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Alaska Family Multisport Tour
Alaska Family Multisport Tour

Once upon a time, there was an outdoor-loving family seeking an action-packed vacation. A clever bunch, they decided on Alaska. And as soon as they arrived and witnessed the dramatic peaks of the Alaska Range, they knew they'd chosen wisely. The kids hiked to the face of Exit Glacier; parents ascended to the Harding Icefield. They all raced through the woods on a thrilling dogsled ride, spotted moose and eagles during a river float trip and watched salmon swimming upstream. And to this day, they all agree: it was the best family vacation ever.

Days 1-2 Alaska's dramatic landscapes on a single astonishing peninsula  Kick off the trip with a spin along bike paths leading you out of Anchorage and onto the gently rolling Tony Knowles Coastal Trail - keep your eyes open for moose!  Get up close with Alaska's wild residents at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, which rehabilitates injured and orphaned animals and returns them to the wild Journey south to the Kenai Peninsula, a wonderland of rugged mountains, glaciers, fjords and lakes Hike the beautiful Ptarmigan Lake Trail through Sitka spruce forest and past crystal-clear Ptarmigan Creek, where red sockeye salmon spawn in summer.

Day 3 In Kenai Fjords National Park, kids hike to the face of Exit Glacier and explore the fascinating Alaska SeaLife Center, home to sea lions, harbor seals, Alaskan king crabs, puffins and other marine wildlife Meanwhile, adults embark on a once-in-a-lifetime trek with spectacular views of the vast Harding Icefield Meet some of the famed Iditarod race's canine participants and experience the excitement of racing on comfortable wheeled dogsleds.

Day 4 Explore Homer, one of Alaska's most beautifully situated towns Take in jaw-dropping views of Cook Inlet and the volcanoes of the Alaska Range A scenic bike ride leads to a viewpoint overlooking Grewingk Glacier and Homer Spit, a narrow finger of land in picturesque Kachemak Bay.

Days 5-6 Circumnavigate Yukon Island by kayak, watching for harbor seals, porpoises and sea otters Got your camera ready? During a leisurely float trip on the glacial waters of the Kenai River, you'll likely spot eagles, moose and Dall sheep.


Trip Highlights
  • Mushing! An exhilarating dogsled ride through the forest
  • Bike to Homer, one of Alaska's most beautiful towns
  • Hike right up to the face of a glacier
  • A float trip on the Kenai River
  • The chance to spot moose, eagles, Dall sheep and even salmon swimming upstream
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Casual Inns

Alyeska Resort (1 night): This stylish hotel with an aerial tram to the top of Mount Alyeska has earned accolades from Travel + Leisure. (pool, spa)

Seward Windsong Lodge (2 nights): Nestled in the woods of the striking Resurrection River Valley.

Land's End Resort (2 nights): Commune with eagles, otters and seals where land meets sea on Kachemak Bay. (spa)


Routes For All Abilities

Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. We know your pace may vary from one day to the next-and your traveling companion's may differ somewhat from yours. So we present a range of mileage options, and each day you decide exactly what and how much you want to do.

Daily Route Options
Day Activity EASYGOING ACTIVE AVID
Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 Level 5
miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain
1 Biking 10 200
Biking 16 400
2 Walking/Hiking 7 600
3 Walking/Hiking 3 1500 4 2000 8 3000
Kids Exit Glacier Hike (2 Miles; 100’ elevation gain)
Kids Visit to Alaska SeaLife Center (2 Hours)
Other Dogsled ride (1.5 Hours)
4 Biking 10* 300 23* 500 33 1600
Biking 40 500
5 Kayaking On Kachemak Bay (All Day)
6 Rafting On the Kenai River (2 Hours)
 
note:

* Includes a shuttle


2014 Dates & Pricing*

FAMILY TRIPS
  • 8/25-30 Price: $3098 pp dbl. occ., (+ $700 for sgl. occ.)


Plus 6% Kenai Peninsula tax

*Prices may change. Once you book your trip, your price is guaranteed.


2015 Dates & Pricing*

FAMILY TRIPS
  • 6/15-20 Price: $2798 pp dbl. occ., (+ $710 for sgl. occ.)
  • 6/29-7/4 Price: $2798 pp dbl. occ., (+ $710 for sgl. occ.)
  • 7/6-11 Price: $2798 pp dbl. occ., (+ $710 for sgl. occ.)
  • 7/13-18 Price: $2798 pp dbl. occ., (+ $710 for sgl. occ.)
  • 7/20-25 Price: $2798 pp dbl. occ., (+ $710 for sgl. occ.)
  • 7/27-8/1 Price: $2798 pp dbl. occ., (+ $710 for sgl. occ.)
  • 8/3-8 Price: $2898 pp dbl. occ., (+ $710 for sgl. occ.)
  • 8/10-15 Price: $2798 pp dbl. occ., (+ $710 for sgl. occ.)
  • 8/17-22 Price: $2798 pp dbl. occ., (+ $710 for sgl. occ.)
  • 8/24-29 Price: $2798 pp dbl. occ., (+ $710 for sgl. occ.)


Plus 6% Kenai Peninsula tax

*Prices may change. Once you book your trip, your price is guaranteed.


Recommended Kids Ages

Minimum Ages:

General Info on Minimum Ages:

We strongly encourage families to join our Family Trips, designed with kid- and adult-friendly features. Please note that we have a minimum age requirement of 1 year for all Inn trips and 2 years for all Camping trips. Other than that, we do not restrict trips to a minimum age except in the rare case of a hotel age restriction. We do, however, recommend minimum ages based on the following criteria: Please note that a trip may feature an activity with an older age requirement than the minimum age recommendation for the trip. Younger kids are still welcome on the trip and while they will not be able to participate in the activity, the leaders will suggest an alternate activity. For safety reasons, children under 7 may not ride their own bikes and are required to ride on a Piccolo or in a Burley. For certain destinations, children must be 9 or older to ride their own bikes.

Private Trips Options & Pricing

Gather your favorite people to share a Backroads adventure on a ready-to-book Private Trip - featuring all the legendary Backroads hallmarks from expert leaders to unforgettable activities.

You can pick from a large selection of dates for your group of 8 or more. Call us for date availability.

If your party has fewer than 8 guests, or if your preferred date is not available, we'll create a departure just for you.

Pricing for Private Trips (prices may vary based on departure date)

2014

2 - 3 guests from $5,398 pp dbl. occ. 8 - 9 guests from $3,698 pp dbl. occ.
4 - 5 guests from $4,598 pp dbl. occ. 10 - 11 guests from $3,098 pp dbl. occ.
6 - 7 guests from $3,998 pp dbl. occ. 12 or more guests from $2,798 pp dbl. occ.

2015

2 - 3 guests from $4,998 pp dbl. occ. 8 - 9 guests from $3,698 pp dbl. occ.
4 - 5 guests from $4,398 pp dbl. occ. 10 - 11 guests from $3,098 pp dbl. occ.
6 - 7 guests from $3,898 pp dbl. occ. 12 or more guests from $2,798 pp dbl. occ.

Youth savings do not apply to Private Trips.


Guest Trip Reviews

Our trip was wonderful and exceeded our expectations. The schedule of activities was varied and timed well. We saw more than we ever could have on our own. Alaska is beautiful and we felt the activities allowed us to see the beauty of the landscape and the wildlife from multiple different viewpoints. As a result we saw moose, bear, sea otters, beluga and humpback whales, bald eagles, salmon spawning, and so much more. All of that while making new friends and memories that will last a lifetime.
Nancy Schindler - Glenview, IL

Our Alaska vacation was all that we hoped for and more! All of the leaders were friendly, courteous, professional, fun, engaging and very accommodating! They all contributed in their own unique ways to making this vacation one that my son and I will both remember for the rest of our lives. For a family trip, there was just the right amount of activity for the kids. We met many fun, interesting and friendly people, and we took home with us many wonderful memories. I am already recommending Backroads to all of my family and friends back home. We will definitely be traveling with Backroads again!
Diana P. - Georgetown, MA

We had an absolutely wonderful time - the fabulous trip leaders made the trip extraordinary. Our children will remember this trip for the rest of their lives. In addition to just being great companions, examples of their extra effort were they secured a fantastic behind-the-scenes tour of the sea life center for the kids, gave my (substantial) 6-year-old a mile-plus-long piggyback when she refused to continue walking, and literally taking baby steps with me on the walk up to Harding Icefield - as a result I made it to the top! We have told many friends about the trip and we plan to do another one soon.
Claire Hertan - Westport, CT

I wasn't sure I was going to get the value relative to the price, but I did. The real value-added difference here came from your two trip leaders. I could have done a comparable trip for much less without Backroads, but the leaders really added to the overall experience. They were such a pleasure to be around and to get to know.
Michael Aviles - Austin, TX

This was an awesome family trip. We loved every minute of it. Traveling with Backroads is always perfect. This was our 6th Backroads trip and we can't wait to plan our next one.
Debra Weinstein - Wellington, FL

Wow, wow, wow, what a treat to arrive with my 3 teenage boys that were not sure they wanted this trip… Then we met our leader!! If anyone is worried about the youth running our country they need to learn from your training and hiring practices.
Sharon Gibb - Longview, WA