Alaska by Rail Independent Tour

8 NIGHTS Alaska

Designed for independent travellers and rail enthusiasts, this Alaska by Rail vacation is a journey through Alaska’s rich history and varied Alaska native cultures and lifestyles.
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.
From £3469pp

What's Included

  • 8 NIGHTS accommodation in tour hotels (more details below)
  • Anchorage to Seward by Alaska Railroad
  • Seward to Anchorage by Alaska Railroad
  • Anchorage to Talkeetna by Alaska Railroad
  • Talkeetna to Denali by Alaska Railroad
  • Denali to Fairbanks by Alaska Railroad
  • Alaska Airlines flight from Fairbanks to Anchorage
  • Price based on travelling 17 May 2017. Tour operates daily 15 May - 31 August 2017
  • Quote Ref 1483157

Staff Tips

Alaska is incredibly beautiful boasting spectacular scenery from snow-capped mountains, cascading icefalls to ice blue glaciers. Along with being a fantastic outdoorsy state it also has an abundance of wildlife from bald eagles, bears to moose. You name it, Alaska has it!

Leah Quinn

Travel Expert

Your Adventure...

Anchorage Arrival
Anchorage to Seward
Seward to Anchorage
Anchorage to Talkeetna
Talkeetna to Denali
Denali to Fairbanks
Fairbanks
Fairbanks to Anchorage
Anchorage Departure
  • Day 1 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 in the Ramada Anchorage.

  • Day 2 Anchorage to Seward

    Early this morning 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 (optional).
    Overnight in Seward at the Harbor 360 Hotel.

  • Day 3 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, harbour 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 deli-style 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 in the Ramada Anchorage.

  • Day 4 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 at the Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge.

  • Day 5 Talkeetna to Denali

    Some free time to explore this morning including the opportunity for optional tours in Talkeetna, such as flying in a ski-plane to Denali (formerly Mt. McKinley). Your journey continues north by train to Denali National Park, arriving at approximately 3:30pm. 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.
    Overnight near the Denali park entrance in Denali Bluffs Hotel.

  • Day 6 Denali to Fairbanks

    Early this morning you will depart on a bus tour of Denali National Park. This 6 to 8 hour tour takes you approximately 55 miles into the park through pristine wilderness where your experienced driver/guide will provide an overview of the natural history of the land and its amazing wildlife. Along the way, stops will be made at scenic overlooks and for viewing wildlife such as bears and moose. A snack box and water are included while on the bus. 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 at the River’s Edge Resort.

  • Day 7 Fairbanks

    Start your day with a tour of historic Fairbanks including a visit to the University of Alaska's Museum of the North, the Trans Alaska Pipeline, the Morris Thompson Cultural Center and Pioneer Park. In the afternoon 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 at the River’s Edge Resort.

  • Day 8 Fairbanks to Anchorage

    Today you will transfer via hotel courtesy shuttle to the Fairbanks Airport for a scheduled departure flight to Anchorage. Flight time is approximately 55 minutes and upon arrival in Anchorage, the remainder of the day is free for optional tours.
    Overnight in Anchorage in the Ramada Anchorage.

  • Day 9 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.

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