Trip Type : Private Guided
Ultimate Alaska by Rail tour

Ultimate Alaska by Rail

Bon Voyage
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Travel Style: A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level: Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
10 days
From: $ 3,046 $ 305 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Denali National Park & Preserve
  • Glacier cruise
  • Fairbanks
  • Talkeetna
  • Anchorage
  • Kenai Fjords National Park
  • Seward
  • Miles and miles of stunning scenery and amazing wildlife!

Short Description

A State with more mountains than buildings, more wildlife than people and more glaciers than stop signs, Alaska really is amazingly different, with the tallest mountains, the largest area of national parks and the longest stretch of coastline in the USA. Alaska is a place of sheer magnificence.

Private tours give you the undivided attention of a guide, and often involve special access to sites and unique experiences not available to larger groups. This is a great option for families, couples, and small friend groups. Expect to pay a bit more for the extra service.
Trip Type Private Guided
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City Anchorage
End City Anchorage

Trip Includes

  • Return flights into Anchorage
  • 10 nights hotel accommodation
  • Rail travel

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Itinerary

Days 1-3: Arrive in Anchorage

Anchorage, the home of more than half of the population of Alaska is known as both the "City of Lights" (winter) and the "City of Flowers" (summer). It possesses all the cultural amenities and activities one would expect from any urban centre, but this one just happens to be surrounded by an awesome wilderness of mountains and valleys, glaciers and fjords, active and inactive volcanoes.

At first mention, Anchorage may stir up visions of igloos and Eskimos, but Alaska's largest city is nothing like that at all. Much warmer than you think, in the summer it sees an average of around 68 degrees which is ideal for partaking in the area's outstanding recreational activities.

Here you can enjoy a day of hiking, walking the beautiful greenbelt parks, salmon fishing or gold panning! You can explore Portage Glacier, cruise Prince William Sound, or take a dinner cruise in the Kenai Fjords.

If glaciers are on your agenda, don't pass up on Whittier and the 26 Glacier Cruise in Prince William Sound.

Day 4: Seward

Mid-morning departure on the Alaska Rail road to Seward.

The small coastal town of Seward is known for its scenic views, numerous visitor attractions, and as the gateway to Kenai Fjords National Park. Seward is located about 125 miles south of Anchorage, about 3 hours by road. The town is the southern terminus of the Alaska Railroad, dating back to its origins in the early 1900’s. Seward has over 3,000 year round residents, however that number swells considerably during the summer visitor season.

The town is famous in Alaska for its Fourth of July celebration that features a gruelling foot race to the top of the 3,000 foot Mt. Marathon. You won’t be disappointed with Seward’s fine selection of shops, restaurants and lodging choices.

Train journey: 4 hrs 20 mins

Day 5: Glacier Cruise

Today you have a six hour wildlife and glacier cruise before heading back up to Anchorage for your overnight stay.

Train journey: 4 hrs 20 mins

Day 6: Anchorage to Talkeetna

Anchorage skyline and mountains AK

Depart Anchorage for Talkeetna on the Alaska Rail Road. Upon arrival in Talkeetna you will enjoy a two hour riverboat tour.

The historic village of Talkeetna is nestled at the base of Mount McKinley (Denali), North America's tallest peak. Talkeetna has an outstanding panoramic view of the Alaska Range that can be enjoyed and photographed from several places as you wander through this town and discover what this unique location has to offer. Flightseeing, fishing, riverboat tours, hiking, nordic skiing, mushing, mountain climbers, great lodging, great people... Talkeetna is a place to enjoy no matter what time of the year!

Train journey: 3 hrs 10 mins

Day 7: Talkeetna to Denali

Denali NP and Lake

Board the Alaska Rail Road onwards to Denali, with the remainder of the day at leisure.

Denali National Park and Preserve is 6 million acres large, that's larger than the State of Massachusetts.

Denali’s dynamic glaciated landscape supports a diversity of wildlife with grizzly bears, caribou, wolves, Dall sheep and moose. Summer slopes are graced with birds and wildflowers. Visitors enjoy sightseeing, backpacking, mountaineering, and research opportunities. Whether climbing or admiring, the crowning jewel of North America’s highest peak is the awe inspiring 20,320 ft Mount McKinley.

Train journey: 4 hrs

Day 8: Denali to Fairbanks

Rafting Fairbanks Alaska

This morning you have a seven hour coach adventure into the Denali National Park. Then transfer back to the station for your rail trip onwards to Fairbanks.

Fairbanks is called "The Golden Heart of Alaska," a reference to the character of her people as much as to the location in Alaska's interior, or to the discovery of gold in 1902.

Because it is just 188 miles south of the Arctic Circle Fairbanks will have very long summer days. The shortest winter day of the year has less than three hours of sunlight, the longest (around June 21) never really ends, though officially it has over 21 hours.

Train journey: 4 hours

Day 9: Fairbanks

Today you have a sightseeing tour of Fairbanks followed by a riverboat tour.

Day 10: Fairbanks to Anchorage

This morning you will travel back from Fairbanks to Anchorage on the Alaska Railroad enabling you to see any sights you may have missed.

Train journey: 12 hours

Day 11: Anchorage

Today, it's time to head home........

Want to extend your time in Alaska?....Perhaps relaxing in an Alaskan wilderness lodge or spend time cruising the Inside Passage down to Vancouver?.....then please do call us. We have staff who have lived in Alaska and we'd be more than happy to put suggestions together for you...

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Flights & Transport

Only ground transport

Group Size:

Private - your group only

Cancellation Policy:

If you cancel your holiday

You, or any member of your party, may cancel your travel arrangements at any time. Written notification from the person who made the booking must be received at our offices. Since we incur costs, you will have to pay cancellation charges as follows:

Period before departure within which cancellation notice received

If More than 90 days then then Amount of cancellation fee is Deposit

If 89-50 days, then the Amount of cancellation fee is 50% of total holiday price

If 49-31 days, then the Amount of cancellation fee is 50% of total holiday price

If 30-19 days, then the Amount of cancellation fee is 75% of total holiday price

If 18-15 days, then the Amount of cancellation fee is 80% of total holiday price

If 14 days or less, then the Amount of cancellation fee 100% of total holiday price

IMPORTANT: If travel arrangements include American Queen Steamboat Company, EagleRider Motorcycles or Rocky Mountaineer train, cancellation charges are 100% on or after the holiday balance due date.

In certain cases the price of your holiday is calculated relative to the number of occupants in a room, or passengers travelling. If one of these occupants cancels, not only will there be a cancellation charge, but also the remaining members of your party may have to pay an additional sum. No refunds for unused travel/services due to changes of inclination while on holiday, even if cancellation has been notified to the supplier.

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Trip Excludes

  • International Flights
  • Passport and Visa Charges
  • Personal Expenses

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