From land to water to ice. Alaska was made for multisport. You need all the tools you can get—a bike, a kayak, your hiking boots—to understand and experience the incredible terrain. Journey to an extraordinary ice field on the hike of a lifetime. Bike on one of the area's few roads. Kayak along the coast amid a gorgeous jumble of volcanoes and glaciers. Move through the landscape quietly and "the locals" may show their faces: eagles, moose, sea otters, bears. Even if they don't, you know they're there, and somehow that's enough.
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 StandardsAlaska 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.
TrafficWhile Backroads strives to find routes that are quiet and off the beaten track, some options on this trip follow heavily trafficked roads. Of course, you’re always welcome to jump in the shuttle to avoid the busier roads.
Days 1-2 Alaska's dramatic landscapes in one astonishing peninsula Kick off the trip with a spin alongside Turnagain Arm, the site of extreme high and low tides Bike paths lead you out of Anchorage and onto the rolling Tony Knowles Coastal Trail—keep your eyes open for moose! Spend the afternoon hiking through a lush coastal forest or choose the exhilarating tram ride to the top of Mount Alyeska for unparalleled views of mountains and hanging glaciers Journey south to the Kenai Peninsula, a wonderland of rugged mountains, glaciers, fjords and lakes Wildflowers line the trail to Carter and Crescent Lakes.
Day 3 Hike the spectacular Harding Icefield Trail alongside Exit Glacier in Kenai Fjords National Park Got your camera ready? Unrivaled vistas of vast Harding Icefield and the Resurrection River Valley await Keep an eye out for mountain goats, moose and marmots!
Day 4 Bike to Homer, one of Alaska's most beautiful towns Take in jaw-dropping views of Cook Inlet, the volcanoes of the Alaska Range, Grewingk Glacier and Homer Spit, a narrow finger of land in picturesque Kachemak Bay Harbor seals and sea lions make frequent appearances outside our waterfront hotel.
Days 5-6 Circumnavigate Yukon Island by kayak, watching for bald eagles, harbor seals, porpoises and sea otters From your new vantage point, you may even see Mount St. Augustine blowing off some steam on the opposite side of Cook Inlet After our naturalist-led hike through fields of wildflowers, we sit down to a bounteous picnic at the Carl Wynn Nature Center, set on the bluff above Homer.
- Alaska's dramatic landscapes in one astonishing peninsula
- Hike Harding Icefield Trail, a spectacular route alongside Exit Glacier
- Homer, one of Alaska's most beautiful towns
- Jaw-dropping views of the Cook Inlet, the volcanoes of the Alaska Range, Grewingk Glacier and Homer Spit
- Circumnavigate Yukon Island by kayak
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)
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.
Routes For All Abilities
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|5||Kayaking||On Kachemak Bay (All Day)|
* Includes a shuttle
2015 Dates & Pricing*
- 6/13-18 Price: $3098 pp dbl. occ., (+ $700 for sgl. occ.)
- 6/20-25 Price: $3098 pp dbl. occ., (+ $700 for sgl. occ.)
- 6/27-7/2 Price: $2998 pp dbl. occ., (+ $700 for sgl. occ.)
- 7/4-9 Price: $3098 pp dbl. occ., (+ $700 for sgl. occ.)
- 7/11-16 Price: $2998 pp dbl. occ., (+ $700 for sgl. occ.)
- 7/18-23 Price: $3098 pp dbl. occ., (+ $700 for sgl. occ.)
- 7/25-30 Price: $2898 pp dbl. occ., (+ $700 for sgl. occ.)
- 8/1-6 Price: $3098 pp dbl. occ., (+ $700 for sgl. occ.)
- 8/8-13 Price: $3098 pp dbl. occ., (+ $700 for sgl. occ.)
- 8/29-9/3 Price: $2998 pp dbl. occ., (+ $700 for sgl. occ.)
- 9/5-10 Price: $2998 pp dbl. occ., (+ $700 for sgl. occ.)
Plus 6% Kenai Peninsula tax
*Prices may change. Once you book your trip, your price is guaranteed.
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)
|2 - 3 guests from $5,098 pp dbl. occ.||8 - 9 guests from $3,598 pp dbl. occ.|
|4 - 5 guests from $4,298 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.|
All Private Singles-Solos trips require a minimum of 16 guests.
Guest Trip Reviews
THE best trip ever! I wanted to burn my return ticket and stay in Alaska!- Houston, TX
The Alaskan scenery, guides, and activities were so great! This trip made my life better. I hadn't experienced traveling where I felt this way before, but meeting the guides and people on our trip while doing the hikes and bike rides was so rewarding.- San Pedro, CA
A recent article in the New York Times about traveling through the Kenai Peninsula captured the basic itinerary of this trip and the remarkable beauty of Alaska. It also became clear that Backroads knows a great deal more than did the author of the article about how to design an excellent trip, taking advantage of the best a region has to offer. The hikes to the Harding Icefield, to Ptarmigan Lake, and up the Heritage Trail were particularly fine and varied. The kayaking trip to Yukon Island was an exceptional experience. We saw more wildlife in six days than all our years of hiking put together...- Waban, MA
Overall, a fantastic trip with great leaders, a well-picked intinerary and flawless logistics. It doesn't get any better than this. The pleasure factor was high, the hassle factor low and the wow factor was off the scale. The accommodations in Seward and McKinley were quite nice and the accommodations at the Alyeska were even better. Don't change a thing.- Seattle, WA
Great trip as always. We love to learn about the area from the ground up and this Alaska trip was no exception. Explore, get exercise and meet new people. Perfect.- San Diego, CA
My family has just started to take group trips that involve more than just a beach and laying around, which is wonderful because trips like those drive me insane. I love that Backroads has provided us with a family option that allows us to actually "do" things together (while making the decisions for us!) that challenge us all physically and mentally and take us outside of our comfort zones to really experience a beautiful part of our country/world.- Chicago, IL
We just loved the trip. It was our first Backroads experience and we were wary, since we are normally very independent travelers. I actually enjoy the process of finding the perfect hotel, plotting the trip, etc., but I have been too busy lately to spend time on this trip, and thought the Backroads plan would make life easier. It did! What a pleasure to put everything in someone else's hands. The leaders were super, the activities were good, the hotels were comfortable, and I loved not constantly thinking about pulling out my credit card. I also loved not handling my luggage, or worrying about directions. I thought it was a great value. Once I added up what we would have spent on hotels, food, transportation, rentals, etc…it seemed very reasonable.- Columbus, OH
I honestly cannot think of anything that would have improved this trip. The itinerary was well designed, incorporating a good variety of activities and environments. I felt that I experienced some of the most beautiful scenery in Alaska. I choose to travel with Backroads for some locations rather than designing my trips myself because I can trust that the itinerary, accommodations, and in particular, the trip leaders, will be excellent. Backroads has a knack for finding great trip leaders with appealing personalities who make sure the trip runs smoothly and that guests do not see/feel all of the hustling that must be going on behind the scenes to ensure a seamless experience. I think the price for this trip provides tremendous value considering that we get guides, meals, equipment, etc.- Menlo Park, CA
I went into my first Backroads trip thinking that it seemed fairly expensive for only six days/nights, but came away with the feeling that it was completely worthwhile. The food was fantastic, the guides were even better, and we will never forget the places we visited. We really enjoyed the other participants in our trip, and made some new friends! I'm addicted to traveling this way, and look forward hopefully to many more Backroads adventures!- Denver, CO
I was able to accomplish things on this trip that I thought were beyond my ability. The Backroads leaders are so helpful and encouraging that I hardly noticed how far I had hiked until I had already done it! I would recommend this trip to anyone who wants a true adventure.- Powell, OH
I loved every part of this trip: the natural beauty of Alaska, the enthusiasm of the guides, the cohesiveness of our entire group. There is something about being active all day in such beautiful places, but not having to worry about hotels, food, and driving that creates an ideal environment for a trip.- Milford, CT
This was one of my best vacations ever - the Backroads itinerary was perfect; accommodated various fitness levels well, included enough of the Kenai peninsula to leave us wanting more, included just enough downtime, and the leaders made it all happen - the frosting on the cake. Thank you very much for such a wonderful experience.- Seattle, WA
Excellent trip. Backroads never disappoints. Activities were well planned. Loved the Alyeska Hotel. We are so happy that we chose to see Alaska with Backroads - truly a rewarding and most memorable experience.- Tarrytown, NY
As expected, great Backroads leaders and pre-trip organization and the beautiful venue of Alaska made this another memorable and thoroughly enjoyable trip. Thanks!- Washington, DC
The Alaska multisport trip far exceeded our expectations. Each adventure was tailored to our desires, the picnic lunches were fabulous, and our leaders were super fun and professional!- Hillsborough, CA