Alaska

The last frontier

from Monday 13 to Saturday 25 June 2022

 

SUMMARY

Alaska represents in the collective imagination the extreme land, the myth of frontier and nature that has the upper hand.

Alaska is the state of records: it is the largest in the United States (ten times larger than the average surface area of ​​the other 49 states), it has more kilometers of coastline than the rest of the USA, it boasts the largest national park (the Wrangell- St Elias), the largest national forest (the Tongass), the highest mountain in all of North America (Mt McKinley, 6,193 meters high), is home to the largest bears in the world (specimens can be found at the Kodiak National Refuge weighing almost 700 kg). In short: an immensity of places to discover! It is thanks to its secluded position and the rigidity of the climate in most of the year that Alaska has remained almost completely wild, unspoiled and with a powerful nature.

An extraordinary nature, absolute protagonist of this fantastic journey that starting fromAnchorage towards the famous Denali parkwill go north to Fairbanksand then return visiting the old mining towns, following the solitary Highway, until reaching the Gulf coasts of Alaskawhere glaciers overlooking the sea and impressive marine life are the masters.

A motorcycle tour evoked by the call of the Great North, which you cannot answer.

Duration

13 days / 12 nights

km

about 2.600 km circa (190 km easy off-road)

departure

Anchorage

arrival

Anchorage

daily avg

320 km

stops

1 day Denali

1 day Fairbanks

1 day a Seward

 

Travel program

Day 1, Monday 13 June: Italy – Anchorage

Departure from Venice/Milan airports and meeting at Frankfurt airport. Connection with scheduled international flight to Alaska, arriving in Anchoragethe morning in the same day. ransfer to the hotel and short tour of the city, mid-afternoon pick-up of motorbikes for hire.

Day 2, Tuesday June 14: Anchorage – Denali National Park

about km 430

Departure from Anchorage but we stop almost immediately at the Alaska Native Heritage Centerto touch the history and the people who live in this country. Then northbound to the entrance of Denali National Park, stop along the way whenever a glimpse or an attraction requires it. Possibility to stop at the village of Talkeetna and then continue through Cantwell and the Broad Pass. Overnight in a lodge at the entrance to the park.

Day 3, Wednesday June 15: Denali National Park

Day dedicated to the exploration of the park aboard a dedicated bus that, following the only road inside the Denali, will make stops in many points. Prepare binoculars and cameras, grizzly and moose will be the spoils of this day! Overnight in a lodge at the entrance to the park.

Day 4, Thursday 16 June: Denali National Park – Fairbanks

approx. km 210

Quiet start towards North and continuing along the Parks Highway to Fairbanksbut not without attractions along the way. We will stop in the villages of Nenana and Ester. Overnight in a spectacular Lodge located on the bank of the Chena River.

Day 5, Friday June 17: Fairbanks

A day of stop in Fairbanks but certainly not of rest. The things to do here are indeed many: we could visit the Pioneer Park and the Aurora Ice Museum in the morning and in the afternoon go to Chena Hot Spring, an enormous geothermal area with huge thermal pools. The Chena Hot Spring Road, the 105 km road that takes you there, is worth the excursion alone! Another opportunity is to head north, until you reach the Arctic Circle where we will stop for the usual photo rite before returning to Fairbanks.

Day 6, Saturday 18 June: Fairbanks – Glennallen

km 420 approx.

Today it’s up to the Richardson Highway to mark our route. Through the Isabel Pass we will cross Paxson and then reach Glenallen. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 7, Sunday 19 June: Glennallen – McCarthy

about km 180 (95 km easy off-road)

The destination is Wrangell-Saint Elias National Park. Roads torn from granite with dynamite, bridges over rushing rivers and signs that warn us about the wild landscape will characterize our day. Upon our arrival we will be able to visit the abandoned mining town and wander among its vestiges in search of gold and ghosts. Overnight in the lodge inside the park.

Day 8, Monday June 20: McCarthy – Chikaloon

about km 320 (95 km easy off-road)

We return for a short stretch in our steps and then take the Glenn Highway, one of the most scenic roads in Alaskaso much to be declared National Scenic Byway. We will pass the Eureka Summit until we get to the view of the spectacular Matanushka Glacier. Overnight at the lodge.

Day 9, Tuesday 21 June: Chikaloon – Seward

about km 370

Always along the Glenn Highway which in turn laps the impetuous Matanushka River, we will continue until the fascinating Seward. Nestled in a fjord, surrounded by glaciers and located at the end of the Alaska Rail Road, Seward will be our base for 2 nights. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 10, Wednesday 22 June: Seward

Full day dedicated to a cruise that will take us, on board of a ship, in the meanders of thefjords of the Kenai Peninsula to admire the silent glaciers that descend into the sea. Whales, seals and sea lions will surround the already impressive scenery. Overnight at the hotel

Day 11, Thursday 23 June: Seward – Homer

about km 290

We head south of the Kenai Peninsulaand the Sterling Highway will lead us, clinging to the rock and overhanging Cook Inlet. The destination is the charming village of Homerbut not before visiting Nikolaevsk, the last stronghold of the Old Believer in Alaska. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 12, Friday June 24: Homer – Anchorage

km 360 approx.

Transfer to Alaska’s main city along the Seward Highway and stop at Beluga Point or Bird Pointto observe the curious tidal wave phenomenon. Return of motorbikes and overnight at the hotel.

Day 13, Saturday 25 June: Anchorage – Italy

Morning dedicated to the latest purchases, shopping and a last walk in this city that just two weeks ago saw the beginning of this epic adventure. In the early afternoon transfer to the airport and flight back to Italy with expected arrival in Venice / Milan in the early afternoon of Saturday.

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The tour will be confirmed with a minimum of 10 participants

Prices

Participation fees in shared room:

  • Driver Euro 4.950
  • Passenger Euro 4.950
  • Single room surcharge: Euro 1.750

Motorcycle rental:

  • Starting from Euro 1.700 (KTM 790 ADV)
    Other quotations on request (KTM 890/KTM 1090 ADV)

Flights:

  • Return flight Italy – Anchorage (with Lufthansa via Frankfurt) from 1.100 euro
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The price includes

  • Transfer from/to hotel/airport to Anchorage
  • 12 nights in double room with B & B treatment
  • Farewell dinner
  • Unlimited medical insurance
  • Entrance to Denali Parks and Wrangrell Saint-Elias
  • Denali National Park guided hike
  • Kenai Peninsula Fjords Cruise with Dinner on Board
  • English speaking Italian escort on motorbike
  • English speaking Italian assistant on vehicle assistance for luggage transport and recovery of broken down motorcycles
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The price doesn’t include

  • All the lunches
  • Drinks with meals
  • Dinners where not mentioned
  • The fuel of motorcycles
  • Possible road tolls
  • Any parking costs
  • Any excursions not mentioned in “the price includes”
  • Any internal local transport, taxis, etc.

Registration deadline by May 15, 2022