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Excursions


Alaska Photo Treks

To Book Call and Mention ABS: (907) 350-0251

Cook Inlet Sunset Photo Safari: - $126.00/pp
Tour duration: Approximately 4 hours. (4-hour tour that begins 3 hours before sunset) 
Departs: From Stewart’s Photo Shop at 531 W 4th Ave (or hotel pickup) to scenic locations around Anchorage. Possible stops may include Earthquake Park, Point Woronzof, Lake Hood, Potter Marsh, McHugh Creek and Glen Alps.
When: 8:30 pm - June 7-13; 14-20 salmon derby, moose calves, aviation, birds, mountain stream

This tour is for everyone; casual camera operators to avid photographers. It’s the perfect “bookend” tour for arriving or departing in Alaska, but preferably, you’ll book it at the front end so you can get ready to take your best travel photos ever! Join us as we go hunting for the best light of the day, which during summer at this latitude can last for several glorious hours before sunset. You’ll be transported to scenic locations around Anchorage and Chugach State Park to shoot a variety of enchanting subjects. The itinerary is flexible and allows for spontaneous stops to photograph wildlife en route.  Along the way, you’ll be offered creative and technical support from your Alaska Photo Treks guide.

 

Anchorage PhotoWalk – Daily: - $38.25.00/adults $17.00/youth, senior & military
Tour duration: Approximately 2 hours.
Departs: From Stewart’s Photo Shop at 531 W 4th Ave to Town Square Park, Resolution Park Elderberry Park, and Ship Creek (tour loops back to starting place)
When Multiple Daily – weather permitting

Go ahead and bring that new camera on your Alaska trip, even if you haven’t gotten around to reading the manual yet. PhotoWalk is designed to accommodate beginning to intermediate skill levels, and all types of cameras. Smartphone, point-and-shoot or digital SLR, we’ll get you out of the auto mode and playing with creative composition on a variety of subjects. Following the PhotoWalk, you may want to continue honing your newly acquired skills on an optional Wildlife Tour, or join us again later in the day for the Sunset Photo Safari. In any case, you’ll be better prepared to photograph the remainder of your Alaska stay, and it’ll be way more fun than reading your camera manual.
Highlights

  • Mini-workshop in Town Square Park
  • Technical and creative support throughout the tour
  • Historical narrative about early Anchorage along the way

City Tours

To book Call or Email Laura Savage at
Explore Tours: 907-786-0192;  laura.savage@exploretours.com

2-Hour Scenic City Tour: - $49.00/pp
Tour duration: Approximately 2 hours.
Departs: from local Anchorage hotels at approximately 9:00am.
Returns: approximately at 11:00am.

View the beautiful city of Anchorage atop Flat Top Mountain! This city tour starts with a pick up from your Anchorage hotel. First stop of the tour is at the Port of Anchorage and Ship Creek. Take in the views of the city from the port as your guide explains the history behind the port of Anchorage and the area at Ship Creek. Next travel to Bootleggers Cove, Earthquake Park and the busiest seaplane base in the world, Lake Hood! Follow your guide through Earthquake Park to see the site of the memorial of the 1964 Earthquake. See what happened to the land as it broke apart and slid into the Cook Inlet. Cook Inlet views and pictures from here are a favorite for guests! Lastly, take a scenic drive up to Flat Top Mountain, which is home to many Alaskan animals including the local favorite, the moose! Look for moose in the valley, view the breathtaking views of the city and experience Flat Top Mountain. A short walk will take you to the overlook where you will be able to get beautiful views in the Chugach Mountains! Snacks and water included.
What to wear: Please wear sturdy walking or light weight hiking shoes, wear comfortable clothing, bring a light jacket, fleece or sweater along in case the weather is cool, waterproof layer or jacket with hood in case it does decide to rain. Don't forget your camera & your sunglasses!  

 

3-Hour Heritage City Tour -  $99.00/pp
Tour Duration: 3 hours
Pick Up Time: Please be at the main entrance of this property 10 minutes prior to departure time and wait for a Salmon Berry Tours transfer vehicle to arrive.
Tour Returns: approximately at 12:00pm.

This is a great way to start or end your trip to Alaska, or even make it the focal point!  Everyone needs an overview of Alaska's rich culture and history to give them an idea of what Alaska is all about.  Your guide will pick you up right from your hotel and show you the sights around town.  Visit the original Anchorage town site, the monument to the great quake of 1964 (where you can see real earthquake damage!), and the busiest private seaplane base in the world.  Cruise through the "red light" district and pass by Star the Reindeer before heading out to the Alaska Native Heritage Center.  Entrance to the Center is included in your tour, as are the personal experiences and knowledge of your guide who will accompany you through the center.  See a village of life-sized housing replicas from ancient Alaska native cultures, and have the opportunity to watch some native dancing, some native Olympic games, and even learn a few moves!  There are also museum exhibits, arts and crafts, and one of the best authentic shops in all of Anchorage.
What to wear: Please wear sturdy walking or light weight hiking shoes, wear comfortable clothing, bring a light jacket, fleece or sweater along in case the weather is cool, waterproof layer or jacket with hood in case it does decide to rain. Don't forget your camera & your sunglasses!


Glacier Tours

Portage Glacier Cruise & Tour $86.00/pp
To book Call or Email Laura Savage at Explore Tours: 907-786-0192;  laura.savage@exploretours.com
Check in: 15 minutes prior to departure time at the Grayline Service Desk: Westmark Anchorage, 720 West 5th Avenue in downtown Anchorage.
Departure Time: 1:30 PM at Westmark Anchorage
Tour returns: approximately at 7:00pm.
Tour duration: 5.5 hours

From Anchorage, travel by deluxe motor coach on the scenic Seward Highway to venture on a spectacular cruise across Portage Lake, home to Portage Glacier, on this half-day tour. Before your breathtaking cruise, you'll drive to the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center where you'll tour this great wildlife sanctuary. View wildlife up close such as bears, elk, bison, moose, caribou, musk ox, coyotes and eagles.. The Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving Alaska's wildlife through public education. The center takes in injured and orphaned animals year-round and provides spacious enclosures and quality animal care. Animals that cannot be released into the wild are given a permanent home at the center. Next, board the mv Ptarmigan, the only boat operating on Portage Lake, for an unforgettable one-hour cruise across an iceberg-dotted landscape. Standing just 300 yards from a relic of the Ice Age, you'll watch for fractures of ice break off the glacier and crash into the water below. You will find out why Portage Glacier is Alaska's second most visited attraction. See the sheer, awesome face of this mighty Alaska glacier.

Mv Ptarmigan Highlights: The mv Ptarmigan is the only boat operating on Portage Lake. Fully enclosed, heated cabin comfortably seats 160 people.

Expansive windows for enhanced viewing. Topside view deck offers a great vantage point for watching the glacier "calve," and for visitors to enjoy the fresh air. The mv Ptarmigan's sound system cannot be heard from the shore, ensuring preservation of this naturally peaceful setting for wildlife and for other visitors. Hull designed for safety in ice-filled waters.

 

26 Glacier Tours - 4 tour options
To see special prices and book your excursion
Visit: http://www.phillipscruises.com/abs15.htm

When: Attendees may cruise any day. – offered at multiple times
Get an up close view of glaciers and wildlife in Prince William Sound aboard our stable catamarans. Explore pristine wilderness as the Captain and the U.S. Forest Service Ranger provide narration about the geography, history, wildlife and glaciers during your voyage. Our crew’s enthusiasm and excellent customer service will ensure your glacier cruise is a highlight of your Alaska vacation. Guests cruise with confidence aboard our stable catamarans. If you have any uneasiness, ask about our No Seasickness Guarantee. Located just 1.5 hours south of Anchorage, this is one Alaska experience you won't want to miss! Our cruises can easily be accessed by car, coach and rail service departing from Anchorage.
* Glacier tours are Alaska's #1 attraction: cruise price & optional motor coach transportation, includes a hot lunch and length.

 


Alaskan Hikes

To book Call or Email Laura Savage at Explore Tours: 907-786-0192;  laura.savage@exploretours.com

Anchorage Day Hike ½ Day or Full Day  - $99 /pp Half day  - $140/pp Full Day
Departure Time: Departs approx. 8am and 6pm 
Departure Location: Please be in the lobby of this hotel 10 minutes prior to pick up time and wait for the Ascending Path transfer Vehicle to arrive.

Enjoy the Long Alaska summer days and midnight sun by hiking the beautiful Chugach Mountain Front Range from Anchorage. Hikes include: transportation from downtown Anchorage office to the trailhead, a guided naturalist hike in the valleys and peaks surrounding Anchorage, bottles water and snack. Each hike is tailored to your hiking and fitness levels. Your naturalist guide will point out and discuss the flora fauna of these unique coastal alpine mountains. Some of the animals spotted have included: moose, bear, Dall sheep, marmot, arctic ground squirrels, red fox, wolverine, and numerous bird species. Wear comfortable warm clothes dressing in layers (fleece jacket, rain jacket/pants, gloves, wool/fleece hat, sunglasses, ball cap" hiking boots or running shoes, daypack and a of course a camera!


Flight Seeing

To book Call or Email Laura Savage at
Explore Tours: 907-786-0192;  laura.savage@exploretours.com

Anchorage Flight Seeing Safari - $114/pp - Turnagain Turnaround - $149/pp
Departure Time: Check in 30 minutes prior to departure time
Departure Location: Please be in the lobby of this hotel 10 minutes prior to pick up time and wait for the Rust's Flying Service transfer vehicle to arrive
Pick Up Time: Please be at the main entrance of this property 10 minutes prior to pick up time and wait for a Rust's Flying Service transfer vehicle to arrive.

Take an Anchorage flightseeing safari and experience Anchorage and Alaska from above. Depending on the weather and mountain conditions, your pilot will choose the most scenic and interesting flightseeing option for you. One option is to soar above the Chugach Mountains, the dramatic backdrop to Anchorage, Alaska. These stunning peaks rise abruptly from the shores of Turnagain Arm and Cook Inlet, extending 300 miles across thick hemlock-spruce forests and rugged Alaska Mountains. Another option is to explore Cook Inlet, Turnagain Arm or Knik Arm, spotting for Belugawhales or moose. Rest assured, we’ll take you for a seaplane adventure, which will show you a new view.

Includes:

  • A window seat and 2-way headset
  • Rich knowledge (personality) of an Alaska bush pilot
  • Rust's meticulous attention to comfort & safety
  • Transfers from Anchorage airport & hotels

What to Expect: Be prepared to take lots of pictures, charge up the batteries, and have extra film and/or storage space on your camera.  You may bring a light daypack with you.  You are welcome to leave baggage at the Rust Flying Service office at no additional charge.  Alaska's weather can change dramatically.  A sunny and warm day in Anchorage can turn windy, rainy and cold in the National Park. Please dress appropriately.  This includes layering your clothing, wearing comfortable shoes, and bringing rain gear. Trip lengths may vary depending on weather conditions and type of plane. 
ACCESSIBILITY: By ADA standards, none of Rust's trips are accessible. They can often accommodate people depending on the nature of their disability. Vans do not have wheelchair lifts.


Multi-Day Alaskan Alpine Adventures

http://www.alaskaalpineadventures.com/
To receive 10% off these excursions book online using code:  2015Z

Turquoise Kayak and Hike - Lake Clark National Park | 4 ppl max in May & 6 ppl max in June
When: May 31 – June 6, 2015; June 14 – June 20, 2015
Duration: 7 Days
To this day, Lake Clark National Park represents the roots of our enterprise.  Not only is it where we guided our first trip and the base of summertime operations, it is also the backdrop for most of our itineraries and, quite simply, our favorite place on earth to explore.  From white summits of glacier-clad volcanoes, laced ribbons of wild and scenic rivers, endless expanses of verdant tundra, to salmon choked waters of azure lakes, Lake Clark is without equal.  Since its creation in 1980 to protect the amazing scenery, abundant wildlife and traditional lifestyles of its residents, it has been hailed as Alaska’s epitome and for Alaska Alpine Adventures it remains home. Lake Clark National Park is situated where the mighty Alaska range collides with the expansive Aleutian Range.  It contains roughly 80 miles of rugged coastline, countless rivers, glaciers, and unnamed peaks.  At just over 4 million acres, Lake Clark is roughly twice the size of Yellowstone National Park and larger than the state of Connecticut.

What to Expect:

Hiking
Backpacking
Climbing
Skiing
Packaneering
Kayaking
Rafting
Brown Bears
Caribou
Golden Eagles
Salmon
Moose
Bald Eagles
Black Bears
Dall's Sheep
Mountains
Rivers
Waterfalls
Glaciers
Glacial Valley
Volcanoes
Lakes
Tundra

 

 

Aniakchak River - Aniakchak National Monument | 5 ppl max
When: June 17 – 28, 2015
Duration: 11 days

Aniakchak National Monument & Preserve, encompassing 586,000 acres of pristine Alaska wilderness, offers amazing hiking, incredible rafting, and some of the wildest weather in Alaska in one of the least visited and most remote units of the National Park System.  A vibrant reminder of Alaska's location in the volcanically active "Ring of Fire," Aniakchak is home to an impressive six-mile wide, 2,500 ft. deep caldera formed during a massive eruption 3,500 years ago.  Aniakchak is as far off the beaten path as they come, and is a true representation of the wilderness experience.  If you crave the unexplored, the untouched, and the untraveled – look no further.  The hiking, backpacking, wildlife, bear viewing, and rafting in the remote Aniakchak National Monument & Preserve is simply amazing, and the guides at Alaska Alpine Adventures are excited to share it with you!

What to Expect:

Hiking
Backpacking
Rafting
Brown Bears
Caribou
Salmon
Moose
Mountains
Rivers
Rapids
Coastline
Glaciers
Volcanoes
Lakes
Tundra

 

 

Source to Sea Multisport - Kenai Fjords, Wrangell-St. Elias & Denali National Parks | 9 ppl max
When:  June 18 – 29, 2015
Duration:  11 Days

An area of ever changing landscapes, Kenai Fjords National Park is as diverse as the wildlife that calls it home.  From its miles of coastline to surreal glacially carved valleys, this National Park gem is not to be missed.  Best explored by kayaks, the rich waters of Resurrection Bay and Kenai Fjords National Park are home to humpback and orca whales, playful dell porpoises, and countless avian residents.  While brown bears explore the tidal flats and rivers, mountain goats perch on the sheer cliffs of the towering mountains above.  With virtually unlimited space for exploration, Kenai Fjords beckons the adventurer in all of us.  Whether you want to go hiking at the Harding Ice Field, the Exit Glacier, or go kayaking in Kenai Fjords, Alaska Alpine Adventures has a list of guided Alaska trips that will take you there.

What to Expect:

Hiking
Kayaking
Mountain Goats
Golden Eagles
Orcas
Sea Otters
Salmon
Moose
Bald Eagles
Mountains
Waterfalls
Glaciers
Glacial Valley
Ice Field

 

 





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