June 8, 2023 –
 June 18, 2023

Great Alaskan Adventure

What you'll do

The great state of Alaska is known as The Last Frontier. On this EarthCruiser Adventure you’ll explore the heart of the state, driving gravel and dirt roads deep into the interior. Along the way you’ll pick up new skills in backcountry survival, including bear safety and glacier traversing. You’ll see incredible wildlife, from bears and moose to otters and whales. You’ll have the chance to run a working sled dog team and enjoy a soak in a beautiful hotsprings, enjoying incredible mountain scenery along the way.

*Scheduled for early June, 2023, exact dates to be confirmed once Alaska Marine Highway sailing dates released

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Alyeska Aerial Tram Ride and Lunch
  • Hatcher Pass Road
  • Palmer and Knik River
  • Guided Matanuska Glacier Walk
  • Remote Sheep Mountain camp
  • Valdez boat cruise
  • Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve
  • Alaskan Backcountry Skills Seminar
  • Denali Highway and the Richardson Highway
  • Summer dog sledding experience
  • Denali National Park
  • Wildlife Safari Bus Tour of Denali
  • Chena Hotsprings

3/5 Comfort Level

Moderate. Mostly dispersed camping with no water/power or facilities. Few services available some days. Cold nights, mosquitos, wildlife in campgrounds.

3/5 Driving Level

Moderate. Basic recovery and winching helpful, able to drive over difficult terrain, some gravel, mud, corrugations, rocky terrain.

your adventure hostS

Lance & Michelle

Lance & Michelle

EarthCruiser founders Lance and Michelle fell in love with travel at a young age, and eventually with each other after meeting on a deep jungle expedition. Their experiences together, coupled with Lance’s decades of overlanding lifestyles experience and technical know how, have set the tone for the care and attention to detail that goes into every EarthCruiser off the lot. That love spills over to the company, the crew, and our appreciation for our customers.

ellen wayte

ellen wayte

Ellen Wayte has spent over a decade working in tourism as an overlanding tour leader, scuba instructor, naturalist, park ranger, and concierge. As a tour leader, she has led adventure holidays through over 40 countries on five continents. She has guided clients on expeditions from Cape Town to Cairo, across the Silk Road, throughout South America, and the Indian subcontinent. She is passionate about wildlife and can often be found with binoculars in hand.

ITINERARY:*

Day 1 Whittier, Alaska, June 2023

We begin our adventure in the small port town of Whittier, the gateway to stunning Prince William Sound. Some of the group may have arrived the night before via the Alaska Marine Highway Ferry system, others may have opted to drive to the starting point via Canada. Early arrivals may opt to take a self-guided walking tour through town, book a fishing charter, or go for a guided kayak along the coast. We’ll have a welcome dinner and pre-departure meeting this evening at our campsite.

Meals included: Dinner

Optional Activities: Fishing, Scenic Boat Tour 

Day 2 Palmer, Alaska, June 2023

This morning we’ll begin our drive with a journey through the longest combined vehicle-railroad tunnel in North America. We’ll stop for a scenic meal as we take the Alyeska Aerial Tram to the top for lunch. After, we’ll return to our vehicles and drive the scenic Turnagain Arm road, looking for Dall Sheep along the rocky cliffs. We’ll make a quick stop in Alaska’s largest city, Anchorage, to purchase groceries and supplies before continuing down the scenic Hatcher Pass Road (weather and conditions permitting). We’ll spend the night camping along the beautiful Knik River.

Inclusions: Alyeska Aerial Tram and lunch

Meals included: Lunch

Day 3 Sheep Mountain, Alaska, June 2023

This morning we will take a guided walking tour of the Matanuska Glacier. You will get a chance to explore blue and basal ice, learn about the history and glaciology of the area and walk on the glacier itself. Afterward, we will drive the scenic Glenn Highway to camp at a historic lodge with spectacular mountain views.

Inclusions: Guided Glacier Walk

Day 4 Valdez, Alaska, June 2023

Today we’ll depart early to drive to the beautiful seaside town of Valdez. This afternoon we’ll go on a boat tour of the area, taking in scenic hidden bays and fjords, glaciers, and wildlife. Prince William Sound is truly a special area and provides sanctuary to wildlife, including whales, eagles, and sea lions.

Inclusions: Boat Tour of Valdez

Day 5 Kennicott, Alaska, June 2023

We’ll leave the coast this morning and head deep into Alaska’s wilderness. The second part of today’s drive is via rugged gravel roads heading towards the wilds of the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve. We’ll spend tonight camping at a place teeming with wildlife and away from the crowds. Here we will take a seminar on safe backcountry travel techniques from professional mountain guides. Skills learned will include bear and wildlife safety, campsite selection, and river crossing techniques.

Inclusions: Backcountry skills seminar

Day 6 Paxson, Alaska, June 2023

This morning we’ll head north and into the center of the state. In the afternoon, we’ll begin driving the legendary Denali highway.  We’ll drive through gorgeous scenery, from boreal forest to tundra. Tonight we’ll camp at a remote, quiet campground next to a beautiful lake known for its excellent trout and grayling fishing.

Day 7 Clearwater Mountain, Alaska, June 2023

Today we’ll continue west down the gravel portion of the Denali highway. Camping tonight is in the grounds of a mountain lodge. In the late afternoon, we’ll go on a Summer Mushing Experience with a local dog sled kennel, Squid Acres. You’ll get a chance to meet the team’s dogs, learn what it takes to Iditarod and go for a training run in an ATV pulled by sled dogs.

Inclusions: Sled Dog Experience

Day 8 Denali, Alaska, June 2023

Today we finish our drive of the Denali Highway and end at Denali National Park. We’ll make camp at one of the park’s campgrounds for the next two next evenings. We’ll have the afternoon free to explore the park or participate in optional activities.

Inclusions: Denali National Park Entry

Optional Activities: Scenic Flights

Day 9 Denali, Alaska, June 2023

Today is a day for visiting the interior of the national park. We will go on a full-day bus tour (the only way to access the center of the park) with a naturalist guide. This tour will guide you along the spectacular road corridor, promising different experiences every day, as Denali’s wildlife moves at its own pace and according to the seasons.

Inclusions: Denali National Park Entry, Guided Bus Tour

Day 10 Chena, Alaska, June 2023

Today is our last drive day as we leave Denali and head north to Fairbanks, Alaska’s second-largest city. Here we’ll make a stop at the University’s Museum of the North to view exhibits on the natural and cultural history of the state. We’ll then continue north out of town to Chena Hotsprings. Here we’ll camp at the resort’s campground and have the opportunity to go for a swim in the resort’s thermal pools. We’ll have a celebratory dinner tonight at the resort’s restaurant, featuring produce grown on-site in their thermal greenhouses.

Inclusions: Chena Hotsprings, Museum of the North

Meals included: Dinner

Day 11 Chena, Alaska, June 2023

Today our trip ends, and we say goodbye to our new friends. If you would like help in planning a continued adventure in Alaska and beyond, please reach out to EarthCruiser Adventure. Suggestions include driving the Dalton Highway to Deadhorse, at the very top of Alaska, or head east to visit the Yukon area at Circle or Eagle.

 

*Please note that the itinerary listed here represents the intended route and day to day schedule. EarthCruiser Adventure reserves the right to make any itinerary changes with or without notice, which may become necessary, as is the nature of overlanding.

Included activities

  • Alyeska Aerial Tram Ride and Lunch
  • Guided Matanuska Glacier Walk
  • Valdez boat cruise
  • Alaskan Backcountry Skills Seminar
  • Summer dog sledding experience
  • Denali National Park Entry
  • Wildlife Safari Bus Tour of Denali
  • Museum of the North Entry
  • Chena Hotsprings Entry

Optional Activities

  • Scenic Flights Over Denali
  • Fishing Excursions

Meals Provided

  • 2 dinners, 1 lunch

Accomodations

  • Camping (10 nights) 

VEHICLE & EQUIPMENT REQUIREMENTS

EarthCruiser or Terranova purchased new from EarthCruiser, used via EarthCruiser’s pre-owned program, or used via a third party with membership to the Cruiser Crew program.

Spare tire and full set of Maxtrax recovery board

Basic recovery gear including Snatch Block, Tree Saver, one pair each hard and soft shackles, and gloves.

INSURANCE REQUIREMENTS

You will be asked to show proof of valid insurance for operating your vehicle in the state of Alaska.

Starting at $4,500.00 / guest

Pay a 50% deposit per item

Minimum 50% deposit required for booking. The remaining balance will be automatically charged 30 days before your adventure begins.