Alaska: Kenai Peninsula
June 2020 • 9 Days • Price TBA
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!
Traveler Rewards Program: New Travelers receive a $200 discount on the Alaska: Kenai Peninsula tour! Returning travelers receive our Alumni Traveler Discount of 5-10% off the main tour price. Terms, exclusions and conditions apply. Check out our Traveler Rewards page for more details.
Now accepting Early Bird deposits on this potential 2020 tour! If 25 Early Birds are received for this departure, we’ll add it to our official 2020 Schedule. 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!
A Look Back at the Scouting Trip
Adventure Planner Scott Isom describes one of the walks he put together for the Kenai Peninsula portion of our Alaska tour.
The Alaska 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!
This is a draft itinerary. Revisions will be made, and an updated itinerary with dates and pricing will be made available!
- 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
- Fees for those collecting AVA Credit
- Cultural, natural, and historical expertise of local guide throughout
- WAI guide service throughout (2 guides)
- All tipping for local guides, coach drivers, and group meals
- Pricing is based on double occupancy. A limited amount of single rooms are available for a supplement.
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!
- Byron Glacier Walk and 26-Glacier Cruise in Prince William Sound (Day 1)
- Coastal Brown Bear Viewing and Flightseeing Excursion from Homer – Limit of 20 pax! (Day 4)
Map of Full Tour
Tour Pace: 1 2 3 4 5
Walk Challenge: 1 2 3 4 5
Todd and Chrissy Jones guide trips mainly during the summer. 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. During the school year, Chrissy works as a physical therapist supporting students with physical disabilities, and Todd teaches high school history, government and economics. Todd & Chrissy will be joined by a local guide throughout the Alaska tour. They look forward to sharing the highlights of our 49th state with you!
This is a draft itinerary. Revisions will be made, and an updated itinerary with dates and pricing will be made available!
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Day 1: 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: 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: Activities in Homer (BD)
Grewingk Glacier Lake Walk – 8 km, rated 2C (with 11 km option)
Today features 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: 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 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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!
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How do I lock in my place on this Adventure?
Call or mail in your refundable Early Bird ($50) to save your spot! A maximum of 30 travelers will be accepted on this Adventure.
Early Bird deposits are refundable $50 deposits which serve to hold your spot on a tour until dates and pricing have been confirmed. Once all details on a tour have been finalized, travelers can then register with an additional $450 deposit to bring their total on a tour up to $500.
Traveler Rewards Program
New Travelers receive a $200 discount on the Alaska: Kenai Peninsula tour! Returning travelers receive our Alumni Traveler Discount of 5-10% off the main tour price. Terms, exclusions and conditions apply. See the Traveler Rewards page for more details or contact us with any questions at 800.779.0353 or [email protected].
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 fly out of the Fairbanks International Airport (FAI). More details about flight arrangements and travel agent contact information will be made available after this tour has been confirmed.
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:
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.
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 updating 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 an additional $450 deposit, bringing your total on the tour up to $500. If you decide not to join us for this tour, your Early Bird can be refunded or transferred to another tour.