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  • Hotels: Hotels: Standard Class

  • 06/26/2021 - 07/03/2021

  • Max Participants: 13

  • 8 Days / 7 Nights

Overview

For travelers looking to explore a more remote corner of North America at a faster (and more active) pace, this eight-day journey through Alaska's vast vistas is just the ticket. Catch the state's greatest highlights including the imposing Harding Icefield, the enchanting Kenai Fjords, the jaw-dropping Denali National Park, and the charming town of Talkeetna. Go north and treat yourself to a week of scenery and smiles.

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What's Included::
  • Road trip along the scenic Seward Highway
  • Hike to Exit Glacier and Harding Icefield
  • Kenai Peninsula stay
  • Denali National Park entrance fees
  • Denali NP dogsled demonstration
  • Full-day excursion to Eielson Visitor Center in Denali NP
  • Free time in Seward
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities by private vehicle and shuttle bus
  • G Adventures Tour Leader throughout and local guides
  • 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches – allow $335-$435 USD for meals not included
  • Hotels/motels (5 nts), cabins (2 nts, shared facilities)
What's Not Included::
  • Air travel
  • Incidentals
  • Travel health and cancellation insurance
  • Applicable visas
  • Tips or gratuities
  • Airport taxes
  • Beverages
  • Meals not mentioned in itinerary
  • Optional tours and admissions
  • Airport transfers

Itinerary Download PDF

Arrive at any time today, but we highly recommend coming in a day early so you have time to see the sites of Anchorage. We typically have a group meeting at the hotel around 6:00 p.m. Upon arrival at the hotel, please check the notice board for information about the group meeting. During the group meeting, the leader will outline the trip itinerary and answer questions.

Leave Anchorage in the morning and drive south through the Kenai Peninsula along one of the US's most scenic highways, the Seward Highway. Pass between cliffs and ocean and through the Chugach National Forest surrounded by mountains. We arrive at the tip of the Kenai Peninsula where the ice age still lingers. Spend the day exploring this site to discover the fjords, their history, science, and remote splendor. Head out on an amazing hike to the Exit Glacier and Harding Icefield. The 11.9km (7.4 mi) round trip of the Harding Icefield Trail is a spectacular day hike (5 to 8 hrs) through the Alaska backcountry. Starting on the valley floor, the trail winds through cottonwood and alder forests, passes though heather-filled meadows, and ultimately climbs well above the tree line to a breathtaking view of the icefield. The top of the trail is a window to past ice ages – a horizon of ice and snow that stretches as far as the eye can see, broken only by an occasional nunatak or lonely peak. There are various lookout points along the trail that serve as good turnaround points. Portions of the upper trail are covered by ice and snow part of the year. Easier, shorter hikes to the base of the glacier are also options that also afford beautiful views for those not looking for a strenuous hike. Black bears are spotted frequently from the Harding Icefield Trail. Approximate travel time: 2.5-3 hrs by private vehicle

Enjoy a free day for activities around Seward. Opt to take a scenic boat cruise through the Kenai fjords to get up close and personal with glaciers and marine life, hike through breathtaking scenery, or visit the Alaska SeaLife Center. See optional activities further below for more info.

Travel north to quaint Talkeetna. We visit the Iditarod Headquarters in Wasilla is just one of the many interesting places to visit in the Mat-Su Valley. Filled with historical information and fascinating exhibits, this spot is sure to pique interest and draw you into the unique Alaskan culture. Immerse yourself in the rich history and culture of “The Last Great Race”. Today countless mushers and their loyal dogs traverse a diverse landscape in a race for over 1,000 miles from Anchorage to Nome. The museum’s exhibits and displays detail the past, present, and future of this iconic Alaskan event. In addition to these exhibits, if you visit in the summer, you will even have an opportunity to go on a dog-led cart ride! Later opt to take a scenic flight over the area, float by raft or go further afield by jet boat on the Talkeetna River to learn about local flora, fauna, and early settlers to the area, or stay in town to shop or sample beer from the local microbrewery. Approximate travel time: 5-6 hrs by private vehicle

Head north and keep cameras at the ready for the stunning scenery on the way to Denali National Park. When we arrive we will visit the Denali visitor center to learn about the flora and fauna throughout the national park at the visitor center, followed by a dog sledding talk and demonstration by the park rangers.
We will spend the day exploring Denali National Park where you will have the option to go on a hike. The area is well-known for its diversity of wildlife and Denali, the highest peak in North America, formerly called Mt McKinley. There are 39 species of mammals, 167 species of birds, 10 species of fish, and one species of amphibian known in Denali. Summer is a time for raising the young and preparing for migration, hibernation, or survival during the winter, and, with a little luck, we witness it all. Discover the dynamic glaciated landscape providing large rivers, countless lakes and ponds, and unique landforms that form the foundation of the ecosystems that thrive in Denali.
Use any of the hiking trails around the park to enjoy the rugged beauty of Denali National Park. If the weather is clear, look up to see Denali (formerly named Mt McKinley) towering overhead. Some of the most popular trails are the Mount Healy overlook trail and Horseshoe Lake trail. The Mount Healy trail allows hikers to travel part of the way up Mount Healy which overlooks the entrance area to the park. Even though it is one of the steepest trails in Denali the effort is well worth it. You will walk steadily through spruce forest before encountering the switchbacks that will have you above the tree-line in no time. The official trail ends at the overlook with great views to the south where you can choose to continue to the true peak of Mount Healy or you can turn back. Please note that this trail is not a loop. The Horseshoe Lake trail is a rather popular loop hike that attracts quite a few people, so you certainly won’t be the only one out there. As you follow this well-developed trail down to the lake you will pass the overlook which gives you a gorgeous panoramic view of the Nenana river often referred to as “Glitter Gulch” right outside the park. You will also be able to see the surrounding mountains towering in the distance. Once you arrive at the lake stay on the lookout for full-racked bull moose as this can be a popular spot for them to cool off during the summer months. This hike is truly a great starter trail in the area that will get you a bit more acquainted with the beauty of Denali National Park.
Approximate travel time: 3-3.5 hrs by private vehicle

Depart early to explore Denali National Park. Take the shuttle bus to the Eielson Visitor Center and back, getting deep into the heart of the park. Keep an eye out for moose, bears, and caribou! The journey takes approximately 8 hours and shows off the stunning wilderness of Denali. You will be able to get in a bit of hiking too if you like.

Have a free morning for optional whitewater rafting or hiking, then say farewell to Denali NP and travel back to Anchorage. Opt to join the group for a farewell dinner. Approximate travel time: 4-5 hrs by private vehicle

Depart Anchorage at any time. Want more adventure? Book two or more GEEO trips in the same year and receive a discount! GEEO will give you 10% off of the lesser value program(s) (up to 3 programs). If you don’t see a program that interests you that pairs with this trip, but still would like to extend your time abroad, let us know. We will work with you to find a non-teacher trip from our tour operator’s much larger catalog. Even better, if you are an educator, we can offer still offer you a discounted price on the trip you choose!

Details

Frequently Asked Questions
Please click here to go to our general FAQ, which has essential information that applies to all of our programs.  
Resources to Learn & Teach about Alaska
Visit our recommended reading page to see the list of books GEEO recommends reading before your program (this is not required reading). We also have lesson plans and Pinterest boards that may be useful for you as you learn about your destination and prepare to bring lessons back to your classroom.  
Terms and Conditions
It is very important for you to visit our Terms and Conditions page before signing up for this program.
Cancellation policy
All cancellations must be submitted to GEEO in written form by emailing your request for cancellation to travel@geeo.org. If you do not receive a confirmation that we have received your written cancellation request, please call us at 1-877-600-0105. Verbal cancellation requests will not be honored.
  • If you cancel 60 days or more prior to departure, all your program fee payments will be refunded besides your $350 deposit which is kept on file for future use
  • If you cancel between 30 and 59 days prior to departure, you will receive a 50% refund and your deposit is kept on file for future use
  • If you cancel within 30 days of departure, you will receive no refund, but your deposit is kept on file for future use
Trip Notes
  1. WALKS AND HIKES: All walks and hikes proposed by your tour leader will be easy to moderate level. You may choose to participate or not, but exploring our national parks on foot is part of our way of traveling. It’s a healthy way to discover North America’s beauty and landscape.
  2. HOTELS: Hotels in Alaska may be a bit more rustic or dated than hotels at the same accommodation level in the rest the states. Denali accommodation may also have shared or exterior bathroom facilities.
Group Leader Description
All GEEO/G Adventures group trips are accompanied by one of G Adventure's group leaders, which they refer to as Chief Experience Officers (CEO). The aim of the group leader is to take the hassle out of your travels and to help you have the best trip possible. They will provide information on the places you are traveling through, offer suggestions for things to do and see, recommend great local eating venues, and introduce you to our local friends. Our itineraries often have plenty of free time to explore on your own. While not being guides in the traditional sense, you can expect them to have a broad general knowledge of the countries visited on the trip, including historical, cultural, religious, and social aspects. We also use local guides where we think more specific knowledge will add to the enjoyment of the places we are visiting – we think it’s the best of both worlds.  
Fitness Level
This trip includes light walking and hiking that is suitable for most fitness levels.  
Single Travelers
Half of the people that travel with GEEO are traveling by themselves, so please don’t worry if you have no one who can join you on your trip. Our pricing is based on double occupancy or, in other words, two people to a room. You never have to pay for a single room unless you want one. GEEO can find you a roommate of the same gender. Most of our trips have a "My Own Room" option, also known as a "Single Supplement," which is an extra fee that will allow you to have a room to yourself. If you want to room alone, please email travel@geeo.org. To see the price for the "My Own Room" option, please click here where you can look up your trip in the extra services spreadsheet.  
Joining Instructions
Day 1 is an arrival day, and no activities have been planned. Upon arrival to the city on Day 1, or earlier if you have booked pre-accommodation with us, please make your way to the joining hotel. Please note: Check-in time will be in the afternoon. Once you arrive at the hotel, look for a note at reception from your tour leader. This note will give the details of your Welcome Meeting on Day 1, usually between 6:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., at which you will get a chance to meet your tour leader and other travelers, as well as learn more about how the tour will run. If you don’t see a note, please ask reception for details! If you miss the Welcome Meeting, your tour leader will leave a note at reception for you with any information you may need and with instructions for the next morning. Upon arrival at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport, which is located 6 miles (10km) from downtown Anchorage, you have a couple of options for transportation: public taxi or a complimentary shuttle service provided by your Joining Hotel in downtown Anchorage. Both are located right outside the main lobby or at the domestic terminal the taxi waiting area can be reached by the underground transportation or lobby or the sidewalk outside. Taxi The drive will take about 15-20 min depending on traffic and the fare to your hotel is approximately $23 (excluding tip). Complimentary shuttle service No matter what time you arrive the shuttle is there for you 24 hours 7 days a week. Once you have your luggage proceed to the Ramada courtesy phone located in the baggage claim area. Call the hotel to arrange your pick up from the airport. Apart from tipping the driver at the end you don’t have to pay a dime.
Emergency Contacts
Should you need to contact G Adventures during a situation of dire need, it is best to first call their local G Adventures office. If for any reason you do not receive an immediate answer, please leave a detailed message and contact information, so they may return your call and assist you as soon as possible. G Adventures Local Representative (Las Vegas) From outside the USA: 1-412-423-8143 From within the USA: 412-423-8143 If you are unable for any reason to contact the local office, please call the numbers listed below, which will connect you directly with the 24 hour Sales team, who will happily assist you. Toll-free, from calls within North America only: 1 888 800 4100
Packing List
Please read this article on GEEO’s blog for our staff’s suggestions on the best gear to pack for your upcoming travels. You must be prepared to carry your own bags and be comfortable carrying them up and downstairs, on and off transportation, and to hotels. As a rule, we try not to have to walk more than 15-20 minutes with your bags, which is why we recommend keeping the weight of your bags between 22-30 lb. Most travelers carry a backpack or rolling bag of small to medium size. No XXL bags please! A daypack is also essential for carrying everyday items. Space is limited on transportation, so there is a limit of one main piece of luggage per person plus a daypack per person. It is important to pack clothes for warm days and cool evenings, as well as a light jacket. A set of smart casual clothes is also advisable. NOTE: Mountains in Canadian Rockies and Alaska could have unpredictable weather with snow and heavy rain even in Summertime. Springtime could be snowy (until the end of June) and the fall season could start as soon as mid-August. Make sure you have equipment and clothing for all conditions!
 Suggested Checklist
  • Cold Weather: • Long-sleeved shirts or sweater • Scarf • Warm gloves • Warm hat • Warm layers
  • Raincoat and/or umbrella
  • Personal clothing for warm to mild weather
  • Sturdy walking or hiking shoes – running shoes are fine too
  • Daypack
  • Sunblock
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
  • Water bottle
  • Watch or alarm clock
  • Toiletries – Important: some hotels do not give you soap and shampoo
  • Camera
  • First-aid kit, including lip salve, Aspirin, bandaids, anti-histamine, Dramamine, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, electrolyte powder, insect repellent, extra prescription drugs you may be taking
Optional Checklist
  • Travel pillow
  • Money belt
  • Phone/Tablet for internet – most hotels have WiFi
  • Chargers for electronics
  • Packing cubes
  • Earplugs
  • Snacks – packing a few granola bars is a good idea; you can buy snacks when you get there too, so don't go crazy here
  • Ziplock bags
  • Reading/writing material
  • Hand sanitizer/baby wipes
Document Checklist
  • Passport (with photocopies)
  • Travel insurance (with photocopies)
  • Airline tickets (with photocopies)
  • EUR/USD cash
  • Credit or debit card
  • G Adventures vouchers, pre-departure information, and dossier
  • Any entry visas or vaccination certificates required
  • GEEO Classroom action plans for your group – this is sent 10-30 days before departure
Laundry
Laundry service is offered by most of the hotels.
Passports and Visas
All GEEO trips require that the participant have a valid passport or alternative travel documents for Americans.  Please see our general FAQ for information on obtaining a passport.
Tipping
It is customary in North America to tip service providers such as waiters, bartenders, and taxi drivers, at approximately 18-20%, depending on the service. Tipping is an expected - though not compulsory - component of your tour program and an expression of satisfaction with the persons who have assisted you on your tour. Although it may not be customary to you, it is of considerable significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels. There are times during the trip where there is an opportunity to tip any local guides used. Recommendations for tipping local guides would range from $2-8 USD per activity depending on the quality and length of the service; ask your CEO for specific recommendations based on the circumstances and culture. Also at the end of each trip, if you felt your G Adventures Tour Leader did an outstanding job, tipping is appreciated. The amount is entirely a personal preference; however, as a guideline $5-10 USD per person, per day can be used as a guide. If your tour leader exceeded your expectations, feel free to tip more.
Flights
We often find the best prices for purchasing flights is 60 days before departure, but of course, this varies greatly from route to route and year to year. You must wait until this trip is confirmed with the minimum number of required participants before you book your flights. Typically, we reach the minimum number needed at least 90 days before departure. GEEO and G Adventures bear no responsibility for any flights purchased before the trip is confirmed. You can find out whether this trip has been confirmed here. Your trip begins and ends in Anchorage. Please double-check our itinerary for the date by which you must arrive in Anchorage. You can arrive at any time of the day you choose, but we strongly urge you to arrive by 6:00 p.m. on Day 1 for the group meeting. You can depart from Anchorage any time on the final day of the trip.
Expectations
Before you decide on traveling with GEEO, it is important that you read all of the information about the program you are considering. Remember, our programs are quite adventurous.
  • The purpose of the accommodation is to provide a safe, well-located place for you to sleep. Sometimes you will be pleasantly surprised, but do not expect luxury as we are trying to keep these trips as inexpensive as possible.
  • You must be able to easily carry or roll your luggage, so do not over-pack.
  • Please make sure you have thoroughly read the itinerary and can handle the group activities, which sometimes include day hikes with your daypacks.
  • We recommend always carrying snacks with you. Meals can sometimes be far apart.
  • Please make sure you understand the role of your tour leader on this trip as they are not the traditional “guide” you may be expecting. While our trips are educational, they aren’t study/lecture trips. We want you to learn through exploring, and much of your experience will be based on how active you choose to be in acquiring knowledge and interacting with locals.
Hopefully this is the kind of adventure you are interested in!  
Itinerary Disclaimer
While it is our intention to adhere to the routes described on our website, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable, to make alterations. The itinerary is brief, as we never know exactly where our journey will take us. Due to our style of travel and the regions we visit, travel can be unpredictable. The information on our website is a general guide to the tour and region, and any mention of specific destinations or wildlife is by no means a guarantee that they will be visited or encountered. Additionally, any travel times listed are approximations only and subject to vary due to local circumstances.  
Weather
The summer is a great time to be in Alaska. In Anchorage expect daytime temperatures in 60s to 80s with nighttime temperatures in the 50s to 60s. There can be rain, but not much this time of year.

Costs

Please keep in mind this trip offers some free time to pursue activities that interest you. Make sure you look over all of the optional activities and note these additional costs when deciding whether you can afford this program. The prices below are in U.S. Dollars and are rough estimates for budgeting your trip.
Tour Company Fee
See price in the top right corner
Non-Educator Fee
$100 USD (GEEO program fee for Non-Educators) Educators do not have to pay this fee.
Optional Activities
$100 USD
Airfare
$300 to $700 This can vary widely
Insurance
$25-$200 USD Please note: It is mandatory for all of our travelers to have Emergency Medical insurance that covers both emergency evacuation and repatriation to the sum of $200,000 USD. We also strongly recommend purchasing cancellation insurance as well.
Tipping
We recommend $30-$60 USD total for your G Adventures tour leaders. Budget another $30 for tipping local guides and drivers.
Meals Not Listed in the Itinerary
$355-$435 USD
Laundry, Drinks, Phone Calls, etc.
Make sure you budget for these types of expenses
Souvenirs
Variable. At your personal discretion.

Optional Activities

Most optional activities are booked and paid for locally in the local currency. You do not have to decide in advance for which activities you would like to sign up. The prices listed are based on the latest information we have received from our participants and G Adventures. They are not guaranteed to be accurate. Please feel free to use them as a guide for budgeting your trip.
Seward
Kenai Fjords Boat Trip: 150-175 USD per person Soak in the gorgeous coastline views from the comfort of a boat. Keep your eyes peeled for a variety of whales (orca, humpback, fin and minke) and marvel at the view of the glaciers. Alaska SeaLife Center Visit: 1hr-3hr, 20 USD per person The Alaska SeaLife Center is the only public aquarium in the state and also functions as an ocean wildlife rescue center. The facility focuses on research, rehabilitation, education, and exhibits. Coastal Trail Hike: 2hr-3hr, 1-4.5 miles, Free Enjoy an easier hike along the scenic Coastal Trail for about 2-3 hrs. This 4.5-mile coastal trail in the Caines Head Recreation Area can be reached by boat from Seward and offers up sweeping views of rolling alpine meadows and the North Pacific Ocean. Wander through ancient rainforest hanging with moss and then on to beach trails (some of which can only be accessed during low tide). From glaciers to bald eagles and vertical cliffs to WWII history this trail will certainly get you out into the wilds of beautiful Alaska. Sea Kayaking Tour: 8h-9h Explore the stunning surroundings of Resurrection Bay from the water. Follow a naturalist guide along the scenic western shoreline of the bay and marvel at the snow-covered mountains and hanging glaciers. Learn about the bay’s history, highlights, and wildlife along the way. Sea otters, sea lions, harbor seals, bald eagles, seabirds, and jumping salmon are often seen. Occasionally, whales are also spotted. Continue along the Caines Head State Recreation Area and, depending on group speed, all the way to Tonsina Creek. During spawning season, if the tide is high it may be possible to paddle up the creek to see spawning salmon. About halfway into the trip, make a shoreline stop to enjoy hot drinks and lunch with time to stretch your legs and explore.  
Talkeetna
Wilderness Jet Boat Tour: 70 USD per person Travel by river jetboat 20 miles (32km) along the river system, learning about the local ecosystem from a naturalist guide. Stop off and go for a short nature walk to the Dena'ina Indian Encampment, home to the earliest native settlers in the area, then visit an old trapper's cabin to learn about the trapper's way of life. Talkeetna River Natural History Float Trip: 6 miles, 79 USD per person Board a raft and float down the Talkeetna River on the lookout for bears, eagles, moose, beavers, foxes and native birds while learning about the local environment of the river and its banks. Loop onto to the Susitna River for the return journey, and if you're lucky enough for it to be clear, you'll see stunning Denali (formerly Mt McKinley) over the trees. This is a relaxing and educational float that gets you out in nature. Denali Scenic Flight: 220-420 USD per person Take to the skies for a bird's eye view of the spectacular grandeur. Get a better view of the mountains, glaciers, and wilderness from a few thousand feet up.
Denali
Rafting on Nenana River: Hit the rapids on the Nenana River. Soak in the gorgeous scenery and get a rush of adrenaline in Denali National Park.