Rail, Denali & Knik River Endeavour
Make the most of your Alaskan adventure cruise with our 7-night pre-cruise land tour into Denali National Park, the wilderness surrounding the Knik River, Fairbanks, and Anchorage.
Sunday: Arrive Fairbanks
You’ll be met at the Fairbanks airport and transferred to the River’s Edge Cottages (or similar). At the evening’s wine reception, get acquainted with your travel mates and tour escort who outlines your upcoming days in the heartland.
Monday: Denali National Park (B,L,D)
You’re off to the Fairbanks train station this morning, where it’s first-class travel with best-of-the-best seating in the upper-level of your domed rail car. Guided commentary provides insight as awe-inspiring views roll by. Arriving in Denali, stretch your legs and grab lunch before heading into the park on a stunning half-day bus ride—your lively driver regales with stories of flora, fauna, and history. In addition to rest stops, you’ll stop for wildlife along the way. Share the journey’s highlights during family-style dinner and enjoy your night at Kantishna Roadhouse (or similar).
Tuesday: Denali National Park (B,L,D)
Wake in the heart of Alaskan wilderness. Adventure is the plan du jour! Hike or fly fish. Mountain bike to Wonder Lake. Or try your luck panning for gold. Your Kantishna hosts suggest activities to take best advantage of the day’s conditions. For an additional fee, take a flightseeing trip or relax with a massage. After a day filled with activity and fresh mountain air, settle in for a tranquil night at Kantishna Roadhouse (or similar).
Wednesday: Talkeetna / Knik River (B,L,D)
Be sure your camera battery is fully-charged—today is jam-packed with superb scenery from sunup to sundown! An early morning bus brings you back to the Denali rail depot. On the train, the views unfold outside your first-class deluxe dome rail car—this time, to Talkeetna. At the convergence of three rivers, stretch your legs on a short walk on your own through this historic gold mining town. Then hop back on the bus for the eye-popping ride along the Susitna River and Alaska Range. Greeted at the Knik River Lodge, you’ll be escorted to the lodge’s restaurant for dinner and views from floor-to-ceiling windows of the wild Alaska wilderness. After your big day, settle in to your plush wilderness cabin—outfitted with luxurious amenities and your own deck for viewing wildlife, mountains, and (if the skies align) northern lights. This is serenity!
Thursday: Knik River (B,D)
Start with a hot meal in the lodge. Then, step outside for a day of exploration! Hike a Chugach Mountain trail from the lodge and ride to Hatcher Pass to visit historic Independence Mine. Glacier flightseeing and dog sledding are available for additional fees. This evening, be treated to a dog musher presentation and special farewell dinner.
Friday: Anchorage (B,L)
Your mid-morning bus ride is bound for Anchorage. On the way, make a special stop to visit the Alaska Native Heritage Center. Discover Native traditions and legends through a presentation of dance, elder talk and Native Olympics. After your cultural exploration, it’s a short ride into the city where the afternoon is yours—leisurely stroll through town, visit a museum, and pick from the many options for dinner on your own. Overnight at the Hilton Anchorage Hotel (or similar).
Saturday: Depart Anchorage / Arrive Juneau or Sitka (B,L)
After breakfast, bid adieu to your tour escort, then transfer to the airport for your flight. Depending on your cruise embarkation port, head to Juneau or Sitka. Enjoy the day at leisure after checking in to your included hotel. Explore city sights and uncover colorful history, restaurants, and shops.
Sunday: Juneau (B,L)
This morning after check out, join your local guides on a tour before boarding the ship later this afternoon. A driving tour highlights historically and culturally significant places. At Mt. Roberts, ascend 1,800 feet through the forest by tram car with views of Juneau and Gastineau Channel. At the top, learn about the raptor program and take a guided ½-mile hike to “The Cross”, a scenic overlook. Head back to the visitor center, or hike 7.6 miles up to the snowfields.
From $3,645 per person
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Available on these vessels:
- Meet & greet
- Airport/hotel/vessel transfers
- Baggage handling
- Listed hotel accommodations and meals
- Rail transportation as noted in itinerary
- Hotel taxes/fees
- Flights to/from Juneau/Ketchikan/Sitka and Fairbanks/Anchorage
- Flights to/from home city
- Personal expenses
Rates are valid for travel June 4 – Sept 3, 2017:
Prices are per person, double occupancy unless otherwise stated and in USD. Flight between land package and cruise is not included. Inquire for triple or quad pricing.
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. Penalties vary depending on package. Cancellations at 30 days or less are nonrefundable.