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Ultimate Alaska Wildlife Safari

An Epic Small-Group Nature Adventure — All-Encompassing & Away from Crowds!
Day 1: Fairbanks, Alaska
Our Alaska nature safari begins in Fairbanks, Alaska's "second city" and capital of the Interior, which retains its frontier flavor with pioneer saloons, paddle wheelers and outlying mining camps.

Days 2 & 3: Denali – Kantishna
Today we travel south to Denali National Park, which at 6 million acres is larger than the state of Massachusetts and one of the world’s great wilderness preserves. The park's namesake, also called Mt. McKinley, is the highest peak in North America, towering 20,320 feet over the tundra and taiga below that provides habitat for wolves, grizzlies, moose and caribou. From our remote base 90 miles inside the park we have time and space to encounter authentic wilderness. Hiking, nature walks, biking, fishing and optional flightseeing are available. The climate and environment of Alaska's interior at this latitude is harsh much of the year, and it takes a vast amount of habitat to sustain animals – wildlife encounters thus tend to be fleeting, though always thrilling!

Days 4 & 5: Denali / Girdwood 
Depart Denali by train on a journey through Alaska’s rugged interior. Our route climbs above tree line over Broad Pass, then descends to follow the Susitna River to Wasilla. From here we drive south to Girdwood and Alyeska Resort, Alaska’s premier ski area, where a host of exciting summer activities are also offered. Set in a lush glacial valley in the Chugach Range, Alyeska offers nature and luxury in tandem. Explore the northernmost temperate rain forest in North America, which surrounds our luxury accommodations at the Hotel Alyeska, or board the tram to the summit, where you may choose to dine at Seven Glaciers, a 5-star restaurant with vistas of the ice-bound peaks and Turnagain Arm far below. On Day 5 we’ll explore the scenic splendor around iceberg-choked Spencer Lake, then take a gentle float trip down the Placer River before returning to Girdwood for the evening.

Day 6: Fox Island
This morning we travel to the fishing town and port of Seward on the Kenai Peninsula. Here we board a chartered boat to Fox Island, a private island on the edge of Kenai Fjords National Park. Our secluded location reveals the pristine side of Alaska that most visitors miss. The region is famed for sea kayaking, and an easy paddling excursion this afternoon is likely to reveal some of the area’s prolific marine life.

Day 7: Kenai Fjords – Private Cruise 
Iconic images of Alaska are on display today as we board a private charter boat for a cruise through a realm where the Ice Age still lingers. Our small yacht allows us to approach wildlife at intimate range, and Kenai Fjords National Park provides unparalleled opportunities for viewing humpback and orca whales, porpoises, sea otters and a large colony of puffins. Glaciers pour from the jagged mountain heights into the sea, and we may observe icebergs calving with a crash. Following our all-day outing, our boat returns us to Fox Island for a final night.

Day 8: Fox Island / Seward
After a final morning enjoying the wild environs of Fox Island, we transfer back to Seward. This afternoon we tour the Alaska SeaLife Center on Resurrection Bay. Visitors to Alaska’s only public aquarium and ocean wildlife rescue center find a "window on the sea," enjoying close encounters with puffins, octopus, sea lions and other creatures while peering over the shoulders of marine biologists studying Alaska’s rich and diverse sea life. We spend the night in Seward, surrounded by some of Alaska's most majestic peaks.

Day 9: Kenai Peninsula / Anchorage
The mountain ranges of the Kenai Peninsula rise one after another on our return drive to Anchorage as we traverse Moose Pass and cross some of Alaska's richest salmon rivers. Time permitting, we’ll stop at Exit Glacier for a close-up look at this active river of ice. The only portion of Kenai Fjords National Park accessible by road, it is a place where visitors can witness up close how glaciers re-shape a landscape and see plant life reclaiming the barren rock exposed by a glacier's retreat. We overnight in Anchorage.

Days 10 & 11: Katmai National Park—Brooks Falls 
Katmai National Park is home to the world’s largest population of brown bears. We fly by small plane this morning to King Salmon, then by floatplane to world-renowned Brooks Lodge, one of the best places to view these coastal grizzlies in their natural habitat. From the safety of platforms built over Brooks Falls, we observe this classic wildlife spectacle up close, as the bears fish vigorously for salmon swimming upstream to spawn.

Day 12: Katmai / Anchorage
After morning activities in Katmai, we fly back to Anchorage. Tonight we'll celebrate our Alaskan adventure at a farewell dinner with our Expedition Leader.

Day 13: Anchorage / Home
Our Alaska safari comes to a close today as we transfer to the airport for homeward flights, or ongoing travel for those who have booked extensions.

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