The Real Alaska Tour
The Real Alaska Tour
The Real Alaska Tour is by far the best way to see Seward in a day, especially for those without included transportation. If you are planning to book the Alaska Railroad Coastal Classic train (not included in the price of this tour), this is the perfect tour to complement it.
First, take in the fascinating history and breathtaking beauty as your guide shows you the sights of Seward, known as The Gateway to Alaska and Mile 0 of the Iditarod Trail. See first-hand the effects of the 1964 Earthquake and stand in awe of the mountain that is home to the second-oldest foot race in the United States.
Departing from the train depot, you will drive to Kenai Fjords National Park, where you will walk to Exit Glacier. The walk takes about an hour over moderate terrain. The trail takes you to the face of the glacial ice, but does not continue onto the glacier. Along the trail, watch for mountain goats, moose or bears on the mountainside. During the salmon runs, see salmon swimming upstream to spawn. If, for any reason, you do not want to do the hike, you may stay in the Kenai Fjords National Park Nature Center. You will still be afforded excellent views of Exit Glacier as you can view it on the drive in.
A hearty lunch will be served at nearby Resurrection Roadhouse before you travel to the Seavey homestead.
Since 1963, the Seavey place has been home to five Iditarod racers, spanning three generations and 100 champion sled dogs. Your real Alaskan adventure begins with a two-mile dog sled ride. Feel the power, excitement, and energy of our amazing sled dogs as they are harnessed to our comfortable wheeled sleds. The ride lasts approximately 35 minutes and wheeled sleds can hold up to a maximum of eight guests.
The intrigue of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, also known as Alaska's Super Bowl, comes alive as you mush through the Alaskan wilderness to the base of Resurrection Mountain and along Box Canyon Creek. Your guide will thrill and excite you with stories from the trail as you experience the raw power of 13 Iditarod sled dogs.
Upon return to the kennel, tour the kennel facilities, laugh as a guest is dressed up as an Iditarod musher, and cuddle adorable husky puppies. Your guide offers a delightfully humorous, behind-the-scenes look at the Seavey family's training for the most demanding race on earth. At the end of this fun-filled day, your driver will return you to the Alaska Railroad depot at approximately 5:30 PM.
PRE-CRUISE: Guests arriving in Seward from Anchorage on the Southbound Coastal Classic train should check their luggage through to their cruise ship when boarding the train in Anchorage. Hand luggage can be taken on the tour bus with you. Your cruise must be departing Seward after 7:30PM for you to take this tour.
POST-CRUISE: Guests disembarking (ending) a cruise in Seward should check with their cruise line about having their luggage delivered to the train depot. If your cruise line does not offer this service, guests will need to bring their luggage to the train terminal for train check-in and luggage storage before the tour. Your tour will end at the train station in time for you to collect your luggage and board the northbound Coastal Classic scheduled to depart at 6:00 PM. Guests overnighting in Seward should check with their accommodations about luggage storage.
Shore Excursions Group was created with one goal in mind: to provide exceptional travel experiences to cruise passengers in the ports they visit around the world. To accomplish this, we have compiled an exceptional array of tours delivered by local experts with decades of experience serving travelers and delivering excellent tours. Our owners and management team are comprised of seasoned travel industry executives who leverage their considerable experience to deliver memories of a lifetime.
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Bradford J. Miller
Mr. Miller is the former Executive Vice President and Chief Development Officer for Abercrombie & Kent, the World's leading luxury travel company. In that role, Mr. Miller was responsible for contributing to Abercrombie & Kent's international growth through the development and acquisition of tour products and travel experiences around the world with a specific focus on cruising and land based experiences. Prior to joining Abercrombie & Kent, Mr. Miller held a variety of executive positions with Royal Caribbean International and Celebrity Cruises for more than a decade. These positions included Vice President of Guest Sales & Service, Vice President of Brand Development, and Vice President of Onboard Revenue (which included shore excursions). Mr. Miller also led Celebrity Expeditions, a collection of outstanding and unique tours around the World.
Mr. Bonner has over a decade of experience working in the cruise industry in a variety of roles for both Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. and Viking River Cruises. Most recently, Mr. Bonner was the Chief Operating Officer for The Scholar Ship, a Royal Caribbean program aimed at providing college students onboard educational programs in conjunction with enriching shore excursions around the world. Mr. Bonner also helped co-manage Viking River Cruises U.S. Operations, and he ran the corporate, strategic, and deployment planning functions at Royal Caribbean. While at Royal Caribbean, Mr. Bonner was responsible for forming Royal Celebrity Tours, Royal Caribbean's land-based tour operation in Alaska, which takes cruise passengers on multiple day tours through the interior of Alaska either before or after their cruises. Prior to working at Royal Caribbean, Mr. Bonner was a consultant for Booz Allen & Hamilton.