Embark on an unforgettable voyage in Alaska, venturing from the sparkling coast of the Kenai Peninsula to the rugged wilderness of Denali National Park. Encounter incredible wildlife by land and sea—grizzly bears and caribou, puffins and whales—and get close to calving glaciers and soaring peaks. On scenic excursions by private vehicle, catamaran, and foot, get immersed in the untouched splendour of America’s Last Frontier.

Trip highlights

Alaska SeaLife Center, The world-renowned Alaska SeaLife Center, an incredible marine science facility that has collaborated with National Geographic on a variety of wildlife initiatives. Visit the centre’s labs and meet a researcher for a presentation on current projects.

Itinerary - 10 Days

Day 1 Anchorage

Arrive at any time.

Day 2 Anchorage/Homer

Travel along the stunning coast of the Kenai Peninsula, where glaciers tumble down from mountains towards the ocean. As we drive along the Turnagain Arm, keep an eye out for beluga whales playing out at sea, or catch a glimpse of volcanoes across the Cook Inlet. Upon arrival in Homer, opt to stretch your legs on a short hike outside of town.

Day 3 Homer

Enjoy a free day in Homer. Stroll the quaint streets and check out the restaurants and art galleries along the Homer Spit, a 4.5-mile-long finger of land protruding into Kachemak Bay. Discover stories of life on the bay at the natural history museum or satisfy your adventurous side exploring Kachemak Bay by water taxi, kayak, or on a self-guided hike. Other optional activities include catching a floatplane for remote grizzly bear viewing or trying your hand at the local sport of halibut fishing.

Day 4 Homer/Seward

Leave Homer and arrive at the tip of the Kenai Peninsula, where the Ice Age still lingers. Visit the world-renowned Alaska SeaLife Center, an aquarium that collaborates with National Geographic on wildlife initiatives. Enjoy a free afternoon to explore the coastal town of Seward or set out on an optional hike through the Alaska backcountry to Exit Glacier and the Harding Icefield.

Day 5 Seward

Set out by catamaran to cruise the glacial waters of Kenai Fjords National Park. Enjoy narration by a knowledgeable park ranger while scanning the sea for puffins, sea lions, colonies of seabirds, and whales (including, if we’re lucky, orcas). See three types of glaciers and watch and listen for ice calving off the tidewater glacier. Spend the evening at your leisure; opt to go hiking or explore the town.

Day 6 Seward/Denali National Park and Preserve

Keep your camera close during a scenic drive to Denali National Park, named for the highest mountain in North America—formerly known as Mount McKinley, at a dizzying 20,310 feet high. Settle into our rustic lodgings in the Denali wilderness and meet an instructor from the Denali Education Center, who will share the riveting history of mountaineering here.

Day 7 Denali National Park and Preserve

Learn about the extreme conditions that shape life in Denali and its subarctic ecosystem, hearing stories of the resilient First Nations people who have survived here for generations. Head out on a guided hike with a naturalist and take in the rugged beauty of the Denali wilderness. Enjoy a free afternoon to relax and explore on your own. Opt to observe a dog-sledding talk and demonstration, or get a bird’s-eye view on an optional flightseeing excursion.

Day 8 Denali National Park and Preserve

Depart early and catch the shuttle into the heart of Denali National Park. As you make your way to the East Fork Bridge at (Mile 43) you can hop on and off the bus as you please. Take in breathtaking views of the Alaska Range and snap pictures of wildlife such as caribou, grizzly bears, Dall sheep, moose, and wolves in their natural habitat.

Day 9 Denali National Park and Preserve/Anchorage

Enjoy the scenic drive back to Anchorage, following the Alaska Range southward along the picturesque Susitna River. Opt for a final dinner with your fellow travelers this evening, and reflect on your epic journey into the wild.

Day 10 Anchorage

Depart at any time.

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