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Outdoor Alaska
14 days
USA - Trip code AKH

Outdoor Alaska

The Alaskan wilderness offers some of the most pristine and untouched landscapes in the world. We discover unspoilt views of snow-capped mountains, sparkling rivers and emerald-green glacial lakes, searching for whales, grizzly bears, moose and caribou on the way. The glaciers of the Kenai Fjords National Park and the spectacular views of Mt McKinley are just some of the highlights of this adventure into the great outdoors.

Trip highlights

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Itinerary

Itineraries on some departure dates may differ, please select the itinerary that you wish to explore.

What's included?

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Trip information

Country information

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Climate

There are great variations in the altitude and terrain of the areas visited and this is reflected in the temperatures. Desert areas can be extremely hot in the summer months (49°), though temperatures can drop dramatically at night. The mountains are cooler and wetter especially in the north of the Rockies. At the beginning and end of the season there may still be some snow around in the high passes and it can be cold, whereas in mid-summer the day time temperatures can soar.

Time difference to GMT

-9

Plugs

2 Pin Flat

Religion

Christian

Language

English

Budgeting and packing

Optional activities

There are a number of exciting optional excursions you can do on tour. These activities are booked and paid for direct with the supplier and do not form part of your Explore holiday contract. Seward/Valdez - Sea kayaking US$ 90-US$ 260; Glacier cruise US$ 89-US$ 195; Dog sledding US$ 80 McCarthy - Glacier walk full day US$ 125, half day US$ 95; Small plane overflight US$ 150-$250; Ice climbing US$ 125; Rafting US$ 295 including bush flight back to McCarthy; Kennicott Mine US$ 25

Clothing

A quality waterproof jacket and trousers, a pair of gloves and a hat are essential. Include some long-sleeved shirts and warm clothing. Thermal underwear is advised for chilly nights all through the summer. Daytime temps can be hot as well, so you can bring swimwear and a sun hat if you like. Be aware that Alaska is notorious for biting insects, so you may wish to bring long trousers, long sleeved tops, and use non smelling soaps and shampoos.

Footwear

Good quality waterproof walking boots, trainers and/or sandals for travelling.

Luggage

20kg

Luggage: On tour

Luggage is stored either in the van or a trailer on the back. Please make sure the bag is of a reasonable size and preferably soft nature rather than a hard shell. You will also need a day pack for walking and personal items as your main luggage cannot be accessed during the day.

Equipment

Bring a water bottle, (head) torch, some plastic bags, to keep things dry, sunblock, insect repellent and binoculars. An umbrella, eye mask for sleeping and mosquito head net may also be useful.

Tipping

Explore leader
At your discretion you might also consider tipping your Tour Leader in appreciation of the efficiency and service you receive.
Local crew
In North America tipping 15%-20% is a recognised part of life across the service industry, including restaurants, activity suppliers, taxis and guides. Local staff will look to you for personal recognition of particular services provided. Unlike other Explore trips, during our trips in North America our Explore leaders will not operate a tips kitty. However, they will be more than happy to provide guidance throughout the trip on who to tip when and to suggest appropriate amounts.
Local fees
Beauty always comes at a price and the wonderful isolation of Alaska is reflected in the price of everyday items which normally have to be imported at great costs. The estimates given for Food and Drink are based on the average across USA so when budgeting for your tour you should allow approximately double the amounts stated.
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Food and drink

The costs for meals may vary depending upon location, type of restaurant and number of courses eaten and so the prices given are an average guide. Local restaurants located off the beaten track may be less expensive, whereas an upmarket restaurant located in the centre of a major city may charge more.


Lunch price
£15
Dinner price
£21
Beer price
£Varies for different towns, average £4.00
Water price
£1.1
Foreign Exchange
Local currency
US Dollars.
Recommended Currency For Exchange
Bring your money in US$ cash.
Where To Exchange
Banks or 'Forex' offices in main towns/cities. Your tour leader will advise you on arrival.
ATM Availability
Widely available.
Credit Card Acceptance
Widely accepted just about everywhere.

Transport, Accommodation & Meals

Transport Information

Ferry, Maxiwagon

Accommodation notes

Booking a Single Room

All of our group tours are planned and operated on a twin-share basis, meaning that the standard cost is based either on individual travellers sharing accommodation with another group member of the same sex, or people who book together sharing accommodation. Please refer to the tour notes where the single room option availability is detailed on a night by night basis for this tour, and the price for the available nights is detailed on the dates & prices tab by departure date. For Self-Guided trips the Single Room supplement offers the option of a single room each and is charged per person. The Single Room supplement also applies to the third person in a party of three that will be accommodated in a single room.


Our accommodation in Kennicott and Tangle Lakes is listed as simple, and you will be using shared bathroom facilities during your stay here.

Essential information

FCO Advice

We strongly recommend that you check your government's travel advisory for up-to-date information and advice about your destination: safety and security, entry requirements, health, local laws and customs. For UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office advice click here.

For more information from Explore about travel advice, click here
 

Under 18 immigration guidance

Please note that some countries require proof of parental consent when travelling overseas with under 18s. Please check requirements with the relevant embassy or consular office well in advance of travel if this applies to your party.

Essential Information

Once your booking has been confirmed we guarantee the price will not increase, whatever the circumstances. Before booking please ensure you have read our important tour pricing information.Booking Conditions

Booking conditions

Before booking your Explore trip, please ensure that you read both our Essential Information and Booking Conditions.

Transfers

Find out more about Trip Transfer Terms and Conditions before you book.

Booking a land only package with Explore

Customers who have chosen to book on the ‘Land Only’ arrangements of our tour, please ensure that you have checked your tour specific ‘Joining Instructions’ prior to booking your own travel arrangements. Your joining instructions can be found below in the dates and prices information. 

You may also be eligible for the Free Explore Transfer.


Joining Tour Abroad

Customers booked on the ‘Land Only’ arrangements will now receive a Free Transfer, provided you arrive and depart on the tour only itinerary start and end dates. The transfers will be from the Explore designated airport or train station to the joining point of your tour, and then back from the ending point to the designated airport or train station. The exception to this rule is customers who are booked on a tour where the joining and ending point is at the designated airport or train station.  

Free transfers are not available for Self-Guided, Tailormade or Tours for Churches customers.

If you are not eligible for the Free Transfer then you will need to make your own way through to the joining and ending point. On a majority of our tours Explore will be able to provide a private transfer at an additional cost. Please ask for a quote at the time of booking.  


For more information regarding the Explore Free Transfer click here

Insurance

It is a condition of booking with Explore that you have adequate valid travel insurance. It is your responsibility to arrange appropriate travel insurance and ensure you have read and understood the full terms and conditions of your travel insurance policy to ensure that you are covered for all activities you intend to undertake whilst on the tour, including all optional activities. Your Insurance Policy must fully cover you for medical expenses and emergency repatriation to your home country. Please ensure your policy includes medical emergency helicopter evacuation in the event of illness or injury and covers the entire duration of your holiday. If you are trekking at altitude please ensure that there is no upper altitude limit which may limit or exclude cover for your trip. Medical and repatriation insurance cover is not mandatory for UK residents who are travelling on trips within the United Kingdom.
Read more information about what travel insurance is required.

Flight information

Explore offers a wide range of flexible flying options to make joining and leaving our trips easy. Read more about them here.


Flight Information

You are able to book this tour on a 'land only' basis or as a ‘flight inclusive’ package. Your flight inclusive package will be fully protected by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) ATOL protection scheme.

  

Booking a flight inclusive package with Explore

We have a good selection of flights not only from London but from many regional airports around the UK allowing us to compare fares between scheduled carriers as well as low cost and charter airlines. Our dedicated flights team will match the best flight options to your arrival and departure airport.

On our website we display a UK flight inclusive package guide price which is generally based on a London departure. To avoid paying supplements or to secure your preferred flight option, we recommend booking as early as possible, especially for peak travel dates.

Non refundable permits

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Vaccinations

Nothing compulsory, we recommend protection against typhoid, tetanus, diphtheria, polio and hepatitis A. The above is not an exhaustive list. Further information regarding vaccinations and travel health advice can be found by following the NHS and NaTHNaC links at http://www.explore.co.uk/Travelhealth/ and from your local healthcare provider. Visa and vaccination requirements are subject to change and should be confirmed before departure.

Dates, prices and booking

Date
Price from
Single room option
Saturday 2 June 2018 - Friday 15 June 2018
This departure is guaranteed
From £2495
Save£100
was£2595
Single room option +£1145
Show full details for this departure, including trip notes
All customers that travel on an Explore Group or Private Journey trip will be provided with a complimentary transfer, provided they arrive and depart into the designated airport or train station on the trip start and end dates. Please see free transfers for terms and conditions.

These trip joining details are provided on a provisional basis and may change prior to this tour departing. Any changes to these details will be updated on this page.
For those not eligible for a free transfer the joining / ending time and location for your trip are detailed below:
Joining Point
Town
Anchorage
Time and place
20:00 at Hotel Reception
Information
Important information about joining your tour Please note that the Ramada Downtown Hotel in Anchorage provides a free shuttle service to and from the airport. Once you have passed through security and collected your bag, you can call the hotel on +1 907 272 7561 to arrange the pickup and proceed directly to the hotel. A welcome note will give you full instructions for meeting the group.
Ending Point
Town
Anchorage
Time
09:00
Information
Important information about finishing your tour Please note that the Ramada Downtown Hotel in Anchorage provides a free shuttle service to and from the airport.
If you have booked and pre or post trip accommodation directly with the hotel, or through any other intermediaries, please ensure you regularly check this page in case of any changes.
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Saturday 16 June 2018 - Friday 29 June 2018
This departure is guaranteed
From £2595
Single room option +£1145
Show full details for this departure, including trip notes
All customers that travel on an Explore Group or Private Journey trip will be provided with a complimentary transfer, provided they arrive and depart into the designated airport or train station on the trip start and end dates. Please see free transfers for terms and conditions.

These trip joining details are provided on a provisional basis and may change prior to this tour departing. Any changes to these details will be updated on this page.
For those not eligible for a free transfer the joining / ending time and location for your trip are detailed below:
Joining Point
Town
Anchorage
Time and place
20:00 at Hotel Reception
Information
Important information about joining your tour Please note that the Ramada Downtown Hotel in Anchorage provides a free shuttle service to and from the airport. Once you have passed through security and collected your bag, you can call the hotel on +1 907 272 7561 to arrange the pickup and proceed directly to the hotel. A welcome note will give you full instructions for meeting the group.
Ending Point
Town
Anchorage
Time
09:00
Information
Important information about finishing your tour Please note that the Ramada Downtown Hotel in Anchorage provides a free shuttle service to and from the airport.
If you have booked and pre or post trip accommodation directly with the hotel, or through any other intermediaries, please ensure you regularly check this page in case of any changes.
Download Trip Notes
Saturday 7 July 2018 - Friday 20 July 2018
From £2595
Single room option +£1145
Show full details for this departure, including trip notes
All customers that travel on an Explore Group or Private Journey trip will be provided with a complimentary transfer, provided they arrive and depart into the designated airport or train station on the trip start and end dates. Please see free transfers for terms and conditions.

These trip joining details are provided on a provisional basis and may change prior to this tour departing. Any changes to these details will be updated on this page.
For those not eligible for a free transfer the joining / ending time and location for your trip are detailed below:
Joining Point
Town
Anchorage
Time and place
20:00 at Hotel Reception
Information
Important information about joining your tour Please note that the Ramada Downtown Hotel in Anchorage provides a free shuttle service to and from the airport. Once you have passed through security and collected your bag, you can call the hotel on +1 907 272 7561 to arrange the pickup and proceed directly to the hotel. A welcome note will give you full instructions for meeting the group.
Ending Point
Town
Anchorage
Time
09:00
Information
Important information about finishing your tour Please note that the Ramada Downtown Hotel in Anchorage provides a free shuttle service to and from the airport.
If you have booked and pre or post trip accommodation directly with the hotel, or through any other intermediaries, please ensure you regularly check this page in case of any changes.
Download Trip Notes
Saturday 21 July 2018 - Friday 3 August 2018
This departure is guaranteed
From £2595
Single room option +£1145
Show full details for this departure, including trip notes
All customers that travel on an Explore Group or Private Journey trip will be provided with a complimentary transfer, provided they arrive and depart into the designated airport or train station on the trip start and end dates. Please see free transfers for terms and conditions.

These trip joining details are provided on a provisional basis and may change prior to this tour departing. Any changes to these details will be updated on this page.
For those not eligible for a free transfer the joining / ending time and location for your trip are detailed below:
Joining Point
Town
Anchorage
Time and place
20:00 at Hotel Reception
Information
Important information about joining your tour Please note that the Ramada Downtown Hotel in Anchorage provides a free shuttle service to and from the airport. Once you have passed through security and collected your bag, you can call the hotel on +1 907 272 7561 to arrange the pickup and proceed directly to the hotel. A welcome note will give you full instructions for meeting the group.
Ending Point
Town
Anchorage
Time
09:00
Information
Important information about finishing your tour Please note that the Ramada Downtown Hotel in Anchorage provides a free shuttle service to and from the airport.
If you have booked and pre or post trip accommodation directly with the hotel, or through any other intermediaries, please ensure you regularly check this page in case of any changes.
Download Trip Notes
Saturday 4 August 2018 - Friday 17 August 2018
From £2595
Single room option +£1145
Show full details for this departure, including trip notes
All customers that travel on an Explore Group or Private Journey trip will be provided with a complimentary transfer, provided they arrive and depart into the designated airport or train station on the trip start and end dates. Please see free transfers for terms and conditions.

These trip joining details are provided on a provisional basis and may change prior to this tour departing. Any changes to these details will be updated on this page.
For those not eligible for a free transfer the joining / ending time and location for your trip are detailed below:
Joining Point
Town
Anchorage
Time and place
20:00 at Hotel Reception
Information
Important information about joining your tour Please note that the Ramada Downtown Hotel in Anchorage provides a free shuttle service to and from the airport. Once you have passed through security and collected your bag, you can call the hotel on +1 907 272 7561 to arrange the pickup and proceed directly to the hotel. A welcome note will give you full instructions for meeting the group.
Ending Point
Town
Anchorage
Time
09:00
Information
Important information about finishing your tour Please note that the Ramada Downtown Hotel in Anchorage provides a free shuttle service to and from the airport.
If you have booked and pre or post trip accommodation directly with the hotel, or through any other intermediaries, please ensure you regularly check this page in case of any changes.
Download Trip Notes
Saturday 18 August 2018 - Friday 31 August 2018
From £2595
Single room option +£1145
Show full details for this departure, including trip notes
All customers that travel on an Explore Group or Private Journey trip will be provided with a complimentary transfer, provided they arrive and depart into the designated airport or train station on the trip start and end dates. Please see free transfers for terms and conditions.

These trip joining details are provided on a provisional basis and may change prior to this tour departing. Any changes to these details will be updated on this page.
For those not eligible for a free transfer the joining / ending time and location for your trip are detailed below:
Joining Point
Town
Anchorage
Time and place
20:00 at Hotel Reception
Information
Important information about joining your tour Please note that the Ramada Downtown Hotel in Anchorage provides a free shuttle service to and from the airport. Once you have passed through security and collected your bag, you can call the hotel on +1 907 272 7561 to arrange the pickup and proceed directly to the hotel. A welcome note will give you full instructions for meeting the group.
Ending Point
Town
Anchorage
Time
09:00
Information
Important information about finishing your tour Please note that the Ramada Downtown Hotel in Anchorage provides a free shuttle service to and from the airport.
If you have booked and pre or post trip accommodation directly with the hotel, or through any other intermediaries, please ensure you regularly check this page in case of any changes.
Download Trip Notes

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