Humpback whale in Kachemak Bay, near Homer.
Alaska Off the Beaten Path - 16 day Alaska trip
This two week trip ensures that you'll experience the wildlife, scenery, history and culture that draw travellers to Alaska, while steering clear of the more crowded areas such as Denali National Park.
Vast Wrangell Saint Elias is only accessible via light aircraft, and sees you visiting the abandoned copper mining town of Kennicott. With optional glacier-viewing, whale-watching and bear-focussed excursions, you'll have the best possible chance of witnessing the awesome scenery and incredible megafauna that the Last Frontier State have to offer.
Step back in time within Wrangell Saint Elias National Park, staying in abandoned copper mining town Kennicott, or its neighbouring McCarthy.
Take to the water to see tide-water glaciers, icebergs, marine mammals and birdlife in the Prince William Sound and Kenai Fjords National Park.
Fly into Katmai National Park from Homer and search for Alaskan coastal brown bears on foot in a small group, lead by knowledgeable guides.
You can't go to Alaska and not mention the vast and majestic scenery!
This exciting trip to Alaska includes international flights, transfers and accommodation. We'll take are of the arrangements, leaving you to make the most of your holiday.
Day 1: Today begins your exciting two-week Alaskan adventure! After flying from the UK, you arrive in Anchorage, Alaska's largest city. The remainder of today is yours to settle in and start exploring.
Day 2: Collect your hire car from downtown Anchorage this morning and set off on your first journey across 'The Last Frontier'. Your first drive takes you 2.5 hours east to Sheep Mountain. Located 12 miles from the Matanuska Glacier, this afternoon you might like to head out exploring the local area for a first taste of the vast Alaskan wilderness.
Day 3: Continue your journey east today, heading for the small town of Chitina, on the boarder of the incredible Wrangell St Elias National Park. Leave your car in Chitina, as from here you'll join a scenic light aircraft flight to McCarthy, in the centre of the park.
Wrangell Saint Elias National Park
Activity & Adventure
Day 4: As a complete introduction to this incredibly unique area, you'll join a full day guided tour today. The morning sees you donning cramp-ons and enjoying a half-day hike on the Root Glacier, while after lunch you'll partake in a fascinating tour of Kennicott town and the old copper mill building, once the largest free-standing timber building in North America.
Day 5: Spend a day to yourself in Wrangell St Elias National Park. We'd recommend enjoying one of the many hiking trails in the area, and be sure to visit neighbouring town McCarthy.
Activity & Adventure
Day 6: This morning you'll depart Wrangell St Elias by light aircraft, transporting you back to your car in Chitina. From here, set off south along the beautifully scenic Richardson Highway to Valdez.
Day 7: Enjoy a day at your own pace in beautiful Valdez. This town has an infamous history in relation to the Exxon Valdez oil spill of 1989, but has so much more to offer than that chequered past. Today you could head out sea kayaking, take a cruise to the Columbia Glacier, or join one of the numerous hiking trails in the Chugach Mountains.
Day 8: Depart Valdez this morning via the Alaska Marine Highway ferry network, crossing the Prince William Sound bound for Whittier, on the east coast of the Kenai Peninsula. From here, drive south along the scenic Seward Highway to its namesake town.
Day 9: Take to the water on a full day cruise to the stunning Kenai Fjords National Park. You'll visit a number of tidewater glaciers, and have the opportunity to see an abundance of birdlife as well as marine mammals such as humpbacks, orca, seals, sea lions and sea otters. Keep your camera handy and eyes peeled!
Day 10: There's plenty to do with a second full day in Seward. Visit the Exit Glacier, join a coastal hiking trail, take a dog sledding tour with an Iditarod champion, or get back on the water in a sea kayak.
Day 11: Today you'll drive from Seward to Homer, a quaint board-walk town on the southern tip of the Peninsula. The drive is stunning, with views to the Alaska Range across the Cook Inlet, be sure to stop for photos en route.
Day 12: Join a full day bear-focused excursion today, heading for the incredible Katmai National Park. Your day begins with an incredible light aircraft flight over the Cook Inlet and active volcanoes! Landing on the iconic beaches of Katmai, your small group will explore the park on foot, with your expert guides providing educational commentary and hopefully exceptional bear-watching opportunities throughout the morning.
Day 13: During your full day at leisure in Homer, you might like to try your hand at Halibut fishing, which the area is famous for. Otherwise, you could go whale watching, sea kayaking, take a water taxi across to Kechemak Bay State Park, or simply stroll along the Homer Spit.
Day 14: Setting off from Homer, today you'll drive back along the Sterling Highway to Cooper Landing, a small town in the centre of the Kenai Peninsula. The remainder of today is yours to enjoy the quiet Alaskan wilderness before beginning your journey home tomorrow.
Day 15: Depart Cooper Landing in good time this morning and head back to Anchorage with plenty of time before your onwards flight, heading back to the UK overnight this evening.
Day 16: Welcome home - we hope you had an incredible Alaskan adventure!