North America Vacations
Alaska | Kenai Fjords & Peninsula | Family
Embark on your dream Alaska Family Vacation for fun in the land of the midnight sun
Experience calving glaciers, wildlife, wild flowers, and more.
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.
Join Us for the Ultimate 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 Alaska family vacation package in the Land of the Midnight Sun. Alaska is one of our founders all-time favorite destinations and he has himself chosen the very best to feature on this trip. 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 Alaska Family Vacation Package that’s an 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. Isn’t it time you joined us on our Alaska family vacation?
Explore Alaska National Parks by train, bike, kayak, and cruise
Spend six unforgettable days exploring the Kenai Peninsula at a comfortable pace on our Alaska family vacation package. 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 Sealife Center
Feast on fresh-off-the-boat seafood and perfectly roasted s’mores while telling stories around a bonfire under an Alaskan midnight sun
Want to learn more about Alaska? Explore Facts About Alaska: The Nine Divine.
*Operating under permit with the US Forest Service/National Park Service
**Austin Adventures is an equal opportunity provider
A few more reasons why you've gotta go:
The hand tram across Winner Creek: Fast, fun and quite the rush. Kids love it!
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.
Forget early bedtimes: With Alaska's midnight sun, it's never too dark to play - even long after dinner.
Anchorage, Alaska ANC
Anchorage, Alaska ANC
Alaska Railroad / Fox Island / 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.
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 Kenai Fjords 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.
Kenai Fjords Wilderness Cruise / Seward
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 two nights, and freshen up before dining on fresh-off-the-boat seafood at a local restaurant overlooking the Seward Harbor.
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.
Exit Glacier / Harding Icefield
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!)
Visit the Alaska SeaLife Center to experience close encounters with puffins, octopus, sea lions and other sea life.
Tonight, enjoy dinner at the Resurrection Roadhouse, where you’ll dine on local Alaskan cuisine.
Johnson Pass Trail / Hope / Girdwood
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.
Winner Creek Trail / Byron Glacier
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 hand-prepared by your guides . Take a short afternoon trek to a glacier that you can actually walk on!
Our final dinner is at a local favorite restaurant, known for its fresh and creative cuisine.
Girdwood to Indian Creek / Anchorage
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.
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|July 26, 2020||July 31, 2020||Limited Space Available|
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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 they say is just the “Tip of the Iceberg”). Feel the difference between a spiny starfish and a sticky sea anemone as you touch the variety of ocean creatures displayed in Seward’s Alaska SeaLife Center, “The Last Frontier” state’s only public aquarium. Explore the luscious green landscape carved by the 700 square mile Harding Icefield to learn why the valley is U-shaped as opposed to V-shaped. 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!) Stare in awe at Marathon Mountain as you try to fathom the race to the top that occurs there every Fourth of July. With any luck, you will see for yourself the differences between a Black and a Grizzly Bear. This is just the beginning – discover for yourself 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 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 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.
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.