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Denali Kenai Highlights

7 Days / 6 Nights
Anchorage to Anchorage
From USD$2,479 per person
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Departure dates

(Tour Code: SDA03) Departs from Anchorage: Daily


All pricing is in United States of America USD$

Moderate Grade

05 Jun - 22 Aug, 2020




Superior Grade

05 Jun - 22 Aug, 2020




Prices are per person and include all taxes. Child rates available upon request.

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Perfectly designed for travelers with a limited amount of time, this 7-day circle tour from Anchorage visits Seward, Talkeetna and Denali National Park. Take a Northwestern Fjord Cruise, see the towering Mt. McKinley, take a wildlife tour deep into the park and enjoy a stay at Denali Backcountry Lodge.

Itinerary at a Glance

Day 1
Anchorage to Seward
Day 2
Seward with Northwestern Fjord Cruise
Day 3
Seward to Talkeetna
Day 4
Talkeetna to Denali Backcountry Lodge
Day 5
Denali Backcountry Lodge - Kantishna
Day 6
Denali Backcountry Lodge to Park Entrance
Day 7
Denali National Park Entrance to Anchorage

The below itinerary is only a suggestion, we offer tailor-made personal service and solutions to help you plan your perfect vacation.

Day 1 Anchorage to Seward (204 km / 127 mi)
This morning travel along the Seward Highway towards scenic Turnagain Arm. Turnagain Arm is a body of water featuring the world’s second highest tides at over 30 feet. Keep an eye out for Beluga whales chasing salmon in the bay or Dall sheep along the highway. A great stop for lunch is the Alyeska Ski Resort/Girdwood. Here you can take the tram up Mt. Alyeska (optional). Another interesting stop is Portage Glacier and its visitor centre. In Seward we suggest a visit to Exit Glacier and the SeaLife Centre.

Day 2 Seward with Northwestern Fjord Cruise (Cruise)
Today we have arranged for you to take an all-day Kenai Fjords National Park Cruise. Travel farther into Kenai Fjords National Park than with any other cruise and visit the magnificent Northwestern Fjord, home to three amazing tidewater glaciers and numerous alpine glaciers. Kenai Fjords National Park boasts abundant wildlife, alpine and tidewater glaciers and breathtaking scenery. This cruise is the best way to see this pristine National Park and its inhabitants. Also, visit the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge, an island home to teeming seabird rookeries. Don’t miss this opportunity to see the untouched beauty of Alaska’s coastal waters. (A continental breakfast & deli-style lunch is included onboard)

Day 3 Seward to Talkeetna (386 km / 240 mi)
Head back to Anchorage today taking in the sights of the Seward Highway as you go. Keep an eye out for beluga whales making their way towards the Cook Inlet and look for Dall sheep combing the mountainsides. Continue on through Anchorage and drive the Glenn Highway north to Wasilla and on to Talkeetna. A stop should be made at the Alaska Native Heritage Centre. Talkeetna serves as a base camp for Mt. McKinley climbers; the community of 857 residents is located at the confluence of the Talkeetna and Susitna Rivers. A turn-of-the-20th-century gold-mining centre, the town has retained much of its early Alaskan flavour. Log cabins, a roadhouse and clapboard storefronts line the dirt streets, colourful locals and bush pilots stroll the wooden sidewalks, while Mount McKinley looms overhead. Main Street, the only paved road in town, begins with a “Welcome to Beautiful Downtown Talkeetna” sign at the town park and ends at the banks of the Susitna River, a nice place to view the big mountain when it’s out.

Day 4 Talkeetna to Denali Backcountry Lodge by bus (328 km / 198 mi)
Drive the Parks Highway north to Denali, passing by incredible forest and mountain landscapes. Leave your vehicle at the entrance to Denali National Park and transfer by bus deep inside Denali National Park to your Lodge. Look out for different animal species such as bears, caribou, moose, sheep, wolves and a variety of birds as you travel within the park. (Dinner is included today)

Day 5 Denali Back Country Lodge - Kantishna
Nestled in a snug valley, the Denali Backcountry Lodge is a true wilderness experience, with your own heated cabin. The lodge is located at the end of the restricted 148km/92mi Park Road with just a small bush airstrip and the vast interior of Alaska beyond. You can experience activities such as: day hikes (casual, moderate, or extreme), view and photograph Denali (Mount McKinley), gold panning, botany walks, shuttle to Wonder Lake and mountain biking. You can also visit Fannie Quigley’s Cabin, home of one of the original miners from early in the twentieth century. Meals are served in the main two-story lodge and are included. (Breakfast, lunch & dinner is included today)

Day 6 Denali Backcountry Lodge to Denali National Park Entrance (Coach)
An early departure this morning gives you another opportunity to view the magnificent scenery along the route back to the Denali National Park Entrance. The rest of the day is yours to explore Denali Village. (Breakfast is included today)

Day 7 Denali National Park Entrance to Anchorage (383 km / 238 mi)
Depart at your leisure this morning on the George Parks Highway. Enjoy more Denali-area activities, or give yourself more time to slowly make your way to Anchorage - exploring the many small villages along the way. A recommended stop is at Wasilla to visit the Iditarod Headquarters - home of the “ Last Great Race on Earth “. Arrive in Anchorage, the largest city in Alaska and visit some of the area's attractions.

Features: Features:

  • Accommodation including taxes for 6 nights
  • Full day Northwestern Fjords Cruise with lunch
  • Denali Backcountry Adventure Tour by coach with 2 nights in Kantishna
  • 2 Dinners, 1 lunch, 2 breakfasts at Denali Backcountry Lodge
  • Exclusive travel documentation package including personalized maps, itinerary and driving directions, and a Lonely Planet Guide of Alaska

Not included:

  • Rental Car
  • Road Tolls

Hotel Information (Moderate Grade)

  • Seward - Exit Glacier Lodge (Deluxe Queen/Double Room)
  • Talkeetna - Susitna River Lodge (Cabin)
  • Kantishna - Denali Backcountry Lodge (Traditional Cabin)
  • Denali Park Entrance - Denali Cabins (Standard Cabin)

Hotel Information (Superior Grade)

  • Seward - Seward Windsong Lodge (Standard Room)
  • Talkeetna - Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge (Guest Lodge Room)
  • Kantishna - Denali Backcountry Lodge (Traditional Cabin)
  • Denali Park Entrance - Grande Denali Lodge (Standard Room)

Moderate Grade

Exit Glacier Lodge

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Susitna River Lodge

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Denali Back Country Lodge

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Denali Cabins

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Superior Grade

Seward Windsong Lodge

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Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge

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Denali Back Country Lodge

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Grande Denali Lodge

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