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Grand Alaska

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The one that ventures off-grid for an unforgettable Alaskan adventure

Travel Style

In-Depth Explorer

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  • Duration

    12 days

  • Places

    7 places

  • Meals

    11 Breakfasts, 10 Lunches, 9 Dinners

  • Transport Style

    Private mini-coach, local bus

  • Group Size

    Maximum 14 people

  • Team

    Expert Trip Manager, Driver and Local Guides

Anchorage, Denali National Park, Wilderness Glacier Camp, MacLaren River Lodge, Wrangell-St Elias, Valdez, Talkeetna

Grand Alaska

13 Inclusions

Experiences that are included with your trip

  • Local Alaskan dinner
  • Entry into Denali National Park
  • Explore Denali National Park
  • Explore Denali National Park
  • Locally guided hike of Maclaren
  • Maclaren river boat ride
  • Overnight at Maclaren Lodge
  • Entry into St Elias National Park
  • Guided hiking in St Elias National Park
  • Explore St Elias National Park
  • Explore Valdez
  • Traverse Thompson Pass
  • See Worthington Glacier

7 Free Time Add-Ons

Optional experiences that you can choose from and pay for on your trip

  • Scenic flight around Mt Denali
  • Ice Climbing
  • Glacier walk
  • Guided mine tours
  • Rafting
  • Scenic flights over St Elias
  • Columbia Glacier Sea Kayaking

Where I'll Stay?

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  • 11 nights

    All accommodation is included on this trip

    1 night in Hotel, 9 nights in Camping, 1 night in Bunkhouse

    You'll mostly be hiking and camping in the heart of nature, swapping stories over the campfire at night. But there's also the hotel in Anchorage to kick things off and a unique stay in a cosy lodge on the banks of the MacLaren River.

About this trip

Alaska invites you to feel the call of the wild, as you traverse spectacular, untouched landscapes and spot roaming wildlife and gobsmacking glaciers. Stopping off at some of the biggest and most spectacular National Parks in the world, you'll hike and camp in the heart of nature, canoe down winding rivers, stay in cosy lodges and have plenty of opportunities for scenic flights, touring mines and even ice climbing.

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For this trip you?ll be camping for 9 nights, sleeping twin-share in roomy (4-person) tents with comfy sleeping mats. Sleeping bags can be rented for $35.00 for the trip (price USD, subject to change). Camping is a ?family? experience with shared facilities, meaning you?ll all pitch in to cook and to set up and take down the tents.

Map & Itinerary

  • Start location
  • End location
  • Trip day
  • Via location
  • River route
  • Plane route

Nights spent per location

  1. 1 1 night

    Anchorage

  2. via via

    Talkeetna

  3. 3 3 nights

    Denali National Park

  4. 1 1 night

    Wilderness Glacier Camp

  5. 1 1 night

    MacLaren River Lodge

  6. 3 3 nights

    Wrangell-St Elias

  7. 2 2 nights

    Valdez

  8. Anchorage

+-2 more

DAY 1 - Anchorage

Anchorage

We'll begin in the largest city of Alaska, where you’ll be treated to spectacular views of the mountain ranges on arrival. This rugged city is a gateway to the nearby wilderness and National Parks, and the people who live here share their wild landscape with families of wolves, moose and bears – it’s safe to say this isn't a city like you've experienced before! We'll spend this evening settling in and trading tales with our Contiki crew over a dinner of local Alaskan fare.

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Local Alaskan Dinner

DAY 2 - Anchorage to Denali National Park via Talkeetna

Anchorage

This morning we'll head to the heart of adventure: Denali National Park.

Talkeetna

Denali National Park

Arriving at our campsite, we'll have plenty of opportunity today to hike this awe-inspiring landscape - six million acres of wild land - hoping to spot bears, moose, caribou or wolves (while maintaining a safe distance!) The beautiful taiga forests give way to an incredible tundra with snow capped mountains and America's tallest peak, Denali Mountain.

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Entry into Denali National Park

DAY 3 - Denali National Park

Denali National Park

Today we'll strap on our boots and explore more of Denali's spectacular hiking trails, feeling the tranquility of the wilderness and unhinging our jaws at the vistas we encounter. We'll also have the opportunity for a seriously scenic flight around Mt Denali, known as 'the roof of America'. In the evening we'll sit around the campfire under the twinkling skies and swap stories of our adventures.

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Explore Denali National Park

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Scenic flight around Mt Denali

DAY 4 - Denali National Park

Denali National Park

Another day, another adventure in this wild and beautiful land. We'll walk low valleys and high mountain passes, check out Savage River and admire all of those towering granite spires. As the sun sets, anyone for s'mores?

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Explore Denali National Park

DAY 5 - Denali National Park to Wilderness Glacier Camp

Denali National Park

Next up it’s time to drive the Denali dirt road, admiring alpine vistas and staggering mountain passes.

Wilderness Glacier Camp

We're heading to the Maclaren River Lodge, where we'll meet our hospitable hosts Alan and Susie. They know the local area better than anyone, and will take us on a boat ride up the glittering waters to the Wilderness Glacier Camp. Save your Insta snaps for upload later, ‘cos there’s no phone reception here - just camping, exploring and hiking in the wilderness.

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Locally guided hike of Maclaren

  • Maclaren river boat ride

DAY 6 - Maclaren River Lodge

Wilderness Glacier Camp

Today we'll take a canoe down the winding Maclaren river...

MacLaren River Lodge

...before arriving at the beautiful lodge and relaxing to the sounds of the rushing water. Tonight we'll stay in the cosy lodge, nestled in nature.

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Overnight at Maclaren Lodge

DAY 7 - MacLaren River Lodge to Wrangell-St Elias

MacLaren River Lodge

Today we're heading to the largest National Park in the United States.

Wrangell-St Elias

For the next few days we'll be staying at the ‘End of the road’ campground. We'll travel 60 miles of gravel road stretching along the old Copper River and Northwestern railways. Once populated with copper mines, this was also the site of the great Alaskan gold rush.

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Entry into St Elias National Park

DAY 8 - Wrangell - St Elias National Park

Wrangell-St Elias

We'll wake up today surrounded by the sprawling vistas of Wrangell - St Elias National Park, rising 18,000 feet from the ocean. This place is bigger than than Yellowstone, Yosemite and Switzerland combined! From lush forest to sparse tundra, with moose, caribou, hares and millions of birds. Today we'll soak up all that beauty, with options to pick up a pair of axes and go ice climbing, or taking a walk over a gobsmacking glacier.

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Guided hiking in St Elias National Park

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Ice Climbing

  • Glacier walk

DAY 9 - Wrangell/St Elias National Park

Wrangell-St Elias

There are more adventure opportunities today in this sweeping National Park. Whether you opt for a guided tour of the old copper mines, go rafting down the snaking river or take a scenic flight over the snow-capped peaks, there's so much beauty to soak up today.

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Explore St Elias National Park

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Guided mine tours

  • Rafting

  • Scenic flights over St Elias

DAY 10 - Wrangell/St Elias to Valdez

Wrangell-St Elias

Today we'll bid farewell to St Elias and head towards Valdez

Valdez

Valdez is a terminus of the 800-mile Trans-Alaska pipeline. After the disastrous Exxon oil spill of 1989, flora and fauna has miraculously recovered to set a gorgeous landscape for us to explore. Today is packed with even more optional adventure activities - we recommend the Columbia Glacier Sea Kayaking for spectacular scenery and unique options to spot the local wildlife.

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Columbia Glacier Sea Kayaking

DAY 11 - Valdez

Valdez

Home to so much wildlife, wildflowers and miles and miles of dreamy trails, Valdez will steal our hearts for the second day running. Check out some waterfalls or walk through the largest National Forest in the USA. On our final night we'll again group around the campfire, for one last evening of swapping stories and stargazing.

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Explore Valdez

DAY 12 - Valdez to Anchorage

Valdez

Today we'll finish our epic Alaskan adventure, but not before admiring the views of the Worthington glacier as we traverse Thompson pass.

Anchorage

One last stop will allow us to see our farewells, but we'll be back soon enough.

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Traverse Thompson Pass

  • See Worthington Glacier

Frequently Asked Questions

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What health and hygiene protocols are in place on trip?

The health and wellbeing of everyone who travels with Contiki has been, and always will be, our top priority. That’s why we’ve rigorously evaluated our experiences, training and protocols to make sure we not only meet our travellers wellbeing expectations, but exceed them in every single way. We sought guidance from the World Health Organisation and government agencies, and, as members of the World Travel and Tourism Council, we’ve been involved in defining global protocols. Due to our diligent work during this time, we’ve been awarded the WTTC safe travels stamp - meaning we’re a business which has adopted global, standardised health and hygiene protocols. You can find details about how we’re prioritising your wellbeing when you travel with us here.

What documents do I need to travel?

Depending on your nationality, you may require visas to enter the USA and Canada on your trip. You are fully responsible for obtaining all necessary visas prior to the departure of your trip. You can find more info at https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov. Contiki is not legally permitted to knowingly allow anybody who does not have a valid visa to join a trip. Visa and other entry & exit conditions (such as currency, arrival/departure taxes, customs and quarantine regulations) do change regularly.

Your passport must have at least six months’ validity remaining when you arrive. Local immigration authorities may deny entry and deport people who do not meet this requirement, even if they only intend to stay for a short period. Important to consider:

• Visas can take up to six weeks and a fee is normally charged
• Failure to obtain all necessary visas could cause you to miss part of
your trip and will result in you incurring considerable expense and
inconvenience
• It is better for you to apply for all visas before you leave home
• It is essential that the entry and exit dates are correct on the visa

What are the luggage restrictions?

On our American trips you can bring one bag or suitcase of 73 x 50 x 25 cm (or 29” x 20” x 10”), with a max weight of 20 kg (44 lbs) & one piece of hand luggage.

What do the Contiki team do?

People are at the heart of everything we do, and our team is what makes our trips the best. Our worldwide On-Road Team, locally based staff & network of Local Guides are all extensively trained & widely travelled, & are the best in the business. But we know it’s not just about training, it’s about passion & our team have it in their blood. Their passion for getting you in the know on every single detail of America is what makes our travellers walk away from their experience knowing that they made every moment count. Your Trip Manager is like your walking, talking guidebook – just for you. They plan your itinerary every day, organise your food and accomodation and book your Free Time Add ons, and because they know everything about where you’re going, you will too. Your Drivers are the experts on getting you from A to B efficiently and safely in North America. They know their way around like the back of their hands & they’ll drop you at your door & unload your bags for you. Local guides provide specialist knowledge when you need it and will always help you avoid the tourist traps.

What's not included that I should budget for?

Aside from essentials like flights, how much spending money you’ll need will depend on the duration of the trip and how much you anticipate spending on personal expenses like alcohol or shopping. Before you travel, it’s also a good idea to read up on and get an idea of the Free Time Add-Ons you think you’ll want to do on trip, as these will form part of your overall budget. We’d advise doing some research on your chosen destinations beforehand, looking at things like:
 
- Cost of a local lunch
 
- Cost of a local dinner
 
- Cost of a bottle of water
 
- Cost of entry to a sightseeing spot
 
Tipping is customary in North America. It is an accepted practice in all areas of the service industry, & particularly in restaurants, bars, hotels & taxis. It’s common practice to tip if you feel that the service provided has been excellent.
The same goes for your Contiki Team. If you feel that your Trip Manager & Driver’s service has been exceptional, then feel free to tip them if you feel they’ve done a great job. If you choose to tip, we recommend around US$3 per person per day, however whether or not you choose to tip (& how much) is up to you.

Will I be able to access WiFi on my trip?

We love WiFi, and keeping your accounts updated as you travel is key! The hotels all have WiFi where you can access your email to let your friends & family know you have arrived safely in Los Angeles, or email after your trip with all your stories.

What are Contiki’s sustainability credentials?

We believe that travelling sustainably and consciously, matters. Contiki Cares is our commitment to protecting the communities we visit, the wildlife we interact with, and the planet we all share. Our founding partner, the TreadRight Foundation was established 10 years ago as a not-for-profit organisation focused on promoting sustainable tourism within The Travel Corporation’s family of brands. In the USA & Canada we have programmes such as our Wheels For Change program, FareStart’s flagship restaurant in Seattle, and the Manitobah Mukluks Storyboot in Toronto. To find out more about our conscious travel experiences in North America, visit Contiki.com/about/contikicares.