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Alaskan Adventure

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Less strenuous than a purely cycling tour, this great adventure combines half days of bicycling with canoeing, hiking, sea kayaking, a spectacular drive across the Denali Highway and an awesome glacier cruise across Prince William Sound.

Recreational
7 days
300 km / 186 mi
$ 3,595.-
  • 7 days - 7 nights (overnight hotel prior to the tour included).
  • Basic-plus accommodations and excellent meals.
  • Snacks and sport-drinks during the day.
  • Experienced cycling guides and support van;
  • Including all activities.
  • Please plan on arriving in Anchorage at least one day prior to your trip departure; day one of your itinerary starts at 9 a.m.
  • Possible to share a room with another cyclist to avoid single supplement.

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Details

Type
Recreational
Duration
7 days
Level
Easy = untrained, normal physical condition
Moderate = regular cyclist, good condition
Challenging = experienced, well trained
Moderate
Support
Guided = with cycling guide(s) - support van
Self Guided = individual - directions+maps
Guided
Daily distance
40-60 km / 25-37 mi
Total distance
300 km / 186 mi
Climbing
500 m / 1640 ft
Lodging
Deluxe = 4-5 star hotel or excellent B&B
Basic = 1-2 star hotel/motel or B&B
Camping = tent, sports hall or campus
Basic hotel, full board
Luggage transport
Daily luggage transfers
Bicycle
Included
Dates
16 Jun 2019 - 22 Jun 2019
30 Jun 2019 - 06 Jul 2019
21 Jul 2019 - 27 Jul 2019
11 Aug 2019 - 16 Aug 2019
Start
Anchorage (09.00)
Finish
Anchorage (17.00)
Airport at start
Ted Stevens Anchorage Int. Airport (ANC)
Airport at finish
Ted Stevens Anchorage Int. Airport (ANC)

Prices

Price per person
The tour price per person
$ 3,595.-
Single supplement
If you travel alone a single supplement is charged. With some group tours you can avoid a single supplement by sharing a room with another rider.
$ 600.-

Itinerary

Day 1:

39 mi / 62 km
After breakfast in Anchorage, we get in the van and we cross over the Knik and Matanuska Rivers, skirt the Talkeetna Mountains and head north toward Mt. McKinley and Denali National Park. The Alaska Range now looms to our left, dominated by Mt. McKinley, the largest mountain in North America. At Hurricane Gulch, a deep cleft in the side of the mountains, we mount our bikes. We ride along the Chulitna River for several miles, then suddenly turn across the river, quickly rising to tree line for a long glide across Broad Pass. The Alaska Range surrounds us on three sides. Our ride ends at Cantwell, where we hop in the van for a twenty minute ride to dinner and our accommodation.

Day 2:

15 mi / 24 km
We explore the Denali Highway, taking our time to make stops to enjoy the mountains and view wildlife. We ride the bikes for about 15 miles along one of the most scenic parts of the highway, then proceed to McClaren Ridge where we hike toward the massive peaks and glacier of the Alaska Range. The trail follows a lake-studded ridge high above the treeline.

Day 3:

21 mi / 34 km
In the morning we pick up paddles and head out onto the Tangle Lakes for some more canoëing. The placid lakes take us far back into the pristine wilderness populated by caribou, moose, and bear, as well as a host of exotic birds. After lunch, we bicycle the twenty one paved miles of the Denali Highway. The entire ride is well above tree line, with sweeping vistas of the nearby Alaska Range, and far off to the south, the magnificent snow capped volcanoes of the Wrangell Mountains.

Day 4:

30 mi / 48 km
After breakfast we visit the ice age as we hike up Phelan Creek in the Alaska Range to its source at the face of Gulkana Glacier. If conditions allow, we continue right up onto the glacier! In the afternoon, we bicycle from the Alaska Range into the Copper River Valley. We eat dinner near the base of the Wrangells at the historic Gakona Lodge (built in 1906).

Day 5:

33 mi / 53 km
A hop in the van takes us past the Wrangell Mountains to Stuart Creek, where we mount our bikes and wind our way up the Tsaina River toward Thompson Pass. On the way we stop off at Worthington Glacier, only yards from the road! The views from here are truly spectacular. We now drop 2,500 ft / 800 mtrs in six miles into the Lowe River Valley. Following the Lowe River, we ride through the vertical rock walls and numerous waterfalls of Keystone Canyon. We spend the night in Valdez, port for the Alaska State Ferry.

Day 6

Sea Kayaking! We climb aboard a water taxi for a ride through Prince William Sound to Shoup Bay, where we begin this scenic journey. Shoup Bay offers the full spectrum of wildlife with seals, otters, bald eagles and sometimes even whales! Over the course of the day we will paddle past floating icebergs, past a nesting colony of Black Legged Kittiwakes, and right up to the face of Shoup Glacier! We enjoy a picnic lunch with a spectacular glacier view. At the end of our paddling we are picked up by motor boat for the ride back to Valdez.

Day 7

We wake up early and board a ship of the Alaska Marine Highway for an unforgettable trip across Prince William Sound. We leave the ship in Whittier, and board a shuttle for a fifteen-minute ride under the Chugach Mountains to Portage. Then we van back to Anchorage.

Please note: Over the last few years, budget cuts have been making the Alaska Marine Highway increasingly unreliable and difficult to work with. We have been having problems with cancellations and schedule changes. If that happens on the tour you sign up for, we will run a different itinerary on Day 7, which will include cycling and or hiking in another beautiful location.

Map & Routes

Map
Satellite

Bicycle

rental-bike Cannondale hybrid.
Equipped with 21 or 24 speed Shimano, rear-rack, water bottle and day pack.
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