“Active Alaska” Rail Package

Best of the Alaska Railroad and Alaska's outdoor adventures!

Tour Code: 154CTA

Tour Overview

Looking for an active tour? This Alaska rail package may be the right choice for you! Starting out in Fairbanks, you will travel on the Alaska Railroad to Denali, Anchorage and Seward. The tour ends in Anchorage. Along the way, you will enjoy different Alaska outdoor activities. In Denali, start out with an exciting whitewater rafting trip on the Nenana River. The next day, get ready for a 3-4 hour guided hike inside Denali National Park. The hiking trail follows the park boundary and offers spectacular views of the Nenana River and the expansive glacially carved Yanert Valley. Those wanting to see more of the park and wanting a chance for wildlife viewing, can book an optional Denali bus tour. From Seward, take a half day boat tour into beautiful Resurrection Bay with stop at Fox Island. The next day, you are in for an awesome Seward adventure. After a jet boat ride you reach the Bear Glacier lagoon. With the help of your kayak guide, you will navigate your kayak through stunning glacier ice. Keep an eye out for wildlife such as harbor seals and even black bears! Before you depart Seward, you can opt for a Stoney Creek zipline tour! Your unforgettable journey ends with an overnight in Anchorage.

What's Included
  • 7 nights of hotel accommodation
  • Train from Fairbanks to Denali, Denali to Anchorage, and Anchorage to Seward (round trip)
  • 2-hour white water rafting trip in Denali
  • 3-4 hour guided Triple Lakes Trail Hiking Tour in Denali
  • 5 hour Resurrection Bay Tour with Fox Island from Seward
  • 5.5 hour Bear Glacier Iceberg Kayaking tour from Seward
  • All taxes and fees
What's Not Included

Transfers in Fairbanks and Anchorage; meals, and gratuities as well as optional excursions such as Tundra Wilderness Denali Bus Tour; Stoney Creek zipline tour or helicopter dog sledding tour in Seward.


Tour Itinerary

Day 1
Fairbanks Arrival

Arrive in Fairbanks and transfer to your hotel on own or by courtesy hotel shuttle. Depending on your flight arrival time, you may have time to explore Fairbanks, “The Golden Heart City”. Overnight Fairbanks.

Day 2
Fairbanks to Denali

Transfer on your own or by courtesy hotel shuttle to the Fairbanks railroad station. At 8:20am depart on a scenic train ride on the Alaska Railroad and travel to Denali. An exciting white water rafting tour awaits you in the afternoon. Choose to paddle or let your rafting guide do all the work on this exciting 2-hour whitewater rafting trip on the Nenana River in Denali. The rapids at Canyon Run on the Nenana River are moderate Class III with one more exciting Class IV rapid. Overnight near the Denali park entrance.

Day 3
Denali National Park

The park is yours to explore today! In the morning, join a guided hiking tour on the Triples Lakes Trail! The hiking trail begins with a gradual and consistent hill climb providing spectacular views of the Nenana River and the expansive glacially carved Yanert Valley. The trail then descends and levels off to provide access to the three alpine lakes that give this Alaska trail its name. Beautiful views of the lakes, bounded by the elevated ridges, make for some outstanding photo opportunities. This Alaska hike is rated moderately strenuous due to the reasonably steep ascent at the onset of this hike. Tour duration is about 3-4 hours.

If you wish to explore more of the park today, you may want to opt for a bus tour into the park, the Tundra Wilderness Bus Tour (additional charge applies). The total tour lengths is 5 to 6 hours. During the bus ride you have a chance to see more of Denali’s impressive landscapes and to see the parks wildlife such as moose, bear, caribou and perhaps even a wolf.  Another option for the afternoon is an ATV tour where you explore other trails near Denali National Park (see Tour Add-ons).

After an action packed day, relax in the evening. Overnight near the Denali park entrance.

Day 4
Denali to Anchorage

This morning sleep in or explore more of the Denali area. In the early afternoon, you will continue your train journey south to Anchorage. On board you have the option to purchase dinner or you plan for a later dinner in Anchorage. You arrive in Anchorage at 8:00pm. Transfer to your hotel in Anchorage on own. Overnight Anchorage.

Day 5
Anchorage to Seward

Wake up very early in the morning and transfer yourself to the Anchorage train station. At 6:45am you depart on the Alaska Railroad and start a 4.5 hour train journey through some of Alaska most scenic and stunning areas. After arrival in Seward, transfer yourself to the Seward Small Boar Harbor. From here, you will depart on a 5-hour boat cruise at 12:00pm.  The boat cruise takes you first to Fox Island, a private island, where you will enjoy lunch. Afterwards you cruise through the waters of Resurrection Bay with its beautiful coastal scenery and opportunities for seeing seabirds and marine wildlife such as Steller sea lion, harbor seal, and with some luck even whales! Overnight Seward.

Day 6

Today you are in for a treat! On your half day Bear Glacier Kayaking tour, you start out from Seward with a  30-45 minute boat ride. Along the way, there is another opportunity to see Alaska wildlife. When you arrive at the lagoon of Bear Glacier, you will be outfitted with your kayak and gear. Then you kayak through the massive icebergs that are deposited by Bear Glacier, the Harding Icefield’s largest glacier. The lagoon is calm and your kayaking guide will choose the best route to navigate through the maze of ice. The rest of the day is at your leisure. Overnight Seward.

Day 7
Seward to Anchorage

You spend most of your day in Seward, before you travel back to Anchorage. Maximize your adventure in Seward and opt for the Seward Zipline Tour or a helicopter dog sledding tour! The canopy adventure zipline tour is 3 hours long and features 8 ziplines, 3 suspension bridges and 2 rappels.  The helicopter dog sledding tour is another great Alaska experience. On that tour, you take a short helicopter flight up to the majestic Godwin Glacier, high in the mountains. Upon landing on the glacier, you will meet an eager team of sled dogs and go on a 25-30 minute dog sled ride among incredible Alaska scenery.  These tours are not included and additional cost applies.
In the evening, at 6:00pm, you depart Seward on the Alaska Railroad for a 4-hour train journey to Anchorage. Sit back and relax while enjoying stunning views. Upon arrival in Anchorage at 10:15pm, transfer to your hotel on own. Overnight in Anchorage

Day 8
Anchorage departure

Your trip comes to an end today. Depending on your flight departure, you may have one more chance for an adventure.  Transfer to the Anchorage airport is on your own.

Tour Map


Dates & Rates

Minimum age for this tour is 12 years due to the included activities.

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.

Not all tours in Denali and Seward are included in the package price.


Tour Add-ons

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