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Girdwood Sampler


Enjoy your hour long guided drive along Turnagain Arm to the scenic town of Girdwood where your Salmon Berry...

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IJCNN: Pre-Conference - May 13th Sunrise Photo Safari

Get set for your Alaska Adventure with one of Alaska's finest professional photographers. On this Portage Pass Sunrise Photo...

11 hours
May 13th, 2017

IJCNN: Pre-Conference - May 13th Sunrise Photo Safari

Description, Itinerary, Tour Map, Details, Cancellation Policy, Travel Insurance

Our very early-morning route departs Anchorage at 4am, traverses the scenic Seward Highway and Turnagain Arm and passes through the longest vehicle/railroad combined tunnel in North America. Your Alaskan, professional photographer guide will provide narrative on natural history and points of interest, as well as prepare you for optimizing your Alaska photography experience and recommendations for shooting the specific subjects of the day.

At 5:30am we will arrive in Whittier, Alaska for a sunrise hike in Portage Pass. This scenic pass, offering panoramic views of Prince William Sound and Portage Glacier, has been used throughout history by Alaska Natives, Russian Fur Traders and early settlers. The trail is 2 miles each way (4 miles round-trip), with 750' of elevation gain and fairly strenuous terrain. A packed breakfast will be enjoyed in the field.

At about 10:00am, we will pass back through the Anton Anderson Memorial Tunnel to explore Portage Valley from the opposite side of the Tunnel. Next we will have lunch in Girdwood, Alaska, a European-style ski village nestled in a valley at the northernmost point of the Pacific Northernmost temperate rainforest. It is a time for guests to enjoy the camaraderie of other photographers, and freely geek- speak on photography related subjects. Lunch includes the meal and non-alcohol beverages.

At about 2pm we will return to Anchorage.  Use your new skills to photograph the rest of your time in Alaska!

(Note: There is no conference discount for this tour. This tour was created especially for the IJCNN conference. The final price is shown above.)

Multi-Day Itinerary Cancellation Policy:
A 50% deposit is required to start the booking process.
Remainder is due 60 days prior to travel.
Cancellations must be made in writing (email, fax, or mail).
Processing fee of $100 per guest applies for cancellations more than 60 days before travel, or 50% of total if received less than 60 days from travel.
No refund applies if cancellation is received less than 30 days prior to travel.

Day Tour Cancellation Policy:
For cancellations outside of 14 days before the first day of your tour, a 10% fee will be withheld.
For cancellations inside of 14 days, no refund applies.

Salmon Berry Travel & Tours recommends travel insurance provided by TravelSafe Insurance. Our recommendation is based on positive guest feedback. In particular, the experience of one Salmon Berry guest is instructive:

Our guest had booked the vacation of a lifetime and the ultimate Alaska package. She had to cancel the trip a week before it began due to unfortunate circumstances.

She later told us that within ten minutes of phone time her claim was processed in full. She was very pleased with TravelSafe Insurance's immediate and empathetic response. Getting a refund for her trip was the last thing she wanted to think about, and TravelSafe Insurance took care of her needs and concerns immediately. 

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