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Talkeetna Day Trip - Choose Your Own Adventure

This all-inclusive tour begins in Anchorage and drives to Talkeetna, gateway to the Interior, for an Alaskan adventure!

Price Per Person
$249 - $619
Duration
9+ hours
Group Size
12
Dates
May - September
Time(s)
9am - 6pm

Talkeetna Day Trip - Choose Your Own Adventure

A great way for everyone in your family to choose their own Alaska adventure! This fully-guided tour allows you to travel from Anchorage to the quaint and quirky town of Talkeetna with views of Mt. Denali, participate in your pre-selected adventure, enjoy a local lunch (provided), and then return back into Anchorage. Some activities allow for free time in Talkeetna before returning.Your arrival time into Anchorage (between 6pm - 8pm) is weather and road traffic dependent. Complimentary snacks and bottled glacier wellness water are available in the sprinter van. Choose your Alaska adventure in Talkeenta from the list of activities below:

- Denali Flightseeing with Glacier Landing

- Jet Boat with Nature Walk

- Zipline Canopy Adventure

- Backcountry Rail & Float

-Helicopter Alpine Hike

-Denali National Park Helicopter Picnic 

-Drive Your Own Dog Sled, Cart Style 

Choose your day of adventure in Talkeetna with one of the six following activities...

1) Denali Flightseeing with Glacier Landing (April-September) - $575 per person

After the scenic van tour from Anchorage, and lunch in Talkeetna, you will take to the skies and get a birds-eye view of the landscape of Denali National Park and Mt. Denali! This one-hour bush-plane experience gives everyone a window seat to the grandeur of Denali (formerly Mt. McKinley): the tallest mountain on North America! A real Alaskan bush pilot will tell you about the area as you soar over glaciers, the Don Sheldon amphitheater, intense blue meltwater pools, and the Great Gorge of the Ruth Glacier.  Conditions permitting, your pilot will land you on a glacier!

2) Jet Boat with Nature Walk (May 15th-September 15th) - $275 per person

Your 2-hour jet tour will begin aboard an enclosed jet boat, as it whisks you into the heart of the wilderness in comfort. As you travel twenty miles of river wilderness, your Naturalist will talk about the rivers in the area, as well as information about Mt Denali. You will have opportunities to view nesting bald eagles and beavers who seem to work every hour that the long light of summer provides.

Upon arriving at our adventure site, we’ll take a leisurely ¼-mile nature walk to a Dena'ina Indian Encampment. The Dena’ina have lived in these lands since time immemorial. Then it’s off to an authentic trapper’s cabin with original furnishings. Learn how early trappers in this region lived in "Bush" Alaska at the turn of the century. Your experienced guide will display furs from the local area and demonstrate trapping methods. Naturalists will also acquaint you with the wildflowers and plants that grow in abundance along the river system and you’ll learn about the edible plants that were used by the Dena’ina for cooking and medicine. Bring along your camera and comfortable walking shoes for this very special Alaskan adventure.

3) Zipline Canopy Adventure (May 27th-September 25th) - $349 per person 

Ziplining offers a thrilling and educational way to experience breathtaking natural scenery and our awesome Alaska wilderness. From our “South Side” perspective, the panoramic views of the Alaska Range, and Denali National Park are amazing and the opportunity to see Denali from a tree-top platform with the boreal forest at your feet and Mt. Denali at your brow is unbeatable. The zipline portion of your day is 3 hours long, with 9 zips, 3 suspension bridges, and a tour guide to share knowledge of the local flora and fauna. Guests must be at least 10 years of age and between 80lbs - 270lbs.

4) Backcountry Rail & Float (June 1st-September 1st) - $395

We'll meet up with the rafting guides and board the train for a quick ride up river.  Then the guides will set up the rafts and get everyone in to float down the river. This section of the river is calm, allowing you to relax and soak up Alaska’s natural beauty in peace. Pass ferns that grow more than 8 feet (2 meters) tall, and spot wildlife like moose, eagles, the occasional bear and salmon. Pull over to one of Susitna River’s islets for lunch. Your guide opens a ‘Flag Stop Rail ’n Raft’ cooler filled with a gourmet lunch prepared by the Historic Talkeetna Roadhouse. Typical sandwich options include salmon, veggie, BLT, pulled pork and vegetarian. After lunch, drift back down the river for another 12 miles, and reach the shores of Talkeetna in the late afternoon.

5) Helicopter Alpine Hike (June 1st-September 10th) - $619 per person

Lift off in a helicopter as your soar through the Talkeetna Mountains, taking in breathtaking birds-eye view of wild backcountry wilderness before landing just beyond the boundaries of Denali National Park & Preserve.  Trek through pristine alpine tundra with an experienced local naturalist at your side. Once there, you’ll explore remote areas that are normally a full day’s hike away as you learn about the local flora and fauna. Your hike will present you with unforgettable views of the Alaska Range, tundra ridge lines, and spectacular Alaskan vistas. If you’re lucky, you'll catch a glimpses of Mt. Denali and some of the spectacular wildlife in their natural habitat. You’ll have a chance to relax on a hillside over looking the valley and enjoy your lunch. 

*Please note that if the weather does not permit for this helicopter trip, then you will instead embark on an all-weather alternative to explore Talkeetna's lush old-growth forest with an experienced local naturalist. A refund in the difference will be issued.

6) Denali National Park Helicopter Picnic - $875 per person

Embark on a culinary experience into Denali National Park unlike any other in the world! Board an A-Star Helicopter and take off on a 30 minute flight into the Alaska Range soaring through extraordinary landscapes such as the Susitna Valley, Moose's Tooth (Mountain), Ruth Ice Fall, the Great Gorge, and more! Your destination is nestled inside Denali National Park within the Don Sheldon Amphitheater. Upon landing your pilot guide will lead you along a trail to the legendary Sheldon Mountain House - featured in publications such as National Geographic and Men's Journal. The Mountain House is perched on a towering nunatak (rock and ice outcrop) which sits on the Ruth Glacier, located at the base of Mt. Denali. Take in striking views while you enjoy an opulent picnic filled with traditional charcuterie featuring locally sourced meats and delicacies and craft beer or wine as you learn the history and geological features of the magnificent area surrounding you! Following your lunch you'll have additional photo opportunities with your loved ones before making a return 30 minute scenic flight to Talkeetna where you will then be driven back to Anchorage.

Interested in spending the night at the Chalet? Ask for a curated travel package that includes an overnight stay to further explore the pristine Denali National Park with additional activities and meals! 

7) Drive Your Own Dog Sled, Cart Style - $299 per person

Alaska is known for dog sled adventures during our snowy winters! Are you visiting Alaska in summer but still want to go mushing? Salmon Berry has a solution: our Summer Dog Sled, Cart Style tour at the homestead of Yukon Quest Champion Dallas Seavey!

This educational and fun tour departs from Anchorage before making the fully-guided drive north to Dog Sled Country. Weather permitting, our drive will offer views of Mt. Denali (formerly known as Mt. McKinley), the tallest peak in North America, towering in the distance! Our first stop is in Wasilla where we’ll visit the Iditarod Race Headquarters to learn more about The Last Great Race and browse their gift shop. Then we continue north and pass the Official Iditarod Starting Line in Willow before entering the unique town of Talkeetna for a delicious lunch (included)! After lunch, we embark on your training run at the homestead of Dallas Seavey, a four-time Iditarod first place Champion, top three finisher in Norway’s 2018 Finnmarksløpet, youngest Yukon Quest first place Champion, and former star of National Geographic Channel’s Ultimate Survival Alaska! Here, you will go from being a dog sled enthusiast to an experienced musher!

Each two guests will share a wheeled dog chariot and dog team of Alaskan Huskies for approximately 40 minutes on your own mini expedition! After learning some basics, you will guide your four-legged team through the birch trees. Keep an eye out and listen for local wildlife! Once you reach an opening in the forest, a photo stop is made during your unforgettable ride to pose with the canine athletes. Take in the brisk air and alternate from standing to riding on the passenger seat. Complete your dog sled experience toward the kennel for a continued tour of the homestead. Alaskan Huskies are powerful athletes that are known for their affectionate, loyal, playful personalities -- and the puppies are no different! Try to keep up with the lively future Iditarod racing young huskies during your puppy nature walk in a field of poppies! Make sure to take photos with the future Iditarod Champions before they’re famous!

HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDED


  • Local Alaskan Guide(s)

Narration provided by a CDL Certified Alaskan Guide (English Speaking)

Additional guide based on pre selected Talkeetna activity (English Speaking)

  • Small Group

A more personal experience of up to 13 guests in our clean and comfortable sprinter vans

Small group size varies based on pre selected Talkeetna activity

  • All Inclusive

One the following pre selected Talkeetna activities per person

- Denali Flightseeing with Glacier Landing

- Jet Boat with Nature Walk

- Zipline Canopy Adventure

- Backcountry Rail & Float

-Helicopter Alpine Hike

-Denali National Park Helicopter Picnic

-Drive Your Own Dog Sled, Cart Style 

Lunch is provided and varies based on pre selected Talkeetna activity 

  • Photo Stops

Stretch your legs for up close views or simply look through our panoramic windows

  • Snacks & Water

An assortment of complimentary snacks and water are available throughout the tour

  • Gear (Complimentary)

Access to our gently used gear (raincoats, mittens, hats, etc.) is available

*Gear must be requested at time of booking to assure gear available during your tour

  • Hotel Pick Up (3 Hotels Per Tour)

Pick up available from major hotels located within Anchorage or Talkeetna

*Please note that we do limit pick ups to 3 hotels per tour. BOOK NOW TO CONFIRM YOUR PICK UP

  • Office Pick Up

Conveniently located in downtown Anchorage

*Please select "Meet at Salmon Berry Tours Office" at time of booking to confirm

  • Drop Off

Drop off is available from major hotels located within Anchorage or Talkeenta 

*Drop off at Anchorage's Ted Stevens International Airport may be available if requested in advance

NOT INCLUDED


  • Guide Gratuity

Tipping Recommendation: 10% - 15% of Tour Price

Multi-Day Itinerary Cancellation Policy:
A 50% deposit is required to start the booking process.
Remainder is due 60 days prior to travel.
Cancellations must be made in writing (email, fax, or mail).
Processing fee of $100 per guest applies for cancellations more than 60 days before travel, or 50% of total if received less than 60 days from travel.
No refund applies if cancellation is received less than 30 days prior to travel.

Day Tour Cancellation Policy:
For cancellations outside of 14 days before the first day of your tour, a 10% fee will be withheld.
For cancellations inside of 14 days, no refund applies.

Salmon Berry Tours recommends travel insurance provided by TravelSafe Insurance. Salmon Berry Tours is not affiliated with TravelSafe Insurance, nor do we offer any special discounts with them. Our recommendation is based on positive guest feedback. In particular, the experience of one Salmon Berry Tours guest is instructive:

Our guest had booked the vacation of a lifetime and the ultimate Alaska package. She had to cancel the trip a week before it began due to unfortunate circumstances.

She later told us that within ten minutes of phone time her claim was processed in full. She was very pleased with TravelSafe Insurance's immediate and empathetic response. Getting a refund for her trip was the last thing she wanted to think about, and TravelSafe Insurance took care of her needs and concerns immediately. 

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