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Alaska
  • 6 days/5 nights
  • Next Departure: Jun 14, 2015
  • From $3,298 / person
  • ($880 single supplement) Children: $2,638 to $2,968

The Best Alaska Family Vacations

An Austin Adventures Alaska family vacation will take you and your loved ones hiking through some of the most beautiful scenery in the world, kayaking by icebergs and orcas, and biking on the winding mountain roads of the Kenai Peninsula. From overlooking the 300 square-mile Harding Icefield to roasting marshmallows around a bonfire under the Alaskan midnight sun, this family vacation has incredible moments at every turn.

  • Family Vacations
  • Biking
  • Hiking
  • Paddling
  • Small Ship

Activity Level: Moderately Easy

About
This Tour

Explore the Kenai Peninsula at a comfortable pace by train, small ship, sea kayak, mountain bike and on foot. Wild, pristine, and blessed with an abundance of astounding scenery and wildlife, the wonders of Alaska amaze explorers of all ages.

  • Kayak Resurrection Bay in search of sea otters, sea lions, and puffins
  • Explore the inter-tidal life zone on Fox Island while on the hunt for sea urchins, anemones, and limpets
  • Touch the ice of a tidal glacier on a nature cruise into Kenai Fjords National Park
  • Hike to an overlook of the 300-square mile Harding Ice Field
  • Bike past thundering waterfalls and wildflower  meadows to the old Gold Rush town of Hope
  • Learn about wildlife recovery at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center
  • Feast on fresh-off-the-boat seafood and perfectly roasted s’mores while telling stories around a bonfire under an Alaskan midnight sun
Exit Glacier
Photo: Exit Glacier

From beginning to end, our Austin Adventures experience was the adventure we hoped for and more. Our knowledgeable guides took care of our every need. The itinerary, lodging, and restaurants were top-notch, and we came home knowing we had just been on the trip of a lifetime!

Steve and Joanne Kahlke Fort Lauderdale, FL

Itinerary
& Map

Tour Itinerary

6 days/5 nights

Anchorage, Alaska (ANC)

Day 1: Alaska Railroad / Fox Island / Resurrection Bay
Alaska Railroad / Fox Island / Resurrection Bay
Meals Included:  B, L, D
Overnight: Fox Island Wilderness Lodge

On Day 1, be ready for an early pick-up in Anchorage.

  • Begin with a 4 hour scenic train ride on the famous Alaska Railroad, heading south to historic Seward
  • Board a ferry for a short cruise to Fox Island
  • Enjoy a delicious lunch prepared by your private chef before checking into your wilderness lodge
  • Explore the shoreline and protected coves of Resurrection Bay by kayak, searching for Dall’s Porpoises, Stellar sea lions and orca whales

Dinner is prepared by our private chef followed by a bonfire on the island’s pebble beach.

About Fox Island Wilderness Lodge
This beautifully rustic lodge is situated on a 3 square mile island. Charming, romantic and completely private, Fox Island is accessible only by boat and features cozy cabins in a rocky island cove setting.

Arrive on the island and indulge in gourmet meals prepared by your island chef. Awake to morning coffee or tea and watch Kenai Fjords National Park come alive from the comfort of your cabin. Get out your camera or sketchbook and capture the natural beauty of your surroundings.

Treat yourself to hiking the trails of the Island, walking along the rocky shore, or skipping the smooth flat stones of the beach into the cove. Your time on Fox Island is your time.

Day 2: Kenai Fjords Wilderness Cruise / Seward
Kenai Fjords Wilderness Cruise / Seward
Meals Included:  B, L, D
Overnight: Windsong Lodge

Explore the inter-tidal life zone on Fox Island, on the hunt for sea urchins, caves and waterfalls.

  • Board a small ship for a Kenai Fjords Glacier & Wildlife Cruise
  • Lunch is served onboard
  • Check out tidal glaciers and abundant sea-life from the ship’s deck as naturalist guides share their expertise on the region
  • Upon arrival back on shore, take a quick drive over to the Resurrection River where you’ll hike a short ways along this murky, glacier-fed stream

Shuttle to the Windsong Lodge, your home for the next 2 nights, and enjoy dinner at the Resurrection Roadhouse, where you’ll dine on local Alaskan cuisine.

About Windsong Lodge
Situated in a thick spruce grove with a panoramic view of the Resurrection River Valley, the Windsong Lodge is Seward’s finest accommodation.

The guest lodges at the Windsong are connected to the main lodge and Resurrection Roadhouse by a series of paved trails that wind their way throughout the property. Wildflowers, ferns and spruce trees accent the natural beauty of this temperate rain forest.

Not far from the lodge is the entrance to Kenai Fjords National Park. Access by foot via the Resurrection Trail and Exit Glacier trail system provides hours of exploration into Alaska's backcountry.

Day 3: Exit Glacier / Harding Icefield
Exit Glacier / Harding Icefield
Meals Included:  B, L, D
Overnight: Windsong Lodge

This morning, pack your lunch and eat a hearty breakfast – we have a big day ahead of us!

  • Take an easy hike along the Exit Glacier Overlook Trail or opt for a more challenging hike to view the 300-square-mile Harding Ice Field, the largest in North America (7 miles wide!)
  • Visit the Alaska SeaLife Center to experience close encounters with puffins, octopus, sea lions and other sea life

This evening, dine on fresh-off-the-boat seafood at Chinook's Waterfront Restaurant.

Day 4: Johnson Pass Trail / Hope / Girdwood
Johnson Pass Trail / Hope / Girdwood
Meals Included:  B, L

On Day 4, enjoy a morning bike ride beginning on the Johnson Pass bike trail.

Pedal along Granite Creek, past wildflowers, waterfalls and alpine valleys to the old Gold Rush town of Hope (ride up to 25 miles).

After lunch, we’ll transfer to our luxury accommodations at the Alyeska Prince Hotel.

Dinner’s on your own – explore the many options at the Alyeska or in Girdwood (ask your guides for suggestions!).

About Alyeska Prince Hotel
Nestled in the Chugach Mountains, this elegant hotel boasts lovely guestrooms, expansive views, a full-service spa and the award-winning Seven Glaciers restaurant 2,000 feet above the hotel.

Alaska’s premier year-round resort destination, this gem offers vistas of lush valley surrounded by mountain peaks, hanging glaciers and spectacular ocean views. The Hotel Alyeska offers guests luxurious accommodations and convenient access to the magnificent Alaskan wilderness.

They first opened their doors to guests in 1994. Today, their newly renovated chateau-style hotel makes the perfect base camp for your Alaskan vacation. During your stay here, you’ll experience supreme comfort with perfect modern touches and rich Native influences, bringing the natural beauty of Alaska’s great outdoors inside.

Day 5: Winner Creek Trail / Trail of Blue Ice
Winner Creek Trail / Trail of Blue Ice
Meals Included:  B, L, D

Today, depart from the resort for a hike through America’s northernmost temperate rainforest filled with Sitka spruce, prickly Devil’s Club, and feathery ferns with a surprise along the way.

Enjoy a gourmet picnic lunch at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, where you can view most of Alaska’s wildlife up close and personal. Hop on your bike for a twisty cruise along the Trail of Blue Ice.

Our final dinner is at Jack Sprat – known for its fresh and creative cuisine.

Day 6: Girdwood to Indian Creek / Anchorage
Girdwood to Indian Creek / Anchorage
Meals Included:  B

After a leisurely breakfast, depart for a short bike ride to Indian Creek • Then it’s back to Anchorage to say our fond farewells.

** Trip itineraries are subject to change without notice due to road, trail, ocean, weather, and other factors outside of our control, for the safety and enjoyment of our guests, as deemed necessary and appropriate by Austin Adventures.

Dates, Rates
& Details

Start planning your next adventure now. See the information below for the rates and selection of available dates. For additional information on dates and availability, please contact our travel specialists.

  • 6 days/5 nights
  • Next Departure: Jun 14, 2015
  • From $3,298 / person
  • ($880 single supplement) Children: $2,638 to $2,968

Departure Dates

  • Jun 14, 2015
  • Jun 21, 2015
  • Jul 05, 2015
  • Jul 19, 2015
  • Jul 26, 2015
  • Aug 02, 2015
  • Aug 09, 2015
  • Aug 16, 2015

Additional Trip Information

Departure
  • Please plan on arriving at least one day prior to your trip departure. Day one of your itinerary starts at 6:00 am or 6:15 am, depending on your hotel.
  • Your trip ends with a drop-off at either the Anchorage airport (2:00 pm) or your Anchorage hotel (2:30 pm).
Activities
  • Hiking: 3 to 8 miles per hike, easy to challenging terrain.
  • Biking: 6 to 25 miles per ride, easy to moderate terrain.
  • Kayaking: Protected coves and inlets, no experience necessary.
  • Boating: Interpretive small ship wildlife cruise with captain and crew.
Meals

The hallmark of an Austin Adventures vacation is our exceptional dining. All meals: breakfasts, lunches, snacks, dinners, refreshments and receptions – except one dinner on your own – are included as indicated by itinerary. (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner). Alcoholic beverages and related gratuities are not included in the trip price.

Included in Trip Price
  • Double occupancy rooms with private baths.
  • All meals: breakfasts, lunches, snacks, dinners – except one dinner on own your own – refreshments and receptions .
  • Fully trained, first-aid certified professional guides and knowledgeable local partners.
  • Bikes, helmets and other necessary equipment – all safe and well maintained.
  • Vehicle support and land transportation during the trip.
  • Austin Adventures T-shirt, water bottle, luggage tags and luggage service.
  • Pre-departure and packing information.
  • Incidental expenses such as taxes, dining and housekeeping gratuities, local partner and expert gratuities and national park entrance and permit fees
Not Included in Trip Price
  • Gratuities to Austin Adventures guides.
  • Alcoholic beverages and related gratuities.
  • One dinner on your own.
  • Pre-and post-trip accommodations and associated expenses.
  • Air and land transportation to/from host cities.
  • All types of personal insurance.
  • Personal expenses.
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A few more reasons why you've gotta go…

  • 1. For the gold! Equipped with a sifting pan you'll get to search for real Alaskan gold – finder's keepers!
  • 2. The S'mores: they’ve never tasted better than roasted over a beach campfire on a secluded island.
  • 3. The daylight: with Alaska's midnight sun, it's never too dark to play long after dinner.
  • 4. The hand tram across Winner Creek: it's fast and fun – kids love it!
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