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.
Reviewer: Tim McCoy
Despite less than favorable weather, enjoyed everything about this excursion. Highly recommend as an end to a cruise if you have the time. Description for this excursion is lacking detail, including the kennel we visited. Who knew we were headed to the Iditarod-winning Seavy homestead - very cool. Exit Glacier was beautiful to see at such close range and the side trip to see the salmon, although not the ideal time of the season, was still fun and worthwhile. Loved it all but seeing the dogs and being pulled in a golf cart-like vehicle was a favorite, especially after finding out this was not an accommodation for tourists but actually summer training for the dogs, to prepare them for winter racing.
Since there was no snow, the dog sled trip was on gravel; otherwise, a nice experience. The walk to the glacier was nice and good to see the timeline/history of how it has shrunk over the years.
Reviewer: Nigel & Liane
Our back-to-back cruise schedule was ideal for taking this 6hr trip. The tour group turned out to be 8 strong - about right. Todd, our driver and guide was friendly, knowledgeable and informative throughout and the small coach very comfortable. The visit to the Seavey dog-sledding establishment was very interesting with a high ahhhhh-factor when the 3-week puppies were handed round! The sled ride along gravel trails in the woods was enjoyable; nowhere near as nail-biting as some described. The setting is beautiful. Lunch was good (with gluten free option), especially as a member of the race competing team joined us. The hike to and from the exit glacier was gorgeous as well as educational. Not too arduous, but could be a challenge for some. To finish off we visited a salmon stream in some lovely woodland. Very enjoyable.
Reviewer: Celia Hampson
Learned the Seavey family history of competing in the Iditarod. Took a ride on a wheeled sled pulled by 16 dogs. Listened to a talk on the preparation and gear required to enter in the race and to protect the musher and the dogs from freezing temperatures. Visited and got to hold the smallest of sled dog puppies (4 weeks old). Had lunch at a nearby resort where we were joined by the oldest Seavey son who regaled us with great stories about sled dogs and racing them. This is an excursion I would recommend to anyone.
Reviewer: Frank the traveler
This was one of the best excursions we experienced. We enjoyed all three experiences very much. Absolutely loved learning about the iditarod sled dogs and getting to pet them.