Alaska by Rail Tour

Experience the entire main line of the Alaska Railroad route system and the ever-changing wilderness landscapes of Alaska. All aboard for adventure!

Trip Code: 149CTA
  • Duration: 9 days
  • Accommodation: 8 nights
  • Starting at: $2389 / per person
  • Availability: May, June, July, August, September
  • Highlights: Perfect for rail enthusiasts of all ages! Discover local highlights in each town and learn what it’s like to be a real Alaskan. Travel by train in Alaska ensures a relaxed pace for sightseeing. At select stops activities are included such as Kenai Fjords glacier and wildlife cruise, an exhilarating jet boat adventure on a remote river in the tiny town of Talkeetna, plus exploration into Denali National Park with a guided Tundra Wilderness Tour. The grand finale is a visit to Fairbanks with its rich gold rush era history including a classic sternwheeler river cruise.

Tour Overview

Designed for independent travelers and rail enthusiasts, this Alaska by Rail vacation is a journey through Alaska’s rich history and varied Alaska Native cultures and lifestyles. From the majestic waters of Kenai Fjords National Park to Alaska’s great interior region, this adventure tour moves at a relaxed pace and includes many major Alaskan highlights. In just nine days you will travel the entire Alaska Railroad system, cruise to an active glacier, jet boat on the Talkeetna River, view wildlife in Denali National Park, and cruise on a classic sternwheeler riverboat in Fairbanks.

What's Included

  • 8 nights hotel accommodation
  • Train from Anchorage to Seward (round trip), Anchorage to Talkeetna, Talkeetna to Denali National Park, and Denali to Fairbanks
  • Scheduled flight from Fairbanks to Anchorage
  • 6 hour Kenai Fjords National Park cruise with lunch served on board
  • 2 hour jetboat safari in Talkeetna
  • 6 to 8 hour bus tour into Denali National Park with snack
  • Sightseeing tour of Fairbanks
  • Admission to Museum of the North
  • Sternwheeler riverboat tour
  • All taxes and fees

What's Not Included

Transfers in Anchorage, meals, optional excursions, and gratuities.


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Tour Itinerary

All aboard for an adventure of a lifetime one of the most scenic train routes in the world!

Day
1

Anchorage Arrival

Arrive in Anchorage and transfer to your hotel on own.  Anchorage is Alaska's largest city, nestled between the Chugach Mountains and Cook Inlet. Anchorage provides an excellent start to your Alaskan vacation and offers an abundance of shopping, cultural attractions, and a great selection of restaurants.  Overnight in Anchorage.

Day
2

Anchorage to Seward

Early this morning, 6:45 am, transfer on your own to the Anchorage rail depot to board the Alaska Railroad to Seward. This scenic journey takes you along Cook Inlet and into the glacier filled Kenai Mountains. Upon arrival in Seward the rest of the day is at your leisure. The Alaska SeaLife Center, a world-class marine research facility funded by the Exxon Valdez oil spill settlement, is recommended as well as adding a dog sledding tour or guided sea kayaking excursion (see Tour Add-ons). Overnight in Seward.

Day
3

Seward to Anchorage

This morning you will depart on a 6-hour cruise of Kenai Fjords National Park.  The park boasts abundant wildlife, alpine and tidewater glaciers, and breathtaking scenery.  As you cruise through Resurrection Bay keep watch for Stellar sea lions, harbor seals, puffins, eagles and whales. You will also cruise along the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge, home to a large variety of birds, on your way to either the Holgate or Aialik Glacier.  Spend some time in front of the glacier for a chance to watch ice calve off into the ocean with a thunderous splash! A lunch is served on-board.  Following your cruise meet the Alaska Railroad for the return to Anchorage.  Arrival is approximately at 10:15pm where you transfer to your hotel on your own.  Overnight in Anchorage.

Day
4

Anchorage to Talkeetna

This morning transfer to the rail station to board the Alaska Railroad bound for Talkeetna.  From the Talkeetna depot transfer to your hotel by courtesy shuttle or on your own.  On clear days the Talkeetna area has awe-inspiring views of Denali (formerly Mt. McKinley), North America's tallest peak. This afternoon you will embark on a 2-hour jet boat adventure aboard the Talkeetna Queen.  Cruise to a wilderness site where you will take a leisurely 1/4 mile nature walk to an authentic trapper's cabin, complete with original furnishings.  See how trappers lived in "Bush" Alaska at the turn of the century.  Your guide will display raw furs from the local area, demonstrate trapping methods, and acquaint you with the wildflowers and plants that grow in abundance here.  Along the river you will have the opportunity to look for bald eagles, beavers, and possibly even moose and bears.  Overnight in Talkeetna.

Day
5

Talkeetna to Denali National Park

Some free time to explore this morning including the opportunity for optional tours in Talkeetna, such as flying in a ski-plane to Denali (formerly Mt. McKinley).  Your journey continues north by train to Denali National Park, arriving at approximately 3:30pm. The afternoon is free for optional tours such as river rafting, hiking, and exploring on your own. Tonight we can also recommend the delicious salmon dinner and amusing antics served at the Cabin Nite Dinner Theatre Show (see Tour Add-ons). Overnight near the Denali park entrance.

Day
6

Denali National Park to Fairbanks

Early this morning you will depart on a bus tour of Denali National Park.  This 6 to 8 hour tour takes you approximately 55 miles into the park through pristine wilderness where your experienced driver/guide will provide an overview of the natural history of the land and its amazing wildlife.  Along the way, stops will be made at scenic overlooks and for viewing wildlife such as bears and moose.  A snack box and water are included while on the bus.  Later this afternoon following the tour you will travel by train to Fairbanks.  You will have the opportunity to purchase dinner while on board the train, with an evening arrival in Fairbanks scheduled for approximately 8:00pm.   Transfer to your hotel via courtesy shuttle or on your own.  Overnight in Fairbanks.

Day
7

Fairbanks

Start your day with a tour of historic Fairbanks including a visit to the University of Alaska's Museum of the North, the Trans Alaska Pipeline, the Morris Thompson Cultural Center and Pioneer Park. In the afternoon enjoy a sternwheeler cruise on the Chena River aboard the Riverboat Discovery.  Along the route you will see a bush plane take off, see a champion line of Alaskan husky sled dogs, and gain insight into the ancient Athabaskan Indian culture during a stop at Chena Village.  Overnight in Fairbanks.

Day
8

Fairbanks to Anchorage

Today you will transfer via hotel courtesy shuttle to the Fairbanks Airport for a scheduled departure flight to Anchorage.  Flight time is approximately 55 minutes and upon arrival in Anchorage, the remainder of the day is free for optional tours.  Overnight in Anchorage.

Day
9

Anchorage Departure

Depending on your departure flight, you might have some free time for some souvenir shopping or additional excursions such as a guided hike in Chugach State Park.  You will transfer to the airport on own to meet your departure flight.



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Browse Dates & Rates

To complete this reservation we will need for each person: Full name including middle name(s), gender and date of birth.

Fairbanks to Anchorage flight: Please note that the standard flight from Fairbanks to Anchorage is a mid-day flight. If you desire a different flight time, please advise preferred departure time.


*Child prices are valid for children 11 years and younger, sharing a room with at least 2 full paying adults with the existing bedding. Maximum of 4 people per room.

Our Standard Program Includes:

2 and 3 star hotel accommodations.

The program will include a combination of hotels or motels that are considered moderate to standard tourist class. Please be aware not all hotels have shuttle services.

Standard train car seating on all rail services (reserved seats).

If you would like to book the standard program but with upgraded rail seating, the option and surcharge will be listed when you save to your cart.

Our Upgraded Program Includes:

* 3 and 4 star hotels (best available) wherever possible.

The program will include standard rooms at this category of hotel where possible. Alaska has very limited hotel choices in remote areas and small towns. The properties will typically offer a wider range of services such as a full-service restaurant, room service and perhaps a pool or spa facilities. Please be aware the upgraded accommodations in downtown Anchorage do not have hotel shuttle services. Many of the upgraded hotels also offer guaranteed view rooms for additional cost. If you would like a specific room type, in addition to the upgraded program, please ask us about availability and cost difference.

Deluxe dome train car seating between Anchorage, Denali and Fairbanks, or Anchorage and Seward.

All journeys between Anchorage and Whittier are in standard seating as deluxe dome cars are not available on that route.



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Dinner Theater
Availability: May 17 - September 16, 2017
Starting at: $65 / per person
Duration: 2 hours

Get a taste of old-time Alaska as you enjoy a popular dinner theater performance in Denali National Park set in an authentic, Alaska log-paneled roadhouse. Join heroine Fannie Quigley and an unforgettable cast of characters in this true-to-life Gold Rush tale of adventure in early 1900's Alaska. This dinner theater fun combines a great mix of colorful storytelling, spirited music... Read More


Availability: January 1 - December 31, 2017 except April 16
Starting at: $232 / per person
Duration: 1 hours

This tour out of Talkeetna, Alaska takes you on a magnificent bush plane flight within six miles of Denali's (formerly Mt. McKinley) 20,320 foot summit. As your flight departs Talkeetna, you begin to see how the last Ice Age has shaped Alaska's landscapes. Moments later you enter a world of rugged high mountain peaks and wide glacier filled valleys. Listen as... Read More


Availability: May 14 - Sept 17, 2017
Starting at: $80 / per person
Duration: 1.5 hours

This Seward trip provides an Alaska dog sledding "insider's tour." Tour 2017 Iditarod champion Mitch Seavey's Iditarod Racing Kennel, meet famous sled dogs, cuddle adorable puppies, dress up as an Iditarod musher, and take in the spectacular Alaskan wilderness as you mush for two miles with an Iditarod racer. This tour was voted "Best Dog Sled Tour in Alaska" and is designed... Read More




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