Wildlife and WildernessTuesday 9 June 2015
Witness the staggering beauty of the Alaskan summer with Saga
Wildlife and Wilderness
Denali National Park stretches an incredible six million acres into the Alaskan wilderness – the sheer size and wonder of this extreme landscape will take Saga guests’ breath away on the new Across Alaskan Frontiers escorted tour.
Spectacular mountain and ocean scenery will also offer wildlife lovers the possibility of seeing bears and moose as well as sea otters, humpback and orca whales, eagles and puffins.
The tour starts from Anchorage with a two-night stay in the fishing port of Homer where guests can wander down to the Homer Spit and Kachemak Bay to catch views of snow-capped mountains.
Visits to the world’s largest seabird refuge in Homer and a wildlife rescue centre in nearby Seward will offer guests the opportunity to learn about the Alaskan habitat and the organisations’ dedicated work.
Driving north, the tour will continue past the Matanuska and Worthington glaciers before guests enjoy a two-night stay in Valdez, dubbed the snowiest place in the US.
There will be time to savour the extraordinary beauty of Prince William Sound and full day’s boat trip will give passengers the opportunity to look out for the Sound ‘critters’ including sea otters, harbour seals, sea lions, whales, eagles and puffins.
Guests will then hit the road through Keystone Canyon and onto the Thompson Pass in the Chugach Mountains. The drive alongside Wrangell-St Elias National Park is a mountain wilderness where Dall sheep, mountain goats and caribou roam.
Two nights will be spent in Fairbanks with leisure time to discover more about the area’s gold-mining heritage. A paddleboat journey along the river to the Chena Indian village promises a fascinating insight into the native people’s heritage and their connection to the Alaskan landscape.
The Alaska Railroad awaits with a train ride from Fairbanks and Denali where guests can sit back and enjoy some of Alaska’s most spectacular scenery.
Denali National Park is home to North America’s highest mountain, Mount McKinley. Spend two nights in the area to hike in the vast park or try optional activities ranging from white-water rafting to ‘flightseeing’ the mountain. The Iditarod sled dog race, a nine-day endurance challenge, takes place here and guests can visit a dog musher’s home to learn more about this fascinating annual event.
A relaxing night’s stay in the quaint mountain town of Talkeetna follows prior to guests starting the homeward journey to the UK via Anchorage on this action-packed tour.
For details call free on 0800 414 8986 or visit travel.saga.co.uk/holidays
13 nights (including 1 night aboard aircraft) from £2999 departing Heathrow to Anchorage, via Reykjavik on May 25, June 15, July 13, August 10 and 31, 2016. Price includes VIP door-to-door chauffeur service, return flights, airport taxes, accommodation, 14 meals, porterage, tour manager, travel insurance and cancellation cover or a discount of £98 discount if passenger has own insurance cover.
Saga Holidays is the winner of seven British Travel Awards 2014 including Best for Escorted Adventures.
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