- Get up to $90 cash back per person when you book with us
- An 8-day adventure, through Alaksa's vast vistas, including Denali National Park & the Harding Icefields
- 5 nights tourist-class hotel accommodation, in venues that have local character
- 2 nights rustic cabin accommodation with shared facilities, immersed in the Denali National Park
- 2 breakfasts & 2 lunches
- A mix of transport throughout the tour, including private vehicle, hiking, & national park shuttle
- Road trip along the scenic Seward Highway
- Hike to Exit Glacier and Harding Icefield
- Denali National Park entrance fees
- Denali National Park dogsled demonstration
- Full-day excursion to Eielson Visitor Center in Denali National Park
- Services of a locally-based CEO Chief Experience Officers to guide you through this exciting adventure
- Departs from the meeting point at Ramada by Wyndham Anchorage Downtown, 115 E 3rd Ave, Anchorage (meeting location may change, please check your final documents for the confirmed location)
COVID restrictions may apply, please contact the tour operator to check their requirements.
If you're short on time but still want to discover the rugged beauty of North America's most remote corner, this 8-day Alaskan adventure, taking in some of the most iconic locations, is just the ticket. It's known for its diverse terrain of open spaces, mountains and forests, with abundant wildlife and many small towns.
On this fast-paced journey, you'll catch the state's greatest highlights, including the imposing Harding Icefield, the enchanting Kenai Fjords, the jaw-dropping Denali National Park, and the charming town of Talkeetna. Go north and treat yourself to a week of scenery and smiles.
Day 1 – Anchorage
You can arrive any time on day one; there are no activities planned other than meeting your group and local CEO, who'll review the details of the week ahead. Of course, if you arrive earlier in the day, feel free to explore the pretty city of Anchorage on your own.
Keep in mind that a lot of what there is to see and do in Alaska is weather-dependent, so your CEO might need to adjust the schedule as needed based on weather.
Day 2 – Anchorage to Seward
Drive south through the Kenai Peninsula along one of the Unites State's most scenic highways, the Seward Highway. Pass between cliffs and ocean and through the Chugach National Forest surrounded by mountains.
Then, it's time to stretch your legs and hike one of Kenai Fjords National Park trails to the Exit Glacier and Harding Icefield, seeing the size of this natural phenomenon in person. The 11.9-kilometre round trip of the Harding Icefield Trail is a spectacular day hike that utilizes backcountry and on-trail trekking. Starting on the valley floor, the trail winds through cottonwood and alder forests, passes through heather filled meadows and ultimately climbs well above the tree line to a breathtaking view of the icefield.
Day 3 – Seward
Enjoy a free day to explore around Seward. Choose from a variety of optional activities to suit your interests. Soak in the gorgeous coastline views from the comfort of a boat while keeping your eyes peeled for whales on a Kenai Fjords National Park Cruise, or visit the Alaska SeaLife Center, a public aquarium that also functions as an ocean wildlife rescue centre.
If you didn't get enough hiking on Day 2, take to the Coastal Trail Hike in the Caines Head Recreation Area. It can be reached by boat or foot from Seward and offers sweeping views of rolling alpine meadows and the North Pacific Ocean. Alternatively, you can take a sea kayaking tour to explore the stunning surroundings of Resurrection Bay, following a naturalist guide along the scenic western shoreline, spotting wildlife along the way.
Day 4 – Seward to Talkeetna
Travel north to quaint Talkeetna. Visit the Wasilla Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Museum, filled with historical information and fascinating exhibits; it's sure to pique interest and draw you into the unique Alaskan culture. Immerse yourself in the rich history and culture of "The Last Great Race". Countless mushers and their loyal dogs traverse a diverse landscape in a race for over 1,000 miles from Anchorage to Nome. The museum's exhibits and displays detail this iconic Alaskan event's past, present, and future. In addition to these exhibits, if you visit in the summer, you will even have an opportunity to go on a dog-led cart ride!
You could also opt to take a scenic flight over the area, float by raft or go further afield by jet boat on the Talkeetna River to learn about local flora, fauna and early settlers to the area. However, you can also stay in town to shop or sample beer from the local microbrewery.
Day 5 – Talkeetna to Denali National Park and Preserve
As your drive north and keep cameras at the ready for the stunning scenery on the way to Denali National Park, where you'll spend time exploring. The area is well known for its diversity of wildlife and Denali, the highest peak in North America, formerly called Mt McKinley. Discover the dynamic glaciated landscape providing large rivers, countless lakes and ponds, and unique landforms which form the foundation of the ecosystems that thrive in Denali.
You'll also stop at the Denali Visitor Center to learn about the flora and fauna throughout Denali National Park before a dog sledding talk and demonstration by the park rangers.
Day 6 – Denali National Park and Preserve
Hop on a Denali National Park bus to Eielson Visitor Center on a full-day excursion to take in the beautiful flora, fauna, and mountains in the park. The journey takes approximately 8 hours and shows off the stunning wilderness of Denali. Keep an eye out for moose, bears, and caribou!
Day 7 – Denali National Park and Preserve to Anchorage
You have a free morning to squeeze in some extra Denali optional activities before the trip back to Anchorage. Hit the rapids on the Nenana River to soak in the gorgeous scenery and get a rush of adrenaline. Alternatively, enjoy some more Denali hiking along popular trails like the Mount Healy overlook trail and Horseshoe Lake trail.
Then, in the afternoon, take in the scenery on the journey back to Anchorage, where you can choose to join your new travel friends for one final meal together to reminisce about the fantastic adventure you've all had.
Day 8 – Anchorage
Breakfast is included today, and with a full belly, you're welcome to depart at any time today.
Where we Visit:
- Denali National Park & Preserve
- Eielson Visitor Center
- Kenai Fjords