Source To Sea Multisport Kenai… (trip)

Source To Sea Multisport Kenai Fjords, Wrangell St. Elias & Denali National Parks

  • Airport near Anchorage, AK, United States
  • Family & Friends
“" The trip was extremely well organized, planned and trip logistics carried out without a hitch! Meals far exceeded my… ”
North, Alaska, United States

from $4,195* per person12 DaysJune-September
Comfort accommodations Exertion level: 3
Operator: Alaska Alpine Adventures 12 people max
Our popular Source to Sea Multisport adventure will allow you to sample the wonders of Alaska by hiking, kayaking, rafting, cruising and flying through it’s vast wilderness all while enjoying the comfort of nightly accommodations in some of Alaska’s most famous lodges and B&B’s. If you want to actively experience and participate in the “real” Alaska but would prefer not to camp, then this 12-day itinerary is the quintessential adventure.

Our trip will begin in Anchorage – Alaska’s largest city. On day two we’ll hit the road and head to Seward, a quaint fishing town located on the shore of Resurrection Bay.   Along the way, we'll stop for a hike in Chugach State Park.  That evening, we’ll check into our hotel and spend the evening reveling in the beauty that is our surroundings. The next day will be spent exploring Exit Glacier and the Harding Icefield before enjoying an evening cruise among whales, porpoises and sea lions in the spectacular waters of Kenai Fjords National Park.

Our next adventure along the journey includes a  seven hour cruise across Prince William Sound past the Columbia Glacier – Alaska’s largest tidewater glacier – and finally to Valdez, terminus of the Alaska pipeline. The following morning, we’ll boat to Shoup Bay and will spend the day sea kayaking among the icebergs of the stunning tidewater Shoup Glacier. We’ll then follow the Richardson Highway across Thompson Pass, the snowiest place in Alaska, and on to Chitina.

Airplanes will then whisk us through the Wrangell Mountains to the historic town of McCarthy, our home for two nights, where we’ll enjoy views of the 16,000’ peaks from the porch of the world famous Kennicott Glacier Lodge. After a day of hiking on a glacier and enjoying the rich mining history of the region with our experienced guides, we’ll return by air to Chitina and continue on our journey. We’ll cross the Glenn Highway and will spend the night in the historic Sheep Mountain Lodge’s log cabins as views of the mighty Chugach range dominate the horizon to the south.

Finally, we’ll make our way north to Denali National Park for three days of wonder that will include hiking, river rafting, wildlife viewing and, if the weather is kind, views of America’s highest peak. On day 12, we’ll return to Anchorage via the Alaska Railroad - a fitting finale to this wonderfully comprehensive introduction to adventuring in the “real” Alaska.

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North, Alaska, United States

1 testimonial about this trip

  1. Reviewer: Marc Trundle
    "The trip was extremely well organized, planned and trip logistics carried out without a hitch! Meals far exceeded my expectations and guides were outstanding in every way."

3 testimonials about the provider, Alaska Alpine Adventures:

  • Reviewer: Caroline Seaman
    "The scenery and routes were gorgeous – we loved the area. Food was fantastic and far exceeded our expectations. Guides were extremely knowledgeable and fun to travel with.”"
  • Reviewer: Augie Spagnola
    "This was a great trip, it truly exceeded my expectations."
  • Reviewer: John Wargo
    “As a seasoned backpacker worldwide, I would rate this trip as a once in a lifetime experience!  I’ve never had better food in the field.  Great weather, spectacular scenery.  Overall – outstanding!”

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Special information

  • Family oriented trip.


Day 1: Today you are free to arrive in Anchorage on your own. We’ll be staying at the Clarion Suites hotel, which is located close to the airport and adjacent to downtown Anchorage. Meals on your own.

Day 2: This morning, you will meet your guides for breakfast and an orientation at 8am. We’ll then drive south from Anchorage through Turnagain Pass to Seward. The drive along the Seward Highway has been called one of the most scenic drives in the world. Beluga Whales cruise the waters of Turnagain Arm and glaciers cling to the rugged mountains of the Chugach Range.  Along the way, we'll stop for a hike along Turnagain Arm in Chugach State Park.  As we stretch our legs, we'll be on the lookout for Moose and Dall Sheep along the hillside.  After lunch, we'll continue to Seward, and our home for the next 2 nights.  We'll spend time settling into our accommodations and getting acquainted with the charming character of this coastal fishing town before your guides prepare a wild Alaskan salmon bake along the shores of Resurrection Bay.  Our accommodations for the two nights in Seward are the Harborview Inn. All meals included.

Day 3:  After a hardy breakfast at a local cafe, we'll head out on an amazing hike to the Exit Glacier and Harding Icefield.  Considered one of the greatest hikes on the Kenai Peninsula, we'll experience glaciers and the forces that shaped the landscape up close, while exploring only a tiny portion of the nearly 1 million acres that make up Kenai Fjords National Park. We'll regroup at our hotel before heading out on an evening dinner cruise, where we'll experience Resurrection Bay first hand, and savor an amazing dinner at the remote Fox Island Lodge.***  We'll be on the lookout for whales, sea lions, eagles, puffins, bears and Mt. Goats as we tour the amazing coastal waterway.  All meals included.

Day 4: We begin the day with a drive to Whittier along the Seward Highway. Along the way we’ll make a short visit to the Portage Glacier Visitor Center. Upon our arrival in Whittier, we’ll board an Alaska State Ferry for the trip to Valdez. Our crossing of Prince William Sound sails right along the face of the Columbia Glacier, the largest tidewater glacier in North America. Tonight, we stay at the Valdez Harbor Inn in downtown Valdez. All meals included.

Day 5: Today we spend the day kayaking in Shoup Bay. We’ll squeeze into sea-kayaks and paddle up near the foot of this ancient tidewater glacier as it cracks, grumbles and calves massive blocks of ice into the bay. Sea kayaking among the floating miniature icebergs makes for a fun obstacle course to test our paddling skills as does riding the swift current of the connecting stream on an outgoing tide. We’ll also paddle past the largest Black Legged Kittiwake rookery in Prince William Sound. Breakfast & lunch included.

Day 6: We drive the Richardson Highway to Chitina. We’ll stop for a hike and picnic near the Worthington Glacier. The Worthington, a Natural Historic Landmark, is a spectacular glacier that tumbles from the Chugach Mountains. Our hike will take us up a sweeping moraine and we’ll enjoy stunning views of the blue ice and crevasses of the glacier and magnificent vistas of the mighty Chugach. From Chitina, we’ll make the 40 minute flight through the Wrangell Mountains to the historic town of McCarthy. We’ll check into the Kennicott Glacier Lodge, our home for two nights. This lodge has quite possibly the best view in Alaska and its historic charm, great food and warm hospitality make it one of the premier destinations in the state. All meals included.

Day 7: After breakfast, we’ll join St. Elias Alpine guides for an interpretive walk through the historic Kennicott Copper Mill before strapping on a pair of crampons and heading out on to the Root Glacier for a full four hours of glacier hiking. If time allows, we’ll take an afternoon hike to the Jumbo Copper Mine. Our glacier hike is suitable for beginners and children and is an amazing adventure on a real moving glacier. All meals included.

Day 8: We return by air to Chitina by noon. We then make our way north and west along the Glenn Highway. Views of Alaska’s Chugach Mountains, the Wrangell Mountains and the Alaska Range will accompany us along the way. We’ll check into Sheep Mountain Lodge where we’ll sleep in log cabins. Sheep Mountain Lodge, nestled in the Talkeetna Mountains, is a favorite destination for Alaskans and tourists alike. Its views and real Alaskan charm make for an unforgettable stay. Breakfast & lunch included.

Day 9: Today we make the drive past the mighty Matanuska Glacier and through the fertile Matanuska/Susitna Valley. We’ll stop along the way for a picnic in Denali State Park. If the weather is kind, we may enjoy our first views of Denali (Mt. McKinley) and the rest of the mighty Alaska Range. That evening, we will check into our hotel along the Nenana River near Denali National Park. All meals included.

Day 10: Today we’ll board the shuttle bus for the 60 mile ride through the heart of Denali National Park. Along the road corridor, keep your eyes peeled for Denali’s famous furry inhabitants carving out their existence amidst the some of the most amazing scenery in North America. We’ll look for caribou, moose, wolves and grizzlies. If the weather is kind, we’ll have a numerous chances to view Mt. McKinley – North America’s highest peak at 20,320’! Breakfast & lunch included.

Day 11: We’ll spend a half day rafting the mighty Nenana River. The Nenana is an exciting whitewater river and our expert guides will take us through canyons and rapids as we enjoy spectacular views of dall sheep grazing the peaks of the Alaska Range.  The rest of the day can be spent exploring more of the park and its facilities, or simply relaxing to the sights and sounds of this magnificent place.  All meals included.

Day 12: After a leisurely morning enjoying the sights of McKinley village, we’ll board the Alaska Railroad’s Denali Star for our eight hour rail cruise back to Anchorage. A highlight of the journey, the trip south by rail offers wonderful photographic opportunities and amazing views of this vast wilderness. Please schedule homebound flights for after 10pm. Breakfast & lunch included.

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