Alaska: Kenai Peninsula & Denali Delights

Projected: July/August 2018 • 14 Days • Price TBA

Explore the pristine wilderness, fishing towns, and plentiful wildlife of our 49th state!

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

NOTE: Walking Adventures Guides Scott Isom and Todd Jones recently completed the Alaska scouting trip, and will be updating this itinerary with new walks and excursions. Check out our Facebook page to see pictures and videso along the trail! 

Now accepting Early Bird deposits on this 2018 tour! An Early Bird is a $50 deposit that holds your spot during the planning stages of a trip, when we don’t have a set itinerary or dates. Early Birds are always refundable!

Highlights from the Scouting Trip Video:

The area known as Alaska was derisively labeled “Seward’s Folly” when the USA purchased it from Russia in 1867, but it is more appropriately known by its native Aleut name, “Alyeska,” meaning “the great land.” Our Alaska program is offered in two parts—Kenai Peninsula and Denali Delights.

Part 1: Kenai Peninsula * 9 Days

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 rushing rivers, puffins and terns, and a multitude of other bird life in Kachemak Bay and the vast Kenai wetland!

Part 2: Denali Delights * 8 Days

The centerpiece of Denali Delights is a nature walk and top-rated wilderness drive through Denali National Park in search of wildlife and coveted panoramas of enormous, elusive Mt. McKinley, tallest peak in North America! Watch for moose while riding the Alaska Railroad through the wild Alaska bush to Fairbanks. Stand beneath the famous Alaska Pipeline, and spend a fun and educational afternoon on a sternwheeler cruise learning about all things Alaskan!

NOTE: Walking Adventures Guides Scott Isom and Todd Jones will depart on a scouting trip to update this itinerary with new walks and excursions in July 2017.

We are developing this revised itinerary! More details will be available shortly.

Including:

  • All land travel
  • Superior tourist-class (3-star) or better hotel accommodations
  • All breakfasts and a selection of lunches and dinners
  • WAI guide service throughout
  • Tips for guides/coach drivers and group meals

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 (3 star) hotels or better

Meals

Breakfasts included with a selection of lunches and dinners.

Airfare

Not Included. Travelers 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

WAI Guides Todd & Chrissy Jones

Todd and Chrissy Jones both work on a public school calendar – Chrissy is a physical therapist supporting students with physical disabilities, and Todd teaches high school history, government and economics. Both of their daughters are off at college, which means they have summertime to enjoy walking adventures with you! They have traveled in Asia, Europe, and North and South America, and are immensely grateful for opportunities to discover and appreciate new environments and cultures.

 

Itinerary

We are developing this revised itinerary! More details will be available shortly.

More Details

How do I lock in my place on this Adventure?

Call or mail in your Early Bird ($50) to save your spot! A maximum of 30 travelers will be accepted on this Adventure.

First Time Traveler Savings

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

Group Travel Credit

Start a Group of 5 or more to receive a discount on this Adventure!

Check out more information on the Group Travel Program.

What about the walks?

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. 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.

What happens next?

We are currently developing the itinerary for this Adventure. Once the itinerary is released, we will accept registration deposits ($500) to save space.

If you have Early Birded with a refundable $50 deposit, your spot on the tour will be held for 2 weeks after the itinerary is published while you make a decision on whether or not you’d like to register with a $450 deposit. If you decide not to join us for this tour, your Early Bird can be refunded or transferred to another tour.

We look forward to sharing the wilderness and wildlife of Alaska with you in 2018!