USA - Alaska........10th to 25th June 2017
Alaska North America’s ‘final frontier’, has breathtakingly beautiful landscapes and is a remote wilderness of ice-blue fjords, vast forests, towering snow-capped mountains, remote, tranquil bays and wide-open spaces of tundra. We begin the tour in Anchorage and Denali before travelling to the Kenai Peninsula, where we’ll look for Varied Thrush, Townsend’s Warbler, and White-winged Crossbill. We’ll take a boat trip to the Kenai Fjords NP from Seward to experience a marvellous variety of seabird species. The diversity of breeding auks is quite unique – from Horned Puffins to Marbled Murrelets. Nome, whose location lies just below the Arctic Circle, is our next venue, where we shall enjoy watching the abundance of shorebirds which breed on the open tundra - American & Pacific Golden Plovers, Black Turnstone, Western Sandpiper and the rare Bristle-thighed Curlew, as well as Aleutian Tern.
Your holiday can then reach a magnificent conclusion at Barrow in the High Arctic, where the vast stretches of tundra are ideal habitat for Red (Grey) Phalaropes, Baird’s Sandpipers, beautiful Snowy Owls, immaculate King & Spectacled Eiders, Snow & Lapland Buntings and many breeding shorebirds, loons and skuas. A superb wilderness birding adventure in Alaska!
Day 1-2: Flight from UK to Anchorage for two nights, birding local sites, including Potters Marsh.
Days 3-4: Travel to Denali National Park with chances of Grizzly Bear, Hawk Owl and Varied Thrush.
Days 5-8: Fly to Nome for 5 Days in a fantastic area for birds. Regular breeding species include Gyr Falcon, Aleutian Tern, Bristle-thighed Curlew, Black Turnstone & Pacific Diver.
Days 9-11: Drive to Seward for great birding and a boat tour in to the Kenai Fjords NP for seabirds.
Days 12-14: Fly to Barrow for Spectacled & King Eiders, Red Phalaropes & Snowy Owls.
Days 15-16: Fly from Barrow to Anchorage and connect with flights to the UK.
Tour ref: AA1743
Cost: £ 6,475
Deposit: £ 800
Single Room Supplement: £ 1,175
Leader: Ray Tipper as principal leader
Max Group: 14 + 2 Leaders
Includes: Economy class scheduled return flights (UK - Anchorage - UK), accommodation based on twin occupancy, meals, transport in USA & services of leaders.
Excludes: Travel insurance, drinks & items of a personal nature.