Ultimate Alaska Adventure

8 Days

Season

June to September

Price

$6050

Land Package Type

Adventure Tours

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A unique combination of exciting outdoor activities, authentic lodging and fantastic hospitality; the perfect blend of backcountry adventure and wild Alaska in style. Activities includes sea kayaking in Kenai Fjords National Park, a helicopter landing on glacial snowpack for a real Alaskan dogsled ride, hiking in the Chugach Mountains to gorgeous scenic vistas, rafting the turquoise class II+ waters of the Kenai River and more!

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Itinerary

Day 1

Anchorage/Girdwood/Cooper Landing/Kenai Riverside Lodge


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Meet your Trip Leader and fellow travelers at 8:00 a.m. in the hotel lobby (hotel to be determined at time of reservation). Travel from Anchorage along the scenic Turnagain Arm to the small mountain community of Girdwood. Today's adventure is a helicopter excursion to one of the surrounding glaciers to try your hand at the famous Alaskan sport of dog mushing. High on the snow-pack, drive the sled yourself or, if you prefer, ride in the sled as you enjoy the dramatic scenery. Afterward, bundle yourself up in actual Iditarod racing gear - including an original bib-number - for a once in a lifetime photo opportunity. Late afternoon we will continue south to Kenai Riverside Lodge, located along the banks of the Kenai River. Settle into your cabin, and enjoy appetizers and dinner in the main lodge. (B,L,D)

Day 2

Cooper Landing/Kenai Riverside Lodge


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After breakfast, saddle up and hit the trail for a day of horseback riding. Today's adventure will take us into the backcountry of Chugach National Forest where we'll scan for wildlife like moose, Dall sheep, eagles and more. The terrain allows an easy going, scenic ride perfect for the novice to experienced rider.

Day 3

Kenai Riverside Lodge/Kenai Backcountry Lodge


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Gear up for a scenic raft trip into the heart of the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. Along the way, watch for moose, bald eagles and other bird species and salmon. The Kenai River is famous for its salmon and, depending on the time of your visit, you may witness their incredible spawning runs. Enjoy a delicious picnic lunch along the river or on the shore of Skilak Lake. Arrive at Kenai Backcountry Lodge in the late afternoon and settle into your accommodations. Overnight at Kenai Backcountry Lodge. (B,L,D) (Ask us about substituting a day of fishing on the Upper Kenai River for an additional charge.)

Day 4

Kenai Backcountry Lodge


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Spend a full day exploring the remote wilderness of the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. Hike a secluded trail and travel through several fascinating ecological communities. At the top of the trail, explore the tundra and enjoy splendid views of the lake and surrounding wilderness. Or explore the lakeshore by boat, stopping for scenic views and short walks. Return to the lodge in the afternoon and enjoy the wood-fired sauna or simply relax at the lodge. Depending on the weather, options for the evening may include an exploration of the lake by sturdy touring kayak or fireside natural history presentation by one of the lodge's guides. Overnight at Kenai Backcountry Lodge. (B,L,D)

Day 5

Kenai Riverside Lodge


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This morning, after a hearty breakfast, we’ll cross Skilak Lake on our custom boat and take a short van ride to a local trailhead, for a scenic foray with gorgeous vistas. Lunch always tastes better in the backcountry, and we’ll enjoy lunch during our trail hike before returning back to civilization. Return to Kenai Riverside Lodge this afternoon for relaxing, and don’t forget to check out the riverside deck and bonfire pit – perfect for post-dinner s’mores! Overnight at Kenai Riverside Lodge. (B,L,D)

Day 6

Kenai Riverside Lodge/Seward/Kenai Fjords Glacier Lodge


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Following breakfast, bid farewell to Cooper Landing and the Kenai Riverside Lodge, as we travel through the Chugach National Forest to the picturesque seacoast town of Seward, situated at the head of Resurrection Bay. Board a custom catamaran bound for Kenai Fjords National Park, home to an array of glaciers and marine wildlife such as whales, Stellar sea lions, sea otters, puffins and more! A four-hour cruise allows time to explore the dramatic coastlines. Enjoy lunch in front of a tidewater glacier before arriving at our exclusive lodge destination: Kenai Fjords Glacier Lodge

Day 7

Kenai Fjords Glacier Lodge


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After breakfast in the main lodge, experience a day-long paddle (weather permitting) to the outer bay and wander your kayak along the stunning coastline, keeping an eye out for seals and otters. This is also an excellent opportunity for bird watching; each year, more than 50,000 seabirds flock to the Kenai Fjords, including horned and tufted puffins, common murres and black-legged kittiwakes. Midday, land on a pebbled beach in full view of Aialik Glacier - the perfect venue to enjoy a picnic lunch and watch for dramatic glacial calving. Overnight at Kenai Fjords Glacier Lodge. (B,L,D)

Day 8

Kenai Fjords Glacier Lodge/Seward/Anchorage


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This morning allows another opportunity to canoe, kayak, or explore the area in the morning before bidding farewell to Kenai Fjords Glacier Lodge. Midday, embark on a return coastal wildlife cruise back to Seward. From there, board the historic Alaska Railroad for a scenic backcountry rail tour back to Anchorage. Dinner and transfers not included. Dinner is available for purchase on the train. (B,L)

Prices & Dates

Season June - Sept
Duration 7 Nights / 8 Days
Rates Adults // $6050
Youth // $4995

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