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Alaska Family Adventure

Valid for all trips departing January 1st, 2014 - August 1st, 2015 Last Updated: December 26, 2013
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Introduction

The Great Outdoors are at their greatest up in Alaska. This short eight-day getaway gets your family out into the thick of it quickly, making the most of your time in the wilds of America’s extreme northwest. Up here, you’ll kayak the shores of Resurrection Bay with an eye peeled for otters, bald eagles and maybe even whales, then head off to hike the Kenai Peninsula’s glacial icefields. Later, we’ll ferry you across beautiful Kachemak Bay for lunch in the shadow of a stunning glacier. Welcome to nature at its purest.

  • Hike through lush rainforest
  • Admire the views from Mt Alyeska
  • Spot wildlife in Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center
  • Paddle on Kenai fjords
Duration: 8 days
Start/Finish City: Anchorage to Anchorage
Service Level: Upgraded
  • All the adventure you want, with a softer landing
  • Handpicked, character-rich accommodations with upgraded amenities services
  • Upgraded and private transport, including flights to maximize time
  • More included meals, activities and transfers
Physical Grading: 3
Trips may include activities like hiking, biking, rafting or kayaking. No sweat, right?
Travel Style: Family
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Trip Type: Small Group
Group trips average 12 travellers per departure, depending on the adventure. The maximum is usually no more than 16, but some can be smaller or bigger, depending on the trip. Check individual trips for details.

Itinerary

Route map for Alaska Family Adventure (NUAK)

Day 1 Anchorage (1D)

Anchorage is the gateway to Alaska, the remotest part of the United States. You arrive into Anchorage and meet your transfer to take you to our starting hotel. The largest city in Alaska, Anchorage is the last stopping point before we head off into the wilderness. Once you have arrived there is time to explore the city before a dinner with your group in the evening to get to know your travelling companions

Day 2 Girdwood (1B,1L)

We take a trip down the Seward Highway along Turnagain Arm, one of 25 National Scenic Byways in the USA. We arrive at the gold-mining town of Girdwood, the only resort in Alaska that operates all-year round. After we arrive, we take the tram 2,300 feet up to the summit of Mt. Alyeska, towering over the town. Follow the Winner Creek Trail in the afternoon, through the rainforest of Girdwood. Make sure the kids have sturdy wakling shoes or trainers for this hike. We can discover some of the intriguing animals and plantlife here. Who knows, we may even see moose.

Day 3 Seward (1B,1L)

Continue along the Seward Highway, where we stop along the way to visit the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center. This is a great opportunity to observe wildlife in a habitat similar to their natural state. Among the wildlife we can see here are bears, moose, coyote, eagle, musk oxen and bison. We continue along the trails of the Exit Glacier, a great way to see how glaciers have shaped the landscape of Alaska.

Day 4 Seward (1B,1L)

Paddle along the shore of Resurrection Bay, using two man kayaks. The scenery around the Kenai Fjords is spectacular, as the entire fjords contain at least 38 glaciers. While paddling along the coast, there is a wide variety of wildlife to see, from sea lions to puffins. How many can you see?

This afternoon is free to explore Seward at leisure. We recommend an optional visit to the Alaska SeaLife Center. Close up encounters with puffins, seals and much more sea life will add to your morning out on the water.

Day 5 Homer (1B,1L)

We continue along the Sterling Highway to Homer. Passing through the Chugach National Park, we should keep an eye out for brown and black bear, as this is their natural habitat. Along the route, we have a great chance to see the inlets, lakes and mountains that make up the Kenai Peninsula.

This afternoon we stop at Cooper Landing for a float along the Kenai River. We switch to a rubber raft, and our guide will regale us with tales of the area - everything from stories of the history of the area to the journey salmon make every year up the river.

Day 6 Homer (1B,1L)

A boat ride across Kachemak Bay gives us a great chance to see a variety of marine birds. Once safely back on land, we are guided through the trails of Kachemak Bay. For those kids learning geography, there is a lot to learn here about tidal and geological changes that shape the landscape. Much better than learning it in the classroom!

Day 7 Homer/Anchorage (1B,1L,1D)

This morning there is a great opportunity to experience the Wynn Nature Center. In the summer months, the Nature Center is famed for widespread wildflowers, and all the wildlife that is drawn by this carpet of blooms. There are trails through the park, which mean we can all get a bit closer to the abundant nature on offer here.

This afternoon we return to Anchorage, where we have time for a final dinner, and to say goodbye to our new friends.

Day 8 Anchorage (1B)

This morning we transfer to the airport after breakfast, and depart at any time.

Dossier Disclaimer

The information in this trip details document has been compiled with care and is provided in good faith. However it is subject to change, and does not form part of the contract between the client and the operator. The itinerary featured is correct at time of printing. It may differ slightly to the one in the brochure. Occasionally our itineraries change as we make improvements that stem from past travellers, comments and our own research. Sometimes it can be a small change like adding an extra meal along the itinerary. Sometimes the change may result in us altering the tour for the coming year. Ultimately, our goal is to provide you with the most rewarding experience. Please note that our brochure is usually released in November each year. If you have booked from the previous brochure you may find there have been some changes to the itinerary.

VERY IMPORTANT: Please ensure that you print a final copy of your Trip Details to review a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans.

Itinerary Disclaimer

While it is our intention to adhere to the route described below, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations. The itinerary is brief, as we never know exactly where our journey will take us. Due to our style of travel and the regions we visit, travel can be unpredictable. The Trip Details document is a general guide to the tour and region and any mention of specific destinations or wildlife is by no means a guarantee that they will be visited or encountered. Aboard expedition trips visits to research stations depend on final permission.

Additionally, any travel times listed are approximations only and subject to vary due to local circumstances.

Solo Travellers

We believe solo travellers should not have to pay more to travel so our group trips are designed for shared accommodation and do not involve a single supplement. Single travellers joining group trips are paired in twin or multi-share accommodation with someone of the same sex for the duration of the trip. Some of our Independent trips are designed differently and solo travellers on these itineraries must pay the single trip price.

About Accommodation

Accommodation for family trips has been chosen to give the best location and facilities for your family. They may vary depending on the location and destination, but designed to give the most comfortable experience while travelling.

You and your family will generally be sharing rooms on a twin or triple share basis. These rooms will be either adjoining or located at close proximity to each other.

Families will be roomed together and not with other families everywhere we stay. If you have any special hotel requests at the time of booking, let us know and we will do what we can to accommodate them.

Joining Instructions

Upon arrival on Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport, which is located 6 miles (10km) from downtown Anchorage, you have a couple of options for transportation: public taxi and a complimentary shuttle service provided by your Joining Hotel in downtown Anchorage. Both are located right outside the main lobby or at the domestic terminal the taxi waiting area can be reached by the underground transportation or lobby or the sidewalk outside.

Taxi
The drive will take about 15-20 min depending on traffic and the fare to your hotel is approximately $23 (excluding tip).

Complimentary shuttle service
No matter what time you arrive the shuttle is there for you 24 hours 7 days a week. Once you have your luggage proceed to the courtesy phone located in the baggage claim area. Call the hotel to arrange your pick up from the airport. Apart from tipping the driver at the end you don’t have to pay a dime.

Please note that we meet at 8AM on day 1 in the joining hotel lobby. We have a fun filled day one so please be ready to go at that time.

Spending Money

Every traveller is different and therefore spending money requirements will vary. Some travellers may drink more than others while other travellers like to purchase more souvenirs than most. Please consider your own spending habits when it comes to allowing for drinks, shopping and tipping. Please also remember the following specific recommendations when planning your trip.

Emergency Fund

Please also make sure you have access to at least an additional USD $200 (or equivalent) as an 'emergency' fund, to be used when circumstances outside our control (ex. a natural disaster) require a change to our planned route. This is a rare occurrence!

Safety and Security

Many national governments provide a regularly updated advice service on safety issues involved with international travel. We recommend that you check your government's advice for their latest travel information before departure. We strongly recommend the use of a neck wallet or money belt while travelling, for the safe keeping of your passport, air tickets, travellers' cheques, cash and other valuable items. Leave your valuable jewellery at home - you won't need it while travelling. Many of the hotels we use have safety deposit boxes, which is the most secure way of storing your valuables. A lock is recommended for securing your luggage. When travelling on a group trip, please note that your CEO has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the trip itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns. Your CEO will accompany you on all included activities. During your trip you will have some free time to pursue your own interests, relax and take it easy or explore at your leisure. While your CEO will assist you with options available in a given location please note that any optional activities you undertake are not part of your itinerary, and we offer no representations about the safety of the activity or the standard of the operators running them. Please use your own good judgment when selecting an activity in your free time. Although the cities visited on tour are generally safe during the day, there can be risks to wandering throughout any major city at night. It is our recommendation to stay in small groups and to take taxis to and from restaurants, or during night time excursions.

Protests and Demonstrations- Protests and demonstrations, even those that are well intended, have the potential to turn violent with no warning. Counter protests can also turn violent. Action by security forces to disperse demonstrators and protesters may occur at any time. If you are in an area where demonstrators or protesters are gathering, avoid the temptation of staying for a good photo opportunity and leave the area immediately.

Water based activities have an element of danger and excitement built into them. We recommend only participating in water based activities when accompanied by a guide(s). We make every reasonable effort to ensure the fun and adventurous element of any water based activities (in countries with varying degrees of operating standards) have a balanced approach to safety. It is our policy not to allow our CEOs to make arrangements on your behalf for water based activities that are not accompanied by guide(s).

Swimming, including snorkeling, is always at your own risk.

We take all prudent measures in relation to your safety. For ways to further enhance your personal safety while traveling, please visit:


www.gadventures.com/travel-resources/safety/

Medical Form

Our small group adventures bring together people of all ages. It is very important you are aware that, as a minimum, an average level of fitness and mobility' is required to undertake our easiest programs. Travellers must be able to walk without the aid of another person, climb 3-4 flights of stairs, step on and off small boats, and carry their own luggage at a minimum. Travellers with a pre-existing medical condition are required to complete a short medical questionnaire, which must be signed by their physician. This is to ensure that travellers have the necessary fitness and mobility to comfortably complete their chosen trip. While our CEOs work hard to ensure that all our travellers are catered for equally, it is not their responsibility to help individuals who cannot complete the day's activities unaided. Please refer to the physical ratings in this Trip Details document for more information.
Please note that all passengers traveling to Antarctica are required to fill out this questionnaire.

The medical questionnaire can be found online at:

www.gadventures.com/medical-form
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A Couple of Rules

Illegal drugs will not be tolerated on any trips. Possessing or using drugs not only contravenes the laws of the land but also puts the rest of the group at risk. Smoking marijuana and opium is a part of local culture in some parts of the world but is not acceptable for our travellers. Our philosophy of travel is one of respect towards everyone we encounter, and in particular the local people who make the world the special place it is. The exploitation of prostitutes is completely contrary to this philosophy. Our CEOs have the right to expel any member of the group if drugs are found in their possession or if they use prostitutes.

Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is compulsory in order to participate on any of our trips. When travelling on a group trip, you will not be permitted to join the group until evidence of travel insurance has been sighted by your leader, who will take note of your insurance details. When selecting a travel insurance policy we require that at a minimum you are covered for medical expenses including emergency evacuation and repatriation. A minimum coverage of USD200,000 is required. G Adventures can provide you with the appropriate coverage. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. If you have credit card insurance we require proof of purchase of the trip (a receipt of credit card statement) with a credit card in your name. Contact your bank for details of their participating insurer, the level of coverage and emergency contact telephone number.

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As travellers, it’s natural to want to give back to the places we’ve come to love. But to truly impact poverty, we work to build self-sufficiency, not dependency.

Planeterra partners with grassroots organizations with firsthand knowledge of local culture and true community needs. This ensures that solutions come from the people we support. Then G Adventures brings travellers to visit, fuelling sustainable local income in these communities. This model is helping many rural and marginalized communities on their way to self-sufficiency because they are harnessing the power of the tourism industry as a force for good. G Adventures matches all individual donations and pays all administration costs, which means that 100% of each donation is doubled and goes directly to support our projects. For more information about Planeterra and the projects we support, or to make a donation, please visit planeterra.org.

MAKE EVERY DAY COUNT
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Minimum Age

Minimum age of 8 years for this trip. Please see the activities for any specific minimum age requirements.

This trip is recommended for children aged 8-12 years old.