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Alaska
  • 6 days/5 nights
  • Next Departure: Jun 28, 2015
  • From $3,298 / person
  • ($880 single supplement)

Alaska Vacation Packages

Explore the wild and rugged beauty of Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula.  Experience the shoreline and coves of Resurrection Bay by kayak and take in tidal glaciers from the deck of a small ship.  Channel your inner-explorer and discover the view of the Harding Ice Field and hike through temperate rainforests. Enjoy a gourmet lunch prepared by a private chef, trail-side surprises, and fresh sea food while overlooking the Seward Harbor. Let us take you on the perfect Alaska vacation in the “Land of the Midnight Sun”!

  • Biking
  • Hiking
  • Paddling
  • Small Ship

Activity Level: Moderate

About
This Tour

Experience the best of Alaska’s wilderness and wildlife as you hike, bike, kayak and cruise the pristine lands, glaciers and waterways of the stunning 650,000-acre Kenai Fjords National Park.

  • Listen for the sharp crack! of a glacier calving into an ice-studded sea on a glacier and wildlife cruise
  • Paddle the pristine waters of Resurrection Bay alongside seals, sea otters, and puffins
  • Soak up a panoramic vista of Exit Glacier on a hike to the Harding Icefield
  • Let the mist of a thundering waterfall cool your cheeks on a bike ride to the gold rush town of Hope
  • Hike through dense rain forest to the base of Byron Glacier and hunt for mysterious ice worms
  • Learn about the impact of global climate change on the local wildlife
  • Feast on fresh-off-the-boat wild salmon before unwinding in the comfort of the Fox Island Wilderness Lodge
Taking a break on the hike to Virgin Creek Falls
Photo: Taking a break on the hike to Virgin Creek Falls

This is my ninth Austin Adventures trip and second to Alaska, and it did not disappoint! It just keeps getting better! The variety of activities, the natural beauty, all there is to learn, and the fun over-the-top service of Toby and Blair made this trip extra special!

Barbara Monegan Wayne, PA

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

Get ready for an early pick-up in Anchorage, and begin with a 4 hour scenic train ride on the famous Alaska Railroad, heading south to historic Seward.

Then, board a ferry for a short cruise to Fox Island where you'll enjoy a delicious lunch prepared by your private chef before checking into your wilderness lodge. For the rest of the afternoon...

  • Explore the shoreline and protected coves of Resurrection Bay by kayak
  • Search for Dall’s Porpoises
  • Observe stellar sea lions and orca whales!

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

About Fox Island Wilderness Lodge
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

On Day 2, set out to explore the inter-tidal life zone on Fox Island, while on the hunt for sea urchins, caves and waterfalls. Then, board a small ship for a Kenai Fjords Glacier & Wildlife Cruise where lunch will be served.

While on board, 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. From there, 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.

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. And 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, wake with a morning bike ride beginning on the Johnson Pass bike trail where you'll 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 tonight is on your own – explore the many options at the Alyeska or in Girdwood (ask your guides for suggestions!).

About the Alyeska Resort
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 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

On Day 5, 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.

Afterward, enjoy a gourmet picnic lunch at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, where you can view most of Alaska’s wildlife up close and personal. Complete the day by hopping 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, you'll depart for a short bike ride to Indian Creek.

Then it’s back to Anchorage to say our fond farewells. We hope you'll join us again soon!

**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 28, 2015
  • From $3,298 / person
  • ($880 single supplement)

Departure Dates

  • Jun 28, 2015
  • Jul 12, 2015
  • Aug 23, 2015

Additional Trip Information

Departure 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).

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 the 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 the 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.
Photos

A few more reasons why you've gotta go…

  • 1. The Kenai Fjords nature cruise: it's one of the premier marine wildlife tours in North America.
  • 2. The seclusion of Fox Island: there's no sign of man as far as the eye can see.
  • 3. Travel along Crow Creek Pass: stand atop of it in awe of how it was once part of the original Iditarod Trail.
  • 4. Seward's Sea Life Center: born from the infamous Exxon Valdez oil spill, the center offers an up-close view of real-life animal rescue.
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