Alaska: The Kenai Peninsula

Destination: Alaska's Kenai Peninsula

| Activities: Choose your own adventure: Hiking, kayaking, SUP, yoga, & wildlife cruise

No trip to Alaska is complete without a visit to the famed Kenai Peninsula! Kenai is home to giant king salmon, active volcanoes, and unsurpassed coastal wonders. We'll start our adventure in Anchorage, Alaska's largest city, travel to Seward, and then arrive at our yurts, framing where ocean and forest meet. When in Kenai, we will soak in the long, sunny days, kayak to our hearts content, and view the stars in our remote glamping paradise. We'll also savor locally caught fish (such as halibut and prawns). Upon our goodbye, we'll take one last breath of fresh air and view of the nearby Alaskan mountains. If you’re looking to extend your stay and want to see Alaska's interior beauty, (including Denali National Park) join us the following week on Alaska: From Anchorage to Fairbanks

Highlights

  • Enjoying fresh fish prepared for you while in a remote paradise
  • 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
  • Discovering new animals on an amazing wildlife cruise

Departures and Prices

June 15 to June 20, 2024
$4595.00 - Limited Availability
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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 3-5, 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.

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Trip Info

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! If you have time, there is a fun trolley tour of the city and lots to learn at the Alaska Native Heritage Center. Otherwise, there will be a welcome dinner and orientation this evening. Don’t worry, if you arrive late there can be an orientation the following morning. (D)

Overnight: Hampton Inn or similar, 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 get our legs moving again with another hike and picnic lunch. Tonight, everyone will have free time to explore the charming coastal town and gather for an evening group dinner. (Drive time: 2.5 hours. Hiking mileage: 1-3 miles first hike, 3-5 miles second hike) (B, L, D)



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
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. We’ll partake in a cruise of Resurrection Bay to see wildlife and where the sea meets the snow-capped mountains. We’ll cruise by the bird rookeries (nesting grounds), observe puffins, seabirds, and mountain goats! 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 and do a final hike at Exit Glacier together before we drive back to Anchorage. We’ll see sweeping views of the glacier, valley, and forest to soak in the moments in Alaska. 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. (Drive time: 2.5 hours. Hiking mileage: 2-3 miles) (B, L)



Overnight: Hampton Inn Anchorage or similar for participants extending to the Alaska: Anchorage to Fairbanks departure.

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*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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Marycarol H.
1 year ago

Orca Island Cabins was beautiful, exceptionally well fitted out for comfort and enjoyment, and the freedom to paddle at will was great.

Jane C.
1 year ago

The 3 days at Orca Island Cabins were fantastic. It was one of the most beautiful places I've ever been. I loved the remoteness, the views, the yurts, the area where we gathered and ate, the opportunity to be active or to relax. The only thing it didn't offer was great hiking. I would change the itinerary of the trip to spend much less time in Seward itself, and take advantage of the proximity to Kenai Fjords National Park, which wasn't even on the original itinerary. The itinerary gave us time to explore Seward on our first afternoon there, in the evening after dinner, and on the morning before we took the boat to Humpy Cove. For many women, this was just too much time for exploring Seward. Although I wasn't able to go with the group to Kenai Fjords Natl Park on the last day, I would have loved to see it!!!!!

Karen C.
1 year ago

Spectacular scenery Kayaking and boat rides Abundant wildlife Very competent and enthusiastic guides I appreciated the yoga classes

Linda H.
1 year ago

I absolutely loved staying in the yurt.

Judy F.
1 year ago

The Orca Island cabins were absolutely amazing.

Ginger W.
1 year ago

The great diversity of fellow travelers, the attention to safety from the guides, the accommodations at Orca Island Cabins.

Bettie R.
1 year ago

There were many high points of this trip but by far the most notable was the stay on Orca Island.

Ronda S.
4 years ago

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

Debra J.
4 years ago

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

Dania A.
4 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.
4 years ago

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

Lisa H.
4 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.
  4. Can you tell me more about the trail conditions and fitness required for this trip?

    Your trip in Alaska is filled with paddling, hiking and sightseeing! Alaska is known for its expansive vistas and Wild West feel. In other words, it is not just 'a walk in the park' and does require a certain level of physical fitness to fully enjoy the experience. The waters, trails and terrain you will encounter will be rugged with rocky terrain and the occasional steep section with un-even footing. The hikes will have a combination of woodland and wide open nature areas; even though we are very far north the sun can be strong - don't forget your sunscreen! You will be spending between 3-6 hours each day engaged in activity. To fully enjoy your trip, please continue your regular fitness program and consider adding some of the suggestions below.
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