Tel Aviv – Calgary
Flight via Canada, landing in Calgary in the evening. Picking up the rental vehicle at the airport and sleeping in Calgary.
Calgary – Banff
Heading west from Calgary towards the Rockies and the town of Banff (about 90 minutes). After arriving to Banff and settling in, you should take the rest of the day to walk around downtown, go up the tramway for a panoramic view of the region, visit the local hot springs or take a short hike. Accommodations in Banff.
Banff National Park
The morning is dedicated to touring Johnston Canyon – a deep steep canyon with a beautiful walking trail along it, full of waterfalls and clear pools. Later in the day, driving north and visiting the most famous lakes of the Rockies, Lake Louise and Moraine Lake. Along the lakes there are many hiking trails, and you can also rent canoes for a short sail (no experience required). Returning to sleep in Banff at the end of the day.
Banff – Jasper
Riding along the Icefields Parkway, one of the most beautiful roads in the world, which connects Banff and Jasper. The road is fraught with mountain landscapes, turquoise lakes and glaciers, and many spots for photo-ops and hikes. Along the road you can often see wildlife, including bears, sheep and mountain goats, and various deers. The day ends when you arrive to Jasper. Accommodations in Jasper
Jasper National Park
A day of travel among Jasper National Park’s magnificent mountains and lakes. The day starts with a cruise in Maligne Lake. We recommend continuing along the nearby Maligne Canyon, and ending the trip with a visit at Mount Edith Cavell and a short hike of Angel Glacier at the foot of the mountain. Accommodations in Jasper.
Jasper – Calgary
Driving south along the Icefields Parkway back to Calgary. Along the way you can stop at all the places you didn’t have time for on the way north. Arriving to Calgary in the afternoon and spending the night there.
Calgary – Vancouver
Flight from Calgary to Vancouver. The rest of the day is spent traveling in Vancouver itself. The many options include downtown Vancouver, Granville Island, Stanley Park, the Vancouver Aquarium and many others. Accommodations in Vancouver.
Vancouver is a fascinating city combining a highly-developed cultural life and an impressive downtown area with well-preserved green lungs and a highly-developed environmental consciousness. The city’s location by the Pacific Ocean and at the foot of the British Columbia mountain range makes it an ideal destination. There are many interesting sites, including the Vancouver Aquarium, Granville Island, Vancouver Museum and Stanley Park. Accommodations in Vancouver.
Day Trip to Victoria
Victoria, a characteristically English town, is located on Vancouver Island on the British Columbia coastline. The day starts with a ferry ride between Vancouver and Victoria (about 90 minutes), followed by a visit to the Butchart Gardens, incredible gardens not far from the city. The following hours are dedicated to independently exploring the downtown area (the British Columbia Royal Museum is especially recommended). At the end of the day you take another ferry back to Vancouver. Accommodations in Vancouver.
(The day trip to Victoria is actually a package organized by a local company. The package includes all necessary transport, including a two-way ferry ride and transportation between the port, the gardens and downtown Victoria.)
Vancouver – Anchorage
Flight from Vancouver to Anchorage, in accordance with flight schedule. After picking up the rental car at the airport, the afternoon is dedicated to exploring the city and its surroundings. In accordance with time constrains, we recommend visiting Anchorage Museum of History & Arts and Alaska Native Heritage Center. Accommodations in Anchorage.
Anchorage – Denali
leaving Anchorage in the morning and heading north towards Denali. This park is one of the most popular attractions in Alaska. It’s named after the highest mountain in North America (20,320 feet), which is located within the Park. En route to Denali we’ll make a stop at Talkeetna, a town that’s famous for being the local logistics center for mountain climbers. Talkeetna is also known for its community life, and rumor has it that the town inspired the TV series Northern Exposure. Continuing north and arriving to the park in the evening. Accommodations near the Park’s entrance.
Optional: scenic flight over Mount Denali
You can take a scenic flight over Mount Denali (20,320 feet above sea level, the highest in North America) and the Alaska Range from Talkeetna – about 90 minutes of glacial landscape, snowy peaks and granite cliffs. The highlight of the flight is landing on one of the glaciers at the bottom of the mountain, and making a stop to enjoy the view and take pictures. Cost: $290 per person (short route) or $350 per person (long route).
The park spans over 6 million acres, and allows you to encounter the rich wildlife of Alaska. Only one dirt road crosses the width of the Park, and we dedicate this day to riding along this road. Riding on the Park’s buses allows you to see bears, caribou, moose, mountain sheep, wolves, etc. The dramatic mountain views, including the chance of seeing Denali’s peak, provides wonderful photo-ops. Accommodations near the Park’s entrance.
Denali – Girdwood
Driving south on Parks Hwy and continuing past Anchorage to Girdwood, a small picturesque ski town located at the foot of Chugach Mountains and by the shore of Turnagain Arm. An abundance of possible activities are available around the town, and there’s a variety of hiking trails of varying difficulty levels. In the afternoon we recommend riding the local tram for a lookout on the entire town. Accommodations in Girdwood (a 280-mile drive, about six net hours of driving).
Girdwood – Homer
Dog sledding in the morning. As there’s no snow on the ground in Alaska during the summer, the dogs are in a temporary camp on a glacier above the town. Arrival and return by helicopter. After getting acquainted with the riders and the dogs, and receiving training on using the sled, you take a sled ride on the glacier. The dogs are very friendly, the views are great and the experience is one of the trip’s highlights (the tour lasts two hours, including 15 minutes on the helicopter in each direction, and the rest of the time on the glacier with the dogs). Later on you drive towards Homer, on the southwestern side of the Kenai Peninsula. The road crosses the Chugach Mountains and continues parallel to Cook Inlet. Along it there are many viewpoints that overlook the inlet and (in good weather) the big volcanoes (11,500-13,000 feet) on the other side of the road. Accommodations in Homer.
Watching Bears in Katmai Park
Katmai Park is one of the best places in the world to watch bears in the wild. When the salmon arrive, you can see big concentrations of bears along the rivers, fishing and competing with each other over select fishing sites. The bears are observed from a very short range (they are not aggressive towards humans), and the experience is unforgettable.
Reach the observation sites and return to Homer by a light marine plane. The flight provides a lookout on the mountainous coastline of the Park. The airline chooses the exact site of the tour, based on the locations of bear concentration, which change along the season according to the location of the salmon. The tour is usually lead by the pilot itself, unless it’s in Brooks Camp – where park rangers oversee the site and direct the visitors. The day ends back in Homer in the late afternoon.
Homer – Seward
Driving from Homer towards Seward. Seward is located by a deep fjord, and is straddled on both sides by glacier-covered mountains. The town’s location near the Chugach mountain range and the Kenai Fjords Park makes it especially attractive. Spend the afternoon in the Sealife Center and on Exit Glacier adjacent to the town from the north. Accommodations in Seward.
Kenai Fjords Park
Kenai Fjords Park is almost inaccessible by land, and sailing is the main way to experience its views and diverse wildlife population. The day is dedicated to sailing between the fjords. The marine animals common to this region include whales, sea lions, seals, various water birds and sometimes even orca whales. Accommodations in Seward.
Seward – Anchorage – Tel Aviv
Driving from Seward to Anchorage. The last bit of driving before Anchorage is a proper ending to the trip – the road runs parallel to Turnagain Arm, which demonstrates one of the most extreme tidal ranges in the world, and you drive down a narrow road between the sea and the coastal cliffs. You can often see pods of beluga whales in the waters along the road, or herds of mountain sheep on the cliffs on the other side of the road.
After arriving to Anchorage, return the rental car at the airport and fly home.