Riverboat Discovery Sternwheeler Cruise

Get a taste of the colorful history and cultural traditions in the great interior region of Alaska.

  • Starting at: $72 / per person
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Departure Time: Daily at 9:00am & 2:00pm
  • Dates: May 28 - September 2, 2018
  • Child Rate: $44 / per child
  • Child Age: 3 to 12 years old

Tour Overview

The perfect Fairbanks trip combines river views and Alaska Native history and traditions! Climb aboard the Riverboat Discovery III for an unforgettable 3-hour cruise into Alaska’s history of the Interior Region of Alaska. Travel the Chena and Tanana Rivers on the only authentic sternwheeler riverboat operating in Alaska. This narrated, guided Alaska tour provides background on the area’s natural history and the Athabascan Native culture. You will see a floatplane take off, meet sled dogs, witness the “wedding of the rivers,” and gain insight into ancient Athabascan traditions. Alaska Native guides who have worked and lived in Alaska will take you on a personalized tour of a replicated Chena Indian Village. This tour departs from the Riverboat Discovery dock in Fairbanks.

Enjoy a video tour of the Riverboat Discovery experience.

What's Included

  • Narrated Riverboat tour
  • All taxes and fees

What's Not Included

Meals and transfers to and from your hotel.


Browse Dates & Rates

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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