Alaska Small Ship Cruises - Alaska Wildland Collection


Alaska Small Ship Cruises - Alaska Wildland Collection



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7 Days


June - September


USD 2,995.00 per person


Dec 31, 2018
Alaska Small Ship Cruises - Alaska Wildland Collection
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Alaska Wildland Collection is a seamless 7-day adventure that promises remote Alaska through an in-depth exploration of the magical Kenai Peninsula and Kenai National Park, with three distinct Kenai lodges as your home base. Spend two nights each at the classic Kenai Riverside Lodge, situated along the bank of the beautiful Kenai River; at Kenai Backcountry Lodge, a historic and ecologically managed lodge; and at Kenai Fjords Glacier Lodge, the first and only lodge in Kenai Fjords National Park.

Start by heading south from Anchorage, rafting the Kenai River and hiking in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. Then journey farther south to Seward for embarkation via boat into the remote Kenai Fjords National Park, then return to Anchorage on the historic Alaska Railroad. Along the way, enjoy an array of guided activities to suit your interests and energy level. In the evening, enjoy fresh fare like grilled salmon and comfortably appointed accommodations while you soak up the authentic Alaskan hospitality.

Alaska Wildland Collection is the perfect blend of wild, remote Alaska, at a great value. Easy access from Anchorage, short travel times, fun activities and special youth rates make this a great family travel option in Alaska.

The Kenai River offers world-class salmon and trout fishing. Contact AdventureSmith if you are interested in adding fishing to the Alaska Wildland Collection.


Rates vary by trip length, ship and cabin category. Cruises start at $2995 per person for 7-day Prince William Sound Discovery cruise. Early booking discounts may be available.


Day 1: Anchorage To Cooper's Landing
Anchorage, Alaska, United States

Meet your trip leader at an Anchorage hotel at 2:30 p.m. (hotel to be announced at time of booking). Enjoy a scenic drive south along Turnagain Arm and through the Chugach National Forest to the quaint community of Cooper Landing, home to Kenai Riverside Lodge. Arrive at the lodge in time for dinner and trip orientation.

ACCOMMODATIONS: Kenai Riverside Lodge

MEALS: dinner

Days 2: Kenai River Rafting
Kenai River, Alaska, United States

From the lodge's launch site on the Kenai River, gear up for a scenic raft trip into the heart of the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. On this class II, casual stretch of river, you'll be able to access stunning backcountry sights and protected wilderness areas. While rafting, scan for moose, bald eagles and other bird species, and salmon. A delicious picnic lunch will be served along the river or on the shore of Skilak Lake. Late afternoon, arrive at the boat-in-only Kenai Backcountry Lodge, a unique, historic inn. Appetizers and dinner welcome you in the main lodge, followed by evening activities. Relax in the outdoor gazebo or in the wood-fired sauna. For those brave souls, take a dip into the glacier-fed waters of Skilak Lake.

ACCOMMODATIONS: Kenai Backcountry Lodge

MEALS: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 3: Kenai National Wildlife Refuge Exploration
Petersburg, Alaska, United States

Spend a full day exploring the remote wilderness of the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. Hike the Cottonwood Creek Trail and travel through several fascinating ecological communities. At the top of the trail, explore the alpine tundra and enjoy splendid views of Skilak Lake and the surrounding wilderness. Or explore the lake and shoreline by boat; stop along the way for short walks and to marvel at the explosion of wildflowers. Return to the lodge in the afternoon and enjoy the wood-fired sauna or simply relax at the lodge. Depending on the weather, options for the evening may include an evening sunset kayak or a fireside natural history presentation by one of the lodge's guides.

You can opt instead for a day of fishing on the Upper Kenai River for an additional charge.

ACCOMMODATIONS: Kenai Backcountry Lodge

MEALS: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 4: Chugach National Forest & Kenai National Wildlife Refuge
Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, Alaska, United States

Cross the lake in the morning, and say farewell to Kenai Backcountry Lodge as you return to Kenai Riverside Lodge. Enjoy a casual afternoon hike on a trail in the Chugach National Forest or Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. Ask your guide about hiking to the Russian River Falls to view salmon as they swim upstream, trying to leap over the falls to return to their spawning waters or venture along the Hideout Overlook Trail for views of open alpine meadows, a perfect opportunity to view wildlife and, in late summer, great berry picking! Relax in the evening on the riverside deck or enjoy a nice wood-fired sauna before enjoying a hearty dinner at Kenai Riverside Lodge.

ACCOMMODATIONS: Kenai Riverside Lodge

MEALS: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 5: Seward & Kenai Fjords National Park
Kenai Fjords National Park, Alaska, United States

Following breakfast, bid farewell to Cooper Landing and the Kenai Riverside Lodge, as you travel through the Chugach National Forest to the picturesque seacoast town of Seward, situated at the head of Resurrection Bay. Board a custom catamaran bound for Kenai Fjords National Park, home to an array of glaciers and marine wildlife such as whales, Stellar sea lions, sea otters and puffins. A four-hour cruise allows time to explore the dramatic coastlines. Enjoy lunch in front of a tidewater glacier before arriving at your exclusive lodge destination, Kenai Fjords Glacier Lodge.

Nestled in a protected tidal lagoon area, the Glacier Lodge offers miles of pristine beachfront for combing and views of the stunning Pedersen Glacier. This afternoon, meet your wilderness guides for a tour of the lodge and property and settle into your private cabins. Enjoy dinner and evening presentations.

ACCOMMODATIONS: Kenai Fjords Glacier Lodge

MEALS: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 6: Kenai Fjords National Park
Kenai Fjords National Park, Alaska, United States

After breakfast in the main lodge, choose from an array of activities to match your interest and energy level. Guided options include interpretive nature walks, canoeing, sea kayaking and coastal explorations; or, relax at the lodge and peruse the natural history library, or take a leisurely stroll along the beachfront.

ACCOMMODATIONS: Kenai Fjords Glacier Lodge

MEALS: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 7: Seward & Alaska Railroad To Anchorage
Seward, Alaska, United States

This morning allows another opportunity to canoe, kayak or explore the area in the morning before bidding farewell to Kenai Fjords Glacier Lodge. Midday, embark on a return coastal wildlife cruise back to Seward. From there, board the historic Alaska Railroad for a scenic backcountry rail tour back to Anchorage. Dinner and hotel/airport transfers are not included, but meals are available for purchase on the train. Arrive at the Anchorage train station by 10:15pm and transfer to your hotel or the airport.


MEALS: breakfast and lunch

Day 8: Sitka Disembarkation
Sitka, Alaska, United States

After breakfast we disembark in Sitka, southeastern Alaska’s only oceanfront town. In the native Tlingit language, Sitka means the village behind the island and it has been home to various cultures for thousands of years. When visiting here, one can’t help but wonder about the ways in which cultures survive, passing down their characteristics from generation to generation.

Often, as you enter the harbor channel, dozens of bald eagles soar high above. This town has a strong Russian heritage, so readily apparent as you visit St. Michael’s Russian Orthodox Church with its onion domes. Gaze up at the grand totem poles that line the wooded trails through Sitka National Historic Park, and at the Raptor Rehabilitation Center, come face-to-face with bald eagles, hawks, falcons and owls. Sitka’s oceanfront setting is dominated by the volcanic peak of Mount Edgecumbe and surrounded by a string of small islands. The crystalline waters of Sitka Bay abound with sea stars and translucent moon jellyfish. After our visit, drive to the airport, just five minutes from town, for our afternoon flight to Seattle, arriving in the early evening.


  • Meals as indicated on itinerary
  • Accommodations in a mix of hotels and rustic lodges
  • Entrance fees
  • Leadership, crew, local guides
  • Kayaking, hiking activities
  • Alaska Railroad return to Anchorage


Itinerary Notes: Use the itinerary as a guide only. Itineraries may be altered due to weather, wildlife, National Park regulation or at the captain's discretion. The ability to be flexible makes this type of adventure travel unique. Note that in rare circumstances, due to high winds, weather fronts or ocean conditions, we are unable to access the Kenai Fjords Glacier Lodge at scheduled times. Alternative activities and accommodations have been planned for this uncommon occurrence, but please be prepared for a possible change in schedule.

A Note on Fishing: The Kenai River offers world-class salmon and trout fishing, and the Kenai Riverside Lodge is one of the premier fishing outfitters in Alaska. If you are interested in fishing we encourage you to consider upgrading your trip to include a day, or more, of fishing prior to arrival, as fishing programs fill up quickly. The best way to guarantee fishing availability is to book your fishing arrangements in advance. Please contact AdventureSmith for more information.

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