View of boat passing by glacier and rock
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Two Backroads' guests biking on path
Stream in woods
Backroads' leaders sitting together and posing
Moose walking across grassy field
Backroads' guests cheering and posing on deck of boat
Waterfall flowing from snow bank to ocean
Road winding into snowy mountains
Island off of Alaska
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Alaska's Glaciers & Fjords Multi-Adventure Tour - For Families with Young Adults 20s & Beyond

Wild Wonders from Rugged Mountains to Prince William Sound

One or more kids 20+ required (siblings 17+ ok)

Family — 20s & Beyond

6 days 5 nights

Activity Level: 2-4

Casual Hotels

From: $4,299 - $4,599 pp dbl occ

($950 for sgl occ)

Journey through the Last Frontier with your family, each day stacked with one-of-a-kind outdoor adventures. Ride your bike below the remarkable Talkeenta and Chugach Mountains. Sea kayak and boat in Prince William Sound. Ice hike across Matanuska Glacier. The dramatic scenery encompasses you. Alaska’s spectacular landscapes and thrilling activities are bound to take your breath away. 

Ice Walk
Alaska Glaciers and Fjords Multi-Adventure Tour
Alaska Glaciers and Fjords Multi-Adventure Tour


Start/End Anchorage

Start/End locations may vary. Do not book flights until your trip details are confirmed.


  • Walk on water on an ice hike across a glacier and be awestruck by the frozen scene
  • Cycle beside ever-changing mountain landscapes, accompanied by the rush of rivers and roar of waterfalls 
  • Boat through Prince William Sound and enjoy tide water glaciers, salmon fishing and vibrant marine life
  • Explore quaint coastal towns and remote forested retreats, uncovering parts of Alaska’s rich cultural tapestry


Accommodations may vary based on departure date.
6 Days Casual Hotels*
Accommodations may vary based on departure.
Day 1

Welcome to Alaska! Embark on an adventure from Palmer, where you get an initial glimpse of the state’s extraordinary untamed wilderness | Glacially carved valleys, boreal forests and rushing rivers make up the scene | Bike along the beautiful Hatcher Pass | Relax at our cozy lodge with your family and take in views of the Knik River Valley’s imposing landscape from your cabin’s front porch | Tonight we toast to an incredible week ahead!

Exterior view of Alaska Glacier Lodge Hotel
Alaska Glacier Lodge
| Casual Hotel

Situated on the remote northern edge of the Chugach Range, this cozy lodge is set between a glacial river and the base of a mountain.

Day 2

Walk on water on an ice hike on Matanuska Glacier, a 26-mile-long advancing valley glacier | From our rustic retreat, enjoy sweeping views of the Chugach Range—a favorite grazing spot for Dall sheep | Share stories at the end of the day over a fresh locally sourced meal.

Exterior view of Sheep Mountain Lodge
Sheep Mountain Lodge
Sheep Mountain
| Casual Hotel

Inviting individual wooden cabins tucked in a beautiful forested setting near the Matanuska River. 

Days 3-4

Our epic bike ride commences at Worthington Glacier | Cycle past tundra, lakes and streams and over Thompson Pass as we near seaside Valdez | A remote fishing town is the picturesque setting for our minimalistic eco-friendly retreat | Led by local guides, embark on a sea-kayaking expedition to the calm waters of Duck Flats | As you float past small islands and peaceful coves, look out for bald eagles, harbor seals, sea otters and birds | A leisurely evening in town may be the perfect way to cap off the day.

Exterior view of Totem hotel at night
Totem Hotel
| Casual Hotel

Experience Alaskan hospitality at this newly renovated eco-friendly hotel near the harbor, complete with spacious rooms. (pool)

Days 5-6

Prince William Sound, one of Alaska's most famous waterways and a vast unspoiled coastline, sets the stage for an amazing glacier cruise | Amid a stunning mountain backdrop, glide past towering tidewater glaciers and keep your eyes peeled for marine life | Disembark in the tiny town of Whittier and travel to Girdwood, an only-in-Alaska novelty: a ski town by the sea! | The sound of water accompanies you on a hike through a forest to the rushing deluge of Winner Creek Gorge | Enjoy the spa, saltwater pool and surrounding trails at our chic retreat | Bike along the rolling Bird to Gird bike path, adorned with stunning views of the Turnagain Arm, one of the world's few bore tides | Cheers to an epic Alaskan adventure!

Exterior view of Alyeska Resort, Girdwood, Alaska
Alyeska Resort
| *Premiere Hotel

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

The earlier you book, the more choice you'll have and the lower your price. And you can always change your mind — you won't be charged to transfer to a different trip before your final payment is due. View cancellation policy.

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Activity Level: 2-4

Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. Several routes and a range of levels are offered each day so you can choose how much or how little activity you want to do. Learn more about how we determine activity levels.

Route notes

The biking terrain on this trip ranges from level to rolling with a few steep longer climbs and descents. While Backroads strives to find roadways that are quiet and off the beaten track, some routes on this trip follow two-lane roads with a shoulder and traffic. Of course, you're always welcome to jump in the shuttle to avoid the busier sections of the route. Hiking trails are often uneven, with roots, mud, rocks and other obstacles. Please note that unpredictable mountain weather can make hiking and biking conditions more challenging.

Backroads is an Authorized Permittee of the National Park Service.

Daily Route Options

Day 1
Level 1 | 20 miles | 300 ft. gain
Level 2 | 30 miles | 1000 ft. gain
Level 4 | 40 miles | 4000 ft. gain
Day 2
Ice Walking
on Matanuska Glacier (half day)
Day 3
Level 2 | 33 miles | 700 ft. gain
Level 5 | 60 miles | 1700 ft. gain
Day 4
on Duck Flats (Half Day)
Day 5
Cruise on Prince William Sound (half day)
Walking & Hiking
Level 1 | 3 miles | 400 ft. gain
Level 1 | 5 miles | 500 ft. gain
Day 6
Level 1 | 10 miles | 600 ft. gain
Level 2 | 16 miles | 1100 ft. gain

What's Included

Available Bike Options

The key to a stellar day's ride is a bike that's perfectly in tune with your cycling style… Backroads has you covered with the best bike fleet in the world! Please note that bike requests are subject to availability and prioritized based on the date they're submitted.

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Backroads Touring Bike
Backroads Touring Bike
Touring Bike

Included in your trip price

A proven classic, this custom-designed titanium bike is suited for a wide range of cyclists. It features a comfortable ergonomic seat and a long wheel base that add to the bike’s control and stability.

Backroads Electric-Assist Bike
Backroads Electric-Assist Bike
Electric-Assist Bike

Included in your trip price

Keep pace or zip ahead, pedaling with an electric boost. This bike provides plenty of power to flatten the hills and more than enough battery range to cover the distance.
Min. age to ride e-bike: 16+

Also Included

  • All breakfasts, 6 lunches, 4 dinners
  • Expertise and services of our experienced Trip Leaders
  • Snacks and beverages between meals
  • Additional guides and experts from the region on many trips
  • Van shuttles to support a variety of route options
  • Comprehensive Travel Planner with detailed pre-trip information
  • Private guided tours at museums, historic sites, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the Travel Planner
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
  • Special events, including wine tastings and other select attractions as mentioned in the Travel Planner
  • On biking and multi-adventure trips, use of fully equipped Backroads titanium bike plus helmet and accessories
  • Trailercycles, carriers, and kid-sized helmets for Family Trips
  • Equipment and experienced guides for kayaking, rafting, snorkeling, sailing and canoeing as described
  • Park and other entry fees
  • Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the Travel Planner
  • Select coach transfers
  • Baggage transfers and porterage

Straight talk

We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception.

Accommodations & Service Standards

Alaska is a land of rustic and rugged beauty, and while Backroads has selected the best properties in the places we visit, simplicity and comfort outweigh elegance and luxury in this great state. Generally speaking, service in Alaska can seem slow and casual when compared with the high standards of service found on other Backroads trips. Patience, a sense of humor and appreciation for the cultural differences that abound in this population-sparse setting will help you make the most of your experience.

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