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Easygoing Walking Tour Alaska's Kenai

Dolce Tempo Journey among National Park Glaciers, Coastline & Wildlife

Ancient glaciers plunge between emerald peaks. Otters play in kelp beds in Kachemak Bay. Wildflowers dazzle and remote towns enchant. Alaska’s grandeur is hard to believe, and even harder to leave. 

THIS ITINERARY: 6 days, 5 nights

ACCOMMODATIONS: Casual Hotels*

FROM: $3,299 - $3,349 pp dbl occ
($700 for sgl occ)

Alaska Easygoing Walking & Hiking
Alaska Easygoing Walking & Hiking

Alaska

Start Homer / End Anchorage

Start/End locations may vary. Do not book flights until your trip details are confirmed.

Dolce Tempo Highlights

Refreshingly Active Adventures
Explore pristine wilderness, temperate rain forests and glacial lakes. On the trail, on a boat or relaxing on a riverbank, this may be the closest you’ve felt to nature. 

Immersive Travel
Join a naturalist and learn about native flora and fauna, keeping an eye out for black bears, marmots and moose. Then enjoy farm- and sea-to-table dinners in some of Kenai’s most idyllic towns.  

Unique Hotels & Delectable Dining
From a bayfront hideaway on the tip of one of the world’s longest natural spits to an elegant resort at the base of Mount Alyeska, the wilds of Alaska are always just outside the front door.

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Itinerary
Accommodations may vary based on departure date.
6 Days Casual Hotels*
Accommodations may vary based on departure.
Days 1-2

We begin our journey in Homer, one of Alaska's most picturesque towns | A naturalist shares the intricacies of the forest and wetland habitat high above Kachemak Bay, famous for its extreme tides | Our cozy waterfront lodgings sit at the tip of the world's second-longest natural spit | Commute alongside sea otters, porpoises, loons and bald eagles during a boat ride across Kachemak Bay | Back on land you may spot caribou and Dall sheep, locals who make their home in Kachemak Bay State Park’s 400,000 acres of wilderness.

Land's End Resort
Land's End Resort
Homer
| Casual Hotel

Commune with eagles, otters and seals where land meets sea on Kachemak Bay. (spa)

Days 3-4

Wander fields of wildflowers and moody spruce forests en route to a glacier-fed lake | Perched between mountains and sea, quaint Seward offers a serving of welcome hospitality on the Last Frontier | Marvel at Exit Glacier, originating from the monolithic Harding Icefield, a glacier spanning more than 900 square miles and concealing an entire mountain range under several thousand feet of ice | Keep your eyes out for mountain goats, moose and black bears in Kenai Fjords National Park.

Seward Windsong Lodge
Seward Windsong Lodge
Seward
| Casual Hotel

An exceptional Alaskan wilderness retreat nestled in the woods of the striking Resurrection River Valley.

Days 5-6

Settle into Girdwood, an only-in-Alaska novelty: a ski town by the sea | Experience Alaska's extreme climate as you explore the snowy heights beneath the Raven Glacier | The sound of water accompanies you on an easygoing hike through the forest to the rushing deluge of Winner Creek Gorge.

Alyeska Resort, Girdwood, Alaska
Alyeska Resort
Girdwood
| *Premiere Hotel

This stylish hotel with an aerial tram to the top of Mount Alyeska has earned accolades from Travel + Leisure. (pool, spa)

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The earlier you book, the more choice you'll have and the lower your price. And you can always change your mind — you won't be charged to transfer to a different trip before your final payment is due. View cancellation policy

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Dolce Tempo: What to Expect

 

Our walking activities allow you to leisurely explore local hidden gems and to get away from the crowds, experiencing the essence of your location on your own terms and at your own pace. Our easygoing daily routes typically include 2-3 hours of walking per day, approximately 2-7 miles. Your trip is fully supported with dedicated Trip Leaders, vans, meticulously selected routes and downloadable GPS files available for use on your own device.

 

Route notes

The terrain on this trip includes meadow and forest paths and alpine trails, ranging from lightly rolling to hilly with some steeper climbs. On some trails we encounter rocks and tree roots causing uneven footing. Operating under Special Use Permit in the Chugach National Forest. Backroads is an Equal Opportunity Provider.

What's Included

  • All breakfasts, 6 lunches, 4 dinners
  • Expertise and services of our experienced Trip Leaders
  • Snacks and beverages between meals
  • Additional guides and experts from the region on many trips
  • Van shuttles to support a variety of route options
  • Comprehensive Travel Planner with detailed pre-trip information
  • Private guided tours at museums, historic sites, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the Travel Planner
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
  • Special events, including wine tastings and other select attractions as mentioned in the Travel Planner
  • On biking and multi-adventure trips, use of fully equipped Backroads titanium bike plus helmet and accessories
  • Trailercycles, carriers, and kid-sized helmets for Family Trips
  • Equipment and experienced guides for kayaking, rafting, snorkeling, sailing and canoeing as described
  • Park and other entry fees
  • Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the Travel Planner
  • Select coach transfers
  • Baggage transfers and porterage

Straight talk

We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception.

Accommodations & Service Standards

Alaska is a land of rustic and rugged beauty. While Backroads has selected the best possible lodging available in the places we visit, simplicity and comfort often outweigh elegance and luxury in this great state. Generally speaking, customer service in Alaska can seem slow and casual when compared with the high standards of hospitality found on other Backroads trips. Patience, a sense of humor and an appreciation for the cultural differences that abound in this population-sparse setting will help to make the most of your experience.

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