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Alaska Family Adventure

Trip type: 
Family - Active
Adventure level: 
3. Moderate
Max group size: 
12
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Americas, USA | 14 days
Trip code: 
STFA
New
Family Holidays | Min age 8yrs
What's included: 

Transport - Private bus

Accommodation - Camping with facilities (7nts), Wild Camping (2nts) Hotel (1nts)

Meals - 9 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 9 dinners

Trip Highlights: 
Whale Sightings
Sea Kayaking
Viewing Glaciers
Gold Panning
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Trip Highlights: 
Whale Sightings
Sea Kayaking
Viewing Glaciers
Gold Panning
see full itinerary >>
What's included: 

Transport - Private bus

Accommodation - Camping with facilities (7nts), Wild Camping (2nts) Hotel (1nts)

Meals - 9 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 9 dinners

Trip Overview: 

An outdoor adventure into the wilds of America's far north, Alaska. You camp out in the wilds of the countryside and explore the natural beauty of the region. Some extra excitement as you gold panning, sea kayaking and whale watching.

Itinerary: 
Day
1

Achorage

Fly to Anchorage on arrival you will be met and transferred to your campsite.

The largest city in Alaska with only 250,000 people, Anchorage has gone through quite a change since the earthquake of 1964. Now a bustling city fuelled by the oil boom and tourism, it was not that long ago that Anchorage was the last outpost before heading into the 'Last Frontier' and it is not uncommon to see wildlife including moose and bear in and around town.

Camping (with facilities) (1 nt)

Day
2-3
Denali National Park

Denali National Park

You head North from Anchorage towards Denali National Park, stopping on the way to try our hands at gold panning before camping for the night. The folllowing day you will embark on a tour to explore the back country and enjoy a dog sled demonstration. The beauty of Denali is unlike other parks, you are encouraged to leave the paths and explore deeper and our leader will take us on walking adventure to discover the park in search of wildlife.

Camping (with facilities) (2 nts)

 

Day
4
Alaska Range

Alaska Range

You head into the heart of the Alaska mountain range where you then spend the night camping under the stars. Here you experience the quiet lakes of the tundra and look out for grazing caribous. This is a birder's paradise with many species often sighted and there is a chance to experience excellent fishing for grayling. This range is actually the highest mountain range in North America and includes Mount McKinley - the highest peak in North America.

Camping (with facilities) (1 nt)

 

Day
5-6

Wrangell St-Elias National Park

You venture off the main highway into the heart of Wrangell-St Elias National Park. Bordering Canada's Yukon Territory, this stunning national park is the largest in the country, containing glaciers five times the size of Manhattan and nine of the sixteen highest peaks in North America! You will camp on the banks of the Kennecott River in the shadow of Mount Blackburn with a beautiful view of Root Glacier. The next day is free to explore this vast wilderness region including the historic area of McCarthy and Kennecott. Optional activities available include ice climbing, hiking, sightseeing and glacier walking.

Camping (with facilities) (2 nts)

Day
7
Valdez

Valdez

From here you make our way to Valdez which has incredible access to the rawness of Mother Nature, as well as home to many land animals, sea life, and birds including Humpback and Orca whales that make their home in the Prince William Sound. Glaciers nest atop towering mountains as majestic waterfalls pour forth from the melting ice and snow. Some glaciers reach all the way to the ocean and greet the tide with their impressive size. Top on the list is to experience the Prince William Sound, which contains various tidewater glaciers including Columbia Glacier; the largest tidewater glacier in South central Alaska.

Hotel (1 nt)

 

Day
8-9

Kenai Fjords National Park

This morning you board an awe-inspiring ferry ride through Prince William Sound before arriving at the colourful fishing village of Seward, the gateway to Kenai Fjords National Park. On board the cruise it is common place to see humpback and killer whales and birds riding the wild currents.

The following day you spend the day visiting and exploring the trails of Exit Glacier. Here you can walk extremely close to an active glacier, or take a ranger-led walk. During our visit it is evident to see how glaciers can re-shape a landscape and see how plant life reclaims the barren rocky land exposed by retreating glaciers. A visit to a tidewater glacier to experience the sights and sounds of icebergs being calved into the sea are all part of this perfect day out.

Camping (with facilities) (2 nts)

 

Day
10-11

Kachemak Bay Wilderness Camp

For the next two nights you have the rare privilege of travelling to Homer, and then taking a boat to our wilderness camp overlooking remote Kachemak Bay. Here you experience a true Alaskan adventure in this remote wilderness paradise, with included activities such as a four hour guided sea kayaking, mountain biking, hiking, and beach combing. You will all love the home-cooked meals including a salmon bake, while basking in the breath-taking scenery. The next day the leader will take us on a walk from camp to explore the surrounding area.

Bush camp (no facilities) (2 nts)

 

Day
12

Anchorage

You have a free morning before making our way back to Anchorage, arriving early in the evening. You spend the night in a hotel.

Hotel (1 nt)

 

Day
13/4

Tour ends

Your tour ends in Anchorage today. Those on group flights will be transferred to the airport and return your overnight flight home.

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Alaskan Activities

Kids will love trying their hand at Gold Panning, just like the original explorers here did - will your family strike GOLD? Excitement rises as you enjoy a dog sledding demonstration, a vital means of transportation in winter time here. Choose from other optional activities fishing, ice climbing and glacier walking. There certainly is plenty of adventure here.

Pure Awesome Nature

Exploring the vast wilderness in the National Parks of Alaska you will discover glaciers give times the size of Manhattan and nine of the highest peaks in North America. There will be chances to spot humpback, killer and orca whales as you travel by boat on these chilly waters. Watching huge lumps of ice crumble away from the glacier with a mighty rumble is one of natures exciting shows in this icy wonderland.

Wild Wilderness Camping

For two nights you have a real wild Alaskan adventure as you travel by boat to reach your remote camp. In this wilderness paradise you will explore by sea kayak, mountain bike and on foot. At the end of the day camp dinner tastes extra special surrounded by breathtaking scenery. If you ever felt like "getting away from it all" you will certainly do that here!

Our Alaskan Family Adventure trip is just one of our many Americas Family tours. To find out more visit our Americas holidays page.