Bindlestiff Tours

Alaskan Highlights Lodging Adventure Tour

  • Alaska - Denali Landscape
  • Chagach State Park - Hiking

Although Mt. Denali is only visible 20% of the year, there's a chance you could even catch a glimpse.

Tour Description:

Welcome to the largest city of Alaska, most often thought of as the state’s capital. Start off your vacation flying into stunning scenery overlooking the Chugach, Alaskan, Kenai, and Talkeetna mountain ranges.

Important Information:

May 26th to June 4th | August 29th to September 7th 2020
Minimum of 2 persons per booking required
The minimum age for this tour is 10 years old. Solo guests must be 18 years or older to travel alone.
*itinerary can change due to local circumstances*
*prices for optional activities are estimated costs and are subject to change*

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Highlights

  • Goldstar Service Coastal Classic Alaska Railroad between Anchorage and Seward
  • Visit Exit Glacier/Kenai Fjords National Park
  • Mitch Seavey Dog Sled Tour
  • 7.5 hour Kenai Fjords National Park Wildlife Cruise w Alaskan Salmon/Prime Rib Buffet
  • Visit Russian River, city of Kenai, & Deep Creek Recreation Area
  • Ride the Alyeska Aerial Tram & have dinner at the AAA rated Seven Glaciers restaurant
  • 8 hr Denali National Park Eielsen Wildlife Shuttle

 

Itinerary

DAY 1 – ANCHORAGE
Anchorage is Alaska’s most populated area yet it’s shared with the likes of bears, moose, and wolves. After your flight into this urban wilderness, make your way to our accommodations for the 6 pm pre-departure meeting followed by a group meal. Take this evening to get to know your fellow travelers and guides.
Included: Hotel
Meals Included: Group Dinner
DAY 2 – SEWARD
This morning you will board the famous Alaskan Railroad eating breakfast while taking you on a scenic ride down along the Turnagain Arm and through the Chugach Mountains. As a Goldstar Dome passenger, you enjoy a reserved seat in the upper-level dome, as well as priority seating in the lower-level dining room with all-inclusive breakfast. After the train ride, we will pick you up at the Seward train station and take you out to Exit Glacier for a short hike. In the late afternoon, enjoy a sled dog tour with 3-time Iditarod winner, Mitch Seavey – the famous Iditarod trail once started its way up to Nome from Seward – learn more about this important Alaskan history.
Included: Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Optional Activities: Fishing
Day 3 – SEWARD
Today we will experience the Kenai Fjords National Park by boat, cruising among the glaciers and wildlife. After hopefully spotting as much wildlife as possible we will be seeing two tidewater glaciers hopefully calving and crashing into the water below! The cruise will take you
out searching for humpback whales, orcas, seals, sea lions, otters and many birds among them the famous and colorful puffins. The boat will stop in front of two calving glaciers: Listen to the sounds of cracking ice and enjoy a drink on the rocks! In the evening venture out to explore
Seward on your own and have dinner at the restaurant of your choice.
Included: Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, ***Alaskan Salmon & Prime Rib Buffet Included***
DAY 4 – HOMER
Located on the western side of the Kenai Peninsula and Kachemak Bay, Homer is the launching point for bear viewing flights or the boat-kayak-flight day on the bay. But, don’t overlook this artist inspired town with its many galleries along the spit. On the way to Homer, there will be enough time for some scenic photo stops and short walks. Depending on the time of the year we will stop to watch the Salmon Running up Russian River or visit one of the Russian orthodox churches overlooking the Ring of Fire volcanoes on the other side of the bay.
Included: Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 5 – HOMER
Today you have a free day for optional activities to choose from: Fly out across the Cook Inlet to view some of Alaska’s largest brown bears, volcanoes, and glaciers. You will be accompanied by your experienced bush pilot/bear guide. En-route view active volcanoes, scenic wilderness, and majestic glaciers. Your plane lands on a remote beach. Just a short walk away, you will view the main attraction: brown bears in their natural habitat. Many times you can see them lying in the grass, digging for clams along the shore, finding a mate or chasing the salmon. If you decide for the “Day on the Bay” you’ll hop on a local water taxi across Kachemak Bay. From here you will venture out on a half-day kayak trip. Paddle around hidden coves and have a salmon-sandwich picnic on a remote beach. Local transport will take you to the small village of Seldovia. At the “Local Airport”, you’ll hop a scenic flight back to Homer. If you decide to stay behind, Homer offers a relaxing atmosphere right on the water of Kachemak Bay: check out the quaint little artist shops, have a coffee right on the waterfront, walk on the beach or check out the local natural history museum.
Included: Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Optional Activities: Bear Viewing, Flightseeing & Kayaking
DAY 6 – GIRDWOOD
Today we are making our way back north staying close at Alaska’s premier ski resort. We will hop on the Alyeska Aerial Tram which takes you to sensational viewing experiences overlooking the Turnagain Arm and viewing of 7 hanging glaciers in the heart of the Chugach Mountains. The evening will finish off with a dinner at the AAA-rated Seven Glaciers restaurant.
Included: Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 7 – TALKEETNA
It’s a short drive to Talkeetna. Talkeetna is home to the convergence of three major glacial rivers, which makes for great excursions. There are several great trails in the area to explore on your own. Just outside of town, visitors can walk to the waterfront and marvel at the mighty Susitna River. On a clear day, enjoy views of the Alaskan Range and Denali as the backdrop. Also be sure to walk around downtown Talkeetna where you will find several quaint shops, local breweries, restaurants and more. No trip would be complete without adding the optional activity of flying over Denali National Park and around Mt. Denali (20,320 ft/6194 m.)
Included: Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 8 – DENALI NATIONAL PARK
After a casual morning we drive north hoping to get(another) glimpse of Mount Denali or maybe find moose along the scenic drive up to Denali National Park. We will check out Denali Visitor Center and explore some of the well-maintained hiking trails in the front-country of the famous park. One of the popular trails takes you down tow Horseshoe Lake where you have a good chance to spot beavers and moose! Accommodation: Hotel Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Activities: Denali Visitor Center/Hike the front-country of Denali National Park, Rafting
DAY 9 – DENALI NATIONAL PARK
Today we take the opportunity for a bus ride through the national park along its only road and hopefully spot bears, moose, caribou, or wolves. Denali offers 6 million acres of pure wilderness. We will take the bus out to Eielson Visitor Center where, on clear days, you will have a fantastic view of Mount Denali. There will be time for shorter hikes to explore the unique flora and fauna on foot as well.
Included: Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 10 – ANCHORAGE
This is another day where you have a chance to see Mount Denali or spot a moose along the road. We will return to Anchorage for a late lunch.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Optional Activities: Extend your stay in Anchorage

 

Included

  • 9 hotel nights (2 person share)
  • 9xBreakfast, 8xLunches, 7xDinner
  • Goldstar Service Coastal Classic Alaska Railroad between Anchorage and Seward
  • Visit Exit Glacier/Kenai Fjords National Park
  • Mitch Seavey Dog Sled Tour
  • 7.5 hour Kenai Fjords National Park Wildlife Cruise w Alaskan Salmon/Prime Rib Buffet
  • Visit Russian River, city of Kenai, & Deep Creek Recreation Area
  • Ride the Alyeska Aerial Tram & have dinner at the AAA rated Seven Glaciers restaurant
  • 8 hr Denali National Park Eielsen Wildlife Shuttle
  • National Park Entrance Fees
  • Tour Guide & Transport

Not Included

  • Tour Guide Gratuities
  • Optional activities not listed as included
  • Insurance – You need health insurance in order to join our trips. Please provide those details along with Next of Kin details either beforehand or latest at the first day of the trip.

 

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Testimonials

  • There were total 12 of us in this tour. It was an interesting international combination and we fitted in the van perfectly as we are all in average size. Our tour guide Michael is knowledgeable, friendly and always tried to accommodate our request.

    Do not miss out the Antelope Canyon (optional item), It’s one the best spots in this tour.

    The tour was the best as we had good tour guide and a group of good people! all the places are worth-seeing and itinerary is well arranged. Thanks mike and Bindlestiff Tours!

    5star

    A 3-day national park tour that you CANNOT miss!
  • Bindlestiff Tours was the highlight of our trip to the USA. We took a national parks tour to Zion, Monument Valley, Lake Powell, Antelope Canyon, Bryce and the Grand Canyon. High quality tour with fabulous hotels- And I found all the hot tubs!
    We never went away hungry from the food choices Khriss made which included the surprise “Home made pie”, the chocolate cookies he provided for us during the long drives were very much appreciated.

    Indeed, our group, to a person, said unsolicited that Khriss was the BEST driver/guide they had ever had and valued his shared knowledge, his expertise, his professional, punctual service, his books, and his patience. They especially remembered his contagious smile, Southern wit, love of John Wayne and the West, and his amazing ability to have all our luggage [those big bags our girls always take] in place at the agreed departure time! Yes, we had a great time and are so appreciative of Khriss, who went above and beyond to see to the needs of everyone in our group. I speak for the group in thanking you all for a wonderful and unique SW experience! THANK YOU!

    5star

    Our small group had a very best trip to the SW US!
  • I recently came back from USA and I felt I had to share my experience with everyone.
    After a lot of research in internet about which Company to use to travel from Vegas and see the Grand Canyon and the highlights around there, I am so happy I finally chose Bindlestiff tours.
    My highlight of the trip was of course the helicopter flight over Grand Canyon, which was breathtaking. I would advise anyone to book the 55 mins flight in advance to avoid disappointment, for a bit more money than the 20 mins flight, you will be able to explore the Canyon best.
    Our guide, Mike, was very knowledgeable , funny but professional and made the whole group bond. We started as 12 strangers and ended the tour as friends .The fact of being a small group made the interaction with each other very easy .
    I felt this trip met my expectations if not exceeded them. This is a great choice if you don’t have a lot of time to drive freely and you want to see the National Parks highlights around Vegas.
    If you are looking and looking and you are not sure which Company you should go for, don’t think anymore. Choose Bindlestiff tours and it won’t disappoint !

    5star

    I cannot recommend this trip and Company enough
  • I spent 3 of my best days in the US on that tour. Perfectly organized and guided by JD Boyle, it gives the opportunity to visit legendary places and really feel the desert. To see the moon rise and the night fall over Monument Valley and the first sun rays above the same rocks the next morning was a dream come true. Thanks JD, thank you Bindlestiff! I hope to travel again with you some day:)

    5star

    National Parks Mini Explorer
  • Last summer I booked a 3 day trip covering Zion, Bryce, Monument Valley, Horseshoe bend, Grand Canyon, departing and end at Vegas. After one year, I still think this is the best trip I ever booked from a tour company. I was extremely lucky to have Vern as our guide & lead (also driver), a guy with great personality, also so experienced and professional in organizing everything. We were able to be quite flexible in deciding how long we wanted to stay in each place, which hiking trek to take, etc. I enjoyed every hiking route Vern recommended! I was travelling solo and was a bit concerned if I would be totally comfortable in joining a group tour, but it proved my concern was nonsense. The others in the group were very easy going and we got along well.

    Every park has its own uniqueness and amazing views. I loved every place really. The highlight for me is Monument Valley, apart from the sunrise (we had a great camping spot for watching sunrise!) and the safari tour, the whole place just felt so spiritual (my very personal feeling).

    I never felt rushed or bored during the 3 days. Most of the time I even forgot I was travelling with a tour company, I felt I was just travelling with a group of friends. Arizona and Utah not only have unique nature landscapes but also interesting social and culture characters.

    I would love to highly recommend Bindlestiff to everyone. If I have the chance, I will do another trip with Bindlestiff.

    5star

    Best tour ever, an unforgettable journey