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Spot killer whales, bears and playful sea otters on this six-day Lonely Planet Experience deep into Alaska's beautiful, icy heart. From Anchorage to Seward, journey past boreal forests, around mountain ranges and into the spectacular bay. Stroll along the remote beaches of Homer, count puffins nesting in the rugged cliffs, kayak past icebergs in Seward and experience the majestic calm of this vast wilderness. With local knowledge and some pretty epic lodgings along the way, experience Alaska on a true wilderness adventure.
Day 1: Anchorage
Welcome to Alaska! This is an arrival day, and there is nothing planned until a welcome meeting at your hotel at 6 pm tonight. Located in south-central Alaska on the shores of Cook Inlet, Anchorage is a unique urban environment situated in the heart of the wilderness. As there's no time spent in Anchorage on this trip, we recommend you arrive a day or two early to see the sights. If you’d like to spend more time here, we’ll be happy to organise additional accommodation (subject to availability). After your important briefing, why not get together with your travel crew and head out for some dinner.
Day 2: Seward
Journey via the Turnagain Arm (approximately 2.5 hours; 200 kilometres) to the coastal town of Seward and the surrounding Kenai Fjords National Park. There will be time to explore some of this Arctic wonderland, with its numerous lakes, glaciers and fascinating coastline. The area is also famous for its many anglers, who follow the salmon on their annual migration up the peninsula's many wide rivers. Seward is one of Alaska's oldest towns, as well as one of the most scenic. The town itself boasts galleries, boutique shops and a bustling harbour, but it's perhaps best known as a gateway to exploring Kenai Fjords National Park. Depending on your departure date, you may be camping in town or you may be jumping into a water taxi across Resurrection Bay, where you will spend the next two nights staying in a hostel. This accommodation is so remote it can only be accessed by kayak or water taxi. Our hostel in Resurrection Bay isn't your typical hostel. You may need to climb a ladder to reach your bed, and should note that bathrooms are external to the main building. It's rustic, but that's made up for by the remote location.
Day 3: Seward
Enjoy a free day to soak up stunning surrounds. Maybe hire a kayak and hit the water with the majestic snow-capped Alaskan mountains looming in the background. If you do, remember to look out for porpoises and sea otters in the water. Your lodging is also perfectly situated for exploring the surrounding woodlands, so maybe head off on one of the many trails.
Day 4: Homer
Today head the 125 kilometres to Homer (approximately 4 hours) to arrive at your gateway to the incredible Kenai Peninsula. Keep an eye on the water as you head south because today you might catch a glimpse of beluga whales breaching off the coast. Again, depending on your departure date, you may be camping in town or you may be jumping into a water taxi across Kachemak Bay, where you will spend the next two nights staying in a hostel.
Day 5: Homer
Make the most of a free day in Homer. Perhaps explore the area by kayak and watch sea otters, or visit the beautiful rock arches, cliffs and remote beaches surrounding the city. Homer is a good place for animal watching, with bald eagles, puffins and moose plentiful in the area. Some of the activities around Homer are expensive, but they are once-in-a-lifetime opportunities. The Kachemak Bay Adventure includes sea kayaking, a tour of the old Russian settlement of Seldovia and a flight over the bay. The Bear Viewing Flight can sometimes sell out, but if you can afford it, the feedback from previous travellers is that it’s a highlight.
Day 6: Anchorage
Return along the Turnagain Arm and the National Forest Scenic Byway; this route is around 380 kilometres and takes approximately 5.5 hours but remember it is considered one of the most scenic drives in the world. This trip finishes on arrival in Anchorage at approximately 5 pm. For those wishing to stay on in Anchorage, we’ll be happy to organise additional accommodation (subject to availability).
- Drive down the renowned Turnagain Arm, considered one of the Alaska’s most beautiful drives. In the comfort of a private vehicle with your own driver, all you have to worry about is capturing the best photos!
- The spectacular scenery and wildlife viewing along Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula needs to be seen to be believed. And you’ll get to see both sides – artsy Homer on the west and laidback Seward to the east.
- Spend two memorable nights at a remote wilderness lodge that can only be accessed by kayak or water taxi. This definitely isn’t your usual hostel-style accommodation!
- Consider embarking on a range of kayaking, wildlife, hiking and aerial experiences to discover the mountainous landscapes and search for marine life.
- Bookend your Alaskan adventure with some time spent in its largest city, Anchorage. On the Cook Inlet and framed by snow-capped mountains, why not extend your stay a couple of days here.
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The trip was both both educational and exciting. I very much enjoyed the sights and culture.
The itinerary was just as I expected! The guide was very good as were the accomodations
Intrepid did such a great job. I never had to worry about where I was supposed to be and it felt so good not to worry about a thing but just to enjoy myself. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable about culture and history.
Taiwan people very friendly. Accommodation were centrally located and easily accessible. Did extra activities then in brochure which was greatly.
Larus our tour guide did an excellent job and was very attentive to our needs. He is very knowledgeable and has a great sense of humor.
Our guide Tarang chandola was exceptional. Courteous, knowledgeable, organized, polite, professional and went above and beyond taking care of our needs and requests offen anticipating what that might be. He made sure we all had the best possible time and offered suggestions to meet the needs of everyone on the tour. This made the trip even more enjoyable.
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