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Brown moose stands atop green, red & brown tundra in Denali National Park, seen on the Alaska Coast to Denali Journey.
Tandem kayakers paddle glassy water backed by a white glacier & green hills under a blue sky on the Alaska Coast to Denali Journey.
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North America Alaska Land Tour

Alaska Coast to Denali Journey

The 7-day Alaska Coast to Denali Journey is an adventure through the magical worlds of two distinct Alaska national parks: Kenai Fjords & Denali National Park. Sleep in the backcountry at four unique Alaska lodges, each with their own luxury, charm and unparalleled access to nature.

From one of four lodges, explore the spectacular Kenai Fjords National Park by kayak and small boat tour, then venture deep into the heart of Denali National Park to the region known as Kantishna. Along the way, adventure in a canoe, go kayaking, take a nature walk or enjoy an optional flightseeing tour and visit the charming small towns of Seward and Talkeetna. 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. Head 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.

This 7-day overland, round-trip-from-Anchorage adventure is designed to complement any coastal cruise experience or stand alone as a memorable week in the Alaska backcountry. This is a great start to any Alaska national parks tour as it covers two important parks by land. Contact the Alaska experts at AdventureSmith Explorations to learn how to tie-in this 7-day Alaska Coast to Denali Journey with one of our small ship cruises into Glacier Bay National Park for the ultimate experience!

Read on for details about this trip, or learn more about visiting Denali National Park and AdventureSmith’s Alaska land tours or all Alaska trips by land and sea.



Itinerary

Alaska Coast to Denali Adventure Itinerary

The 7-day Alaska Coast to Denali Journey is an adventure through the magical worlds of two distinct Alaska national parks: Kenai Fjords & Denali National Park and begins and ends in Anchorage, Alaska.

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Day 1
Anchorage to Seward & Kenai Fjords, Alaska

Meet your trip leader and fellow travelers at 6:30am in the hotel lobby (hotel to be determined at time of 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, enjoy a guided tour of the lodge and property before settling into your private cabin. Enjoy dinner and evening presentations.

Accommodations

Kenai Fjords Glacier Lodge

Meals

lunch, dinner

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Day 2
Kenai Fjords National Park

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, dinner

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Day 3
Kenai Fjords National Park to Seward & Exit Glacier

This morning allows another opportunity to canoe, kayak or explore the area 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, dinner

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Day 4
Talkeetna

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 Denali and its adjacent glacial canyons or wander through downtown Talkeetna and learn about mountaineering and this quaint town’s history. Tonight, choose to dine with the other members of the group or enjoy a great meal on your own.

Accommodations

Talkeetna Lodge

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 5
Denali National Park

Continue 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 Denali Backcountry Lodge, enjoy dinner and settle into your cozy cabin accommodations deep within Denali National Park.

Accommodations

Denali Backcountry Lodge

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 6
Kantishna Region, Denali National Park

Enjoy a full day of exploration in the Kantishna region of Denali National Park. Available activities include guided hikes, natural history programs, gold panning in Moose Creek, self-guided mountain bike exploration or fishing in Wonder Lake. Optional add-on flightseeing tours may be offered, weather and space-dependent. Perhaps take advantage of Denali Backcountry Lodge’s Spa and Wellness Center at an additional cost.

Accommodations

Denali Backcountry Lodge

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 7
Denali Wildlife Drive & Alaska Railroad to Anchorage, Alaska

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, arriving at approximately 8:30pm. Meals are available for purchase on the train, but are not included in trip cost. Transfer (not included) to your hotel or the airport.

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Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

Transportation from Anchorage, meals served family style in lodges indicated in itinerary, cabins, guided activities, fees and gratuities for included services and activities while in Seward, Talkeetna and Denali.

Exclusions

Airfare, taxes ($88.49 per person for 2022 double occupancy. Taxes are determined by each borough and municipality in Alaska and may change before final payment.), beer and wine, fishing extensions, optional flight-seeing excursions, Alaska Railroad GoldStar upgrades for the return from Denali to Anchorage, dinner on the train the final day, gratuities to Alaska Wildland Adventures staff and insurance of any kind.

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of $1,000 is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 121 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms may apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:
Up to 121 days – $300 or 10% of total trip cost, whichever is less
120 to 91 days – $600 or 20% of total trip cost, whichever is less
90 to 46 days – 50% of total trip cost
45 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

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 Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.

Vaccination Requirement
To join this trip, all eligible guests must provide proof of being fully vaccinated (at least 14 days after your final COVID-19 vaccine shot). There may also be COVID-19 testing or other requirements to participate; your Adventure Specialist will provide details of current policies upon booking.

Arrival & Departure

The Alaska Coast to Denali Journey begins and ends in Anchorage, Alaska (ANC). Plan to arrive in Alaska at least the day before your trip begins and overnight in Anchorage. On the first day of your trip, meet your trip leader at 6:30am in the hotel lobby (meeting location confirmed with reservation). The trip ends when your Alaska Railroad train arrives at the Anchorage station on day 7 at approximately 8:30pm. If you choose to fly home on the night of day 7, we suggest you book a flight that departs Anchorage after 11:30pm, in case of possible transportation delays.

Activities

Whether you are looking for light activity options or more challenging outdoor pursuits, the guides can tailor most excursions to suit your skill level. Adventure activities may include interpretive nature walks, canoeing, sea kayaking, coastal explorations, wildlife cruises & observation, flightseeing tours (added cost), gold panning and self-guided mountain biking.

Room Configuration

Single travelers wishing to book a double-occupancy room may do so at a 25% supplement of the per-person listed rate in select rooms upon availability. Single travelers interested in sharing accommodations with another guest of the same gender, will be charged the 25% single supplement then refunded this amount once a share is found. If a share is not found then the 25% single supplement will apply. Triple and quad rates with applicable taxes subject to availability, please inquire about discounts. Upgrades may be available, contact us for details.

Families & Children

Kids 7 years and older are welcomed to participate on all adventures. Youth rates for kids ages 7-18 are available where applicable, in shared room with adult chaperone(s).

Travel Insurance

Protect your travel investment with insurance. Our partners at Travelex Insurance offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. Coverage for a pre-existing medical condition is also available if you purchase the Travel Select plan within 15 days of the initial trip payment; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

Itinerary Notes

Use the itinerary as a guide only. Itineraries may be altered due to weather, wildlife, national park regulation or at the captains’ and guides’ discretion. The ability to be flexible makes this type of adventure travel unique. Note that in rare circumstances due to high winds, weather fronts or ocean conditions, access to the Kenai Fjords Glacier Lodge may not be permitted at scheduled times. Alternative activities and accommodations are planned for this uncommon occurrence, but please be prepared for a possible change in schedule.

Rates & Dates

Trip Rates & Dates

Jun 08 - Jun 14, 2022
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Jun 20 - Jun 26, 2022
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Accommodations

Learn About the Lodges on Your Itinerary

Lodge
Kenai Fjords Glacier Lodge

The wilderness eco lodge Kenai Fjords Glacier Lodge is completely surrounded by Kenai Fjords National Park and is the only lodge located within the park.

Lodge
Seward Windsong Lodge

Nestled in a spectacular glacier river valley, Seward Windsong Lodge is an exceptional wilderness retreat located at the entrance to the Kenai Fjords National Park. The 180 guest rooms located nearby to the main lodge, are set back in a wooded setting, surrounded by spruce trees and wildflowers.

Lodge
Talkeetna Lodge

Set on a ridge above the small community of Talkeetna on the south side of Denali, the 212-room Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge offers unforgettable views of Denali and the Alaska Range, spacious rooms, casual and fine dining and hiking, sightseeing and activities right out the front door.

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Denali Backcountry Lodge

The remote Denali Backcountry Lodge located at the end of the 95-mile Denali Park Road in Kantishna, was named one of 2017’s top ten adventure lodges in Alaska by National Geographic. Daily optional activities include hiking, fly fishing, gold panning, biking, photography, flightseeing tours and more.

Expert Review

Reviews From Our Experts so You Know What to Expect

Leslie Camacho • August 24th, 2017
Expert Review: Northern Passages & Glacier Bay Cruise, Plus Kenai Lodges

Adventure Specialist Leslie Camacho reviews her Alaska small ship cruise aboard the 76-guest Wilderness Explorer and post-cruise land trip on the Kenai Peninsula.

Testimonials

Hear It from Travelers Who Have Explored with Us

"Every Detail Was Well Organized & Carefully Planned"

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!

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"Exceeded Our High Expectations"

Amazing in every way, the trip exceeded our (high) expectations, great itinerary, great people.

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"The Trip Was Amazing in Every Way"

Kenai Fjords Glacier Lodge was incredible. Everywhere we stayed actually -- each and every place. I really appreciated the regular contact from AdventureSmith, and all the materials you sent were spot-on in terms of preparing for the trip.

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