About Us

We are Alaska Private Touring

With our unparalleled depth of Alaska travel industry relationships and our “Alaska-only” focus, the Alaskans on the Alaska Private Touring team are true experts in Alaska destination knowledge and itinerary development.

Our team of Alaska Travel Designers is highly professional, detailed, and thorough. We value discretion and we hire based on integrity. We always carefully review with you all the elements comprised in your itinerary and we are obsessive about detail. Our goal is to be your trustworthy Alaska concierge, working with you to leverage our knowledge and local relationships to provide you with the highest standards in guest service. At Alaska Private Touring, our clients always come first, period.

Pamela Manderson

General Manager

A lifelong Alaskan, Pamela has worked in Alaska tourism for more than 20 years, cultivating relationships with supplier partners around the state.  Her experience includes budgeting, planning, and operating unique and private experiences for individuals and groups from all corners of the globe. She and her highly trained team know what questions to ask to best determine the unique needs of each client before creating a private, customized itinerary and nothing is as satisfying as turning client dreams into reality.

Pamela and her husband, Allen, have raised their family in Alaska, which includes two children and three rescue pups.  Summers are spent exploring their own back yard in between their son’s baseball games, and winters bring visits to warmer destinations including Las Vegas, where their daughter attends college.

Brittany von Lindern

Operations Manager

Brittany grew up in Washington and developed a love for the great outdoors through family camping trips. She graduated from Western Washington University with a degree in tourism, got an itch for adventure, and packed her bags for Alaska in 2009. After spending two summers in Denali National Park she settled in Anchorage and her new position at Alaska Private Touring. Brittany loves sharing her adopted state with people from all around the world by helping them create their own unique itineraries. Brittany continues to spend her summers hiking and camping in Alaska’s backcountry with her family. Her favorite Alaska season is winter when she can often be found snowboarding or cross-country skiing with her Alaskan huskies.

Rhiannon Brown

Travel Designer

Rhiannon has lived in Alaska most of her life. Having split her time between rural and urban communities she has experienced many of the wonders Alaska has to offer. She graduated from the University of Alaska Anchorage with a degree in Anthropology and an eagerness to make the world a better place. She is excited to join the tourism industry and share her love of Alaska and adventure with clients from around the world. On a sunny summer day, she can be found kayaking on a local lake or hiking the Chugach mountains. Rhiannon began cross-country skiing in recent years and looks forward to enjoying the next winter on the ski trails.

Elise Hurwitz

Travel Designer

Elise grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and developed a passion for travel and adventure in her late teens. In 2013 she came to Alaska as a tour guide and fell in love with the beauty and culture. Since then she has guided tours around the world, but never found a place quite like Alaska. In her free time Elise loves exploring, camping, and hiking her way across Alaska and other parts of the world. She is excited to share her new home with others and hope they find that same sense of excitement and awe that she has.

Mac Holtan

Travel Designer

Mac was born in Minnesota, but grew up in small town Alaska. He graduated from the University of Alaska Anchorage with a BBA in Management and Economics. He spent more than 5 years working in concert promotion and production, hosting touring musicians from around the world.  And is now enjoying his new role in planning vacations to Alaska.  Raised from a family of bush pilots and fishermen, he has a knack for sharing the Alaskan experience with clients and friends alike. Mac enjoys hiking or skiing with his dog, attending local artist showings, or searching for the best cup of coffee.

Al Koch

Creative Consultant

Al Koch is a longstanding Alaska tourism leader and founding partner of Alaska Private Touring. Over his 35-year career in Alaska’s Travel and Tourism Industry, Al’s first-hand experience with Alaska’s tourism infrastructure and destination knowledge have been instrumental in guiding the development of the company since its inception. His leadership has been the catalyst for the company’s high standards for exceptional customer service as well as innovative product development. Al was recognized in 2017 by the Alaska Tourism Industry Association’s prestigious Alyeska Award for his leadership at All Alaska Tours, and helping to increase Alaska tourism visitation through the years.

Al and his wife Sue have been married for 38 years and have 2 amazing adult daughters, all at home in Alaska’s great outdoors. When time allows they enjoy spending time at their remote “off the grid” log cabin on the upper Susitna River.