Alaska Luxury Travel at Its Very Best
Ker & Downey's Luxury Alaska Summer Tour is an all-encompassing discovery of Alaska's most exclusive highlights. Over 10 nights, experience Alaska luxury travel at its very best: Go dog sledding near Girdwood. Embark on a guided wilderness tour around Denali National Park. Journey by luxury dome train to Anchorage. Trek atop the frozen ancient world of Matanuska Glacier. And spend time among the Alaskan Coastal Brown Bears -- the largest bear population in the world -- located on the Katmai Peninsula. You've never seen Alaska quite like this.
Your Luxury Alaska Summer Tour first begins in the resort town of Girdwood, located 45 minutes from Anchorage. Explore the town with your private driver and guide upon arrival. After settling into your accommodations, embark on an exciting dog sledding adventure on the Punch Bowl Glacier, accessed via helicopter. Learn how the Iditarod champion Alaskan Huskies are trained and hear stories about the musher’s lifestyle and Alaska’s official sport. Of course, you will also have the chance to enjoy a dog sled ride on the glacier.
Next, board Alaska Railroad’s Glacier Discovery Train for a ride into the Chugach Mountains. Disembark at the Spencer “Whistle Stop” and get geared up for an scenic glacier trip on the water: rowing on the lake in front of Spencer Glacier, and floating down the pristine Placer River back to the train station.
Travel north along the Seward highway – a designated All-American Road – to continue your Luxury Alaska Summer Tour in Denali National Park. Get oriented to this beautiful region with a short nature walk along the Byers Lake shoreline. Your private guide will introduce you to the area’s animal and plant life and show you a log cabin that was once in lived in by a pioneering couple.
From your lakeside lodge accommodations, set out on a Tundra Wilderness Tour around Denali with a naturalist guide. Keep a lookout for wildlife such as bears and moose! Then, board an ATV for a ride along the trails surrounded by the national park. Your adventure includes breathtaking 360° overlook stops with views of the Alaska Range, Otto Lake, and the Healy Valley.
Finally, conclude your luxury Alaska travel itinerary in Denali with a full-day hike and paddle adventure. Go hiking in the backcountry, and raft down your preferred class of rapids.
One highlight of your Luxury Alaska Summer Tour is your luxury dome train ride from Denali National Park to Anchorage. Journey along the snaking Indian River and Hurricane Gulch, admire the unrestricted views of the scenery, and enjoy the full-service dining car and bar along the way. You will eventually arrive in Anchorage for your two-night stay. While here, set out on a day trip to the Matanuska Glacier. Here you will enjoy a privately guided trek beyond the main terminus ‘Ice Falls’ area to the heart of the glacier and beyond the more frequented areas.
Finally, your Luxury Alaska Summer Tour concludes in Kachemak Bay on the Kenai Peninsula. Travel via seaplane to your luxury lodge accommodations located across the bay from Homer. While here, set out on an incomparable bear viewing experience amid the largest brown bear community in the world. A naturalist guide will acquaint you with the Alaskan Coastal Brown Bears and the amazing country that is their home.
Additionally, partake in a wilderness outing to Grewingk Glacier. Cruise through Kachemak Bay, hike to the iceberg-filled lake, and kayak past the icebergs toward the gigantic glacier. You will stop for a picnic lunch on a scenic overlook and marvel at this classic Alaska luxury travel day.
Of course, there will also be plenty of time to take advantage of your lodge’s complimentary activities, such as wellness sessions, guided tide-pooling and bird watching, garden and sustainability tours, and berry picking. Also enjoy full access to the resort amenities, including the hot tub, sauna, library, lounge, labyrinth, Zen garden, row boats, SeaCycle, firepit, lawn games, corn-hole, and more.