BBC One's recent 'Wild Alaska Live' highlighted the immense vistas and unrivalled wildlife-spotting opportunities of North America’s remote 49th State. Wildlife holiday specialist Naturetrek is offering two tempting itineraries, each led by expert naturalist guides, for UK enthusiasts to experience Alaska for themselves.
'Alaska – Spring in Prince William Sound' is a 14-day holiday starting in the small coastal community of Cordova, timed to coincide with the northbound migration of thousands of waders, divers and waterfowl in early May. The group (of up to ten people, plus guides) then boards the MV Discovery, a 12-berth motor yacht chartered exclusively by Naturetrek, to explore the wonder of Prince William Sound on a seven-night cruise. These sheltered waters are home to families of orcas, humpback whales, Steller’s sea lions, pods of Dall porpoises and over 4,500 sea otters. On land, there is the opportunity to spot black and grizzly bears, mountain goats and moose.
Departing May 4 2018, the tour costs from £8,895 per person (based on two sharing) including flights from Heathrow, all transfers, 12 nights’ accommodation (seven on board the MV Discovery, three in Cordova and two in Anchorage), most meals and all excursions and activities. The two flights are overnight.
The other trip is 'Venture to Alaska – America’s Last Frontier', a 14-day journey from Alaska’s southern coastline to the shores of the Arctic Ocean, through taiga forest and open tundra, past snow-capped mountains and towering glaciers. Travellers will take a boat trip into the Kenai Fjords National Park, explore the extensive spruce forests that surround the Seward Peninsula, fly north to Barrow (the northerly-most point in Alaska and a land of perpetual summer daylight) and view the spectacular peak of ‘Denali’ (Mount McKinley). Wildlife highlights are likely to include black and grizzly Bears, caribou, moose, Dall sheep, sea otter, humpback whale and orca; ornithology enthusiasts will enjoy spotting seabirds such as horned and tufted puffins, as well as Kittlitz’s and ancient murrelets.
Departing June 15 2018, the tour price starts from £6,995 including flights, transfers, 12 nights’ accommodation (three in Anchorage, two each in Barrow, Fairbanks and Seward, three in Denali National Park), most meals and all excursions and activities. One flight is overnight.