FAMILY VACATION

Kenai Fjords Family Vacation

  • 6 Days
  • 18 People Max

    6 - 18 guests

  • Activity Level 3
    • Activity Level 3

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  • Trip Start: Anchorage, Alaska
  • Trip End: Anchorage, Alaska
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Embark on your dream Alaska family vacation for fun in the "land of the midnight sun." Experience calving glaciers, wildlife, wildflowers, and more.

Thundering waterfalls. Creaking icebergs. Breaching orcas. Alaska’s endless offerings of breathtaking beauty and outdoor adventures are yours for discovering on this action-packed Alaska family vacation. Answer the call of the wild as your family kayaks Resurrection Bay with playful sea otters, bikes the winding mountain roads of the Kenai Peninsula, and gets close to orcas and humpback whales while navigating Kenai Fjords on a boat cruise. Discover what Alaska has to offer you and your family on one of our most popular family vacations. 

  This trip is operated by Austin Adventures

Austin Adventures operates in part under a special use permit with the Chugach National Forest and is an equal opportunity provider.

Kenai Fjords Family Vacation ~ Itinerary

Trip Start: Anchorage, Alaska Trip End: Anchorage, Alaska
  • Day 1Train to Seward, Resurrection River Trail hike

  • Day 2Hike Harding Icefield

  • Day 3Kayak Resurrection Bay, Kenai Fjords National Park Wilderness Cruise

  • Day 4Bike Johnson Pass Trail

  • Day 5Hike and bike Byron Glacier, Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center

  • Day 6Morning bike ride, say goodbyes

  • Day 1

    Train to Seward, Resurrection River Trail hike

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    Your Alaska adventure starts early in Anchorage with a four-hour scenic train ride on the famous Alaska Railroad, heading south to historic Seward on the Coastal Classic route. We'll hug the coastline along the Turnagain Arm, then south of Portage the train separates from the highway and enters a truly remote and rugged section of track. Here, you'll head through Placer River Valley and pass by the impressive ice wall of Spencer Glacier and over the 1,063-foot pass of the Kenai Mountains. Upon arrival in Seward, you'll head out for a hike on the Resurrection River trail, walking through dense spruce and hemlock forest with only occasional views of the river valley and mountains. After exploring the trail, we'll check into our hotel for the next 3 nights. Harbor 360 Hotel is the premier waterfront hotel in the scenic harbor town of Seward with spacious, comfortable guest rooms, and harborside or mountainside views. Tonight, we'll enjoy dinner as we toast to a great trip to come!

    Harbor 360 Hotel (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

    Hiking: 4 miles (6.4 kilometers)

  • Day 2

    Hike Harding Icefield

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    After a hearty breakfast for the big day ahead, we'll make our way to the Harding Icefield where we'll hike along the Exit Glacier Overlook Trail. It's a well maintained, moderately strenuous trail providing expansive views of Exit Glacier in its own glacially carved valley. From there, you can opt for a more challenging hike to view the 700-square-mile Harding Icefield. The trail meanders through alder and cottonwood forest and heather-filled meadows, rising through the forest and ultimately ending up well above the tree line to an awe-inspiring vantage point of the icefield. The peak of the trail is a peephole to ice ages past - a horizon of snow and ice stretches as far as the eye can see, broken only by an occasional lonely peak, known as a nunatak. We'll head back to Seward after our day's hike and enjoy some time to relax, followed by a dining on local Alaskan cuisine.

    Harbor 360 Hotel (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

    Hiking: Up to 8 miles (13 kilometers)

  • Day 3

    Kayak Resurrection Bay, Kenai Fjords National Park Wilderness Cruise

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    Today we'll get to explore Kenai Fjords National Park by kayak and by boat! This morning you'll get fitted in boots and kayak skirts before heading out on a paddle along the shoreline and protected coves of Resurrection Bay, searching for Dall’s Porpoises, Stellar sea lions and orca whales! Afterwards we'll board a small ship, meeting the captain and crew, and depart for the wilderness of Kenai Fjords National Park. The park is inhabited by a variety of terrestrial and marine mammals, including brown and black bears, moose, sea otters, harbor seals, humpback and killer whales. Checking out tidal glaciers and abundant sea life from the ship’s deck, our naturalist guide will share their expertise on the region as we explore coastal rainforests, tidewater glaciers and remote Alaskan islands. Lunch will be provided on board and upon arrival back on shore in the afternoon, we'll have time to relax before joining the group for dinner.

    Harbor 360 Hotel (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

    Kayaking: 2-3 hours
    Cruise: 6 hours

  • Day 4

    Bike Johnson Pass Trail

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    Your day begins with a morning bike ride on the Johnson Pass bike trail. Pedal along Granite Creek, past wildflowers, waterfalls, and alpine valleys to the old Gold Rush town of Hope. After lunch, we’ll transfer to our accommodations for the next two nights. Enjoy a night on your own this evening for dinner. Your guides will give you restaurant suggestions and ideas on things to do with your free time. Alternatively, feel free to just relax tonight after a wonderful activity-filled day!

    Alyeska Resort or Lakefront Anchorage (Breakfast, Lunch)

    Biking: Up to 25 miles (40.2 kilometers)

  • Day 5

    Hike and bike Byron Glacier, Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center

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    This morning, set off to witness the incredible Byron Glacier on an easy hike where you’ll see the glacier up close. Then you'll trade your boots for your bike and ride the Trail of Blue Ice. After stopping for a gourmet picnic lunch, you’ll head to the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center to explore the 200+ acres of habitats including bison, moose, bears, and wolves. Tonight, you’ll gather for one last dinner with your travel companions, recounting the amazing adventures you had in the land of the midnight sun.

    Alyeska Resort or Lakefront Anchorage (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

    Hiking: 2 miles (3 kilometers)
    Biking: 7 miles

  • Day 6

    Morning bike ride, say goodbyes

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    After a leisurely breakfast, you’ll enjoy a short bike ride to soak up one last Alaska morning before heading to Anchorage for flights home.

    No Accommodation (Breakfast)

    Biking: 10 miles (22 kilometers)

Kenai Fjords Family Vacation Departure Dates

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Discounted child prices are available for children 12-years-old and under. Click the BOOK button for your preferred departure below to see child prices.

USD $4999/pp (+tax)

Our New Zealand trip fares are subject to Goods and Services Tax (GST 15%)

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Useful Info

Where does the trip start?

On the first morning of the trip, our two pick-up locations are Four Points Sheraton at 5:30am or Downtown Marriott Hotel at 5:45am. You are welcome to stay at any hotel in Anchorage for your pre-night, though you must make your own way to one of the two pick-up points at the pre-designated times.

Where does the trip end?

Your trip ends with a drop-off at either the Anchorage Airport at 12:30pm in time for flights below or at a hotel of your choice in Anchorage around 1pm.

What flights would you recommend?

Arrival: We recommend arriving in Anchorage at least the day before your trip starts. Many guests like to arrive a day or two early to accommodate potential flight delays and/or explore the city prior to your trip start.
Departure: Flying out on the last day of the trip, we recommend departing from Anchorage after 2:30pm. Earlier flight times will require a separate transfer booked at your own expense.

Will I have contact with my guides before the trip starts?

Your guides will call your cell phone the night before your trip begins to touch base on the first day’s plan. If they don’t get through to you, they will leave a voicemail on your cell phone with all the details you need to plan for your first morning.

What should I bring with me on the first day?

When you speak with your guides the night before your trip, they will give you a detailed description of what to bring with you on Day 1. Typically, this includes a day pack with your rain jacket, sunglasses, hat, camera, etc. Anything you want easy access to during the day should go in your day pack as the rest of your luggage will go in the locked cargo trailer pulled behind the van. Your guides will provide you with a water bottle on the first morning of your trip and will always have water available for refills. There will be snacks available at all times in the van. Your guides will also have bug spray and sunscreen accessible for you to use.

What are your recommended guide gratuity guidelines?

You will have 2-3 guides on your Austin Adventure (depending on group size). We recommend USD$20 per day, per guest, per guide. Typically, gratuities are offered by check or cash in local currency on the final morning of the trip and can either be given to each guide individually or to one guide to be equally distributed. Most of our guides these days also accept gratuities via Venmo (please note this app does not work in Canada). All dining, housekeeping and activity tips are included in your trip price.

How do rooming arrangements work?

Trip prices are based on shared arrangements (typically two guests per room), unless otherwise stated. For solo travellers, we’ll pair you with another person of the same gender to share rooms and if there’s no one suitable to share with, there’s no forced single supplement. However, if you specifically request your own rooms, you can opt to pay the single supplement. Solo travellers who book within 90 days of departure, where there are no other solo travellers willing to share, will be required to pay the single supplement. 

For Family Vacation bookings, families consisting of four guests traveling with children aged 17 and under will be automatically assigned one shared room. However, the following alternative rooming allocations are available:

  • Families consisting of four guests with all children aged 13 and above are welcome to opt for additional rooms as per advertised double occupancy adult rates.
  • Families consisting of four guests with at least one child aged 12 and under are automatically assigned a shared room. However, families can opt to pay the adult rates for all guests in their family to have an additional room.
  • The same principles apply for families consisting of more than four guests.

Rooming preferences are subject to availability and must be communicated in writing at time of booking. Automatic assignments as per this policy will be applied in the absence of any specification provided by guests. Any request for additional rooms during trips will be at guests’ own expense and subject to rates made available by the accommodation provider at the time. All minors (guests aged 17 and under) must be accompanied by at least one adult.

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Why travel with us

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Just-right group sizes allow you to get off the beaten path

With an average of 12 guests per departure and an industry-leading 6:1 guest-to-guide ratio, you’ll enjoy a highly personalized experience with the perspective of an insider.

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Award-winning guides lead the way

It’s so much easier to relax and enjoy your adventure when you have fun, caring guides who know the land, are experts in motivation, sweat all the details and whip up incredible meals, too!

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You’ll never need to sweat the details

When we say all inclusive, we mean it! Meals and snacks, activities, lodging, transportation, guiding services and more. Every detail is handled; all you need to do is show up!

benefit safety

Enjoy freedom to push your boundaries – safely

Every aspect of your trip is thoroughly considered for your safety, from highly vetted vendors and well-maintained equipment to extensively trained guides and our seasoned operations team at headquarters.

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Decades of expertise mean you’ll experience only the best

Family travel and North American National Parks are our specialty. We’ve perfected our itineraries and sustained relationships for decades, ensuring you'll experience your destination to the fullest.

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"Wow Moments” take your trip from enjoyable to extraordinary

For us, the extra mile is never extra, it’s part of the way! Count on special touches throughout your trip that will amplify your experience. If we’ve done our job, they’ll have you saying “wow!”

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