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The Alaskan Adventure - 9 - 16 Aug 2014

  • 09 Aug 2014
  • 5:00 PM
  • 16 Aug 2014
  • 5:00 PM
  • Anchorage International Airport - Anchorage, Alaska
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Explore Alaska

Event Snapshot

Physical Requirement Level:
4 of 10 - Easy to Moderate

Culture Shock Rating: 1 of 10 - None

Length of Trip:
8 Days, 9-16 Aug 2014

Adventure Activities:
Local Day Hikes, Beginner Ice Climbing, White Water Rafting(Class 3), ATV Tour, Glacier Boat Tours, Wildlife & Sea Life Viewing, Amazing Photography

Minimum people needed for event:
10 by 1 Feb 2014

Experience:
None!, No Prior Experienced Needed, all levels of fitness and outdoor experience welcome.

Cost: $250.00 deposit upon registration with a final payment of $2249.00 due by 1 Febuary2014

Payments: Phone, online, check, or cash with receipt. Partial payments are accepted.


  You have to try TAG’s 8-Day Alaskan Journey! Prepare yourself to experience the very best of Alaska in just over a week: the stunning seacoast teeming with marine wildlife; awesome glacier trekking and ice climbing; and action-packed, class-4, glacier-fed, white water rafting. Relax in a rustic, yet cozy, Eco-lodge nestled in Denali National Park, and explore the splendors of the largest city in Alaska: Anchorage.

  Alaska – it is like nowhere else on our planet. It cannot be replicated. It is unique, and will remain that way forever. It is hard to describe the feeling of inspiration when traveling across Alaska’s beautiful and wild lands. You will have to personally experience it to see what we mean. We hope you will join us on this wonderful and awe-inspiring Alaskan Adventure!

What's Included (See details below)
  • *New* Pre-departure “meet and greet” lunch in a privately reserved room at resturant located in Tampa.
  • *New* Professionally built beautiful hardcover photo & story book of the entire event mailed to you.
  • *New* A pre-loaded thumb drive with the events action-filled photos will be mailed to you as part of a thank you package.
  • Lodging, including 3 nights in a hotel in downtown Anchorage, 2 nights in beautiful rustic-like cabins in Denali, and 2 nights in a waterfront hotel in Seward.
  • 9 hour whale/sea-life cruise into the glacier filled bays.
  • 4 hour tour of the famous Denali National Park by ATV.
  • 4 hour class 3-4 action-packed white water rafting.
  • 6 hour day hike and ice climbing trek on a live glacier.
  • Gorgeous, digital pictures taken of you and the group throughout the trip.
  • TAG staff guiding the entire trip for saftey and peace of mind, relax and enjoy the trip without worry.
  • Comfortable, new transportation, fully insured
  • Emergency and safety equipment on hand
  • GPS event tracking on-line. Friends and family can follow your location during the entire trip online.
  • TAG's quality event promise: relax and enjoy!


About Alaska


 Before we go, let’s find out how Alaska came to be one of America’s most beautiful states. Although Alaska’s statehood is relatively recent, the state’s history is long and colorful.

  Dinosaurs once roamed the Great Land, followed by bison and woolly mammoths. Archaeologists believe that the first people moved across the Bering Land Bridge into northwestern Alaska more than 20,000 years ago. Europeans arrived about 260 years ago.

  A series of fur, timber, gold, fishing and oil booms and busts has marked Alaska’s history and culture. Each boom brought in a different set of people. Alaskan Natives, who make up 15 percent of the state’s population, maintain many traditions, such as whaling, subsistence hunting and fishing, and old ways of making crafts and art. Modern culture can be found in such diverse places as Ketchikan, Anchorage, and Kotzebue, as well as in hundreds of villages where people still live in traditional ways.

  While Native culture, as a whole, may define much of Alaska’s appearance, the State contains a broad mixture of cultures. In Anchorage, for example, the school district has found that its student body comes from homes that speak 83 languages.

  Anchorage, the State’s biggest city, has many Alaskan influences but is also sometimes called Los Anchorage for its Lower 48-style architecture and mannerisms. Most residents of Alaska were born outside the state, and when they came to Alaska they brought their own traditions with them, infusing them into the local cultures.

  There are European influences as well. Petersburg, on the Inside Passage, has a strong Scandinavian heritage; Cordova and Valdez bear names bestowed by a Spanish explorer; Cook Inlet is named for a British explorer and Russians left a legacy of the Orthodox Church in much of the State. Now that you know a bit about the great State of Alaska, let us get to what you will do there.

 


Daily Itinerary

Note: Once you land in Alaska please check in with the TAG staff by calling 1-855-800-0824 so we can check you into a room. Most major cellular networks work in Anchorage. If yours does not work, just meet us in the hotel lobby.


Saturday 9 Aug - Day 1

Welcome to Alaska!

12:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.: Land at Anchorage International airport and meet the TAG staff in the lobby of the Coast International Inn near the airport. Please use the complimentary hotel shuttle which will pick you up from the airport, or hire a cab. Taxi drivers know where the hotel is located. Please call before you arrive so we can meet you in the lobby to provide a hotel room key.  After everyone arrives we will meet for a final check-in, go over the itinerary, then relax for the night. (Required clothes: comfortable travel clothing. No Meals Included)


Sunday - 10 Aug - Day 2
Stunning Ice Climbing and Glacier Hiking 

Wake up as you wish, with the time zone change you may need to catch up on sleep. Breakfast, or lunch will be available at the on-site restaurant.  Be ready to leave the hotel at 12:00PM with a day- pack and we will begin the 2-hour drive to the Matanuska Glacier where we will gear up for beginner ice climbing and a glacier hike. (Gear Included: guides, ice axes, harness, crampons, and boots)

The ice climbing will begin with an introduction to using crampons and walking on ice. A short hike across the glacier leads to a spectacular view of more than 20 miles of ice. The guides will set anchors in the ice and prepare the ropes for easy climbing, as each person ascends the glacial walls. This is a beginner ice climbing trip, the guides will assist you as you climb a gentle ice slope, so no prior experience is needed. We will stop for dinner at the Long Rifle Lodge, known for its wildlife statues. After the meal, we head back or go for a short hike if your feeling up to it, then take a scenic ride back to the hotel for the night. (Required clothes: long pants, warm jacket, beanie/warm hat, and warm socks.  Meals Included: breakfast)


Monday - 11 Aug - Day 3
Action-Packed Class 4 White Water Rafting

8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.: Re-pack your bags, we will check out of the Rodeaway Inn this morning. After breakfast at the hotel, the fun begins with a scenic drive about 45 minutes south of Anchorage to the Six Mile River for a 3-canyon, class-4, glacier-fed white water adventure! Although the water is cold, we will be rafting in dry suits so you will be completely warm.

After an epic ride down the river, we will continue driving south to Seward where we will stay in a waterfront hotel that has spectacular views of the bay. Seward has been featured in the television reality show The Deadliest Catch. After checking in to the hotel, you are free to explore this real Alaskan fisherman’s town. Unique shops and restaurants are within walking distance of the hotel. (Meals: breakfast Included. Clothing Required: warm, soft long sleeve shirt and long pants to be worn under the dry suit.)


White Water Rafting Video of "6 Mile Creek" taken by TAG guide David when he was in Alaska.


Click here to view the first video of the river you will raft

Click here to view the second video of the river you will raft



Tuesday - 12 Aug - Day 4
Beautiful and Relaxing 9 Hour Glacier and Coastal Tour
9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
After the exhilarating ride down the rapids yesterday, we will enjoy a more relaxing day 4 that begins with breakfast at Seward’s popular “The Bakery,” where many locals go to eat. After breakfast, we will walk across the street to the docks to board a comfortable mini-cruise ship headed for the Kenai Fjords.  We will enjoy a 9-hour cruise with awe-inspiring views of sea life and glaciers like nowhere else on earth. In the afternoon, the boat will take us to the edge of a glacier where we will have a front row seat to the spectacular sight of glacier calving, or the natural dropping of large chunks of ice into the water.

This tour includes:
  • 8.5-hour cruise
  • 120 miles round-trip
  • Lunch on board
  • Step ashore at our private Fox Island Lodge Buffet style wild Alaska salmon and prime rib for dinner Add half a pound of Alaska king crab: $15 after boarding
  • National Park Ranger presentation
  • Wildlife guide on board
  After the glacier viewing, we will stop to watch whales and sea lions in their natural habitats and then continue to Kodiak Island for dinner. Kodiak Island is a private island where we will be greeted by park rangers who will provide a fascinating lecture on local wildlife and discuss the surrounding Alaskan Eco-system. Dinner is a world-class, all-you-can-eat fish, lobster, and prime rib buffet with a full assortment of sides and desserts. You will not go hungry! Once dinner is complete, we will re-board the ship for a relaxing ride back into the Seward harbor. The van will be waiting to shuttle us back to the hotel for the night.  (Meals: breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.  Required clothing: shoes or boots, warm jacket, hat or beanie, long pants, and long sleeve shirt with a short sleeve shirt underneath.)

View pictures of this tour taken by TAG guide David Dillow when he was in Alaska.


Keni Fjords Sea Life and Glacier Tour of Resurrection bay

Wednesday - 13 Aug - Day 5
Fun Road Trip Heading North to Denali National Park

8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.  Wake up, pack up your bags, and enjoy one last breakfast at Seward’s famous “The Bakery.”  After breakfast, we begin the 4-5 hour drive north, through Anchorage, and into Denali Park – stopping for views of Denali (also known as Mt. McKinley), if the weather allows. We should arrive at the Denali Cabins around 3:00 p.m.  The rustic park cabins have all the ammenities for a comfortable stay to include Wi-Fi internet, heat/AC, bathrooms, and a small lounge area. After check-in, the rest of the day is yours to enjoy as you choose.  (Meals: none included.  Required clothing: comfortable travel clothes)

Thursday -  14 Aug - Day 6
Adventure with the Beauty of Denali National Park Tour
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.  After breakfast, it’s time to jump on an ATV for a tour of Denali National Park. The ultimate back country exploration tour awaits!

  Join your guide as you drive your own 4-wheel, All Terrain Vehicle (ATV), on a truly exciting journey! Driving your own 4-wheel ATV is a wonderful way to experience of the vast wilderness of Alaska. You are in control of your own journey.  Stop whenever you want, the guides will wait for you; take pictures of the spectacular scenery in this National Park; enjoy experiencing Alaska as it was meant to be: rough and wild!  After the ATV tour, join the group for dinner at a local restaurant near the ATV ranch.  
(Meals: dinner included.  Required clothing: long sleeve shirt, jacket, hat, long pants, shoes or boots.)

View pictures of this tour taken by TAG guide David when he was in Alaska, click the link below.

Denali National Park and Hike



Friday- 15 Aug - Day 7

Return to Anchorage - A Day in the City

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.  Today we take a relaxing ride back to civilization. Enjoy a free day in Anchorage where you can shop, sight-see, or try different cuisines.

  Our final dinner together as a group will be at the famous Glacier Brewhouse in downtown Anchorage. (Optional)
(Meals: none included. Required clothing: comfortable travel clothes)



Saturday 16 Aug - Day 8
Departure Flight - Heading Home
 Wake up in time to pack, eat breakfast, and check out of the hotel with the TAG staff before the flight home.  The hotel shuttle or a taxi can be arranged to take you to the airport. Thank you for joining TAG on this once in a lifetime experience! We know you will have had an awesome adventure in Alaska!


Important Travel Information


Air Travel

Please check with TAG before purchasing your airline tickets to ensure your trip has the necessary minimum number of members registered for the trip to go. Do not book flights until you receive an email from TAG saying its ok to do so. We will send and email with suggested flights.


Single Travelers

All single travelers will be placed in rooms with other single travelers of the same sex, single room options are available, contact TAG for single room pricing options.


Not Included in Price

Airfare to/from Alaska, meals not included on the itinerary, any fees and taxes, insurance, gratuities, alcoholic beverages, items of a personal nature, and tips for guides


Weather

Summer daytime temperatures range from 45° to 65°F and night time temperatures dropping into the 30's at times. During the summer, days are long: August has 15:25 daylight hours. Coastal areas have a marine climate which means you should be prepared for rain.


General Information

Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A full gear list and pre-departure information will be sent upon registering.


Pre-Event Meetup

Additional instructions, directions, times will be provided for the pre-event meet and greet after registering for the event.


Packing List:

Note: The weather in Alaska can be extreme. Please pack for rain, cool night-time temps (50's), and warm daytime temps (70's). Though it is a week-long trip, please limit your luggage to one or two bags at the most. Like any other transportation service, our vans only have a set amount of storage. Excess baggage will reduce the amount of space you have in the van while traveling.


Personal Items:

  • Jacket for the glacier tour

  • Shirts

  • Shorts

  • Hiking or long pants

  • Beanie or Hat

  • Toiletries

  • Flip flops/sandals

  • Pajamas or comfortable warm soft clothes to wear under the dry suits when rafting

  • Warm socks for ice climbing

  • Hiking shoes

Outdoor Gear:

  • Sunglasses

  • Small backpack for day hikes and walking

  • Sunblock

  • Bug repellent

  • Comfortable shoes or hiking boots

Accessories:

  • Mask, eye cover, or something to cover your eyes from the sun light when trying to sleep

  • Batteries and chargers

  • Camera, batteries, and charger

  • Snacks

  • Memory cards for cameras

  • Cellular phone charger

  • Cash for souvenirs, tips, and snacks


 Pictures and Videos 
Pictures below were taken by TAG guide David in Alaska.















































Click on a link below to view the picture albums

Glacier Trek and Ice Climbing

Keni Fjords Sea Life and Glacier Tour of Resurrection bay

Denali National Park and Hike


White Water Rafting Videos of "6 Mile Creek"

Click here to view the first video of the river you will raft

Click here to view the second video of the river you will raft


Member Costs

Note: Total cost does not include airfare, alcoholic beverages, some meals, and personal purchases.


To ensure hotels and activities are reserved on time, full payment at the time of registration is required, we offer a partial payments and pay later option when you register and checkout to pay, choose "Bill Me Later" if you wish to make payments for this event.


Non-refundable deposit when registering: $250.00


Total Cost with deposit: $2499.00 per person


Final Payment Due: 1 Feb 2014


Payment and Cancellation Policy
Cancellations received at any time after making your trip reservation are subject to a non-refundable $250 per person service charge. When a trip cancellation is received at least 91 days from departure, your deposit is always 100% non-refundable.

When a trip cancellation is received inside of 90 days from departure, and you have made the full payment, all trip costs are 100% non-refundable. If the event is canceled, your deposit will be returned to you within 5-10 working business days.


Methods of Payment


Phone:

Pay securely by phone by calling 1-855-8000-TAG and we will process your debit or credit card with you on the line without using paypal.


Online:

Register for the event and follow the instructions or pay directly through Paypal by sending your payment to: paypal@tampaadventuregroup.


Check or Money Order:

Pay by check or money order by sending a check or money order made out to Tampa Adventure Group. Mail to:

Tampa Adventure Group

4644 West Gandy Blvd. Suite 4,  Box 149

Tampa, Florida 33611


Payment Options:
When you register and pay online, you have the option to make payments by using the bill me later option when checking out.



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Toll Free: 1-855-8000-TAG (824)




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