In Alaska. two canoes are tied up to a dock that extends into a blue lake surrounded by jagged snow capped mountains and dense forested hillside.
three hikers on trail near lake, mountains on alaska coast to denali journey land tour
Brown moose stands atop green, red & brown tundra in Denali National Park, seen on the Alaska Coast to Denali Journey.
Tandem kayakers paddle glassy water backed by a white glacier & green hills under a blue sky on the Alaska Coast to Denali Journey.
Aerial view of pedersen glacier on alaska coast to denali journey
View Photos
North America Alaska Land Tour

Alaska Coast to Denali Journey

The 7-day Alaska Coast to Denali Journey is an adventure through the magical worlds of two distinct Alaska national parks: Kenai Fjords & Denali National Park. Sleep in the backcountry at four unique Alaska lodges, each with their own luxury, charm and unparalleled access to nature.

From four lodges, explore the spectacular Kenai Fjords National Park by kayak and small boat tour, then venture into Denali National Park. Along the way, adventure in a canoe, go kayaking, take a nature walk or enjoy an optional flightseeing tour and visit the charming small towns of Seward and Talkeetna. Journey from the snow-capped peaks and emerald waters of the Kenai Peninsula to the glacier-clad Alaska Range and its sweeping upland tundra valleys. Head into the wilderness on foot or sea kayak, exploring the trails and shores used by gold seekers and trophy hunters. Hike up to see views of North America’s highest peak, Denali, and ride the Alaska Railroad through scenic road-less valleys.

Rest easy each night, in a remote lodge with Alaskan charm. The Kenai Fjords Glacier Lodge is the only accommodation located within Kenai Fjords National Park. The Seward Windsong Lodge is a peaceful retreat conveniently nestled among trees at the entrance to Kenai Fjords National Park. And the Tonglen Lake Lodge offers a quiet corner that’s near to the Denali Park entrance but far enough away to feel secluded.

This 7-day overland, round-trip-from-Anchorage adventure is designed to complement any coastal cruise experience or stand alone as a memorable week in the Alaska backcountry. This is a great start to any Alaska national parks tour as it covers two important parks by land. Contact the Alaska experts at AdventureSmith Explorations to learn how to tie-in this 7-day Alaska Coast to Denali Journey with one of our small ship cruises into Glacier Bay National Park for the ultimate experience!

Read on for details about this trip, or learn more about visiting Denali National Park and AdventureSmith’s Alaska land tours or all Alaska trips by land and sea.



Itinerary

Alaska Coast to Denali Adventure Itinerary

The 7-day Alaska Coast to Denali Journey is an adventure through the magical worlds of two distinct Alaska national parks: Kenai Fjords & Denali National Park and begins and ends in Anchorage, Alaska.

Route map of Alaska Coast to Denali Journey, operating round-trip from Anchorage with visits to the Kenai, Talkeetna & Denali NP.
Read More
Day 1
Anchorage to Seward & Kenai Fjords, Alaska

Meet your trip leader and fellow travelers at 6:30am in the hotel lobby (hotel to be determined at time of reservation). Enjoy a scenic drive south along Turnagain Arm and through the Chugach National Forest to Seward, a picturesque seacoast town situated at the head of Resurrection Bay. Board a small boat bound for Kenai Fjords National Park, home to an array of glaciers and marine wildlife such as whales, Steller sea lions, sea otters and puffins. A four-hour cruise allows time to explore the dramatic coastlines. Enjoy lunch in front of a tidewater glacier before arriving at your exclusive lodge destination: Kenai Fjords Glacier Lodge.

Nestled on the edge of a protected tidal lagoon, the Glacier Lodge offers miles of pristine beachfront and breathtaking views of Pedersen Glacier. This afternoon, enjoy a guided tour of the lodge and property before settling into your private cabin. Enjoy dinner and evening presentations.

Accommodations

Kenai Fjords Glacier Lodge

Meals

lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 2
Kenai Fjords National Park

After breakfast in the main lodge, choose from an array of activities to match your interest and energy level. Guided options include interpretive nature walks, canoeing, sea kayaking and coastal explorations; or, relax at the lodge and peruse the natural history library, take a leisurely stroll along the beachfront or relax in a rocking chair taking in the spectacular view.

Accommodations

Kenai Fjords Glacier Lodge

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 3
Kenai Fjords National Park to Seward & Exit Glacier

This morning allows another opportunity to canoe, kayak or explore the area before bidding farewell to Kenai Fjords Glacier Lodge. Midday, embark on a return coastal wildlife cruise back to Seward, followed by a delicious dinner at the Seward Windsong Lodge. In the evening, take a casual stroll to the face of the massive Exit Glacier located just down the road from the lodge.

Accommodations

Seward Windsong Lodge

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 4
Talkeetna

Journey north to the historical town of Talkeetna, mountaineering gateway to the Alaska Range. Once in Talkeetna, choose from several activities including a guest favorite: flightseeing. Take to the skies on an optional flightseeing tour of Mount Denali and its adjacent glacial canyons or wander through downtown Talkeetna and learn about mountaineering and this quaint town’s history. Tonight, choose to dine with the other members of the group or enjoy a great meal on your own.

Accommodations

Talkeetna Lodge

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 5
Denali National Park

After breakfast, board a custom mini-coach from Talkeetna north to the campus of Denali Education Center, located near the Denali National Park entrance. By special arrangement, be welcomed by local specialists from the Center, who provide a Welcome to the Subarctic presentation on Denali’s history, ecology and geology. Head out on an interactive guided hike this afternoon to explore Denali’s beautiful front country sights and sounds.

Later, be welcomed to Tonglen Lake Lodge, a secluded 5-acre piece of paradise boasting incredible mountain views, lakeside solitude and authentically Alaskan crafted “hide-away” style guest cabins. Here, enjoy a rotation of optional activities, which may include local nature walks, yoga, evening art and music events, Native Alaskan cultural presentations and more.

Appetizers followed by a savory dinner in the main lodge await all this evening. Following dinner, settle in and relax. Tonglen Lake Lodge routinely offers evening bonfires and yard games as a fun option for guests. Overnight Tonglen Lake Lodge.

Accommodations

Tonglen Lake Lodge

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 6
Wildlife Safari Tour, Denali National Park

Enjoy a peaceful morning and breakfast at Tonglen Lake Lodge, followed by a new perspective of Denaliby bus. Increase the odds of seeing Alaska’s charismatic wildlife on an interpretative bus tour. Start at the Denali Visitors Center and move on to awe-inspiring sights. Keep the camera and binoculars at the ready; there’s always the possibility to spot a majestic eagle overhead or a lumbering grizzly foraging along the road’s edge. Later, return to Tonglen Lake Lodge for dinner and unwinding. Overnight Tonglen Lake Lodge.

Accommodations

Tonglen Lake Lodge

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 7
Sled Dogs & Alaska Railroad to Anchorage, Alaska

On the last day of this active adventure, enjoy a more relaxed morning at Tonglen Lake before embarking on the return trip south to Anchorage. After breakfast, visit Alaska’s 4-legged celebrities—Alaskan sled dogs! Learn more about how sled dogs serve an important role throughout rural and remote Alaskan communities.

Next, board the historic Alaska Railroad for comfortable sightseeing en route back to Anchorage. Arrive safely at the Anchorage Rail Depot (located at 411 West 1st Avenue) at approximately 8:30 p.m. Taxis are located directly outside the rail terminal and are easy to access. Although transfers to the airport or local hotels are not included, some hotels include courtesy shuttle service from the rail depot to their property.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast

Read More
Details
Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

Transportation from Anchorage, meals served family style in lodges indicated in itinerary, cabins, guided activities, return fare on the Alaska Railroad in Gold Star service, fees and gratuities for included services and activities while in Seward, Talkeetna and Denali.

Exclusions

Airfare, taxes ($116.09 per person for 2022 double occupancy; 2023 TBD. Taxes are determined by each borough and municipality in Alaska and may change before final payment.), beer and wine, fishing extensions, optional flight-seeing excursions, dinner on the train the final day, gratuities to Alaska Wildland Adventures staff and insurance of any kind.

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of $1,000 is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 121 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms may apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:
Up to 121 days – $300 or 10% of total trip cost, whichever is less
120 to 91 days – $600 or 20% of total trip cost, whichever is less
90 to 46 days – 50% of total trip cost
45 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

Terms & Conditions

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.

Arrival & Departure

The Alaska Coast to Denali Journey begins and ends in Anchorage, Alaska (ANC). Plan to arrive in Alaska at least the day before your trip begins and overnight in Anchorage. On the first day of your trip, meet your trip leader at 6:30am in the hotel lobby (meeting location confirmed with reservation). The trip ends when your Alaska Railroad train arrives at the Anchorage station on Day 7 at approximately 8:30pm. If you choose to fly home on the night of Day 7, we suggest you book a flight that departs Anchorage after 11:30pm, in case of possible transportation delays.

Activities

Whether you are looking for light activity options or more challenging outdoor pursuits, the guides can tailor most excursions to suit your skill level. Adventure activities may include interpretive nature walks, canoeing, sea kayaking, coastal explorations, wildlife cruises & observation, flightseeing tours (added cost), gold panning and self-guided mountain biking.

Room Configuration

Single travelers wishing to book a double-occupancy room may do so at a 25% supplement of the per-person listed rate in select rooms upon availability. Single travelers interested in sharing accommodations with another guest of the same gender, will be charged the 25% single supplement then refunded this amount once a share is found. If a share is not found then the 25% single supplement will apply. Triple and quad rates with applicable taxes subject to availability, please inquire about discounts. Upgrades may be available, contact us for details.

Families & Children

Kids 7 years and older are welcomed to participate on all adventures. Youth rates for kids ages 7-18 are available where applicable, in shared room with adult chaperone(s).

Travel Insurance

Protect your travel investment with insurance. Our partners at Travelex Insurance offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. Coverage for a pre-existing medical condition is also available if you purchase the Travel Select plan within 15 days of the initial trip payment; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

Itinerary Notes

Use the itinerary as a guide only. Itineraries may be altered due to weather, wildlife, national park regulation or at the captains’ and guides’ discretion. The ability to be flexible makes this type of adventure travel unique. Note that in rare circumstances due to high winds, weather fronts or ocean conditions, access to the Kenai Fjords Glacier Lodge may not be permitted at scheduled times. Alternative activities and accommodations are planned for this uncommon occurrence, but please be prepared for a possible change in schedule.

Rates & Dates

Trip Rates & Dates

Jun 07 - Jun 13, 2023
7 days
From $5645USD
Per Person
Read More
Read More
Jun 11 - Jun 17, 2023
7 days
From $5995USD
Per Person
Read More
Read More
Jun 18 - Jun 24, 2023
7 days
From $5995USD
Per Person
Read More
Read More
Jun 25 - Jul 01, 2023
7 days
From $5995USD
Per Person
Read More
Read More
Jul 09 - Jul 15, 2023
7 days
From $5995USD
Per Person
Read More
Read More
Jul 23 - Jul 29, 2023
7 days
From $5995USD
Per Person
Read More
Read More
Aug 06 - Aug 12, 2023
7 days
From $5995USD
Per Person
Read More
Read More
Aug 15 - Aug 21, 2023
7 days
From $5995USD
Per Person
Read More
Read More
Aug 21 - Aug 27, 2023
7 days
From $5995USD
Per Person
Read More
Read More
Aug 30 - Sep 05, 2023
7 days
From $5645USD
Per Person
Read More
Read More
Sep 04 - Sep 10, 2023
7 days
From $5345USD
Per Person
Read More
Read More
Accommodations

Learn About the Lodges on Your Itinerary

Lodge
Kenai Fjords Glacier Lodge

The wilderness eco lodge Kenai Fjords Glacier Lodge is completely surrounded by Kenai Fjords National Park and is the only lodge located within the park.

Lodge
Seward Windsong Lodge

Nestled in a spectacular glacier river valley, Seward Windsong Lodge is an exceptional wilderness retreat located at the entrance to the Kenai Fjords National Park. The 180 guest rooms located nearby to the main lodge, are set back in a wooded setting, surrounded by spruce trees and wildflowers.

Lodge
Talkeetna Lodge

Set on a ridge above the small community of Talkeetna on the south side of Denali, the 212-room Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge offers unforgettable views of Denali and the Alaska Range, spacious rooms, casual and fine dining and hiking, sightseeing and activities right out the front door.

Lodge
Tonglen Lake Lodge

Celebrate the arts, community and a spectacular setting at this Denali lodge located conveniently near the park entrance but far enough away to feel like a private retreat. Mountain views, lakeside solitude, onsite activities, hearty food and private cabins tucked into spruce forest make Tonglen Lake Lodge a special place to stay while exploring Denali National Park.

Expert Review

Reviews From Our Experts so You Know What to Expect

Leslie Camacho • August 24th, 2017
Expert Review: Northern Passages & Glacier Bay Cruise, Plus Kenai Lodges

Adventure Specialist Leslie Camacho reviews her Alaska small ship cruise aboard the 76-guest Wilderness Explorer and post-cruise land trip on the Kenai Peninsula.

Testimonials

Hear It from Travelers Who Have Explored with Us

"Every Detail Was Well Organized & Carefully Planned"

Every detail was well-organized and carefully planned, so the complexities of traveling by small bus to boat, back to van, transfer to Kantishna bus, transfer to railroads all worked seamlessly and flawlessly. The guides--all of them, but especially our trip guide and driver--were very knowledgeable, interesting, and fun!

Overall
5 /5 Star Created with Sketch.
Accommodations
5 /5 Star Created with Sketch.
Meals
5 /5 Star Created with Sketch.
Read More Rectangle Copy 10 Created with Sketch.
"Exceeded Our High Expectations"

Amazing in every way, the trip exceeded our (high) expectations, great itinerary, great people.

Overall
5 /5 Star Created with Sketch.
Accommodations
5 /5 Star Created with Sketch.
Meals
5 /5 Star Created with Sketch.
Read More Rectangle Copy 10 Created with Sketch.
"The Trip Was Amazing in Every Way"

Kenai Fjords Glacier Lodge was incredible. Everywhere we stayed actually -- each and every place. I really appreciated the regular contact from AdventureSmith, and all the materials you sent were spot-on in terms of preparing for the trip.

Overall
5 /5 Star Created with Sketch.
Accommodations
5 /5 Star Created with Sketch.
Meals
5 /5 Star Created with Sketch.
Read More Rectangle Copy 10 Created with Sketch.
Book with the confidence that comes from experience.

100+ combined years of experience, 7 continents explored, decades of expedition cruising around the world & here to help you find & book your dream trip.

Extend Your Trip

Additional Travel Options Before or After Your Land Tour

Add to Wishlist
5 Day Land Tour
Brown Bears of Katmai

Alaska bear viewing in Katmai National Park is one of the state's greatest wildlife spectacles. From your home base at Brooks Lodge, see the brown bears of Brooks River. This independent package includes hotels in downtown Anchorage and a seaplane flight to Katmai.

From $2245USD
Jun Jul Aug Sep
Add to Wishlist
7 Day Land Tour
Within the Wild

The Within the Wild luxury Alaska adventure brings travelers into the Alaskan backcountry without sacrificing comfort. Enjoy remarkable helicopter- and floatplane-assisted adventures, hiking, sportfishing and a wellness program with massage and yoga.

From $15400USD
Jun Jul Aug Sep
Add to Wishlist
5 - 9 Day Cruise
Prince William Sound Discovery

Cruise Alaska with Alaskans aboard the 12-guest, 65' yacht Discovery. Enjoy Alaskan hospitality, cruising, hiking and kayaking along Prince William Sound's glaciers and fjords. See a new side of Alaska, farther north and much less traveled than the Inside Passage.

From $2950USD
May Jun Jul Aug Sep
More to Explore

Trips You Might Also Like

Add to Wishlist
7 Day Land Tour
Alaska Wildland Collection

The 7-day Alaska Wildland Collection is a seamless Alaska adventure promising remote and in-depth exploration of the Kenai Peninsula. Easy access from Anchorage, short travel times, fun activities and special youth rates make this a great family travel option.

From $4645USD
May Jun Jul Aug
Add to Wishlist
11 Day Land Tour
Alaska Grand Adventure

Designed to complement any coastal cruise or make the most of your Alaska vacation, the Alaska Grand Adventure is a once-in-a-lifetime experience exploring the Kenai Peninsula and Denali National Park by raft, hike, kayak, fishing and flightseeing.

From $9045USD
May Jun Jul Aug
Add to Wishlist
8 Day Land Tour
Ultimate Alaska Adventure

This action-packed 8-day land trip pairs helicopter rides with dogsledding, glacier hiking, kayaking, rafting and more. Four lodges on the Kenai Peninsula are your base to relax and refuel for the next day's journey.

From $6545USD
May Jun Jul Aug Sep
Exit Created with Sketch.

Alaska Coast to Denali Journey

test message
View Wishlist