Alaska by Rail Tour

Experience the entire rail line of the Alaska Railroad route system and the mountain and glacier wilderness landscapes of Alaska. All aboard for adventure!

Trip Code: 149CTA
  • Duration: 9 days
  • Accommodation: 8 nights
  • Starting at: $2689 / per person
  • Availability: May, June, July, August
  • 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. Travelling by rail in Alaska ensures a relaxed pace for sightseeing along remote trails. 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 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 rail enthusiasts, this program includes Anchorage to Seward, Talkeetna, Denali and Fairbanks. 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, and Denali to Fairbanks
  • Scheduled motorcoach transfer  Talkeetna to Denali National Park
  • Scheduled flight from Fairbanks to Anchorage
  • 6 hour Kenai Fjords National Park cruise with lunch served on board
  • 2 hour jetboat safari in Talkeetna
  • Approx. 8 hour bus tour into Denali National Park (in May and September tour may only be 4 hours long due to snow and road conditions)
  • Half day sightseeing tour of Fairbanks
  • If your trip starts May 31 through Aug 14, a 3-hour Sternwheeler riverboat tour is also included
  • 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 on one of the most scenic train routes in the world!


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.


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.


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.


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.


Talkeetna to Denali National Park

**  Itinerary on day 5 changed from train to scheduled bus transportation **
This morning at 9 am depart by comfortable motorcoach and travel to Denali. Arrive in Denali at approximately 12:30pm. 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.


Denali National Park to Fairbanks

Early this morning depart on a bus tour of Denali National Park. This tour takes you through the best wildlife viewing portion of the Park Road, approximately 55 miles into the park. As you travel through the pristine wilderness, look for wildlife, such as bears, caribou, and moose, as well as views of the Mountain. Your experienced driver/guide will provide commentary and make stops during your approx. 8 hour tour*.  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.



Today enjoy a narrated sightseeing tour, bringing you to the highlights of Fairbanks. During the tour, you will visit the Morris Thompson Cultural Center where you will find great exhibits about Interior Alaska. Then stop at the Trans Alaska Pipeline where your guide will explain the astonishing engineering of the pipeline, the oil field in Prudhoe Bay, and the Alaska oil industry. From there, continue to the Museum of the North with its dramatic architecture and new exhibit galleries (closed on Sundays in September; then tour will go to the Antique Auto Museum instead). And finally, you will visit Santa Claus at his home in North Pole, and buy some Alaska souvenirs and Christmas decorations.

If you start your trip up to Aug 14, you will also 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.


** If your trip starts Aug 16 or later (day 7 = Aug 22 or later), the Sternwheeler Riverboat Tour is NOT included.


Fairbanks to Anchorage

Today you will transfer via hotel courtesy shuttle to the Fairbanks Airport for a scheduled flight to Anchorage.  The flight is typically in the afternoon / early evening. Flight time is approximately 55 minutes. Transfer in Anchorage on own or via courtesy shuttle. Overnight in Anchorage.


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.

* Please note that in May/September the bus tour into Denali Nat Park may be shorter (only up to 4 hours) due to road and weather conditions.

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Browse Dates & Rates

Currently, this program starts only on certain weekdays with all transportation segments as outlined. You will see the dates on the calendar, after you click “book now”. If you are looking to start on a different date, please contact us and we will be happy to give you a customized program option.

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

*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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