Chugach Mountains & River Adventure
This 4-night mountain and coastal wilderness ESCORTED adventure acquaints you with a different side of Alaska. Hike from shoreline to alpine valley and watch for moose, caribou, and other wildlife.
Sunday: Anchorage/Girdwood (D)
You’re met at the airport, with a friendly welcome by an UnCruise representative. Start with a drive along one of America’s most picturesque roadways—the Turnagain Arm stretch of the Seward Highway. The sea and mountain views are endless. Check in to your hotel and unwind from your travels. Tonight, meet with your guide and fellow explorers for a welcome dinner at a local brewery. A wild Alaska salmon bake, local brews, and an overview of the adventures to come are on the menu. Overnight at Hotel Alyeska (or similar).
Monday: Girdwood (BLD)
After breakfast, gear up for the day’s energizing activities, and schedule your rejuvenating post-adventure spa treatment*.Then hit the trail for a moderate, 4.5-mile, guided hike on the Lower Winner Creek Trail. You may find snow along the way—take a break mid-hike and make a snowman. This afternoon, see another side of the peninsula with a hike along Turnagain Arm. With southern exposure, if conditions are right you’ll get a warming dose of sunshine. Springtime means moose, bear, and Dall sheep are out and about with their new babies and waterfalls rush with icy runoff. During your picnic lunch, take in the view—soaring snow-capped peaks and long stretches of coastline. After accruing many trail miles, take advantage of your hotel’s amenities with that spa treatment or soak hard-working legs in the hot tub. Overnight at Hotel Alyeska (or similar).
*Guests on Apr 29; May 6, 13 departures receive a complimentary $140 credit at the Hotel Alyeska spa. Services must be schedule by guest for use during their stay; gratuities on own at guest’s discretion. Guests traveling after May 20 may purchase spa certificates at a discount.
Tuesday: Girdwood/Chugach National Forest/Seward (BLD)
Pack your binoculars—you’re headed into Chugach National Forest for a hike along a trail known for great bird and wildlife spotting. Watch for moose, fox, Dall sheep, coyotes, eagles, and waterfowl. The moderate Williwaw Trail meanders along a creek of the same name and through a stunning alpine landscape of lakes, u-shaped valleys, and waterfalls. This afternoon swap hiking poles for a PFD. Float along a scenic Class I stretch of the Portage River. The wide, glacial-blue river flows along hanging valleys, through gentle riffles, and perhaps past an iceberg or two. Keep an eye on the shoreline for musk oxen, bison, porcupine, bear, and caribou. At the end of your explorations, transfer to Seward. Overnight at Harbor 360 Hotel (or similar).
First breakfast, then a guided visit to the Alaska SeaLife Center. This marine research center is also a public aquarium. See Steller sea lions, walrus, puffins, king eiders, harbor seals, and octopus up close and learn about the center’s life-saving marine mammal rescue and rehabilitation facility. Then, watch for marine life in the wild along a coastal trail near Resurrection Bay and Caines Head State Recreation Area. There are many trails to choose from. Depending on the tides and conditions, stay low and explore the intertidal zone, or hike into a forest of mossy trees to a viewpoint at the top of the headland. Later, transfer to Anchorage for a celebratory dinner of local cuisine and craft Alaskan beer. Overnight at the Lakefront Hotel (or similar).
Thursday: Depart Anchorage (B)
After breakfast, this great Alaska adventure comes to a close. You’re transferred to the airport for your flight* home.
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Prices valid for these 2018 departures: April 29; May 6, 13, 2018
- Meet & greet
- Airport/hotel/vessel transfers
- Baggage handling
- 4 nights lodging
- 4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, and 4 dinners; local craft beer on nights 1 and 4
- Complimentary airport transfers
- Hotel taxes/fees
- Any combination of flights to/from home city/Anchorage/Juneau/Sitka
- Personal expenses or gear (daypacks, ran gear, etc.)
- Optional activities
- Additional alcoholic beverages
- Personal expenses
NOTE: package maximum of 12 guests.
Deposit Payment: A minimum of 50% non-refundable deposit is required at the time of booking.
Final Payment: Due 60 days prior to stay / beginning of extension.
Cancellation Policy: After final payment, cancellations for any reason are subject to a penalty. Penalties vary depending on package. Cancellations at 30 days or less are nonrefundable.