Small group holiday to Alaska

“An eleven day, small group adventure holiday doing a spectacular circuit of the state’s most magnificent national parks. With some superb hiking opportunities. Stay in a mix of campsites, mountain lodge and hotels. ”


Anchorage | Kenai National Park | Kenai Fjords National Park | Valdez by ferry | Denali National Park | Wrangell-St Elias National Park | Alaska Mountain Range | Denali National Park | Option for float plane expedition for bear watching

Description of Small group holiday to Alaska

This small group holiday to Alaska packs a mighty punch in eleven days, covering a circuit through some of the country’s greatest national parks. Starting and ending in Anchorage, you will have adventures here that only a vast and unique state like Alaska can offer.

Before you even enter national park territory, you get a chance to walk the Byron Glacier Trail on Kenai Peninsula, the perfect appetiser for the stunning Harding Icefield Trail in Kenai Fjords National Park.

There are opportunities for a couple of ferry trips on this holiday, including one through Prince William Sound past vast mountains and icebergs to Valdez, a place with a difficult and yet fascinating history. Next stop is the world renowned Wrangell-St Elias National Park, the largest in the USA, and home to some of the most spectacular mountain scenery. Here you will have many options to choose from in order to explore the park’s glaciers and snow peaked mountains.

We also spend two days at Denali National Park, which boasts the USA’s tallest mountain, Mt. McKinley, but also plenty of superb Alaskan wildlife such as grizzly bears, caribou and wolves. Trek it, raft it or fly over it – Adventure is Denali’s middle name.
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Responsible tourism: Small group holiday to Alaska

We are committed to offering low impact tours that benefit both the places and communities we visit as well as our travellers. It is important for us all to be aware of the delicate balance that exists in the variety of natural wonders you will visit. National Parks and monuments, archaeological sites and other sensitive areas should and must be treated with respect.

We have created a 'Travellers' Code of Conduct' to help prepare and inform our groups of the various positive or negative effects they could have on a destination. The code includes tips on everything from handling wildlife encounters to how you can help to conserve precious natural resources. Our tour leaders will explain this code of conduct during the first night’s orientation talk and encourage you to follow it throughout the tour.

This code includes following the ‘Leave No Trace’ ethic, this is an international campaign that is designed to help us minimise the impact on the National Parks and other wilderness areas that we visit. Some key guidelines we follow include keeping to existing trails, staying in official campgrounds and disposing of all waste responsibly and recycling whatever we can.

We are proud supporters of Bay Area Wilderness Training ( a charity based in Oakland California which works to connect disadvantaged children in the local urban area with the great outdoors. Their work helps to provide these young people with life changing experiences which they can
apply to everyday life. Everyone booking with Grand American Adventures has the option to donate £1/$1/€1 to support this well-deserved charity and we will match this donation.

Whenever possible, we use local accommodation and activity providers. We also shop locally for groceries, eat in small family-run restaurants and visit local shops whenever possible. This all brings economic benefit to the local communities that we visit.

In Alaska we use small locally owned service providers for our included and optional activities. Due to the short tourist summer season in this region we make a special effort to use as much varied local produce whilst on tour as possible. This aims to evenly distribute money spent on tourism in Alaska between many small businesses.

This tour incorporates use of a local guide and National Park communal transport in Denali National Park, as well as adhering to National Park rules and regulations. Our tour leaders will educate travellers on how best to interact with the wildlife in the parks, for example advising people not to feed the animals to stop them becoming dependent on hand-outs from humans. They will also advise all groups to keep to the path to avoid upsetting the balance of nature.

We spend a significant amount of time at various National Parks on this tour, the included entrance fees help to preserve the status and upkeep of the park on a continued and sustainable basis. Interaction with National Park Rangers helps to preserve this role as an employment opportunity for local people and future generations.

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