Day 1: Anchorage – With Prince William Sound Cruise
Depart Anchorage and drive the scenic route to Whittier to meet your cruise. You will pass through a toll tunnel just as you enter town. Board a high speed catamaran for a glacier and wildlife cruise into Prince William Sound. Watch for sea otters, seals, and birds as you travel through glacier-filled College and Harrimann Fjords.
Overnight in Anchorage.Day 2: Anchorage to Talkeetna
Drive to Matanuska Glacier and meet with your guide at Mica Guides for an unforgettable ice fall trek, advanced trek, or ice fall climb. Extend your day with a heart stopping zip line tour. Experience close-up views of the best accessible features of the glacier including crevasses, seracs and unique ice formations as well as getting up to a high point with great views of the the ice fall.
Overnight in Talkeetna.Day 3: Talkeetna
Spend a day in the scenic and historic town of Talkeetna. Take a walking tour of downtown, relax at your hotel and admire views of Mt. McKinley, or go for a hike. Other options include ski-plane flights to land on a glacier on Mt. McKinley, fishing, rafting or a jet boat tour.
Overnight in Talkeetna.Day 4 : Talkeetna to Denali National Park – With Canyon Run Whitewater Rafting
Continuing northward from Talkeetna the massive peaks of the Alaska Range are in view nearly the entire route. At 6 million acres, Denali National Park is one of the world’s last great frontiers for wilderness adventure. You will embark on a three-hour rafting trip down the Nenana River. Choose to paddle as a team or let the guide do the work on this exciting rafting trip. Enjoy every minute of your journey as you head for Healy, 11 miles down river. Get into real whitewater rafting as you hang on through thrilling rapids such as "Cable Car", "Coffee Grinder", and "Ice Worm"! Rapids are class III with one class IV.
Overnight near the Denali park entrance.Day 5: Denali National Park Depart on a bus tour of Denali National Park.
This 6 to 8 hour tour takes you approximately 55 miles into the park. As you travel through the pristine Take a hike in the afternoon to Horseshoe Lake or Mt. Healy Overlook. Overnight near the Denali park entrance.
Day 6: Denali to Chena Hot Springs Resort
Today, continue on the Parks Highway north to Fairbanks. Accompanied by incredible forest and mountain landscape, you will drive through the communities of Healy, Nenana, and Ester, an old mining camp. Continue through Fairbanks to Chena Hot Springs Resort. You will pass by the scenic Chena River Recreation Area along the way.
Overnight at Chena Hot Springs Resort.Day 8: Chena Hot Springs
The day is at your leisure to enjoy all the resort has to offer. Enjoy the natural mineral hot springs and take a tour of the Ice Museum. Optional activities include dog kennel tours, flightseeing, ATV tours, horseback riding, hiking, mountain biking, and a massage. Weather permitting; you may even have opportunities to see the aurora borealis from the resort in the evening. Aurora wake-up calls can be arranged with the front desk staff.
Overnight at Chena Hot Springs Resort.Day 9: Chena Hot Springs Resort / Fairbanks Departure
On your last day you may have time for a couple different options including the Arctic Circle. Begin this tour with a small plane flight from Fairbanks and land across the Arctic Circle in a ceremonious fashion, where you will receive an official Arctic Circle certificate. Enjoy a walk on the treeless arctic tundra, which will give you a sense of the vast scale of Alaska's arctic regions. A 2.5-hour ground tour of a rural community is included. Your return flight provides another opportunity to see the Yukon River, the Brooks Range, Gates of the Arctic National Park, and the Trans-Alaska Pipeline from the air.
Sapa, Vietnam Trekking
Day 1 – 14 km Sapa to Lao Chai
On Day 1 we will leave Sapa in the morning and trek down to Cat Cat village, taking in the picturesque waterfall at the bottom of the hill. After a slight retrace of steps (but not all the way back up!) we will take a turn towards Y Linh Ho and begin a 2km walk through rice terraces. Y Linh Ho is home to the Hmong minority, and their hereditary rice terraces are around 100 years old. This is a perfect opportunity to immerse yourself in true Hmong culture! From Y Linh Ho we will make our way to Lao Chai, an established Hmong minority village which has been inhabited for centuries. See the products of this minority at its best, with established rice terraces, homes and a vibrant community. You will be welcomed warmly by Mai and her family who run the first ever homestay owned and run by Hmong minority in the Sapa region. Sapa O'Chau supported Mai in setting up this homestay and we hope it’s the first of many!
Day 2 — 16 km Lao Chai to Ban Ho Village
When you awake on Day 2, open the window and have a look outside - weather permitting - you will be treated to amazing views across the rice terraces in the valley. After breakfast you will make your way to Ta Van where you will visit the Giay minority people. This tribe traditionally fished for a living and as a result established themselves close to rivers. They have mastered the art of fishing with bamboo sticks, and cook the fish inside bamboo. Nowadays however you are more likely to see the Giay working in fields planting or harvesting rice. We will continue our walk through an impressive bamboo forest to Giang Ta Chai, and then on to the village of Su Pan where you will be able to rest your legs and take in the stunning mountain scenery as we stop for a picnic lunch. Feeling revitalized we will hike the final 6km to Ban Ho village where we will spend the night at a Tay people’s homestay. Their houses are particularly special as they are built on stilts overlooking rice terraces. Dinner will be cooked on an open fire, and some local specialty rice wine will be on offer to help you wind down!
Day 3 — 8 km Ban Ho Village to Sapa
On Day 3 you will know when it’s time to wake up when you hear the patter of feet on bamboo as the household comes alive. After a filling breakfast in the homestay we will walk 3km to Nam Toong village, home to the Red Dao minority. Providing the weather is nice you will be able to cool off with a swim in theriver (and if the weather’s not so nice you still can if you’re feeling brave!). Lunch will be provided back at the Ban Ho homestay, after which we will drive back to Sapa, arriving at around 3pm with a great sense of achievement!
Included: Breakfast (day 2 & 3), lunch (every day), dinner (day 1 & 2), tour guide, transport, homestay fee, village and entrance fees.
8 days Classic Uganda Primate Tour
This Classic Primate tour combines the highlights of the country including exciting chimp walks, wildlife viewing and of course the unforgettable gorilla tracking.
Highlights of the Primate Special:
• Exciting night walk in the African rainforest
• Chimp tracking in Kibale Forest with an optional full day chimp habituation experience
• Excellent game viewing in Queen Elizabeth National Park
• Optional second chimp tracking in Kyambura Gorge
• Unforgettable meeting with the mountain gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park
Day 1 – Arrival Entebbe International Airport
Upon arrival in Entebbe, we will meet you at the airport and transfer to your accommodation in Entebbe.
Accommodation: Papyrus GuesthouseDay 2 – Entebbe – Kibale Forest National Park
After breakfast with driver/guide will set off to Western Uganda, to Fort Portal. This lively town is the base for activities around Kibale Forest National Park. The national park offers one of the most varied tracts of tropical forest in Uganda, 70 mammal species and 13 primate species.
The drive takes 5 to 7 hours so we will arrive in time in Fort Portal for lunch.
After lunch we will shake off the long drive with a walk to the “top of the world” along crater lakes which this area is also famous for.
Accommodation: Crater Safari LodgeDay 3 – Chimpanzee tracking and to Queen Elizabeth National Park
An early start and a long day are ahead of you! Today you will track chimpanzees and will not only learn about them but also about the flora and fauna of the national park.
After the tracking, equipped with a packed lunch you will drive towards Queen Elizabeth National Park. It is the most popular park in Uganda as it offers diverse ecosystems, classic big game, 10 primate species and over 600 bird species.
You will drive leisurely southwards; explore the park in a extensive game drive.
Accommodation: Katara LodgeDay 4 – Queen Elizabeth National Park
You will spend the whole day exploring the park further. Starting off with an early morning game drive, a boat trip on Kazinga Channel continued by the drive southwards to the Ishasha sector which is re-known for its tree climbing lions. You will carry a packed lunch.
Accommodation: Ishasha Jungle Lodge Day 5 – To Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
You are warming up for the gorilla tracking… We will drive further south to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park which is of Uganda´s oldest and most diverse rainforests. The “impenetrable” forest is also home to more than 320 mountain gorillas, 400 species of plants, 120 species of mammals and over 350 species of birds.
In Buhoma which is the northern side of the park you will meet our Nkuringo Walking Safari guide who will walk with you 7 hours through the forest to Nkuringo, on the southern side. Your safari guide will meanwhile drive around to the lodge and will meet you there so we recommend you pack a little day pack as chances are high that you will arrive before him. A packed lunch will be provided.
Accommodation: Nkuringo Gorilla Camp En-suite CottageDay 6 – Gorilla tracking
The most exciting day of your safari, the briefing is at 8 am and you will learn about gorilla etiquette. And then you will start walking and hiking in the impenetrable forest until you find the gorillas. For one hour you are allowed to watch those majestic giants! Depending on the duration of the track you can either relax in the afternoon at the lodge and just enjoy the view or go for another walk around and explore the village or walk up to the highest football field with the best view ever. Also today, you will carry a packed lunch.
Accommodation: Nkuringo Gorilla Camp En-suite Cottage Day 7 – Walking and canoe excursion Lake Mutanda
Today you will take it a little easier by exploring the area around Nkuringo. You will spend the whole day walking and canoeing but after yesterday´s hike today is really a walk. Our Nkuringo Walking Safari guide will take you past villages, farms, churches at your own pace.
Once you reach Lake Mutanda, enjoy your packed lunch before you get into the dugout canoes (life vests are provided and you do not need to paddle) that will take you to the other side. Sit back, relax, stick a foot into the water and enjoy.
When you get to the shore, we will pick you up and bring you back to the lodge.
Accommodation: Nkuringo Gorilla Camp En-suite Cottage Day 8 – Nkuringo to Kigali International Airport (Evening flight)
Transfer to Kigali with possible visit to the Genocide memorial. To later transfer to Kigali International Airport for evening Flight.
All activities and accommodations as mentioned per above itinerary (walks, drives, transfers, gorilla tracking permit, chimpanzee habituation experience, park fees, boat trips) Water in the vehicle, French speaking driver guide, English speaking Nkuringo Walking Safari guide with a 4WD safari vehicle with pop up roof (fuel also included)
Transport in a 4x 4 land cruiser
Accommodation and meals
Park fees & activities
Professional driver/guide services
Drinking water in the vehicle