North America Vacations
Alaska | Kenai Fjords National Park | Adult Only
Whales, wildflowers and waterfalls: the wonders of the Kenai Peninsula. Adventurous adults will love this Kenai Fjords Tour
6 days / 5 nights
Activity Level Activity levels are subjective depending on your general level of fitness and your experience; however, all of our trips are self-paced.
6-Day Alaska Adventure Tour of the Kenai Peninsula
With just 12 – 18 adults, this six-day Alaska adventure tour through the 650,000-acre Kenai Fjords National Park promises to be one of the most immersive and energizing experiences you’ll find in Alaska. From roaring waterfalls and the crack! of calving glaciers to the eerie silence of Resurrection Bay and the stillness of a night lit by the midnight sun, experience the grandeur of America’s final frontier.
Your journey begins with a scenic train ride aboard the famous Alaska Railroad. Kayak the pristine waters of Resurrection Bay alongside seals, sea otters, and puffins. Soak up a panoramic vista of Exit Glacier on a hike overlooking the Harding Icefield. Get closer to tidal glaciers and abundant sea life while navigating the Kenai Fjords by private ship. Let the mist of a thundering waterfall cool your cheeks on a bike ride to the gold rush town of Hope.
Experience Alaska’s breathtaking landscapes as our expert guides unveil the secrets behind Alaska’s majestic backdrop. All the while, relax in luxury accommodations, indulge in fresh seafood the region’s finest gourmet fare, and enjoy Austin Adventures’ signature touch of inspired, thoughtful service.
Alaska Adventure Vacation Highlights
- Scenic train ride on the Alaska Railroad
- Kenai fjords tour by private cruise
- Kayaking in Resurrection Bay
- Hiking along the Exit Glacier & Harding Ice Field
- Gourmet picnic on the slopes of Mount Alyeska
- Biking along the Johnson Trail
Related Alaska Adventure Tours
*Operating under permit with the US Forest Service/National Park Service
**Austin Adventures is an equal opportunity provider
A few more reasons to go
Kenai Fjords National Park: be inspired by one of the premier marine wildlife tours in North America.
Hiking Exit Glacier: with how quickly most glaciers are shrinking around Planet Earth, it's pretty special to hike alongside this special glacier up close
The wildlife: the variety seen when you combine land mammals and marine life is astounding!
Anchorage, Alaska ANC
Anchorage, Alaska ANC
Alaska Railroad / Seward / Resurrection Bay
Early pick-up in Anchorage. Begin with a four-hour scenic train ride on the famous Alaska Railroad, heading south to historic Seward. Get outfitted in boots and kayak skirts for a paddle along the shoreline and protected coves of Resurrection Bay, searching for Dall’s Porpoises, Stellar sea lions, and orca whales. Check into your hotel overlooking the harbor for the next 3 nights. Dinner is prepared at one of our favorite restaurants in town as we toast to a great trip to come!
About the Harbor 360 Hotel
Harbor 360 Hotel is the premier waterfront hotel in the scenic harbor town of Seward, Alaska. Located directly on the Seward Small Boat Harbor, Harbor 360 Hotel offers guests stunning 360-degree views of Resurrection Bay and the surrounding Kenai Mountains. The spacious, comfortable guest rooms feature two queen beds or one king bed and harborside or mountainside views. Harbor 360 Hotel is open year-round and is within close walking distance of Seward’s finest restaurants, shops, and the Alaska Railroad Depot. Enjoy views of the harbor while soaking in the hot tub or swimming in Seward’s only hotel pool. Start your day of Alaska adventures off right with a complimentary breakfast, featuring a variety of hot and cold items. Harbor 360 Hotel is the ideal “home base” for exploring the wilds of Alaska, both by land and by sea.
Exit Glacier / Harding Icefield / Seward
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 (seven miles wide!). Tonight, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant, where you’ll dine on local Alaskan cuisine.
Kenai Fjords National Park Wilderness Cruise / Seward
Board a small ship for a 6-hour cruise along the Pacific waters of Kenai Fjords National Park. Keep an eye on the ocean surface for wildlife such as orca whales, humpback whales, Steller sea lions, harbor seals, puffins, eagles, and many more species of seabirds. Cruise to a tidewater glacier and watch for calving, an unforgettable experience where giant chunks of glacial ice break off and crash into the water. Experienced captains will fully narrate the journey, pointing out spectacular sights while providing information on the area’s wildlife, history, and geology.
Johnson Pass Trail / Hope / Girdwood
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. Enjoy a night on your own this evening for dinner. Your guides will give you restaurant options to choose from in the area and will provide ideas on things to do on your own time. Alternatively, feel free to just relax tonight after a wonderful activity-filled day!
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 its 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.
Mount Alyeska / Byron Glacier
Depart from the resort for a trek on a series of switchbacks up the slopes of Mount Alyeska. At the top, you’ll be rewarded with magnificent views of glaciers and mountains surrounding the valley and eventually a tram ride back down to the base. Enjoy a gourmet picnic lunch hand-prepared by your guides. Take a short afternoon trek to a glacier that you can actually walk on! Enjoy a final delicious dinner with your guides tonight at a local spot in Girdwood.
Girdwood to Indian Creek / Anchorage
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.
Arrival & Departure
Please plan on arriving at least one day prior to your trip departure. Day one of your itinerary starts at 5:45 am or 6:00 am, depending on your hotel. Your trip ends with a drop-off at either the Anchorage airport (12:30 pm) or your Anchorage hotel (1:00 pm).
Hiking: 3 to 8 miles per hike, easy to challenging terrain
Biking: 8 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
Alaska is a land of diversity…known for its rich history, geographic wonders, incredible wildlife, and challenges and opportunities of today… (and that as they say is just the “Tip of the Iceberg”). Learn about the wildlife recovery efforts put forth after the largest oil spill in this country’s history at the Alaska SeaLife Center. Understand how glaciers formed Alaska’s unique topography and the “story” behind the scenes regarding the effects of global warming. As you pedal into the town of Hope, try to guess how this tiny mining community came to receive its name (it’s probably not what you think!) Visit the bustling seaport of Seward and witness fisherman (both sport and commercial) as they come ashore with the day’s catch.
With any luck, you will see for yourself the difference between a Black and a Grizzly Bear. Is a Killer Whale really a killer? That is just the beginning, there is so much more to this place they call the Land of the Midnight Sun.
Austin Adventures guides are experienced facilitators and regional experts. They will take the time to explain the details of each activity, answer any questions, and demonstrate the use of all equipment. Each activity has been carefully planned to include options for all levels. Most importantly, your guides will help you select the distance that’s right for you.
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 the itinerary. (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner). Alcoholic beverages and related gratuities are not included in the trip price.
After receiving your reservation and deposit, we’ll send you a pre-trip planner with general information about the area you’ll be visiting, a packing list, exercise guidelines, a guest information questionnaire, and a liability release agreement for you to sign and return within 10 days.
Included in the Price of Your Alaska Adventure Tour
- Double occupancy rooms at Harbor 360 Hotel (Day 1, 2, 3)
- Double occupancy rooms at Alyeska Prince Hotel (Day 4, 5)
- Expert private guides
- 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.
Activity levels are subjective depending on your general level of fitness and your experience; however, all of our trips are self-paced.1 Easy (1)
Activity levels are subjective depending on your general level of fitness and your experience; however, all of our trips are self-paced.2 Moderately Easy (2)
Not sure what to expect when you get your boots on the ground—or bike on the road or paddle in the water—in that dream destination? Dan Austin would love to tell you. More than likely, he’s been there, done that, and then some. The founder and president of Austin Adventures, Dan is a boots-on-the-ground influencer in the company, helping guests, ensuring guides lead the way he would, and curating new trips by personally experiencing and evaluating every detail. While always happy to add to his list of 64 countries and counting, Dan most highly values helping guests experience their adventure in the most inspiring and energizing way possible.