Alaska – The Great Exploration

Explore the stunning Kenai Peninsula, learn about puffins & venture to a remote scientific field station. Experience a side of Alaska very few travelers get to see.
$4,695 Adult / $4,495 Child


Our Purpose

As America’s last frontier, Alaska boasts a nearly endless amount of natural beauty. Add to that a litany of land and marine life found nowhere else in the U.S. and you have one of the most awe-inspiring experiences available to travelers today. But dig below the surface and you will quickly see that there is an overriding sense of concern amongst the local population about the changing climate, rising seas and environmental degradation, and the extreme isolation of Alaska also puts it at an even higher risk of eminent change.

As we meet with researchers, scientists, and local community groups, The Great Exploration across this region of Alaska will show you a side of Alaska that few others get to experience and provide you with a deeper sense of what is being done to protect it for future generations.

Volunteer Time = 5 hours (2 afternoons)


What You'll Do

On this Discover Corps Vacation with Purpose, we’ll venture across the famed Kenai Peninsula to witness the epic beauty of Alaska’s coast, mountains and people. Along the way, we’ll take you to leading organizations and introduce you to some of the most dedicated individuals working to protect the wildlife and resources of the 49th state.

Learn about puffin conservation at the Alaska Sealife Center, explore tidepools by way of “belly biology”, take a boat to a remote scientific field station, visit an oyster farm (and try the oysters!) and get hands-on experience of true Alaskan dog sledding, riding with a local family that has dedicated their life to this tradition.


What You'll See

As you journey across three different cities in Southern Alaska, expect to see an abundance of wildlife and epic panoramic views for miles. In Anchorage, enjoy a picnic lunch into the snow-capped mountains of Chugach State Park before marveling at the wilderness that surrounds you as you head to Seward in a glass-top train (often ranked as one of the top ten train rides in North America). In Seward, boat through the remarkable Kenai Fjords National Park, and keep an eye out for whales, porpoises, puffins, sea otters, bald eagles, and more along the way! Experience a dog sled ride to the base of Resurrection Mountain along Box Canyon Creek. In Homer, the other side of the Kenai Peninsula, explore the “spit” – a long line of restaurants, shops, and docks with breathtaking views you won’t soon forget.

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Optional Post-Trip Extension

Denali National Park (3 Days / 2 Nights)

For those who opt for an adventure to Denali, bid the rest of the group farewell and take a quick 40 minute domestic flight from Homer to Anchorage, complete with a bird’s eye view of the Kenai Peninsula and mountain ranges. You will then transfer to the Anchorage Museum to explore before catching a bus for the 5-hour long ride directly to Denali National Park.

Wake up to a full breakfast before a free morning in Denali to walk the boardwalk or check out the Murie Science & Learning

Center. We recommend lunch on your own, before you hop on the afternoon bus into Denali National Park. Travel 62 miles to Stony Hill Overlook for incredible scenery, a narrated history of the park road, and some of the best opportunities to view wildlife. You will also go a bit further than most and venture to Stony Hill Overlook to view North America’s highest peak.

The next morning, hop aboard the Denali Rail Depot for your rail journey back to Anchorage for flights home.

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Where You'll Stay

Start your trip at a boutique hotel in the heart of Anchorage. Enjoy all the comforts of home, walking distance to local breweries, shops, restaurants, and everything Anchorage has to offer.

In Seward, stay at Harbor 360 – the premier waterfront hotel in this small, scenic fishing village. Located directly on the Seward Small Boat Harbor, enjoy stunning 360 degree views of Resurrection Bay and the surrounding Kenai Mountains, and views of the harbor while soaking in the hot tub or swimming in Seward’s only hotel pool. Harbor 360 Hotel is also a certified “Green Business” through the Adventure Green Alaska Program, committed to reducing their impact on the environment.

Finally, end your Alaskan adventure at Aspen Hotels in Homer. Each room is a suite that includes a work desk, generously sized guest rooms, microwave, toaster, coffee mater, and mountain views.

Angela Bailey

Seward, AK

Traveler's Journal

I am ecstatic to bring Discover Corps’ travelers to my home state of Alaska. Having grown up between the ocean and mountains, I’m instilled with a deep appreciation for the abundant beauty this wild state has to offer. Across the Kenai Peninsula, you’ll encounter an array of wildlife with the chance for learning in every direction. Come visit my backard for the Great Exploration!

Dates and Fees

We offer several Family Friendly dates, to help families book travel around common school vacation times

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7 Days/ 6 Nights

Program Cost: $4,695 Adult* / $4,495 Child*

Optional Post-Trip Extension to Denali National Park: $995 Adult / $945 Child

2020 Dates

July 5-11, 2020

August 14-20, 2020

2021 Dates

June 12-18, 2021

July 17-23, 2021

August 7-13, 2021

 

  • * Double Occupancy Price. Children’s pricing applies to travelers 16  years and younger at the time of travel sharing a room with an adult.
  • Mandatory Single Room Supplement = $850 for the core trip, and $575 for the extension. This is required if we cannot find a suitable roommate.

What's Included

  • Double-occupancy lodging for 6 nights
  • 15 meals throughout the trip, including one soft drink, local beer, or local wine with dinner 
  • Expert guide to support, guide, and inform you throughout the trip
  • All reliable land and water transportation with experienced drivers, including public transportation
  • Admissions and entrance fees to national parks and other scheduled events throughout the trip
  • $50,000 emergency medical evacuation insurance
  • Discover Corps pre-departure booklet
  • Turnkey customer support from preparing for your trip to arrival back home

What’s Not Included

  • Airfare
  • Two dinners and one lunch
  • Alcoholic beverages beyond one per dinner
  • Tips for Discover Corps guide and driver
  • Laundry services, phone, and Internet services

Alumni & Family Discounts, Monthly Payment Plans, and More

Repeat travelers and groups are eligible for discounts. Looking for a payment plan to help manage your trip? Learn more here.

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