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Alaska Made Easy with Grand American Adventures Two NEW tours for 2018

October 13, 2017 Tour Operator No Comments Email Email

A holiday to Alaska, the largest of the US states, is a trip of a lifetime for even the most seasoned traveller. There can be the perception, however, that Alaska is difficult to book due to its sheer vastness and never-ending wilderness. North America specialist, Grand American Adventures, has been sending travellers across Canada and the USA for the last 40 years, and is expert in ensuring visitors experience all they have ever dreamed of, but do so in comfort and style.

Grand American Adventures announces two NEW small-group itineraries to Alaska in 2018 – Alaska and Kenai In-Depth and Yukon and Alaska Walk – providing travellers with the choice of a shorter, in-depth exploration, or a longer outdoor adventure, both with essential expert guides throughout.

With Air Canada’s non-stop flight to Vancouver taking less than 15 hours from Sydney, the Alaskan adventure can start in Anchorage or in Whitehorse, in the Yukon, only a short two-hour, onward hop from Vancouver.

June through to September is the best time to visit, when the wildlife including bears, moose, caribou, bison and mountain goats are in abundance, and the temperatures are in the balmy mid twenties, making it the ideal climate for all the outdoor activities including hiking, kayaking and cycling.

Grand American Adventures’ professional staff offers expert guidance on all aspects of booking the tours and assist with all pre-and-post travel arrangements, for those wishing to explore for longer.

New for 2018:

Alaska and Kenai In-Depth – six days from AU$4,489pp / NZ$5,099pp

This comprehensive, six-day tour, offers an experiential journey through Alaska and the Kenai Peninsula, designed to suit those travellers looking to travel for a shorter duration, yet enjoy a truly immersive experience of the national parks accompanied by specialist guides.

The tour begins in Anchorage, the largest city in Alaska, and the final outpost for those heading into the ‘Last Frontier’.

Highlights of the tour include a 9.7-mile trail hike alongside Exit Glacier to the Harding Icefield for incredible views of deep crevasses and huge seracs on the glacier, a full day wildlife viewing cruise around Resurrection Bay and the Alaska Maritime Wildlife Refuge, sea kayaking around Kachemak Bay as well as full day flight-seeing, bear viewing excursion over Lake Clark National Park and Reserve.

Yukon and Alaska Walk – 14 days from AU$4,379pp / NZ$4,599pp

Departing from Whitehorse in the Yukon, this incredible tour within the Arctic Circle takes visitors to some of the world’s most pristine wilderness. This expedition will really put adventurers at one with nature. With limited phone service and WIFI, visitors will be able to switch off, engage with their surroundings and benefit from a digital detox.

This tour takes in Alaska’s highlights such as a cruise through the Inside Passage to Skagway, a visit to the world-famous Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve, a ferry to visit the historic Tinglit Indian Reserve, and a hike to summit of Mt Ripinksi. Tour also delivers  a thorough exploration of the Yukon with 12 nights rustic camping.

Visitors will explore Kluane National Park over three days and enjoy majestic hikes enjoying the many rivers, valleys and lakes. The Auriol Trail is known as the heart of “Bear Country” so the chances of spotting a grizzly before they hibernate are very high. Thrill seekers can choose to book a river rafting excursion at Tatshenshini-Alsek Wilderness Park.

The group will spend two days in Dawson City, a Klondike Gold Rush town known as the ‘Paris of the North’, where they step back in time to what feels like a Wild West movie set. The next day, the group ventures off the beaten track and travels up the Dempster Highway, so remote and challenging that most rental car companies do not allow travellers to take their vehicles this far north. The next three days camping at Tombstone Territorial Park and Range will be spent hiking the rugged peaks and permafrost landforms with local guides.

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