• 6 days/5 nights
  • Next Departure: Jun 12, 2016
  • From $3,498 / person
  • ($880 single supplement) Children: $2,798 to $3,148

The Best Alaska Family Vacation

Thundering waterfalls. Creaking icebergs. Breaching orcas. Join us in exploring Alaska’s endless offerings of magnificent, pristine beauty on this action-packed family adventure in the Land of the Midnight Sun. Answer the call of the wild as you and your loved ones kayak Resurrection Bay with playful sea otters, bike the winding mountain roads of the Kenai Peninsula and roast marshmallows around a crackling bonfire on a pebble beach. Our expert guides can’t wait to introduce you to the natural wonders of this awe-inspiring territory and the simple pleasures of best-in-class travel on this all-inclusive, intimate journey through America’s last frontier. Days are bookended by the finest in regional accommodations and cuisine, while Austin’s signature touch of inspired, thoughtful service invites you to relax, discover the grandeur of Alaska and enjoy time with your family on this most memorable trip of a lifetime.

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

Activity Level: Moderately Easy

This Tour

Spend six unforgettable days exploring the Kenai Peninsula at a comfortable pace with your family. Train, small ship, sea kayak, mountain bike and your own two feet serve as your vehicles for the week, guaranteeing you'll find adventure around every corner. In this land of the wild, abundant, jaw-dropping scenery and wildlife never cease to amaze explorers of all ages.

  • Kayak Resurrection Bay in search of sea otters, sea lions and comical puffins
  • Explore the inter-tidal life zone of 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 crystalline waterfalls and wildflower-bedecked 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
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Photo: Exit Glacier Alaska Family Vacations

Best adventure trip we did! From packing for our trip til saying goodbye's with our group was a once in a lifetime experience!!!

Vesna V East Greenbush, NY

This was our third trip with AA. It is amazing to me that this trip was just as surprising and exceptional as our first.

Jill A Sutton, MA

Exciting, adventurous, busy, beautiful, overall excellent trip better than I could have hoped in every way.

Hope P Raleigh, NC

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Tour Itinerary

6 days/5 nights

Anchorage, Alaska (ANC)

Day 1: Alaska Railroad / Fox Island / Resurrection Bay
Whale watching Alaska family vacations
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
Glacier on the Alaska family vacation
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
Family vacation in Alaska
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
biking on the Alaska Family vacation
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
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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
River crossing on the Alaska Family Vacation
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

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  • 6 days/5 nights
  • Next Departure: Jun 12, 2016
  • From $3,498 / person
  • ($880 single supplement) Children: $2,798 to $3,148

Confirmed Departures

  • Jun 12, 2016
  • Jun 19, 2016
  • Jul 3, 2016
  • Jul 10, 2016
  • Jul 31, 2016
  • Aug 7, 2016
  • Aug 14, 2016

Recommended Travel Months

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Additional Trip Information

  • 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).
  • 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.

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.

With over 20-years of experience in the adventure travel industry, we've perfected the recipe for crafting award-winning small group trips and custom itineraries on all seven continents. On every departure, we aim to exceed your expectations with best-in-class service, expert guides and the finest in regional cuisine and accommodations. From first-time travelers to seasoned alumni, our guests agree that on each Austin Adventures journey , the hardest part truly is going home. We're happy to share that 99.26% of these travelers say they'd join us again...and again...and again. But don't take our word for it. Our guests say it best:

Exciting, adventurous, busy, beautiful, overall excellent trip better than I could have hoped in every way.

Hope P, Raleigh, NC

My son on the last day said "I'm so sad to be leaving. This was the best vacation of my life, and I will never forget it."

Janet H, Bolingbrook, IL

I have been home from our trip to Alaska for a month and I don't think a day has gone by when I didn't think about our wonderful experience.

Dave G, Raleigh, NC

Exceeded all my expectations! My grandson was with me, he said he had a blast. He took part in all the activities. This was a gift to him for his graduation. What a great time we had.

Elsie W, Dubugue, IA

Alaska is Glacier National Park on steroids! Our guides brought us to it and it to us. Thanks Austin Adventures!

Megan D, West Hartford, CT

Loved it! Guides were the best and made our trip special in every way.

Brenda F, Winnetka, IL

Fun, naturalistic, fulfilling, a fantastic experience for the whole family

Kim C, Allen Town, PA

By far the best family experience we have ever had on vacation!

Carlos O, Miami, FL
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A few more reasons why you've gotta go…

  • 1. For the gold! Equipped with a sifting pan, search for real Alaskan gold – finder's keepers!
  • 2. The S'mores: You've never had one as good as the ones you'll savor on a secluded island, roasted over a roaring beach bonfire.
  • 3. Forget early bedtimes: With Alaska's midnight sun, it's never too dark to play - even long after dinner.
  • 4. The hand tram across Winner Creek: Fast, fun and quite the rush. Kids love it!
  • 5. In-the-field expertise: From sharing campfire stories to getting your kids excited about icebergs and orcas, our guides keep their eyes on the details, ensuring that the hardest part of your vacation truly is going home.

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