18 day safari

Prices from

£10500

Excluding international flights

Tour Highlights

  • Focus on female Grizzlies and spring cubs
  • Visits to world famous Katmai and Lake Clark
  • Best time of year for Orca,
  • Weather more stable in June
  • UK tour leader who will drive Kenai extension

Mother and Cubs, Orcas, Lake Clark and Wolverine Creek on this small group Alaska bear safari

Alaska wildlife tour for a small group of just 6 travellers visiting in early June, which is the best time to see mother and cubs feeding on the shoreline. Before the start of the main salmon runs and the arrival of the big boars, the female grizzlies will feel more confident to bring their spring cubs out in the open and allows us to observe and photograph them. Add in the fact that the weather patterns are much more stable in June – boats and floatplanes are part of the Alaska experience – and that it is the best time to see Orcas out of Seward and we feel we are onto a winner.

The jewel in the crown of this trip is a 4 night stay at the world famous Katmai wilderness lodges which is one of the best places to see bears in Alaska. We will access this lodge by floatplane from Kodiak and we always include 2 nights there, with options for additional bear viewing and boat safaris, to allow for any weather disruption.

The Kenai peninsula will be stress free, as Allan will rent a transit van and make a triangular itinerary which includes Seward, Homer and the beautiful coastal community of Nikiski; linking up with the best tried and tested small group wildlife operators along the way.

PLEASE NOTE: This Alaska bear safari is very much divided into two parts; the self-drive Kenai Pennisula section and then the fly-in Kodiak and Katmai wilderness lodge from Anchorage. Clients can book just the individual section which works best for them. Places will be given on a first come first served basis for fairness.

When to Go:
  • Jan
  • Feb
  • Mar
  • Apr
  • May
  • Jun
  • Jul
  • Aug
  • Sep
  • Oct
  • Nov
  • Dec

Best time to visit -

JUN

Safari Style -

Small Group

Day 1

ARRIVE INTO ANCHORAGE AND OVERNIGHT AT A GOOD AIRPORT HOTEL

If you are coming from Europe, most international flights arrive into Anchorage late, so it is easier to arrive and take the free shuttle bus to the Comfort Suites

Accommodation : Comfort Suites Anchorage airport

Day 2

Private transfer to Seward our centre for boat safaris

We will take the scenic road south east to Seward with stops at Beluga point and other areas of interest before checking into our B&B accommodation. We should have time in the late afternoon to walk around Seward Harbour looking for birds and sea otters to photograph

Alaska bear tour. Photo of a sea otter

Day 3

Full day boat safari with a focus on Orcas and other marine wildlife

Seward is dominated by larger vessels focused on glaciers and scenery, but these larger boats are not really suitable for wildlife enthusiasts and photographers. So in recent years we have teamed up with a superb local operator who can create bespoke full day trips around our needs; with a maximum of 6 clients onboard. Early June is a much better time of year to see Orcas and we will also be in the middle of the Humpback Whale migration. Also better chances for seeing Mountain Goats early in the season.

Best places tp see Wild Orcas in Canada. Photo of an Orca in Johnstone Strait

Day 4

Drive south from Seward to Homer

We have used Homer as a base for our groups and bespoke clients for many years because it allows us to organise a great diversity of fly-in floatplane trips to multiple top locations for bears, as well as well priced marine wildlife tours for Orcas, Bald Eagles and Sea Otters. We will stay at a beautiful property with views over the famous Homer Spit which is where most of the local companies are based.

Alaska bear safari. Stunning photo in Homer

Day 5

Private charter from Homer to best bear viewing locations

There is no point flying into Brooks Falls, as famous as it is, if there are no bears there! The beauty of having our own private plane is that we can ‘follow the bears’ and have a truely wild experience. This can mean wading through stream, walking along bear trails and enjoying some incredible close up encounters.

Best place to see bears in Alaska. Photo taken at Funnel Creek

Day 6

Private small boat safari out of Homer Spit

Like in Seward, the Orcas will be more active in June in the Homer Spit area and we have good chances to photograph them during our private charter, as well as chances for other species of whales and sea otters. Birds seeen include, Pigeon Guillemots, Pelagic and Red Faced Cormorants, Tufted and Horned Puffins, as well as the Common Murres.

Best place to see Orcas in Alaska

Day 7

Drive north and east to the coastal community of Nikiski

We stay at one of our clients favourite lakeside cabin locations and we will have the entire property for ourselves. We will explore the area in the afternoon in the vehicle looking for wildlife and photographic opportunities.

Alaska wildlife holiday. Photo of Daniels lake lodge

Day 8

Half-day bear viewing tour of Wolverine Creek

Today you will enjoy a half-day bear viewing trip. Just a short flight across Cook Inlet, where you and your guide board an open skiff, then motor around the shore of Big River Lakes near Wolverine Creek. You are on the water for three hours, then fly back to the base in Nikiski. This area is also popular with fisherman during the salmon run, but arriving in June for mother and cubs should see far less boats in the area.

Best place to see bears in Alaska. Wolverine Creek

Day 9

Drive north to Anchorage and overnight at an airport hotel

Our beautiful hopefully actioned packed ‘loop’ of the Kenai peninsula is over and Allan will drop you off at the hotel before returning the hire van. We can then enjoy a relaxed evening before the start of the Kodiak and Katmai national park adventure.

Photo of sunset in Alaska

Day 10

FLY FROM ANCHORAGE TO KODIAK

Connect with a morning flight from Anchorage to Kodiak and take the free airport shuttle to the ‘Best Western Kodiak’ for your overnight accommodation. The two night stop in Kodiak has been planned to allow for flight cancellations/delays due to weather and to make sure you do not miss the flight to Katmai wilderness lodge. There are some amazing wildlife activities possible from Kodiak itself.

Accommodation : Best Western Kodiak

Day 11

FULL DAY FREE IN KODIAK FOR YOUR OWN ACTIVITIES

We have some great contacts with local whale watching and bear viewing tours out of Kodiak (cost not included). So, you could choose to go kayaking with Orcas and other marine wildlife in two person kayaks, or take an exciting bush plane flight to the world famous Kodiak Island. You will land need Frazer Lake and walk with your expert guide to a river with spawning salmon which attracts Kodiak bears from all around.

Accommodation : Best Western Kodiak

Day 12

FLOATPLANE TRANSFER FROM KODIAK TO KATMAI WILDERNESS LODGE

You will be picked up from your hotel mid-morning and then transferred by floatplane to Katmai Wilderness Lodge. After settling into your cabin and enjoying lunch you will embark on an afternoon bear viewing excursion. A covered skiff will be used to access the various bays in the area where Coastal Brown Bears gather to graze on estuarine sedge grasses; or catch salmon as they enter the spawning streams.

Accommodation : Katmai wilderness lodge

Days 13-15

INCREDIBLE BEAR VIEWING BY SKIFF AND ON FOOT IN SMALL GROUPS

Expect long, adrenaline filled days away from the lodge, as groups are kept to a size of 6 and accompanied by an expert bear guide head out in small skiffs looking for bears and other marine and terrestrial wildlife. Depending on tides and terrain, viewing will be conducted from the skiff or the group will put ashore and view bears on foot. Most days the groups will take a packed lunch with them and be out in the field all day.

Accommodation : Katmai wilderness lodge

Day 16

FLY BACK FROM THE LODGE TO KODIAK. THEN FLY BACK TO ANCHORAGE

Weather can often disrupt travel plans in Alaska especially when your itinerary includes flights. So it makes a lot of sense to include 2 nights in Anchorage at the end of your Alaska bear viewing tour to allow for weather delays and cancellations. So today you fly back from Katmai wilderness lodge to Anchorage (via Kodiak) and take a taxi to the Arctic Fox Inn in downtown Anchorage.

Accommodation : Arctic Fox Inn

Day 17

FULL DAY FREE FOR YOUR OWN ACTIVITIES IN ANCHORAGE

Free day for your own activities in Anchorage. We recommend renting a bicycle and cycling the 10 mile Tony Knowles Coastal Trail from downtown Anchorage from which offers the possibility to see Beluga Whales in Cook Inlet if the tide is in, and encounter moose and other wildlife along the trail. An alternative is to take a leisurely walk from your B&B to the Anchorage Museum and explore the wonderful ‘The First peoples of Alaska’ exhibition – which is on permanent display in this eye catching modern building

Accommodation : Arctic Fox Inn

Day 18

CONNECT WITH YOUR ONWARD FLIGHT FROM ANCHORAGE AIRPORT

Sadly your Alaska wildlife holiday has come to an end and you will take a taxi to the airport to connect with your flight home. Or you could add on an amazing extension for bubble netting Humpbacks in Petersburg 🙂

Pricing Info & Dates

Costs £10500 based on two people sharing and not including flights. Valid for travel in June 2023. Please note you can book the two sections separately if it works better for you.

Includes:

  • £100 donation for the Raincoast conservation foundation
  • Return flights between Kodiak and the Lodge
  • All meals at Katmai Wilderness Lodge
  • The services of an expert bear guide

Excludes:

  • The cost of international and domestic flights
  • Fees associated with applicable Visas
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals in Anchorage and Kodiak
  • Gratuities for your wildlife guides

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What

Our Clients Say About Us

★★★★★
Brilliant!

We went to Alaska, which Wildlife Trails sorted out for us. I chose Wildlife Trails because Allan was more knowledgeable than others I emailed, and more helpful. We went to Anchorage, Seward, er, Nikiski, Kodiak and Katmai. At Nikiski we stayed at Daniels Lake Lodge B&B in a log cabin by the lake. It was an amazing place and was the wildest and most remote of our journey. We saw a black bear and 3 coyote on the road. Had a great day out with Alaska West Air near there. We had bears right beside our boat at Big River Lakes near Wolverine Creek, saw bald eagles and plenty of salmon in the river. They gave us a scenic flight on the way back flying right over double glacier and its ice field - so close we almost landed on it. Really breath-taking. We booked up Juneau Mendenhall Glacier Ice Adventure Tour ourselves through Alaska Shore Excursions - local tour operator was Liquid Alaska Tours. This was excellent. We did canoeing, went in an ice cave under the glacier and used crampons to climb on top of it. A fantastic day out. Would recommend these. Also had a great day out at Brooks Falls watching the bears catching the salmon that were jumping up the waterfall. Well worth the trip. Wouldn't recommend Jayleen's Alaska whale watching trip. We didn't see anything but a lighthouse for most of the morning. Cost us a fortune for 6 hours when we saw more on the 2 hour cruise with Alaska Tales for a fraction of the cost. These are a new company. We didn't have many on the boat so didn't have to fight the crowds to see the whales and they took us straight to them so didn't waste any of our time. To see black bears close up we went to AnAn Bear observatory. A mother and cub came very close to where we were standing on a platform. At the other places we saw brown bears. A great trip all in all. As I stated above Wildlife Trails are very knowledgeable and helpful. They always replied quickly to any emails I sent asking them a lot of questions (some I should have been able to work out myself). When we had problems they were always contactable to help us sort them out. The ferry they booked for us went on strike but Wildlife Trails had sorted us out a flight in its place before we even knew there was a problem, so the holiday ran very smoothly. I would recommend Wildlife Trails to anyone and I have already booked another trip with them next year.

ByDawn and Steve
★★★★★
Walking with Bears

A 7 night stay at Katmai Wilderness Lodge which was amazing both for accommodation, food, very friendly and helpful staff and of course seeing bears in their natural habitat. A 4 night stay in eau which included a visit to Pack Creek where we had good sighting of bears and 2 Whale Watching tours where we saw Humpbacks and seals and Stellar Sealions. Wildlife Trails a small family concern run by Allan and Kirsty Blanchard. Very efficient and helpful. Listened to what we wanted and put together a good itinerary.

ByJanet and Audrey
★★★★★
Thoroughly bearable

Great itinerary Jeaunau, a good start to be introduced to the quirkiness of Alaska We self-added Barrow and glad we did as it was culturally exotic as well as seeing the ice of the Artic Ocean The iak area had ups and downs due to weather; Alaska needs a weather disclaimer! Highlights were Frazer Lake and Katmai Wildnerness Lodge (when the weather was good) Homer was a great last stop as loved the hippie vibe and the trip to brooks from there was fantastic The overall theme was bears and each bear experience grew on the previous Brooks was the icing on the cake. A last morning in Anchorage sealed the oddidity of this amazing sate. (really feels like a seperate country) Excellent for planning and knowing the best spots as had done the trip himself. He had booked out the katmai wilderness lodge for his clients which was great as we fall a small party for 4 days. The wether disruption caused a lot of stress and Kodiak should katmai Wilderness shpul;d be marked with a high risk stamp We particularly hadn't realised with Katmai Wilderness the limited transpot links and lack of flexibilty to try and pre-empt detriorating weather

ByJonathan and David
★★★★★
An action packed wildlife tour of Alaska

We travelled in dependently using a car, flights and the Alaska Marine Highway. Everything went smoothly from start to finish. Car hire and all accommodation were excellent. The itinerary worked l considering it was so packed - but we did have some independent down time. Some outstanding bear viewing at Brooks Falls, Pack Creek and AnAn. Loved it. Can't wait to go back Allan and Wildlife Trails offer a really personal service. Never ending patience as we nailed down all the details with numerous emails and calls He knew the area and offered good advice. The price was also competitive and allowed us to do so much.

ByElaine
★★★★★
Wonderful time in Alaska and Canada

Had a great time on our Wildlife Trails-organised trip to Alaska and W Canada. It was our first trip to that part of the world and our itinerary was great. Saw whales breaching and bears fishing well as fabulous scenery and some great little towns. Wildlife Trails put together a customised itinerary to meet our objectives. It was excellent. They deliver a very helpful and personalised service, which we really appreciated.

ByChris and Tricia