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Glacier Turn Tour

See the best of Alaska on this locally guided tour for guaranteed Alaskan wildlife, aerial ...

Price Per Person
$225
Duration
8 hours
Group Size
13
Dates
May 16 – September 15
Time(s)
10:45AM - 7:00PM

Glacier Turn Tour

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

OUR TOUR OF THE ALASKA WILDLIFE CONSERVATION CENTER WAS FEATURED ON BUZZFEED! See it here:

"The Try Guys Feed Wild Animals In Alaska"

Alaska's ONLY guaranteed viewing of land mammals in a natural habitat is at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center! Our local Alaskan guides will take you through the 200 acre natural habitat for a thorough tour of the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center and the animals that live there. Located on the Turnagain Arm (an All-American Road and National Scenic Byway), the Conversation Center is home to moose, brown and black bears, wolves, bald eagles, even more iconic Alaskan wildlife! Ride the Mt. Alyeska Aerial Tram 2,300 ft up into the Chugach Mountains for views of several alpine glaciers and panoramic views of the Cook Inlet. Board the MV Ptarmigan for a 1 hour cruise across Portage Lake to Portage Glacier. Shuttle from Anchorage with local Alaskans and lunch at a locals' favorite in Girdwood is included.

HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDED


  • Local Alaskan Guide(s)
  • Small Group
  • Admission into Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center
  • ~ 2 hour tour of the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center
  • Time to explore the Conservation Center's Gift Shop
  • 2,300 ft. Mt. Alyeska Aerial Tram ride
  • Admission into Roundhouse Museum (when open to the public)
  • 1 hour Portage Lake Glacier Boat Ride
  • Photo Stops
  • Lunch at a locals' favorite
  • Snacks & Water
  • Gear (Complimentary)
  • Anchorage or Girdwood (Alyeska Resort)  Pick Up (limit 3 hotels per tour)
  • Anchorage or Girdwood (Alyeska Resort) Drop Off

NOT INCLUDED


  • Guide Gratuity

This full day tour from Anchorage includes a local guide, an aerial tram ride up Mt. Alyeska, fresh lunch in Girdwood, a tour of the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, a Portage Glacier cruise, and scenic photo-stops along the way!

Following your pick up at your hotel or the Salmon Berry office in downtown Anchorage, sit back 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, tour the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, a 200-acre natural habitat that provides wildlife education and rehabilitation for some of Alaska’s favorite animals! We will drive and walk approximately 2-miles through the Conservation Center's trails as you get close enough to observe 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!

Before continuing our tour, stop at the Conservation Center's Gift Shop.

Finally, take a one-hour cruise across Portage Lake to Portage Glacier before making the return drive to Anchorage! Your captain aboard the MV (Motor Vessel) Ptarmigan will guide you to the face of the glacier for photo opportunities! An on-board naturalist guide will share facts about the Portage Valley and answer any questions you may have!

Complimentary snacks and water are provided throughout your tour.

To better the guest experience of everyone on tour, hotel pick ups are limited three hotels per tour, based on a first come first service basis. Book now to confirm your hotel pick up!

Overnighting at Alyeska Resort? Consider this tour as a great way to drive between Anchorage and the Resort in Girdwood! 


HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDED


  • Local Alaskan Guide(s)

Narration provided by a CDL Certified Alaskan Guide (English Speaking)

Narration provided by the Boat Captain and National Forest Rangers onboard (English Speaking)

  • Small Group

A more personal experience of up to 13 guests in our clean and comfortable sprinter vans

  • All Inclusive

Admission into Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center

Guided tour through the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center

Time to visit the Gift Shop

Mt. Alyeska Aerial Tram Ride

Admission into Roundhouse Museum (when open to the public)

Portage Lake Glacier Boat Ride 

Lunch at a local eatery

  • Photo Stops

Stretch your legs for up close views or simply look through our panoramic windows

  • Snacks & Water

An assortment of complimentary snacks and water are available throughout the tour

  • Gear (Complimentary)

Access to our gently used gear (boots, snowpants, winter coats, raincoats, mittens, hats, etc.) is available

*Gear must be requested at time of booking to assure gear available during your tour

  • Hotel Pick Up (3 Hotels Per Tour)

Pick up available from major hotels and inns located within Anchorage or Girdwood

*Please note that we do limit pick ups to 3 hotels per tour. BOOK NOW TO CONFIRM YOUR PICK UP

  • Office Pick Up

Conveniently located in downtown Anchorage

*Please select "Meet at Salmon Berry Tours Office" at time of booking to confirm

  • Drop Off

Drop off is available from major hotels and inns located within Anchorage or Girdwood

*Drop off at Anchorage's Ted Stevens International Airport may be available if requested in advance

NOT INCLUDED


  • Guide Gratuity

Tipping Recommendation: 10% - 15% of Tour Price

Day Tour Cancellation Policy:

For direct booking cancellations outside 24 hours before the first day of your tour, a 10% fee will be withheld. For cancellations inside 24 hours, 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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