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Grand Alaska

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The one that takes an expedition for an unforgettable Alaskan adventure

Duration
12 Days
Places
7 places

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

Is this trip for me?

Travel Style

In-Depth Explorer

Group Size

Max 15 people

Transport Style

Mini-Van + 4x4

Highlights

  • Local Alaskan dinner
  • Entry into Denali National Park
  • Explore Denali National Park
  • Only $200 deposit to book
  • Part pay financing available with UpLift
  • No change fees
  • No booking fees

What's included?

11 nights accommodation

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.

30 Meals

9 Dinner, 11 Breakfast, 10 Lunch

You can expect to refuel with hearty breakfasts and delicious dinners from us but we'll also give you the opportunity to sample some of the best local cuisine. You'll taste it all - from simple street eats to gourmet fare.

Team

Expert Trip Manager, Driver and Local Guides

Professional, insightful and fun, our Trip Managers, Drivers and Local Guides in the USA & Canada are highly trained and ready to show you this incredible part of the world. Armed with their little black books of must sees, dos and eats, they'll introduce you to the best experiences this land has to offer and show you the time of your life.

Transport

All transport included during the trip

As well as hiking and canoeing, on this trip you'll be cruising in style across some spectacular scenery on one of our comfy air-conditioned mini-coaches.

Experiences

15 included, 7 optional that you can add

TOP EXPERIENCES ON THIS TRIP:

- Taking a boat ride down the glittering McClaren River 
- Pick up a pair of axes and conquer ice climbing in St Elias National Park
- Get introduced to Anchorage with an authentic Alaskan dinner
- Gain entry to Denali National Park - home to 'the roof of America' 
- Take a scenic flight over the awe inspiring Mt Denali*
- Walk over a glacier on a unique hike in St Elias*

*This experience is a Free Time Add-on and not included in trip costs
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.

Grand Alaska

15 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
  • 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

Itinerary

Nights spent per location
1
1 night
Anchorage
via
via
Talkeetna
3
3 nights
Denali National Park
1
1 night
Wilderness Glacier Camp
1
1 night
MacLaren River Lodge
3
3 nights
Wrangell-St Elias
2
2 nights
Valdez
Anchorage
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Are flights included in my trip?

International flights to/from the destination your trip starts and ends in are not included in the cost of the trip, and must be purchased separately. You can book these independently if you want to shop around for the best quote, or through your travel agent.

Any flights you take during your Contiki are included in the cost of your trip. On certain American trips we use planes to get you from A to B as quickly as possible, and all of this is included.

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.

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