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.
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
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.
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There are currently no scheduled departures on our Alaska's Kenai Peninsula trip. If you are interested in other trips in the region visit one of the links below.
1. This trip finishes on arrival into Anchorage in the afternoon on day 6.