Alaska: The Kenai Peninsula

Destination: Alaska's Kenai Peninsula

| Activities: Hiking and Kayaking

No trip to Alaska is complete without a visit to the famed Kenai Peninsula, home of giant king salmon, active volcanoes, and unsurpassed coastal wonders. We'll start our adventure in Anchorage, Alaska's largest city, and travel to Seward as a jumping off point for our glamping adventures. If you’re interested in also seeing Alaska's interior beauty, (including Denali National Park) join us the following week on Alaska: From Anchorage to Fairbanks

Highlights

  • Visiting the Alaska Sealife Center in Seward
  • Seeing an amazing diversity of marine birds and wildlife, including sea otters, seals and orcas
  • Getting to glamp under the stars in private yurts
  • Paddling and hiking in a remote and pristine area

Departures and Prices

June 18 to June 23, 2022
$3495.00 - Available
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Inclusions

  • 1 - 2 experienced AGC guides based on group size
  • 5 nights double occupancy lodging
  • All activities on the itinerary
  • All meals as outlined on the itinerary (Lunches are on your own Day 3-6, with time and guidance to purchase supplies in Seward)
  • All transport within Alaska
  • All entrance fees

Not included: Airfare to/from Anchorage, alcoholic beverages, one dinner and four lunches, guide gratuities, optional activities, travel insurance, items of a personal nature.

Trip Documents

Trip Intro

This trip is designed for women in good health and physical condition who want to paddle Alaska's coastline. We have designed the itinerary to minimize time in the van and all activities are moderate. The rating for this trip is a 3, The trip requires some aerobic conditioning, such as walking vigorously up hills, jogging, cross country skiing or stair stepping for 30 - 45 minutes at least 3 - 4 times a week. Additional endurance exercise may be suggested. There are typically 4 to 6 hours of daily activity. Rating: 1 2[3] 4 5.

On this trip we combine hiking in forests and along coasts, kayaking in Humpy Cove, exploring the town of Seward, and looking for the interesting marine wildlife (not to mention moose!) that the Kenai Peninsula is known for. All activities are at a moderate level and suitable for beginners.

The first night will be spent at the Hampton Inn or similar in Anchorage, near the airport. The second night will be spent at the Edgewater Best Western or similar in Seward. The remaining nights will be spent in well maintained yurts at Orca Island Cabins in a 'glamping' set up. Glamping gives you the peace and serenity of a wilderness experience without the traditional downsides of ‘roughing it’. In our case, we’ll be staying in spacious yurts, each with a queen bed and a futon. Linens are provided, including pillows, blankets and comforters. The eco-friendly yurts have solar power and each features a kitchen with propane range and complete set of dishes and basic cookware, a dining and comfortable living area, propane fireplace, private bathroom with shower and compost toilet, and a large private deck with barbecue grill.

Below is the proposed itinerary for the trip. As is true on any adventure travel trip, plans for any specific day may be modified due to weather considerations, unforeseen circumstances, new opportunities, and group interests.

DAY 1
Welcome to Alaska! Arrive anytime today to Anchorage and take the free airport shuttle to our hotel. By area, Anchorage is one of the largest cities in the U.S., encompassing 1,961 square miles – nearly the size of the state of Delaware! With around 300,000 residents, Anchorage is also Alaska's most populous city and home to more than 41 percent of the state's population. Although the sun technically sets for about three hours on this day, it never really gets dark. You may find yourself exploring long past your bedtime! There are no planned activities today so you are free to explore or rest early. If you have time, there is a fun trolley tour of the city and lots to learn at the Alaska Native Heritage Center.

Overnight: Hampton Inn, Anchorage
DAY 2
We’ve got so much wildlife to see that we’ll start the day bright and early by meeting as a group at the hotel in Anchorage at 8 AM. After introductions and a brief orientation we’ll load into vans and drive to the Kenai Peninsula, admiring the spectacular scenery along the way. En route, we’ll stop for an easy hike to stretch our legs and a delicious picnic lunch. After arriving in Seward, we’ll tour the famous Alaska Sealife Center. The center rescues marine wildlife that has been abandoned, stranded, or injured throughout Alaska and is the only institution authorized to rehabilitate live stranded marine mammals in the state. Tonight everyone will have free time to explore the charming coastal town, check out local restaurants and prepare for the next portion of our adventure. (Drive time: 2.5 hours. Hiking mileage: 1-3 miles) (B, L)



Overnight: Best Western Edgewater Hotel or similar
DAY 3
After breakfast at our hotel, and time to make any last purchases, we’ll take a scenic boat ride to our home away from home for the next few nights. During the one hour boat ride through Resurrection Bay we may see both humpback and orca whales, as well as sea otters and sea lions.



Our glamping adventure begins today! What is “glamping,” you might ask? It stands for “glamorous camping” and implies a rustic adventure that still has lots of lovely amenities. Glamping gives you the peace and serenity of a wilderness experience without the traditional downsides of ‘roughing it’. In our case, we’ll be staying in spacious yurts, each with a queen bed and a futon. Linens are provided, including pillows, blankets and comforters. The eco-friendly yurts have solar power and each features a kitchen with propane range and complete set of dishes and basic cookware, a dining and comfortable living area, propane fireplace, private bathroom with shower and compost toilet, and a large private deck with barbecue grill.



Once we’ve had a chance to unload and settle in, we’ll gather for an afternoon paddle or hike and then have dinner together as a group. Your AGC guides will teach basic paddling techniques and safety - no previous sea kayaking or stand up paddling experience is necessary. (B, D)



Overnight: Orca Island Cabins
DAY 4
Happy Solstice! Humpy Cove is an incredible spot to enjoy all 22 hours of functional daylight today. The best part about our trip to the Kenai Peninsula is that you can spend your day however you choose - this is the ultimate vacation! Soak up the incredible views from your yurt’s private deck, do a few yoga sun salutations in the eternal daylight, bring your watercolors along and capture the beautiful scenery on paper, get your boots muddy on a hike among Boreal forests, or grab a paddle and look for wildlife in the cove. Animals you may see include: harbor seals, porpoises, sea otters, and Steller sea lions. Breakfasts and dinners will be prepared by your AGC guides and eaten together as a group, but lunches are on your own so you don’t have to worry about cutting short your activity in the middle of the day. (Your guides will walk you through good lunch options to purchase when the group is in Seward on Day 2) Each day your AGC guides will lead a longer hiking/paddling option that you can choose to join. (B, D)



Overnight: Orca Island Cabins
DAY 5
Another full day in paradise! Rinse, repeat from yesterday. At night we’ll gather around a campfire for stories and laughter beneath a night sky so magical that you will be oohing and ahhing! (B, D)



Overnight: Orca Island Cabins
DAY 6
Our time in paradise together is either ending or getting underway (depending on if you are joining us for the hiking trip - Alaska: From Anchorage to Fairbanks). This morning we’ll eat a final scrumptious breakfast together as a group before catching our scenic boat back to Seward at 10AM. In Seward we’ll swing by the grocery store so you can grab an easy lunch before we drive back to Anchorage. If you’re flying out today, we’ll have you back to the Anchorage airport by 4PM, in time for flights out after 6PM. If you’re staying on for the next AGC Alaska trip, we’ll drop you off at the group hotel by 5PM. (B)



Overnight: Hampton Inn Anchorage for participants staying on

*These are the unfiltered reviews of women who have been on this trip in answer to the question "What made this trip special for you?". We take reviews very seriously and often tweak itineraries based on feedback. Please feel free to contact us about any questions you have.

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Ronda S.
2 years ago

The wildlife was great. The hiking was good but slow.

Debra J.
2 years ago

Guides were knowledgeable and well organized. Would have liked time in Homer to visit the town

Dania A.
2 years ago

Hiking in the forests was amazing. Kayaking in the glacier was a lifetime experience! Seeing unusual wildlife such as whales, black Bear, and otters was a blast. The Kenai river rafting while watching fishermen catching salmon was another delight. Getting a close up look at the tide pools’ living things was cool. Finally, having a naturalist educating us on the Alaskan ecosystem was highly appreciated.

Kaye O.
2 years ago

Highlights were kayaking to the glacier, and also hiking to the alpine lake near another glacier. Beautiful place!!!

Lisa H.
2 years ago

I didn't really have any expectations - everything was good

  1. Where do we eat?

    Breakfast on Day 2 will be at the hotel and included in your stay. Breakfasts and dinners while at the yurts will be prepared by your AGC guides. 4 lunches and one dinner will be on your own, with guidance and support from guides.
  2. What dietary preferences or restrictions can you accommodate on this trip?

    If we know well in advance, we can accommodate vegetarian, lactose-free, and gluten-sensitive diets. We cannot guarantee a completely gluten-free diet and we cannot provide a kitchen guaranteed to be free of cross-contamination. If you are vegan, we ask that you bring some additional protein bars; and if you are gluten-sensitive, please bring some gluten-free snacks. If you have severe allergies, Celiac disease and/or other significant dietary restrictions, please call the office before you register.
  3. I will be coming by myself. Do I need to pay a single supplement?

    On this trip all sleeping accommodations are in shared rooms and shared yurts with two people to each room or yurt.
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