Is there a best way to do Alaska? No, all of them are great! Yes, the most popular is 7-day cruise from Seattle or Vancouver with a 4-night interior Alaska (Denali & Fairbanks) add on. But by no means is that the only way to enjoy and discover this incredible destination.
Our goal is to share some of the ways to journey to Alaska but completely customized is always a choice. Our goal is to overview the different itineraries and then discuss with you what is your dream idea of an Alaskan vacation.
Experience the wildest region of the United States, with ancient mountain ranges, pristine lakes and rivers full of leaping Salmon, while staying at remote lodges. Try your hand at dog mushing, go fishing for massive halibut, land on remote glaciers, and watch bears eating berries in open fields.
Globus: 12-Nights Ultimate Alaska & The Yukon
It doesn’t get any bigger than this grand tour of Alaska and the Yukon Territory. Where else can you see bears the size of buffalo, glaciers the size of states, and national parks the size of nations?
Insight Vacations: 6-nights Jewels of Alaska
A haven for nature lovers, this US state is home to sweeping landscapes, calving glaciers and spectacular national parks.
Holland America Land-Only Tours: Experience the Alaska you’ve dreamed of on this fully-escorted, 8-day/7-night Alaska tour featuring Denali National Park and the Kenai Peninsula. Your package includes a riverboat excursion in Fairbanks, the Tundra Wilderness Tour into Denali National Park and the Portage Glacier cruise.
Benefits of an Escorted Tour:
– Knowledgeable guides are with you every step of the way and provide local insight and stories about Alaska
– Logistics, transfers and baggage handling are taken care of for you
– Many meals and activities included
Luxury Alaskan Lodge Adventure: Girdwood, Wrangell St. Elias National Park, Kachemak Bay
Sled ride with huskies around the Punch Bowl Glacier
Soar over the majestic Chugach Mountains private helicopter ride
Natural Habitat Adventures:
Ultimate Alaska Photo Itinerary
The Expedition Leader, who is not only an expert naturalist but an accomplished nature photographer, specializing in Alaska's legendary wildlife.
G Adventures: This company puts together small-group itineraries that average only 8 people per group and a maximum of 15 people! This is the authentic and up-close experience you want when visiting destinations. G Adventures also offers a select few itineraries partnered with National Geographic. The NatGeo itineraries are a collection of unique tours designed to take you deeper into the cultures and habitants of the places explored.
A few suggested Alaska Itineraries from G Adventures:
MT Sobek: As an Adventure Travel Specialist, my all-time favorite travel company is MT Sobek. They customize and personalize any vacation specifically to you, your likes/dislikes, budget, and how to best experience a destination. They consistently deliver fantastic results for my clients and have phenomenal itinerary suggestions that include adventure options to get you started. See below for a few ideas from MT Sobek to see what they can do for you!
A couple suggested Alaska Itineraries from MT Sobek:
Expedition cruising is much like traditional cruising, but with more emphasis placed on the experience ashore, excursions and ports of call – many of which are much more off-the-beaten-track than mainstream cruises. ... Expedition cruising is a taste of exploration and adventure like you've never known before. In Alaska: Uncruise Adventures, American Cruise Lines and Lindblad Expeditions.
UnCruise: If you’re looking at off-the-beaten path and adventure, UnCruise is AMAZING! Their vessels only host up to 86 guests. This gives them the freedom to go places large ships are unable to get to! Their itineraries include hiking, skiff boats, paddle boarding, and kayaking. All the adventure equipment from kayaks, paddle boards, and snorkel gear is onboard for guest use. The sports marina opens off the back of the ship giving you instant and easy access to nature.
Shore Excursions are included in price! Excursions are organized on board each day; you’ll talk one on one with your expedition team regarding the activities best suited to your interest and activity level.
Dining: Even though you’re on a small adventure ship, the dining is still fantastic. You get well fed with delicious regional cuisine consisting of king crab, salmon, and steaks!