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Discover the rugged beauty of Alaska on a journey from its glacier-carved coastlines to the pristine wilderness of Denali National Park and Preserve. Spy caribou and moose; keep your eyes peeled for orcas; and go behind the scenes at the celebrated Alaska SeaLife Center in Seward. Experience the raw splendor of nature on an unforgettable journey to wild Alaska.
Visit the Denali Education Center to learn about the park’s natural and human history, and then head out on a hike with a naturalist guide.
Cruise the stunning Kenai Fjords on a boat tour, watching for puffins, sea lions, and orcas.
Take a behind-the-scenes tour of the Alaska SeaLife Center, visiting its marine science laboratories and hearing from a researcher about current projects.
Itinerary - 10 Days
Day 1 — Anchorage
Arrive at anytime.
Days 2 & 3 — Homer
Travel along stunning glacier-carved coast of the Kenai Peninsula. Keep your eye out for beluga whales playing out at sea, and take in views of the volcanoes lining the Cook Inlet. Opt to go for a hike outside of Homer. The next day, take free time to explore this charming town, discovering its museum, restaurants, and art galleries. If you're feeling more adventurous, opt to kayak in Kachemak Bay, go hiking, catch a floatplane for remote grizzly bear viewing, or try your hand at halibut-fishing. (2B)
Days 4 & 5 — Seward
Continue to the tip of the Kenai Peninsula for a behind-the-scenes tour of the renowned Alaska SeaLife Center. This incredible marine science facility has collaborated with National Geographic on projects such as CritterCam, which documents wildlife behavior from an animal's perspective. Visit the labs here and meet a researcher for a presentation on current projects. The next day, set out by ship to explore the Kenai Fjords, viewing glaciers, seabird colonies, puffins, sea lions, and whales (and if we're lucky, maybe orcas). The afternoon is free; opt to go hiking or explore the town. (2B)
Day 6 — Denali National Park
Enjoy a scenic drive, stopping for photos along the way to Denali National Park and Preserve, home to the highest mountain in North America. Settle in this afternoon and meet with an expert from the Denali Education Center to learn about the natural history of the park and National Geographic's long legacy of exploration and scientific research here.
Day 7 — Denali National Park
Embark on a day-long excursion to the Eielson Visitor Center at the heart of the park for a tour run by the National Parks Service. Enjoy breathtaking views of the Alaska Range and its many peaks. Have your camera at the ready to capture images of caribou, grizzly bears, moose, and more. (1B, 1L)
Day 8 — Denali National Park
Set out on a hike with a naturalist guide, taking in the awe-inspiring natural beauty of the wilderness. The afternoon is yours to relax and enjoy the great outdoors; or opt to visit a sled dog kennel. This evening, meet up with a local resident to discuss the area’s history and culture and learn about daily life among these rugged landscapes. (1B, 1L)
Days 9 & 10 — Anchorage
Enjoy the scenic drive back to Anchorage for our final evening. Depart at any time the following day. (2B)
Our newest line of trips, offered in partnership with G Adventures, blends fun, hands-on exploration, meaningful encounters with people and cultures, and more free time and choices—with the structure and security of traveling in a small group.
All trip prices are per person based on double occupancy. If you're traveling on your own, we'll pair you up with a roommate of the same gender so that you can pay the same rate as other travelers. Prices are subject to change without notice and do not include airfare. All prices and fares are quoted in U.S. dollars.
My Own Room
During your trip, sometimes it's just more convenient and comfortable to have your own room. That's why we offer the "My Own Room" option - a single room all to yourself.
My Own Room Option: From $719
flights, transport between destinations and to/
from included activities, and activities as listed in
the itinerary. Optional experiences are at an additional cost
Accommodations Comfortable, mid-range
hotels & cabins that reflect the local character (9 nights)
Meals Included 9 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 1 dinner. Allow
an additional $440–575 for meals not included.
You can do whatever you wish during your free time on tour, but if you're in need of suggestions, we've got them. Details about any optional experiences for this trip will be available during the booking process. Please note, these are at an additional cost.