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Grand Alaska

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

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  • Duration

    12 days

  • Places

    6 places

  • Meals

    11 Breakfasts, 11 Lunches, 11 Dinners

  • Transport Style

    Private mini-coach

  • Group Size

    Maximum 14 people

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

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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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DAY 1 - 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.

DAY 2 - Anchorage to Denali National Park via Talkeetna


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


Denali National Park

Arriving at our campsite, we'll have plenty of opportunity to take in the beautiful scenery - 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.

DAY 3 - Denali National Park

Denali National Park

Today we'll strap on our boots and explore more of Denali's spectacular scenery, feeling the tranquility of the wilderness and unhinging our jaws at the vistas we encounter. The best way to get around such a vast landscape is via the Denali Transit Bus aka the hottest ticket in town, where the drivers stop to show you wildlife and you can save your legs for the real off the beaten path adventures. 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.


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?

DAY 5 - Denali National Park to MacLaren River Lodge

Denali National Park

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

MacLaren River Lodge

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.

DAY 6 - Maclaren River Lodge

MacLaren River Lodge

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.

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.

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.

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.

DAY 10 - Wrangell/St Elias to Valdez

Wrangell-St Elias

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

DAY 11 - 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. We even have the option to go sea kayaking through a rapidly changing glacier-scape and experience it's impressive beauty. On our final night we'll again group around the campfire, for one last evening of swapping stories and stargazing.

DAY 12 - Valdez to Anchorage


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


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

Where You'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.

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