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Alaskan Adventure!

7 day, 7 nights, $2995 U.S.

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Experience: 17 years, over 200 tours, over 2,000 happy customers!
     Less strenuous than our purely bicycling tours, our Alaskan Adventure Tour combines half days of bicycling (average 30 miles) with canoeing, hiking, sea kayaking, a spectacular drive across the Denali Highway and an awesome glacier cruise across Prince William Sound.  Seven day, seven night package includes all meals, lodging, Cannondale Bicycle, glacier cruise, canoes and sea kayaking at Shoup Glacier .

Tour Map

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Day 1: After breakfast in Anchorage, we get in the van and soon leave all vestiges of the city behind us. We cross over the Knik and Matanuska Rivers, skirt the Talkeetna Mountains and head north toward Mt. McKinley and Denali National Park. The Alaska Range now looms to our left, dominated by Mt. McKinley, at 20,320 feet, the largest mountain in North America. At Hurricane Gulch, a deep cleft in the side of the mountains, we mount our bikes. We ride along the Chulitna River for several miles, then suddenly turn across the river, quickly rising to tree line for a long glide across Broad Pass. The Alaska Range surrounds us on three sides with Mt. McKinley on our left. Our ride ends at Cantwell, where we hop in the van for a fifteen minute ride to dinner and our cabins. Total bicycling, 39 miles.

Day 2:
We explore the Denali Highway, taking our time to make stops to enjoy the mountains, view wildlife, and explain the signs of glaciation. We ride the bikes for about 15 miles along one of the most scenic parts of the highway, then proceed to McClaren Ridge where we hike toward the massive peaks and glacier of the Alaska Range on a lake-studded trail high above the treeline. At the Tangle River  Inn we check into our rooms, and after dinner you may pick up paddles and head out onto the Tangle Lakes in canoes! The placid lakes take us far back into pristine wilderness populated by caribou, moose, and bear, as well as a host of exotic birds. Weather permitting, you may canoe after dinner, and in the morning.  Total bicycling, 15 miles.

Day 3: At the Tangle River Inn we pick up paddles and head out onto the Tangle Lakes in canoes! The placid lakes take us far back into pristine wilderness populated by caribou, moose, and bear, as well as a host of exotic birds. After lunch, we bicycle the twenty one paved miles of the Denali Highway.  The entire ride is well above tree line, with sweeping vistas of the nearby Alaska Range, and far off to the south, the magnificent snow capped volcanoes of the Wrangell Mountains..  Total bicycling 21 miles.

Day 4:   After breakfast we visit the ice age as we hike up Phelan Creek in the Alaska Range to its source at the face of Gulkana Glacier.  If conditions allow,  we continue right up onto the glacier!  In the afternoon, we bicycle from the Alaska Range into the Copper River Valley.  We eat dinner near the base of the Wrangells at the historic Gakona Lodge (Est. 1906).  Total bicycling 30miles.

Day 5: A hop in the van takes us past the Wrangell Mountains to Stuart Creek, where we mount our bikes and wind our way up the Tsaina River toward Thompson Pass. On the way, we stop off at Worthington Glacier, only yards from the road! Thompson Pass is only 2,678 feet, but far above treeline, and the views from here are truly spectacular. Don't forget your camera! We now drop 2500 feet in six miles into the Lowe River Valley. We ride through the vertical rock walls and numerous waterfalls of Keystone Canyon. Just across the river is Bridal Veil Falls, over 700 feet high! We spend the night in Valdez across the bay from the Trans - Alaska Pipeline Terminal. Total bicycling distance 33 miles.

Day 6: Sea Kayaking! We climb aboard a water taxi for a ride through Prince William Sound to Shoup Bay, where we begin this scenic journey.    Shoup Bay offers the full spectrum of wildlife with seals, otters, bald eagles and sometimes even whales!  Over the course of the day we will paddle past floating icebergs, past a nesting colony of Black Legged Kittiwakes, and right up to the face of Shoup Glacier!  We enjoy a picnic lunch with a spectacular glacier view.   At the end of our paddling we are picked up by motor boat for the ride back to Valdez. 

Day 7: We wake up early and board a ship of the Alaska Marine Highway for an unforgettable trip across Glacier studded Prince William Sound. We leave the ship in Whittier, and board a shuttle for a fifteen minute ride UNDER the Chugach Mountains to Portage. At Portage Glacier Lodge we have our Emotional Ice Cream Party, then van back to Anchorage.

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