5-Day Fall Colors Photo Tour

Trip Highlights

  • Visit a remote beach for spectacular landscapes, and a potential for bears.
  • Hundreds of Bald Eagles will be high in activity.
  • Rafts of Sea Otters
  • Potential for bears and moose.
  • Cordova historic coastal structures
  • Glacial landscapes and calving
  • Light hiking into mountainous landscapes


Fall Colors Photo Tour


This is by far our most diverse photo tour ever offered. A photographic adventure that will take you across glacial terrain, across untouched wilderness and landscape’s as vast as they are colorful. We’ll take you face to face with some of Alaska’s biggest mountains, historic buildings, and wildlife.

If you’re seeking real adventure, and photographs not seen by many, this is a trip of a lifetime. We’ve been traveling this route for the last five years and know these locations and opportunities in all weather conditions from warm sunshine to sub zero temperatures.

DAY 1: Glacier Shoot with MICA, Overnight at Lake Louise Lodge
DAY 2: Old Denali Highway, Paxon to Maclaren Lodge (Landscapes / Sunset shoot that night)
Day 3: Clearwater Mountain / Creek / Maclaren River / Sunset / Caribou (move to Alpine Creek)
Day 4: Valdez Mine Road / Susitna River / Denali Cabin & Lake / other options.
Day 5: Early AM departure, Finish Denali Highway to Tonglen Lake (DNP) Sunset shoot broad pass.
Day 6: Shoot our way out to Savage River / Editing / One last grab shoot / End of tour party w/ slideshow.


Fall Colors Photo Tour Itinerary - 7 Days

Day 1: Departure from Anchorage: A morning departure from Anchorage to the sea side town of Whittier. We will board the Alaska Ferry operated by the Alaska Marine System and cross Prince William Sound to Cordova. Upon arrival in Cordova as a group, we will transfer to Orca Adventure Lodge. Later, we will begin photography right away. During our full days in Cordova, we will start with an early breakfast then spend all morning in the field. We will have a brief lunch break and continue photography through the afternoon and early evening until dinner with the group. Our accommodations will be at Orca Adventure Lodge (see below). (L,D)

Days 2 - 6 Cordova Photo Days: After breakfast, guests will head out into the field. We will be taking the road less traveled and spend five full days in Cordova, which should give us ample time to search for sea otters, bald eagles, bears and moose. We will pass over the Copper River as it fans out into the Copper River Delta, an area that is an annual stop for migratory and nesting birds. We will also travel to Child's Glacier, where we will have the opportunity to watch and photograph this magnificent glacier as it calves into the Copper River. (B,L,D)
Day 7: Departure from Cordova and travel to Anchorage: After breakfast, the group will depart Cordova and begin our journey back to Anchorage. Upon arrival in Anchorage, guests will be transferred directly to the airport or overnight in Anchorage. (B)

About the Accommodations

Orca Adventure Lodge is located in a cannery town 3 miles north of Cordova originally built in the 1880's, the Lodge has been rebuilt into one of Alaska's finest adventure destination. While retaining its historical flavor, the Lodge has full amenities to offer the most discerning guest. Each of the forty rooms has private baths and great ocean views overlooking Orca Inlet.  Access to wireless internet service and coin operated laundry facilities help to make your stay as comfortable as possible while at Orca Adventure Lodge, and their dedicated staff will do whatever they can to further enhance your experience. The Lodge's chef and crew cook up delectable delights in the cannery cookhouse next door, while our great guides offer unique and safe photo adventures into the wilds of Alaska.  

Cordova Hotel
hotel room in cordova alaska

2017 Tour Dates, Cost & Other Information


TOUR COST: $4,195/person

Note: Prices are based on double occupancy. If you are traveling alone and specifically request single accommodations, you will be asked to pay the single supplement fee of $975. There is no single supplement fee for those willing to share accommodations. Please also note that there are a limited number of single accommodations available and that some trips with certain lodging options may not offer single accommodations, regardless of a customer's willingness to pay a supplemental fee.

WHAT IS INCLUDED & WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: Accommodations; meals as listed on the itinerary; guiding and instruction; transportation. Prices are subject to change without notice. Not included: taxes, airfare to and from Anchorage from your city of origin. Meals included as listed on the itinerary above. B= Breakfast L=Lunch D=Dinner

MINIMUM NUMBERS: This tour does require a minimum of 4 to go. If we do not have the minimum number 2 weeks out we will notify you of this situation. Guests will receive a full refund if we do not meet the minimum numbers.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENT: Several shooting locations are right next to the road and require some walking. Days have the potential to be long when conditions are at their prime. We’ve planned to keep a balanced pace, but if we’re feeling it, we’ll stay out. There will be light hiking, you should be comfortable hiking at least 2 - 4 miles with little to no elevation gain. We do have one hike that offers more physical demand, while optional the views are priceless!

PHOTOGRAPHIC OBJECTIVES: This tour targets varied photographic opportunities, but in general we will be on foot in open habitats. We will often be moving slowly and carefully to try to sneak up on wildlife, or observing their behavior and choosing a spot to wait for them to pose themselves in the perfect position. Subjects will be open tundra; kettle ponds & lakes; mountain landscapes; glaciers, glacial plains & rivers; macro work and potential for bears, moose & caribou. Planet Earth Adventures will structure the tour to allow plenty of opportunities for both traditional and artistic shots of all subject matter. 

PHOTOGRAPHY GEAR: For the best results, we recommend bringing a telephoto lens 300mm or 400mm. In addition to the larger lens a zoom lens can also be beneficial as a lens of this type allows you maximum flexibility, where wildlife can sometimes be too close! The light conditions tend to be quite good, and while you may not need a tripod for sharpness, it can be helpful to hold your heavy gear so you don’t have to. CLICK HERE for or suggested photo equipment list.

TRAVEL INSURANCE: We strongly suggest purchasing trip cancellation/interruption insurance to protect your travel investment at the time you sign up for one of our trips. This coverage will offset cancellation charges in the event of illness before or during your trip. Trip cancellation/interruption and baggage insurance is available at a supplemental cost. Click Here to purchase travel protection.