8 days from $6,427 pp*
  • Explore the majestic Matanuska Glacier on foot.
  • Discover Talkeetna's picturesque hiking trails with a private naturalist guide.
  • Snap the perfect picture of caribou, wolves and grizzly bears.
  • Journey along one of the country's famous "All American Roads".
  • Featuring a selection of curated and comfortable hotels.
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A sanctuary for all things wild and beautiful, Alaska serves as a dynamic playground for true nature lovers. Discover its unparalleled rugged allure with your camera at the ready for unforgettable wildlife sightings.

Your authentic Alaskan experience starts with a private tour through Anchorage, taking in city sights as well as a spectacular skyline set against the backdrop of the Chugach Mountains and Cook Inlet. Marvel at stunning vistas and snap the perfect photo as you're whisked along the Seward Highway to the sprawling Turnagain Arm waterway, each turn of the shoreline revealing one natural treasure after another. En-route to charming Talkeetna, visit the towering Matanuska Glacier, traversing its dynamic landscape by foot in an up-close look at Alaska's largest glacier. Breathe in the fresh air as you explore Talkeetna's beautiful hiking trails, taking in picturesque sights of wildflowers and lush vegetation. The adventure continues with time in Alaska's legendary wild tundra - Denali National Park & Preserve, home to the highest peak in all of North America and showcase of six million acres of dynamic landscape. Give in to the call of the wild as you board a rustic bus and immerse yourself in the beauty of Denali, keeping alert for its famous four-legged residents. After a deep dive into one of the country's most spectacular parks, unwind with a relaxed journey back to Anchorage aboard the Alaska Railroad, enjoying access to viewing platforms courtesy of Gold Star service. A truly unforgettable journey, this adventure offers incredible views and unique perspectives of Alaska's remarkable natural beauty. ... Show More »

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Day
Activities Hotel & Meals
Hotel & Meals
  • Day 1 Anchorage
    Anchorage
    • Private Transfer - ANC Airport with Meet & Greet - Vehicle/Driver-Guide
    • Private Tour - City Sights (3 hrs) - Vehicle/Driver-Guide
    Breakfast
  • Day 2 Anchorage
    Anchorage
    • Private Tour - Turnagain Arm Exploration (8 hrs) - Vehicle/Driver-Guide
    • Picnic Lunch
    Breakfast
  • Day 3 Anchorage to Talkeetna
    Anchorage to Talkeetna
    • Private Transfer - Anchorage - Talkeetna [via Matanuska Glacier (with Lunch, 8 hrs)] - Vehicle/Driver-Guide
  • Day 4 Talkeetna
    Talkeetna
    • At Leisure
    • Private Tour - Talkeetna Hike (3 hrs) - Vehicle/Driver/Guide
  • Day 5 Talkeetna to Denali National Park to Denali National Park and Preserve
    Talkeetna to Denali National Park to Denali National Park and Preserve
    • Private Transfer - Talkeetna - Denali National Park and Preserve [with Hiking, 6 hrs] - Vehicle/Driver-Guide
    • National Park Permit
    • Grande Denali Lodge Porterage
  • Day 6 Denali National Park to Denali National Park and Preserve
    Denali National Park to Denali National Park and Preserve
    • Shared Tour - Tundra Wilderness Tour (7.5 hrs) - Bus/Guide
  • Day 7 Denali National Park to Anchorage
    Denali National Park to Anchorage
    • Train - Denali National Park and Preserve - Anchorage [via Alaska Railroad (with Lunch & Dinner, 8.5 hrs)] - GoldStar Class
    Breakfast
  • Day 8 Anchorage
    Anchorage
    • Private Transfer - ANC Airport - Vehicle/Driver-Guide
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Day 1: Anchorage

Upon arrival in Anchorage, meet your private driver-guide for a transfer to your hotel. 

Experience the best Anchorage has to offer in a private-guided adventure through Alaska's largest city.  First, you'll visit historic Ship Creek, birthplace of Anchorage as a tent city in 1911. Here, you'll find a thriving urban salmon stream where downtown anglers often catch salmon on their lunch breaks from work. Continue on to Earthquake Park and Point Woronzof, where you can take in the stunning view of the Anchorage skyline set against the backdrop of the Chugach Mountains and Cook Inlet. Perhaps you'll be lucky enough to catch sight of a moose along the roadway. Next it's on to Lake Hood, known as the busiest seaplane base in the world. Watch as local bush pilots expertly land their planes and taxi to their landing docks. The journey continues with a visit to the incomparable Turnagain Arm and Beluga Point, a hub for majestic scenery and wildlife like Beluga whales, Dall sheep, mountain goats, black bears, and even bald eagles. Stop at Potter's Marsh and the Anchorage Coastal Wildlife Refuge, a protected wildlife habitat home to many migratory species of birds in the summer. As the tour comes to an end, you'll head back downtown where your guide will point out the best restaurants, bars, gift shops, and art galleries before bidding farewell.

Accommodation: Hotel Captain Cook

Located in the heart of downtown Anchorage, Alaska’s historic Hotel Captain Cook is a perfect departure point for adventure, offering the best cultural and scenic highlights just steps from your door. Indulge in one of the hotel's four distinctive restaurants, shop for gifts or unique souvenirs in the 12 in-site shops, or take in the views of neighboring Cook Inlet and the Chugach Mountains from any one of the 546 guestrooms and suites. Since 1965, the Hotel Captain Cook has offered an unparalleled level of elegance and comfort. The legendary sea captain and the hotel that bears his name share two great qualities: a love of nature and the indomitable Alaskan spirit. 

Alaskan Discovery Tours 2020 - 2021 -  Turnagain Arm Bald Eagles
Turnagain Arm Bald Eagles
Alaskan Discovery Tours 2020 - 2021 -  Hotel Captain Cook
Hotel Captain Cook

Day 2: Anchorage

Explore the scenic Seward Highway accompanied by your private driver-guide in a full-day exploration of the Turnagain Arm waterway. After meeting at your Anchorage hotel, your knowledgeable local driver-guide will whisk you away along one of only 13 highways in the US with the unique distinction of "All American Road". Along the way you'll enjoy great opportunities to view and photograph diverse wildlife and stunning scenic vistas. You'll first stop at the beautiful Hotel Alyeska and the ski town of Girdwood, where you can choose to ride a scenic tram that travels to the top of Mt Alyeska. Next stop is Portage, where you can board the MV Ptarmigan for an optional one-hour cruise across the stunning scenery of iceberg-dotted Portage Lake. After the cruise, you can opt to stop in at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving Alaska's wildlife. The AWCC takes in injured and orphaned animals year-round, providing spacious enclosures and quality animal care. Here you can experience an up-close encounter with some of the state's most iconic inhabitants, providing great photo opportunities. Although the animals at the AWCC are unable to be released back into the wild, they are rehabilitated and cared for by a team of dedicated staff. Your tour concludes with a private transfer back to Anchorage.

Enjoy a locally sourced picnic lunch of sandwiches, sides, and sparkling water during your tour. 

Accommodation: Hotel Captain Cook
Alaskan Discovery Tours 2020 - 2021 -  Portage Lake Icebergs
Portage Lake Icebergs

Day 3: Anchorage - Talkeetna

Transfer from Anchorage to the historic village of Talkeetna with your private driver-guide. Along the way, you'll explore the breathtaking Matanuska Glacier, one of Alaska's premier destinations. At 27 miles long and 4 miles wide, Matanuska is Alaska's largest glacier accessible by road. Marvel at ice that formed thousands of years ago, nestled high in the Chugach Mountains. Start at the toe of the glacier to gear up with ice cleats and helmets before traversing the landscape by foot. Due to the dynamic nature of Matanuska, each day offers a unique experience as you walk for three miles on the ice. Pause for a picnic lunch at the toe of the glacier to fuel up for the rest of your adventure. This once-in-a-lifetime tour can be easily customized to suit your interests, allowing you to fully immerse yourself within the wonders of this scenic marvel. Your tour then continues with a private transfer to your accommodation in Talkeetna.

Accommodation: Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge

Set on a ridge above the small community of Talkeetna on the south side of Denali, the Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge offers unforgettable views of Denali and the Alaska Range, just minutes from adventures of a lifetime. The main lodge features 212 spacious guest rooms, each appointed with modern amenities for a comfortable stay. Enjoy the view as you relax next to the 46-foot river rock fireplace or shop for Native art from villages across Alaska. Enjoy casual or fine dining featuring Alaska specialties and the best wine selection in the neighborhood.

Alaskan Discovery Tours 2020 - 2021 -  Matanuska Glacier Exploration
Matanuska Glacier Exploration
Alaskan Discovery Tours 2020 - 2021 -  Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge
Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge

Day 4: Talkeetna

Enjoy some time today exploring the charming town of Talkeetna at your own leisure. Perhaps take in one of the town's museums or pay a visit to the historic general store. 

Set out to explore Talkeetna's best hiking trails with a private naturalist guide today. A new scene of beauty unfolds around every turn on this three-mile moderate hike. Look for loons and kingfishers on the lakes, moose and bears in the woods, and Denali on the horizon. This lush old-growth forest is alive with songbirds, wildflowers, berries, and mushrooms. Your guide will tell you stories about wildlife encounters, life in Talkeetna, and how native people survived in this wild land. The fresh Alaskan air will renew and invigorate you. Conclude with a private transfer back to your hotel.

Accommodation: Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge
Alaskan Discovery Tours 2020 - 2021 -  Talkeetna Hiking
Talkeetna Hiking

Day 5: Talkeetna - Denali National Park - Denali National Park and Preserve

Depart Talkeetna for a scenic drive towards Denali National Park, stopping for magnificent hiking trails and unforgettable photo opportunities. Enjoy panoramic views and spectacular vistas en-route, driving through the Susitna Valley and meandering up the Parks Highway. Explore serene Byers Lake and the Alaska Veterans’ Memorial, a quiet place with easy hiking trails and a great place to relax amid nature. Your private transfer concludes at Denali National Park with a drop-off at your hotel.

Enjoy access to Denali National Park and Preserve, a dynamic landscape of wild tundra, iconic mountain peaks, and diverse wildlife. 

Accommodation: Grande Denali Lodge

The Grande Denali Lodge on Sugarloaf Mountain is designed with your comfort and convenience in mind.  Your first stop is the main lodge, where you'll experience warm log architecture with a rock fireplace and vaulted ceilings.  The interior design highlights the Alaska Native Heritage of its owners while it offers panoramic views of the surrounding Denali wilderness and the Nenana River canyon. Grande Denali Lodge offers spacious guest rooms with canyon or hillside views and a selection of Alaskan-style cabins with a range of creature comforts.  The on-site Alpenglow Restaurant features New American cuisine with a focus on fresh Alaskan seafood and tender, all-natural meats combined with seasonal fruits and vegetables.  You might prefer to relax with a hand-crafted cocktail and a selection of creative bites and appetizers at the Peak Spirits Lounge.  Whichever choice fits your mood, the views are spectacular and the service is second to none.

 

Alaskan Discovery Tours 2020 - 2021 -  Denali National Park and Preserve
Denali National Park and Preserve
Alaskan Discovery Tours 2020 - 2021 -  Grande Denali Lodge
Grande Denali Lodge

Day 6: Denali National Park - Denali National Park and Preserve

Discover the spectacular wildlife that call Denali National Park home as you travel 62 miles towards the Stony Hill Overlook. Board a comfortable national park's tour bus and immerse yourself in a scenic journey of natural wonders, a narrated history of Park Road, and some of the best opportunities to view the park’s inhabitants. Stay alert for Dall sheep, moose, caribou, wolves and grizzly bears. On days when Denali's peak is visible, the tour bus travels to Stony Hill Overlook for an amazing view from base to summit. Amid surrounding alpine tundra, the overlook offers an unspoiled view and the most photographed roadside angle of Denali.

Accommodation: Grande Denali Lodge
Alaskan Discovery Tours 2020 - 2021 -  Dall Sheep in Denali
Dall Sheep in Denali

Day 7: Denali National Park - Anchorage

Depart Denali today for a train transfer to Anchorage. Ride the Alaska Railroad in a relaxed atmosphere, winding through wilderness and offering endless vistas. On a clear day, enjoy sights of the train’s namesake peak, Denali, the tallest mountain in North America. 

Accommodation: Hotel Captain Cook

Day 8: Anchorage

Enjoy a private transfer to Ted Stevens International Airport today. 

Accommodation: Depart ( )

 End of itinerary.

We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.

Trip Terms & Conditions

  • Your deposit is due immediately on booking (30% of program price, minimum $350). The balance is due 90 days prior to departure.
  • Cancellations of confirmed bookings 90 days or more prior to departure will receive full refund minus a $350 (per person) administrative fee and any non-refundable paid fees (e.g. non-refundable airfare, cruise or hotel deposits). 60-89 days will be subject to loss of 30% of program price. 30-59 days will be subject to loss of 50% of program price. 29 days or less will be subject to loss of 100% of program price.
  • Tour quotes do not include airfare to/from the trip start point unless noted on the itinerary
  • Cost increases in currency exchange, government fees, taxes, surcharges or hotel/lodge tariff increases between quote date and start date are payable by the client.
  • Availability cannot be guaranteed until booked. We will exercise best efforts to book hotels per the itinerary, however, in busy seasons and with client bookings made within 90 days of tour date we may be forced to offer substitutes.
  • Payment of the program price constitutes your acceptance of the terms and conditions set out at www.kensingtontours.com/terms-and-conditions
  • Living Standards and practices at destination may differ from those in North America with respect to provisions of utilities, services and accommodation.

Hotel Captain Cook: Anchorage

Located in the heart of downtown Anchorage, Alaska’s historic Hotel Captain Cook is a perfect departure point for adventure, offering the best cultural and scenic highlights just steps from your door. Indulge in one of the hotel's four distinctive restaurants, shop for gifts or unique souvenirs in the 12 in-site shops, or take in the views of neighboring Cook Inlet and the Chugach Mountains from any one of the 546 guestrooms and suites. Since 1965, the Hotel Captain Cook has offered an unparalleled level of elegance and comfort. The legendary sea captain and the hotel that bears his name share two great qualities: a love of nature and the indomitable Alaskan spirit. 

Alaskan Discovery Tours 2020 - 2021 -  Hotel Captain Cook
Hotel Captain Cook

Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge: Talkeetna

Set on a ridge above the small community of Talkeetna on the south side of Denali, the Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge offers unforgettable views of Denali and the Alaska Range, just minutes from adventures of a lifetime. The main lodge features 212 spacious guest rooms, each appointed with modern amenities for a comfortable stay. Enjoy the view as you relax next to the 46-foot river rock fireplace or shop for Native art from villages across Alaska. Enjoy casual or fine dining featuring Alaska specialties and the best wine selection in the neighborhood.

Alaskan Discovery Tours 2020 - 2021 -  Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge
Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge

Grande Denali Lodge: Denali National Park and Preserve

The Grande Denali Lodge on Sugarloaf Mountain is designed with your comfort and convenience in mind.  Your first stop is the main lodge, where you'll experience warm log architecture with a rock fireplace and vaulted ceilings.  The interior design highlights the Alaska Native Heritage of its owners while it offers panoramic views of the surrounding Denali wilderness and the Nenana River canyon. Grande Denali Lodge offers spacious guest rooms with canyon or hillside views and a selection of Alaskan-style cabins with a range of creature comforts.  The on-site Alpenglow Restaurant features New American cuisine with a focus on fresh Alaskan seafood and tender, all-natural meats combined with seasonal fruits and vegetables.  You might prefer to relax with a hand-crafted cocktail and a selection of creative bites and appetizers at the Peak Spirits Lounge.  Whichever choice fits your mood, the views are spectacular and the service is second to none.

 

Alaskan Discovery Tours 2020 - 2021 -  Grande Denali Lodge
Grande Denali Lodge
Alaskan Discovery Tours 2020 - 2021 -  Grounds
Grounds

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We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.

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