The Ultimate Mountain Retreat

Alaska, United States of America
10 nights private tour from GBP £56,400

Immerse yourself in the rugged beauty of Alaska on a trip featuring two exceptional properties which combine authentic experiences and luxurious environments. From thrilling helicopter adventures to incredible wildlife encounters and the chance to sleep in the middle of a glacier, this land is dominated by beautiful mountain scenery, untamed rivers, crystal-cut glaciers, and dense forest, is the ultimate destination for the adventurous.

The Ultimate Mountain Retreat
At a glance
  • Seize the opportunity for one-of-a-kind experiences, on this fabulous itinerary exploring the jaw-dropping natural beauty of Alaska. Rich in wildlife, this is one of the world’s prime locations for whale and bear viewing, while the dramatic landscape of this vast state, aptly named the Last Frontier, provides a natural playground for thrilling outdoor experiences.

  • Climb Alaska’s first Via Ferrata, enjoy world-class sport fishing, ride the rapids of untamed rivers, paddle the marine-rich waters, hike and bike the misty forest trails, meet the wildlife, and sample snowshoe glacier trekking. There are endless options for adventure all supported by experienced naturalists, guides and adventure sport experts.

  • Indulge in both activities and relaxation at upscale Tordrillo Mountain Lodge on Lake Judd. Celebrated for its extensive range of water sports and helicopter-led adventures, it’s a chance to customise experiences, pursuits, and activities to suit your interests and ambitions.

  • Join the exclusive club of those to have stayed at the Sheldon Chalet in Denali National Park. Spectacularly perched atop a 6,000-ft nunatak within the Ruth Glacier and only accessible by small aircraft, the views, luxe accommodation, gourmet cuisine and Alaskan adventure activities ensure this is a memorable highlight of the trip.

Journey highlights
  • Seize the opportunity for one-of-a-kind experiences, on this fabulous itinerary exploring the jaw-dropping natural beauty of Alaska. Rich in wildlife, this is one of the world’s prime locations for whale and bear viewing, while the dramatic landscape of this vast state, aptly named the Last Frontier, provides a natural playground for thrilling outdoor experiences.

  • Climb Alaska’s first Via Ferrata, enjoy world-class sport fishing, ride the rapids of untamed rivers, paddle the marine-rich waters, hike and bike the misty forest trails, meet the wildlife, and sample snowshoe glacier trekking. There are endless options for adventure all supported by experienced naturalists, guides and adventure sport experts.

  • Indulge in both activities and relaxation at upscale Tordrillo Mountain Lodge on Lake Judd. Celebrated for its extensive range of water sports and helicopter-led adventures, it’s a chance to customise experiences, pursuits, and activities to suit your interests and ambitions.

  • Join the exclusive club of those to have stayed at the Sheldon Chalet in Denali National Park. Spectacularly perched atop a 6,000-ft nunatak within the Ruth Glacier and only accessible by small aircraft, the views, luxe accommodation, gourmet cuisine and Alaskan adventure activities ensure this is a memorable highlight of the trip.

  • Exceptional itinerary:A harmonious blend of authenticity and superlative luxury, our Exceptional Journeys are designed for the discerning traveller, providing unparalleled insider access and exclusive luxury private experiences
Our tailor made journeys include:
  • Your dedicated Travel Consultant who will take care of arrangements
  • Private international airport transfers in destination
  • Your own private, English-speaking local guides
  • Unique experiences, hand-picked by our Journeys team
  • Entrance to must-see local sites
  • Dedicated 24/7 team providing in-country support and guidance
  • Complimentary access to My Scott Dunn – industry-leading travel app providing pre-departure information and in-journey support

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Alaska is best visited during the summer months (May to September), when the days are longest and the temperatures are at their peak. This season is ideal for outdoor activities such as hiking, rafting and flightseeing and also coincides with the salmon run and the best times to travel to the wilderness regions.

Itinerary

Day 1-2

Anchorage, Alaska, United States of America

Your Alaskan adventure begins in Anchorage. Wonderfully set between the Chugach Mountains and Cook Inlet, it is one of the world’s most northerly cities. A private SUV will meet you at the airport for the journey downtown to the Hotel Captain Cook. The ideal base to begin your trip, the hotel offers spectacular mountain and ocean views, a fine dining restaurant and indoor pool, fitness centre, sauna, and steam room. Guests can also browse the hotel’s extensive private art collection celebrating Alaskan history and culture, as well as the travels of the cartographer Captain James Cook, who mapped much of the Alaskan coastline.

Accommodation is in a Captain’s Deck Junior Suite, and you are free to spend time at your leisure. The hotel’s downtown location provides easy access to the Anchorage Museum, Native Heritage Centre, and the many coastal trails from which to explore the stunning scenery and wildlife. Back at the hotel, you can dine on superb local fare, including wild Alaskan Salmon and King Crab legs. While for post-flight relaxation, head to the hotel’s leisure facilities.

Accommodation: Hotel Captain Cook ( 1 night )
Day 2-6

Denali and Alaskan Wilderness, Alaska, United States of America

After a hearty breakfast, you will board a seaplane to Fish Lake, close to Talkeetna for a half-day photo tour. Here you’ll enjoy the chance to soak up the beauty and serenity of this natural wonderland, home to bears, moose, and beavers. After capturing images of the magnificent scenery and wildlife, you’ll enjoy lunch before boarding a flight to Sheldon Chalet.

One of Alaska’s, if not the world’s most remote and spectacular luxury lodges, Sheldon Chalet nestles in a natural amphitheatre of Denali’s breath-taking Ruth Glacier. The original Sheldon Mountain House was built by glacier pilot Don Sheldon in 1966, after claiming a 5-acre nunatak (a rocky island), from which to explore and map the Alaska Range. For the following 40-years, the hexagonal building served as a basecamp for adventurous trekkers and skiers, until 2016, when the family developed and built the magnificent Sheldon Chalet.

The ultimate Alaskan retreat, the Chalet provides a luxurious and private experience for up to 10 guests within Denali National Park. Only accessible by small aircraft, it is located 6,000-feet atop the Sheldon Nunatak, bringing you unsurpassed views of the surrounding ice fields and glaciers, as well as Mount Denali, North America’s highest peak.

A feat of engineering prowess, the Chalet echoes the hexagonal architecture of the old mountain house, with each of the five guestrooms, occupying a side of the hexagon, ensuring spellbinding mountain views. With limited guest numbers, the vibe is relaxed and personal. Despite the wilderness location, the world-class chef serves up gourmet dining and there’s a wonderful sauna for warmth and relaxation after a day of activities.

Depending on the time of year, the lodge is the perfect location to view the riotous colours and dancing lights of the Aurora Borealis, while during the summer months the sun barely sets, providing the opportunity for evening hikes and moonlit sledding. The Chalet offers a range of activities, allowing you to choose to do as little or as much as you wish. Select from mountaineering (no experience necessary), rappelling, snowshoe glacier trekking, glacier picnics, exploring ice caves, snow caverns and crevasses or simply relaxing and stargazing on the deck, warmed by the crackling firepit.

Day 9: Anchorage

Your final morning at the Chalet is a chance to drink in the spectacular Denali scenery, before a private helicopter returns you to Anchorage to board the flight home.

 

A truly once-in-a-lifetime adventure, the experiences, activities and memories of this Alaskan trip will leave a lasting impression.

Accommodation: Sheldon Chalet ( 4 nights )
We design each itinerary around you, so this suggested itinerary is a starting point that we can tweak or transform into something completely bespoke to you.
Call us on 020 3813 3729 to start planning your holiday.

Price Guide: ( based on double occupancy and includes international flights)

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  • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
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    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
    GBP £56,400
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    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
    GBP £56,400
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    GBP £8,500
  • August 2024
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    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
    GBP £56,400
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    GBP £8,500
  • September 2024
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    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
    GBP £56,400
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    GBP £8,500
  • October 2024
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
    GBP £56,400
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    GBP £8,500
  • May 2025
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    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
    GBP £56,400
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Alaska is best visited during the summer months (May to September), when the days are longest and the temperatures are at their peak. This season is ideal for outdoor activities such as hiking, rafting and flightseeing and also coincides with the salmon run and the best times to travel to the wilderness regions.

The Ultimate Mountain Retreat
The Ultimate Mountain Retreat

We design each itinerary around you, so this suggested itineraryis a starting point that we can tweak or transform into something completely bespoke to you. Call us on 020 3813 3729 to start planning your holiday.

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