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. The gateway to North America’s greatest frontier, Anchorage offers both big-city comfort and beautiful scenic backdrops, along with an exceptionally colorful history infused with native traditions.
Chinitna Bay & Kenai Peninsula | 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. Afterward, continue to your hotel in Girdwood. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure, free to explore your beautiful resort or ride the Alyeska Aerial Tram up to the observation deck for the breathtaking views.
Kenai Peninsula | Glacier & Wildlife Cruise
Drive to Whittier for a shared glacier-and-wildlife cruise. Depending on the day’s weather and local conditions, your itinerary could include a thrilling cruise among the towering tidewater glaciers in Harriman Fjord. Alternatively, you might cruise into the heart of Prince William Sound to spy orcas and humpback whales. Explore shorelines, bird rookeries, marine wildlife and calving glaciers. Go ashore on a remote beach for some tide pooling or a short hike into this northernmost rainforest. Other wildlife you can expect to see include sea otters, harbor seals, sea lions, Dall's porpoises and plenty of sea birds, including colorful puffins — a fitting finale to an amazing day-long adventure.
Kenai Peninsula | Spencer Glacier Kayaking
Hop on the Alaska Railroad’s Coastal Classic train this morning for a scenic ride to the Spencer Glacier Whistle Stop. Disembark to set out by kayak, on a shared excursion, paddling with your guide among icebergs on a remote glacial lake, enjoying the peaceful serenity of the natural surroundings. This is the only place in Alaska that you can weave through glacial ice on a calm lake. Once back on shore, savor a hot Alaskan salmon-bake lunch. Afterward, continue your adventure with a seven-mile float down the Placer River. Watch for wildlife along the banks and relax as your guide steers the raft. Back in Portage, return to Girdwood for an evening at leisure.
Talkeetna | North America’s Highest Peak
This morning, depart Girdwood to explore the quaint downtown of Talkeetna before continuing to your accommodations in a rustic-modern lodge that overlooks Denali (formerly Mount McKinley) and Denali National Park. 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, shares fascinating details about the highlights you see. Land on a glacier’s surface (weather permitting), and disembark to experience snow-veiled peaks stretching in every direction. This afternoon, explore Talkeetna’s best trail with your guide, starting with a moderate hike through a lush, old-growth forest alive with songbirds and wildflowers. As your guide describes the surrounding flora, fauna and local history, watch for wildlife, such as moose, bears and eagles, with Denali looking above you.
Talkeetna | Sled Dog Visit & Wilderness Jet Boat Ride
Visit the Talkeetna kennels of Iditarod champion Dallas Seavey for a dryland mushing tour. Meet the dogs (including this year's puppies) and learn how these canine endurance athletes are raised and trained. You'll also hear about the life of a musher and what it takes to win the world's most iconic dogsled race. Then, climb aboard a wheeled racing rig used to train dog teams without snow for an exhilarating ride through the Talkeetna woods. Afterward, set off on a shared wilderness jet boat excursion, watching for bald eagles and other wildlife as you explore the wilderness around Talkeetna. Your captain and naturalist guide will share stories of human and natural history of the area as you visit a Native Alaskan camp and a historic trapper’s cabin. On a clear day, you’ll have the opportunity to take in the breathtaking views of the Alaska range.
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your departing flight.
Alaska itineraries are subject to change due to weather, logistics or operational reasons.
Enhance Your Journey
Elevate your experience with a host of options available for an additional cost.
EXCLUSIVE JET BOAT TOUR
Set off on an A&K-exclusive private jet boat excursion in Talkeetna Canyon experiencing the incredible Alaskan scenery and daring some whitewater rapids. Along the way, go ashore to explore a Native Alaskan encampment with your guide and stretch your legs with a walk at Disappointment Creek.
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.
PRIVATE HELI-HIKING IN THE TALKEETNA MOUNTAINS
Lift off from the lowlands of Talkeetna's boreal forest for a private helicopter flight up to the Talkeetna Mountains above. Step off into pristine alpine tundra accompanied by your experienced naturalist guide to marvel at the spectacular Alaskan back country.