Journey to the wilds of USA’s northernmost state
Spot killer whales, bears and playful sea otters on this six-day Lonely Planet Experience deep into Alaska's beautiful, icy heart. From Anchorage to Seward, journey past boreal forests, around mountain ranges and into the spectacular bay. Stroll along the remote beaches of Homer, count puffins nesting in the rugged cliffs, kayak past icebergs in Seward and experience the majestic calm of this vast wilderness. With local knowledge and some pretty epic lodgings along the way, experience Alaska on a true wilderness adventure.
Drive down the renowned Turnagain Arm, considered one of the Alaska’s most beautiful drives. In the comfort of a private vehicle with your own driver, all you have to worry about is capturing the best photos!
The spectacular scenery and wildlife viewing along Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula needs to be seen to be believed. And you’ll get to see both sides – artsy Homer on the west and laidback Seward to the east.
Spend two memorable nights at a remote wilderness lodge that can only be accessed by kayak or water taxi. This definitely isn’t your usual hostel-style accommodation!
Consider embarking on a range of kayaking, wildlife, hiking and aerial experiences to discover the mountainous landscapes and search for marine life.
Bookend your Alaskan adventure with some time spent in its largest city, Anchorage. On the Cook Inlet and framed by snow-capped mountains, why not extend your stay a couple of days here.
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 USD 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 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).
The drive from Homer to Anchorage 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.
Trip departures are unavailable.
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. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6 pm on Day 1.
2. On the final day, this trip finishes at approximately 5 pm on arrival into Anchorage. If departing this day please do not book any flights before 9 pm.
3. A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip. The single supplement excludes 2 of the 5 nights (depends on the departure) where you will be in shared accommodation and is subject to availability. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.
4. If you wish to spend more time in Anchorage, we'll be happy to book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability).
5. Please note that the legal drinking age in the US is 21 and in some parts of Canada it's 19.
6. A sleeping bag is required for this trip.
Due to limited availability in this remote destination, some departures have minor changes to the itinerary. In all cases, included and optional activities will remain the same. If you purchased a single supplement, you will be in shared accommodation for 2 of the 5 nights. We cannot update the itinerary or the Essential Trip Information Document at a departure level, however your leader will be able to assist with any questions about driving times or itinerary details.
- For groups departing on the 23rd June and 28th July, the accommodation style will be switched. As such, you will stay in a remote hostel in Kachemak Bay near Homer for 2 nights and then you will camp in Seward for 2 nights, before returning to Anchorage.
- For the group departing on the 25th August, the itinerary will run in reverse. As such, the group will head to Homer for 2 nights and then to Seward for 2 nights, before returning to Anchorage.
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