Alaska Rail, Denali & Knik River Explorer

Complete your Alaska adventure cruise aboard the Safari Explorer with our 5-night pre-cruise escorted land tour into Denali National Park, the wilderness surrounding the Knik River, and Fairbanks.

Itinerary Highlights:

  • UnCruise Adventures escorted land tour
  • Overnights in Denali National Park, Knik River Valley, and Fairbanks
  • Full-day luxury dome train ride with guided narration
  • Interpretive tour and transfer into Denali National Park
  • Flightseeing transfer from Kantishna Roadhouse to Denali park entrance
  • Wildlife viewing, wilderness hikes, fly fishing, and other outdoor activities
  • Historic Independence Mine visit
  • Hike Hatcher Pass trails
  • Native culture and dog musher presentations


Sunday: Arrive Fairbanks

Met at the Fairbanks airport, take in local history and colorful characters of the city’s past on a narrated transfer to your hotel. At the evening’s wine reception, get acquainted with your travel mates and tour escort who outlines your upcoming days in the heartland. Overnight at the River’s Edge Cottages (or similar).



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: Knik River (B,L,D)

Be sure your camera battery is fully-charged—today is jam-packed with superb scenery from sunup to sundown! Board a small plane for an included flightseeing transfer+ back to the Denali rail depot. All aboard the train, views unfold outside your first-class deluxe dome rail car on an eye-popping ride along the Susitna River and Alaska Range. After a full day on the rails, it’s a short transfer by bus to the Knik River Lodge. Warmly greeted, your evening is free for relaxation. 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. Or, mingle with fellow guests on the expansive deck at the lodge. This is serenity!


Thursday: Knik River (B,L,D)

Start with a hot meal in the lodge. Then, step outside for a day of exploration! Ride to Hatcher Pass and hike mountain trails or 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. Overnight at Knik River Lodge.



Friday: Depart Anchorage (B)

After breakfast, transfer to the Anchorage airport for your flight* to Juneau—your ship and crew await.

Available on these itineraries:

Glacier Bay Small Ship Cruise
Alaska's Inside Passage & San Juans Cruise

Available on these vessels:

Safari Explorer


Double: $3,945 per person
Single: $4,895

Prices valid for travel: June 3-September 2, 2018

Itinerary includes

  • Meet & greet
  • Airport/hotel/vessel transfers
  • Flightseeing transfer from Kantishna Roadhouse to Denali park entrance
  • Baggage handling
  • Listed hotel accommodations and meals
  • Rail transportation as noted in itinerary
  • Hotel taxes/fees

Not included:

  • Any combination of flights to/from home city/Juneau/ Fairbanks/Anchorage*
  • Gratuities
  • Personal expenses


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.



B: Breakfast
L: Lunch
D: Dinner

* When booking your Anchorage to Juneau air, you MUST book 11:15am flight from Anchorage to ensure on-time arrival to the ship.

+ Flightseeing transfer from Kantishna Roadhouse to Denali Rail Depot is weather dependent. If flight is unable to operate, this transfer will be by bus and a $350/person refund for the flight will be issued two weeks after your cruise. When booking, if you prefer the bus transfer, your package price will be reduced by $350/person. No reduction will be made after final payment. Due to weight limits and other safety requirements, parties may not fly together.