Alaska

Alaska & Kenai In-depth

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Trip code: 
AHE
Way to Travel:
Guided Group
Activity:
New Cultural Holidays
Min age:
16
Group size:
1–13

Pristine national parks, sparkling fjords and incredible wildlife unfold daily

This unique in-depth tour of America's largest state is sure to impress. Pristine national parks, sparkling fjords and incredible wildlife unfold on a daily basis. Home to the continent's tallest peaks, largest glaciers and biggest mammals, Alaska is a photographer's and naturalist's nirvana, full of awe-inspiring sights and challenging experiences. Explore the Kenai Peninsula and its abundance of wildlife, creaking glaciers, incredible hiking opportunities, wilderness kayaking and a full day float plane to Lake Clark in search of bears.

Highlights

  • Wildlife cruise around Resurrection Bay
  • Float plane tour into Lake Clark National Park
  • Kayaking in Kachemak Bay

Key information

  • 5 nights in hotels and lodges
  • 8 days land only
  • Group normally 1 to 13, plus local leader. Min age 16 yrs
  • Travel by private vehicle and ferry

What's included

  • All accommodation (see below)
  • 5 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 1 dinner
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Tour leader throughout

What's not included

  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation (available on request)
  • Visas or vaccinations
  • Optional activities
Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Itinerary

Anchorage
to
Anchorage
  • Day 1

    Anchorage

    Welcome to Anchorage, the largest city in Alaska, with only 300,000 people. Now a bustling city fuelled by the oil boom and tourism, it wasn’t that long ago that Anchorage was the final outpost before heading into the ‘Last Frontier’. It’s not uncommon to find bears roaming the outskirts of the city - this is one truly wild place. A great way to spend your day is to wander around town getting a feel for the 49th state, speaking to the locals and checking out some of the great cafes and restaurants. A welcome meeting will be held at 18:00 hrs, followed by a welcome dinner to help you get to know your tour leader and fellow travelling companions.

    Optional Activities:
    • Alaska Native Heritage Center US$25
    • Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center US$15
    • Tony Knowles Coastal Trail US$free
    • Alaska Aviation Heritage Museum US$10

    Accommodation: Sheraton Anchorage

    Meals included: Dinner
  • Day 2

    Seward

    The Kenai Peninsula is like something from a larger-thanlife children’s novel. It is staggeringly beautiful and offers wonderful wildlife and bird watching opportunities amidst dramatic †ords and glaciers. Today, you hike the spectacular trail from Exit Glacier to the Harding Icefield for views of deep crevasses and huge seracs on the glacier. At an elevation 900m, you will eventually reach a lookout point over the icefield and the views will be out of this world. This has been rated as one of the finest hikes in Alaska. The walk is strenuous and entirely dependent on weather conditions; however, views along the way and especially from the top are simply magical. There’s an easier option available if you prefer, using an accessible trail to reach a different viewpoint of the glacier. For those who want to explore Seward afterwards, the impressive Alaska SeaLife Center, which houses a remarkable public aquarium and ocean wildlife rescue centre, is a fun place to visit.

    Distance: 9.7 miles (return)
    Elevation gain: 3953 feet
    Difficulty: Moderate to Strenuous
    Time: 6-8 hours (depending on your ability)
    Departing: Bottom of Exit Glacier

    Accommodation: Seward Windsong Lodge

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 3

    Seward

    Today you set off on a full day wildlife viewing cruise around Resurrection Bay and the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge. To maximise your experience on board, your guide will give a detailed commentary on the wildlife you see and the local area. On previous trips, travellers have spotted sea lions, otters, Dall’s Porpoise and an endless variety of seabirds including puffins and eagles. Orcas are often spotted and if you’re lucky, Humpback Whales can be seen! Enjoy a fresh salmon and prime rib lunch on board (included - vegetarian options available). You will also spend time in front of two active tidewater glaciers: Holgate and Aialik Glaciers, so close you can hear them creaking and see chunks of ice fall to the water.

    Accommodation: Seward Windsong Lodge

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 4

    Homer

    From Seward, you make your way towards the city of Homer where you spend the afternoon exploring your new two-night home, and Kachemak Bay, by kayak. Sea kayaking is a great way to discover the peacefulness of this wilderness area and it is commonplace to spot sea otters and porpoise as well as Bald Eagles circling overhead. With snowcapped mountains and forest as your backdrop, it’s easy to see why people are drawn to Alaska and never leave. It is like nowhere else on planet earth!

    Accommodation: Land’s End Resort

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 5

    Homer

    Today is all about bears and that quintessential Alaskan experience! The premier bear viewing fly-in experience is located in Lake Clark National Park and Preserve. This rugged area comprises sleeping volcanoes, ice fields and glaciers and an abundance of wildlife, with lakes and streams teeming with trout and salmon. The bears are drawn to the lake shore where thousands of salmon are spawning in the shallows, which makes it easy for them to capture a meal. And as spawned out salmon die and drift back into the river outlet more bears will travel the riverbank in search of an easy meal.

    After a 40 minute flight from the sea plane base in Soldotna, you fly past Mount Redoubt and land, where a waiting boat will shuttle you around the lake in search of these magnificent creatures. The viewing opportunities can be non-stop and on previous trips, our customers have spotted up to 20 bears throughout the course of one day.

    Accommodation: Land’s End Resort

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 6

    Anchorage

    You begin to make your way slowly back to Anchorage today but the fun is not over yet. After driving through the Alaskan wilderness, you’ll stop at Alyeska in the Chugach Mountain Range, ideal for a final wilderness walk before returning to the state’s capital, Anchorage.
    Beginning with a forest walk and pulley system which takes you over a stream, this eventually leads you to Alyeska Resort which is where you begin the trail. You can also opt to pay for the gondola to the top for beautiful views of snow-capped mountains, wild flowers and your final breaths of Alaskan wilderness before finishing up in Anchorage.

    Containing around half the population of the state, Anchorage in some ways looks just like any other sprawling American town and after nearly two weeks in the small towns and villages the bustling streets of the city will feel somewhat different. If you decide to stay on, why not explore the art galleries and craft shops where you can see the beautiful Eskimo handicrafts being made?

    Meals included: Breakfast
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Essential Info

This In-depth tour offers an experiential journey of Alaska and the Kenai Peninsula, whilst delivering comfort. Stay in a combination of lodge, resort and hotel accommodation, in unique locations that highlight the flavour of the area.
This tour has been specifically crafted to suit those looking to travel shorter distances but dig deeper into national parks, and benefit from specialist guides with expert local knowledge. This tour includes more meals, plus a host of unique activities to ensure a once-in-a-lifetime holiday experience.

Visas

United States

British, New Zealand, Swiss and most EU passport holders do not need a visa (and enter the country under the Visa Waiver Program), provided they are in possession of an onward air ticket when entering the USA. Visas for the USA are required by some nationalities and it is always best to check with the relevant embassies. All passengers travelling to and from the U.S. under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) are required to hold a machine-readable passport (MRP). A MRP has the holder's personal details, e.g. name, date of birth, nationality and their passport number contained in two lines of text at the base of the photo page. This text may be read by machine. The US now charges $14 for the visa waiver program and must be paid by credit card. The US authorities have introduced a mandatory requirement for all passengers travelling under the Visa Waiver Programme to register for an Electronic Travel Authority. As of 21 January 2016, any person who has travelled to Iran, Iraq, Sudan, or Syria since March 2011, or have dual nationalities of these countries, may no longer qualify for the VWP. For additional specifics about the VWP please consult the VWP information on the U.S. Embassy London website. More information and all necessary Internet links can be found at www.exodus.co.uk/Usvisa

Vaccinations

United States

There are no mandatory vaccinations required for this trip.

Eating and Drinking

On this in-depth tour, a number of meals are included however, for those not included you will typically eat out in local restaurants. To help you budget for your meals on average hotel breakfasts cost from US$6-12, lunches from US$8-15 and dinners from US$13-30; this does not include alcoholic beverages. Wine costs approximately US$5 per glass and beer US$4 per bottle. Please also be aware that a tip of approximately 15%-20% is added to group meals in North American restaurants. Applicable taxes will also be added to all listed menu prices.

Your tour leader may offer your group the option to operate a ‘lunch only’ food kitty, this has proven to be a popular alternative to three daily restaurant meals. Leaders will explain this option while on your tour, and the whole group will have to agree for this system to run.

Please make sure we are aware of any special meal requirements before travelling. We will do all we can to accommodate for various dietary requirements but in certain parts of North America certain food types can be limited.

Weather

Alaska has quite a pleasant climate in the summer, with generally sunny days and long, light evenings: in the far north the sun does not set at all in June! There are, however, great differences between the weather on the coast and in the interior.

Average daytime temperatures will be around 16ºC to 18ºC on the coast, a few degrees higher inland; however, temperatures in the high 20’s are not unusual. Night time minimum temperatures are around 12ºC, but a little colder inland and during June (occasionally as low as OºC) and towards the end of August. June is typically drier than July and August, but on all departures you should be prepared for times of potentially heavy rain, particularly on the coast, where rainfall is higher than inland.

Anchorage weather chart

Anchorage weather chart

Is this trip for you?

This tour is operated in partnership with our sister company Grand American Adventures (GAA). As such the departures are not exclusive to Exodus and groups may be a mixture of Exodus, Grand American Adventures, and other clients. This trip is booked through Exodus and you will receive the same award winning customer service that you are used to. GAA operate with the same core principles used by Exodus and champion the benefits of small group travel.

This active tour is suitable for people of most levels of experience and fitness, although we do encourage some advance training if you intend to hike. Active tours are about exploring the places you visit so whether it’s sightseeing, hiking or kayaking, you’ll be out discovering what the places have to offer.

There are opportunities for optional activities during your tour. Your tour leader will organise these on your behalf and you will pay locally in cash. You’ll find the main optional activities listed above under each itinerary day description, along with guideline prices which although correct at the time of publication, can fluctuate throughout the season.

Although each tour follows an itinerary, there is a certain amount of flexibility and from time to time our tour leader may suggest changes. This may be due to road conditions, weather or a visit to a special attraction or event that happens to be in progress. Flexibility is key and often a side diversion will be a highlight of the tour. Hikes and optional activities cannot be guaranteed and may vary depending on ability, group interest, local weather conditions and time of year.

 

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Accommodation

Hotels and lodges

Hotel accommodation will be in clean, comfortable lodge, resort and hotel accommodation, that bring out the flavour of the area. You will be roomed with a fellow passenger of the same sex on a twin share basis (two people per room) unless you are travelling as a couple. Each property is listed within the itinerary so you are comfortable with the standard at the time of booking. They are subject to change for a similar style/standard , although we endeavour to stick to the advertised itinerary as closely as possible.

SHERATON ANCHORAGE HOTEL & SPA

The Sheraton Anchorage Hotel and Spa boasts the finest lodging in the city and is nearby to downtown restaurants, museums, shopping, and attractions, while still being located in the heart of the great Alaskan wilderness.

SEWARD WINDSONG LODGE

Just outside the town of Seward, down the winding road that leads to the Exit Glacier, towering mountains, fragrant spruce trees and the rush of the Resurrection River is Seward Windsong Lodge. It is surrounded by breath-taking scenic beauty and offers incredible opportunities for exploration, and the chance to wind down after a long day out.

LAND’S END RESORT

Set on the tip of the Homer Spit and overlooking Kachemak Bay, Land’s End Resort is only six miles from the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge. There’s a refined seafood restaurant with bay views and outdoor seating. Other amenities include an indoor heated pool, a hot tub and a sauna, as well as an exercise room and complimentary Wi-Fi.

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

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Dates & Prices

An overview of flight options

Exodus is committed to making joining our tours as easy as possible, wherever you live. We generally only block book seats from London, but this certainly does not mean that you need to fly from there. Depending on the route and airlines available, there will usually be various options available for those who want to fly from their local airport.

This page aims to provide a useful overview of the options available to our clients. However, the best flight arrangements should be tailored to your personal requirements, so please contact our Sales team for expert advice.

 

What kind of options do I have ?

1. We can book for you: Flights from anywhere in the world - not via London  

Depending on the route, this may be direct or via an overseas hub like Amsterdam, the Middle East or elsewhere. On short haul routes there may be direct flights with low cost airlines, charter flights or scheduled airlines. Exodus can book most, but not all, of these for you. The most appropriate airline may be different to that which we use for the group flight from London, but many people now travel on different airlines and meet up with their fellow passengers at the destination.

Pros Cons
  • May be the most direct route
  • Often the extra fare compared to the London flight is minimal.
  • As you will be in the hands a single airline for your entire journey, the airline will be responsible for your bags and your connections.
  • You may not be able to join the group transfers. However, we can usually arrange private transfers, or book your flights to try and coincide with the group transfers. See notes on transfer arrangements below.

 

2. We can book for you: Connecting flights from your local airport to London

Exodus can book connecting flights to London so you can join the group flight there. Connecting times will be followed according to airline advice, or as requested by clients. There are two types of fares we can use for this option: a 'through-fare' or a 'published fare'.
 
a) A 'through-fare' is where you will be in the main airline's care throughout. You change planes, but your bags are checked all the way through to your final destination. 

b) A 'published fare' ticket is completely seperate from your onward ticket from London. It is usually cheaper than a through-fare but will need to be paid for and issued as soon as it is booked. This can be a problem if your tour has not yet reached minimum numbers. On 'published fares' neither airline is aware that you have connecting flights, so Exodus is responsible for timing your connection, not the airlines involved. The tickets are also usually non changeable and non refundable.

Pros Cons
  • Depending on the fare type, Exodus or the airline is responsible for flight connections.
  • Through fare tickets can be expensive.
  • On a published fare, tickets must be issued immediately; tickets on published fares can be very difficult to change if onward flight times change; bags are not checked though to your final destination.
  • Published fares are non-refundable.

 

3. Booking some or all of the flights yourself

You can also book connecting air travel yourself, either to London, or all the way to the start point. There may be certain airlines or routes we don't have access to, so this is always an option. However, if you make your own travel arrangements you become liable for any delays, cancellations or missed connections, and Exodus is not required to offer refunds if you have trouble reaching the start of your trip.

Pros Cons
  • You might find cheaper fares, or routes not available to Exodus.
  • You are responsible for any delays or missed connections, and the cost of the tour is not protected should you miss your flight be cancelled.

 

 Notes on transfer arrangements

Sometimes it is possible to travel on a different airline to the group flight from London. Where this is the case, we need to think about ensuring you meet up with the group with minimum extra cost and hassle.

  • On certain trips, it is easy to arrive on a different flight and still meet the group at the hotel with time in hand. We can usually arrange private transfers (at extra cost) or offer advice on taking a taxi to the start hotel.
  • On other trips (especially in Europe), the transfer meets the group flight and then travels some distance to the first night's accommodation. Where this is the case, our Sales team will try to arrange flights that arrive before (and depart after) the group. However, we do have to make it clear in your final documentation that if your flights are delayed, the transfer cannot wait for you. While Exodus or our local operators will do what we can to help you reach the start point of the tour, any additional costs must be paid by the client. 

 

Next steps? 

Call our Sales team on: 0203 733 0698

Email your query: [email protected]

For anyone leaving from the UK we would be pleased to book your flight in conjunction with your tour. Please contact us for competitive prices on flights departing from most UK airports.

If you are booking your own flights, you are free to arrive at any time on day one but it is advisable that you arrive in plenty of time to reach your joining hotel and attend your welcome meeting. We also suggest that you book your return flight the day after your tour finishes. If you have to return home on the day your tour finishes, please make sure that your flight does not depart before 21:00 hrs.

Please note that we cannot be held responsible for any delays, cancellations, changes to your flights, or any missed flights. We are unable to delay a tour, or finish a tour early due to your flight times.

Call us on 020 8772 3936