Map of Alaska Summer Family Holiday including United States Of America

An action-packed summer escape in USA’s icy state

See the best of icy Alaska in the summer seasons on a seven-day family-focused adventure from Anchorage. As you travel through the America’s northernmost reaches, take in spectacular scenic viewpoints across Flattop Mountain and Cook Inlet, learn of rich First Nations cultures and stroll lifelike villages. Cruise the extraordinary Kenai Fjords National Park, hike to see the toe of Exit Glacier, and take to the snow for a dog sledding experience alongside adorable huskies! With an ideal balance between active inclusions and plenty of family time, this Alaskan exploration is a perfect fit for all types of families.

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Terms & Conditions

Start
Anchorage, United States
Finish
Anchorage, United States
Destination
United States
Style
Original
Theme
Family
Code
SSFS
Physical rating
Ages
Min 5
Group size
Min 4, Max 10

Why you'll love this trip

  • Walk through life-sized village displays and learn of the rich First Nations cultures and communities of Alaska with an included visit to the Alaska Native Heritage Center in Anchorage.

  • Spend the day cruising past icy calving glaciers, rugged clifftops and an array of wildlife – including sea otters, puffins and maybe even whales – on a catamaran experience in the Kenai Fjords National Park.

  • Learn what mushing means, with a visit with the Iditarod Sled Dogs.

  • Start the day off right each morning with an included breakfast together, and in both Anchorage and Seward, have the time to explore at your own family’s pace with plenty of built in leisure time.

Is this trip right for you?

  • While Alaska can experience warm summers, you should still be prepared for cold temperatures, especially at night, and also rain, which can (and does) happen year-round. Bring warm clothing with you, including base layers, a warm hat, gloves and a thick coat, as well as a rain jacket and waterproof shoes.

  • 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.

  • This trip is new to our range this year. Despite rigorous planning and research, new itineraries can sometimes throw us some unexpected surprises. More often than not, it’ll be a welcome surprise, but every now and again there might be a hiccup. We like to think that is what puts the ‘adventure’ in ‘adventure travel’.

Itinerary

This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 Jan 2022 to 31 Dec 2022.
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Welcome to Anchorage – Alaska’s largest centre and main city. Set on Cook Inlet, this acts as the starting point of your summer family adventure. There isn’t anything planned today until a group welcome meeting at 5 pm, so you are free to arrive at any time today. After this all-important briefing where you’ll meet your group leader and fellow travelling families, keep the introductions going as you head out together for an included dinner!
Accommodation
  • Hilton Hotel or similar (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Dinner
Special Information
It’s very important that you attend the welcome meeting as we will be collecting insurance and emergency contact details for each member of your family. If you are going to be late please let your travel agent or hotel reception know. Ask reception or look for a note in the lobby for more information on where the meeting will take place.
After breakfast together, it’s time to go learn about all things Alaska. First off, visit Earthquake Park and Point Woronzof, where you can take in the stunning views of Anchorage’s skyline as well as the Chugach Mountains and Cook Inlet. Shameless family selfie time – check! Continue on in your private vehicle to historic Ship Creek – an area of where Anchorage was first settled in 1911 as a tent city. Nearby, find a salmon stream where keen anglers often catch some fish on their lunch breaks. Here, you’ll also see the Anchorage Rail Terminal, home to the historic Alaska Railroad. This afternoon, visit the Alaska Native Heritage Center – an interactive range of exhibitions, educating travellers about the traditional owners and First Nations peoples of this territory and beyond. Walk through six life-sized village sites dotted around the grounds – representing Alaskan territories such as the Athabascan, Inupiaq and Yup’ik/Cup’ik communities – and perhaps head into the Hall of Cultures, which displays works from Alaska Native artists. Plus, the kids will be entertained with some craft activities on offer! Once you’ve completed your visit, join your leader as they take you back to your accommodation. Tonight is free for your family to explore and eat at your leisure, perhaps taking a stroll downtown.
Accommodation
  • Hilton Hotel or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Anchorage- Alaska Native Heritage Center
  • Anchorage - Ship Creek
  • Anchorage - Earthquake Park and Point Woronzof
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Today’s destination is the town of Seward – the gateway of the original Iditarod Trail to interior Alaska. Scenic stops along the way will be made. We will visit to the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, AWCC takes in injured and orphaned animals year-round, providing spacious enclosures and quality animal care. Here you can view and photograph up close Alaska's iconic animals. On arrival in Seward, check into your hotel and have the afternoon and evening at your leisure. Your leader will be able to provide recommendations on what to do and where you could eat, so be sure to ask them!
Accommodation
  • Harbor 360 Gateway or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Turnagain Arm - Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center
Optional Activities
  • Seward - Alaska SeaLife Center - USD25
  • Seward - Wildlife marine tour - USD200
  • Seward - Kayak rental - USD25
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
After breakfast, embark on a 6-hour scenic cruise deep from Seward scaling the edge of the Kenai Fjords National Park. The Kenai Peninsula is perfect to see on the water, and your comfortable catamaran will get you as close as possible to the glaciers and wildlife around. The cruise captain will give a full narration today, providing insight into the main sights along the way as well as the area’s ecology, history and geology. Highlights of the day are watching the mighty Holgat Glacier calve as chunks of ice crash into the water, as well as spotting sea otters, Steller sea lions, puffins, eagles, harbour seals and seabirds. Fingers crossed you might even spot a whale or two breaching in the water around you! After disembarking the ship back in Seward, you and the crew are free to relax in and around town tonight.
Accommodation
  • Harbor 360 Gateway or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Seward - Kenai Fjords Tour
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
After stocking up on breakfast, lace up your walking shoes for a leisurely walk like no other. Head with your leader and other adventurers to Exit Glacier, where you’ll enjoy an easy 3-kilometre (2-mile) round-trip hike to the glacier lookout. It’s a spectacular sight to see, especially in summer months with the sun glistening on the surface. Next up is dog sledding – yes, you heard right! Even in summer, this activity is a staple in Alaska. You’ll ride – or as the sledders call it, ‘mush’ – through the Alaskan wilderness to the base of Resurrection Mountain and along Box Canyon Creek. Keep an ear out for your local guide explaining how to train and steer the dogs, plus some fun stories along the trail. When you arrive back at the kennel, see the great facilities provided for your furry friends, and perhaps even meet some adorable husky puppies! Afterwards, transfer back to your accommodation for a free evening.
Accommodation
  • Harbor 360 Gateway or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Seward - Exit Glacier
  • Dog sledding tour
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Enjoy a free morning in Seward, perhaps booking in on any optional activities you and your family might have seen. There’s the Alaska SeaLife Center to explore, or for more of an adrenaline rush, how about a spot of zip lining? Otherwise, take a wander down to the foreshore after breakfast to go otter spotting. In the afternoon, head back to Anchorage as a group via Begich Boggs Visitor Center in Girdwood, where there are local hiking trails to stretch those legs. Arriving back in Anchorage, we will  check into your hotel, and perhaps gather together with your fellow families for a celebration of your time together in Alaska.
Accommodation
  • Hilton Hotel or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Girdwood - Begich Boggs Visitor Centre
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
With no activities planned for the family today, you are free to say your goodbyes to your group leader and family friends and leave the accommodation, either continuing your own Alaskan adventure or beginning your homebound journey. If you would like to spend more time in Anchorage, we’ll be happy to organise additional accommodation (subject to availability).
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.

Meals

5 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner

Transport

Private Van, Boat

Accommodation

Hotels (6 nights)

Included activities

  • Anchorage- Alaska Native Heritage Center
  • Anchorage - Ship Creek
  • Anchorage - Earthquake Park and Point Woronzof
  • Turnagain Arm - Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center
  • Seward - Kenai Fjords Tour
  • Seward - Exit Glacier
  • Dog sledding tour
  • Girdwood - Begich Boggs Visitor Centre

Dates & availability

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Important notes

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FAMILY TRIPS: Please note that these trips are for adults and children travelling together and there must be at least one child under 18 with you.

AGE: Minimum age for children on this trip is 5 years old

DISCOUNT: A discount of 10% applies on this trip to children under 17 years of age at time of travel.

MINIMUM NUMBERS
This trip requires a minimum of 4 clients booked and confirmed in order to depart

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