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Alaska's Kenai Easygoing Walking Tour

Dolce Tempo Journey on the Wild Kenai Peninsula

Couples, Friends & Solos

6 days 5 nights

Activity Level: 1-2

Casual Hotels

From: $3,899 - $3,949 pp dbl occ

($1,050 for sgl occ) plus 6% tax

Ancient glaciers plunge between emerald peaks. Otters play in kelp beds in Kachemak Bay. Float across waters brimming with sea life. Wildflowers dazzle and remote scenes enchant. Wander through unforgettable landscapes and visit three towns, each with a unique charm. Alaska’s grandeur is hard to believe, and even harder to leave. 

Alaska Kenai Easygoing Walking Tour map
Alaska Kenai Easygoing Walking Tour map


Start Homer / End Anchorage

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


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 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.


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 to reach our trailhead | Trek through temperate rain forests, across a glacial moraine and out to a glacial lake in Kachemak Bay State Park | Learn about Alaska’s first state park, which contains 400,000 acres of wilderness.

Exterior view of Land's End
Land's End Resort
| Casual Hotel

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

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.

Exterior view of the Seward Windsong Lodge
Seward Windsong Lodge
| Casual Hotel

An Alaskan wilderness retreat with contemporary finishes nestled in the woods of the striking Resurrection River Valley.

Days 5-6

Meet the famed animals of Alaska at a wildlife conservation center | Settle into Girdwood, an only-in-Alaska novelty: a ski town by the sea | The sound of water accompanies you on an easygoing hike through a forest to the rushing deluge of Winner Creek Gorge.

Exterior view of Alyeska Resort, Girdwood, Alaska
Alyeska Resort
| *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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Activity Level: 1-2

Our Dolce Tempo 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. Easier than our other trips, but still wonderfully active, route options typically include 2-3 hours of walking per day. 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 forest paths and alpine trails ranging from lightly rolling to hilly. On some trails we encounter rocks and tree roots causing uneven footing. The hike to Marmot Meadows is especially rigorous due to its steep rocky terrain and the possibility of encountering snow. Unpredictable mountain weather can make hiking conditions more challenging.

Backroads is an Authorized Permittee of the National Park Service.

Daily Activity Options

Day 1
Level 1 | 2 miles | 100 ft. gain
Level 1 | 3 miles | 200 ft. gain
Day 2
Level 2 | 5 miles | 500 ft. gain
Level 2 | 6 miles | 500 ft. gain
Day 3
Level 1 | 3 miles | 400 ft. gain
Level 2 | 5 miles | 500 ft. gain
Day 4
Level 1 | 2 miles | 300 ft. gain
Level 3 | 4 miles | 1500 ft. gain
Day 5
Tour of Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center (1 Hour)
Day 6
Level 1 | 3 miles | 300 ft. gain
Level 2 | 5 miles | 500 ft. gain

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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