This classic rail journey through Alaska’s heartland takes place along one of the most scenic rail routes in the world. It is a perfect Alaska tour add-on to an Alaska Inside Passage cruise. Starting in Fairbanks, the route takes you south on the Alaska Railroad to Denali and includes a narrated bus tour of Denali National Park before continuing by train to Anchorage. You’ll have ample opportunities to search for wildlife viewing and get a close, panoramic view of Denali, North America’s tallest mountain.
Transfer on your own to the Alaska Railroad station. Depart from Fairbanks at 8:15am on the Alaska Railroad to Denali, arriving at 12:10pm. This afternoon we suggest taking time to see the Denali National Park Visitor Center which offers many exhibits and information about the park. Or enjoy an optional tour, such as a dinner theater, or seeing Denali by helicopter (see Tour Add-ons). Overnight near the Denali park entrance.
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 approximately 4-6 hours long and takes you approximately 30 – 43 miles into the park, depending on weather and road conditions. Rest of day is at leisure. Overnight near the Denali park entrance.
Enjoy a leisurely morning on your own, or choose from several excursions like flightseeing or river rafting (see Tour Add-ons) before departing. Transfer to the rail station is provided by hotel courtesy shuttle where you depart at 12:30pm and journey southward on the Alaska Railroad. Soak up the breathtaking scenery as you travel along the Alaska Range and Matanuska-Susitna Valley en route to Anchorage. Upon arrival in Anchorage at 8:00pm, the transfer to your hotel is on your own. Overnight in Anchorage.
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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