Alaska’s Inns and Nature Lodges

Alaska’s Inns and Nature Lodges

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  • 12 nights
  • May-Aug
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Wrangell-St Elias National Park

Alaska’s Inns and Nature Lodges

from £4,938 excluding flights

  • 12 nights
  • May-Aug

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Highlights

In pictures
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Stay in characterful inns and distinctive nature lodges

Aerial views over Denali National Park

Stay in the heart of wildlife-rich Denali National Park

Abandoned copper mine at Kennicott

Discover the beauty and history of Wrangell-St Elias National Park

Humpback whale breaching, Kenai Fjords

Admire the glaciers and wildlife of Kenai Fjords National Park

Why this trip...

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Tailor made

This itinerary can be tailor made to suit you and is intended to give you a guideline of what is possible in a given timeframe

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Stay in great locations

This holiday features accommodation in incredible locations

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Explore at leisure

With the route, transport and accommodation sorted, each day offers the freedom to explore

Overview

This two-week self-drive itinerary takes in many of Alaska's best known highlights, such as Wrangell-St Elias National Park, Denali and the Kenai Peninsula, as well as offering a chance to meet the locals along the way as you stay in a selection of friendly inns and remote lodges.

Offering a true immersion into the Alaskan wilderness, this holiday includes the rare chance to stay within the state's most popular national parks. Fly into the heart of the vast Wrangell-St Elias National Park to visit the ghost town of Kennicott and marvel at the scale of the region's glaciers and icefields. Spend 2 nights in Denali, with time available to explore this vast park and search for wildlife such as grizzly and black bears, wolves, caribou, moose and Dall sheep. And enjoy stunning views of the Pedersen Glacier from your log cabin as you stay at the only lodge within the Kenai Fjords National Park. Everywhere you go you will be surrounded by the breathtaking landscapes and prolific wildlife of Alaska.

Please note that whilst the accommodation in Alaska is clean and comfortable, the focus is on location and experience rather than luxury.

Itinerary & Accommodation

The itinerary shown is an example of this self-drive holiday. We have many other hotels and route recommendations which can be tailored to your requirements. Please discuss with our Travel Specialists who can put together a bespoke itinerary for you.

Day 1 arrive Anchorage

Arrive in Anchorage and make your own way to your accommodation for a two-night stay at Copper Whale Inn

Arrive in Anchorage and make your own way to your accommodation for a two-night stay at Copper Whale Inn

Copper Whale Inn, Anchorage

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Day 2 Anchorage

Enjoy a full day at leisure to explore the city and surrounding area. Included is a 1 hour city tour. Anchorage features dozens of parks and 122 miles of paved bike paths. Warmed by a maritime climate, you can spend the rest of your day hiking the nearby Chugach mountains or photographing glaciers.

Enjoy a full day at leisure to explore the city and surrounding area. Included is a 1 hour city tour. Anchorage features dozens of parks and 122 miles of paved bike paths. Warmed by a maritime climate, you can spend the rest of your day hiking the nearby Chugach mountains or photographing glaciers.

Day 3 Anchorage - Chitina - McCarthy - Kennicott

Collect your rental car and make your way to Chitina, where you will board an Alaskan bushplane for your 30 minute flight into the heart of Wrangell-St Elias National Park. Your destination is McCarthy, from where you will transfer to the ghost town of Kennicott. Spend two nights at Kennicott Glacier Lodge.

Collect your rental car and make your way to Chitina, where you will board an Alaskan bushplane for your 30 minute flight into the heart of Wrangell-St Elias National Park. Your destination is McCarthy, from where you will transfer to the ghost town of Kennicott. Spend two nights at Kennicott Glacier Lodge.

Kennicott Glacier Lodge

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Day 4 Kennicott

Join a 2-hour guided tour of Kennicott's historic highlights, learning about this former thriving mining settlement which is now abandoned. The rest of the day is at leisure.

Join a 2-hour guided tour of Kennicott's historic highlights, learning about this former thriving mining settlement which is now abandoned. The rest of the day is at leisure.

Day 5 Kennicott - McCarthy - Chitina - Fairbanks

Make your way to Alaska's second largest city, Fairbanks. (30 minute flight, plus 499 km drive). A visit to the Museum of the North is highly recommended. Overnight at A Taste of Alaska Lodge

Make your way to Alaska's second largest city, Fairbanks. (30 minute flight, plus 499 km drive). A visit to the Museum of the North is highly recommended. Overnight at A Taste of Alaska Lodge

Day 6 Fairbanks - Denali National Park

Wake early and make your way to Denali Village (200 km drive, plus 6-7 hour bus transfer), just outside Denali National Park. For the next two nights you'll be staying in the heart of Denali National Park at Kantishna Roadhouse or Denali Backcountry Lodge (subject to availability). Look out for wildlife as you make your way through the park to your accommodation.

Wake early and make your way to Denali Village (200 km drive, plus 6-7 hour bus transfer), just outside Denali National Park. For the next two nights you'll be staying in the heart of Denali National Park at Kantishna Roadhouse or Denali Backcountry Lodge (subject to availability). Look out for wildlife as you make your way through the park to your accommodation.

Denali Backcountry Lodge

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Whether you stay at Denali Backcountry Lodge or Kantishna Roadhouse is subject to availability.

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Day 7 Denali National Park

Spend the day exploring the park. Meals and guided activities are all included in your stay. Some of the most iconic, large mammals, such as grizzly and black bears, wolves, caribou, moose and Dall's sheep, can be seen by lucky visitors. Some of the more-often seen small mammals include arctic ground squirrels, red squirrels, foxes and marmots. The bird life of Denali is also varied and impressive. Golden eagles are often seen as well as ravens, mew gulls, grey jays and occasionally bald eagles.

Spend the day exploring the park. Meals and guided activities are all included in your stay. Some of the most iconic, large mammals, such as grizzly and black bears, wolves, caribou, moose and Dall's sheep, can be seen by lucky visitors. Some of the more-often seen small mammals include arctic ground squirrels, red squirrels, foxes and marmots. The bird life of Denali is also varied and impressive. Golden eagles are often seen as well as ravens, mew gulls, grey jays and occasionally bald eagles.

Admiring the view over Denali National Park
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Caribou in Denali National Park

Day 8 Denali National Park - Talkeetna

On your return journey out of the park (6-7 hour bus transfer, plus 245 km drive) enjoy impressive views of sparkling lakes and towering mountain peaks, including the iconic mountain, Denali. Overnight at Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge.

On your return journey out of the park (6-7 hour bus transfer, plus 245 km drive) enjoy impressive views of sparkling lakes and towering mountain peaks, including the iconic mountain, Denali. Overnight at Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge.

Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge

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Day 9 Talkeetna - Seward

Drive south to the scenic Kenai Peninsula. Your destination is the port town of Seward (384 km drive), gateway to Kenai Fjords National Park, where you will stay overnight at Seward Windsong Lodge.

Drive south to the scenic Kenai Peninsula. Your destination is the port town of Seward (384 km drive), gateway to Kenai Fjords National Park, where you will stay overnight at Seward Windsong Lodge.

Seward Highway and Turnagain Arm

Seward Windsong Lodge

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Day 10 Seward - Kenai Fjords

Transfer by boat to Kenai Fjords Glacier Lodge (4-5 hours) where the rugged beauty of Alaska's spectacular coast and abundant marine wildlife is balanced perfectly with private log cabins, a homely lodge and hearty meals with gourmet flair. Spend two nights at Kenai Fjords Glacier Lodge.

Transfer by boat to Kenai Fjords Glacier Lodge (4-5 hours) where the rugged beauty of Alaska's spectacular coast and abundant marine wildlife is balanced perfectly with private log cabins, a homely lodge and hearty meals with gourmet flair. Spend two nights at Kenai Fjords Glacier Lodge.

Day 11 Kenai Fjords

Enjoy a free day for you to explore. Meals and guided activities are all included in your stay. Guided options may include interpretive nature walks, sea kayaking, or exploring the lagoon by canoe. For those seeking a more relaxed experience, the lodge offers ideal comfort within direct views of nature. Curious sea otters and seals frequent the lagoon just steps from the main lodge deck. In a nearby meadow, you can spot bears and other wildlife from a safe distance.

Enjoy a free day for you to explore. Meals and guided activities are all included in your stay. Guided options may include interpretive nature walks, sea kayaking, or exploring the lagoon by canoe. For those seeking a more relaxed experience, the lodge offers ideal comfort within direct views of nature. Curious sea otters and seals frequent the lagoon just steps from the main lodge deck. In a nearby meadow, you can spot bears and other wildlife from a safe distance.

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Sea otter

Day 12 Kenai Fjords - Anchorage

Savour another morning in the wilds of Kenai Fjords National Park; kayak, canoe or beachcomb for a half-day before your return wildlife cruise to Seward (2 hours). Enroute, enjoy another opportunity to photograph the sheer cliffs of the fjords, scan for birdlife and seek out marine wildlife. From Seward make your way back to Anchorage for your final night in Alaska (204 km drive). Overnight at Copper Whale Inn.

Savour another morning in the wilds of Kenai Fjords National Park; kayak, canoe or beachcomb for a half-day before your return wildlife cruise to Seward (2 hours). Enroute, enjoy another opportunity to photograph the sheer cliffs of the fjords, scan for birdlife and seek out marine wildlife. From Seward make your way back to Anchorage for your final night in Alaska (204 km drive). Overnight at Copper Whale Inn.

Day 13 depart Anchorage

Drop off your rental car at the airport and depart Alaska.

Drop off your rental car at the airport and depart Alaska.

Excursions

Prices and Departures

Price from £4,938 excluding flights

Airfares start from around £1,000 per person and are quoted separately to the holiday price. When enquiring, our Travel Specialists will provide the best fare possible from your preferred airline / airport.

What's Included

  • Accommodation in rooms with private bathroom
  • All meals in Denali and at Kenai Fjords Glacier Lodge
  • Car rental for 11 days
  • Transport to/from Denali park entrance
  • Boat transfer between Kenai and Seward
  • 1 hour Anchorage Trolley Tour (day 2)
  • 2 hour guided Historical Kennicott Tour (day 4)
  • Roundtrip flights in bush plane Chitina - McCarthy
  • 24 hour emergency assistance from our team during your holiday
  • No surcharge guarantee
  • Full financial protection

Prices

This itinerary starts from £4,938 per person, based on 2 sharing a room with private bathroom in standard hotels, with rental of a compact vehicle.
  • Prices may vary depending on departure date. Please contact us for a detailed quote based on your preferred travel dates, vehicle category and style of accommodation, or to tailor this itinerary.

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