ULTIMATE ALASKA

10 DAYS – KODIAK & KATMAI NATIONAL PARK, ALASKA


 Tour Details

Just as the name suggests, our Ultimate Alaska photo tour is an epic adventure specifically designed to fully immerse participants in all of Alaska’s grandeur. Our privately chartered vessel will take you into the heart of Alaska’s surreal wilderness where the largest congregation of grizzly bears in the world roam.

Participants will photograph grizzly bears and cubs as they wade through thick fields of wildflowers, puffins and eagles in-flight from close range, rafts of sea otters floating together in the cool blue water, wolves, stellar sea lions, moose and more! 

Your adventure will begin in Homer, Alaska where you’ll have the opportunity to photograph the local wildlife inhabitants near our lodge.  The following day we will embark on our journey to the Katmai Coast as we board a small plane and enjoy a scenic flight over massive volcanos, and stunning mountain peaks.

Our private vessel will be our home for the next several days and give us the ability to go where the bears are. Each morning and afternoon we will zodiac to shore allowing us to photograph the largest bears on the planet earth from eye-level with stunning backdrops of Katmai’s countryside.

At all times, we’ll be led by an expert bear guide for safe and exciting encounters.  Given the small group size you’ll also receive plenty in-field photographic instruction from Aaron when desired.

Come with us on this Alaska photo tour and photograph all the beauty Alaska and its great wilderness has to offer.

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Testimonials

“I’ve done a lot of nature/wildlife photography over the years but this was by far the best experience I’ve had.  Everything about this trip was absolutely superb: the organization, Aaron’s leadership, the accommodations, and of course, the bears!  I would highly commend it to anyone interested in a trip of this type.” 2 time Aaron’s Photo Tours Participant 

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“The Alaska Brown Bear Tour far exceeded all expectations. Aaron is an excellent tour leader. In addition to being a nice guy, Aaron is invested in every tour attendee’s success during the tour. He works with everyone to improve composition and to ensure optimal camera settings for each situation. Our naturalist guides were also great. Accommodations, food, and travel logistics were expertly handled. We pushed hard throughout the trip, due to excellent weather and wildlife conditions, and that ensured everyone had numerous, great opportunities to photograph the wildlife we were looking for.  I can recommend this trip without reservation to anyone seeking to photograph bears and other Alaska wildlife.” 2 time Aaron’s Photo Tours Participant 

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Itinerary Includes

9 nights lodging (shared accommodations), meals, round trip airfare on a float plane from Kodiak to the Katmai Coast, local naturalist/bear guide with 20 years expereince, in the field photographic instruction, permits and park fees

Highlights:

  • Our privately chartered vessel takes you into the heart of truly wild Alaska
  • Experience Alaska’s iconic brown bears at close range from eye level
  • One-on-One photography instruction from a professional wildlife photographer
  • Fishing bears and mother bears with cubs in stunning scenery
  • Possible wolves, fox, puffins, sea otters, and more

Tour Info:

Dates:
July 31-Aug. 9, 2022 (1 Sot Open Due to Recent Cancellation)
Aug. 7-16, 2022 (2 Spots Remain)
Aug. 14-23, 2023 (Now Booking)

Group Size: 8 Participants

2022 Cost: $10,995 (shared accommodations on boat however we have 2-3 Single Supplements available on a first come first serve basis)

2023 Cost: We’re still in the process of confirming 2023 pricing, which we plan to announce soon. If you wish to sign up for the 2023 trip we will sign you up using last years deposit amount and you can pay any difference with your final tuition.

Payment: 25% Non-Refundable Deposit, Rest Due at 120 Days Before Departure

Itinerary

Day 1:  Arrival day, 15 min taxi ride to our hotel, welcome slideshow to help you prep for the days to come.

Day 2:  Morning departure (weather pending) as a group for a scenic flight to meet our private vessel.  Our boat based accommodations gives us unprecedented access to explore the coast for some of the best bear photography on earth.

Days 3-8:  Full days of bear photography.  Long summer days give us plenty of time to explore the Katmai Coast in search of the best photographic opportunities.

Day 9:  Morning bear photography before departing for Kodiak on a scenic flight.

Day 10:  Late afternoon departures.

Physical Requirement: Moderate.  Each participant should be able to walk a min of 4 miles in chest waiters with camera equipment on uneven slippery terrain.

Leader

Leader

Aaron Baggenstos

In the last 10 years Aaron has led over 200 wildlife photography tours around the world. He has earned a reputation for his gracious teaching style to photographers of all skill levels and extensive knowledge of Nikon, Canon, Panasonic, Olympus, and Sony digital cameras.