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Adventure holidays in Alaska

4th March 2013 Print
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Discover the World has added to their portfolio of outstanding holiday destinations with the launch of an inspiring range of itineraries to Alaska.  Combining wilderness with comfort and taking in well-known sights as well as hidden gems, this is the most comprehensive collection of Alaskan holidays to be offered by a UK tour operator. 2013 marks the launch of Icelandair's new route to Anchorage via Reykjavik giving UK travellers more flexible travel options and great value flights.  This year also coincides with the 100th anniversary of the first ascent of Mt McKinley, North America's tallest mountain.

Alaska offers an unparalleled holiday experience for those with a sense of adventure and love of the wild.  The 49th American state is home to some of North America's highest peaks, 51 million acres of National Park, lush rainforests, a remote Arctic frontier and an incredible 100,000 glaciers.  Discover the World's carefully designed itineraries offer travellers a variety of ways to experience Alaska's sights from self-drive holidays, memorable rail journeys and wildlife encounters, to scenic cruises and fully guided escorted tours.  Their Alaska Certified Travel Specialists can also tailor-make any itinerary to suit different interests, timescales and budgets, as well as extend an Alaskan holiday to include stopovers in Iceland or journeys into the neighbouring Canadian province of British Columbia or the Yukon Territory.  A range of accommodation is available including boutique inns and lodges in the heart of the Alaskan wilderness, as well as standard hotel and motel options.

Alaskan Experiences

Introduction to Alaska (7 nights from £853pp)

From the mountains and wildlife of Denali National Park, to the glaciers and marine life of the Kenai Peninsula, this holiday focuses on the beauty and highlights of southern Alaska.  From £853 per person, it runs from May until September and includes seven nights' accommodation (twin share), car hire and an escorted tour of Denali National Park.

Glaciers, Grizzlies and Whales (5 nights from £1,586pp)

This five-night wildlife holiday combines the scenic beauty of the Inside Passage and encounters with grizzly bears on Admiralty Island.  From £1,586 per person (May to August) including five nights' accommodation (twin share), return flight from Juneau to Gustavus, half-day bear watching excursion, half-day whale watching cruise through the Icy Straits and a full-day Glacier Bay catamaran cruise, including lunch.

Inside Passage - Alaskan Discovery (7 nights from £1,385pp)

Alaska's spectacular Inside Passage is best explored from the water, and this small ship expedition-style cruise with fewer than 100 passengers allows for more in-depth exploration, with time available to kayak amongst icebergs, join guided nature hikes ashore, or keep watch for whales and bears from the deck.  Price from £1,385 per person (based on twin share) including full board, shore visits, kayaking and small boat exploration and the services of on-board expedition leaders and guides.  Available May to September.

Discover Barrow: Top of the World (1 night from £788pp)

This is a unique opportunity to visit the remote settlement of Barrow (330 miles north of the Arctic Circle) and meet the residents of Alaska's largest community of Eskimos.  Departing from Fairbanks or Anchorage, prices begin at £788 per person including return flights from Anchorage or Fairbanks to Barrow, overnight accommodation and a five hour guided tour of Barrow and the surrounding area.  This extension is available from June through August.

Icelandair's new route to Anchorage from Reykjavik starts on 15 May 2013 and runs until mid September. It departs twice weekly with connections from London Heathrow, Gatwick, Manchester and Glasgow.  Flights with Icelandair via Reykjavik cost from £720pp economy return.

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