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Ultimate Alaska Wildlife Photo Safari

Dates, Prices & Info

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Departure Return Notes
06/26/2019 07/09/2019 Gold Creek Lodge
07/10/2019 07/23/2019 Brooks Lodge**
07/15/2019 07/28/2019 Brooks Lodge
Other Departure Options: Click here for non-photo tour departures.

*This trip date lines up within 1-2 days before or after our Great Alaskan Grizzly Encounter. Combine them for a comprehensive overview of Alaska's natural wonders.

**This trip date lines up within 1-2 days before or after our Exploring Alaska's Coastal Wilderness expedition cruise. Combine them for a comprehensive overview of Alaska's natural wonders.
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Departure Return Notes
06/27/2020 07/09/2020 Gold Creek Lodge 
07/11/2020 07/23/2020 Gold Creek Lodge †
07/21/2020 08/02/2020 Brooks Lodge | Peak Wildflower Season **
08/26/2020 09/07/2020 Gold Creek Lodge  **
Other Departure Options: Click here for non-photo tour departures.

†This trip date lines up within 1-2 days before or after our Great Alaskan Grizzly Encounter. Combine them for a comprehensive overview of Alaska's natural wonders.

**This trip date lines up within 1-2 days before or after our Exploring Alaska's Coastal Wilderness expedition cruise. Combine them for a comprehensive overview of Alaska's natural wonders.
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Departure Return Notes
We're still in the process of confirming 2021 dates, which we plan to announce soon. Contact an Adventure Specialist for more details: 800-543-8917.
Trip Pricing
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  • Trip Price (+internal air)
    $12995 to $13195

Internal Air Cost: $595 on Brooks Lodge departures or $1095 on Gold Creek Lodge departures, per person.
Single Occupancy: For a single room add $2595 on Brooks Lodge departures or $2895 on Gold Creek Lodge departures
Deposit: $500 per person (nonrefundable)

Other Notes: Trip prices are per person based on double occupancy and are given in U.S. dollars. Dates for 2020 will be similar to 2019 dates and will be allocated to guests on a first-come, first-served basis. 2020 prices are not yet confirmed. Guests who reserve their 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)
    $11995 to $12495

Internal Air Fee: $1195 on Brooks Lodge departures or $1495 on Gold Creek Lodge departures, per person.
Single Occupancy: For a single room add $2895
Deposit: $500 per person (nonrefundable)

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 to take this trip privately with just you and your select travel companions.

Other Notes: Trip prices are per person based on double occupancy and are given in U.S. dollars. Dates for 2021 will be similar to 2020 dates and will be allocated to guests on a first-come, first-served basis. 2021 dates and fees may change slightly. Guests who reserve their 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 14 Travelers
We purposefully limit our group sizes for all of our trips, and this is especially true for our photographic adventures. With only 14 travelers, you’re assured of plenty of space and plenty of personalized attention when you need it. As a small group, we can be nimble, and position ourselves to maximize the best photo opportunities, and to get out early in search of the best light and the best subject matter.
Specialized 4x4 Land Rovers and Land Cruisers
Our Private Leaders
Included
  • Trip price includes: Accommodations including private island in Kenai Fjords, services of Nat Hab's professional Photography Expedition Leader(s), local guides and lodge staff, all meals from dinner on Day 1 through breakfast on final day (except dinner on Days 7 and 10), dome car train from Denali to Talkeetna, most gratuities, airport transfers on Day 1 and final day, all activities and entrance fees, all taxes, permits and service fees.
  • Internal air cost includes: Scheduled flights from Anchorage to King Salmon and floatplane flights from King Salmon to Brooks Falls. (Internal air cost and trip cost are listed separately in 2019.)
Not Included
Travel to and from the start and end point of your trip, dinner on Days 7 and 10, 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
The activities on our Alaska wildlife photography adventure are diverse. The longest required walk is two miles roundtrip over a relatively flat wooden boardwalk to Brooks Falls in Katmai, for the purpose of observing and photographing the brown bears. Trails surfaces for our various walks vary, from paved to uneven natural terrain. While all travelers must be able to walk at least two miles, some longer hikes are available for those who desire. Our kayaking activity on Fox Island involves paddling for approximately two hours in conditions that are typically quite calm. We stress that travelers are not required to participate in every activity, but all participants must be able to walk two miles.
Important Information About This Trip
This trip ventures far afield from the typical Alaska tour where buses move long lines of cruise clients to crowded destinations. We focus on the wildlife, specifically the bears, which, naturally, should be treated with caution and respect. You will always be in the company of our expert naturalists and professional photographers who will coach you with techniques that yield the best shots, and provide insight and wisdom on bear behavior which is critical to anticipating the action.  The day traveling from Denali to Talkeetna is rather long (about 10 hours), but covers beautiful scenery and you travel by bus and train. Solar power is available during daytime hours at Kenai Wilderness Lodge. All of our Ultimate Alaska programs begin in Fairbanks and end in Anchorage.

An important note about Katmai accommodations: Depending upon the departure date you have chosen, you will overnight on Days 11 and 12 either at Alaska's Gold Creek Lodge or Brooks Lodge. Most departures enjoy the luxury of staying at Alaska's Gold Creek Lodge, a fly-in wilderness lodge near King Salmon that offers deluxe accommodations and includes a scenic 20-minute floatplane ride to reach Brooks Falls. Some groups will stay at the rustic but comfortable accommodation at Brooks, with simple shared quarters (four guests to a cabin, separated by gender or couple), two bunk beds and private bathroom facilities in each cabin. See dates list for more details.
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
This adventure begins in Fairbanks and ends in Anchorage. Arrive in Fairbanks, Alaska by 4 pm on Day 1 of the program in order to attend a 6 pm orientation followed by a 7 pm welcome dinner. You are free to depart Anchorage anytime on the final day.
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