Luxury Tailor Made Journeys depart on the dates that work for you and feature expert local guides throughout your journey. The itinerary below can be customized to your interests.
Arrive Anchorage, Alaska
Arrive in Anchorage, where you are met and transferred to your hotel in Girdwood. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure to explore your beautiful resort or ride the Alyeska Aerial Tram up to the observation deck for breathtaking views.
Kenai Peninsula | Float Trip Through Glacial Wilderness
This morning, visit the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, a nonprofit organization that rehabilitates injured or orphaned animals and returns them to the wild. During your visit, keep your camera and binoculars at the ready as you may sight bears, moose, bison, elk and an array of birds. Then, relax on a shared float trip along the Portage River, where you may have the opportunity to view hanging glaciers and a variety of wildlife.
Kenai Peninsula | Fjord Cruise & Scenic Train Ride
Cruise the Kenai Fjords National Park on a shared vessel, and watch for calving glaciers. You may see humpback whales, orcas, puffins and sea lions at close range, and glimpse bald eagles overhead. Ride the Alaska Railroad GoldStar Dome train, which features an open-air platform and a glass-covered observation deck for sensational views of the countryside.
Chinitna Bay & Talkeetna | Bear Sightings & Mountain Views
Fly by shared bush plane to Chinitna Bay, where you can watch for bears that may come out to feed on the river’s banks. Later, explore the quaint downtown of Talkeetna and continue to your accommodations in a rustic-modern lodge that overlooks Denali (formerly Mount McKinley) and Denali National Park.
Talkeetna | Fishing Fun
Visit Kahiltna Birchworks with your local guide to see how birch sap comes out of trees; learn how it’s made into syrup; and then enjoy a tasting of birch candy, ice cream and mustard. Later, head out to fish the Susitna River, its waters teeming with salmon and trout, amid the beautiful surrounding landscapes.
Talkeetna | Kayaking, Hiking & Glacier Walk
Continue to explore the Denali area with a shared kayak trip on the placid waters of Byers Lake. Watch for resident trumpeter swans, loons and beavers as you paddle over pools of spawning salmon and look for the bears and eagles that feed on them. Capture breathtaking pictures of the Denali and the Alaska mountain ranges. Hike on a well-maintained forest trail as your guide introduces Alaska’s plant and animal life along the way.
Talkeetna & Anchorage | Champion Husky Team
Climb aboard a nimble, shared aircraft for a thrilling flight over the peaks and glaciers of Denali National Park, as your pilot, via two-way headset, explains the highlights you see. Land on a glacier’s surface (weather permitting), and disembark to experience snow-veiled peaks stretching in every direction. Depart for Anchorage, stopping en route for a private tour of the kennels of four-time Iditarod champion Martin Buser and his Alaskan husky team. The annual long-distance sled dog race is run every March between Anchorage and Nome, with mushers and their teams of 16 dogs often facing blizzards, gale-force winds and sub-zero temperatures along the way.
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your departing flight.
Alaska itineraries are subject to change due to weather, logistics or operational reasons.
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ENJOY A FULL-DAY BEAR-VIEWING ADVENTURE
Fly southwest over Cook Inlet to Lake Clark National Park, landing in the most likely place to sight bears that day. Begin your intrepid exploration by 4x4 vehicle and on foot, walking up to five miles, to where bears are most active. Travel alongside your naturalist guide for the opportunity to observe brown bears digging for clams and frolicking on the beach during this full-day bear-viewing adventure.
PRIVATE FLIGHTSEEING TOUR
Climb aboard a private aircraft for a dramatic flight over Denali National Park as your pilot points out the highlights in this expansive wilderness. Land on a massive glacier and take a walk on this snow-covered miracle of nature.
PRIVATELY FISH FOR SALMON ON THE SUSITNA RIVER
Let your entire family experience the thrill of trying to land an Alaskan salmon, with tips from an expert guide on a private fishing expedition.
PRIVATELY FLOAT THROUGH GLACIAL WILDERNESS
Alongside your family, privately float along the Portage River, for the opportunity to view hanging glaciers and a variety of wildlife.