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Alaska Highlights

This itinerary is just one idea for exploring some of the most incredible places in Alaska:  it covers several of the main places of interest and is intended to offer an insight into the numerous possibilities.

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Alaska Highlights

The itinerary is just one idea for exploring some of the most incredible places in Alaska: it covers several of the main places of interest and is intended to offer an insight into the numerous possibilities. Flights are used to connect the various towns; there are few roads, particularly in the South East. Alternatively you may use the State run ferry service, the Alaska Marine Highway, to travel between the towns. This ferry system provides a much needed link with the outside world for the many communities dotted along the stunning coastline. The ferry visits numerous little ports not served by the bigger cruise ships. Hundreds of small islands are waiting to be discovered by the slightly more intrepid traveller.

Day 1: Gustavus
Day 4: Skagway
Day 6: Haines
Day 8: Juneau
Day 9: Denali
Day 12: Anchorage
Day 14: Depart Anchorage
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The itinerary is just one idea for exploring some of the most incredible places in Alaska: it covers several of the main places of interest and is intended to offer an insight into the numerous possibilities. Flights are used to connect the various towns; there are few roads, particularly in the South East. Alternatively you may use the State run ferry service, the Alaska Marine Highway, to travel between the towns. This ferry system provides a much needed link with the outside world for the many communities dotted along the stunning coastline. The ferry visits numerous little ports not served by the bigger cruise ships. Hundreds of small islands are waiting to be discovered by the slightly more intrepid traveller.

Day 1: Gustavus
There are daily flights into Gustavus from Seattle via Juneau. From Gustavus you have access to the spectacular Glacier Bay National Park. Thirteen glaciers flow from surrounding mountains into the waters of Glacier Bay and a day’s cruise around the bay is a must. Other tours include sea-kayaking, whale-watching and fishing.
Three nights Gustavus

Day 4: Skagway
Short flight to Skagway where the history of the 1898 Klondike Gold Rush is evident. See the famous Red Onion Saloon and the Alaska Brotherhood Hall. Take a morning excursion on the famous White Pass and Yukon Railroad to White Pass Summit. Construction on the railroad commenced in May 1898 and against all odds the track was built through the rugged but beautiful terrain of the Coastal Mountains – the lure of gold!
Two nights Skagway

Day 6: Haines
Travel by waterbus along the Lynn Canal (America’s longest fjord) to Haines. Here nature lovers will find abundant and varied bird populations, wildlife coastal rain forests and wildflower meadows. Take a half day float rafting excursion to the Chilkat Valley near Haines to see the world’s largest concentration of Bald Eagles. Grizzly and black bears and wolves can also be seen on the river banks.
Two nights Haines

Day 8: Juneau
Short flight to Juneau, the State capital of Alaska and accessible only by air or sea. Take a trolley tour of the city, see the still active Russian Orthodox onion-domed Church, ride the Mount Roberts cable car for panoramic views of the Channel.
One night Juneau

Day 9: Denali
Fly to Anchorage the commercial centre and the largest city in Alaska. Pick up your car on arrival and drive north to Denali National Park. (If you prefer not to drive travel by rail or bus up to Denali). Take a full day tour into this park where you may view bears, wolves, caribou, moose… Or take a flight seeing tour over Mount Mckinley, North America’s highest mountain.
Three nights Denali

Day 12: Anchorage
Return to Anchorage. From here take a day cruise excursion through Kenai Fjords National Park you will have the chance to see whales, seals, sea otters and sea lions. Alternatively take a full day bear viewing flight safari or extend your stay to include an overnight excursion to see the grizzly bears of the Katmai National Park,
Two nights Anchorage

Day 14: Depart Anchorage

Alaska coast

Credit Helen Wibley

Denali Highway1

Credit Helen Wibley

glacier

Credit Helen Wibley

Flightseeing Mt Mckinley

Credit Helen Wibley

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Little Gems

To the north of the little town of Haines, the Lutak Inlet leads through to the Chilkoot River and here, from the the side of road, one can have wonderful views of bears feeding on the spawning salmon.  Watch as the various families interact with each other , cubs playing close to their mothers and youths watching from a distance.  Ask us to advise on specialist tours with experienced guides as a wonderful addition to your holiday
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