Alaska: Kenai Peninsula

July 7-15, 2018 • 9 Days • $4250**

**With New Traveler Discount: $4050

At 200 miles long and 100 miles wide, the Kenai Peninsula has a slice of nearly every aspect of Alaska save for the tundra of the Far North!

NEW Traveler Discount: New Travelers receive $200 off this domestic Adventure!

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Combo Package:

This is a 2-part Alaskan tour. Travelers can join us for either the Kenai Peninsula or Denali Delights, or combine both parts in their exploration of The Last Frontier.

This itinerary has been fully revised after a scouting trip lead by Guide Scott Isom. Here are a few highlights from the Scouting Trip:

Join us for our new and improved Alaska Adventure offered in July 2018.  The program is offered in two parts—Kenai Peninsula and Denali Delights.  To maximize your time and airfare and see even more of our largest state, join us for both parts of the tour!  Also consider journeying on into the Far North on our brand new Arctic Midnight Sun Extension, a 3-day bonus adventure from Fairbanks that will take us beyond the Arctic Circle!

Alaska—the Kenai Peninsula

At 200 miles long and 100 miles wide, the Kenai Peninsula has a slice of nearly every aspect of Alaska save for the tundra of the Far North: active volcanoes, calving glaciers in Kenai Fjords National Park, a plethora of bear and moose, seemingly unlimited halibut and schools of migrating salmon in the rushing rivers, puffins and terns, and a multitude of other bird life in Kachemak Bay and in the vast Kenai wetland! We explore the Kenai with a great series of walks and activities, including a 5-hour cruise on Resurrection Bay!

Including:

  • All land travel as outlined
  • Superior tourist-class or better hotel accommodations
  • Porterage of luggage
  • 11 meals: 8 breakfasts, 1 lunch, and 2 dinners as denoted (BLD)
  • 6 walks – AVA sanctions applied for
  • Fees for walking credit
  • Cultural, natural, and historical expertise of local guide throughout
  • WAI guide service throughout (2 guides)
  • All tipping for local guides and coach drivers
  • Pricing is based on double occupancy. A limited amount of single rooms are available for a supplement of $950.

Visits to/Admission fees:

  • Russian River Falls
  • Grewingk Glacier Lake Trail
  • Water taxi from Homer to Kachemak Bay State Park
  • Kenai National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center and Trails
  • Exit Glacier
  • Kenai Fjords National Park Cruise with lunch
  • Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center
  • Alaska Native Heritage Center
  • More fun and interesting stops than we can list!

Optional Excursions:

  • Byron Glacier Walk and 26-Glacier Cruise in Prince William Sound (Day 1) – Price TBA
  • Coastal Brown Bear Viewing and Flightseeing Excursion from Homer – Limit of 20 pax! (Day 4) – Estimated Price: $725

Map of Full Tour

Adventure Pace

Tour Pace: 1 2 3 4 5
Walk Challenge: 1 2 3 4 5

Important Info

Group Size

25-30 travelers

Hotels

Strategically located Superior Tourist Class hotels or better

Meals

Breakfasts included with a selection of lunches and dinners as denoted (BLD).

Airfare

Not Included. Travelers fly into and out of Anchorage and will be met at the starting hotel.

Transportation

Included. We use full-size motorcoaches with a seating capacity of 45+ seats.

Traveler Age

Our travelers usually range from 50–75 years of age. All ages welcome!

Your Guides

Walking Adventures Guide Scott Isom

Scott Isom has had a passion for the outdoors ever since his childhood days spent exploring the waterfalls and outstanding hiking trails of the Columbia River Gorge with his family. Scott has led tours on all 7 continents and is one of WAI’s busiest guides and on-site Adventure planners. Scott will be accompanied by an assistant on this tour, and is looking forward to sharing our new and improved Alaska Adventure with you!

 

Itinerary

Click on each day for more details.

Day 1-Jul 7: Arrive in Anchorage

You arrive in Anchorage today from the “Lower 48.” Because travelers are arriving throughout the day, no group activities are planned. However, a special glacier-themed and action-packed optional excursion is available for those who arrive into Anchorage a day early. Consider joining us for the Byron Glacier Walk and 26-Glacier Cruise in Prince William Sound (Price TBA).  Driving along the Turnagin Arm, we stop for a pleasant three kilometer walk in the Portage Valley before continuing to Whittier for a 5-hour scenic cruise (which includes lunch), introducing you to one of the world’s largest concentrations of tidewater glaciers.

Day 2-Jul 8: Anchorage – Homer (B)

Russian Falls Walk – 8 km, rated 2B

Our first full day on the Kenai Peninsula takes us by coach to the active fishing village of Homer on Kachemak Bay, a 30-mile arm of the lower Cook Inlet. The scenic route offers chances to spot a wide variety of wildlife, including beluga whales, eagles, mountain goats, elk, and more. On our way to Homer, we stop for a scenic walk at Russian River, where it’s sometimes possible to spy on black bears fishing for salmon as they jump the falls.

Day 3-Jul 9: Activities in Homer (BD)

Grewingk Glacier Lake Walk – 8 km, rated 2C (with 11 km option)   

Today we debut an exciting walk in Kachemak Bay State Park, accessible only by water taxi. Following our bay crossing from Homer Spit, we meander through mixed cottonwood and Sitka spruce en route to a stunningly beautiful glacial lake, complete with floating chunks of ice adrift in frigid waters. Following a picnic in this picturesque setting, we hike over Saddle Trail and catch our return water taxi to Homer, where the remainder of the day is free for you to explore the town’s local charm.

Day 4-Jul 10: Activities from Homer (B)

Historic Homer Walk – 6 km, rated 2B   

Enjoy a free day in Homer, choosing from a variety of only-in-Alaska activities, including beach-combing, sea-kayaking, a half-day fishing charter, visiting the Alaska Islands & Oceans Visitor Center, or strolling through Homer on an historic 6 km walk.  Or choose our featured optional excursion, a once-in-a-lifetime Coastal Brown Bear Viewing & Flightseeing Adventure (Estimated price: $725) to either Katmai or Lake Clark National Park, where you will safely encounter these massive and majestic animals at close range. It is an unforgettable experience!

Day 5-Jul 11: Homer – Seward (B)

Kenai National Wildlife Refuge Walk – 5 km, rated 2B
Seward City Walk – 6 km, rated 1A

En route to Seward, today’s first stop briefly explores the former Russian village of Ninilchik with the distinctive domes of its Russian Orthodox Church.  Further up the peninsula, a walk through Kenai National Wildlife Refuge provides a good chance to view wildlife. Tonight’s hotel is located in Seward, an ice-free port on Resurrection Bay in a setting of great beauty, surrounded by lush green mountains and stark ice fields. Upon arrival, a 6 km introductory walk acquaints us with Seward. The trail winds along Seward’s boat docks, by the shore of Resurrection Bay, through older, historic parts of town, and finishes in a fun area of shops and restaurants.

Day 6-Jul 12: Activities in Seward (BL)

Exit Glacier Walk – 4 km, rated 2C 

Our day begins with a lovely nature walk to the edge of Exit Glacier, where dense blue ice descends from the higher Harding Ice Field. The middle part of the day is devoted to a relaxing Kenai Fjords lunch cruise on Resurrection Bay offering potential sightings of sea birds, puffins, dolphins, whales, seals, along with a plethora of Alaska coastal panoramas. Back on shore, we return to landlubber ways with free time in the lively town of Seward.

Day 7-Jul 13: Seward – Girdwood (B)

Winner Creek Walk – 6 km, rated 2C

We head to Girdwood today, stopping along the way at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center to see rescued buffalo, moose, musk ox, caribou, eagle, and bear. After lunch, we arrive in Girdwood for a nature walk along Winner Creek that features a stream-crossing on a unique, hand-drawn tram; you can pull yourself across the chasm by cable. The remainder of the afternoon and evening is free to enjoy a variety of activities among the inviting environs surrounding our resort property.

Day 8-Jul 14: Girdwood – Anchorage (BD)

Anchorage Coastal and Historic Walk – 10 km, rated 1A

After breakfast, we depart for the Alaska Native Heritage Center to experience First Nations culture first-hand through storytelling, Native song and dance, artist demonstrations, and Native game demonstrations. Leaving the Center, we continue through verdant Alaskan countryside to Anchorage, Alaska’s largest city. Upon arrival in Anchorage, we take in the town’s green spaces and historic core during our walk; free time is available afterward to explore this bustling city on your own!

Day 9-Jul 15: Depart for home – OR – continue to Denali (B)

Travelers participating in Alaska – the Kenai Peninsula fly home today.  You return to the “Lower 48” with a greater appreciation of the marvelous Alaskan diversity that is the Kenai Peninsula!

More Details

How do I lock in my place on this Adventure?

We are now accepting registrations. Registrations will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis. Call us to save your spot on either part of the tour with a $500 registration. A maximum of 30 travelers will be accepted.

Already Early Birded?

If you are among the travelers who submitted a $50 Early Bird deposit, you have until November 29, 2017 to secure your spot with an additional $450 (total of $500) registration on either Kenai Peninsula or Denali Delights, or double your registration fee and join us for both parts of the tour!  After November 29, your spot on this tour will be released, and your Early Bird deposit refunded or transferred to the tour of your choice.

General Tour Conditions and Registration Forms

To finalize your official registration, a completed and signed copy of the Registration Form is necessary. Please be sure to read all the fun stuff (the fine print) in the General Tour Conditions!

First Time Traveler Savings

In appreciation for joining us for your first Walking Adventure, we offer new travelers a $200 credit on this domestic Adventure!

Group Travel Credit

If you are part of a Group, remember that your full deposit of $500 per part of this tour is still required to hold your spot on this Adventure. Your group leader is responsible for submitting your name in writing to us before you register, qualifying you for the Group Travel Credit, but a full deposit is needed to officially reserve your place. Your Group Travel Credit will be reflected on your final statement.

Check out more information on the Group Travel Program.

Optional Excursions

Three optional excursions are available during this Adventure: Byron Glacier Walk and 26-Glacier Cruise in Prince William Sound (Kenai Peninsula Day 1 – for travelers who opt to arrive in Anchorage a day early), Coastal Brown Bear Viewing and Flightseeing Excursion (Kenai Peninsula Day 4), and Mary Shields’ Alaskan Tails of the Trail Sled Dog Home Visit (Arctic Extension Day 2). More information will be provided in the Adventure Advice flyer you receive upon registration.

How is airfare arranged?

Travelers on either the Kenai Peninsula or Denali Delights will fly into the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (ANC) to start their tour. Travelers joining us for the Kenai Peninsula only will finish in Anchorage as well. Travelers continuing on to the Denali Delights will finish at the Fairbanks International Airport (FAI). Airfare to and from the start point is not included in the package price. We recommend that you contact the travel agent we work with to help book your flight arrangements. In this age of airfare complications and airport uncertainty, using a travel agent is a good investment! More details about flight arrangements and travel agent contact information will be provided in the Adventure Advice flyer which will be mailed to you after you register for the Adventure. Please do not book your airfare prior to receiving the Adventure Advice flyer!

What about the walks?

Walks on this Adventure are guided walks and we generally walk at a pace of 2 to 3 miles per hour. In most cases, we are not “strolling.” We are walking at a relaxed but steady pace. Your experience will be significantly affected by your level of physical fitness. The success of the walks is predicated upon walkers having this minimum level of fitness. If not walking regularly at home, we strongly recommend that you make a priority of “training” beforehand in order to both enjoy the trip and avoid medical issues due to overexertion. If you have questions about your ability to participate, please talk with our office at 1-800-779-0353. We have adopted a walk difficulty rating system which contains a numeric indicator for trail incline and an alpha indicator for trail terrain. The explanation for this system is presented below:

INCLINE

1. Very small hills or very little stair climbing. Cumulative elevation gain from Starting Point: up to 200 feet.
2. Some moderate hills and stair climbing. Cumulative elevation gain from Starting Point: 200-1000 feet.
3. Some significant hill or stair climbing. Cumulative elevation gain from Starting Point: 1000-2000 feet.
4. Lots of significant hills or stair climbing. Cumulative elevation gain from Starting Point: 2000-3500 feet.
5. Many steep hills. Cumulative elevation gain from Starting Point: more than 3500 feet.

TERRAIN

A. Almost entirely on pavement.
B. A significant part of the route is on well-groomed trails with very few obstacles.
C. A significant part of the route is on somewhat difficult terrain (rocky / rooted paths or soft sand).
D. A significant part of the route is on very difficult terrain.
E. The majority of the route is on very difficult terrain.

Travel Insurance

WAI believes strongly in the importance of travel insurance for financial and medical protection from any number of unforeseen circumstances that can arise before departure or during your Adventure.  Many travel insurance providers are available for you to consider. Debbi Custer of World Travel Inc., a travel agent who provides air travel services to many WAI travelers, can provide travel insurance options for your WAI tour as well as your airfare (email [email protected] -OR- call 888-276-0925 / 503-231-9507). For those of you who purchase airfare through Debbi, purchasing your travel insurance from her as well may be the simplest option. As always, do some shopping to ensure you are getting the best value. Using the Insuremytrip.com website can be a good way to compare pricing.

Other options include:

  • Allianz
  • Travel Guard
  • Travel Insured International, etc.

NOTE: We suggest purchasing from a reputable, well-established insurance company (avoid buying insurance from an unknown company found only online). In addition, be aware that some travel insurance policies contain time-sensitive provisions—i.e. some benefits are available only if the policy is purchased within a certain number of days of the purchase of the travel package.

What happens next?

Upon registering for this Adventure, you will receive a welcome letter and initial invoice. The Adventure Advice flyer will be sent soon after, with important information about steps to take in the months before your trip. Please do not buy your airline tickets until you receive the Adventure Advice flyer. The final payment for the program is due 90 days before departure, and you will receive a final billing about 3 weeks prior to that point, along with a fact sheet of additional information about the Adventure to help you get prepared! We now offer a “pay-by-check” discount. Travelers paying their final balance by check or money order will receive a 1% discount on the amount due. The discounted amount will be printed on your final billing statement. About 3 weeks before departure, you will receive a final packet with all the details of the program, including hotel names and contact information, a list of fellow travelers, and a more detailed daily schedule.

Exploring our 49th state evokes an abiding appreciation for this land of bountiful and teeming waterways, dense forests, expansive plains of tundra, and towering mountain ranges. What an amazing slice of America, and what a great way to enjoy it—a creative program of motorcoach, train, and ship travel melded together with walks that take us to places other visitors to Alaska will never experience! Join us for Alaska: Kenai Peninsula and Denali Delights next summer!