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Kenai Peninsula

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Experience the best of Alaska’s wilderness and wildlife as you hike, bike, kayak and cruise the pristine lands, glaciers and waterways of the stunning Kenai Fjords National Park. This tour is a balanced combination of different activities. Besides cycling, there is kayaking, hiking and some boat trips included.

Recreational, Road bike
6 days
150 km / 93 mi
$ 4,999.-
  • Listen for the sharp crack! of a glacier calving into an ice-studded sea on a glacier and wildlife cruise
  • Paddle the pristine waters of Resurrection Bay alongside seals, sea otters and puffins
  • Soak up a panoramic vista of Exit Glacier on a hike overlooking the Harding Icefield
  • Let the mist of a thundering waterfall cool your cheeks on a bike ride to the gold rush town of Hope
  • Hike through dense rain forest to the base of Byron Glacier and hunt for mysterious ice worms
  • Learn about the impact of global climate change on the local wildlife
  • Feast on fresh-off-the-boat wild salmon before unwinding in the comfort of the Fox Island Wilderness Lodge
  • Deposit for this tour is 25%, if you cancel the tour USD $500.- is non refundable

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Details

Type
Recreational, Road bike
Duration
6 days
Level
Easy = untrained, normal physical condition
Moderate = regular cyclist, good condition
Challenging = experienced, well trained
Moderate
Technical level
Easy = unpaved roads, almost flat
Average = narrow paths, steep climbing
Difficult = barely used trails, rocks
Easy
Support
Guided = with cycling guide(s) - support van
Self Guided = individual - directions+maps
Guided
Daily distance
0-20 km / 0-12 mi
Total distance
150 km / 93 mi
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
Deluxe, full board
Luggage transport
Daily luggage transfers
Bicycle
Included
Dates
11 Jun 2023 - 16 Jun 2023
09 Jul 2023 - 14 Jul 2023
27 Aug 2023 - 01 Sep 2023
03 Sep 2023 - 08 Sep 2023
Start date: July 9 almost full
September 3 filling up
Start
Anchorage (06.00)
Finish
Anchorage (15.00)
Transfer
Anchorage airport, Anchorage hotel
Airport at start
Ted Stevens Anchorage Int. Airport (ANC)
Airport at finish
Ted Stevens Anchorage Int. Airport (ANC)

Prices *Please note the prices are subject to change depending availability*

Price per person / please note the prices are subject to change depending availability
The tour price per person
$ 4,999.-
Helmet, water bottle etc. included
Optional
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.
$ 1,049.-

Itinerary

Included / Not included


Day 1: Train to Seward, Resurrection River Trail hike

We'll rise early in Anchorage and begin our journey with a four-hour scenic train ride on the famous Alaska Railroad, heading south to historic Seward on the Coastal Classic route. We'll hug the coastline along the Turnagain Arm where there are great views of the train as it rounds several scenic points, then south of Portage the train separates from the highway and enters a truly remote and rugged section of track where we'll head through the Placer River Valley, right past the impressive ice wall of Spencer Glacier and over the 1,063 foot pass of the Kenai Mountains. Once we arrive we’ll head out for a hike on the Resurrection River trail, walking through dense spruce/hemlock forest with only occasional views of the river valley and mountains. The raw beauty and bedrock of the glacial terminus turns into lush forest along the river - real-time demonstration of plant succession, moving from ice age to rain forest in such a small area. After exploring the trail, we'll check into our hotel for the next 3 nights. Harbor 360 Hotel is the premier waterfront hotel in the scenic harbor town with spacious, comfortable guest rooms, harborside or mountainside views, and we'll enjoy dinner as we toast to a great trip to come!
Harbor 360 Hotel, Seward (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Hiking Distance: 6.4 kilometres (4 miles), 1-2 hours
Elevation Gain: 131 metres (429ft) Elevation Loss: 131 metres (429ft)

Day 2: Hike Harding Icefield

After a hearty breakfast for our big day ahead, we'll make our way to the Harding IceField where we'll hike along the Exit Glacier Overlook Trail. It's a well maintained, moderately strenuous trail providing expansive views of Exit Glacier in its own glacially carved valley. If you're keen for more of a challenge you can opt for a more challenging hike to view the 700-square-mile Harding IceField, the largest in North America (seven miles wide!). The trail meanders through alder and cottonwood forest as well as heather-filled meadows, rising through the forest and ultimately ends up well above the tree line to an awe-inspiring vantage point of the icefield. The peak of the trail is a peephole to ice ages past - a horizon of snow and ice stretches as far as the eye can see, broken only by an occasional lonely peak, known as a nunatak. We'll head back to Seward after our day's hike and enjoy a much-deserved harbor view while soaking in the hot tub or swimming in Seward’s only hotel pool at our accommodation, followed by dining on local Alaskan cuisine.
Harbor 360 Hotel, Seward (All meals)
Overlook Trail Hiking Distance: 3.7 kilometres (2.3 miles), 2-3 hours
Elevation Gain: 131 metres (429ft) Elevation Loss: 131 metres (429ft)
Harding Ice Field Trail Hiking Distance: 12.8 kilometres, +/-m, (8 miles), 7 hours
Elevation Gain: 1,158 metres (3,800ft) Elevation Loss: 1,158 metres (3,800ft)

Day 3: Kayak Resurrection Bay, Kenai Fjords National Park Wilderness Cruise

Today we'll get to explore Kenai Fjords National Park by kayak and boat! This morning we'll get fitted in boots and kayak skirts before heading out on a paddle along the shoreline and protected coves of Resurrection Bay, searching for Dall’s Porpoises, Stellar sea lions and orca whales! Afterwards we'll board a small ship, meeting the captain and crew, before departing for the wilderness. Kenai Fjords National Park, established in 1980, protects the Harding Icefield, a narrow fringe of forested land between the mountains and the sea, and the deeply indented coastline. The park is inhabited by a variety of terrestrial and marine mammals, including brown and black bears, moose, sea otters, harbor seals, humpback and killer whales. Checking out tidal glaciers and abundant sea life from the ship’s deck, our naturalist guide will share their expertise on the region while our cruise glides past seals, whales and puffins as we explore coastal rainforests, tidewater glaciers and remote Alaskan islands. Lunch will be provided on board and upon arrival back on shore in the afternoon, we'll have time to relax back at our accommodation or there's the option to check out the Sealife Center, Alaska’s premier public aquarium and only permanent marine mammal rehabilitation facility before joining the group for dinner.
Harbor 360 Hotel, Seward (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Kayaking Time: 2-3 hours
Cruise Time: 6 hours

Day 4: Bike Johnson Pass Trail, transfer to Hope

Your day begins with a morning bike ride 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 accommodations for the next two nights. Enjoy a night on your own this evening for dinner. Your guides will give you restaurant suggestions and ideas on things to do with your free time. Alternatively, feel free to just relax tonight after a wonderful activity-filled day!
Alyeska Resort or Lakefront Anchorage (Breakfast, Lunch)
Biking Distance: Up to 40.2 kilometres, (Up to 25 miles), 3 hours

Day 5: Hike and bike Byron Glacier, Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center

This morning, set off to witness the incredible Byron Glacier on an easy hike where you’ll see the glacier up close. Then you'll trade your boots for your bike and ride the Trail of Blue Ice. After stopping for a gourmet picnic lunch, you’ll head to the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center to explore the 200+ acres of habitats including bison, moose, bears, and wolves. Tonight, you’ll gather for one last dinner with your travel companions, recounting the amazing adventures you had in the land of the midnight sun.
Alyeska Resort or Lakefront Anchorage (All meals)
Byron Glacier Hiking Distance: 3.2 kilometres, (2 miles), 2 hours
Biking Distance: (7 miles)

Day 6: Morning bike ride, say goodbyes

After a leisurely breakfast, you’ll enjoy a short bike ride to soak up one last Alaska morning before heading to Anchorage for flights home.
Meals:(Breakfast)
Biking Distance: 16 kilometres, (10 miles), 1-2 hours

* This is a general itinerary. Tour itineraries are subject to change based on the group, available accommodations and other unforeseen circumstances such as the weather, local conditions, government intervention, that may affect the quality of the trip and/or safety of the participants. Please view this itinerary as an outline as to what to expect on this tour.

Please plan on arriving at least one day prior to your trip departure. On the first morning of the trip, our two pick-up locations are Four Points Sheraton at 5:30am or Downtown Marriott Hotel at 5:45am. You are welcome to stay at any hotel in Anchorage for your pre-night, though you must make your own way to one of the two pick-up points at the pre-designated times. Please make flights out of Anchorage after 2:30 PM.

Included:

Double occupancy rooms with private baths.
All meals: breakfasts, lunches, snacks, dinners, refreshments and receptions, except one dinner on your own.
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.
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:

One dinner on your own.
Alcoholic beverages and related gratuities.
Pre-and post-trip accommodations and associated expenses.
Air and land transportation to/from host cities.
All types of personal insurance.
Personal expenses
Gratuities to tour guides.

Map & Routes

Map
Satellite

Bicycle

Excellent quality hybrid / mountain bike

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