Alaska Coast to Denali Adventure

7 Days/6 Nights

From $5,995 per person

(Dbl. Occupancy, Not Incl. Airfare)

Select June-September Departures


Intro Goes Here…

Lodging and Meals: This tour includes accommodations for 6 nights and 20 meals (6 breakfasts, 7 lunches, and 7 dinners).

Best Time to Go: June-September.

Destinations: North America and Alaska.

Interests: Adventure, Culture & History, Hiking & Trekking, Sea Kayaking, and Wildlife Viewing.

Places Visited: The Interior Region and Southcentral Alaska.

Day-by-Day Itinerary

Note: We do not expect any major changes from this schedule. However, in the spirit of adventure, we allow our itinerary to remain flexible so that we may take advantage of spontaneous events.

Day 1: Anchorage-Marine Wildlife and Glacier Cruise.

Meet your Trip Leader and fellow travelers this morning in Anchorage (6:30am at Lakefront Anchorage hotel). Enjoy a scenic drive south along Turnagain Arm and through the Chugach National Forest to the stunning seacoast town of Seward. Here we’ll board a small boat bound for Kenai Fjords National Park – home to an array of glaciers and marine wildlife including whales, Steller sea lions, sea otters, puffins and more! A half-day marine wildlife cruise will allow us to explore the rugged coastline. Enjoy lunch in front of a tidewater glacier before arriving at our exclusive lodge destination: Kenai Fjords Glacier Lodge.

Nestled in a protected tidal lagoon area, the Glacier Lodge offers stunning views of Pedersen Glacier and miles of pristine beachfront prime for combing. This afternoon, meet your guides for a tour of the lodge and property and settle into your private cabins. Enjoy dinner and evening presentations. Overnight at Kenai Fjords Glacier Lodge.

Meals: Lunch and Dinner.

Day 2: Explore Kenai Fjords National Park.

Explore the wild delights of Kenai Fjords National Park for a full day. After breakfast in the main lodge, choose from a wide array of activities those that are best suited to your energy level and interest. Guided options include naturalist walks, sea kayaking, group canoe paddles and more.

In the spirit of adventure and to take advantage of tidal and weather patterns, guides will discuss specific nature outings and options with our group this morning. All activities are suitable for beginners and require no previous experience.

For those seeking a more relaxed approach, the main 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, we can sometimes glimpse bears and other wildlife from a safe distance. Our natural history library offers amazing resources and interesting reads – cozy up with a good book and let your worries drift out with the tide!

Upon return to the main lodge in late afternoon, share stories from your day’s adventure with other guests and join an evening natural history presentation, given by local expert guides or guest speakers. Overnight Kenai Fjords Glacier Lodge.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.

Day 3: Return to Seward.

Savor another morning in the wilds of Kenai Fjords National Park. A morning outing allows for another opportunity to kayak, canoe, hike or beach comb for a half-day before boarding our boat for the return wildlife cruise to Seward.

Tonight’s destination is the Seward Windsong Lodge, located in a spectacular glacier river valley. After dinner, enjoy an evening cordial at the Resurrection Roadhouse or stroll across the road to observe the braided river outwash or relax in our comfortable accommodations. Overnight Seward Windsong Lodge.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.

Day 4: Travel to Talkeetna.

Begin the journey north through the scenic Chugach State Park to the mountain town of Talkeetna, the gateway to the Alaska Range. Talkeetna is rich in gold-mining history and, presently, is the starting point for many mountaineering expeditions for climbers on the Alaska Range and Denali (Mt. McKinley).

Once in Talkeetna, you’ll have the freedom to choose from several activities, including a guest favorite – flightseeing. Take to the skies on an optional flightseeing tour of Denali and its adjacent glacial canyons. Experienced pilots will share stories of how the last ice age has shaped the land. Moments later, enter a world of rugged high mountain peaks and wide glacier-filled valleys (As this is a weather dependent activity, you will also have options to flightsee during your time in Denali, with Denali Air, or other local operators).

Another casual activity to enjoy this afternoon is wandering through “downtown” Talkeetna. Tour the small-town museum, where artifacts and exhibits highlight native peoples, aviators, gold seekers and trappers from Talkeetna’s past and present. Tonight, you have the flexibility to dine with the other members of your group or enjoy a great meal on your own. Overnight Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.

Day 5: North to Denali.

After a hearty breakfast, lace up your most comfortable trekking shoes to prepare for an immersive nature hike as we make our way further north, en route to our charming and small-scale Denali accommodations.

Aboard our custom mini coach, we’ll travel in comfort from Talkeetna north to eastern border of Denali National Park, where we’ll meet local naturalists for a special presentation on Denali’s history, ecology and geology. Directly afterward, we’ll put our newfound knowledge to use during an interactive guided hike, as we explore Denali’s beautiful front country sights and sounds.

After our day of exploring Denali by foot, we’ll be welcomed to our northern home away from home at Tonglen Lake Lodge. This secluded 5-acre piece of paradise boasts incredible mountain views, lakeside solitude and authentically Alaskan crafted “hide-away” style guest cabins. In addition to rustically elegant and private guest accommodations, you’ll have the opportunity to enjoy a rotation of optional activities, which may include local nature walks, yoga, evening art and music events, Native Alaskan cultural presentations and more. Appetizers followed by a savory dinner in the main lodge await us this evening.

Following dinner, we’ve carved out some free time to settle in and relax. Tonglen Lake Lodge routinely offers evening bonfires and yard games as a fun option for guests. Overnight Tonglen Lake Lodge.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.

Day 6: Explore Denali.

Today, we’ll enjoy a peaceful morning and breakfast at Tonglen Lake Lodge, followed by a new perspective of Denali – by bus.

One of our favorite ways to explore Denali National Park and increase the odds of seeing Alaska’s charismatic wildlife is by way of an interpretative bus tour into the park. Our bus trip will start at the Denali Visitors Center and will include awe-inspiring sights along the one restricted-access Denali Park Road. Make sure to have your camera and binoculars at the ready; there’s always the possibility to spot a majestic eagle overhead or a lumbering grizzly foraging along the road’s edge.

After our drive tour adventure, we’ll return to Tonglen Lake Lodge for dinner and unwinding. Overnight Tonglen Lake Lodge.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.

Day 7: Return to Anchorage on the Alaska Railroad.

On the last day of this active adventure, we’ll enjoy a more relaxed morning at Tonglen Lake before embarking on our voyage south to Anchorage.

After breakfast this morning, we’ll make our way to visit Alaska’s 4-legged “celebrities” – Alaskan sled dogs! You’ll be able to learn more about how sled dogs serve an important role throughout rural and remote Alaskan communities.

Next, board the historic Alaska Railroad for comfortable sightseeing en route back to Anchorage aboard the premium GoldStar cars. Lunch and dinner are included on board the train. You’ll arrive safely at the Anchorage Rail Depot at approximately 8:30pm.

Taxis are located directly outside the rail terminal and are easy to access. Although transfers to the airport or local hotels are not included, some hotels include courtesy shuttle service from the rail depot to their property.

Departure: Plan to arrive at the Anchorage train station by approximately 8:30pm on the last day of your journey. If you choose to fly home this night, we suggest you book a flight that departs after 11:30pm in case of transportation delays.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.

What's Included

Price Includes

  • South American Vacations’ expert pre-departure planning services and documentation.
  • Ground and marine transportation including baggage handling.
  • Train transportation aboard Alaska Railroad’s GoldStar cars from Denali to Anchorage.
  • Meals as indicated on the itinerary.
  • Snacks and non-alcoholic beverages.
  • Excursions as indicated on the itinerary.
  • Travel leader and guides.

Price Does Not Include

  • International airfare.
  • Flightseeing (from $275/person).
  • Hotel nights before/after the tour.
  • Meals not indicated on the itinerary.
  • Beer, wine, and liquor.
  • Gratuities to trip leader & staff ($165-215/person).
  • Gifts and personal items.
  • Travel insurance.

We will be happy to quote the cost of airfare and travel insurance and to make these arrangements for you.


The Kenai Peninsula, Seward, Talkeetna, and Denali

Additional Details

Group/Private: All services included in this tour are operated on a group basis.

Elevations: N/a.

Passport/Visa: U.S. citizens are not required to provide a passport or visa. All non-U.S. citizens traveling to the United States by air are required to show proof of being fully vaccinated and may be required to have a passport or visa, depending upon the country of origin.

Travel Insurance: In order to protect your travel investment from unforeseen circumstances that may arise before or during your trip, we strongly recommend that you purchase travel insurance. We offer Allianz Global Assistance’s Classic Comprehensive and other plans. The Benefits and Coverage Limits are summarized on our Travel Insurance page. Call your travel counselor if you have any questions or to purchase a plan.

To Book This Trip: We require a non-refundable deposit of $1,500 per person. The balance of the trip cost is due 60 days prior to departure.

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