Iconic Alaska bears are the highlight of this adventure into Katmai National Park. Experience one of Alaska’s greatest wildlife spectacles, the brown bears of Brooks River. Katmai National Park and Brooks River feature one of the most famous congregations of brown bears in the world. Our package includes hotel accommodations in downtown Anchorage and two nights in a rustic cabin at Bro oks Camp, plus airfare from Anchorage to Katmai. The best bear viewing in Katmai National Park is available from mid-June through early September. read more Iconic Alaska bears are the highlight of this adventure into Katmai National Park. Experience one of Alaska’s greatest wildlife spectacles, the brown bears of Brooks River. Katmai National Park and Brooks River feature one of the most famous congregations of brown bears in the world. Our package includes hotel accommodations in downtown Anchorage and two nights in a rustic cabin at Brooks Camp, plus airfare from Anchorage to Katmai. The best bear viewing in Katmai National Park is available from mid-June through early September.
Day 1 - Arrive Anchorage
Day 2 - Fly to Katmai National Park
Day 3 - Brooks Falls Bear Viewing
Day 4 - Return to Anchorage
Day 5 - Depart, begin trip extension or cruise
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Day 1 - Arrive AnchorageArrive independently at the Anchorage airport where a complimentary transfer brings you to your downtown Anchorage hotel. The remainder of the afternoon is yours to explore this cosmopolitan city on your own.
ACCOMMODATIONS:Clarion Suites or similar
Day 2 - Fly to Katmai National ParkA hotel courtesy shuttle takes you to the Anchorage Airport. Fly Anchorage to King Salmon and transfer to a seaplane for the short scenic flight to Brooks Lodge. This afternoon is free to explore the surrounding area. After a brief orientation by the National Park Service you may want to go fishing or join the afternoon nature walk. The big attraction is a visit to the bear viewing platform above Brooks Falls. Each year bears congregate here because of the prolific salmon runs. Because the platform is well managed by the National Park Service, bears are habituated to visitors and behave in a natural manner providing the experience of a lifetime for wildlife enthusiasts and photographers. This evening there are slideshows, films, lectures, sunsets and a bar for evening enjoyment. Overnight in a double cabin.
Day 3 - Brooks Falls Bear ViewingSpend a full day exploring and viewing bears at Brooks Falls. For an additional fee you may wish to join the “Valley of 10,000 Smokes” natural history tour. This all-day bus and hiking tour to Katmai’s volcanic lava flows features an opportunity to view a variety of wildlife and walk upon the ash and pumice moonscape of the “Valley of 10,000 Smokes,” Other options include flight-seeing excursions, canoe/kayak rentals and fishing. Please contact our Alaska experts for details.
Day 4 - Return to AnchorageSpend one final morning in Katmai perusing your own interests. Most visitors take one last chance to visit the platform and view bears. Return to Anchorage by way of King Salmon. Upon arrival in Anchorage a hotel courtesy shuttle brings you to your downtown Anchorage hotel.
ACCOMMODATIONS:Clarion Suites or similar
Day 5 - Depart, begin trip extension or cruiseThis morning a hotel shuttle brings you to the Anchorage airport for your journey home or you may continue your exploration of Alaska with a trip extension or one of our small ship adventure cruises.
Itinerary NotesWe may occasionally alter itineraries slightly for safety, or to take advantage of weather, wildlife and unplanned discoveries. Our ability to be spontaneous makes our style of adventure travel unique.
Prices are determined by the National Park Service at Katmai National Park. Prices for the following year are usually not determined until December of the preceding year. Trips booked before this time must understand that any increase in price determined by the National Park Service will be passed on to our travelers. Price increases are usually no more than 2-3% each year. If you have questions please call.
Arrival & DepartureYour Brown Bears of Katmai adventure starts and ends in Anchorage, Alaska. Arrivals may be at anytime on Day 1 and departures may be at anytime on Day 5. Transfers will be provided both upon arrival on Day 1 from Anchorage International Airport (ANC) and on Day 5 for your return flight home.
Departs Any Day:From early June through late September. Prices are per person for 2014, based on double, triple or quadruple occupancy cabins.
2 guests: $2095
3 guests: $1745
4 guests: $1495
IncludedAccommodations as listed or similar, roundtrip flights from Anchorage to Brooks Lodge, entrance fees and permits.
ExclusionsPeak season surcharge of $250 per person on June 30-July 31 dates. Taxes (2014: 2 guests $25 per person. 3 guests $19 per person. 4 guests $16 per person); Airfare to Alaska; airport taxes, excess baggage charges; any additional hotel nights in Anchorage; most meals, items of a personal nature such as alcoholic beverages, and insurance of any kind. Please note we no longer include meals at Brooks Lodge in Katmai National Park. Buffet dining is available and may be purchased in advance or upon arrival. Contact us for meal prices.
Payment & CancellationA 50% deposit is due at time of booking. Cancellation fees are as follows, listed by days prior to departure:
91 days or more - 50% of deposit
31-90 days - 50% of total tour cost
0-30 days - 100% of total tour cost
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