PICKUPS: Most trips include complimentary pickup in Anchorage at one of our designated hotels. (Call our office for the list of hotels for this year). Pickup times are 7:30 to 8:00 AM - however exact timing for your pickup will vary from day to day, depending upon the number of pickups (and everyone being on time and ready to go!). Schedule your pickup at 866.411.2327866.411.2327 FREE Monday-Friday or 907.262.4515907.262.4515 Saturday and Sunday. PLEASE MAKE SURE WE HAVE A CELL PHONE CONTACT FOR YOU IN CASE WE CAN'T FIND YOU AT YOUR DESIGNATED PICKUP POINT.
If you choose to drive to the lodge, check in time is 10:30 a.m., travel time from Anchorage is 2.5 hours along a gorgeous road and our address is:
Great Alaska Adventures 33881 Sterling Highway Sterling Alaska 99672
Finally, we also pick up in Seward or Whittier cruise ship docks for an additional fee. Pickup time is 8:30 A.M., and you'll be at the lodge in time for check in at 10:30.
Once you book your Anchorage hotel, please contact us by phone or email to schedule your pickup. Also, please call us 48 hours prior to your anchorage pickup to confirm your pickup. We are all about no surprises!
Packing light is always a great ideas - but in Alaska it may be even more important to pack right. Restricting your gear to 1 large duffel and a medium backpack or waterproof "Dry Bay" is an excellent idea, as hard sided luggage doesn't do so well in Alaska bush planes. We also offer a laundry service at the lodge so you can have your gear washed once during your stay.
We recommend quick drying "adventure wear" style safari pants and shirts, plus a comfortable set of long underwear (tops and bottom). Lastly, be sure to have as good a pair of rain gear as you can justify, along with good waterproof footwear, and you'll be set. Add a stocking cap and ball cap, sunglasses, a handful of ziplog baggies, bug spray, sunscreen/moisturizer and you'll be set. Throw in a small container of hand sanitizer...you don't want to get sick traveling through the airport on your dream Alaska adventure! Fishing enthusiasts check our fishing gear lists for more pescatorial based info!
Gratuities are of course a completely personal decision, but travel is certainly considered a gratuity industry. Upon your arrival, there will be a "tip envelope" in your room to handle gratuities when you check out. There is no need to tip folks on a daily basis (with the exception of your daily fishing guide- they are typically tipped "in hand" at the end of each day). Our staff works very hard so that you will experience an fantastic Alaska vacation and for information purposes only, here are an indication of what is typical for many of our guests:
Guide: Your daily guide is typically tipped 25.00 - 30.00 per day. "in hand" at days end is customary in the guiding industry, however you may of course choose to tip them at trips end as well, with any other tips you choose to leave.
Housekeeping/Kitchen and Lodge staff: Most guests leave 10-20.00 per day to be spread out amongt the balance of the staff.
Again, the above is all a guideline for your information only. Tips are completely at your discretion, and some guests choose to tip far above the recommended guided lines above. In the end it is your decision. If you have any questions, please contact our office.
Return to Anchorage is not included in overnight packages (except BearCamp® only trips). After checkout at 2:00, a Great Alaska driver will shuttle you to the Kenai airport for the 25 minute commuter air back to Anchorage - $175.00 p/p or:
Opt for a float plane to pick you up right at the lodge and take off from the Kenai River, delivering you to Anchorage in about half an hour. 250.00 p/p.
Fishing licenses and information are available online here. Prices as of 2017 averaged about 15.00 per day plus about plus 20 a day for King Salmon Stamp (requried to fish King Salmon. If you don't fish for kings you are not required to have one. If you are in a boat where Kings will be fished, you will be required to have one.
PLEASE NOTE: King salmon stamps are only required if you will be targeting King Salmon during your stay with us. (Kings typically available June/July time frame on the Kenai and Kasilof Rivers, and in June/June offshore). Ask your adventure expert if you'll be targeting Kings during your stay. You cannot target kings without a valid stamp- they cannot be purchased after the fish is caught ! :)Alaska Fishing license prices change each year, however they are available at the lodge upon your arrival, but you buy them online here. Prices for 2017 as displayed on line as of when I type this are as follows: (Kids under 16 years of age, do not need to purchase a license- a free "harvest card" will be issued). If you are fishing after July 31, you will not require a king stamp.
Receive a copy of our exciting 2018 Legendary Adventures brochure in the mail and we’ll have our 40 page catalog in the sent to you right away. In the meantime, dive into the online version, and please let us know if you have any questions! Our office staff has a combined 100 years of Alaska and worldwide adventure travel experience, and we’d love to put that knowledge to work to assist your planning.