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Alaska’s Untamed Wilderness

From $6,997
total price from Seattle
$6,795 air & land inclusive plus $202 airline taxes and fees
Tour Days
11 days
Tour Membership
12-24 guests

Physical Activity Level:

Overview

Awe-inspiring natural beauty and outdoor adventure await as we explore Alaska’s varied landscapes and noteworthy cities. From Denali, Wrangell-St. Elias, and Kenai Fjords national parks to the energy of Anchorage and scenic Seward, our small group encounters the breadth and beauty of America’s 49th state.

Tour Details

Alaska’s Untamed Wilderness

From $6,997

total price from Seattle
$6,795 air & land inclusive plus $202 airline taxes and fees

Tour Days
11 days

Tour Membership
12-24 guests

Physical Activity Level:

Tour Days
11 days

Tour Membership
12-24 guests

Physical Activity Level:

Overview

Awe-inspiring natural beauty and outdoor adventure await as we explore Alaska’s varied landscapes and noteworthy cities. From Denali, Wrangell-St. Elias, and Kenai Fjords national parks to the energy of Anchorage and scenic Seward, our small group encounters the breadth and beauty of America’s 49th state.

Small Group Highlights

  • Scenic Denali National Park tour
  • Visit to an Iditarod sled dog kennel
  • Remote Wrangell-St. Elias National Park
  • Copper mining town of Kennicott
  • Root Glacier hike
  • Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center tour
  • Kenai Fjords National Park cruise
  • Anchorage city tour
  • Cultural demonstrations at Alaska Native Heritage Center
  • Stays at distinctive lodges

Day-by-Day Itinerary

B
= Breakfast Included
L
= Lunch Included
D
= Dinner Included
1
Depart for Anchorage, Alaska
Depart for Anchorage, Alaska

We depart today for Anchorage, Alaska’s largest city.  Upon arrival, we check in to our centrally located hotel.  As guests’ arrival times may vary, we have no group activities or meals planned. Dinner tonight is on our own.

We depart today for Anchorage, Alaska’s largest city.  Upon arrival, we check in to our centrally located hotel.  As guests’ arrival times may vary, we have no group activities or meals planned. Dinner tonight is on our own.

2
Anchorage/Denali National Park
B
D
B
D
Anchorage/Denali National Park

This morning we meet our Odysseys Unlimited Tour Director and fellow travelers at a welcome briefing about the journey ahead.  Then we depart by motorcoach for Denali National Park and Preserve, Alaska’s – and America’s – true unspoiled wilderness.  We first travel to Talkeetna, where we board a deluxe domed railcar that provides us with panoramic views of the passing landscape on the four-hour journey.  Upon arrival in Denali late this afternoon, we enjoy a special interpretive presentation, “Welcome to Denali,” which introduces us to the park.

This morning we meet our Odysseys Unlimited Tour Director and fellow travelers at a welcome briefing about the journey ahead.  Then we depart by motorcoach for Denali National Park and Preserve, Alaska’s – and America’s – true unspoiled wilderness.  We first travel to Talkeetna, where we board a deluxe domed railcar that provides us with panoramic views of the passing landscape on the four-hour journey.  Upon arrival in Denali late this afternoon, we enjoy a special interpretive presentation, “Welcome to Denali,” which introduces us to the park.

3
Denali National Park
B
L
B
L
Denali National Park

It’s a day of extreme beauty as we encounter Denali National Park up close. This six-million-acre preserve, larger than the state of New Hampshire, comprises forests, alpine tundra, sub-arctic taiga, and snow-covered mountains.  We begin our full day of touring as we board a Denali bus for the drive along the lone road deep into the park.  Weather permitting, we may see dramatic views of grand Denali (formerly Mt. McKinley), North America’s tallest peak standing at more than 20,000 feet.  Throughout our journey, a local naturalist and our driver-guide will share stories about the park and the historic characters who found their way to this remote wilderness.  At several times during our adventure, we disembark for brief walks or rest stops.  We keep our eyes peeled for grizzly bear, moose, caribou, and the iconic Dall sheep known for their white coat and massive curled horns.

It’s a day of extreme beauty as we encounter Denali National Park up close. This six-million-acre preserve, larger than the state of New Hampshire, comprises forests, alpine tundra, sub-arctic taiga, and snow-covered mountains.  We begin our full day of touring as we board a Denali bus for the drive along the lone road deep into the park.  Weather permitting, we may see dramatic views of grand Denali (formerly Mt. McKinley), North America’s tallest peak standing at more than 20,000 feet.  Throughout our journey, a local naturalist and our driver-guide will share stories about the park and the historic characters who found their way to this remote wilderness.  At several times during our adventure, we disembark for brief walks or rest stops.  We keep our eyes peeled for grizzly bear, moose, caribou, and the iconic Dall sheep known for their white coat and massive curled horns.

4
Denali National Park
B
D
B
D
Denali National Park

After a free morning at our lodge, perhaps to enjoy an optional rafting, hiking, or fly-fishing excursion, we set out this afternoon for an authentic Alaska experience as we visit a
local Iditarod sled dog kennel. Covering 1,000 miles of some of the roughest terrain in the world, the grueling Iditarod, “The Last Great Race on Earth,” draws nearly 100 competitive mushers and their dog teams annually. At the kennel, we learn about the history of the race and meet the kennel’s Husky puppies, who will soon start their training to become working sled dogs. We return to the lodge in time for dinner together tonight.

After a free morning at our lodge, perhaps to enjoy an optional rafting, hiking, or fly-fishing excursion, we set out this afternoon for an authentic Alaska experience as we visit a
local Iditarod sled dog kennel. Covering 1,000 miles of some of the roughest terrain in the world, the grueling Iditarod, “The Last Great Race on Earth,” draws nearly 100 competitive mushers and their dog teams annually. At the kennel, we learn about the history of the race and meet the kennel’s Husky puppies, who will soon start their training to become working sled dogs. We return to the lodge in time for dinner together tonight.

5
Denali National Park/Wrangell-St. Elias National Park
B
L
D
B
L
D
Denali National Park/Wrangell-St. Elias National Park

We depart Denali by motorcoach this morning for the day-long journey to remote Chitina (pop. 126!).  Here we board a prop plane for the scenic flight deep into Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, at 8.3 million acres the largest national park in the United States.  Our destination: the historic copper mining towns of Kennicott/McCarthy, sitting deep within the park.  During our 30-minute flight, we get our first views of the park’s rugged wilderness, including 5,000 square miles of pristine glaciers, volcanoes, and mountain after mountain.  Upon landing, we transfer to our lodge in the heart of Wrangell-St. Elias, overlooking 25 miles of glacier and surrounded by nine of the 16 highest mountain peaks in North America.  We dine tonight at our lodge, the only one in Kennicott.

We depart Denali by motorcoach this morning for the day-long journey to remote Chitina (pop. 126!).  Here we board a prop plane for the scenic flight deep into Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, at 8.3 million acres the largest national park in the United States.  Our destination: the historic copper mining towns of Kennicott/McCarthy, sitting deep within the park.  During our 30-minute flight, we get our first views of the park’s rugged wilderness, including 5,000 square miles of pristine glaciers, volcanoes, and mountain after mountain.  Upon landing, we transfer to our lodge in the heart of Wrangell-St. Elias, overlooking 25 miles of glacier and surrounded by nine of the 16 highest mountain peaks in North America.  We dine tonight at our lodge, the only one in Kennicott.

6
Wrangell-St. Elias National Park
B
L
D
B
L
D
Wrangell-St. Elias National Park

Home to more than 150 glaciers, Wrangell-St. Elias National Park contains the largest collection of these ice masses in North America.  We see one of these glaciers up close today on our singular half-day hike to Root Glacier.  After being fitted with crampons – steel shoe spikes created to traverse ice – we begin our three-mile excursion to the glacier and behold the natural beauty before us: unspoiled icefields, blue pools, cascading waterfalls, deep canyons, narrow crevasses.  We eat a sack lunch in the wild then return to our lodge for an afternoon at leisure.  Tonight, we enjoy dinner together at our lodge.

Home to more than 150 glaciers, Wrangell-St. Elias National Park contains the largest collection of these ice masses in North America.  We see one of these glaciers up close today on our singular half-day hike to Root Glacier.  After being fitted with crampons – steel shoe spikes created to traverse ice – we begin our three-mile excursion to the glacier and behold the natural beauty before us: unspoiled icefields, blue pools, cascading waterfalls, deep canyons, narrow crevasses.  We eat a sack lunch in the wild then return to our lodge for an afternoon at leisure.  Tonight, we enjoy dinner together at our lodge.

7
Wrangell-St. Elias National Park/Mat-Su Valley
B
L
D
B
L
D
Wrangell-St. Elias National Park/Mat-Su Valley

This morning, we explore Kennicott, a National Historic Landmark District.  Established in 1903, Kennicott was once a bustling mining camp but became a ghost town after the ore was depleted in 1938.  The town is now considered one of the best remaining examples of 20th-century copper mining.  We see this firsthand on our tour of the 14-story concentration mill and other historic mining buildings.  This afternoon we board a prop plane for the return flight to Chitina, where we then board a motorcoach for the drive to the agricultural community of the Mat-Su Valley and our hotel located on the banks of Lake Lucille. Tonight, we reach our hotel, where we dine together.

This morning, we explore Kennicott, a National Historic Landmark District.  Established in 1903, Kennicott was once a bustling mining camp but became a ghost town after the ore was depleted in 1938.  The town is now considered one of the best remaining examples of 20th-century copper mining.  We see this firsthand on our tour of the 14-story concentration mill and other historic mining buildings.  This afternoon we board a prop plane for the return flight to Chitina, where we then board a motorcoach for the drive to the agricultural community of the Mat-Su Valley and our hotel located on the banks of Lake Lucille. Tonight, we reach our hotel, where we dine together.

8
Mat-Su Valley/Anchorage/Seward
B
D
B
D
Mat-Su Valley/Anchorage/Seward

Late this morning we journey by coach to the coastal town of Seward.  En route, we enjoy a panoramic tour of Anchorage, beginning at Lake Hood, the largest and busiest seaplane base in the world with more than 190 float planes taking off and landing daily.  We also pass through the city’s historic downtown, featuring Old City Hall; the Wendler Building, a popular women’s-only bar from the 1940s and ’50s; and 4th Avenue Market Place, filled with local artisan shops.  After time for lunch on our own in this city known for its fresh local salmon, halibut, and snow crab, we continue on to the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing quality animal care and preserving Alaska’s wildlife.  With 200 acres of spacious enclosures, the center offers an opportunity to see injured or orphaned bears, moose, elk, wolves, caribou, and more display their natural behavior in a safe environment.  We then continue on to Seward and our hotel, nestled in the Exit Glacier Valley.

Late this morning we journey by coach to the coastal town of Seward.  En route, we enjoy a panoramic tour of Anchorage, beginning at Lake Hood, the largest and busiest seaplane base in the world with more than 190 float planes taking off and landing daily.  We also pass through the city’s historic downtown, featuring Old City Hall; the Wendler Building, a popular women’s-only bar from the 1940s and ’50s; and 4th Avenue Market Place, filled with local artisan shops.  After time for lunch on our own in this city known for its fresh local salmon, halibut, and snow crab, we continue on to the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing quality animal care and preserving Alaska’s wildlife.  With 200 acres of spacious enclosures, the center offers an opportunity to see injured or orphaned bears, moose, elk, wolves, caribou, and more display their natural behavior in a safe environment.  We then continue on to Seward and our hotel, nestled in the Exit Glacier Valley.

9
Seward
B
L
B
L
Seward

One of Alaska’s most scenic communities, Seward features a bustling harbor, inviting shops, and plenty of outdoor activities.  The city also serves as the gateway to Kenai Fjords National Park, a 600,000-acre preserve comprising rocky peninsulas, long fjords, primeval glaciers, and tranquil bays and coves.  We explore this rugged park today on a glacier and wildlife cruise.  On board, we get up close to one of Kenai’s many glaciers and keep an eye out for some of the park’s diverse array of mammals and marine life, including bears, mountain goats, moose, otters, porpoises, sea lions, harbor seals, and whales.  We enjoy lunch aboard before returning to Seward in the late afternoon.  Dinner tonight is on our own.

One of Alaska’s most scenic communities, Seward features a bustling harbor, inviting shops, and plenty of outdoor activities.  The city also serves as the gateway to Kenai Fjords National Park, a 600,000-acre preserve comprising rocky peninsulas, long fjords, primeval glaciers, and tranquil bays and coves.  We explore this rugged park today on a glacier and wildlife cruise.  On board, we get up close to one of Kenai’s many glaciers and keep an eye out for some of the park’s diverse array of mammals and marine life, including bears, mountain goats, moose, otters, porpoises, sea lions, harbor seals, and whales.  We enjoy lunch aboard before returning to Seward in the late afternoon.  Dinner tonight is on our own.

10
Seward/Anchorage
B
D
B
D
Seward/Anchorage

Today we return to Anchorage, stopping for lunch on our own on the way.  Upon arrival in Anchorage, we visit the Alaska Native Heritage Center, which represents 11 of Alaska’s major Indigenous cultural groups and where we enjoy a tour of the center and watch a dynamic Native Games demonstration.  Tonight, we celebrate our journey through Alaska at a farewell dinner.

Today we return to Anchorage, stopping for lunch on our own on the way.  Upon arrival in Anchorage, we visit the Alaska Native Heritage Center, which represents 11 of Alaska’s major Indigenous cultural groups and where we enjoy a tour of the center and watch a dynamic Native Games demonstration.  Tonight, we celebrate our journey through Alaska at a farewell dinner.

11
Depart Anchorage
B
B
Depart Anchorage

We transfer this morning to the Anchorage airport for our flights home.

We transfer this morning to the Anchorage airport for our flights home.

Tour Price Includes

  • Round-trip air transportation from listed cities; all flights within itinerary
  • 10 nights’ accommodations in First Class hotels
  • 22 meals: 10 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 7 dinners
  • Extensive sightseeing as described, including all entrance fees
  • Services of an Odysseys Unlimited Tour Director
  • Private motorcoach transportation throughout your trip
  • Luggage handling for one bag per person
  • Gratuities for local guides, dining room servers, airport and hotel porters, and all drivers
  • $100 frequent traveler credit towards your next Odysseys Unlimited tour ($200 after 3 tours; $300 after 10 tours)

Average Daily High by Month (°F )

  May Jun Jul Aug Sep
Anchorage 56 63 66 64 56
Denali 56 68 69 63 52
Seward 54 59 61 62 55

Average Temperature (°F )

  May Jun Jul Aug Sep
Anchorage 56 63 66 64 56
Denali 56 68 69 63 52
Seward 54 59 61 62 55

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Tour Directors

Tim

“[Tim] was a wealth of historical, geographical, and geological knowledge. His commentary added so much to our tour. He was everything we have come to expect from Odysseys!”

Janice Novak
Guilford, CN

Julie

“Julie was always ready to go the extra mile to make sure we had the best experience possible.”

Shirley Wetherell
Forest Grove, OR

Andy

“Andy, our Tour Director, did a fantastic job. He took care of every detail of the trip… We couldn’t have asked for a better person to lead our tour.”

Robin & Jeannene Hubbard
Grove, OK

Keri-Lyn

“I cannot say enough how knowledgeable, enthusiastic, fun, accommodating, sensitive, and funny Keri-Lyn was!! She so loves Alaska!”

Rhonnie & Robert Fischman
Woodmere, NY

Brady

“[Brady] is knowledgeable, organized, sharing, and extremely compassionate… On a scale of 1 to 5, we give Brady a 6.”

Allan & Sharyn Bauer
Hackensack, NJ

Cheri

“Cheri is an awesome tour director… Her knowledge and enthusiasm for her state was quite obvious and enhanced our whole Alaska experience!! Thank you Cheri!”

Jeanne Scurlock
Henderson, NV

Tour Directors

Tim

“[Tim] was a wealth of historical, geographical, and geological knowledge. His commentary added so much to our tour. He was everything we have come to expect from Odysseys!”

Janice Novak
Guilford, CN

Brady

“[Brady] is knowledgeable, organized, sharing, and extremely compassionate… On a scale of 1 to 5, we give Brady a 6.”

Allan & Sharyn Bauer
Hackensack, NJ

Keri-Lyn

“I cannot say enough how knowledgeable, enthusiastic, fun, accommodating, sensitive, and funny Keri-Lyn was!! She so loves Alaska!”

Rhonnie & Robert Fischman
Woodmere, NY

Andy

“Andy, our Tour Director, did a fantastic job. He took care of every detail of the trip… We couldn’t have asked for a better person to lead our tour.”

Robin & Jeannene Hubbard
Grove, OK

Cheri

“Cheri is an awesome tour director… Her knowledge and enthusiasm for her state was quite obvious and enhanced our whole Alaska experience!! Thank you Cheri!”

Jeanne Scurlock
Henderson, NV

Julie

“Julie was always ready to go the extra mile to make sure we had the best experience possible.”

Shirley Wetherell
Forest Grove, OR

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The sights, experiences, and tour guide were all outstanding. Exceeded all our expectations.
Linda Novy-Doll
Placitas, NM
The whole journey was wonderful. The accommodations, the route traveled, the locations and excursions, the nature and wilderness, our tour guide and motorcoach driver…their knowledge of Alaska and their kindness and authenticity were a HUGE part of the experience.
Michael Green
Orange Park, FL
Just a wonderful, well-planned tour. Every day was interesting and just the right amount of activity.
Gary Kushner & Yuko Tanaka-Kushner
Mountain View, CA
The tour flowed so smoothly…The places that we visited were excellent choices and we enjoyed all of them. We constantly used the words ‘incredible,’ ‘beautiful,’ and ‘indescribable.’ It was such a comfortable tour, balancing travel with leisure.
Jere & Carol Bender
Elizabethtown, PA
The sights, experiences, and tour guide were all outstanding. Exceeded all our expectations.
Linda Novy-Doll
Placitas, NM
The whole journey was wonderful. The accommodations, the route traveled, the locations and excursions, the nature and wilderness, our tour guide and motorcoach driver…their knowledge of Alaska and their kindness and authenticity were a HUGE part of the experience.
Michael Green
Orange Park, FL
Just a wonderful, well-planned tour. Every day was interesting and just the right amount of activity.
Gary Kushner & Yuko Tanaka-Kushner
Mountain View, CA
The tour flowed so smoothly…The places that we visited were excellent choices and we enjoyed all of them. We constantly used the words ‘incredible,’ ‘beautiful,’ and ‘indescribable.’ It was such a comfortable tour, balancing travel with leisure.
Jere & Carol Bender
Elizabethtown, PA
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