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Alaska Grizzly Bear Adventure

Mid June-Mid July

11 Days / 10 Nights

$7,500 p/person based on double occupancy

 NEXT TRIP 2022

Alaska is truly our last frontier. Despite being twice the size of Texas, Alaska has the lowest population by density, but more wildlife than any other state.  Our Alaskan Adventure focuses on the immense Grizzly Bears as we venture into Katmai National Park which has the largest concentration of Grizzlies in North America.  Once a year, the grizzlies congregate at Brooks Bridge to feast on thousands of Sockeye Salmon swimming upstream to span their eggs.  It is no wonder professional photographers come from all over the world to capture the photos you will experience.

Our adventure gives you what no cruise ship or cookie cutter tour can offer.  We fly into Fairbanks, take the scenic Alaska Railroad into Denali for a land and air adventure, enjoy Anchorage before we fly into Katmai for the grizzlies, and finish with a relaxing scenic day in the beautiful seaside village of Whittier. 

This adventure will rival African Safaris and blow away any Alaska cruise!

Day 1

Arrivals into Fairbanks

Your Alaskan Adventure begins upon landing into Fairbanks, Alaska where you will experience your first day with 21 hours and 48 minutes of sunlight!  In reality, it will never get dark your first night.  We will check into the Rivers Edge Resort, a modest 4-Star locally owned property of quaint cottages along the banks of the Chena River.  The rest of the day can be spent relaxing from your travels in your room, a stroll along the Chena River, or explore downtown Fairbanks, only 120 miles from the Arctic Circle.

Day 2

Riverboat Discovery Tour

We will cruise the Chena and Tanana Rivers on a paddleboat stopping off to take a guided walking tour of an authentic Athabascan Indian village. Next stop is to visit the late four-time Iditarod champion Susan Butcher Dog Kennels.  We will learn firsthand about kennel life and the challenges that go into making a champion dogsled team.  Finally, we will step into a specially designed chamber to experience what 40 degrees below zero feels like.

Day 3

Fairbanks to Denali National Park via the Alaska Railroad

Board the Alaska Railroad GoldStar First Class which provides glass-dome ceilings, upper-level outdoor viewing platforms, and first class inclusive meals with two free drinks in the private bar.  The train is an adventure in itself with incredible views of the Alaska frontier.

Glass Dome ceilings

Check into our cottages and then take the shuttle into Denali Village Visitor Center to watch the park film, check out a variety of exhibits about the natural and cultural history of the Denali area, or join a variety of ranger walks or talks.  There are also a few shops to bop around looking for souvenirs.

Alaska Rail Road
Private Viewing Platform

Day 4

Denali Back Country Adventure

Denali National Park from our bus

Only private tours are allowed into Denali National Park and we will be part of it to experience 92 miles of breathtaking Alaskan beauty and adventure. This fully narrated park tour travels the entire length of Denali National Park with a knowledgeable Guide who shares the biology, geology, and history of the region with you.  The landscape is absolutely beautiful!

Grizzley from our coach

Chances are usually good to see bears, caribou, fox, moose, wolves, Dall sheep and birds in their natural habitat.

At the end of road, we will spend a couple of hours to enjoy lunch at an exclusive resort in Kantishna, just past Wonder Lake, the jewel of Denali. There you will discover a piece of Alaska's gold rush history, and the warm hospitality of the staff as you enjoy a tasty meal served in the dining area. After lunch you'll be invited to try your luck at panning for gold in Moose Creek, or if you prefer, you can stretch your legs on the nature hike, or just relax on the deck of the lodge and immerse yourself in the scenery.

Denali National Park by air

For our return segment, while the others board a bus back home, we board a private Cessna 206  aircraft for an exhilarating 55 minute flight to see Mt. Denali from the air back to base camp.  Only the best for our customers!

Kantishna Resort

Day 5

Denali to Anchorage

View of Denali from the train

Back on board the Alaska Railroad for the most scenic part of our railroad journey to Anchorage.  Hopefully the skies will grant us views of “The Great One”, Denali, the highest mountain peak in North America.

One o hundreds of lakes and rivers

Along the way we will see wildlife, lakes, rivers, locals, all from the comfort of your reclining seat while sipping a cocktails from the  First Class private platform.

Day 6

A Day in Anchorage

You have several options in Anchorage.  You can relax and visit downtown for souvenir shopping and enjoying the local cuisine from several excellent restaurants.  My favorite is a Reindeer Hot Dog!

Views of Kincaid Park

An other option is to join me on my quest to find a moose in Kincaid Park!  Kincaid Park is a beautiful place to take a leisurely bike ride in search of a moose that everyone swears they encounter all the time.  The path is fully paved with beautiful views of the Cook Inlet and lush green foliage.  It is a relatively flat ride with only a few mild hills to contend with.

Nothing better than a Reindeer Dog!

Day 7 - 9

Katmai Grizzly Adventure begins!

After short commercial flight to King Salmon, we take a sea plane for a scenic ride to Katmai Peninsula.  Upon arrival, you will take a short Grizzly awareness program, check into your rustic cabin, and we’re off on a short walk to Brooks Bridge to experience these magnificent bears feasting on hundreds of salmon flying through the air to spawn their eggs.  Primarily occurring between mid-June and mid-July, our timing will be perfect to capture this annual phenomenon at its peak season.

The sea plane is part of the adventure

At Brooks Bridge, there is a viewing platform overlooking the falls that gives you prime viewing of bears and leaping salmon.  You do not need a telephoto lens as we are incredibly close to the action and even camera phones give fantastic shots.  Wildlife is never predictable so every minute is unique.  Turn away for a second and you may miss a bear catching a salmon in midair.  Leave for lunch and you may miss two bears fighting for the best fishing spot or mating.  Every year I come here, something new always seen happens.  It is so exciting because your never know what will happen next.

Big Baloo. We are about 30 feet away!
Territorial fight!
 

Day 11

Day Trip to Whittier with Glacier Cruise

On our last day, we take a scenic drive along the Turnagain Arm to Whittier, sharing the same tunnel as a train.  Yes, we drive on train tracks to get through.  Whittier is a sleepy fishing village with fun little restaurants.  After lunch, we board a ship to get close to numerous glaciers, waterfalls, and wildlife.

An other option is to join me on my quest to find a moose in Kincaid Park!  Kincaid Park is a beautiful place to take a leisurely bike ride in search of a moose that everyone swears they encounter all the time.  The path is fully paved with beautiful views of the Cook Inlet and lush green foliage.  It is a relatively flat ride with only a few mild hills to contend with.

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  • What is included? All lodging and transportation within Alaska. (Excludes your airfare into Fairbanks and from Anchorage back home.
     

  • How likely will we see wild animals?  Extremely likely!  
     

  • Is this dangerous?  We haven't lost a customer yet.  Follow the rules and chances of danger is not likely.  Selfies with grizzlies are likely not going to end well for you.
     

  • What makes Johnny G Adventure's Alaskan Adventure better than all others?  This is a great question.  There isn't a cruise that can compete with regards to seeing bears and other wildlife as close as we get you.  Not even close.  Cruises are nice, IF, you only want to view beautiful landscapes and be forced to interact with a boatload of other tourists.  On our adventure, you will experience - 

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