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12-Day Ultimate Alaska for Wildlife Lovers: Kenai Fjords, Denali, & the Alaska Peninsula Wildlife Refuge

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12-Day Ultimate Alaska for Wildlife Lovers: Kenai Fjords, Denali, & the Alaska Peninsula Wildlife Refuge

Destinations

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Highlights

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Itinerary at a Glance

  • DAY 1 Kota Kinabalu
  • DAY 2 Sandakan–Selingan “Turtle” Island
  • DAY 3 Sepilok Orang-utan Sanctuary - Flying & Gliding Wildlife
  • DAY 4 Kinabatangan River - Track Proboscis Monkeys & Pygmy Elephants
  • DAY 5 Gomantong, Menanggul River - Track Tarsiers & Slow Loris
  • DAY 6 Kinabatangan River - Track Pygmy Elephants
  • DAY 7 Lower Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary - Track Orang-utan
  • DAY 8-10 Danum Valley
  • DAY 11-12 Sipadan (Kapali or Mabul Islands)
  • DAY 13-15 Maliau Basin, the famous “Lost World” of Borneo
  • DAY 16 Return to Kota Kinabalu

12-Day Ultimate Alaska for Wildlife Lovers: Kenai Fjords, Denali, & the Alaska Peninsula Wildlife Refuge

Detailed Itinerary

Arrival Home / Anchorage
Plan to arrive in Alaska at least the day before your trip begins and to overnight in Anchorage. On the first day of your trip, meet your Trip Leader at 6:30 a.m. in the hotel lobby (meeting location confirmed with reservation).

DAY 1 Anchorage / Chugach National Forest / Seward / Kenai Fjords National Park
Meet your Trip Leader and fellow travelers at 6:30 a.m. in the hotel lobby. Enjoy a scenic drive south along Turnagain Arm and through the Chugach National Forest to Seward, a picturesque seacoast town situated at the head of Resurrection Bay. Board a small boat bound for Kenai Fjords National Park, home to an array of glaciers and marine wildlife such as whales, Steller sea lions, sea otters, puffins and more! A four-hour cruise allows time to explore the dramatic coastlines. Enjoy lunch in front of a tidewater glacier before arriving at our exclusive lodge destination: Kenai Fjords Glacier Lodge.

Nestled on the edge of a protected tidal lagoon, the Glacier Lodge offers miles of pristine beachfront and breathtaking views of stunning Pedersen Glacier. This afternoon, meet your guides for a tour of the lodge and property before settling into your private cabins. Enjoy dinner and evening presentations. Overnight at Kenai Fjords Glacier Lodge. (L,D)

DAY 2 Kenai Fjords National Park
After breakfast in the main lodge, choose from an array of activities to match your interest and energy level. Guided options include interpretive nature walks, canoeing, sea kayaking and coastal explorations; or, relax at the lodge and peruse our natural history library, take a leisurely stroll along the beachfront or relax in a rocking chair taking in the spectacular view. Overnight at Kenai Fjords Glacier Lodge. (B,L,D)

DAY 3 Kenai Fjords / Seward
This morning allows for another opportunity to kayak, canoe or beachcomb for a half-day before boarding our boat for the return wildlife cruise to Seward. Enjoy a fine dinner with our group and relax at the Seward Windsong Lodge this evening. Overnight at Seward Windsong Lodge. (B,L,D)

DAY 4 Seward / Takeetna - Gateway to the Alaska Range
Begin the journey north to the historical town of Talkeetna, mountaineering gateway to the Alaska Range. Once in Talkeetna, choose from several activities, including a guest favorite - flightseeing. Take to the skies on an optional flightseeing tour of Mount McKinley (Denali) and its adjacent glacial canyons or wander through "downtown" Talkeetna and learn about mountaineering and this quaint town's history. Tonight, you have the flexibility to dine with the other members of your group or enjoy a great meal on your own. Overnight in Talkeetna. (B,L,D)

DAY 5 Denali National Park
Continue traveling north to Denali National Park and stop for lunch at the Denali Park entrance. After lunch, enjoy the park's highlights while traveling the length of the restricted access Denali Park Road. Watch for caribou, moose, Dall sheep, grizzly bears, resident & migratory birds, and, weather permitting, Denali, the tallest peak in North America. Upon arrival at Denali Backcountry Lodge, enjoy dinner and settle into your cozy cabin accommodations deep within Denali National Park. Overnight at Denali Backcountry Lodge. (B,L,D)

DAY 6 Denali National Park
Enjoy a full day of exploration in the Kantishna region of Denali National Park. Available activities include guided hikes and natural history programs. Optional add-on flightseeing tours may be offered during your stay at the lodge (weather and space-dependent). Overnight at Denali Backcountry Lodge. (B,L,D)

DAY 7 Denali National Park / Anchorage
Following an early breakfast, embark on a return Denali scenic drive and watch for wildlife enroute to the park entrance. Bid farewell to your Trip Leader and board the historic Alaska Railroad for your comfortable return journey to Anchorage, arriving at approximately 8:30 p.m. Lunch, dinner and transfers not included. Lunch and dinner are available for purchase on the train.

Plan to arrive at the Anchorage train depot by approximately 8:30 p.m. Upon arrival, transfer to the Hilton Garden Inn.(B)

DAY 8 Anchorage / Alaska Peninsula Wildlife Refuge
Following an early breakfast, transfer to Anchorage's Municipal Airport, Merrill Field, in time to check-in for your charter flight to the Alaska Peninsula Wildlife Refuge.

Enjoy an incredible scenic flight from Anchorage to Wildman Wilderness Lodge. You will travel southwest by comfortable twin engine aircraft through Lake Clark and Katmai National Parks, along the volcano-studded Alaska Peninsula Wildlife Refuge, viewing wildlife and exploring the wonders of the remote Alaska Peninsula. Photograph glaciers, volcanoes, and miles of untouched wilderness along the way.

Upon arrival, check-in and join a quick orientation lead by your guide while enjoying lunch. After lunch and your orientation, embark on an wildlife excursion up the Ocean River in search of bears, caribou, wolves, and more. Visit the site of an ancient native village dating back 4,000 years, where more than 400 dwellings once stood along the banks of the Ocean River.(L,D)

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Alaska Peninsula Wildlife Refuge Here in Alaska's true wilderness, Brown Bear, Pacific Walrus, and Wolves are our closest neighbors; while moose, caribou, fox and many more wild species flourish all around us and the bird species are too numerous to count. Each day embark on Safaris to view and photograph Alaska’s most wild creatures in their natural habitat. Like no where else on the planet, the Alaska Peninsula is truly, in the Wild! Join our experienced Alaska Bush Pilots and Wilderness Guides for a wildlife viewing experience that you will never forget, and return to the warmth and comfort of our deluxe wilderness lodge each evening. Nowhere else in Alaska will you find real uninhabited wild animals roaming as they did a century ago. This is not a canned tourist attraction, this is an EXCLUSIVE Alaska Wildlife Safari, guided by real Alaskans on the remote Alaska Peninsula. If you want to see more bears than people, don’t go to a National Park! Visit the Alaska Peninsula Wildlife Refuge, where the bears never see people, and neither will you!

DAY 9 Alaska Peninsula Wildlife Refuge
Following a hearty breakfast, set out for an all day guided Alaska Brown Bear excursion by boat with our experienced river guides. While in search of the bears, watch for migrating or calving herds of Barren Ground Caribou, often being followed by hungry Arctic wolves. Along the river you may also see: River Otter, Mink, and Beaver. If birding is your guilty pleasure watch for Sand hill Crane, Tundra Swan, Bald Eagle, and a variety of waterfowl species - all often seen on the way to the Willy Creek salmon spawning grounds.

Enjoy Salmon Bake shore lunch over an open driftwood fire on the Black Sand Bering Sea Beach while beach combing for glass fishing floats, birding, and viewing the many tracks of bears and wolves who wander these beaches at night and the early hours of the Aleutian mornings.(B,L,D)

DAY 10 Alaska Peninsula Wildlife Refuge - All Day Fly-Out Excursion to Visit Alaska’s Premier Walrus Haul Out
Today we set out to the Bering Sea coastline to spend the day at Cape Seniavan, Alaska’s Premier Walrus Haul-Out where we generally find hundreds to thousands of Pacific Walrus, resting and digesting on the black volcanic sand beach, beneath the protective cliffs of Cape Seniavan. Photographic opportunities are endless as we take your up close and personal with these 4,000 pound fin-footed sea mammals. Other marine mammals we are likely to encounter include: Orca, Steller Sea Lion, and seals while coastal birding opportunities include hundreds of Bering Sea Species. In abundance are Bald Eagles, Gyre Falcons, Red and Black Legged Kittiwakes, Arctic Terns, Puffins, Cormorants, Jaegers, Shearwaters, Murre, Gulls and more. Enjoy shore lunch along the Black Sand Bering Sea Beach – Beach Combing and Birding with our naturalists guides.(B,L,D)

DAY 11 Alaska Peninsula Wildlife Refuge / Home
Walk off breakfast on the one mile “Tundra Birding on the Wildman Wildflower Loop”, finish off your check list of Alaskan mammals, birds, plants, edible berries and wild flowers. Scheduled departure will have you back in Anchorage by early afternoon. You will have one more opportunity to view the glacier shrouded mountains of the Aleutian Range as you travel back to civilization in fast, comfortable twin engine aircraft.

Upon arrival back in Anchorage, transfer to the international airport in time for your onward flights home. (B)

 

Alaska Activities

At a Glance

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Angkor Archaeological Park contains the magnificent remains of the different capitals of the Khmer Empire, including the famous Temple of Angkor Wat and, at Angkor Thom, the Bayon Temple with its countless sculptural decorations.  

  • Visits to temple sites like Bakong, Angkor Thom, Angkor Wat, the Bayon and many more.
  • Visit Les Artisans, d Angkor Chantiers Ecoles where visitors can observe students learning traditional wood and stone carving and finishing techniques, styles and forms. 
  • Explore and shop at the Psah Ja and Angkor Night Markets.
  • Enjoy local food and dance performances.

Exclusive Wildlife Activities

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Alaska Wildlife

Prolific Sightings

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Alaska FAQ

Alaska Facts for Visitors

Location:

Alaska is a U.S. state located on the northwest extremity of the North American Continent, just across the Bering Strait from Asia. An exclave of the U.S., it borders the Canadian province of British Columbia and territory of Yukon to the east and southeast and has a maritime border with Russia's Chukotka Autonomous Okrug to the west. To the north are the Chukchi and Beaufort seas of the Arctic Ocean, while the Pacific Ocean lies to the south and southwest.

Geography:

Alaska has more than three million lakes. Marshlands and wetland permafrost cover 188,320 square miles (487,700 km2) (mostly in northern, western and southwest flatlands). Glacier ice covers about 28,957 square miles (75,000 km2) of Alaska.[17] The Bering Glacier is the largest glacier in North America, covering 2,008 square miles (5,200 km2) alone.

Population:

Alaska is the largest U.S. state by area and the seventh-largest subnational division in the world. It is the third-least populous and the most sparsely populated state, with an estimated population of 738,432. Approximately half of Alaska's residents live within the Anchorage metropolitan area. The state capital of Juneau is the second-largest city in the United States by area, comprising more territory than the states of Rhode Island and Delaware.

Alaska's indigenous population is proportionally the highest of any U.S. state, at over 15 percent. Close to two dozen native languages are spoken, and Alaskan Natives exercise considerable influence in local and state politics.

Language:

English is the official language and is spoken commonly across the statee. According to the 2011 American Community Survey, 83.4% of people over the age of five spoke only English at home. About 3.5% spoke Spanish at home, 2.2% spoke another Indo-European language, about 4.3% spoke an Asian language (including Tagalog), and about 5.3% spoke other languages at home.

Entry Requirements:

Whether you can travel to Alaska without a visa will be determined by your country of origin. Meaning, if you are a citizen of one of the 39 countries member of the Visa Waiver Program you do not have to apply for a tourist visa to Alaska. Instead, you can obtain the ESTA Alaska by completing an online form with your personal details and passport info.

Though Alaska is not a common destination, it is still part of the United States and travelers must follow US immigration regulations and laws. Upon arrival in Alaska, travelers will be required to present a valid passport and a valid ESTA or US tourist visa.

Please contact your local US Embassy / Consulate for up-to-date entry requirements.

Banking and Currency:

The currency of United states is the United States Dollar (USD). Current exchange rates can be found at http://x-rates.com. Many, but not all, locations accept credit cards, mainly Visa and MasterCard.

Climate and Weather:

The climate in Southeast Alaska is a mid-latitude oceanic climate (Köppen climate classification: Cfb) in the southern sections and a subarctic oceanic climate (Köppen Cfc) in the northern parts. On an annual basis, Southeast is both the wettest and warmest part of Alaska with milder temperatures in the winter and high precipitation throughout the year. Juneau averages over 50 in. (130 cm) of precipitation a year, and Ketchikan averages over 150 in. (380 cm). This is also the only region in Alaska in which the average daytime high temperature is above freezing during the winter months.

The climate of Anchorage and south-central Alaska is mild by Alaskan standards due to the region's proximity to the seacoast. While the area gets less rain than southeast Alaska, it gets more snow, and days tend to be clearer. On average, Anchorage receives 16 in. (41 cm) of precipitation a year, with around 75 in. (190 cm) of snow, although there are areas in the south-central region which receive far more snow. It is a subarctic climate (Köppen: Dfc) due to its brief, cool summers.

Summer in Alaska begins in June and lasts through early September. Travel during these months is usually very comfortable. Each month has its features - June's daylight, July's flowers, August's berries, September's fall colors and northern lights - so there's always a "best time!"

Electricity and Plug Standards:

Electrical outlets, plugs and voltage are all exactly the same as in the rest of the United States (120V).

WIFI - All the hotels we use have wifi. Some places have faster/better service than others, but it is generally available.

Time Zone:

Most of Alaska falls withing the Pacific Time Zone (PST) while the western Aleutian Islands observe Hawaii-Aleutian Time, 1 hour behind the remainder of the state.

Sales Taxes:

The State of Alaska does not levy a sales tax; there are, however, several municipal governments that do. Inidividual municipalities have wide authority to set their own taxation rates, and sales tax can be as high as 7.5%.

Tipping:

Tipping is never expected, but always appreciated. General guidelines are:

  • Hotel housekeeping staff: US$2 per day per room
  • Guides: US$20/person/day
  • Drivers and Boat Captains: Half what you prefer to tip your guide
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    We're Wild for Wildlife...
    • Wildlife-focused ecotour, packed with specially-designed activities to maximize wildlife viewing
    • Interact with biologists on scientific, researcher-led activities to swim with whale sharks and measure & tag sea turtles
    • Boat, kayak, snorkel, paddleboard and more, with chance to see 9 species of whales including Blue and Sperm, plus orcas, dolphins, manta rays and more
    • Once-in-a-lifetime chance to snorkel with playful sea-lions
    • Wild Planet Exclusive: Heartwarming Turtle hatchling experience – Participate in releasing baby turtle hatchlings to the sea!
    We're Wild for Wildlife...
    • Wildlife-focused ecotour, packed with specially-designed activities to maximize wildlife viewing
    • Interact with biologists on scientific, researcher-led activities to swim with whale sharks and measure & tag sea turtles
    • Boat, kayak, snorkel, paddleboard and more, with chance to see 9 species of whales including Blue and Sperm, plus orcas, dolphins, manta rays and more
    • Once-in-a-lifetime chance to snorkel with playful sea-lions
    • Wild Planet Exclusive: Heartwarming Turtle hatchling experience – Participate in releasing baby turtle hatchlings to the sea!
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