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ALASKA FAMILY EXPLORER
2014 Tour Description Sheet
7 Days. Starts and Ends in Anchorage, Alaska Family Fun and Adventure at Kenai Fjords National Park, Matanuska Glacier & Denali National Park!
Exceptional Wildlife & Glacier Viewing Opportunities and an Exciting Variety of Included and Optional Activities
2014 TOUR DATES & PRICES
ALASKA FAMILY EXPLORER ‘Camp & Cabin’-based tours:
Tour Dates: June 22-28, July 13-19, July 21-27, August 17-23. Additional dates are possible…
Tour Price: Adults: $1,325 + 2% local sales tax. Children aged 17 & under: $975 + 2% local sales tax. ______________________________________________________________________________________________
ALASKA FAMILY EXPLORER Lodge-based tours
Tour Dates: July 21-27. Additional dates are possible; please call or email to discuss.
Tour Price: Adults: $1,895 + 2% local sales tax. Children aged 17 & under: $1,295 + 2% local sales tax.
GET UP AND GO! While our other tours are for adults only, Alaska Family Explorer is specially designed with active
children (ages 10 and older, or 6+ on select departures) and adventurous families in mind. Highlighted by multi-day visits to Denali and Kenai Fjords National Parks, and to the huge Matanuska Glacier, Alaska Family Explorer features a full-time
professional guide (or two, for groups of 8-12 on Camp & Cabin-based trips), excellent opportunities to view Alaskan wildlife and glaciers, as well as several fun and exciting included and optional activities that your family will remember forever! We start the tour by heading south to the lush Kenai Peninsula and to the coastal community of Seward, gateway to Kenai
Fjords National Park for a two-night stay. Here we can walk out to the gigantic Exit Glacier, and take a short hike through the coastal rainforest down to a pristine beach. Optional activities here include a fantastic wildlife and glacier-viewing cruise in
the fjords of the national park, on the lookout for whales, sea otters, sea lions, bald eagles, puffins, and more. A visit to the
excellent Alaska SeaLife Center; a salmon or halibut fishing charter; an easy and beautiful 3-hour sea kayaking paddle; an Ididarod dog sled team kennel tour and wheeled dog cart ride; and even a helicopter-accessed dog-mushing trip on a glacier are additional optional activities available here. No previous experience is necessary to participate in any activity. From Seward we‟ll head north to a lodge near the huge Matanuska Glacier, for a two-night stay. In addition to plenty of
family time, there is a highly recommended option to strap crampons onto your boots and venture out onto the blue glacier ice on a guided glacier trek, or even try an introductory ice-climbing course. A new Nitro zipline course is another exciting option! Next we head to Denali, one of the world‟s most famous national parks, for a two-night stay. Here you will ride on the park‟s
wildlife-viewing/access shuttle bus, on the lookout for grizzly bears, caribou, moose, Dall sheep, wolves, foxes and more. There will also be optional opportunities here to go river rafting (white or calm water); to take a scenic flight to Mt. McKinley
(also known as Denali, this is the highest peak in North America); and to hike. On the final day of the tour we visit the famous Denali dogsled kennels in the morning before making the drive back to Anchorage, where the tour ends at ~6 pm. A final and highly recommended option is to forego the drive, and instead board the Alaska Railroad, for a beautiful wilderness train ride from Denali back to Anchorage (8 pm arrival in Anchorage). Both „Camp & Cabin‟ (C&C) and lodge-based versions of this tour are available (on different dates, see above). Other than the nightly lodging, the itineraries of both versions of this 7-day, 6-night tour are identical. On the C&C version we will camp at
established campgrounds four nights and stay in rooms at a beautifully set lodge two nights (two or three family members per room). The camping equipment we provide is of high quality; you need only bring sleeping bags and pads (or you can rent these cheaply from us with advance notice). On the lodge version of the tour we spend six nights in comfortable lodges, two or three family members per room.
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DAILY ITINERARY & ACTIVITIES Notes: This itinerary applies to both the „Camp & Cabin‟ and Lodge-based versions of the tour, except where noted.
This flexible tour itinerary may operate in either direction, and is subject to change.
Activities listed as optional are at additional cost. Pre-booked optional activities must be pre-paid, or your guide will book these for you
during the tour, on a space-available basis (payable locally, credit cards accepted). Last-minute decisions on most optional activities are often
possible if you‟re not sure now…
DAY 1. ANCHORAGE TO SEWARD & KENAI FJORDS NATIONAL PARK. We‟ll meet in the lobby of our
Anchorage departure hotel/s this morning, introduce ourselves, review the tour itinerary, pack up, and head out. Today‟s short
drive is beautiful, along scenic Turnagain Arm to the Kenai Peninsula. Wild Dall mountain sheep, bald eagles, and even beluga whales are all commonly seen on this drive. En route, we can stop at a glacier with a year „round snowfield for a fun walk. Once in Seward, we can take an easy walk through an old growth rain forest to a stunning Resurrection Bay beach; in late July and August, the stream there is chock full of spawning salmon, a sight to behold. There are also options this afternoon to visit
the Alaska SeaLife Center, go “heli-mushing” (mush your own dog sled team across a helicopter-accessed glacier!), or simply
enjoy some free family time strolling around the charming seaside town.
DAY 2. SEWARD & KENAI FJORDS NATIONAL PARK. Today we can make the easy walk out to the face of huge Exit
Glacier, in Kenai Fjords National Park. An optional and highly recommended day cruise out to an actively calving glacier in the national park is not to be missed! Whales, sea otters, sea lions, porpoises, seals, leaping salmon and a great variety of bird
life are commonly seen on this trip, including puffins, bald eagles, and more. Deep-sea fishing is another option. DAY 3. MATANUSKA VALLEY & GLACIER. This morning there is an optional opportunity to go sea kayaking along the
stunning coastline, prior to traveling northeast to our lodge, near the beautiful Matanuska Glacier. We‟ll check into our
beautifully situated lodge around dinnertime for another two-night stay, and enjoy a delicious family-style meal in their dining
room this evening.
DAY 4. MATANUSKA VALLEY & GLACIER. After a big breakfast, there is a highly recommended option to go on a
guided trek on the glacier. Local glacier guides will fit you with crampons (spikes that you strap to your boots or sturdy shoes),
helmets, and hiking poles, for an unforgettable guided walk out onto the glacier. The streams, water falls, lakes, ice cliffs, and
deep moulins (water-formed glacial caves) that characterize this otherwise frozen river of ice are fascinating. The especially adventurous can even sign up for an optional, all-day introductory ice-climbing course (minimum age 12), or for the new, 1500‟ “Nitro” zipline course (minimum age 7, 60 lbs; maximum 235 lbs). Otherwise, the afternoon is free for family time, a tundra hike or casual stroll, and/or to enjoy a sauna in the wood-burning sauna house (bring your bathing suit!). DAY 5. DENALI NATIONAL PARK. Following breakfast, we‟ll load up and head north to world famous Denali National
Park, for a two-night stop. We will visit the new Visitor Center upon arrival, possibly go on a walk in the woods, or you can take the fun white or calm-water river rafting trip (optional; the minimum age is 10 for whitewater, or 14 in the whitewater paddle boat; the calm water float trip is available to younger children). There is also the option to go “flightseeing” to Mt.
McKinley (aka Denali, at 20,320‟ the tallest peak in North America) this afternoon, tomorrow, or the following morning.
DAYS 6. DENALI NATIONAL PARK. Get ready for wildlife, as well as incredible landscapes! Today you will board the
park‟s shuttle bus for a wildlife-viewing trip into the immense wilderness area of the park (which is larger than the state of Massachussets!). Grizzly bears, caribou, moose, Dall sheep and foxes are all commonly seen, and lucky ones may even see wolves. Unless the clouds conspire to conceal it, magnificent, glacier and snow-draped Denali looms large over the landscape, a stunning sight!
DAY 7. BACK TO ANCHORAGE. The park has been patrolled in the winter by rangers and dogsled teams for 90+ years, and the park maintains a large kennel of sled dogs, including puppies, which we will visit this morning. Along the way back to Anchorage we can watch for wildlife and strop to take a walk. The tour ends in Anchorage by 6 pm. An attractive and leisurely, optional way to return to Anchorage is to board the Alaska Railroad for a stunning 7+ hour wilderness train trip, arriving in town, unaccompanied, at 8 pm. (If you wish to take the train trip, please let us know ASAP as it often sells out).
ACCOMMODATIONS CAMP & CABIN-BASED TOURS: 7 days / 6 nights: We stay in organized campgrounds four nights, and spend two nights
indoors at the Majestic Valley Wilderness Lodge (or similar, 2 or 3 family members to a room; rooms at this lodge feature one double and one twin bed, and private baths). While camping we supply easy-to-erect four-person Eureka tents, which are perfect for two people and their luggage. Be sure to bring your own sleeping bag and insulated sleeping pad, or, with advance
notice, you can rent these from us ($25 per bag, and/or $10 per sleeping pad). Hot showers are available most days. LODGE-BASED TOURS: 7 days / 6 nights: All nights are spent in private rooms with private bathrooms at local lodges;
two or three family members per room.
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MEALS CAMP & CABIN-BASED TOURS: All meals are included*, and are prepared by your guide/s in camp (or are served in restaurants, or in our lodge). We feature fresh, nutritious, and tasty foods, multi-course meals, and large portions, often
including homemade dutch oven deserts, barbecues, fresh fish and meat, salads, and more. Dinner is a highlight! Lunches are
generally buffet-style picnics or brown bag meals that we carry with us on our hikes or other activities. Vegetarians and most
special diets can be catered to with advance notice, please list any dietary restrictions or preferences on your Tour Reservation
Form. *except breakfast the first morning and dinner on the last day. LODGE-BASED TOURS: All breakfasts and lunches (except breakfast on the first morning) and two dinners are included in the tour price. Most breakfasts are either ordered off the regular menu or are served family style. Lunches are generally buffet-
style picnics or brown bag meals that we carry with us on our hikes or other activities. 4 of the 6 dinners on lodge-based tours
are not included; these are taken either at our lodges or in local restaurants, and are paid for locally/individually. Most special
diets can be catered to with advance notice, please list any dietary restrictions or preferences on your Tour Reservation Form.
LOOK AT ALL THAT’S INCLUDED
; Professional Guide/s: The friendly and capable services of a professional Get Up & Go! Tours’ guide: Camp & Cabin-
based tours with 8-12 group members have two guides
; All Ground Transport, Anchorage to Anchorage (an Alaska Railroad trip from Denali back to Anchorage is optional) ; All Camping and Included Lodge Costs, as specified in the “Accommodations” section of this document, above
; All Necessary Camping Gear, except your personal sleeping bag and ground pad (these are available for rent with
advance notice: bags $25, pads $10/ tour)
; All or Most Meals, as specified in the “Meals” section of this document
; Entrance Fees to all national and state parks visited en route, and to Matanuska Glacier ; Denali National Park Wildlife-Viewing Shuttle Bus trip into the wilderness area of the park
; Denali Dogsled Team Demonstration
; Day Hiking: The amount, length and difficulty of the hiking is customized for each group. Beautiful! ; Tour Pre-Departure Packet, including general tips, a packing list, arrival and Anchorage lodging information
; Transport to and from Anchorage, where the trip starts & ends
; Anchorage Lodging, before or after the tour; we can help. See our Tour Pre-Departure Packet for details
; Non-Included Meals (see “Meals”), and alcoholic beverages
; Optional Activities (see below)
; Personal Expenses
; Gratuities for your hard-working guide; see page 5 of our Tour Pre-Departure Packet for general tipping guidelines
; Personal Travel Insurance: highly recommended. See our Tour Reservation Form for details
; Child Care: of any sort; you are always responsible for the care, safety and supervision of your children
OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES & PRICES
; Kenai Fjords National Park Wildlife & Glacier-Viewing Cruise: Don‟t miss it! ($149 + tax & fees; Children <11:
$74.50 + tax and fees)
; Sea Kayaking near Kenai Fjords National Park ($65 + tax)
; Heli-Mushing: Helicopter-accessed sled dog mushing on a glacier: fly up and mush a team of real huskies! (~$449 + tax) ; Alaska Sea Life Center entrance. (Adults $20, Children 4-11: $10; students 12-17 or with i.d. $15 + tax) ; “Ididaride” Sled Dog rides & demo (dog demo & wheeled cart ride with Iditarod sled dogs, not on the snow; Adults $69,
children $34.50 + tax)
; Glacier Trekking on the Matanuska Glacier (Adults $69; Children 12 and under $56).
; Introductory Ice Climbing Course on Matanuska Glacier ($129, min age 12)
; Nitro Zipline Course, near Matanuska Glacier (Adults: $49; Children ages 8-12: $39; minimum weight 70 lbs) ; Calm or Whitewater River Rafting at Denali National Park (Adults: $87; Children age 13 and under: $57-$67) ; Flightseeing to Mt. McKinley, in Denali National Park (Adults: ~$350, Children <12: ~$175) ; Alaska Railroad Wilderness Train Trip from Anchorage to Denali National Park. ~$156; children 11 and under $78; or
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Gold Star luxury dome car service: ~$241; children 11 and under $120. 7+ hours. Highly recommended! (If you wish to
take the train trip, please let us know ASAP so we can book it for you, as it often sells out).
GET UP AND GO! TO RESERVE YOUR PLACE on this or any of our tours, simply give us a call at 1.888.868.4147 or 1.907.245.0795, or
email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Assuming availability, all you‟ll need to do to confirm your reservation is to complete our Tour Reservation Form and fax, scan and email, or mail it back to us with your $300 pp deposit ($500 pp for lodge-based tours). We accept personal checks, money orders, international bank wire transfers, Visa and Master Card. Thank you, we are happy to answer any questions you may have, and look forward to your visit!
“Just back from a FANTASTIC week on your tour, we just wanted to offer our praise and gratitude while the experience is fresh. From start to finish it was an excellent trip, beginning with the talents and approach of (your guides) Dave and Terrance, continuing with the superb itinerary, owing also to our compatibility with the other family, and including all of the intangible, unpredictable, unplanned, and value-added aspects of the overall Get Up and Go Tours! Alaska Family
Explorer experience. A few items of note: -Dave's cooking was extraordinary - tasty, plenty, timely
-He and Terrance handled each person/experience with utmost patience and professionalism
-They added much with their vast knowledge of Alaska, flora, fauna, people, places, etc.
-The itinerary was perfect - diverse, great mix of places and activities
-Pace was just right - keeping good and busy doing fun stuff, with some downtime as well
-OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES were wonderful mix and we enjoyed each of them so much
-No frills, and yet no corners cut - we were comfortable without cushy, just what we came for
-So much more...hikes!-glaciers-campgrounds-LODGE!!!-laughs... “It's late now, and we are still tired from all of the fun and excitement of the trip, and we are catching an early shuttle to the
airport to fly home, so I will end this with a plan to write more specifics when I have more time. Suffice to say that we are very
satisfied customers, would happily provide testimonials and talk to potential clients and recommend this trip HIGHLY, and we'll tell Trip Advisor and others about our great experience from start to finish...
(Did we mention that we took your advice and flew in to Juneau and hiked there and then took the ferry up to Haines and had a wonderful time there? Thanks for adding value in that way.)
“BRAVO! And thanks again to you and the others for everything that made this a memorable and truly positive summer vacation.
“Be well and stay in touch. Gratefully,” --Doug Gertner, Maggie Miller, Jordy Gertner, Colorado,
email@example.com; 303-886-4114; Alaska Family Explorer, Camp & Cabin
“Dear Geoff, We had a wonderful and adventurous trip to Alaska. Thank you so much for assigning (guide) Amanda A. to us.
Never could we have had a more fun, creative, and professional guide. We truly enjoyed her. She has the perfect personality for her job and she represents Get Up and Go! perfectly. She was informative… she just fit in with our crowd of ten beautifully.
We appreciate her and are fully aware that Amanda enhanced our experience of Alaska. “The itinerary was great—just our speed. You did a marvelous job setting things up for us. Thank you! “The Alaskan Railroad was great too. We are so glad that we made arrangements thru Get Up and Go Tours—as we know
how doing otherwise could have made or broken our trip. “So Geoff, we will recommend your company to other friends from Oregon and beyond. Friends are already asking! “Thank you again! Give our best to Amanda. Sincerely, Kathy & Bill Block (John and Matt too).” --Kathy & Bill Block
“Hi Geoff, I just wanted to let you know what a wonderful trip we had with Get Up and Go Tours! The trip was awesome,
(your guide) Marci was the best, and everything worked out just as planned and hoped for (even better!). Our travelling
companions were great, the kids all got along very well and it was an experience none of us will soon forget!
“Really, I just can't say enough about how smoothly everything went, from the campsites to the equipment, to the food, to
Marci's activity suggestions and ability to make all the arrangements for us (sometimes on short notice!), to keeping her cool when trying to keep to some sort of a time schedule with 5 kids and 4 parents in tow! Thank you so much for everything. Please
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feel free to use me as a reference - I would love to share my enthusiasm with anyone wishing to learn more about this kind of travel in Alaska, particularly those travelling with children. It was just great! All the best,” --Brenda Rich, Atlanta, GA
“The trip was awesome and I am pretty sure we wouldn't have changed anything for the things we did and the places we stayed. It was beyond our expectations. (Guide) Shaun did a great job and he was a perfect match for our family. You did a phenomenal job in setting up the trip. It was the best vacation we have ever had since we started doing our family adventure vacations with our kids. I would highly recommend it to anybody and you are welcome to use as a reference. “Alaska in itself is awesome and breathtaking. Everything from the sky, mountains, glaciers, and water is incredible. Probably
the highlight was the glaciers in Seward. Particularly the glacier cruise we took. All the places we stayed and the people who
you work with at the different activities were excellent. Thank you so much.” --Jim Barber and family, Indiana
“I would like to thank you and our tour guide Dave for a truly remarkable holiday. We had a tremendous time and have been
very impressed by the efficiency and professional approach by your organisation. Dave looked after the two families extremely well. The 4 adults are now tempted to come back for a trip in Wrangell St Elias... We would definitely recommend Get Up And
Go! Tours to others. With best wishes, The Wilkie Family.” --Dr. Veronica Wilkie & family, England
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