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Portage Glacier Cruise a Self-Guided Tour  This self-guided Portage Glacier Cruise is truly ideal for the independent traveler.  Your shuttle will take you to Portage Valley where you can enjoy a meal at Portage Day Lodge and enjoy stunning hiking trails like the Trail of Blue Ice and Byron Glacier Trail.  You can choose to take the one-hour cruise on Portage Lake up to the face of Portage Glacier either before or after your visit to Portage Day Lodge. Experience the sheer awesome face of a mighty Alaska glacier on your one-hour cruise aboard the MV Ptarmigan. Standing just 300 yards from a relic of the Ice Age and watching for icebergs to break off the glacier and crash into the water below, you will find out why Portage Glacier is Alaska's second most visited attraction.

Description:

What You Can Expect The self-guided Glacier Cruise Tour allows you freedom to break away from tour groups and explore on your own and return when you want.  On the way down to the Portage Glacier Cruise you will be traveling down Alaska’s most scenic stretch of highway known as Turnagain Arm. You will make a stop at Beluga Point, Turnagain Art Gallery and then on to the Portage Glacier Lodge.  You may want to take some of the scenic walks found around Portage Valley – Alaska’s Crown Jewel.  When you are ready to continue, simply board the hourly shuttle from the Portage Glacier Lodge back to Anchorage.  The return journey back to Anchorage is simple: just hop on any shuttle back to Anchorage.  It’s that easy. Board the Turnagain Arm Shuttle that fits your schedule and return when you want.  Cruise Departures on Portage Lake are at 10:30, Noon, 1:30 p.m.,3:00 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.  You must make sure you plan accordingly so that your shuttle arrives at Portage Lodge with ample time.  Shuttle Departures for these cruises should be at 8:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m., Noon, 1:00 p.m., or 2:00 p.m., respectively, in order to make the appropriate cruise.  

Highlights 

  • Beluga Point:  Popular photo stop with panoramic views of Turnagain Arm.  Possible opportunities to see Dall sheep and Beluga whales. 
  • Turnagain Art Gallery:  Owned and operated by professional, competitive wood carvers, the gallery is full of stunning sculptures, jewelry, paintings and photographic prints. 
  • Portage Valley: Enjoy a meal at Portage Day Lodge and enjoy stunning hiking trails like the Trail of Blue Ice and Byron Glacier Trail.  You can also rent a bicycle for a relaxing tour of the Valley. Other activities include taking the one-hour cruise on Portage Lake up to the face of Portage Glacier or discovering the geology and natural history of Portage Valley at the Begich Boggs Visitor Center. Return via the Turnagain Shuttle when you choose.  Last return from Portage Valley is at 8 p.m.

What is so great about this tour is when your done with your adventure you have the choice of going on to another.  Your Turnagain Shuttle Pass is an all-day pass. 

How great is that?




Highlights:

    Location: Anchorage, United States of America

    Duration: 5 to 8 hrs

    Voucher Redembtion: You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity. 





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    Additional Information


      Operates: See Availability

      Departure Point:
      Anchorage Visitors Center

      Departure Time: 8:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m., Noon, 1:00 p.m. 2:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.

      Departure Time Comments:

      Hop-on hop-off tour with stops near cruise port



      Return Details:
      Anchorage Visitors Center

    • Inclusions:
      • National Park fees
      • Pickup and drop-off from designated meeting points
      • Sightseeing cruise
      • Round-trip transfer on the Turnagain Shuttle

    • Exclusions:
      • Gratuities (recommended)

    • Other Information:
      • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
      • Children must be accompanied by an adult
      • A moderate amount of walking is involved
      • Due to uneven surfaces, this tour is not recommended for those with walking disabilities or using a wheelchair
      • Not wheelchair accessible
      • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
      • Subject to favorable weather conditions. If canceled due to poor weather, you will be given the option of an alternative date or full refund
      • Not recommended for pregnant women
      • Not recommended for participants with heart complaints or other serious medical conditions
      • Not recommended for participants with back problems
      • Cruise departures may vary if a cruise is sold out.  Please be ready to be flexible.


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