Anchorage To Whittier Tour & Transfer
Enjoy this tour and transfer with wonderful narrative and stops along the way!
This is a transfer that is more like a tour, as you'll see wonderful sights along the way and stop to stretch your legs at really cool places!
This tour includes:
• Transportation from Anchorage to Whittier
• Comfortable vehicles that seat 8-14 guests
• Narration by long-time Alaskan escort/guide
• Complimentary beverages, ie. water, soda
• Potters Marsh
• Windy Point Dall sheep viewing
• Beluga Point whale watching
• Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center
• Portage Glacier/Begich, Boggs Visitors Center
• Anton Anderson Memorial Tunnel
Begin your transfer tour with a pick-up at your downtown hotel at 10 a.m.
Upon boarding, enjoy complimentary beverages provided for your comfort. A stop at Potters Marsh, a popular state game refuge, allows for bird watching from a boardwalk (binoculars provided). This is a nesting area for waterfowl, as well as arctic tern, Canada geese, swans, and ducks.
Next, we'll see Windy Point and watch for Dall sheep on the roadside cliffs. The salt licks here provide nourishment to the sheep.
Following this, we'll stop at Beluga Point for a possible whale watch as you travel along the beautiful Turnagain Arm of the Cook Inlet. This drive also provides a great backdrop for stunning photography.
Next, visit the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, opened to the public in 1993. It is located on 140 acres at the southern edge of Turnagain Arm and the entrance to Portage Valley. AWCC provides care and rehabilitation for injured and orphaned wildlife, as well as wildlife education and awareness. Animals that are unable to be released or survive in the wild are given refuge in the center's spacious habitats. Here, people can safely get close, observe, and photograph some of Alaska's largest land animals, including moose, bison, elk, deer, caribou, bear, musk ox, small mammals, and birds of prey.
Arriving at Portage Glacier, leisure time offers a great area to view the icebergs in the lake, as well as hanging glaciers, that will keep your camera busy. The Begich, Boggs Visitor Center offers a unique opportunity to learn about the Chugach National Forest, America's second largest national forest. Award-winning exhibits, educational presentations, the film "Voices from the Ice," information services, and an Alaska Natural History Association bookstore are available. Join a Forest Service interpreter or go it alone on this short 1/4 mile loop trail located just outside our doors. Interpretive signs along the trail help paint the picture of Portage Glacier's retreat, revealing a landscape full of new life. Depending on the season, you may be able to view salmon spawning.
Finally, enjoy a ride through the Anton Anderson Memorial Tunnel, the longest tunnel in North America, 2.5 miles! It is the first tunnel designed for -40° F. and 150 mph winds. The tunnel is located 50 miles southeast of Anchorage, near Portage Glacier, and connects the port city of Whittier on Prince William Sound to the Seward Highway and Southcentral Alaska. It opened to vehicle traffic on June 7, 2000, after extensive conversion from a World War II railroad tunnel.
As you arrive in Whittier at approximately 4 p.m., you'll be transferred directly to your cruise ship and helped with off-loading of your luggage, or you may be dropped off at your hotel in Whittier.
• Children under the age of 8 or under 80 pounds require a booster seat. One can be provided for a nominal $15 rental fee. Children under the age of 4 or under 40 pounds require a full child car seat. One can be provided for a nominal $15 rental fee. You may pay this fee in cash in person.
• Our transfers do not include meals or driver gratuities.
• You may be dropped off at the pier or at your hotel in Whittier.
• There is a minimum of 6 passengers needed to operate this tour.
• This is not a private transfer, but you most likely will be in groups no larger than 10 people.
• PLEASE NOTE: This tour is only available until September 15th every year.
Days offered: 7 days a week