Alaska Active EscapeAnchorage
Day 1 Anchorage/Seward (1L)Enjoy a group dinner and reflect on the spectacular natural wonders of the Alaskan Wilderness experienced on today's hike. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Morning Welcome Meeting Hike to Exit Glacier and Harding Icefield Transport: Private Vehicle (5.00 hour(s), 233km) Private VehicleDay 2 Seward (1L) Included Activities: Sea Kayaking TourDay 3 Seward/Kenai Peninsula (1L) Included Activities: Alaska SeaLife Center Visit Hiking Transport: Private Vehicle (6.00 hour(s), 200km)Day 4 Kenai Peninsula/Homer (1B, 1L)At the take out point, meet your CEO and enjoy a delicious picnic lunch. In the afternoon transfer to Homer. Included Activities: Kenai River Scenic Float Transport: Private Vehicle (5.00 hour(s), 160km)Day 5 Homer (1L, 1D)Cap off a truly breathtaking and unforgettable day with a final group dinner. Included Activities: Kachemak Bay State Park Guided Hike Transport: Boat (0.50 hour(s)) Boat (0.50 hour(s))Day 6 Homer/Anchorage (1L) Included Activities: Carl E. Wynn Nature Center Hike Departure Day (Activities) Transport: Private Vehicle (6.00 hour(s), 402km)
Travel Dates: From 01/01/2015 to 04/09/2016
Day 1 Anchorage Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome MeetingDay 2 Anchorage/Resurrection Bay (1D)Turnagain Arm is one of the most beautiful stretches of highway in the United States. The road follows the coast and there are views out along the water, where it's possible to see all sorts of marine life along the journey. Included Activities: Orientation Walk Wildlife Cruise Transport: Private Vehicle (2.50-3.00 hours, 125km)Day 3 Resurrection Bay/Seward (1B, 1L, 1D) Included Activities: Kayaking Transport: Water taxi (1.00-2.00 hours)Day 4 Seward/Cooper Landing (1B, 1L, 1D) Included Activities: Hike to Exit Glacier and Harding Icefield Transport: Private VehicleDay 5 Cooper Landing (1B, 1D)Day 6 Cooper Landing/Girdwood (1B, 1L, 1D) Included Activities: Biking Transport: Private Vehicle (1.00-1.50 hours, 65km)Day 7 Girdwood/Denali National Park and Preserve (1B, 1L, 1D)It's a full day of driving to reach the park, with the shadow of Mt McKinley looming overhead as you get closer to the park. Thankfully this is one of the most scenic drives in the world, passing through indigenous communities, tiny settlements and towns, as well as postcard-perfect scenery. It will make the drive pass by in no time. Transport: Private VehicleDay 8 Denali National Park and Preserve (1B, 1L)The actual entrance to Denali itself is a bus ride away from our accommodation. This requires an early start to get into the park. Along the journey to the park, stop and admire the wildlife and views at various stops. Stop for lunch and explore the area. Included Activities: Eielson Visitor Center VisitDay 9 Denali National Park and Preserve (1B, 1L, 1D) Included Activities: Overnight Rafting TripDay 10 Denali National Park and Preserve/Anchorage (1B, 1L) Included Activities: Overnight Rafting Trip Transport: Private Vehicle (4.00-5.00 hours, 230km)Day 11 Anchorage Included Activities: Departure Day
Travel Dates: From 01/01/2015 to 22/08/2016
Highlights of AlaskaAnchorage
Day 1 AnchorageThere are no activities planned until an evening welcome meeting. Additional Notes: Please keep in mind, a lot of what there is to see and do in Alaska is weather-dependent. We give our CEOs the opportunity to adjust the schedule as needed based on weather. For example, something scheduled on the itinerary for Day 2 may be better on Day 4, when the sun is shining. Please be flexible and enjoy the ride. Hiking note: On this trip there are several options for hikes in each location. Your CEO will adjust the hikes according to weather and fitness level of the group. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome MeetingDay 2 Anchorage/Homer (1L)Travel around the coast of the Kenai Peninsula, where glaciers tumble down from the mountains towards the ocean. Keep an eye out for beluga whales playing out at sea while travelling along the Turnagain Arm. Included Activities: Hiking Transport: Private Vehicle (7.00 hour(s), 357km)Day 3 HomerWhile in Homer, keep a look out for some of the local wildlife including bald eagles, sandhill cranes, moose and shorebirds, to name a few.Day 4 Homer/Seward (1L)Leave Homer in the morning and arrive at the tip of the Kenai Peninsula where the ice age still lingers. Spend two days exploring this site to discover the fjords, their history, science and remote splendor. A low-key active option for Seward is to hike along the beach on the Coastal Trail (takes about 2-3hrs) or enjoy an optional boat cruise. Included Activities: Kenai Peninsula and Fjords Exploration Transport: Private Vehicle (5.00 hour(s), 270km)Day 5 Seward (1L)Head out for an amazing hike to the Exit Glacier and Harding Icefield. Considered one of the greatest hikes on the Kenai Peninsula, experience glaciers and the forces that shaped the landscape up close, while exploring only a tiny portion of the nearly 1 million acres that make up Kenai Fjords National Park. If you're not up for hiking, opt to relax and explore Seward or visit the Sealife Center. Included Activities: Hike to Exit Glacier and Harding IcefieldDay 6 Seward/Valdez (1L)Hop an Alaska Marine Highway ferry through the Inside Passage, across the Gulf of Alaska and into Prince William Sound. If weather permits, catch a glimpse of the Columbia Glacier. The Columbia Glacier is receding, leaving huge blocks of ice and an impassible moraine. It is always changing and each day the bay is filled with floating ice. The crashing glaciers and towering Chugach Mountains rising from the sea make Valdez absolutely picturesque. Transport: Private Vehicle (1.75-2.00 hours) Ferry (6.00-6.50 hours)Day 7 Valdez/McCarthy (1B, 1L)Travel into Wrangell-St Elias National Park, staying in the small historic town of McCarthy. Surrounded by more mountains and glaciers than anywhere else in Alaska, every direction has a spectacular view. Included Activities: Worthington Glacier Visit Transport: Travel time includes stops along the way. Private Vehicle (6.00 hour(s), 233km)Days 8-9 McCarthySpend two full days exploring the stunning national park, the convergence of three mountain ranges. This national park is the largest in the US, roughly 25% larger than Switzerland. Included Activities: Explore Wrangell-St EliasDay 10 McCarthy/Tangle Lakes (1L) Transport: Private Vehicle (8.00 hour(s), 290km)Day 11 Tangle Lakes/Denali National Park and Preserve (1L)Denali National Park is known for its diversity of wildlife and Mt McKinley. Hike through the park, enjoy picnic lunches and bask in the awesomeness of this vast wilderness. Included Activities: Denali National Park Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (6.00 hour(s), 257km)Days 12-13 Denali National Park and PreserveEnjoy plenty of time to explore and hike Denali National Park. Whether it's the summer when the animals are raising their young, or winter when they're preparing for the cold and hibernation, you'll get to see it all. Discover the dynamic glaciated landscape providing large rivers, countless lakes and ponds, and unique landforms which form the foundation of the ecosystems that thrive in Denali with some hikes in the area. Enjoy picnic lunches and revel in the awesomeness of the park. For those that do not want to hike, options include rafting on the Nenana River, a visit to the dog-sled kennels run by the park rangers or opt to take a scenic flight over Mt McKinley. Included Activities: Denali National Park VisitDay 14 Denali National Park and Preserve/Anchorage (1L)Opt to enjoy a final dinner with the group and reminisce about the epic journey into the wild. Included Activities: Orientation Walk Transport: Private Vehicle (7.00 hour(s), 402km)Day 15 Anchorage
Travel Dates: From 01/01/2015 to 13/08/2016
Highlights of Alaska
Alaska has sweeping mountain and glacial scenery, with vast tracts of wild places. Its largely pristine environment is a testament to nature. Cruising Alaska is on bucket lists the world over – and once you've been here, you'll understand why.
A few of the highlights of cruising Alaska:
- On Alaska's south coast, Anchorage is one of the world's northernmost cities. Tucked between the foothills of the Chugach mountains and the sea, and lit by almost 20 hours of sunlight per day in summer, this has a magical atmosphere. The area is home to home to moose, brown and black bears, dall sheep, and many migratory bird species but the best bet for seeing bear in the wild is to tour to the Denali or Katmai National Parks.
- Glacier Bay National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage site with mountains reaching beyond 4,500 metres, protected coves, freshwater lakes and tidewater glaciers. This is a summer playground for migratory humpback whales and minke and killer whales are also found in the protected waters. Amid the seals, moose and bear have also been seen 'dogpaddling' in the bay! Even so – or perhaps because of this – hiking and kayaking in the area is an experience to treasure.
- Skagway's population swelled in the late 1800s with the Yokon gold rush – from 2 to 20,000 in just a decade. Today this town trades on its historic building facades and sense of a bygone era. As a day trip you can enjoy a train ride on a section of the White Pass and Yukon Route which formerly transported miners to their gold. A regional tour by plane on a clear day is also a magical sight.
Be prepared for one season colder than the time you are traveling. This is especially important for those who travel early and late in the season. The average temperature range is from overnight lows of 4c to daytime temperatures of 17c. The Inside Passage has an annual rainfall of over 50inchs but Anchorage rainfall is only 16inch pa.
The Alaska Cruise season begins in May and ends in September. Although July and August are the warmest months to experience these incredible sites, autumn and spring are the most fun, the most beautiful and the savings are the best.