Quintessential Alaska: Denali, Glaciers & Fishing

Visit Denali National Park, cruise Prince William Sound, and go fishing on the Kenai or Kasilof River.

Trip Code: 153CTA
  • Duration: 8 days
  • Accommodation: 7 nights
  • Starting at: $2139 / per person
  • Availability: May, June, July, August, September
  • Highlights: A great mix of must see highlight attractions and activities for active travelers who also want to plan a day of guided fishing while in Alaska. Travel by train to see Denali National Park. Travel into Denali on a scheduled bus tour. Return to Anchorage by coach and pick-up a rental car. It's just a short drive to Whittier for a glacier cruise in Prince William Sound. Spend 2 nights in Soldotna / Kenai city area and enjoy a full day guided fishing.

Tour Overview

Denali, a glacier cruise and a day of guided fishing! Experience the best of nature’s bounty in Alaska! Ride the renowned Alaska Railroad to Denali National Park and view the mountains of the Alaska Range and search for abundant wildlife, such as moose, caribou and of course, bears. Denali is known for its wildlife and vast scenic views, including mountain Denali – the tallest peak in North America soaring 20,310 feet above sea level. This quintessential Alaska journey continues as you cruise for a day into the calm waters of Prince William Sound to view glaciers and possibly some marine wildlife up close. Your Alaska vacation tour concludes with two days on the Kenai Peninsula in Southcentral Alaska where you can enjoy fishing in the plentiful Kasilof River or on the Kenai River surrounded by the lush rainforests of the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge.

What's Included

  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Train from Anchorage to Denali
  • 3-6 hour bus tour into Denali National Park (depending on weather and road conditions)
  • Scheduled motorcoach transfer from Denali to Anchorage
  • 5 days midsize car rental from/to Anchorage including unlimited mileage
  • Glacier cruise into Prince William Sound from Whittier
  • 1 full day guided fishing trip on the Kasilof or Kenai River
  • All taxes and fees

What's Not Included

Transfers in Anchorage, meals other than noted, Portage-Whittier tunnel toll fee, fishing license or king salmon stamps, and gratuities. Optional car rental coverage (such as LDW or additional liability), additional driver, fuel or GPS rental.

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Tour Itinerary


Anchorage Arrival

Depending on your arrival time in Anchorage you may have time to take part in an optional tour or visit local attractions. Transfer to your hotel on your own. Overnight in Anchorage.


Anchorage to Denali National Park

This morning transfer on own to the Anchorage train station for your departure to Denali aboard the Alaska Railroad.  This classic route takes you by rivers, over gorges and through mountain ranges offering spectacular views.  Upon arrival in Denali the transfer to your hotel via courtesy shuttle will be waiting with the evening at your leisure. Overnight near the Denali park entrance.


Denali National Park Bus Tour

Today, depart on a narrated bus tour into Denali National 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.  The tour is approx. 3-6 hours long and takes you approx. 30 - 43 miles into the park, depending on weather and road conditions. The rest of the day is free for optional tours, such as river rafting, ATV tours and flightseeing tours. Overnight near the Denali park entrance.


Denali National Park to Anchorage

This morning you are scheduled to depart aboard a comfortable motorcoach travelling southbound for Anchorage. Your driver will provide commentary along the way as you pass through the small towns of Talkeetna and Wasilla on your way back to Anchorage. After arriving in Anchorage it is a short walk to the rental car station where you will pick up a rental car. Enjoy the rest of the day exploring Anchorage on your own. Local highlights include the Alaska Native Heritage Center, the Anchorage Museum, and a walk or bike ride on the Coastal Trail. Overnight in Anchorage.


Anchorage to Whittier then Soldotna

Today starts with a scenic drive along Turnagain Arm, one of the most beautiful segments of highway in the country. From Portage you will travel through mountain tunnels to the port town of Whittier where your glacier cruise will depart from. Watch for sea otters, Stellar sea lions, and birds as you travel through the glacier filled fjords. Stops will be made in front of glaciers for the chance to witness large chunks of the glacier fall into the water (known as glacier calving). A hot lunch is included on board. Following your cruise it is an about 2 hour drive to your destination of Soldotna. Overnight in Soldotna or nearby city of Kenai.


Guided Sport Fishing

You will depart very early in the morning for a full day of fishing on the Kasilof River or Kenai River (varies by fishing conditions). The best fishing conditions are at the crack of dawn, so be ready for early wake up which you will coordinate with your fishing guide a few nights before. You will float the river in a drift boat or a power drifter. Your expert guide will assist both novice or skilled fishermen in the best techniques to get the most from the day on the river. Depending on the season fishing regulations, you may fish for king salmon, sockeye salmon, silver salmon, pink salmon, and/or rainbow trout. Your day of fishing is approximately 8 hours, so be sure to soak in the beautiful scenery around you. The remainder of the day is at your leisure. Overnight in Soldotna or nearby city of Kenai.
(Please note that rainbow trout fishing is catch and release only.)


Soldotna to Anchorage

Depart the Kenai Peninsula at your leisure and drive north back to Anchorage along the Seward Highway. Optional stops include the aerial tram in Girdwood and the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center. Overnight in Anchorage.


Anchorage Departure

Depending on your departure flight you may have free time for some souvenir shopping or additional excursions. Return your car to the Anchorage airport rental car station in time to meet your departure flight.

It is easy to customize this tour to add one or more days of guided fishing. Fish processing arrangements can be made with your guide if you want to have your catch frozen or smoked and then shipped home for you.

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Browse Dates & Rates

*Child 11 years and under, sharing room with at least 2 full paying adults with existing bedding. Maximum 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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