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Denali National Park Pre-Voyage Extension

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With the idyllic North Face Lodge as your base camp, you’ll enjoy special access to Denali National Park's most pristine backcountry areas for prime hiking and wildlife viewing. Set deep in the heart of the Park, this unique wilderness retreat offers unparalleled views of Mt. Denali, a wide range of outdoor activities and nightly presentations that emphasize Denali’s natural and cultural history. The small group size of 11 guests per naturalist enhances the intimacy of outings and opportunities for in-depth learning. Explore via private touring vehicles, or if you prefer a more personal exploration, you can hike a trail near the lodge, canoe on Wonder Lake, bike the trails or even spend an afternoon fishing. At the expedition’s end, you’ll return to Anchorage in lavishly appointed cars on the Alaska Railroad before embarking on your coastal expedition cruise.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Fairbanks, Alaska
Day 2 : Fairbanks | Denali National Park
Days 3-5 : Denali National Park | North Face Lodge
Day 6 : Denali National Park | Anchorage
Day 7 : Anchorage to Sitka or Juneau | Embark

Highlights

  • Learn about the natural and cultural history of the local region
  • Look for incredible Alaskan wildlife such as bears, moose, and Dall sheep
  • Ride the train from Denali to Anchorage and enjoy beautiful scenery along the way
  • Explore Denali National Park with expert naturalist guides

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Group

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Bear sighting in Alaska A bear explores the tundra surrounding Denali Look out for moose, the largest members of the deer family Enjoy a hike to try to see Denali Denali in autumn, with fireweed on the tundra

Day 1 Fairbanks, Alaska

Arrive in Fairbanks, transfer to your hotel and settle into your river view room at Pike’s Waterfront Lodge. This evening meet your leader and traveling companions at a welcome dinner.

Day 2 Fairbanks | Denali National Park

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
In the morning visit the University of Alaska Fairbanks Museum featuring collections that represent over 11,000 years of cultural traditions in the North. In the late morning, depart on a wilderness drive to your temporary home located within the heart of the park, the North Face Lodge. Travel in the lodge's private bus, on the otherwise highly restricted Denali Park Road, in order to access prime wildlife viewing areas; a privilege extended to the owners of North Face Lodge and their guests. The seven-hour, 90-mile drive is rife with opportunities to look for Denali's famed wildlife: grizzlies, caribou, moose, Dall sheep, wolves, eagles, Arctic terns and more. Enjoy a hearty, picnic-style dinner, served at the midpoint of the drive alongside the East Fork River. Regular bathroom stops at National Park Service facilities provide additional chances to stretch your legs.

Day 3-5 Denali National Park | North Face Lodge

  • Hotel
  • 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners
Immerse yourself in the remote wildness and north country charm of the North Face Lodge, and become one with nature. See Denali’s rich wildlife, flora and fauna firsthand and learn about its natural history during the daily activities of your choice – hiking, canoeing, fishing and biking. Hiking is among guests’ favorite activities, as the lodge offers exclusive opportunities to hike with trained naturalist guides in the protected wilderness back country of Denali National Park. Optional flight-seeing offers breathtaking aerial views of Alaska and is available at an additional cost. Days wind down with nightly presentations by the fireplace that focus on various aspects of Denali’s natural and cultural history, including birds, mammals, wildflowers, tundra ecology, geology, mountaineering, land use and natural resource issues. Sleep in well-appointed, comfortable rooms and enjoy delicious meals featuring fresh baked goods and locally-grown produce throughout your stay.

Day 6 Denali National Park | Anchorage

  • Hotels
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning depart the North Face Lodge and enjoy the scenic drive back out to the park entrance. Continue to experience the grandeur of Alaska aboard the Alaska Railroad, enjoying the first class, GoldStar Service en route to Anchorage. Lavishly appointed cars feature custom-designed interiors highlighted with original Alaska art and a private outdoor viewing deck. Dinner will be served on board the train. Overnight at the Anchorage Hilton Hotel. 

Day 7 Anchorage to Sitka or Juneau | Embark

  • 1 Breakfast
This morning fly to either Sitka or Juneau to begin your Alaska voyage. 

Depending on your departure date, you may be responsible for one night on your own before or after joining the Denali extension. Please contact us for details.

Anchorage - Hotels

Camp Denali & North Face Lodge

Fairbanks - Hotels

Per person starting at
$6,690

Notes

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Available only as an extension to select Alaska cruises. Contact us for details.

Included

  • 6 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 6 Dinners
  • 6 Nights Accommodations
    • 1 Night Hotel
    • 5 Nights Lodge
  • 6 Days Guide Service
  • Gear Rental
  • Park Entrance Fee

Excluded

  • International Flights
  • Internal Flights
    • Anchorage to Sitka or Juneau
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Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!
Meyer Smolen

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Good to ideal period to travel, and many people choose to visit at this time.
Typically not offered during this period because of weather conditions.

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