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Kenai Fjords & Denali Adventure | Adult Only
Kenai Fjords & Denali National Park Vacation PackageSeek out epic scenery, thriving wildlife and untamed beauty on this true Alaskan adventure
8 days / 7 nights
Activity Level Activity levels are subjective depending on your general level of fitness and your experience; however, all of our trips are self-paced.
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USD $5899 Adult
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8-Day Alaska Adventure featuring Kenai Fjords and Denali National Parks
An unforgettable adventure awaits you in Alaska – America’s last great frontier. From the crystal glacial waters of Kenai Fjords National Park to the epic expanse of Denali National Park and the wild wonders in between, this is the Alaskan adventure of your dreams!
Begin your journey with a daylong narrated cruise of glacial waters of Kenai Fjords. Hike the Exit Glacier Overlook Trail for astounding views of the glacier, or challenge yourself to hike to the expansive Harding Icefield. Raft the Class II+ rapids of Kenai River Canyon with an expert guide at the helm. Traverse the rugged Denali Highway on a daylong exploration of the backcountry that abuts Denali National Park. Hike Denali National Park to discover its enduring allure for yourself.
Guided by seasoned experts who know the terrain, history and uniqueness of these lands, you’ll set off by land and sea (and air if you wish!) to discover the wildlife, untouched landscapes and untamed beauty of Alaska.
Highlights of the Kenai Fjords & Denali National Park Tour
- Search for wildlife and calving glaciers on a narrated cruise of Kenai Fjords
- Raft the Kenai River Canyon on Class II+ rapids
- Hike to see (and possibly hear!) Exit Glacier, and consider challenging yourself to hike up to Harding Icefield
- Explore the backcountry along the rugged Denali Highway, searching for wildlife and beholding the stunning landscapes
- Experience the secluded beauty of the Triple Lakes Trail
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*Operating under permit with the US Forest Service/National Park Service
**Austin Adventures is an equal opportunity provider
A few more reasons to go
Kenai Fjords National Park: be inspired by one of the premier marine wildlife tours in North America.
Hiking Exit Glacier: with how quickly most glaciers are shrinking around Planet Earth, it's pretty special to hike alongside this special glacier up close
The wildlife: the variety seen when you combine land mammals and marine life is astounding!
Anchorage, Alaska ANC
Anchorage, Alaska ANC
Anchorage Arrival | Kenai Fjords Wilderness Cruise | Seward
The Alaska of your dreams comes to life today! You’ll drive about two hours south to the town of Seward – the gateway to Kenai Fjords National Park. Here, you’ll board a boat for a six-hour narrated cruise of the glacial waters of Resurrection Bay, the Gulf of Alaska and Aialik Bay. Keep your eyes peeled for puffins, whales, sea lions, harbor seals, eagles and the epic crashing of glacial calving as you sail along the wonders of Kenai Fjords National Park.
Kenai Fjords National Park | Exit Glacier Overlook Trail | Harding Icefield
A full day of exploring the land side of Kenai Fjords National Park is on tap today. Enjoy a moderate hike of the Exit Glacier Overlook Trail for stunning views of Exit Glacier and the valley it has ever so slowly carved. Or, if you’re up for a challenge, opt to hike the Harding Icefield Trail; where you’ll start at the valley floor and gain more than 3,000 feet in elevation as you hike among alders, cottonwood trees and picture-perfect meadows on your way to behold the park’s icy crown – the Harding Icefield. The trip may be challenging, but the views will be the thing leaving you breathless!
Kenai River Canyon Rafting Trip
Today chill meets thrill as you spend a full day exploring the turquoise waters of Kenai River Canyon via raft. Expert guides navigate and handle the rowing for you, allowing you to relax and watch the wilderness unfold before you. Your trip begins with a scenic float, where you’ll search for wildlife like moose, eagles and salmon. Then, as the terrain shifts, you’ll get your blood pumping in Class II+ mild rapids, ending in the calm, cool waters of a glacier-carved lake. You’ll stop midway on your rafting excursion to enjoy a picnic lunch at the water’s edge.
Anchorage Exploration | Talkeetna
After a full three days of exploration around Kenai Fjords take the morning to relax or explore Anchorage on your own at the Anchorage Museum or perhaps a walk along the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail with forested hills, coastal marshes, and resident wildlife including eagles and moose. After lunch in downtown Anchorage, we’ll head toward Talkeetna for a relaxing evening.
Talkeetna Lake Hike | Byers Lake Hike | Optional Denali Flightseeing | Denali
Your morning, your choice! Lace up your hiking shoes and circuit Talkeetna Lake, an easy 4-mile trail full of wildlife, songbirds and blooming wildflowers. Or, if you’re up for an adventure, you can choose a flightseeing trip of Denali for an additional cost. Get a bird’s eye view of the Alaska Range, including the east and west faces of Denali and its sister peaks, Mt. Hunter and Mt. Foraker and several horizon-spanning glaciers. This overflight is extremely popular, so we offer advanced bookings with our flightseeing partner – links will be available to you shortly after booking. This afternoon, you’ll make your way north to Denali State Park for a short hike at Byers Lake. End your day at your new basecamp, just minutes from the expansive Denali National Park.
Denali Backcountry Adventure | Denali
Fuel your day with a hearty breakfast before embarking on a backcountry adventure into Denali National Park. This full-day adventure (7-8 hours) spans 40+ miles of rugged territory as you keep your eyes peeled for Denali’s Big 5 – bears, moose, caribou, Dall sheep, and wolves. You’ll make frequent stops along the way to take in the stunning scenery and snap photos of wildlife. Enjoy lunch during the day’s exploration before returning to the hotel to enjoy an evening on your own.
Triple Lakes Hike | Denali
The longest established trail in Denali National Park, Triple Lakes Trail is surprisingly secluded, offering you a true backcountry hike feel just minutes away from civilization. Today, you’ll hike the well-maintained trails (9 miles one way or 6 miles out and back), exploring the beauty of the forests and searching for wildlife like industrious beavers and stoic moose. This evening, look back on your Alaskan adventure with old and newfound friends at a lovely local restaurant.
Denali Front Country Exploration | Anchorage Departure
Before you head to Anchorage for your return home, soak in one last opportunity to explore Denali’s front country. Discover the tranquility of Horseshoe Lake, the epic views from Mt. Healy Overlook or visit the Denali sled dog team. After a morning of exploration, enjoy lunch at the Denali Visitors Center before a few hours’ drive back to Anchorage for fond farewells. We hope the memories and friendships made on your Alaskan adventure last a lifetime!
**Trip itineraries are subject to change without notice due to road, trail, ocean, weather, and other factors outside of our control, for the safety and enjoyment of our guests, as deemed necessary and appropriate by Austin Adventures.
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Arrival & Departure
Please plan on arriving at least one day prior to your trip departure. Day one of your itinerary starts with a pick-up at your pre-trip hotel around 8:00 am. Your trip ends with a drop-off at either the Anchorage airport (6:00pm) or your Anchorage hotel (6:30pm). Please make flights out of Anchorage after 8:00pm.
Hiking: 3 to 9 miles per hike, easy to challenging terrain
Boating: Small ship wildlife cruise with captain and crew
Rafting: Easy float and Class II+ rapids; no previous experience is necessary
Alaska is a land of diversity…known for its rich history, geographic wonders, incredible wildlife, and challenges and opportunities of today… (and that as they say is just the “Tip of the Iceberg”). Learn about the wildlife recovery efforts put forth after the largest oil spill in this country’s history at the Alaska SeaLife Center. Understand how glaciers formed Alaska’s unique topography and the “story” behind the scenes regarding the effects of global warming. As you pedal into the town of Hope, try to guess how this tiny mining community came to receive its name (it’s probably not what you think!) Visit the bustling seaport of Seward and witness fisherman (both sport and commercial) as they come ashore with the day’s catch.
With any luck, you will see for yourself the difference between a Black and a Grizzly Bear. Is a Killer Whale really a killer? That is just the beginning, there is so much more to this place they call the Land of the Midnight Sun.
Austin Adventures guides are experienced facilitators and regional experts. They will take the time to explain the details of each activity, answer any questions, and demonstrate the use of all equipment. Each activity has been carefully planned to include options for all levels. Most importantly, your guides will help you select the distance that’s right for you.
The hallmark of an Austin Adventures vacation is our exceptional dining. All meals: breakfasts, lunches, snacks, dinners, refreshments, and receptions except one dinner on your own are included as indicated by the itinerary. (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner). Alcoholic beverages and related gratuities are not included in the trip price.
Included in the Price of Your Alaska Adventure Tour
- Double occupancy rooms with private baths
- All meals: breakfasts, lunches, snacks, dinners – except one dinner on own your own – refreshments and receptions
- Fully trained, first-aid certified professional guides and knowledgeable local partners
- All necessary equipment – all safe and well maintained
- Vehicle support and land transportation during the trip
- Austin Adventures T-shirt, water bottle, luggage tags, and luggage service
- Pre-departure and packing information
- Incidental expenses such as taxes, dining and housekeeping gratuities, local partner and expert gratuities, and national park entrance and permit fees
Not Included in Trip Price
- Gratuities to Austin Adventures guides
- Alcoholic beverages and related gratuities
- One dinner on your own
- Pre-and post-trip accommodations and associated expenses
- Air and land transportation to/from host cities
- All types of personal insurance
- Personal expenses
- Optional flightseeing tour
Activity levels are subjective depending on your general level of fitness and your experience; however, all of our trips are self-paced.1 Easy (1)
Activity levels are subjective depending on your general level of fitness and your experience; however, all of our trips are self-paced.2 Moderately Easy (2)
At Austin Adventures, our senior leaders, guides, and office staff are our lifeblood. These folks are with you throughout your journey and truly make the experience memorable. The team members are residents of many different places, from Western and Eastern United States to Europe and beyond. We strive together to make this company a provider of life-changing adventures and share two things in common: A love affair with the great outdoors and a passion for travel that changes our worldview for the better.