! We all hated to say goodbye to them at the end of the trip! The guides in Kenai (Taylor, Riley, Randy, Rainy, Dina, Mia,) were all enthusiastic, interesting, well-prepared, and willing to quickly look up anything on the slight chance that we asked an unusual question.

Emmet, in Kantishna, spoke of his father's winning Iditarod teams, and showed us how the dogs train in the summer time. His presentation was really interesting and fun.  Everyone was very engaging and clearly loves being there!

Traveler Advice

We were not able to spend more than 10 days, but if you can stay longer in Denali it would help to break up the long travel days!  Be prepared for any kind of weather since it can change quickly.

P. Murphy-Jones - Sacramento, CA