Welcome to Whittier


Founded in 1941 as a deep-water military base, Whittier was heavily fortified in the early years of the Cold War, before the military pulled out in the 1960s. In danger of becoming a ghost town, the settlement somehow survived and is now a popular cruise-ship port and day-trip destination from Anchorage (a shared road-rail tunnel links it to the Seward Hwy). Serious outdoor enthusiasts revere it for its kayaking, fishing and glacier-viewing – inclement weather and ugly architecture be damned!


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$135 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Columbia Glacier Cruise from Valdez

Columbia Glacier is the headline destination of this tour, however there are many other attractions along the way that your local captain and crew will share with you such as; a water based tour of the Trans Alaska Pipeline Terminal, a chance to witness commercial salmon fishing operations, and cascading waterfalls along the shoreline. A visit to Columbia Bay is one of geologic significance. Columbia Glacier, the largest tidewater glacier in southcentral Alaska is in the middle of a historic retreat into the Chugach Mountains. Each trip into this area is unique and our approach to Columbia is determined by the ice conditions we find. In addition to the amazing ice in Columbia Bay you will see wildlife along the way that calls the Sound home. Your guides will be on the lookout for seals, sea lions, sea otters, eagles, puffins, porpoise, whales and more!

$895 Private & Custom Tours

Anchorage to Whittier Cruise Transfer and Private Tour

On this private full-day tour, you'll see more sites than you would on an ordinary tour of Anchorage, Alaska. Your guide will show you the special things that make Anchorage and Turnagain Arm unique.After pickup in Anchorage, explore the area on an exciting city tour and soon after, soak up the sights along the incomparable Turnagain Arm. This stunningly beautiful peace of Alaska is home to a myriad of wildlife - such as Dall sheep, mountain goats, boose, beluga whales, black bears and migratory bird species. Other stops include Beluga Point, Bird Point, the Alyeska Scenic Tramway, and Portage Lake. For an extra cost, enter the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving Alaska's wildlife through conversation. This tour will end with drop-off in Whittier. You can customize both the day and start-time of your tour to accommodate your schedule and interests. This itinerary can also be reversed to accommodate groups traveling from Whittier to Anchorage.Your private tour guide can adjust the schedule, duration, and activities to meet your needs. Please make a note of any special requests you have.

$60 Tours & Sightseeing

Anchorage to Whittier Half-Day Transfer Tour with Hotel Pickup

HALF DAY TRANSFER TOURS This is the most popular transfer option which features live tour commentary from professional guides and photo stops at Beluga Point and Portage Glacier.  Also included on all sightseeing tour transfers is an approximately one hour visit to the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center to view Alaska's most famous animals in their natural setting. During this visit you'll get great pictures of real live Bears, Moose, Muskox, Caribou, Bison, and more. Admission to the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center is included.  This is the perfect way to start your Alaska cruise.AM Tour:Pick up at all major Anchorage hotels (beginning at 9:45am) or the Anchorage Airport (10:30am)Departure from Anchorage is 10:45am.  Arrival at Whittier terminal is 1:45pm.  PM Tour:Pick up at all major Anchorage hotels (beginning at 12:45pm) or the Anchorage Airport (1:30pm)Departure from Anchorage is 1:45pm.  Arrival at Whittier terminal is 4:45pm.  

$59.06 Transfers & Ground Transport

Anchorage Airport to Whittier Cruise Port Private Transfer

Upon arrival at the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (ANC), you'll be met by your professional driver. Choose from either a sedan, for up to three passengers; an SUV, for up to five passengers; or a stretch limousine, for up to eight passengers. Once you’re settled comfortably in your spacious private vehicle, you’ll be driven straight to the Port of Whittier for your cruise departure.When making a booking for this private arrival transfer from the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport to the Port of Whittier, you will need to advise your flight details and your destination details to complete your reservation. Your transfer will be confirmed within 24 hours of booking, and you will be provided with a travel voucher to present to the driver. It's that easy!At time of booking, YOU MUST include the following details in the Special Requirements box: Airline Flight number Departing city/arrival city Arrival time Pier information Ship information Worry-free Shore Excursion:If your flight lands on time at the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport, we will ensure your timely arrival at the Port of Whittier for this transfer. In the rare event your cruise ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of-call. However, if your flight is delayed, your transfer is no longer covered by our worry-free policy. See our terms and conditions for full details. Price is per person, based on three passengers per sedan, five per sports utility vehicle or eight per limousine.

$170 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Meares Glacier Cruise Excursion from Valdez

Cruise the majestic waters of Prince William Sound from Valdez to Meares Glacier. In route our local captains will travel the shorelines looking for the wildlife that call the Sound home.   This tour has the time to travel the locations where we typically spot sea otters, harbor seals, sea lions, Humpback or Orca Whales, porpoise, eagles, puffins, cormorants and more. Meares Glacier, an advancing tidewater glacier, is nestled in the back of a narrow fjord, providing you the opportunity to view the face of this glacier in conditions that allow you to hear the thundering roar as the ice calves (falls) from the glacier face. On board your all-Alaskan captain and crew will share with you stories about the history of the Sound from early explorers, gold and copper mining, oil shipping, commercial fishing and the 1964 Earthquake.

$60 Outdoor Activities

Half-Day Tour from Whittier to Anchorage

This is one of the most popular transfer options to Anchorage, with live tour commentary from professional guides and photo stops. It's a 3-hour, one-way excursion on a shuttle with a maximum of 25 people per trip. You'll see Beluga Point, the scenic overlook of Turnagain Arm, and Portage Glacier, with view of Portage Lake and the surrounding glaciers. Both stops will be around 5-10 minutes. Also included on all sightseeing tour transfers is a visit to the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center to view Alaska's most famous animals up close in a natural setting. During this 1-1.25 hour visit you'll get great pictures of real live bears, moose, muskox, caribou, bison, and more. Your guide will give you a tour of the park and the wildlife found there, and you will then have between 30-45 minutes to explore on your own. The admission fee to the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center is included in the tour price.Departure from the cruise ship terminal in Whittier is 8:45am, with arrival to Anchorage Airport first around 12pm then the shuttle will continue drop off at local hotels.