10 Day National Park Wildlife Safari
The whole enchilada-Bears, Denali and more!
Our Original Safari and still the favorite after thirty years! This great trip combines our famous riverfront lodge with 2 days at our private, fly-in BearCamp® plus 3 days touring Denali for that perfect blend of adventure and variety without the dreaded "bus tour" feel. Wilderness Glacier Cruising, Wild Brown Bear viewing, Wilderness hiking, "end of the road" Touring. Denali include Incredible flight seeing, tundra wilderness tour in the park, followed by a return to Anchorage via the historic Alaska Railroad. Wow! Space gets tight early on this great trip.
- Fly In Bear Viewing
- Glacier and Wildlife Cruise in Kenai Fjords National Park
- Chugach National Forest hiking - mild to wild
- "End of the Road" a quirky culture tour and beach hike in the shoreside village of Homer, Alaska
- Denali Flightsee, Tundra tour inside the park and a return to Anchorage via historic Alaska Railroad
The National Park Safari features stays at our world famous BearCamp and renowned riverside main lodge. BearCamp is a "glamping" style basecamp with twin and queen beds and linens, gas heat and light, "en Suite" potties in the tents and composting toilets and showers in shared bathrooms. Main lodge features river and mountain view rooms complete with individual decks. All trips based on double occupancy - single rooms sometimes available for an additional fee.
Anchorage pickup/transfer to lodge/fly to BearCamp
Your driver will pick you up at your hotel at 7:30 on day one. The trip on Alaska’s most scenic highway crosses 2 mountain passes & brings you to our Riverside Main Lodge for lunch. Following orientation, drop your main bag and board a small plane for the flight to our private, remote Bear Camp, named “Best U.S. Bush Camp” by Outside Magazine. A truly one of a kind experience with outstanding staff. Excellent meals flown in daily and served with fine wines combine with comfortable accommodations (in comfortable, high tech heated tent-cabins) with uniquely knowledgeable guides make this a highlight of any Alaska experience.
Morning with Bears & Return
Your final morning with the bears and this amazing wilderness. You'll choose from our raised platform or a number of other ground-level viewing stations to truly experience the bears in the their native environment. Following lunch, your return bush flight will bring you back to our main lodge and your riverside home for the next 5 days on our renowned lodge the Kenai River. Private bath and gas fireplace will join with nightly happy hour, great meals and service welcome you back to (almost) civilization!
Today you'll enjoy one of the amazing local trails that make the Chugach National Forest and Kenai National Wildlife Refuge justly famous. Choose from a moderate, mostly level and fairly short trail to the Russian River falls to view salmon leaping towards their native spawning grounds- or select a more aggressive hike that will break a sweat and culminate in a fantastic view of the surrounding snow capped peaks...it's your choice and there are many to choose from! Return to lodge for happy hour, dinner and overnight.
Glacier & Wildlife Viewing
Today we'll cruise the incomparable Kenai Fjords National Park! The protected waters of Resurrection Bay and Aialik bay are some of the most amazing regions on earth. On the short drive to Seward, we'll stretch our legs by walking to the face of a retreating Glacier close enough to nearly touch...then it's on to Seward to spend the rest of this day cruising and seeking calving Glaciers, Humpback whales and Orca, charming Sea Otters and endangered Stellar Sea Lions. Return to lodge for happy hour, dinner and overnight.
Bald Eagle Scenic Float
Today we'll float through the turquoise clear waters of the upper Kenai River and it's prodigious salmon spawning grounds to see one of nature's most amazing events. This annual returning salmon brings Bear and Eagle (plus wild Trout!) in numbers to feast on salmon eggs and the carcasses of hundreds of thousands of dying salmon. The tumbling aquamarine water rushes along rocks and forest through the younger and "Swiss-Alp" inspired Kenai Mountains. Gourmet lunch served shore-side by your enthusiastic guides. Return to the lodge for happy hour and overnight.
"End Of The Road" Tour
No one should miss Homer and the “End of the Road”. See early Russian churches, active volcanoes, mountain vistas and probably baby Moose with their mothers. Your first view of Homer and Kachemak Bay is truly unforgettable and we will spend a fun filled day exploring the art and rustic uniqueness of a bush community at “Land’s End”. A famous sawdust floor tavern, wine tasting, local artist galleries, even a boat from "A dangerous catch" call this amazing area home. Return to lodge for happy hour, dinner and overnight.
Head north to Talkeetna
And now the Denali Experience! We’ll depart in the morning for the incredibly scenic trip north, with stops at Turnagain Arm (in hopes of spotting a "bore tide") then continue north past Anchorage Palmer and the "sleeping lady" in the distance. Finally, it's on to the historic bush community of Talkeetna (base camp for the Denali climbs). You and your guide will walk the old streets of this unique and quirky town within view of the tallest mountain in North America. Then board a bush plane for a spectacularly scenic flight seeing trip of the mountain. (Weather dependent). End the day with a short hike or perhaps a local micro-brew before overnight at one of our favorite local inns.
Arrive Denali National Park
Today we'll enjoy the beautiful trip to the entrance of Denali National Park. We'll have plenty of time to explore and any wildlife we see along the way, and even enjoy a short hike before we arrive at the park entrance and get situated in our cabins for the next 2 nights. The park headquarters is a great spot along with a chance to meet some working huskies! Dinner and overnight at the park entrance.
Tundra Wildlife Tour
An early drive will find us at the entrance to our largest national park where you will board one of the famous Park Tour Buses for the tour of spectacular Denali National Park . Traffic is restricted to only these buses and you will receive a narrated tour of the history, animals and grandeur of this incomparable location. Polychrome pass, the Savage River and many other notable landmarks make this trip one of the most famous day trips of any park in America. Return to park entrance and overnight/dinner at one of our favorite cabins/inns.
Return to Anchorage via historic Alaska Railroad
Today you can rise early and relax on your deck in view of the sweeping vista laid out before you. We may visit the dogs of an Iditarod Champion or spend time at the awesome visitors center or even take a short hike before we head back to your hotel in Anchorage. Return to Anchorage via the historic Alaska Railroad aboard the Alaska Railroad's dome car featuring "Gold Star" class. Arrive Anchorage at 8:30 pm- transfer to your hotel or the airport on your own (cabs will be waiting).
Recommended Gear List
However you choose to arrive, please be "dressed for adventure", as there may be a quick turnaround after lunch to get to the airstrip for your flight to bearcamp - flight times are affected by tides and each day is different time wise. If your trip includes an overnight at BearCamp, be ready to check in to the lodge with a smaller day pack (1500 cubic inches or less) packed and ready to go, as your BearCamp® experience will typically be scheduled for your first 2 days of your trip (though not always). Maximum traveling gear for flights is 25 pounds per person. If you are on an extended stay with Great Alaska, we'll hold your larger bag back at the lodge while you are at bearcamp. Be sure to bring a water bottle! Please see our pre trip info for specific what to bring list for BearCamp.
Our trips include complimentary sightseeing van pickup in Anchorage (we pickup at 4 downtown, mid town and airport locations). Pickup is typically at 7:30 - 8:00 a.m. (time varies slightly each day based upon number and location of pickups). You'll arrive at the main lodge around 10:30 for check in and orientation. We pick up at the cruise dock in Seward or Whittier for an additional fee. On trips that include our Denali extension, return return to Anchorage is via the historic Alaska Railroad, arriving approximately 8:30 pm. Cabs will be available to take you to your hotel or the airport, whichever you need. (trip ends with return to Anchorage)
Complimentary van pickup in Anchorage on day one followed by sightseeing transfer to lodge. Trips include our signature meals "nearly world famous" nightly happy hour and appetizers, plus of course our legendary evening activities like "by the fire" salmon fishing and Moose River wildlife kayaking/paddle boarding. Finally, all necessary equipment for your daily adventures is included in your package.
What's Not Included
Gratuities, daily resort fee, Alaska sport fishing license and items of a personal nature.