Girdwood, United States

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clock-o8 hours (Approx.)
TransportHotel pickup offered
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commentOffered in: English

Overview

Be awed by supersized glaciers and the hardy wildlife of the tundra on this full-day tour through the rugged Alaskan wilderness. Departing from Anchorage, drive along a scenic byway to the Turnagain Arm of the Cook Inlet, framed by the dramatic Chugach and Kenai mountain ranges. Cruise on the lake that laps against the ancient blue ice of Portage Glacier, stop for lunch at a cozy lodge, and get an up-close look at Alaskan wildlife such as caribou, musk ox, and lynk at a conservation center.
  • Full-day Alaska sightseeing tour from Anchorage
  • Explore the glaciers, mountains, and lakes that surround the Alaskan capital
  • Marvel at some of the world's highest tides at the Turnagain Arm of the Cook Inlet
  • Glide alongside the Portage Glacier on a lake cruise
  • See moose, bears, bison, and other native species at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center
  • Led by experienced guides who live in Alaska year-round
  • Small-group tour for a more personalized experience

Reviews

Viator Traveler's Reviews

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W
, Sep 2018

Gorgeous September day to drive up the Turnagain Arm, sail to Portage Glacier and visit the Wildlife Conservation Center. Our driver was very informative and very entertaining. Along the way there he pointed out the Beluga whales, eagles and a wolf running along side of us on the beach! Ended the day with a stop to see the salmon and then a view of Denali in the Chugach State Park near Flattop mountain. An unforgettable day!

c
, Sep 2018

Kris was our tour guide. He is a long time Anchorage area resident with a lot of experiences in the area. Our tour started with a beautiful day in Anchorage. Clear and sunny. We could see Denali from our hotel room in Anchorage. Kris took us to a viewing spot high in the hills of Anchorage so we could get a fantastic view of the area. We then drove along Turnagain Arm on our way to the Portage Glacier. Not a lot to see along the Turnagain Arm except for the Buluga whales which we did not see any. Once at the Portage Glacier area, we purchased lunch in the local lodge. Lunch was OK and expensive. The Portage Glacier cruise was fantastic as you get real close to the glacier for nice pictures and viewing. Cruise lasts about an hour. We then went to the Wildlife Wilderness Center. Overall the center has animals that were abandoned such as the bears which I believe were found in the wild with no mother. The bears were the highlight as they come close to the fence during feeding time and do a few things to get red meat. Overall the center is about 200 acres with a lot of wildlife that roam free (inside a fenced off area) but you get the feeling that center is struggling for money as have to ration the food, etc. Kris gave us a good tour of the center and was a great tour guide. I would recommend this tour if you have one day to spend in the area and want to get a good feel for what it is like.

l
, Aug 2018

Excellent variety of activities with a great tour guide who's enthusiasm was quite inspiring. Great views from the mountains nice glacier cruise and the animal preserve.

S
, Jul 2018

Very interesting. Great guide. Beautiful area. Relaxed . Not stersing. Enough time to see experience and enjoy.

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, Feb 2018

I suppose you could go to any of the places on this tour on your own, but it was nice not to have to worry about driving, parking, and above all, it was nice to get a lot of information about Alaska from a local.

The guide was very informative and gave us a lot of information about where we were going and about life in Alaska in general, but I think he should keep his personal perspective on climate change to himself. As a guide, I think he should remain neutral and not offer his personal take on being the denier of the climate change.

Other than that, we were content with the guide as well as the tour.

P
, Sep 2017

907 tours was amazing. Our driver/guide, Susan was so knowledgable and very funny. We had a really lovely day, even though it rained so hard for most of it and we were trudging around in mud most of the time. Portage Glacier up close was great. The Alaskan Wildlife Conservation Centre was very good, but hard to rate properly as we were rained on so hard here, but this is not the tour guides fault and she did everything she could to make us comfortable. Highly recommended.

j
, Sep 2017

This was a fantastic trip! Our wonderful guide is a long-time Alaskan and is very knowledgeable about the places we went and what we saw. What a great start to our Alaskan adventure! I wouldn't change a thing!

J
, Sep 2017

Our guide, Susan, was outstanding in every way. She was exceptionally knowledgeable and therefore made the excursion most informative. What a delightful person she is to your company!!!

M
, Aug 2017

great tour in spite of a very rainy day. Loved the wildlife at the wildlife conservation center, wish we had more time there. Knowledgeable guide.

G
, Aug 2017

Great trip! Our driver/guide, Susan, was excellent with a thorough knowledge of the area and a delightful personality. Much of the cost and value of the tour is related to the exceptional personalized service with all details worked out. The drive to Portage Glacier is spectacular, and the van is very comfortable with a nice high ceiling. The boat ride to view the glacier is tame, so no Dramamine needed. If you have never seen a glacier up close, this trip will be quite an experience. The lunch at the Portage Glacier restaurant offers an opportunity to get some great chowder, sandwiches and cookies. Food is not cheap, so plan on spending 7 for soup and 8 for sandwiches. The wild animal conservancy allows you to see all the key land animals of Alaska. The tour is a nice way to meet fellow travelers from around the globe. The areas of the tour were also essentially mosquito free. You need to allow most of the day for the tour, and in the summer you will have plenty hours of daylight. Of note, we booked the tour through Viator, and the printed information incorrectly identified our hotel as not a pick up site. We were very pleased to have the van pick us up and drop us off at the hotel. Just call the local phone number if any concerns. Hope you enjoy your travels!


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