Big Bear Alaska

Fully Guided tour with Bill Ball, host of 2 Travel Series: Journeys in India and Journeys in Africa, seen Nationally on Public Television will guide your tour from start to finish. He has guided tours on all 7 continents and over 100 countries. Join him on this new offering from Passport Travel Tours.

13 Day Tour: August 9-21, 2021

Pricing

Double Occupancy, Per Person
$8,250
  • Base Pricing is always calculated for double occupancy.
Solo Traveler
$9,650
  • $1400 supplemental for Solo Travelers.

Tour Highlights

  • Watch Kodiak Bears Fish for Salmon
  • Stellar Sea Lions
  • Anchorage
  • Kenai Fjords
  • Kotzebue
  • Nome
  • Barrow–Above the Arctic Circle
  • Walrus, Caribou, Whales, Wolves, Black Bear & More!

Tour Includes

  • Roundtrip airfare from Chicago
  • Internal Flights
  • First Class Hotel Accommodations
  • Daily Breakfast
  • 7 Dinners
  • Deluxe Motorcoach Transportation
  • Admissions to all listed Attractions
  • Roundtrip airport transfers in the Chicagoland area
  • Guided by Bill Ball
  • Baggage Handling
  • All Gratuities

Tour Itinerary

Day One: Depart Chicago on a flight for Anchorage Alaska, the hub for our Alaskan Adventure. We overnight in this metropolis in the wilderness.

Day Two: This morning we fly to Kodiak Alaska the largest island in Alaska. Our touring begins in the delightful small town of Kodiak, the main city on the island. We explore St. Herman’s Harbor, one of the largest commercial fishing ports in North America. We see the fisherman come in with their catches, many of which will end up on your dinner table tonight. Stellar Sea Lions make the harbor their home, along with many sea birds, so bring your cameras. We explore the history of the Alutiiq people with a visit to the Alutiiq Museum which traces native inhabitants from historic times up through present day. Our tour ends with a visit to the Holy Resurrection Church, a reminder of the Russian influence in the area.

Day Three: Kodiak Bears!! Board a float plane for a breathtaking flight along the Alaskan Coast, soar over mountains, waterfalls and lush forests as we travel to our destination: Kodiak Country. Landing riverside, we watch the giant Kodiak Bears come to the river to do a little Salmon fishing. The bears are trying to store up extra weight for the coming winter and salmon is their favorite food. We watch them scoop, splash and dive for the salmon, enjoying their adept fishing skills. We return to Kodiak for the night.

Day Four: We fly back to Anchorage today and tour the city, including the Beluga Lookout, where Beluga Whales congregate near the shore just outside of the Anchorage city limits. We also visit Earthquake Park, see the historic city hall, and the 4th Street Theatre. We overnight in Anchorage.

Day Five: Heading south today, our destination is Seward. There is plenty of opportunities for spotting incredible wildlife and enjoying breathtaking scenery en route.

Day Six: Cruise the Kenai Fjords this morning. Get up close to puffins, murres, sea otters, mountain goats, black bear, orca and humpback whales. Spectacular scenery accompanies our cruise. Glaciers, soaring cliffs and snowcapped mountains provide a perfect backdrop for the wonderful wildlife.

Day Seven: We fly to Kotzebue, the largest Inuit community above the Arctic Circle. Located on the Bering Strait, this is a unique community that has adapted to life on the Tundra. We visit the Nana Museum, where we learn about the history of the town, challenges of life on the Tundra and the people that choose to live in this harsh climate. Overnight Kotzebue.

Day Eight: Today we head to Nome, the finish line of the world famous Iditarod Dog Sled Race. We explore the town and have a chance to walk across the finish line of the Iditarod. Water is an important part of Nome life, we visit the hot springs, the Bering Sea, and the salmon fishing camps.

Day Nine: We tour the wilderness outside Nome today. Nome was at the heart of the 1898 Gold Rush and we explore the dredges and dry sites, looking for the next great claim. Wildlife is plentiful in this northern town: Musk oxen, wolves and caribou are no strangers to Nome-ites.

Day Ten: The top of the world awaits us. Barrow Alaska, over 300 miles north of the Arctic Circle, is the furthest north city in the western hemisphere. We explore a small portion of the 88,000 square mile city, including the coastline of the Arctic Ocean where Arctic whales, seals, walruses and rare seabirds live. Dip your toes in this icy water, or even take a walk on an ice floe.

Day Eleven: The wilderness around Barrow is home to even more unusual animals. Our tundra safari gives us the chance to see polar bears, caribou, wolves, arctic foxes and numerous rare birds. The sun never sets in Barrow during the summer so we have plenty of time to find these incredible animals. On our way back to town we see the Will Rogers and Wiley Post memorial, commemorating the last stop this famous duo made before their plane crash.

Day Twelve: Today we explore the cultural side of Barrow. We visit the Inuit villages and learn about the Inupiat people including their long history with the whaling industry. Our time in Barrow comes to an end with a visit to a subsistence hunting/fishing community. We fly to Anchorage this afternoon.

Day Thirteen: Our journey ends today and we fly back to Chicago.