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Exploring Alaska: Hiking, Cycling and Kayaking Tour

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Explore Alaska on foot, bicycle, or kayak and connect with nature in unique ways. This six-day multisport journey includes stops in Anchorage, Denali National Park, the gorgeous town of Seward, and a hike up the Exit Glacier in Kenai Fjords National Park. With the assistance of an experienced guide, Alaska's extraordinary natural beauty and abundance of animals combine to create an amazing excursion to the most magnificent sites. Enjoy an overnight stay at a local hotel and prepare for stunning vistas and plenty of opportunities to breathe fresh air while running through lush foliage or over rivers on wooden bridges.
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  • Experience the rugged beauty of Denali National Park, home to the tallest peak in North America.
  • Cycle the paved Tony Knowles Coastal Trail, with great views of Mount Susitna.
  • Kayak the calm waters of Resurrection Bay and enjoy beautiful mountain vistas around.
  • Hike the spectacular Triple Lakes Trail, Denali’s longest trail.
Activity Level: Moderate
Activities that provide a reasonable level of physical challenge and elevate the heart rate. Focused on more active pursuits including multisport tours. Travelers may be active 5-7 hours total each day. Recommended for travelers with active lifestyles.

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Day 1: Anchorage, Alaska

Welcome to Anchorage, the gateway to some of Alaska’s finest parks and cycling trails. Your trip begins with a midday welcome meeting with your guide and fellow travelers. Afterward, enjoy a warm-up ride along the paved Tony Knowles Coastal Trail as it hugs the shore of Cook Inlet from downtown Anchorage through coastal marshes and over forested hills, with great views of Mount Susitna along the way. At 32kms (20 miles), it’s a ride that will give you a great taste of the amazing scenery that Anchorage has to offer. After the ride, you’re free to freshen up and head out to the vibrant downtown area, where you may like to enjoy dinner at one of the restaurants. If you wish for additional excursions during your time in Anchorage, pick from the following optional activities and contact us for current excursion pricing.

Today’s riding distance is approximately 32kms (20 miles) along a mostly flat paved bike path.

Included Activities:
  • Anchorage - Tony Knowles Coastal Trail Bike Tour
Optional Activities:
  • Anchorage- Alaska Native Heritage Center
  • Anchorage - Museum

Day 2: Denali National Park Hiking

After an early breakfast, settle back and enjoy the drive along the Parks Highway to Denali National Park as you keep an eye out for caribou and other wildlife. Stop in charming Talkeetna to stretch your legs and perhaps enjoy a bite to eat before arriving at the park and go to the visitor center for a park safety overview before heading into the wilderness for your first hike. Wind through the spruce forest as you hike upwards on the spectacular Triple Lakes Trail, Denali’s longest trail, which has great views of Riley Creek and towering mountains in the distance before the first of the three Triple Lakes comes into view. From here, continue onwards if time permits or return to the trailhead and then back to the hotel for a relaxing evening.

Included Activities:
    • Denali - Triple Lakes hike
    Today’s driving time is approximately 4 hours. Today’s hiking distance is approximately 14kms (9 miles) with an elevation gain of 300 meters (1,000 feet).

    Day 3: Denali National Park Hiking

    Today you have the choice of either hiking with your guide or, if you feel like resting your legs, enjoying an optional bus tour of the park. Keen hikers can tackle two walks today, one before and one after lunch. These routes will vary depending on the weather and the group preferences. For more of the park rather than hiking, there is an optional full-day Tundra Wilderness Bus Tour that includes the Toklat River and its incredible scenery and some of the park’s best wildlife spotting opportunities.

    Included Activities:
    • Denali - 2 hikes in one day
    Optional Activities:
    • Denali - Tundra Wilderness Bus Tour
    Today's walking distance depends on which activity or hike you choose. Your leader will provide detailed information about your options. If you wish to take the optional Tundra Wilderness Bus Tour, please note that you will need to book well ahead of time as seats are limited due to the tour's popularity.

    Day 4: Seward, Alaska

    Today is very early to start, as you enjoy a long but scenic drive (approximately 7 hours) back through Anchorage and down the Parks Highway to Seward, one of Alaska's oldest and most picturesque towns. This vibrant town is the gateway to Kenai Fjords National Park and has galleries, boutique shops, and a bustling harbor to discover.

    Today’s total driving time is approximately 7 hours.

    Day 5: Seward Sea Kayaking

    Enjoy a change of scenery as you venture out onto Resurrection Bay on an early morning, half-day sea kayaking adventure that’s suitable for all levels of experience. After a quick briefing, paddle around the calm turquoise waters, enjoying beautiful mountain vistas as you keep an eye out for sea otters, seals, bald eagles, and leaping salmon. From mid-July to early September, you will paddle directly past the outlet of Tonsina Creek to view a salmon spawning stream. After you’ve dried off, you have ample free time to discover all that Seward has to offer. Perhaps head back onto Resurrection Bay on a Kenai Fjords boat tour to spot wildlife, including orcas and whales. Visit the nearby Alaska SeaLife Center and enjoy the tide pools at Lowell Point, or even learn about dogsledding – the choice is yours. If you wish for additional excursions during your time in Seward, pick from the following optional activities and contact us for current excursion pricing.

    Included Activities:
      • Seward - Resurrection Bay Sea Kayaking
      Optional Activities:
        • Seward - Caines Head
        • Seward - Salmon Swimming Upstream at Bear Creek Weir - Free
        • Seward - Wilderness Dog Sled Ride & Tour Seward
        • Seward - Fox Island
        • Seward - Tidepooling at Lowell Point - Free
        • Seward - Thumb Cove
        • Seward - Kayaker’s Cove
        • Seward - Resurrection Bay Tour
        • Seward - Orca Quest Cruise
        • Seward - Kenai Fjords Wildlife Cruise - 3.5-Hour
        • Seward - Alaska SeaLife Center
        • Seward - The Ultimate Whale Watch - 3.5 hours
        • Seward - Resurrection Bay Tour – 3 hours 

        Day 6: Exit Glacier Hike | Anchorage | Return Home

        • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch
        Before you leave the beautiful Seward, there is still time for a classic Alaskan hike to Exit Glacier in Kenai Fjords National Park. You’ll get so close to the dense, blue ice that you’ll be able to listen to the sound of the glacier. It’s then time to drive back (approximately 2.5 hours) to Anchorage, where your adventure finishes on arrival. 

        Book additional accommodation if you wish to spend more time for leisure or stay and explore more of Anchorage on your own.

        Included Activities:
          • Seward - Exit Glacier Hike
          Today’s hiking distance is 3.5 km (2 miles) with an elevation gain of 100 meters (330 feet).


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