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Full Day by Day Itinerary
Upon arrival into Anchorage, collect your baggage and proceed to the Arrivals Hall. From here, make your way to Courtyard by Marriott Anchorage Airport Hotel, where you will stay for one night.
Conveniently located near the airport, this Marriott hotel has a full-service restaurant, fitness center, and swimming pool. A complimentary shuttle is available to get you to and from the airport as well as take you downtown to explore.
This morning, as you are making your way from Anchorage to Seward, enjoy a guided Walk on the Wild side Tour at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, starting at 9 a.m. This center houses sick or orphaned animals in a wilderness setting. It will take about one hour to get her from Anchorage. A morning tour where your personal guide will walk with you through the center and offer history and personal stories of the resident animals. You’ll have the chance to be up close and personal with a porcupine and have the chance to feed one additional animal. Where the morning and afternoon tours differ slightly, both are your best opportunity to get up close and personal to Alaska’s wildlife!
Afterwards, enjoy a Privately Guided Exit Glacier Naturalist Hike.
This leisure naturalist guided hike is a great way to learn about the history of the famous natural wonder known as Exit Glacier, one of the few areas in the National Park that is actually accessible by land. Walk alongside one of our knowledgeable guides and learn about the glacier as they see it — a moving, massive organism left over from the last ice age. Later, continue on to Seward Windsong Lodge where you will stay for three nights.
Today, enjoy a Full Day Northwestern Fjord Cruise. (8.5 hr)
Home to three tidewater glaciers, the Northwestern Fjord is unlike anywhere else on earth. Watch for wildlife at every turn, and get so close to the glaciers you can almost touch them on this fully narrated full-day cruise. Seabird rookeries dot the islands and alpine glaciers cover the horizon.
Today, enjoy a Private Guided Alpine Hike.
This will be an opportunity to get away from the coast a bit and experience the beautiful Alpine setting here. Your guides will work to create the best trip for you, covering 3 – 5 miles in total with spectacular views, amazing scenery and wildlife possibilities all around you! This will be hiking on well-maintained trails, and lunch is included for your outing today.
Today, enjoy an Upper Kenai River Scenic Float Trip. (3 hr.)
Enjoy a leisurely, float trip down the turquoise waters of the Kenai River, as you are making your way from Seward to Homer. Your guide will take you through one of Alaska’s most beautiful areas, home to eagles, moose, Dall sheep and bears. Bask in the views and enjoy the rhythm of the river. The meeting location is just 45 minutes from Seward.
Afterwards, continue on to Otter Beach Lodges, where you will stay for four nights.
Otter Beach Lodges sits on Kachemak Bay and is within steps of the beach with jaw-dropping views of mountains and glaciers. These spacious rooms and condo units are the perfect base to explore Homer’s local attractions, food and art scene, and outdoor activities. Enjoy hiking and fishing on Homer Spit, kayaking to Halibut Cove, waterfront dining, and unique shopping. all just minutes away.
Today, enjoy an Alaskan Bear Viewing Day Tour.
Prepare to experience one of the most amazing places in Alaska. The area you will fly to is in Katmai National Park and in the middle of the largest population concentration of brown bears in the world! Your guide will fly you to the heart of this amazing wilderness area, where you will walk along the same trails as the bears and observe them as they go about their day-to-day life. No barriers, fences or platforms separate you from the bears and other wildlife. Depending on the time of year you can expect to see the bears grazing on sedge grass, digging up clams, playing together, courting each other, resting, and fishing.
The bear-viewing tour departs from the airport in Homer, from where you will fly past glaciers and volcanoes along the rugged coastlines of Katmai National Park and Lake Clark National Park. A typical day tour departs usually around 8 a.m. but the departure time may change slightly to work around the timing of the tides to allow for the best viewing, and allow enough time in the park before the high tide forces a departure from the beach.
The flight to the bear-viewing area will take around an hour. When the weather allows, a flight over the top of an active volcano is the norm. Many clients say the flight over to the bear viewing area is worth it by itself. The flight to the bear-viewing area will take around an hour. When the weather allows, a flight over the top of an active volcano is the norm. Many clients say the flight over to the bear viewing area is worth it by itself. Expect to spend at least 3 hours hiking around in the park observing the bears and other wildlife.
On the flight back the pilot will try to take a slightly different route so you can see a little more of Alaska from the air. You can expect to get back in the early afternoon around 3 p.m. This is truly an amazing off the beaten path experience that is out of this world!
Today, enjoy a Half Day Eagles Nest Kayaking Tour.
This day will give you a taste of ocean paddling while seeing the dramatic scenery and wildlife of Yukon Island. Opportunities for viewing marine life are abundant, and your knowledgeable guide will share local stories of the surrounding areas.This is a great way to learn about this beautiful area as you paddle along its waters. You can plan to be out for 4 hours, starting at either 9:00 a.m. or 12:30 p.m.
Today, enjoy a Private Guided Boat Trip and Exploration in Kachemak Bay State Park.
Kachemak Bay contains some of the most beautiful, enchanting and mesmerizing wildlife and scenery in the world. Seaman’s Ecotour Adventures provide a safe and friendly approach to experience a highly productive and unique Alaska marine ecosystem, including guided hiking tours, sightseeing, and wildlife tours and photography. Clients receive a personalized and memorable experience exploring the Alaska wilderness, diverse culture and history of lower Cook Inlet.
At a time to be advised: Begin your drive north to the town of Girwood. Once arrived, make your way to the Hotel Alyeska where you will stay for two nights.
Alyeska Resort is a large full service retreat, set in the heart of the Chugach Mountains, right at the foot of the Mt. Alyeska ski resort. There are several great hiking trails right from the resort that will wind you through the lush temperate rain forest surrounding the lodge, or will take you high above the resort, giving you spectacular views of the seven hanging glaciers in this valley. As a full service resort, there are several dining options available for your stay, including the Seven Glaciers Hotel, which is accessed via exciting tram ride and sits at the top of Mt Alyeska!
This morning, enjoy a Glacier Dog Sledding Helicopter Ride.
This morning, take a spectacular helicopter ride into the majestic Chugach Mountains and onto Punch Bowl Glacier, 3200 feet above sea level. Here at this glacier dog camp, you’ll learn how the dogs are bred, trained to pull a sled and how they have an everlasting endurance and drive to run! Relax and enjoy the view as you ride on the sled around the glacier enjoying the scenic peaks and valleys surrounding you. You’ll even have the opportunity to drive! Continue with your scenic flight back down the mountain with spectacular views!
Later, enjoy a Nature Hike.
A naturalist guide will point out and discuss the flora and fauna of North America’s northernmost temperate coastal rain-forest. In the company of a naturalist, you will: Nibble on edible leaves, flowers and berries, Explore traditional and contemporary herb lore, identify bird song & animal behaviors, enjoy stories about Native and Alaskan history. When blueberry season is in full swing the trail is blooming with scrumptious delights sure to please anyone. You may even see a moose.
Trips start & finish at the Tramway Circle at the Hotel Alyeska. The Winner Creek trail has gentle, graded, maintained sections with boardwalks as well as plenty of rugged, rooty sections of trail. This moderate and informative few mile hike consists of a walk over the Winner Creek Gorge on a boardwalk.
At a time to be advised: Make your way to the Anchorage Airport to return your rental car before your departure flight.
Return home, taking with you the sights, sounds, and memories of an incredible trip!
Included / Not Included
- Luxury Trip’s local reps available 24/7 while traveling;
- Services of local guides and staff;
- All accommodation as specified;
- Excursions/activities as specified;
- Final documentation.
- Vehicle rental;
- Meals, drinks, laundry, entrance fees, porterage, tours/excursions not specified;
- Cancellation, baggage and medical insurance – which is essential;
- Staff gratuities;
- Any items of a personal nature or anything not specifically stated as included;
- Air arrangements.
- Any new gov. taxes, levies, fuel or industry increases which are beyond our control.