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. A forest hike with your naturalist guide brings you to Douglas Island’s north shore. Stepping into the past, a short ride brings you to the historic site of the Treadwell Mine—a former gold quarry active from the late 1800s to early 1900s, and the largest gold mine in existence at the time. Back in town, check into your hotel and explore the state capital—however you please. 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! 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. At the Museum of the North, discover Alaska’s biodiversity throughout the ages and thousands of years of Native artifacts. Later, the time is yours—visit Pioneer Park, an antique auto museum, or take a stroll on one of the hiking trails from town. After dinner on your own, join your travel mates at the evening’s wine and cheese reception—your tour escort will provide an overview of the adventurous days ahead.
Monday: Denali National Park (B,L,D)
At the Fairbanks train station, there’s no waiting—you’re whisked through a private entrance away from the crowds to your exclusive rail car. It’s first-class travel with best-of-the-best seating in the upper-level of your domed rail car, where 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)
An early bus brings you back to the Denali rail depot. On the train, astounding scenery unfolds outside your first-class deluxe dome rail car—this time, to Talkeetna. At the convergence of three rivers, explore this historic gold mining town on your own before a group dinner. The bus ride along the Susitna River and Alaska Range passes quickly. Greeted at the Knik River Lodge, you’re escorted to your cabin—outfitted with plush amenities and your own deck for viewing wildlife, mountains, and (if the skies align) northern lights. It’s a serene evening!
Thursday: Knik River (B,D)
Start with a hot meal in the lodge or continental breakfast delivered to your cabin. 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)
A mid-morning bus ride brings you to Anchorage and a visit to the Alaska Native Heritage Center. Discover Native traditions and legends through a presentation of dance, elder talk and Native Olympics. 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 Lakefront 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.