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The Great Alaskan Grizzly Encounter

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Departure Return Notes
06/17/2019 06/24/2019 Special Photo Tour
06/21/2019 06/28/2019 Special Photo Tour
06/25/2019 07/02/2019 Special Photo Tour
06/29/2019 07/06/2019
07/03/2019 07/10/2019
07/07/2019 07/14/2019
07/11/2019 07/18/2019 Special Photo Tour
07/15/2019 07/22/2019 Special Photo Tour
07/19/2019 07/26/2019
08/02/2019 08/09/2019 Special Photo Tour
08/06/2019 08/13/2019 Special Photo Tour
08/10/2019 08/17/2019
08/14/2019 08/21/2019
08/18/2019 08/25/2019
08/22/2019 08/29/2019 Special Photo Tour
08/26/2019 09/02/2019 Special Photo Tour
08/30/2019 09/06/2019
09/03/2019 09/10/2019
09/07/2019 09/14/2019 Special Photo Tour
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06/13/2020 06/20/2020
06/17/2020 06/24/2020 Special Photo Tour
06/21/2020 06/28/2020
06/25/2020 07/02/2020 Special Photo Tour
06/29/2020 07/06/2020
07/03/2020 07/10/2020 Peak Wildflower Season
07/07/2020 07/14/2020 Peak Wildflower Season
07/11/2020 07/18/2020 Special Photo Tour | Peak Wildflower Season
07/15/2020 07/22/2020 Special Photo Tour | Peak Wildflower Season
07/19/2020 07/26/2020 Peak Wildflower Season
08/02/2020 08/09/2020 Special Photo Tour
08/06/2020 08/13/2020 Special Photo Tour
08/10/2020 08/17/2020
08/14/2020 08/21/2020
08/18/2020 08/25/2020
08/22/2020 08/29/2020 Special Photo Tour
08/26/2020 09/02/2020 Special Photo Tour
08/30/2020 09/06/2020
09/03/2020 09/10/2020
09/07/2020 09/14/2020 Special Photo Tour
09/11/2020 09/18/2020 Special Photo Tour
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  • Trip Price (+internal air)
    $8895

Internal Air Cost: $595 per person
Single Occupancy: for a single room, add 75% to the trip price. If requested, we can also match you with a roommate. If we are unable to find you a match, you will not be charged for a single room.
Deposit: $1000 per person (nonrefundable)

Other Notes: Trip prices are per person based on double occupancy and are given in U.S. dollars. 2020 prices are not yet confirmed. Dates for 2020 will be similar to 2019 and will be allocated to guests on a first-come, first-served basis. Guests who reserve their 2020 space prior to final pricing confirmation will receive the lowest rate within the range offered for that date.

Please read our Payment & Refund Policy here.
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  • Trip Price (+internal air)
    $8995

Internal Air Cost: $695 per person
Single Occupancy: For a single room, add 50% to the trip price. If requested, we can also match you with a roommate. If we are unable to find you a match, you will not be charged for a single room.
Deposit: $1000 per person (nonrefundable)

Make It Private: View pricing for just you and your select travel companions on our Great Alaskan Grizzly Encounter or Photo itinerary.

Other Notes: Trip prices are per person based on double occupancy and are given in U.S. dollars. 2021 prices are not yet confirmed. Dates for 2021 will be similar to 2020 and will be allocated to guests on a first-come, first-served basis. Guests who reserve their 2021 space prior to final pricing confirmation will receive the lowest rate within the range offered for that date.

Please read our Payment & Refund Policy here.
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Group Size
Approximately 8 Travelers
A very important feature of our Alaska grizzly bear tour is the small group size, as this intimate wildlife encounter is best and most safely experienced with fewer travelers.
Specialized 4x4 Land Rovers and Land Cruisers
Our Private Leaders
Included
  • Trip price includes: Accommodations, services of Nat Hab's professional Expedition Leader(s), boat crew and local staff, all meals from dinner on Day 1 through breakfast on final day, beer and wine on board the Ursus, some gratuities, airport transfers on Day 1 and final day, gear including chest waders for shore excursions, all activities and entrance fees, all taxes, permits and service fees.
  • Internal air cost includes: All floatplane flights within the itinerary.
Not Included
Travel to and from the start and end point of your trip, some alcoholic beverages, some gratuities, passport and visa fees (if any), optional activities, items of a personal nature (phone calls, laundry and internet, etc.), airline baggage fees, airport and departure taxes (if any), required medical evacuation insurance, optional travel protection insurance.
Physical Requirements
Moderate to Difficult
This small-ship-based Alaska adventure cruise requires a moderate level of physical fitness in terrain that can be difficult to navigate. At times, travelers must walk at least two miles to reach the daily bear-viewing location, in varied conditions that may include rough, uneven terrain, shallow water, and walking through mud while wearing chest waders (which can feel a bit awkward and uncomfortable)—while carrying all of your own gear including camera equipment. In order to maximize bear-viewing opportunities, we may spend long days ashore, returning late to the ship for dinner. Once at the bear-viewing site, physical activity is quite limited. We may spend several hours in essentially one spot with little movement, sitting on low stools or buckets. For safety reasons, it is not possible to split the group, for individuals to return to the ship early or to stay in one place while the rest of the group moves. Transfers between the Natural Habitat Ursus (our small ship) and the float plane, and to the smaller boat we use to access shore, require the ability to make a large step up or down onto an unstable surface. It is generally not possible to view bears from the Ursus. Travelers must be of sound health and able to maintain a positive attitude in a wild and remote setting.

Medical Form
Due to the extremely remote nature of this adventure, we require that all travelers submit a medical form before departure. This form must be completed and signed by your primary care physician.
Important Information About This Trip
This trip involves watching grizzlies on foot in unprotected open areas. While bears are unpredictable and sighting them can never be guaranteed, our groups have never missed seeing them. The unpredictability of bears can also lead to dangerous situations. They are wild animals, and we ask travelers to heed the rules set by our staff and to understand that this trip can, potentially, present harmful situations. We ask that all travelers take their own safety into consideration when signing onto this (and any) adventure. On this rare adventure, we encounter giant Alaskan brown bears from an uncommon and fascinating perspective, at eye level! Very few people in the world have an opportunity to see these powerful and beautiful creatures in such an intimate context, and we are very proud that our guests are among the select few who do.
Mandatory Insurance
Since the areas you will travel to on this trip are remote and wild (that's why we go there!), we require medical evacuation insurance for this program. If you decline the medical evacuation insurance coverage offered by Natural Habitat Adventures, we require that you send us documentation of the independent coverage you have selected. We recommend that your chosen independent insurance plan includes at least $250,000 in medical evacuation coverage. Please note that we will add the cost of Natural Habitat Adventures' medical evacuation policy (currently $48 per person) to your tour invoice until you provide our office with proof of coverage including your insurance company's name, phone number and your individual policy number. Thank you for understanding that our policy exists exclusively in the interest of our guests' safety.

To protect your investment and to provide peace of mind while you travel, we also strongly recommend purchasing comprehensive travel insurance. Plans may cover everything from medical treatment to trip cancellations and delays and lost luggage. Please contact our office if you would like more information about the medical evacuation and comprehensive travel insurance policies we offer by calling 800-543-8917.
Getting There & Getting Home
Arrive in Kodiak in time for a 7 pm welcome dinner and orientation on Day 1. Exact times of our flights between Kodiak and the Natural Habitat Ursus vary according to weather and other logistical factors. We are scheduled to return to Kodiak on Day 7. You are free to depart from Kodiak anytime on Day 8, but we strongly recommended choosing a flight in the afternoon in the unlikely event that poor weather prevents us from returning by float plane as scheduled on the itinerary. Should travelers be required to remain in Kodiak longer than anticipated due to inclement weather, either before, after or during the trip, they will be responsible for their own expenses.
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