Multi-Day Tour | Escorted, Group, Private

Alaska Vacation for Foodies (8 days)

Access Culinary Trips

Fairbanks, AK, United States To Anchorage, AK, United States

Valid for Departures Now Through: 23 Jun 2019

Itinerary

DAY LOCATION(S) HOTEL MEALS DESCRIPTION
Day 1
Fairbanks, AK United States
Pike's Waterfront Lodge Dinner

DAY 1: Alaska Tour Begins

Welcome to Alaska! Your tour begins in Fairbanks, where your driver/guide will pick you up at the airport. Perched on the bank of the Chena River, Fairbanks is Alaska’s second largest city and serves as a great launching point for Denali National Park, the first stop on our culinary tour of Alaska! After you check into your room, you’ll have the opportunity to meet your fellow travelers during tonight’s welcome dinner at the lodge.

Day 2
Denali National Park, AK United States
Denali Bluffs Hotel Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 2: Cooking Class at Denali

This morning we hop in the van and drive to Denali National Park. Just outside the park entrance, in the middle of the wilderness, awaits a true culinary surprise – 229 Park’s Restaurant and Tavern. One of Alaska’s most innovative and exciting restaurants, 229 Parks is owned and run by two-time James Beard nominated chef, Laura Cole. With wild blueberries, world class salmon, and gardens made rich by the midnight sun, Laura is constantly experimenting with, creating, and redefining Alaskan cuisine. We could think of no one better to help us explore Alaska’s culture through its cuisine, and we are thrilled that she agreed to offer Alaskan cooking classes exclusively for our guests! Learn how to create a taste of Alaska as Laura regales you with tales of cooking in the Alaskan outback.

After enjoying the delicious lunch you have created with Chef Laura, we’ll check into our Denali hotel and then the afternoon is free for you to explore. Transportation is available for any guests wishing to participate in optional activities, such as flight-seeing over majestic Denali, or a walk on one of the accessible trails inside the park.

Day 3
Talkeetna, AK United States
Chugach Mountains, AK United States
Knik River Lodge Breakfast, Lunch

Day 3: Talkeetna & Beyond

This morning we head to Talkeetna, set on the banks of the braided Susitna River. Its proximity to the rugged Alaska Range adds to the ambiance of this rustic town which is well known for its arts community and as the launching point for climbers wishing to summit Denali. Our first stop is a family-style brunch at the quaint Talkeetna Roadhouse, built in 1917, with history steeped in the early mining and fur trade activities that lured settlers into the new Alaska Territory. The pancakes are made from a 1902 sourdough starter and are delicious smothered in local birch syrup.

Now that you have tried the birch syrup, we’re off to the Kahiltna Birchworks factory, a family run business and the world’s largest producer of pure organic birch syrup. We will get to see a tree tapping demonstration, visit the evaporator where the syrups are processed, and of course, check out the tasting room!

In the afternoon, we drive to the Knik River Valley and check into our wilderness lodge where we’ll stay for the next two nights. Our charming cabins (each with a fireplace) overlook the Knik River, surrounded by the towering Chugach Mountains. The setting couldn’t be more spectacular or more perfectly Alaskan. Perhaps enjoy dinner tonight at the lodge’s gourmet restaurant where you can watch wildlife wander by and feast your eyes on the stunning scenery.

Day 4
Chugach Mountains, AK United States
Knik River Lodge Breakfast

Day 4: Optional Glacier Adventures & Afternoon Farm Tour

This morning you’ll have a chance to explore the glaciers of the Chugach range. You might choose helicopter flightseeing that includes a landing on the Knik Glacier, guided dog sledding with a six-time Iditarod musher on the Colony Glacier, or a scenic float on Class II rapids at the face of the Matanuska Glacier. Or, you might just choose to relax at the lodge and enjoy the scenery. Our team can help you pre-book your chosen adventure.

In the afternoon we’ll head to the nearby farming community of Palmer where we’ll meet local farmers and learn about the unique challenges of tilling the soil in the Alaskan frontier, with frigid winters and endless daylight in the summer. These farmers are bringing fresh, local produce to Alaska and our visit helps support their operations.

Day 5
Homer, AK United States
Land's End Hotel Breakfast

Day 5: Homer & The Kenai Peninsula

Now that you’ve experienced Alaska’s rugged interior, it’s time to head to the coast. Today we drive across the stunning Kenai Peninsula to the fun, artsy town of Homer, located on Kachemak Bay. Along the way we’ll stop for views of volcanoes and visit a historic Russian-era Orthodox Church. For the next two nights we’ll stay in a hotel at the end of the 5-mile long Homer Spit, surrounded by Kachemak Bay. Sit on your deck or walk the beach and you’ll see eagles, otters and seals (and possibly even whales!) frolicking in the bay against a backdrop of snow covered mountains.

Day 6
Homer, AK United States
Land's End Hotel Breakfast, Lunch

Day 6: Kachemak Bay

Today we’ll board a small boat for a scenic journey through Kachemak Bay. On the way watch for marine life such as sea otters, sea lions, porpoises, whales, and numerous species of bird, all of which inhabit the rich waters of Kachemak Bay. Our first destination will be a local oyster farm where we will learn about Alaska’s unique environment and have the chance to try some of the freshly harvested oysters. Next we’ll head to the cooking school at Tutka Bay Lodge. Located on a re-purposed crabbing boat which was originally a World War II-era troop carrier, the cooking school is led by renowned Cordon Bleu chef and cookbook author, Kirsten Dixon. Classes will feature local Alaskan seafood including halibut, salmon, crab, and famous Kachemak Bay oysters and will incorporate Alaska’s seasonal ingredients, such as homegrown vegetables, berries, mushrooms, and Alaskan honey. Enjoy a seaside luncheon made by the group before heading back to Homer by boat.

This afternoon is free to explore Homer or perhaps visit the Bear Creek Winery for a taste of their locally produced fruit wines.

Day 7
Girdwood, AK United States
Hotel Alyeska Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7: Girdwood

We’ll return north today along the scenic Sterling and Seward Highways. Along the way we’ll stop to visit the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, a non-profit organization which helps rehabilitate and release injured wildlife. You’ll get to view iconic Alaskan wildlife up close including bears, moose, caribou, musk-ox, and wolves.

We’ll spend our final night at the Alyeska Resort in the small town of Girdwood. This charming community is surrounded by seven glaciers and offers unique alpine and coastal views. Tonight we’ll celebrate all we have seen and done in Alaska with a farewell dinner at a local eatery.

Day 8
Anchorage, AK United States
None Breakfast

Day 8: Our Alaska Tour Ends

Alas, our Alaska tour comes to an end after breakfast with group transfers to Ted Stevens International Airport in Anchorage.

Tour Features

Experience(s)

  • Adventure
  • Cruises & Water Tours
  • Culture, History & Arts
  • Food & Wine
  • Sightseeing
  • Wildlife & Nature

Description

Alaska Culinary Tour Overview

Alaska beckons you to her snow-capped mountains as far as the eye can see, ice-blue glaciers, and abundant wildlife roaming free in pristine, wide open spaces. Alaskan culture is a charismatic combination of pioneers and native people, mushers and fishermen, all drawn to this rugged, untamed terrain. Join our Alaska vacation and feast your eyes on jaw-dropping vistas along with hand-curated, truly Alaskan experiences that you will never forget. On this one-of-a-kind Alaska culinary vacation, you’ll explore Alaskan culture through its cuisine as you journey from magnificent Denali to the pristine waters of the Kenai peninsula. Along the way, you’ll cook in exclusive classes with award-winning chefs, board a chartered boat for a wildlife tour and oyster tasting on Kachemak Bay, and visit small family farms whose incredible bounty is making Alaskan produce increasingly local. You will even have an optional morning of glacier adventures that you access by helicopter, raft or on foot. Your incredible journey through Alaska will be shared with an intimate group of no more than 10 guests, and an expert local guide.

Get far beyond the cruise ships and experience the “real” Alaska on our ground-breaking culinary vacation.

About Us

Access Culinary Trips is an award-winning tour company offering immersive, hand-crafted culinary vacations to exotic destinations around the globe. Explore culture through cuisine on one of our small group tours that take you behind the scenes to blend food and travel like you've never experienced before. Our knowledgeable local guides, world-class chefs, and carefully designed itineraries give you authentic, insider access to the local culture.

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