Witness the incredible majesty of the Alaskan wilderness on this short adventure.

Encounter killer whales, bears and playful sea otters on this journey into Alaska's icy, but beautiful, heart. From Anchorage to Homer, journey past boreal forests, around mountain ranges and into the spectacular Resurrection Bay. Stroll along the remote beaches of Homer and count puffins nesting in the rugged cliffs. Kayak past icebergs in Seward and experience the majestic calm of this vast wilderness.


Start
Anchorage, United States
Finish
Anchorage, United States
Country
United States
Style
Basix
Theme
Explorer
Code
SSRO
Physical rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 13

Why we love this trip

  • Drive down the Turnagain Arm en route to Homer, considered one of the most beautiful drives in the world

  • Look for Dall sheep grazing on the rugged hills

  • See both sides of the Kenai Peninsula, Homer on the west side, and Seward on the east. Homer is a cute artists' town and has remote beaches and the stunning Kachemak Bay State Park. The east coast has accessible glaciers and more marine life

  • Spend two nights at a remote hostel on Resurrection Bay that can only be accessed by kayak or water taxi

Is this trip right for you?

  • This is a participatory trip. That’s a fancy way of saying you’re not just along for the ride – you’re part of a team! You know the phrase ‘the more you put in, the more you get out’. Well that’s extra true on this trip. Be prepared to roll up your sleeves and help out with camp activities like food prep and washing up. It’s all about giving your new travel mates a hand – everyone knows there’s nothing worse than trying to put up a tent on your own!

  • That teamwork also extends to our optional food kitty of approximately US$90 per week, run to cover the cost of meals. This kitty saves you worrying about stuff like where to get food or what exactly sales tax is, and actually helps keep your costs down. Instead of paying individually as you go, it means we can bulk purchase items and cook our own food – though there’s always the chance to use it for the occasional pizza night! The kitty is optional and for your convenience, so if you've got specific dietary requirements you can opt out and purchase (and cook) your own food.

  • The United States is a world of endless possibilities – that’s why our Basix trips are designed so they fit together as (not quite endless) combinations. That means while you might just be starting your trip, some of your new travel mates may have been travelling together for a week or more (and so have some great tips for you). You can see how our trips fit together and all the different possible combinations at www.intrepidtravel.com/brochures. Simply click view/download on the North America brochure and look at the combo map on page 12.

  • The drive from Anchorage to Homer is quite long. There's plenty to see however so settle back and enjoy the scenery. Take the opportunity to get to know your travel companions.

  • While Alaska can experience warm summers, you should still be prepared for cold temperatures, especially at night. Bring warm clothing with you, including base layers, a warm hat, gloves and a thick coat. Be prepared for ice cold winds and quick shifts in weather. It is Alaska after all.

  • Mosquitoes are found across the USA, even in the colder regions. They can be a problem a lot of the time, especially in July. It’s recommended that you bring insect repellent with you and anything else you think is applicable.

  • The summer months in Alaska see very long daylight hours, with the sun not completely setting until after midnight. As most people are likely to sleep before midnight, you might want to bring an eye mask to block out the light.

Itinerary

Welcome to Alaska! This is an arrival day, and there is nothing planned until a welcome meeting in the hotel lobby at 6pm tonight. If you're going to be late, please inform the hotel reception. We'll be collecting your insurance details and next of kin information at this meeting, so please ensure you have all these details to provide to your leader. 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 few days early to see the sights. If you need help booking extra accommodation, our reservations team will be able to assist (subject to availability).
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Depart Anchorage and take a scenic drive along the Turnagain Arm and the National Forest Scenic Byway on your way to Homer. This route is considered one of the most scenic drives in the world. Homer will be your gateway to the Kenai Peninsula. Keep an eye on the water because today you might snatch a glimpse of beluga whales.

Notes: The drive covers 380 kilometres and takes approximately 5.5 hours.
Accommodation
  • Camping (with facilities) (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
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 included 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 to this area is that it is a highlight.
Accommodation
  • Camping (with facilities) (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Homer - Day on Kachemak Bay Adventure - USD220
  • Homer - Halibut fishing (half-day charter) - USD105
  • Homer - Bear Viewing Flight - USD600
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Journey to the coastal town of Seward and the surrounding Kenai Fjords National Park (approximately 4 hours; 125 kilometres). 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. On arrival, jump into a water taxi across to 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.
Accommodation
  • Basic hostel (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Special Information
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.
Enjoy a free day to explore the stunning Kenai Fjords National Park and Resurrection Bay. Head out among the fjords and glaciers, keeping an eye out for humpback and killer whales, sea otters, harbour seals, sea lions, and puffins. In the evening, enjoy your last night here before heading to Anchorage in the morning.
Accommodation
  • Basic hostel (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Seward - Hiking - Free
  • Seward - Kayak rental - USD25
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Return to Anchorage via the Turnagain Arm (approximately 2.5 hours; 200 kilometres). 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. This trip finishes on arrival in Anchorage. For those wishing to stay on in Anchorage, please speak to our reservations team who can assist in booking extra nights of accommodation.
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.

Meals

No meals are included on this tour

Transport

Boat, Kayak, Private vehicle

Accommodation

Camping (with basic facilities) (2 nights), Hostel (2 nights), Hotel (1 night)

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Important notes

1. This trip finishes on arrival into Anchorage in the afternoon on day 6.

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Reviews

Our Alaska's Kenai Peninsula trips score an average of 5 out of 5 based on 3 reviews in the last year.

Alaska's Kenai Peninsula, July 2017

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Alaska's Kenai Peninsula, June 2017

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