iExplore Alaska Family Adventure!

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  • Privately Guided
  • Starting Price: $2,495
  • Length: 7 days
  • Operator: iExplore Exclusive
  • 1-800-267-33479am - 5:30pm Eastern
    Destinations: North America, United States, Alaska
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Tour Description

Welcome to Alaska! Our Family Adventure is perfect for the family that wants to experience all that is Alaska. This exciting program features bear watching at a private wilderness fly in camp in Lake Clark National Park, named "Best bush camp in North America" by Outside Magazine. Enjoy sightseeing, fishing, a glacier cruise and experience all that is Alaska.

Itinerary

DAY 01 - ANCHORAGE - STERLING

Today at approximately 7:30am you will be picked up at the hotel and depart for Sterling. Enjoy a narrated tour by van of the scenic Kenai Peninsula en route to your lodge. The trip is about two and a half hours long and you will traverse some of the most gorgeous scenery in the state.

After lunch at the lodge and a brief orientation, depart with your guide for what will likely be the highlight of your Alaskan adventure - bear viewing at Lake Clark Bear Camp! Of all Alaska's wonders, perhaps none will stamp your memory more deeply than photographing and viewing these magnificent animals. The Remote Bear Viewing Camp, situated on the edge of Lake Clark National Park at the foot of Mount Iliamna, will quite simply take your breath away. Your 50-minute flight in a six passenger Cessna 207 will pass active volcanoes, huge glaciers, alluvial floodplains and rugged mountains before landing on the shoreline near camp. Here, you are the visitors and they are the inhabitants.

Return to the lodge in time for happy hour and dinner.

The three-star Riverfront Lodge is located in the heart of the Kenai Peninsula on 25 acres of prime mid-river property overlooking the confluence of the Kenai and Moose Rivers with a backdrop of the mountains and glaciers of the Harding Ice Field. This central location allows you to easily access the entire Kenai Peninsula. Spread throughout the property, the deluxe riverfront cabins feature private bath and fireplaces with spiral staircase.

Lunch, Dinner

Riverfront Lodge

 

DAY 02 - STERLING

The family will float through the clear mountain waters of one of Alaska's most prodigious Salmon spawning grounds. This annual event brings Bear and Eagle in numbers to feast on salmon eggs and the carcasses of the dying salmon. This scenic float will bring you memories that you will keep for a lifetime.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Riverfront Lodge

DAY 03 - KENAI PENINSULA

Visit the fish netting site of early native peoples then learn the Russian history with the words of the Father of the still-standing Orthodox Church. Then you'll go inside a fishing cannery to watch as they process the salmon catch of the nearby anchored fishing fleet. End your day panning for gold from the gravel of a producing mountain stream.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Riverfront Lodge

DAY 04 - KENAI FJORDS NATIONAL PARK

Kenai Fjords National Park! Take a short hike to the face of a retreating glacier and spend the rest of the day viewing calving glaciers, humpback and killer whales, charming sea otters and endangered stellar sea lions.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Riverfront Lodge

DAY 05 - HOMER

No trip to Alaska is complete without a visit to the "End of the Road" and Homer. En route we will see local artist galleries, the world's largest Halibut Sportfishing fleet, evidence of the huge earthquake and, active volcanoes and probably baby moose with their mothers.

Your first view of Homer and Kachemak Bay is truly unforgettable and we'll spend a fun filled day exploring the art and uniqueness of the famous boardwalk at "Lands End".

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Riverfront Lodge

DAY 06 - STERLING

Today the family goes fishing! You may target salmon or trout as your guide instructs you in the technique that will lure large wild pacific salmon or rainbow trout. You can also opt to hike to view spawning salmon jumping up a mountain waterfall. It's your pleasure.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Riverfront Lodge

DAY 07 - STERLING - ANCHORAGE

This morning boat into the silent and animal filled Wildlife Refuge, Hike a Tundra game trail- then board stable river kayaks for the slow drift down the meandering stream of a wilderness paradise. You may opt instead to join a salmon charter on your last morning. Depart for Anchorage in the afternoon.

Breakfast

Departures

Depart any day from June 1 to September 15. Contact an iExplore Adventure Consultant for details!

Pricing Information

June 1 to September 15, 2011

Prices are based on a family of four- two adults and two children age 12 and under- traveling together. Please contact an iExplore Adventure Consultant for other pricing.

From $2,495 per person

From $2,995 per person with Bear camp.

There is a child discount of 25% for each child age 12 and under with each paying adult.

Prices for your dates of travel may vary- please contact iExplore for an exact quote. Quoted prices are based on current rates of exchange, tariffs and taxes as of March, 2011. iExplore reserves the right to increase tour prices to cover increased costs, tariffs and taxes received after prices are published, and to reflect fluctuations in foreign exchange rates. iExplore is under no obligation to give breakdown costs involved in any package.

Exclusions:

· Flights to and from Anchorage and related costs.

· Travel insurance

· Arrival and departure transfers or accommodations in Anchorage.

· Any meals not specified in the program.

· Items of a personal nature

· Alcoholic beverages

· Fishing licenses

· Gratuities

All prices are in US dollars and do not include international airfare, unless otherwise noted.

Prices displayed are based on the lowest season base price and assume double occupancy. Prices are shown in U.S. dollars and may or may not include administrative fees, taxes, meals, airfare (where applicable) and Single Supplements. Cancellation penalties, blackout dates and other restrictions may apply.

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Tour Notes

Packing information

We have chosen to travel to remote locations so that you may experience the true Alaskan Wilderness... you will experience both the comfort of the lodge and the native splendor of the unspoiled Alaskan country. Your clothing should reflect this as well. Lightweight, pack able clothing that dries quickly is a must. Don't pack heavy- pack smart! The general idea is to be able to get your gear into one soft-sided duffel and one mid-size day pack. Start with good "new generation" long underwear, add pants, shorts and finish off with a good gore-tex style rain suit. (Latex or nylon will work in a pinch but perspiration is often a problem). Good footwear is also a must; plan on water resistant, high top hiking shoes with a solid sole and good tread.

Papers: Airline tickets and/or confirmations; Photo ID and credit card. Small bills for tipping.

Luggage: Be sure to have a mid-sized day pack for excursions and day trips. You will be able to leave any larger bags at the lodge.

Clothes: A few light weight, easily washable items for travel and daily wear. Supplex is a great new fabric that wears well, stays neat and packs incredibly. Note: an inexpensive laundry service is provided, so you can keep what you have to pack and carry to a minimum.

Outerwear: Waterproof, breathable rain jacket and pants.

Footwear: Sturdy, lightweight (broken in) waterproof boots with aggressive tread and running or walking shoes or sandals for general wear.

Other items: Headlamp with extra batteries and bulb, pocket knife, water bottle, sunglasses and retainer strap, sun block and lip balm, insect repellent, personal first aid kit, toiletries, Ziploc plastic bags for your wet items, camera, film, battery, waterproof disposable camera, reading & writing materials, bandanna, hat, binoculars.

Weather: May and June averages range from the low 50's to mid 60's. July averages mid 60's to mid 70's. August from the 40's to 60's and September 40's and 50's,

Bugs: Not a problem a little bug spray can't handle.

Alcohol: Happy hour is complimentary as is wine in your room when you arrive. Additional beverages are available at a nearby package store. Ice and coolers are available for your room if desired.

Gratuities: We are often asked, "What is the standard tip?" In the interest of information only, here is the typical range for gratuities:

Guide: $10-$25 per person, per day

Housekeeping: $3-$5 per day

Kitchen staff: $3-$10 per person, per day

Other staff: $1-$2 per day

Here are some things to keep in mind when spending time at Bear Camp:

· Bring a small daypack or back pack for your things. The weight limit is 20 pounds per person.

· The weather is generally cooler so bring an extra sweater/jacket and a waterproof outer layer.

Communications to/from the lodge

The lodge has a wireless connection and there is a guest telephone at the lodge. The dedicated guest line is outgoing only and is located in a common, yet private, area of the lodge. Guests can make calling card calls over this line. Please advise family, friends and associates that in order to speak a guest at the lodge it is necessary for them to call the business line at (907) 262- 4515 and leave a message and the guest will call back on the guest line. Email access is available upon a computer at the lodge from 6:30 to 9:30 pm only.

Liquor

The lodge does not have alcohol available for purchase. However, a selection of beer, wine and spirits are provided complimentary during the nightly happy hour. An order form with a wide selection of fine red and white wines, generally about 20 choices will be available at the lodge. This local liquor distributor will deliver your purchase to you at the lodge. You are welcome to bring your own favorite brand of liquor, beer or wine and you can keep it in your room or it can be kept behind the bar.

Alaskan Fishing Licenses

State of Alaska fishing licenses and salmon stamps are not included in your tour price. They are available for purchase at the lodge and the cost is as follows: Non-resident license for 3 days is $20 and for 7 days is $30