Denali & Talkeetna Wilderness Rail Adventure

This 6-night pre-cruise escorted land tour features wilderness lodge stays in Denali National Park and Talkeetna Mountains, and hotel overnights in Anchorage. Throughout your adventure, each vantage point—whether ascending a mountain, riding the Alaskan Railroad, or in the most remote backcountry location—offers changing sights and things to do.

Itinerary Highlights

  • UnCruise Adventures escorted pre-cruise land tour
  • Two nights at Denali National Park, two nights Talkeetna, and two nights Anchorage
  • Deluxe dome train ride with guided narration
  • Interpretive tour into Denali National Park
  • Wildlife viewing and wilderness hikes
  • Hike the Talkeetna Mountains
  • Natural History presentations
  • Native culture and dance at Alaska Native Heritage Center


Saturday: Anchorage

Welcomed at the Anchorage airport and escorted to your hotel, meet your guide and fellow travelers at an evening wine and cheese reception. Overnight at Hilton Anchorage (or similar).



Sunday: Talkeetna Mountains (BLD)

Hop the rails in a deluxe dome railcar to Talkeetna, while your guide narrates sights and points of interest along the way. Take a break for lunch and exploring at this “Denali adventure hub,” followed by a guided, level hike on the Talkeetna Lakes trail. Later, check into the lodge. A local naturalist meets you after dinner for a presentation on tomorrow’s activities as well as the region’s natural history—flora, geology, fauna. Overnight at Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge (or similar).



Monday: Talkeetna Mountains (BL)

Expert backcountry hiking and kayak guides take you on a day of adventure. Low elevation trails uncover the plants, birds, and animals of these mountains, along crystal clear lakes. Or, for a more rigorous exploration, tighten your hiking boots and climb 1,500 feet (above tree line), with staggering views of Mt. Denali and the Alaska Range when the clouds part. After an included lunch, gear up and get out on Byers Lake with a kayak and local residents (trumpeter swans, loons, beavers). Keep your eyes peeled. Grab dinner in the charming recreation hub of Talkeetna or at the hotel on your own. Overnight at Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge (or similar).



Tuesday: Denali National Park (BLD)

Delve further into the Alaskan Range aboard a deluxe dome railcar for an eye-popping view on your way to Denali National Park. Optional tours for purchase include river rafting and Denali flightseeing, or take advantage of no-cost options like hikes and interpretive programs at the park headquarters. Overnight at Denali Bluffs Hotel (or similar).



Wednesday: Denali National Park (BLD)

All Denali, all day long. It’s a Tundra Wilderness Tour on a full-day excursion into the heart of the park. Your narrated tour with a certified driver-naturalist digs deep into Denali’s history while staying on the lookout for hawks, wolves, moose, bear, and Dall sheep. Relax from a big day with an overnight at Denali Bluffs Hotel (or similar).



Thursday: Anchorage (BLD)

Your mid-morning motor coach ride is bound for Anchorage. Make a special stop to visit the Alaska Native Heritage Center. Discover Native traditions and legends about Alaska's Native tribes through presentations, exhibits, and demonstrations. After your cultural exploration, it’s a short ride into the city where the afternoon is yours to explore town. Join your travel mates for a group dinner. Overnight at Hilton Anchorage (or similar).



Friday: Anchorage (B)

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight to join your UnCruise adventure.

This land package aligns with Friday cruise departures. Cruises departing on other days require additional hotel night(s):

Cruise departure Additional Hotel Night Required
Friday boarding vessels: Safari Quest, S.S. Legacy ZERO additional nights
Saturday boarding vessels: Wilderness Adventurer, Wilderness Discoverer, Wilderness Explorer ONE additional pre-cruise night (Friday)
Sunday boarding vessels: Safari Endeavour TWO additional pre-cruise nights (Friday/Saturday)


Double: $3,995 per person
Single: $4,995 per person

Prices valid for travel: June 6 - September 11, 2020

Itinerary includes:

  • Meet & greet
  • Airport/hotel/vessel transfers
  • Baggage handling
  • Listed hotel accommodations and meals
  • Hotel taxes/fees

Not included:

  • Any combination of flights to/from home city / Anchorage / Juneau / Ketchikan / Sitka
  • Gratuities
  • Personal expenses

NOTE: to operate this land tour, a minimum of 4 guests is required; maximum of 30 guests

*Must be booked 45 days prior to the departure date.


Deposit Payment: A minimum of 50% non-refundable deposit is required at the time of booking.
Final Payment: Due 60 days prior to stay / beginning of extension.
Cancellation Policy: After final payment, cancellations for any reason are subject to a penalty. Cancellations at 60 days or less are nonrefundable.



B: Breakfast
L: Lunch
D: Dinner