Wilderness Lodge & Bears Experience

This post-cruise excursion offers a full Alaskan wilderness experience, with three nights at Winterlake Lodge and a stop at Redoubt Bay Bear Sanctuary to spot brown bears up close. This is a perfect addition for outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers, as you’ll visit wildlife preserves, enjoy plenty of opportunities for hiking, and soaking in your surroundings. Floatplane flights offer unparalleled viewing of pristine landscapes.

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The Itinerary

Day 1

After disembarking from your cruise ship, you will be driven by private transfer to Anchorage along the spectacular Seward Highway. Stops along the way include a visit to the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, the Hotel Alyeska – where you may take a ride up the aerial tram to the summit of Mt. Alyeska; and a city tour of Anchorage, including the Alaska Native Heritage Center. Late afternoon, a floatplane will transport you to your remote backcountry lodge. Accommodations are at Winterlake Lodge, in a Cabin.

Days 2-3

Engage in any number of activities at the Lodge. Accompany the owner for a walk along the famous Iditarod Trail, or hike up to the ridge behind the Lodge to view the expansive valley and Mt. McKinley beyond. Spot wildflowers and loons during a canoe ride on the lake, or search for black bears and moose on Wolverine Ridge. Other options include kayaking, birding, yoga, and cooking classes. Wine tastings in the early evening explore wine and food pairings. Accommodations are at Winterlake Lodge, in a Cabin.

Day 4

Board a floatplane for a flight that will take you through the scenic Tordrillo Mountains and Triumvirate Glacier en route to Redoubt Bay Bear Sanctuary, a prime location for watching brown bears. There, a trained naturalist will take you by boat for an up close and safe view of the Lodge’s nearest neighbors. Late afternoon, you’ll board another floatplane bound for Lake Hood, with the evening in Anchorage to enjoy dinner on your own. Accommodations are at the Hotel Captain Cook, in a Junior Suite.

Day 5

Your driver will transport you from the hotel to Anchorage International Airport in time for your departing flight. Safe travels!


The Route

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