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Alaska Explorer Safari

“If this is roughing it- I want more! Comfort level was excellent! Your attention to detail is greatly appreciated ”
Anchorage
,  Cooper Landing
,  Seward
,  Kenai National Wildlife Refuge
,  Chugach National Forest
,  Kenai Peninsula
,  Denali National Park, Alaska, United States

from $4,095* per person 9 Days July, August
Comfort accommodations Exertion level: 4
Operator: Alaska Wildland Adventures 12 people max
  • Airport near anchorage, ak, united states
  • Family & Friends trips
CELEBRATING THE SPIRIT OF OUR COMPANY'S BEGINNINGS, WE PROUDLY PRESENT A VERY SPECIAL VERSION OF OUR ORIGINAL TRIP. Explore your way through Alaska's diverse wilderness in style. This nine-day safari is our original "adventure with a shower" trip. Visit our original Kenai Riverside Lodge, the wilderness of the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge with two nights at Kenai Backcountry Lodge, our highly acclaimed eco-lodge and an in-depth deluxe camping adventure in Denali National Park. You'll camp in comfort for two nights and our style of "roughing it" is well worth it, as our guides, of course, do all the chores!

Top 5 Reasons to Choose the Alaska Explorer Safari
 
1. Engage your adventurous spirit and explore Alaska with us by foot, raft and small boat as you learn about the wilderness that most visitors never experience, while giving your family the perfect balance of adventure and comfort.

2. This trip allows for unique lodge stays tempered with a bit of deluxe camping. Visit Kenai Riverside Lodge in scenic Cooper Landing, the wilderness of the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge and an in-depth adventure in Denali National Park.

3. This is the best way to camp for two nights - with a hot shower never too far away! Savor gourmet meals prepared by our staff with our unique "chuck wagon." Our style of "camping-in-comfort" is well worth it, and our guides, of course, do all the chores!

4. This adventurous itinerary allows you to relax and immerse yourself in the wilderness while our guides handle the logistics and the chores. Special rates for youth 7-18 years old make this an ideal vacation for families with older kids and the perfect venue for creating fond family memories and new friends.

5. This unique itinerary features activities and accommodations that would be difficult to arrange on your own. We have the entire journey prepared for you and your family, down to the last detail! Explore Alaska's seacoast on a marine wildlife and glacier tour. Learn about dog mushing: Alaska's state sport. And for an experience that can't be duplicated in a lodge, join us for two nights camping in Denali National Park - we are excited to share this rare opportunity with our guests!

Locations visited/nearby

Anchorage , Cooper Landing , Seward , Kenai National Wildlife Refuge , Chugach National Forest , Kenai Peninsula , Denali National Park, Alaska, United States

1 testimonial about this trip

  1. Reviewer: located in Jupiter, FL USA
    If this is roughing it- I want more! Comfort level was excellent! Your attention to detail is greatly appreciated
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Special information

  • This is a custom departure, meaning this trip is offered on dates that you arrange privately with the provider. Additionally, you need to form your own private group for this trip. The itinerary and price here is just a sample. Contact the provider for detailed pricing, minimum group size, and scheduling information. For most providers, the larger the group you are traveling with, the lower the per-person cost will be.
  • Family oriented trip.

Itinerary

Arrival: 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 1:00 p.m. in the hotel lobby (meeting location confirmed at time of reservation).
 
Day 1: Meet your guides and fellow travelers at 1:00 p.m. in the hotel lobby (meeting location confirmed at time of reservation). Enjoy a scenic drive along Turnagain Arm and through the Chugach National Forest to the quaint community of Cooper Landing, home to our Kenai Riverside Lodge. Arrive at the lodge in time for dinner and trip orientation. Overnight at Kenai Riverside Lodge. (D)
 
Day 2: Enjoy a sceArrival: 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 1:00 p.m. in the hotel lobby (meeting location confirmed at time of reservation).
 
Day 1: Meet your guides and fellow travelers at 1:00 p.m. in the hotel lobby (meeting location confirmed at time of reservation). Enjoy a scenic drive along Turnagain Arm and through the Chugach National Forest to the quaint community of Cooper Landing, home to our Kenai Riverside Lodge. Arrive at the lodge in time for dinner and trip orientation. Overnight at Kenai Riverside Lodge. (D)
 
Day 2: Enjoy a scenic drive to the coastal town of Seward and embark on a full day small boat exploration of Kenai Fjords National Park. Explore a coast rich in wildlife and scenic beauty as you search for whales, Dall's porpoises, sea lions, otters, puffins and more. Photograph twilight-blue glaciers as they creak and crash toward the sea. Overnight at Kenai Riverside Lodge. (B,L,D)
 
Day 3: Raft down the scenic Kenai River into the heart of the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. Along the way, watch for moose, bald eagles and other bird species and salmon. The Kenai River is famous for its salmon and depending on the time of your visit, you may witness the incredible spawning runs. A gourmet picnic lunch is served along the river or on the shore of Skilak Lake. Motor across turquoise Skilak Lake for a late afternoon arrival to your home for the next two nights: the remote Kenai Backcountry Lodge. This evening, settle into your private accommodations and enjoy the rustically elegant setting in the wilderness. (B,L,D)
 
Day 4: A full day to enjoy this remote setting. Hike a secluded trail and travel through several fascinating ecological communities. At the top of the trail explore the tundra and enjoy great views of the lake and surrounding wilderness. Or explore the lake by boat, stopping for scenic views and short walks. (B,L,D)
 
Day 5: Depart Kenai Backcountry Lodge after breakfast and journey north through the scenic Chugach National Forest and Chugach State Park to Talkeetna, gateway to the Alaska Range. Take to the skies on an optional flightseeing tour of Mt. McKinley (Denali) and its adjacent glacial canyons, or wander through "downtown" Talkeetna and learn about mountaineering and the town's history. Overnight in Talkeetna. (B,L,D)
 
Day 6: Continue the journey north and arrive at Denali National Park. Enjoy a casual afternoon hike on the beautiful Horseshoe Lake Trail on your own (maps provided by your Trip Leader). In the late afternoon, your guides will pick you up and take you to the group campsite for a wonderful dinner in Alaska's backcountry. Overnight at Savage River Campground. (B,L,D)
 
Day 7: Catch the shuttle bus for a scenic drive and wildlife search through the park. Watch for caribou, moose, Dall sheep, grizzly bears, resident and migratory birds and, weather permitting, Denali itself. If you would like to also take a hike, pick out an area to explore and ride the bus a shorter distance; your guides will suggest hiking options appropriate for your energy level. Overnight at Savage River Campground. (B,L,D) On Days 7 and 8, Park regulations limit our guides from leading hikes inside the Park. However, your guides will facilitate self-guided hiking parties to match your level of adventure.
 
Day 8: Enjoy another full day of exploration and hiking within the park. Return to the park entrance where your guides will take you to your accommodations for the night. Overnight at comfortable cabin accommodations with linens, hot showers and view of the scenic Nenana River. (B,L,D)
 
Day 9: After breakfast, visit the renowned Husky Homestead, home to dogsled teams raised and raced by Jeff King, recognized as the most "Winningest Musher in the World." Get the chance to learn more about the local sport of dogsled racing while meeting new pups that will become future sledding stars. This afternoon, bid farewell to your guides and board the Alaska Railroad bound for Anchorage, arriving at approximately 8:30 p.m. Lunch, dinner and transfers not included. Lunch and dinner are available for purchase on the train. (B)
 
Departure: You will arrive at the Anchorage train depot by approximately 8:30 p.m. on the last day of your journey. We recommend you spend this night in Anchorage. See the "Alaska Travel Information" section of your Trip Planning Booklet for recommended lodging. If you choose to fly home this night, we suggest you book a flight that departs after 11:30 p.m. in case of possible transportation delays.

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