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Alaska’s Inside Passage by Bike

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Alaska's Inside Passage by Bike

Scheduled Tour

Price from

3690 USD

Duration

7 Days | 6 Nights

Level

2

Tour Code

GUAB21

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Tour Alaska's Panhandle by Bike

Majestic glaciers, spectacular mountain ranges, scenic coastlines and the northern lights: our ‘new’ Alaskan Inside Passage bike touring adventure has it all. Cycle through small towns alive with cultural and culinary treats, and explore the remote and untouched wilderness of North America by bike.

Alaska’s Inside Passage offers an unforgettable cycle touring experience through one of America's most spectacular scenic treasures. 

Extend the fun, with the optional 2 day/1 night Tour Extension to Juneau & Mendenhall Glacier!

Quality Bikes
Specialized bikes & Trek e-bikes

Your Guide
Expert Naturalist & Local Bike Guide

Group Size
6 to 12

Accommodation
Stylish with en suite facilities

Activities
Bike & Hike

Minimum Age
14+

Overview

A breathtaking journey by land and water from Juneau to Haines and on to Skagway, this tour is a cyclist and nature lovers' dream. Pedal past remote alpine lakes and through subarctic forests, enjoy the tranquility of floating through nature preserves, and explore the funky charm of gold rush era towns to sample local beers and ciders. At tour’s end join our optional tour extension with a seaplane to Juneau & guided kayak tour of the Mendenhall Glacier - where the icecap meets the sea.

Our new Alaska Inside Passage bike touring adventure offers an astounding array of wilderness, wildlife, native culture, and local hospitality, all brought alive by expert guides offering the attention to detail and local connection you've come to expect from Grasshopper Adventures.

Extend the fun, with the optional 2 day/1 night Tour Extension to Juneau & Mendenhall Glacier!

Biking the Inside Passage

Flat coastal roads give way to rolling terrain. Spectacular scenery abounds when cycling the coastal regions of southern Alaska. Our route follows mostly paved roads with some sections of loose gravel riding. A moderate cycling level is recommended. 

A limited number of E-bikes are available for this tour on a first-come basis.

Highlights

  • Bike the stunning wilderness areas of the Inside Passage
  • Float pristine waters through America’s largest bald eagle preserve
  • Explore Dyea, Alaska’s most famous ghost town
  • Experience the hospitality and cuisine of Haines 
  • Relax aboard the Alaska State Ferry from Juneau to Haines

Inclusions

  • Grasshopper's own Naturalist, Steve Grace
  • Local Alaskan bike tour guides
  • Comfortable hotel accommodation
  • Bikes and all recreational equipment
  • Fresh, healthy snacks on tour
  • Meals: All Breakfasts, Lunch x5, Dinner x3
  • All Transfers and entry fees

Introducing Naturalist & Author - Stephen Grace

We are excited to have Steve join our tours in Alaska. An author, naturalist and environmental educator, Steve has wandered the world exploring unique ecosystems and habitats and is quick to point out that one of the planet’s most interesting and biodiverse is right in our backyard.

His passion for nature stems from his first stay in Alaska, which makes both the state and its natural surroundings close to his heart. On tour he will be your go-to expert for all things wild and wonderful, opening up a whole new dimension to what is already a spectacular setting.

Day to Day


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Riding:
56-67km
35-42mi
Meal:
L,D

Welcome to Juneau and our first breathtaking ride in Alaska. The morning starts with a bike fitting & orientation and a final cup of coffee before setting off on our 42 mile pedal out of town.

Following Alaska Route 7, our ride takes us through the Tongass National Forest. At sixteen million acres, it’s America's largest forest preserve. Route 7, known as the “Glacier Highway,” provides views that will likely have you off the bike at regular intervals for photos. Route 7 consists of four unconnected sections running the entire length of the Inside Passage. We’ll rejoin Route 7 again in a few days just outside of Haines. As we cycle north, the road skirts Point Bridget State Park before reaching Echo Cove, the proverbial “end of the road,” at least for this section.

Tonight enjoy an evening in lively Juneau, a capital city unlike any other in America. Surrounded by spectacular scenery, famous for its welcoming attitude and recently hailed as one of America’s must-experience food scenes. As one critic noted, “When you eat here you learn about our history, our culture and what’s to come.”
Now you can experience it for yourself!

Riding:
35km
22mi
Meal:
B,D

The Alaska Ferry is a vital cog in the Alaska Marine Highway System, connecting the remote areas of this enormous state. The ferries provide both a fun and ‘eco-friendly’ method of transporting us from Juneau to Haines. After an early breakfast we’ll board the morning departure and head further north.

Our Grasshopper tour leader is a professional naturalist and he’ll be with us on the outside decks to describe the incredible wildlife viewing. Dall’s porpoises are known to follow the vessels year-round, and migrating whales begin moving south in August. Bountiful nature is on full display during this exciting overwater journey.

On arrival in Haines we’ll check-in to our hotel, change into our bike gear and head out for a 22 mile ride to Chilkoot Lake. Surrounded by Sitka Spruce and towering mountains, the lake is one of the most picturesque in the region and a beautiful afternoon ride.

Riding:
48km
30mi
Meal:
B,L

This morning’s ride takes us along the Chilkat River to the Tlingit village of Klukwan. The town's name, Klukwan, means "eternal village.” Unlike other Tlingit communities, Klukwan is governed exclusively by a traditional tribal council. This modest town has a small school, a health clinic open two days a week, a community garden, and a small grocery store. In 2017 the tribe celebrated the opening of a new Cultural Heritage Center with hopes of attracting tourists to support their community. Inside the center you’ll find colorful totems and traditional weavings on display.

After lunch we’re in for an unbelievable experience: floating through the world-famous Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve, boasting the largest gathering of bald eagles anywhere in the world. This is a peaceful journey (no whitewater), and we’ll be on the lookout not only for eagles, but also for bears, moose, even wolves, all drawn to the preserve by the spawning salmon. Our day ends back in Haines with time for you to explore the small town’s big food reputation as you wish.

Riding:
32km
20mi
Meal:
B,L

Commercial fishing started in Haines in the 1880s, and by the early 1900s several canneries lined the town’s waterfront. Our day starts with a harbor ride, cycling past the historic cannery row. Our route continues south along a small peninsula surrounded by deep channels and steeply rising mountains.

Haines is unique geographically, as several coastal mountain ranges converge in this area, providing views of both open waters and beautiful peaks. We’ll pedal to Chilkat State Park, as trails here offer us close-up views of two nearby glaciers: Rainbow and Davidson. A shaded forest hike leads to dramatic viewing points. We’ll enjoy a picnic lunch and then return to town with some free time to explore Haines this afternoon and evening.

Riding:
24km
15mi
Meal:
B,L

This morning a private ferry takes us along the Taiya Inlet to Skagway, gateway to the Klondike. The name Skagway is a Tlingit idiom that refers to the rough seas of the inlet caused by strong north winds. Founded in 1897, a year after gold was first discovered near Dawson on the Yukon River, Skagway served as a base of operations for thousands of prospectors during the Klondike gold rush of 1897-98. For a while it was the largest city in Alaska.

Skagway today looks like a Hollywood movie set, only the history here was real. A ranger-led walking tour of the historic downtown will get us away from the tourist shops and offer an oral history of this remarkably resilient community. As the White Pass & Yukon Railway is closed this summer, after lunch we will drive to the top of the White Pass for a scenic downhill ride back to town.

Riding:
40km
25mi
Meal:
B,L,D

An hour of biking this morning brings us to historic Dyea, once known as Skagway’s sister city. In 1897 Dyea boasted over 150 businesses, including the Olympic Hotel, a three-story structure billed as “the largest in Alaska.” Change came quickly though, with the building of the Whitehorse & Yukon Railway, and by 1903 the town was being abandoned.

We’ll hike a short section of the historic Chilkoot Trail, a route carved through a beautiful glacial valley by native tribes and used by miners to access the British Columbia goldfields. The trail is now part of Alaska’s U.S. National Historic Parks. We will hike out then enjoy a scenic float back down the Tiaya River to our lunch spot.

After a picnic lunch in Dyea, we will bike back to Skagway with time to explore the downtown. Tonight we’ll have dinner in the private dining room of Skagway Brewing. We’ll meet the brewing team, sample their award-winning beers, and also tour their state-of-the-art indoor hydroponic gardens.

Meal:
B

Early Skagway promoters planted big, showy gardens to impress tourists, naming the town "Garden City of Alaska." Jim and Charlotte Jewell revived this tradition using grounds originally planted by gold-rush stampeder Henry Clark in the 1880s. After breakfast we’ll visit the gardens to see some of Clark’s original plantings on beautiful grounds full of blooming flowers, Alaskan-sized vegetables, and inspiring glass garden installations.

If you’re joining our 2-day Tour Extension: Kayak the Mendenhall Glacier, we will be heading to the seaplane dock after lunch. For those not joining the extension, tour services conclude late morning with transfers available for seaplane departures and for the Alaska State Ferry south for Juneau.

Dates & Price


Dates Availability Price * Deposit payment: $500 USD
* Single room option: $650 USD
25 Jun - 01 Jul 2022 Seats available

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23 - 29 Jul 2022 Seats available

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