Anchorage, Seward, Homer, Kodiak, Juneau, Glacier Bay
Day 1 Anchorage
Begin your journey in Alaska's largest city where you can experience our rich culture and heritage. Visit the Alaska Native Heritage Center, Anchorage Museum or the Alaska Aviation Heritage Museum. Enjoy fine dining and shopping downtown without having to pay a sales tax! Or take a day trip on the Alaska Railroad to go on a raft trip among icebergs in the backcountry.
Day 2 Seward
Head south on the scenic Seward Highway 125 miles to Seward or disembark off your cruise ship in this quaint waterfront town. Spend the day exploring Kenai Fjords National Park on a day boat cruise where you have the opportunity to see glaciers and an abundance of marine wildlife including Steller sea lions, sea otters, whales and a variety of birds. Spend the evening at the Alaska SeaLife Center or go for a short hike to the face of Exit Glacier.
Day 3 Homer
Head to the other side of the Kenai Peninsula to Homer. On the way enjoy the turquoise waters of the Kenai River and panoramic views of four active volcanoes across Cook Inlet. Visit the many art galleries and shops in downtown Homer or explore the Homer Spit, a long narrow finger of land jutting into Kachemak Bay. Fish for world class halibut, take a wildlife cruise or go to a remote wilderness lodge. Be sure to visit the Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center or take a guided natural history tour.
Day 4 Kodiak
Fly or take the Alaska Marine Highway to Kodiak. Enjoy your first day in Kodiak on a walking tour of town. Discover Kodiak's Russian and Alutiiq Native history at the Baranov Museum and the Alutiiq Museum & Archaeological Repository. Visit the oldest Russian Orthodox parish in Alaska or stroll down to the St. Paul Boat Harbor & Shelikof Waterfront. Explore the trails and scenery in some of the many State Parks on Kodiak Island.
Day 5 Kodiak
Start the day early with a fly out trip to view the famous Kodiak brown bears. Fly out trips are available to the Katmai Coast or the Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge. It is easy to extend bear viewing opportunities by spending a couple of nights at a cabin or lodge. Spend your day fishing on a charter boat, fish camp or float trip. There are also several opportunities to fly out to a remote fishing lodge.
Day 6 Juneau
Depart Kodiak and fly to Juneau, Alaska's capital city via Anchorage. Explore the city and its colorful waterfront. Take the tram to the top of Mt. Roberts for an eagle's eye view of the surrounding area. Visit one of the city's many museums, take a guided hike in the surrounding mountains or go zip lining through the rainforest. The Mendenhall Glacier is located just 12 miles from downtown Juneau. Take a helicopter flightseeing tour to the Juneau Ice field, go glacier trekking or take a dog sled ride on the ice field. In the evening have a relaxing dinner at one of the many fine restaurants in the city, or enjoy an outdoor Salmon Bake.
Day 7 Gustavus
Fly to Gustavus, the gateway community to Glacier Bay National Park. Explore the area via mountain bike or on a guided hiking tour or enjoy some sea kayaking in the surrounding waters. Go fishing or take a whale watching tour.
Day 8 Glacier Bay
Transfer to Bartlett Cove in the morning and take a full day cruise up Glacier Bay aboard a 3-deck catamaran. Visit the many glaciers and watch for the different species of wildlife along the way. You should look for whales, seals, sea lions and sea otters in the Bay. On land look for mountain goats, black bear, brown bear, moose and abundant bird life. On the water, you just might find a puffin! Upon your return to the dock, you will be transferred to Gustavus for your flight back to Juneau where you can get jet service back to Anchorage or Seattle.