Experience the endless diversity of the Kenai Mountains by visiting an ancient glacier, riding an aerial tram to a mountaintop, and seeing wildlife up close at a conservation center.
Traveling by coach from the pier, you will enjoy a picturesque 90-minute drive through the beautiful Kenai Mountains surrounding Seward en route to Portage Glacier. The scenery is simply breathtaking as you make your way to your first stop, Begich-Boggs Visitors Center which is located at the head of the glacier. Portage Glacier was derived from the fact that years ago it was the primary portage route used by the Dena'ina Indians and Russian fur traders. You will have plenty of time to explore on your own at the center, taking in the majestic views and browsing the fascinating exhibits on glaciology and the Chugach National Forest.
Continuing on, you will next make your way to Alyeska Resort, the only five-star resort in Alaska. Here, you will board an aerial tram for a magnificent ride to the top of Mount Alyeska, which rises 2,300 feet above sea level. From this marvelous vantage point, you can see for miles and will be treated to views of Turnagain Arm, numerous glaciers and the Chugach Mountain range. You may also see moose and bear down below. Following lunch at the top of the mountain, you will head back down to meet your coach for the drive to the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center. It is here, in this caring and compassionate environment, that injured and orphaned animals are rehabilitated for release back into the wild. While the animals in residence vary, you may see bear, elk, bison, lynx and eagles, all being cared for by the staff.
At the conclusion of your visit to the center, you will make the leisurely 90-minute journey back to Seward where your ship awaits.
Please note: This tour includes approximately 90-minutes of moderate to easy walking plus any additional walking at the guests' discretion during the visit to the Begich-Boggs Visitors Center. There are some uneven surfaces to negotiate at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center. This tour is not available to wheelchair guests and those with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Weather-appropriate, layered clothing; a waterproof jacket and flat, comfortable walking shoes with a non-slip sole are suggested.