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Alaska Tours
Luxury small group tours to Alaska

If you’ve been thinking about how best to explore Alaska, join us on one of our award-winning Alaska tours!

The walking is wonderful - no "bush" skills required! You'll step onto a glacier, take paths through wildflower meadows and spot humpback whales and orcas. You'll also meet halibut fishermen in Homer and cruise sparkling fjords. With multisport tours and family vacations to Alaska, we have something for everyone, whether you are 8, 18, 48 or 80!

Alaska Multisport Tour

Walk through wildlife-filled woodland to waterfalls,
and along dramatic coastline to watch puffins and whales.
Go boating and river-rafting in Kenai, and much more.

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Alaska Family Tour

Walk and kayak up close to glaciers.
Go river-rafting past sea otters. Meet natives, naturalists, gold-miners and fisherman.
Spot black bears and puffins, and much more.

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Alaska Northern Lights Tour

Chase the northern lights through Alaska's most spectacular wilderness areas. Go husky-sledding with Iditarod racers. 
Walk through woodland with reindeer, visit an ice museum, and much more.

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Alaska Private Tour

Book any of the above tours exclusively for your group on any date you choose.
Or have us craft a custom Alaska itinerary completely around your wish list.

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Alaska Adventures FAQ

What airlines fly to Alaska?
Airlines that fly into Alaska include American Airlines, Alaska Airlines, Delta, United Airlines, and JetBlue.

What is the best time of year to visit Alaska?
Alaska is incredible year-round! The best time to visit depends on what you want to experience:
- The best time of year to see the northern lights in Alaska: September – April 
- The best time of year to see whales in Alaska: June – September 
- The best time of year for husky sledding and snowshoeing in Alaska: November – March 
- The best time of year for kayaking in Alaska: May – September 
- The quietest time to visit Alaska is May – June 
- The warmest month in Alaska is usually July
- The coldest month in Alaska is usually January

What is the food like in Alaksa?
Local, fresh, and delicious, especially if you like seafood! Alaska has some of the best wild-caught seafood in the world, and strict regulations ensure everything you eat is sustainable. The salmon (especially king / Chinook) is a melt-in-your-mouth must-try, as is Alaskan crab (king crab is a world-class delicacy), as well as shrimp, oysters, cod and halibut. For meat-eaters, reindeer is a must try, served in all forms from steaks to street food hot dogs! 

Are meals included in Classic Journeys Alaska tours?
Yes, most meals are included with your trip, and on some occasions you will have an evening free to try a local restaurant of your choosing. Read our itineraries to see which meals are included on which days. 

What is the most popular way to see Alaska?
The 49th state is justifiably a very popular tourism destination. In a typical year, about 2.2 million people visit Alaska between June and September. Over two thirds of those tourists, about 1.4 million people, arrive by cruise ship. The three main ports in Alaska—Juneau, Ketchikan, and Skagway—receive between 78% and 98% of cruise arrivals, with each hosting more than 1,000,000 passengers per year because of their ability to service large cruise ships. 

What is the best way to see Alaska?
While cruise ships deposit over 1.4 million people into Alaskan waters each year, many of those tourists do not actually see much of Alaska. Large ports have been constructed to accommodate mega ships so that passengers can disembark, shop in shopping arcades and food courts within the cruise terminals designed to make port stops efficient for cruise passengers so that they can purchase mementos and souvenirs. Smaller ports, like Homer, have managed to avoid the large cruise ships because their harbors are designed for local fishing boats and cannot accommodate the cruise ships. So Homer sees only around 14,000 cruise passengers in a year, allowing it to retain it authentic charm that is appealing to travelers looking for a genuine immersion into Alaskan culture and wildlife.

On a cruise I get the luxury of only having to unpack once. Is staying in multiple hotels a hassle?
There is no hassle when you're traveling with a tour company that offers invisible check in. With Classic Journeys, your bags are taken to your room, and you're checked in before you even arrive. Whether it’s on the coast, or a panoramic mountaintop, you’re staying within the place you’re exploring so you can really experience the culture and wildlife. You don’t have to commute to and from the cruise ship every day, meaning more time exploring. You get to support the local community you’re staying in, too, and meet some amazing locals along the way.

I like having the ability to take time off with cruises, do land-based tours allow that too?
Absolutely. All activities are included in Classic Journeys itineraries. So you can join in with as much or little of our included activities as you like. And even if you join in with everything, you’ll have free time to enjoy your hotel spa, or explore the surroundings at your own pace.

I like cruises for the variety of dining options, can I get a great dining experience on a land-based tour?
Absolutely! One perk of traveling on a guided tour is the local guides (some of whom are chefs themselves.) They know the dining scene of your destination inside out, from which restaurant to pick to which table has the best view and which dishes are a must-try. And different from being on a cruise ship which normally is provisioned before it ever gets to Alaska, you’ll be eating Alaska’s finest farm-to-table cuisine, supporting local restauranteurs, and enjoying a new destination each day.

What are the top activities in Alaska?
Alaska's best activities include: 

-    Rafting Kenai River
-    Kayaking Kenai peninsular 
-    Boating in Kachemak Bay State Park
-    Walk on Exit Glacier 
-    Panning for gold 
-    Take the Mt. Alyeska tramway 
-    Iditarod husky sledding 
-    Walk the Iditarod trail
-    Hike on Matanuska glacier 

When you travel with Classic Journeys, these activities and more are incorporated in our Alaska tours. You'll be in the company of your local guide, who has plenty of fascinating facts and stories to share along the way. Where possible, we secure exclusive access for guests, and any necessary gear and equipment will be provided. 

What are the best things to do in Alaska?
The best things to do in Alaska include:

-    See the northern lights 
-    Whale watching
-    Wildlife spotting
-    Birdwatching
-    Stargazing
-    Walking, hiking and snowshoeing 
-    Kayaking 
-    River rafting 
-    Boat rides 
-    Sample the amazing seafood 

See our itineraries for how we have included these must-do activities and more into our tours!

What are the top things to see in Alaska?
-    Kenai Fjords national park 
-    Denali national park
-    Humpback and orca whales
-    Northern lights 
-    The towns of Anchorage, Seaward and Homer 
-    Mt. Alyeska 
-    Exit and Matanuska glaciers
-    Kachemak Bay State Park

What are the best wildlife experiences in Alaska? 
-    See Alaska’s big 5 in Denali national park: wolves, moose, grizzly bears, Dall sheep, caribou
-    Visit the Alaska Wildlife Conservation center to see bald eagles, bear, bison and more up close
-    Watch for whales at the Turnagain Arm and Kenai Peninsular 
-    Spot moose grazing around Anchorage town 
-    Walk through woodland on our friend's reindeer farm

What wildlife is there to see in Alaska?
Land mammals in Alaska:

-    Black bears
-    Brown bears
-    Moose 
-    Wolves
-    Caribou
-    Fox
-    Beaver
-    Bison
-    Coyote
-    Deer
-    Reindeer
-    Elk
-    Hare
-    Lynx
-    Marmot
-    Dall sheep

Birds in Alaska:
Alaska has over 500 species of bird, including 
-    Willow ptarmigan (state bird of Alaska)
-    Puffins
-    Cormorants
-    Bald eagles
-    Owls
-    Sandpipers
-    Black-footed albatross 
-    Great Blue heron 

Marine wildlife in Alaska:
-    Sea lions
-    Seals 
-    Sea otters
-    Dall porpoises 
-    Pacific walrus 

Whales in Alaska:
-    Gray whales 
-    Humpback whales
-    Orca whales
-    Beluga whales
-    Bowhead whales
-    Fin whales
-    Blue whales
-    Minke whales
-    Sperm whales
-    Beaked whales
-    Sei whales

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