Rail, Denali, Knik River & Juneau
Complete your 2017 Alaska adventure cruise aboard the Safari Explorer or Safari Quest with our 8-night post-cruise land tour into Denali National Park, the wilderness surrounding the Knik River, Juneau, Fairbanks, and Anchorage.
Met by your local guides after disembarking the vessel, explore the mountains and wilderness surrounding Juneau. Your introduction to the capital city starts with a driving tour to historically and culturally significant places. At the Mt. Roberts, climb 1,800 feet through temperate rainforest—in the comfort of a tram car—with views of Juneau and Gastineau Channel stretching far below. Stepping off the tram you’re met by your naturalist guide who gives you the lay of the land beginning at the Mountain House visitor and nature center. Learn about the raptor program and measure your wingspan against that of a bald eagle. How wide can you reach? A guided ½ mile hike to “The Cross”, a scenic overlook, pays off in views. Head back to the visitor center with your guide, or hike up to the snowfields along a 7.6mile mountain trail. Lunch is included during your excursion. Completing this big Day of adventure, choose among Juneau’s many restaurants for well-earned dinner on your own. Overnight at the Four Points by Sheraton Juneau (or similar).
Saturday: Fairbanks (B)
After breakfast, it’s off to the Juneau airport for your flight* to Fairbanks. Transfers to and from your Juneau and Fairbanks hotels/airports are included, but you are responsible for booking your Juneau to Fairbanks flight*. Once in Fairbanks, settle in at the River’s Edge Resort (or similar)—relax, soak up the views from your cottage patio, or go exploring.
*Juneau to Fairbanks air not included
Sunday: Fairbanks (B)
Enjoy the Golden Heart City today! This morning is yours—visit Pioneer Park, an antique auto museum, stroll one of the hiking trails from town, and take your pick of Fairbanks’ diverse fare. After lunch, meet with the group for a visit to the Museum of the North. Discover Alaska’s biodiversity throughout the ages and thousands of years of Native artifacts. On a 3-hour riverboat tour, watch a bush pilot take off in a floatplane alongside the boat, visit the home and kennels of a former four-time Iditarod winner and see her champion sled dogs in action, and learn about ancient Athabascan culture at a Chena Indian Village. Once back on dry land, your tour escort will provide an overview of the adventurous days ahead at a wine and cheese reception. Get to know your travel mates at the welcome fete. Lunch and dinner today are on your own.
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—meander 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 (B)
After breakfast, you’ll be transferred to the airport for your flight home.
From $3,795 per person
Available on these itineraries:
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 – September 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.