Alaska: USA

Tour duration: 14 days
Tour Rate: $11,500
The package rate applies for the duration of the tour (based on 1 person in a travel party), and includes eco-lodges, naturalist/photographer guide, boat, float plane, Denali Tundra Wilderness Tour (on-board bus), meals and house beverages, and 24-hour concierge at L' EcoResorts.

Alaska Wildlife Photo Tour provides nature photographers and outdoor enthusiasts with ample opportunities to capture some iconic images on this Alaskan safari.

In numerous ways, Alaska Wildlife Photo Tour differs from the regular ship cruise activities that are conducted in the area. Our tour will take you to see some hidden and remote spots, including glacial landscapes and nature parks that are off-the-beaten-tracts. These secluded Alaskan areas that are least traveled by tourists and remain pristine.

The guides on the Alaska Wildlife Photo Tour will show you the most scenic places to photograph. From your vessel, you can take snap shots and film the landscape and wildlife. In the back-country, on islands, and in wilderness places, you will be away from the tourist crowds.

Seeing brown bear fishing for salmon is an activity not to be missed on this excursion. Watching the bear fishing is a favorite thing to do for persons who booked the Alaska Wildlife Photo Tour.

Regardless of your photography skill level, Alaska Wildlife Photo Tour will match your capability. This excursion allows any one to take as much time as needed and fully indulge the innate attributes of Alaska. Unlike larger cruise tours, Alaska Wildlife Photo Tour is keen on individualism. Our group is smaller, the guide is a local person with the highest regards for the environment and wildlife, and we bring our clients up close to the wildlife both on land and in the icy seas without trampling, intruding on the animal’s personal space.

Located just 250 miles southwest of Anchorage, Katmai National Park is the foremost brown bear viewing spot in Alaska. Around the world, the bear population is in decline. The Alaska Peninsula has approximately 2, 200 brown bears. The region is estimated to house more bears than people. Alaska Wildlife Photo Tour provides a great opportunity for you to see some of the few remaining intact habitats in this region. In additional to wildlife observers, nature scientists visit Katmai to study bears in their natural environment.

Alaska Wildlife Photo Tour and bear viewing at Brooks Falls allows you to capture the scenes as the bears amass in the Brooks River to feast on salmon.

Comprising 6 million acres of wild land forest, alpine tundra, and snow-capped mountain, Denali National Park and Preserve, which is also home to the highest mountain peak in North America will also be explored on the Alaska Wildlife Photo Tour.

Tour’s Program

  • You will arrive in Fairbanks at Fairbanks International Airport (FAI).
  • At the airport, you'll be greeted by your naturalist guide, who is also a notable nature and landscape photographer, meet the small group who will also join the expedition, and be transported to your eco-lodge in Denali National Park.
FAIRBANKS

Once a booming gold rush town, Fairbanks is referred to as "Hub of the Interior", "Gateway to the Bush", and the "Golden Heart City". It is Alaska’s second-largest city (after Anchorage).The town has numerous art galleries with displays of pottery, painting, textiles, and Alaska Native art and jewelry. Nature activities include rafting/kayaking on the Chena River, exploring the Pioneer Park that pays homage to the town’s gold history, visiting a brewery, and enjoying a local made beer.

  • You'll sight-see Fairbanks, and then take the 2 hours' drive to the Denali National Park.
DENALI NATIONAL PARK

A preserve and national park, Denali encompasses 6-million acres including wilderness forests, tundra, glaciers, mountains and ranges. Its soaring granite summits and snow-capped peaks spans 160 miles of the Alaska Range. Denali’s spires dominate the skyline and reach into the clouds. The mountain, Denali (translated as "The Great One") stands at 20,310 feet above sea level and creates for an integral nature attraction in Alaska.

In Denali, you don't have to be a backpacker to see the wildlife roaming the land. The park provides a habitat for 37 species of mammals (incl. lynx, foxes, wolf, moose, caribou, brown bear, and grizzly bear) and 130 types of bird species (incl. the golden eagle). Since some lodges are located on the park's grounds, you'll have easy access to explore the remote alpine valleys and tundra-covered ridges and see the species.

  • Away from the crowds, you'll embark on hiking expeditions to photograph the landscape, plants and animal species. [the park's activity expands over a 4-day period on this tour]
DENALI NATIONAL PARK (Sighting B.)
  • From the day prior, you'll continue your hiking expedition in the park and learn about the plants and animal species, and photograph them in the wild.
DENALI NATIONAL PARK (Sighting C.)
  • To ensure wildlife spotting of the more elusive animal species, you'll trek to the areas where they are known to most frequent.
DENALI NATIONAL PARK (Sighting D.)
  • You will decide what you want to shoot (with your camera, of course). You'll spend the better part of the day photographing and making sure that you get that "wow" shot of your favorite subject:
    Wildlife: brown bear, golden eagle, moose, or black bear.
    Terrain: mountains, rivers, waterfalls, glaciers, glacial valley, ice field, lakes, or tundra.
DENALI NATIONAL PARK (Sighting E.)
  • On this day, you'll take the Denali Tundra Wilderness Tour. This excursion will further increase your chance of seeing everything bigger: the animals, the mountains, and the landscape. This journey ranges 7-8 hours and is complemented by narratives from your naturalist guide, and focuses on scouting out wildlife and provides for photography opportunity.
LODGE AT KENAI FJORDS (2-nights' stay)
  • You'll arrive at the lodge, located on the remote island close to Seward. Nature activities on the island abounds. You can go sea kayaking or explore the island on foot led by a resident naturalist guide and learn about the local flora and fauna.
  • You'll return to the lodge at Kenai Fjords to relax for the evening.
KENAI FJORDS

Kenai Fjords is described by the US National Park Service as "Where Mountains, Ice, and Ocean Meet". "At the edge of the Kenai Peninsula lies a land where the ice age lingers. Nearly 40 glaciers flow from the Harding Icefield, Kenai Fjords' crowning feature."

  • On this day, you'll embark on a chartered cruise to the location of icy sea littered with bit of ice and shade of blue tint icebergs, and an array of aquatic marine mammals and oceanic dolphin such as killer whale and Dall's porpoise.
LODGE IN SEWARD (2 nights' stay)

Along the route to the lodge there are many scenic sites to see from Anchorage to Seward. Some areas of significance include Potter’s Marsh and Turnagain Arm.

  • You'll take a hike to Exit Glacier led by the resident naturalist guide.
  • After hiking, you'll return to the lodge to relax for the evening.
ANCHORAGE (Sighting A.)

The people of Alaska have long since hailed for their keen acknowledge of the natural environment that abounds. It is out of this acknowledgement comes the need and dedication to protect this place for future generations.

Visitors can delve in the magnetism of Anchorage through an array of eco tours and adventures, from climbing glaciers, rafting rivers, trekking the trails, or walking in search of wildlife.

  • On this day, you'll climb aboard a small plane and take flight over Alaska’s wilderness where you will be amazed by a landscape of mountains protruding out of dense blue seas; colossal tidewater glaciers, and snow fields with bands of intense blue sapphire color.
ANCHORAGE (Sighting B.)
  • You'll embark on a 2-hour tour of Anchorage's historic city center, and later joining a small group of photographers to shoot the sunset at Cook Inlet.
KATMAI NATIONAL PARK (Sighting A.)

Almost exclusively accessible by plane or boat, Katmai National Park is an important preserve, an active volcanic landscape, and habitat for wildlife species such as salmon and thousands of brown bears.

  • On this day, you'll take a small plane to King Salmon (one of the best places in Alaska to view grizzly bears in the wild), then transported by float plane to your lodge.
KATMAI NATIONAL PARK (Sighting B.)

  • From the Brooks Falls viewing platform, you'll have the opportunity to capture iconic images of bears fishing for salmon in the falls.
ANCHORAGE

The excursion ends in Anchorage on Day 14.

  • You'll return to Anchorage for your departure.
  • You will depart at Fairbanks International Airport (FAI).
INCLUDED
  • Eco-lodges
  • Naturalist guide/professional photographer
  • Boating/cruising
  • Denali Tundra Wilderness Tour (on-board bus)
  • Float plane
  • Meals and beverages at the lodges
  • 24-hour concierges at L' EcoResorts
NOT INCLUDED (separate vacation services and products)
  • Air flights (international/national)
In Alaska, the period between May 10 and September 15 has extended daylight and nature abounds with blooms at their peak. "14 Days Alaska Grizzlies and Wildlife Photo Expedition, USA" is best enjoyed June through to September.
Mid-May through to Mid-September is when many tours operate. However, those in Denali operate mainly during mid-June through to the end of August.
Mid-June through to Mid-August is considered the peak season. The period preceding and following the peak season is the time when "shoulder season" is being offered by most tours and resorts at discounted rates.
  • The longest day of the year in June 21, averaging 19-22 hours of daylight in Alaska.
  • Early May through to September, experience significantly longer daylight than at lower.
  • Late May through to late July, for the most part, Alaska experience light skies throughout the nights. This trend continues for another month past 10 P.M. [For more information, see: Alaska Daylight Hours Calculator: http://www.alaska.org/weather/daylight-hours]
  • Summers in Alaska experience more rain than other parts of the U.S.A. May is generally dry, with a mere 25% chance of rain on any day. As summer approaches, more rain falls are expected. By August, the chance of rain doubles to 50%.
  • Summers are fairly pleasant in Alaska, with daytime temperatures averaging 60°F - 80°F, and nighttime averaging 40's - 50's. During May through to September, the temperature is 5°- 10° milder. Depending on the specific locale, temperature may vary.
  • The price includes eco-lodges, naturalist/photographer guide, boat, float plane, Denali Tundra Wilderness Tour (on-board bus), meals and house beverages, and 24-hour concierges at L' EcoResorts.
  • Ninety or more days prior to your arrival, 30% of the rate is required to confirm your reservation.
  • Thirty days or less and prior to your arrival, the full reservation amount is required. In the event of changes to the lodge reservation or the dates of your flights, by you, such a cancellation is subjected to 10% cancellation fee. Note: this refers to changes in your reservation only [see additional cancellation policy below].
  • The tour price is based on the number of persons indicated. For personalized group rates, please make inquiry with us regarding the package cost.
  • Participants shall have the ability to hike some easy and advance nature trails.
When you book your nature tour online through our website (lecoresorts.com), your reservation will be processed through our secure online payment system. When you first submit a "BOOK NOW" request, one of our agents will contact you to confirm your details. Once your reservation is confirmed, by you, you will receive a notification from us.

GENERAL TERMS & CONDITIONS

  • The tours by L' EcoResorts are nature based, guided, and include walking through rainforests, mountain hiking, cycling, cruising and water rafting, and preserves/safari jaunts.
  • On rainforest tours, you can observe rare and weird species. The Amazon, for example, contains the world’s largest range of wildlife species. Living in the Amazon rainforest are over 40, 000 species of plants, 427 types of mammals (incl. jaguar, anteater, and giant otter), 1,300 varieties of birds, 378 breeds of reptiles (incl. boa), in excess of 400 classes of amphibians (incl. dart poison frogs) and roughly 3,000 categories of freshwater fish. Due to its vastness and some unreachable areas, many species in the Amazon remain undiscovered by scientists. Depending on where in the world your eco resort is located, the nature tour you booked will take you on an intriguing path within that region.
  • On safari tours in Africa, you will observe animals in their natural habitats such as giraffes, lions, elephants, rhinos, leopards, zebras, gorillas, panthers, birds, and reptiles. [At L' EcoResorts, we do not offer or support sports hunting or trophy hunting, which is not the same as survival hunting by the native people or any persons who depends on this tradition/method for their food source].
  • On mountain tours, you will hike up some of the most spectacular mountains in the world, these include the Swiss and French Alps, the Andes, the Himalaya mountains, Blue Mountain Peaks (Jamaica), and the Rocky Mountains in Canada and the United States.
  • British Columbia, Canada, and Alaska, United States allow travelers to traverse some of the most spectacular natural land in North America. These sites include the Great Bear Forest, Denali National Park and Preserve (and mountain), Kenai Fjords, and Brooks Falls. The regions are notable for bear viewing, whale watching, and their remote wildernesses, icy seas, and glacial landscapes.
  • Most of the nature tours by L’ EcoResorts are available off-the-beaten paths, in the wild. But in some cases, some tours may be available on land governed by the state or other bodies. Travelers are responsible to pay any entrance fees or additional transportation fees for themselves and their groups in order to access such sites, unless otherwise stated. Additional transportation may include boat, train, and float plane. All information regarding your tour will be provided to you.
CANCELLATION POLICY

  • Cancellations made 91 days or more prior to travel, 90% refund will be granted, unless otherwise stated.
  • Cancellations made 90 to 31 days prior to travel, 50% refund will be granted, unless otherwise stated.
  • Cancellations made 30 days or less prior to travel no refunds will be granted.
Due the complexities of the various policies by international operators and other third parties in the regions where the nature tours are available, the "CANCELLATION POLICY" by L’ EcoResorts is structured to apply to all reservations.

  • We highly strongly recommend that you purchase travel insurance prior to your tour.

DISCLAIMER

L' EcoResorts, its employees, its affiliates and their employees accept no responsibility, whatsoever, for travelers’ health and safety while they partake in a nature tour. While participating in the tours booked through L' EcoResorts, it is the sole responsibility of the traveler to secure their health and safety. It is further the responsibility of travelers to do health checkups and acquire a clean bill of health from a professional health care provider before embarking on any physical activities, therefore relieving L' EcoResorts, its partners, and its staffs from any blame as it relates to the health and safety of travelers.

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