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Grizzles & Alaskan Wildlife

Heart of Alaskan Wilderness Safari

2021 LAND ARRANGEMENTS: $18,500.00 per person sharing double/twin x2

AIR ARRANGEMENTS: To be advised…

Trip Highlights:

  • This safari is the ultimate multi-sport Alaskan experience.
  • Enjoy this 2-lodge program with stays at The Lodge at Whale Pass and Winterlake Lodge (named one of America’s best by Travel + Leisure magazine)
  • Enjoy pristine Alaskan back country-walk on a glacier, check out the Iditarod trail, sport fish by helicopter, spot black bears and more.

Tongass National Forest
4 nights, The Lodge at Whale Pass

DAY 1: Upon your arrival at the airport in Ketchikan, you will be escorted to the adjacent floatplane dock for a scenic 40-minute floatplane flight to your Lodge on the north end of Prince of Wales Island. Settle in and watch the eagles fly overhead prior to dinner.

Note: Overnight in Anchorage or Seattle may be required.

DAY 2-4: Over your three days at the Lodge, pick and choose among the myriad of outdoor adventures on offer. Hundreds of rivers, lakes and streams invite you to cast a line; catch salmon in season, or cutthroat trout year-round. If saltwater fishing is more your thing, head offshore for halibut, king salmon, silver salmon and rockfish.

Hike or ride a mountain bike along hundreds of miles of remote logging roads, or go caving at El Capitan—the largest known cave in Alaska. Lodge staff can help you spot the wide array of flora and fauna on the island, including blacktail deer, loons, black bears, bald eagles, harbor seals, Arctic ravens, gray whales, wolves, river otters, martin and mink.

Another great option is paddling among the numerous bays and inlets nearby, or strapping kayaks onto a Sports Utility Boat bound for distant islands, fjords and glaciers. Finally, take a day cruise to LeConte Glacier and kayak among the icebergs.

Activities:

  • Enjoy days of shared lodge activities

Tongass National Forest

Stretching over most of Southern Alaska, Tongass is the nation’s largest national forest. It fringes the renowned Inside Passage and offers unique opportunities to view spawning salmon, eagles, bears, and the beautiful vistas of wild Alaska. Visitors can look forward to strolling along boardwalk trails, hiking through the Alaskan wilderness, dog sledding on a glacier, fishing in fresh streams, or relaxing at a remote forest cabin. Don’t miss a visit to the Anan Wildlife Observatory in Wrangell, the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Centre and the Steep Creek Bear Viewing area in Juneau, or immerse yourself in native culture at the stunning Southeast Alaska Discovery Center, in downtown Ketchikan. Other highlights include the Pack Creek Brown Bear Viewing Area on Admiralty Island, and the Fish Creek Bear Viewing Area in Hyder.

Accommodation

The Lodge at Whale Pass

Located in southeast Alaska, The Lodge at Whale Pass provides comfortable accommodation with a variety of activities nearby. Well-appointed rooms provide peaceful views of the lush forest or the vibrant bayfront to keep guests in touch with the natural surroundings. Each room has a private bath and individual thermostats and all of the suites have private sitting areas. Beds range in size from twin to king. The lodge provides complimentary daily room cleaning and laundry service to all guests.

Guests can also enjoy delicious Alaskan cuisine served in the dining room. There is also a spa where guests can bask in the woodstove fired sauna and hot tub at the spa.

Lodge Room

Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Activities


Anchorage
1 night, Hotel Captain Cook

DAY 5: Enjoy a final morning and lunch at the lodge before boarding your floatplane bound for Ketchikan and your pre-arranged Alaska Airlines flight to Anchorage (The cost of this flight is not included in the land arrangements ).

In Anchorage, a driver will meet and transport you to your hotel. For dinner tonight, we leave you to dine on your own, or choose from one of our favorite recommended restaurants.

Anchorage

As the largest city in the state of Alaska, Anchorage offers a compelling combination of metropolitan luxuries and unrivalled natural beauty. Covering a vast area of 1900 square miles, much of this remarkable port city remains uninhabited and mountainous. The greater Anchorage area is home to a population of over 300,000 inhabitants as well as an astonishing range of wildlife such as moose, brown and black bears, dall sheep, and many migratory bird species. With the glistening waters of the exquisite Cook Inlet and the towering peaks of the Chugach Mountains right on the city’s doorstep, outdoor enthusiasts can indulge in a range of activities including hiking, mountain biking, skiing, and even sea kayaking among some majestic tidewater glaciers in nearby Blackstone Bay.

Accommodation

Hotel Captain Cook

Located in the heart of downtown Anchorage, Alaska, every one of the Hotel Captain Cook’s 546 rooms and suites offers stunning views of the neighbouring Cook Inlet or the Chugach Mountains. The Hotel Captain Cook offers rooms and suites to suit any and every traveller’s need. Room amenities include centralised air conditioning, ceiling fan and windows that open, blackout drapes, in-room safe, complimentary Wi-Fi, hypoallergenic bedding available upon request and access to the Athletic Clubs. Facilities and services include four distinct restaurants, an espresso bar, a swimming pool, fitness facilities, meeting & event facilities and massage services.

Junior Suite

Included: Breakfast


Alaska Range
3 nights, Within The Wild Winterlake Lodge

DAY 6: After an early morning pick-up, you will board a floatplane that will transport you to your remote backcountry lodge. Enjoy an afternoon of lodge activities.

DAY 7+8: Engage in any number of activities at the Lodge: hike along the Iditarod Sled Dog Trail or along Wolverine Ridge, which offers views of Denali and the chance to spot black bears, moose, and wolves; go kayaking or canoeing; take a yoga class or therapeutic massage; or enjoy a cooking class with the resident chef or perhaps lodge owner, Kirsten Dixon.

On Day 08 enjoy a scenic heli-tour on a Robinson R-44 helicopter—allowing you to explore the pristine backcountry surrounding the lodge. On this tour your options include sport fishing, rafting on the wild Happy River, hiking to a glacier ridge, glacier trekking on a rarely-visited section of the Alaska Range, and dining on Wolverine Ridge.

Activities:

  • Two full days of shared lodge activities
  • Heli-sightseeing with guide

Alaska Range

Extending for over a thousand kilometers across central Alaska, the Alaska Range is a group of rugged, snow-covered mountains separating the south central coast from the interior of Alaska. This spectacularly scenic mountainous area exists in a state of perpetual winter and consists of three distinct sections: the eastern Alaska Range, central Alaska Range and the southern Alaska Range. The central Alaskan range is particularly well known as it features some enormous glaciers as well as the region’s highest peaks including Denali, the highest mountain on the North American continent. This towering peak presides over the Denali National Park and Preserve, a vast expanse of protected wilderness characterized by tundra, spruce forest and glaciers and inhabited by an impressive variety of wildlife including grizzly bears, wolves, moose, caribou and Dall sheep.

Accommodation

Within The Wild Winterlake Lodge

Within The Wild Winterlake Lodge is situated between the magnificent Tordrillo Mountain Range and the towering peaks of the Alaska Range. Accommodation includes 6 individual guest cabins that offer stunning views of the peaceful Finger Lake. The main lodge sits near the middle of the property and features a shared lounge with a fireplace, a dining room, a bar, a wellness room, a game area, and a hot tub. The lodge also offers therapeutic massages, yoga classes, and daily cooking classes. Guests can enjoy various activities such as glacier trekking, hiking, wildlife viewing, river rafting, and fly fishing.

Cabin
Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Activities


Anchorage
1 night, Hotel Captain Cook

DAY 9: Take a scenic floatplane flight through the Tordrillo Mountains and Triumvirate Glacier to Redoubt Bay Bear Sanctuary. A trained naturalist will take you by boat for an up close and safe view of the feeding brown bears.

Late afternoon, board another floatplane to Lake Hood in Anchorage, from where you will be transported to your hotel. Enjoy the evening at leisure.

Anchorage

As the largest city in the state of Alaska, Anchorage offers a compelling combination of metropolitan luxuries and unrivalled natural beauty. Covering a vast area of 1900 square miles, much of this remarkable port city remains uninhabited and mountainous. The greater Anchorage area is home to a population of over 300,000 inhabitants as well as an astonishing range of wildlife such as moose, brown and black bears, dall sheep, and many migratory bird species. With the glistening waters of the exquisite Cook Inlet and the towering peaks of the Chugach Mountains right on the city’s doorstep, outdoor enthusiasts can indulge in a range of activities including hiking, mountain biking, skiing, and even sea kayaking among some majestic tidewater glaciers in nearby Blackstone Bay.

Accommodation

Hotel Captain Cook

Located in the heart of downtown Anchorage, Alaska, every one of the Hotel Captain Cook’s 546 rooms and suites offers stunning views of the neighbouring Cook Inlet or the Chugach Mountains. The Hotel Captain Cook offers rooms and suites to suit any and every traveller’s need. Room amenities include centralised air conditioning, ceiling fan and windows that open, blackout drapes, in-room safe, complimentary Wi-Fi, hypoallergenic bedding available upon request and access to the Athletic Clubs. Facilities and services include four distinct restaurants, an espresso bar, a swimming pool, fitness facilities, meeting & event facilities and massage services.

Junior Suite
Included: Breakfast


Anchorage

DAY 10: Today you will be transferred to the airport for your onwards flight home (flights to be arranged).

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