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

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Alaska Cruise Alternative: Glaciers, Parks & Wildlife

Small Group Escorted Tour Package!

Price Per Person
$2195
(based on double occupancy)
(Single Supplement starting at $733)
Duration
7 days
Group Size
12
Level
Easy to Moderate
Dates
May 23, May 29, June 5

Alaska Cruise Alternative: Glaciers, Parks & Wildlife

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

Enjoy a small group escorted travel experience with highlights in Anchorage, the glacier & wildlife cruising into Kenai Fjords National Park, the Matanuska Glacier and more! With close attention to detail and maximum 12 guests, this travel itinerary highlights the best of Alaska! 

  • Local Alaskan Guides with glacier water & snacks en route
  • Maximum 12 guests
  • 4 nights Anchorage, 2 nights Seward Harbor
  • Alaska Native Heritage Center with an exclusive private storytelling afternoon addition!
  • Matanuska Glacier Walk Day Tour
  • Our signature tour & transfer to Seward's small boat harbor
  • Kenai Fjords National Park Glacier & Wildlife Cruise - your best chance to see whales!
  • Alaska SeaLife Center
  • Iconic Alaska Railroad in GoldStar Service from Seward to Anchorage with dinner included On board
  • Rail Transfers
  • Departure Airport Transfer or Hotel Transfer
  • Meals: Breakfasts (6) Lunch (3) Dinner (1)
  • Taxes & fees associated with activities & accommodations
  • Local Guide Gratuity Included!

**Pricing for Summer 2021**

May 23 - May 28, 2021

  • $2195 per person based on double occupancy
  • single supplement: $733

May 29 - June 4, 2021

  • $2379 per person based on double occupancy
  • single supplement: $879

June 5 - June 11, 2021

  • $2480 per person based on double occupancy
  • single supplement: $980

Saturday

Welcome to Alaska! Fly directly into Anchorage to start your adventures- take a taxi/uber car service into downtown Anchorage for your overnight stay at one of our favorite accommodations. This boutique-style hotel is located right in downtown Anchorage within walking distance of our favorite shops and eateries as well as the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail! 

Today includes: Overnight Anchorage at the Copper Whale Inn

Sunday

Our tour begins downtown Anchorage with a visit through the original Anchorage town site, out to Earthquake Park to learn about the great quake of 1964 (where you can see real earthquake damage!), and the busiest private seaplane base in the world. Then we continue on to the Alaska Native Heritage Center, where the entrance fee is included in your tour, as are the personal experiences and knowledge of your Salmon Berry guide who will accompany you on your journey through the center. Here we will see a village of authentic and traditional structures from Alaska’s many native cultures. We will have a chance to watch native dancing led by a local dance group, or athletes demonstrating World Eskimo-Indian Olympic Games skills. Explore exhibits that take you back in time for a better appreciation for the land you explore after you enjoy a private storytelling program with a cultural host.

Today includes: Alaska Native Heritage Center Private Storytelling Program, Overnight Anchorage at the Copper Whale Inn (B)

Monday 

Try a local favorite! Journey north of Anchorage and explore the Matanuska Glacier's many incredible features, such as moraine and glacial blue meltwater pools, in Southcentral's beautiful Matanuska Valley. From downtown Anchorage we make the scenic drive north to the Matanuska Glacier Park: a frozen 27-mile long river of ancient ice. Thousands of years old, this massive glacier is tucked up into the head of the Matanuska Valley. You will spend 2 hours trekking with our glacier guides by your side, learning how the Matanuska Glacier was born and how it shaped the landscape in the Matanuska Susitna Valley. Explore blue meltwater pools and awesome ice formation. Walking on ice is slippery fun, so we provide our guests with helmets, a trekking pole (walking stick) and microspikes that attach to your shoes. We require our guests to bring sturdy footwear (stiff-soled hiking boots or shoes) and suggest that you bring an extra pair of socks. Don't be surprised if your shoes get covered with glacial flour. This glacial till is finely ground rock the glacier has created - it makes for great facials! This tour does require walking on uneven surfaces for at least 2 hours - guests must be able bodied.

Today includes: Matanuska Glacier Walk, Overnight Anchorage at the Copper Whale Inn (B, L)

Tuesday

This full day tour from Anchorage includes a local guide, an aerial tram ride up Mt. Alyeska, a tour of the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, lunch at a local eatery, a nature walk to views of Exit Glacier, drop off at your Seward hotel, and scenic photo-stops along the way! Following your pick up at your hotel or the Salmon Berry office in downtown Anchorage, sit back with your luggage secured in our comfortable and clean sprinter vans as your Alaskan driver guides you down Turnagain Arm, an All-American Road and National Scenic Byway. Look out for alpine scenery, hanging glaciers, and potential wildlife!

Visit the quaint town of Girdwood and a favorite local eatery for lunch (provided). After lunch ascend up the side of Mt. Alyeska on an aerial tram. From the top (weather permitting) take in views of several glaciers and the upper reaches of a temperate rainforest. Next, visit the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, a 200-acre natural habitat that provides wildlife education and rehabilitation for some of Alaska’s favorite animals! This is Alaska’s only guaranteed wildlife viewing! Get close enough to observe and photograph some of our favorite land animals such as moose, reindeer, bison, wolves, and more! While we cannot guarantee bears due to the size of their habitat, however, it is common to see both brown and black bears at the Conservation Center! Make sure to take photos of wildlife with the amazing backdrop of the Chugach Mountains and Turnagain Arm! Continuing southbound along the Seward Highway, travel down Exit Glacier Road for a leisurely nature walk for views of Kenai Fjords National Park's famous Exit Glacier!

Today includes: Tour & Transfer to Seward, Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, Mt. Alyeska Aerial Tramway, Exit Glacier Walk, Overnight Seward (B, L)

Wednesday

This morning visit the Alaska SeaLife Center then set out for a day cruise into Kenai Fjords National Park. Our 6 Hour Kenai Fjords National Park Cruise explores the world of whales, wildlife, and glaciers found in Kenai Fjords National Park. Experience as much scenery, glaciers, and wildlife as possible within six hours sailing on their tour catamarans. Providing a full narration to your journey, a National Park Ranger will be onboard to point out the spectacular sights and provide information on the area’s ecology, history, and geology. You will spend time in front of the mighty Holgate Glacier and watch for calving, where giant chunks of glacial ice break off and crash into the water. 

Today includes: Alaska SeaLife Center, Kenai Fjords National Park Glacier & Wildlife Cruise, Overnight Seward (B, L)

Thursday

Make the most of your trip to Alaska - do you want to go fishing? drive a dog sled team? kayak along the coastline? Let us know how we can make your last day in Seward a memorable one! This evening check in for the train north to Anchorage. Ride in GoldStar Service enjoying dome car seating, 2 adult beverages (guests over 21 years of age), dinner in the GoldStar dining car, and access to the open air viewing platform. Don't miss the best leg of the Alaska Railroad and riding in GoldStar will ensure secure access to upper level seating. Don't worry about your bags - your local guide will ensure you & your luggage arrive to the inn ready for your last night in Anchorage. 

Today includes: Alaska Railroad's GoldStar dome car service from Seward to Anchorage, Overnight Anchorage at the Copper Whale Inn (D)

Friday

Farewell from Alaska! Your departure flight airport transfer is included. (B)

NOTE: If meeting another tour departure, we will ensure you & your luggage are transferred to check in for your next adventures... 

Outside 30 days, a 10% processing fee applies. Inside 30 days, the travel package is nonrefundable.  

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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