We offer Alaska raft trips that offer scenic views, wildlife viewing, fishing, and whitewater.
Custom group Alaska rafting adventures are available on request. If have interested in something special or participating in an exploratory expedition, please contact us with your ideals or to see what plans are being made.
Kongakut River - 10 day Arctic National Wildlife Refuge Rafting Safari. Explore Alaska's remote Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) by raft on the "river of caribou". Our trip coincides with the annual migration of the 130,000-strong Porcupine caribou herd and passes through some of the world's most pristine wilderness.
Lake Creek - 7 day Whitewater Rafting and Fishing Adventure. Our favorite fly-in wilderness adventure river, great combination exciting whitewater and great Alaska fishing. Lake Creek offers almost continuous Class II/III whitewater with a few Class IV rapids, five species of salmon, rainbow trout and arctic grayling.
Chulitna River - 4 day Denali Raft Adventure. An excellent family adventure and sampling of Alaska's best wilderness and geography at a casual pace. We travel through Denali State Park, upper Susitna Valley and take out near Trapper Creek, a historic gold mining town.
||Denali National Park and Kenai Fjords National Park|
7 Day Denali Park and Giant Icebergs
Custom Options Are Available
This is our best pre- or post-cruise ship land tour package.
Our all-inclusive Denali National Park and Kenai Fjords National Park tour package can be done in any order and can be customized with transportation options, activities options, and lodging options. You can also choose to continue on to or depart from Seward, Whittier or Fairbanks. If you have interest in a custom tour package give us a call. 907-222-1632 or toll-free 877-2159
This is an all-inclusive Denali National Park and Kenai Fjords National Park tour package. Includes lodging in Denali National Park and Seward, bus and Alaska Railroad transportation, a narrated bus tour into Denali Park, overnight lodging at the remote Bear Glacier Wilderness Retreat, and sea kayaking (no prior experience required) around giant icebergs in Kenai Fjords National Park.
This tour combines Backcountry Safaris two most popular Alaska National Park tours. This tour includes 3 days at Denali Park, famous for its wildlife and views of Mt Denali (Mt. McKinley), and 3 days in Kenai Fjords, famous for its glaciers and glacier carved fjords. Denali combined with the remote Bear Glacier Wilderness Retreat in Kenai Fjords makes this tour an incredible Alaska adventure tour. Bear Glacier Photo Album.
At Denali Park you will travel down Denali's restricted park road where a trained bus driver/naturalist guide will provide natural history interpretation and help you search for Alaska wildlife along the way.
We highly recommend two upgrades that will greatly enhance your Alaska experience - Gold Star Dome upgraded seats on the Alaska Railroad and an extra night stay at Denali National Park that will give you a free day at Denali to enjoy other park activities.
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- Locally Owned Alaska Company - We're an Alaska Certified Expert travel agent and owner of an Alaska adventure tour company. We specialize in custom Alaska tour packages for independent travelers, small groups, families and custom corporate Alaska tours. Backcountry Safaris works with Alaska tour companies whom we believe offer a unique Alaska experience.
- Custom Alaska Tour Packages - Our custom tour packages allow you the freedom and flexibility to plan an itinerary and activities to fit your desires.
- Service - We've been helping visitors plan unique Alaska tours since 1986. Our 27 years of Alaska travel experience enable us to offer you a better Alaska experience.
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Scenic, Alaska Railroad, Denali Bus Tour, Hotel Lodging, Sea Kayaking, Wildlife Viewing, Hiking, Remote Alaska Lodging, Seward
Easy to Moderate
Good, Hotel Lodging, WeatherPORT Shelters (fabric cabins)
This is our best pre- or post-cruise Alaska land tour and combines a visit to Denali National Park Tour and Kenai Fjords National Park, the two most popular parks in Alaska.
Kenai Fjords National Park. No prior sea kayaking experience is require at Bear Glacier Wilderness Retreat. Our guides will teach you what you need to know. Bear Glacier is located in a remote area of Kenai Fjords, where a maze of giant ice bergs awaits your arrival. Sea kayaking around the icebergs is so amazing that you'll wish you could stay all summer. Take a minute to look at our Bear Glacier Photo Album
and just imagine how amazing it would be seeing this awesome place in person.
Denali National Park is famous for it's Alaska wildlife. On your Denali Park bus tour that travels along the restricted Denali National Park Road, a trained bus driver/naturalist guide will provide natural history interpretation along the way and help you search for bears, moose, caribou and other wildlife while pointing out the biology and geology of the region. And if you are lucky and the weather is cooperating, you get views of Mt. Denali (Mt. McKinley). You'll stop along the way for photos and take several rest stops where you can stretch your legs. Lunch is provided.
You'll also enjoy spectacular Alaska views on your way to and from Denali, Seward, and Anchorage by motor coach and on the Alaska Railroad.
SAMPLE ITINERARY **
- Fly into Anchorage International Airport. Plan to arrive at least one day before your trip departure date. Anchorage offers many fine hotel and bed and breakfast lodging options. We can provide you a list of recommended lodging options or we can include hotel lodging in Anchorage with your tour package. If you would like us to include hotel lodging in Anchorage with your tour package just let us know.
- Depart Anchorage at 8:15 AM. Board the Alaska Railroad's Denali Star Train
. Traveling aboard the Alaska railroad you'll have unobstructed scenic views on your train ride to Denali. You'll arrive in Denali around 3:45 PM. Check into your hotel. You can choose some add-on optional afternoon excitement, for example, go for an afternoon river rafting trip
, either a whitewater or scenic trip. You can visit Iditarod champion Jeff King's dog mushing kennel
or go for an ATV ride
into Alaska's wilderness. Or enjoy an evening stroll or go shopping at the park entrance for that perfect Alaska gift.
Overnight in Denali. Hotel lodging in Denali is included. Meals while in Denali are not included.
- Early 6:00 AM departure for a Denali wildlife bus tour along the restricted Denali Park Road. The bus tour is your best opportunity to see Denali's famed wildlife, including grizzly bears, moose, sheep and caribou. Your guide will narrate the drive with detailed behavior of different animals, natural history and geology of the park, and recount adventures of early explorers. We stop for photo opportunities when Mother Nature presents them. We will also stop at rest areas to enjoy the sweeping vistas. This trip traverses round trip through the most beautiful and rugged wilderness in Alaska. Lunch is included.
Overnight in Denali.
**Custom option. If you have extra time adding another day is highly recommended. Adding an extra day will make for a more leisurely tour and give you more time to to relax and enjoy the scenic wonders of Denali.
- Depart Denali at 7:00 AM. Board the Denali Seward Bus for your trip to Seward. The ride between Denali and Anchorage travels the George Parks Highway and depending on the weather features some of the best views of Mt. McKinley in the state. The buses will arrive in Anchorage at the Anchorage Museum at approximately 1:30 PM. A visit to the Anchorage Museum is highly recommended. The Museum features a fabulous cafe if you would like to enjoy lunch on your own.
At 3:00 PM board the bus to continue your journey south to Seward. The trip between Seward and Anchorage travels the spectacular and scenic Seward Highway, a National Scenic Byway. Travel through the Kenai Mountains and Turnagain Pass following along the Turnagain Arm, a body of water featuring the world's second highest tides at over 30 feet. You'll arrive in Seward around 5:45 PM.
Overnight in Seward. Hotel lodging in Seward is included. Meals while in Seward are not included.
- In Seward breakfast on your own. Meet the water taxi boat for a scenic boat ride to Bear Glacier Wilderness Retreat.
Arriving at Bear Glacier our guides will outfit you with a dry suit life and jacket. We will also provide a dry bag for your camera if needed to help keep your camera dry between shots. After a short kayaking instructions from our guides we will head out to explore Bear Glacier icebergs.
After a family style dinner you can choose to go out for another short paddle or just hang around camp and relax. During the summer months Alaska has almost 24 hours of daylight so you will have almost unlimited time for exploring Bear Glacier's giant icebergs.
- Full day sea kayaking. Today we paddle up to the face of Bear Glacier and stop for a shore-side lunch on the glacier moraine and a short walk to explore the moraine. We'll explore maze of icebergs on the way to the glacier and on the way back. We'll keep and eye open for seals laying on the ice as we paddle. After dinner take an evening hike, paddling or go beachcombing.
- After breakfast take the water taxi back to Seward. Overnight in Seward, hotel lodging included.
- Free morning and afternoon in Seward. Or add on an optional Whale Watching Day Cruise
departing at 11:30 AM. Seward activities you may want to consider include: a walking tour of Seward to visit the many shops; a harbor and sea wall walk; a guided ice climbing adventure, or visit the Seward museum. Ask our travel host about making arrangements for these special side excursions. Seward has many coffee houses and restaurants to choose from for lunch (on your own).
You can also visit the Alaska SeaLife Center. The Alaska SeaLife Center is a non-profit marine science facility. The center's research facilities and naturalistic exhibits immerse visitors in the dynamic marine ecosystems of Alaska and provide opportunities to watch animals in naturalistic habitats as well as research settings.
Seward is a small community and everything is within walking distance. From your Seward hotel you can easily walk to the small boat harbor, downtown and the SeaLife Center.
At 5:00 PM board the Alaska Railroad Train. Riding first class on the Gold Star dome car you'll have a spectacular scenic train ride back to Anchorage. You'll arrive back in Anchorage around 8:30 PM.
|2014 TOUR DATES
June 6 - September 6
Upgrade Options Are Available
Call 1-907-222-1632 to add tour options.
Alaska Railroad Upgrade, Gold Star Dome Car
Gold Star first class upgrade on the custom built double-deck luxury dome railcars. Features unobstructed views and an exclusive open air viewing deck making this the perfect way to enhance your Alaska experience and to experience the grandeur of Alaska.
Denali Lodging Upgrade
The Grande Denali Lodge's main lodge is a beautiful building of log construction, river rock fireplaces and vaulted ceilings. Located on the slopes of Sugarloaf Mountain the lodge is perched at the edge of the bluff with spectacular views of the valley below. The front desk, Alpenglow restaurant, Peak Spirits Lounge, Peak Espresso and gift shop are all located here, making it a perfect place to gather with friends and family for dining, shopping and relaxing.
Additional Denali Add-On Options
Includes river rafting on the Nenana River, ATV guided tour, dog mushing tour, heli-hike featuring a scenic helicopter flight and guided nature hike, flight seeing, and a guided Interpretive jet boat tour on the Nenana River.
This tour can be customized with transportation options, optional activities, lodging options, and the option to continue on to or departing from Fairbanks. If you have interest in a custom Denali and Kenai Fjords tour package give us a call.
Rates, Standard 7 Day Tour
Includes Alaska Railroad transportation to Denali, 2 nights lodging in Denali, Park bus tour, Bus transportation to Seward. 2 nights lodging in Seward, 2 nights lodging at Bear Glacier Wilderness Retreat, sea kayaking at Bear Glacier, and Alaska Railroad transportation to back to Anchorage. This tour can also be done in the reverse order.
Meals while in Anchorage, Seward, and Denali are not included. Meals are included at Bear Glacier Wilderness Retreat.
Rates may vary depending on available hotel rooms at Denali.
Rates are per-person and are based on shared room with 2 beds.
Solo Traveler: $2323 plus tax
Two Travelers: $1877 each plus tax
Three Travelers: $1747 each plus tax
Four Travelers: $1682 each plus tax
Alaska Railroad Gold Star Dome Seat Upgrade
Add: $155 each
Add Extra Night Stay At Denali, Per-Night
Solo Traveler Add: $229 plus tax
Two Travelers Add: $114.50 each plus tax
Three Travelers Add: $76.35 each plus tax
Four Travelers Add: $57.25 each plus tax
Extra Night Stay At Bear Glacier, Per-Night
Add: $220 each plus tax
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Alaska Railroad Route Map, Points Of Interest
Aialik Bay Map
Kenai Fjords National Park Map
See All The Kenai Fjords Maps Available
RELATED LINKS AND NATURAL HISTORY
Aialik Bay Photo Album
Kenai Fjords Wildlife
Kenai Fjords National Park Cultural Resources
Kenai Fjords Glaciers - Glacial Features
The Retreat of Exit Glacier
A Tour of the Life of a Glacier
Iceberg Sizes, Shapes And Classifications
Hypothermia, Cold Water Immersion
Wildlife Whale Watching Glacier Cruise
Denali National Park (National Park Service)
Denali National Park Weather and Forecast
Rail Passenger Service Trains
Denali Star -Anchorage to Denali & Fairbanks
Alaska Railroad History
Alaska Railroad Wiki
Alaska Central Railroad Tunnel No. 1
SUGGESTED ALASKA READING LIST
Kenai Fjords Historic Resource Study
(online book) by Linda Cook and
Exploring Alaska's Kenai Fjords
by David Miller
Kenai Fjords Park - Trails Illustrated Map
Alaska: A Novel
by James A. Michener
Discovering Denali: A Complete Reference Guide to Denali National Park and Mount McKinley, Alaska
by Dow Scoggins
In the Shadow of Denali: Life and Death on Alaska's Mt. McKinley
by Jonathan Waterman
Alaska: A History of the 49th State
by Claus-M Naske and Herman E. Slotnick
Guide to the Birds of Alaska
by Robert H. Armstrong
Wild Flowers of the Yukon, Alaska
by John G. S. Trelawny
Coming into the Country
by John McPhee
Travels in Alaska
by John Muir
Did You Know?
Did you know that Denali or Mt. McKinley, located within Denali National Park and Preserve, is the highest mountain on the North American continent? Measured from the 2,000 foot lowlands to its snowy summit at 20,320 feet, the mountain’s vertical relief of 18,000 feet is greater than that of Mount Everest.
P.O. Box 1397 Seward, Alaska USA 99664
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Backcountry Safaris and other tour operators that we work with strive to give you a high quality Alaska experience. The tour itinerary shown on our web page is an example tour itinerary. The actual tour itinerary may vary some due to weather, safety, guest abilities and other conditions. Backcountry Safaris and other independent tour contractors reserve the right to change the tour itinerary and/or make substitutions at any time and without prior notice or to cancel all or part of any tour in its reasonable discretion, for the safety of its participants or due to insufficient number of participants signing up for a tour, because of weather, for the comfort and well being of our guests, for any other conditions that might affect the quality of tour, or as deemed necessary by the tour operator or trip leader.
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Although every precaution is taken to safeguard you and your belongings, our adventure trips involve inherent risks and dangers which are beyond our control and Backcountry Safaris shall assume no responsibility for personal injuries or deaths and loss of personal property. Due to the nature of the activities, a condition of your participation is that you will read and sign the acknowledgment and Release of Liability before the tour begins. A copy of the text is available on request.