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Alaska by Day

4.8 stars(31 reviews)

One of the premier journeys on the Alaska Railroad, this 11-day adventure takes you from tidewater to Alaska’s “Golden Heart” in the Interior.

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11 days From $4,587 per person
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2023 Tour code: WC-ABDR-23

About the tour

From Prince William Sound to Resurrection Bay and Kenai Fjords National Park, this journey is filled with some of the best scenery Alaska has to offer. The journey begins in Anchorage, where the day is yours to conquer at will. Board the Coastal Classic in the morning for a breathtaking journey along Turnagain Arm to your next destination. In Seward, enjoy a look at Resurrection Bay and immerse yourself in some of the local culture. Return to Anchorage briefly, and then the Denali Star awaits for the next leg of your tour.

Wildlife, mountain scenery and more greet upon arrival in Denali National Park. Take two full days to see all of the beauty the park has to offer, both on guided and independent expeditions. After, the journey through Alaska continues with stretches of travel by riverboat and train before retunring to Anchorage where it all began. Eleven days of touring, some of the most spectacular untouched nature North America has to offer and memories to last a lifetime; soak it all in on this daylight-only journey through Alaska.


What’s included


Day 1 - Anchorage

Arrive in Anchorage, Alaska's largest city. Your day is at leisure; you may choose to book an excursion, visit museums or taste your way through the city's many restaurants and breweries. Overnight Anchorage.

Day 2 - Turnagain Arm / Resurrection Bay

Board the Coastal Classic Train for a breathtaking ride along Turnagain Arm and through scenic Grandview. Upon arrival in Seward, embark on a 3 ½-hour fully narrated Kenai Fjords wildlife cruise through the protected waters of Resurrection Bay in search of whales, sea otters, Dall's porpoises and other marine life. Sit back and enjoy the peaceful surroundings as your captain navigates the ship through the pristine waters to the best whale and wildlife viewing areas. Your captain and onboard naturalist crew ensure you stay informed and entertained. Overnight Seward.

Day 3 - Seward

Today, explore the charming port community of Seward, Alaska. Take in the fascinating history and breathtaking beauty as your guide shows you the sights of Seward, known as "the Gateway to Alaska" and "Mile 0" of the Iditarod Trail. Then, head out to Exit Glacier in the Kenai Fjords National Park. A short walk along the nature trail takes you to the face of the glacial ice. Watch for mountain goats, moose or bear on the mountainside. During the salmon runs, see salmon swimming upstream to spawn. A hearty lunch will be served at nearby Resurrection Roadhouse before you travel to the Seavey homestead and experience IdidaRide's Wilderness Dog Sled Ride and Tour. This afternoon, depart for Anchorage on the Coastal Classic Train. Overnight Anchorage.

  • Lunch
Day 4 - Talkeetna Jetboat
Depart for Talkeetna today. Upon arrival in Talkeetna, experience a thrilling 3.5-hour exciting trip aboard the "McKinley Queen" as it whisks you into the heart of the wilderness in comfort. The trip will take you on three rivers: the Talkeetna, Chulitna, and Susitna. You will travel through the Chulitna River Gorge and experience an Alaskan braided river, with a number of channels separated by small and often temporary islands. Overnight Talkeetna.
Optional Excursion: Add on Denali Flightseeing. Get a new perspective of Denali National Park--from the air. Board a small aircraft for an up-close look at North America's highest peak and the rugged wilderness of Denali National Park.
Day 5 - Denali National Park

Journey to Denali National Park aboard the Denali Star Train. This evening, you have time to explore on your own and spend the night at leisure. Overnight Denali.

Day 6 - Denali Sightseeing

Embark on a narrated bus tour to experience the wilderness and wildlife of Denali National Park. Your experienced guide will keep you informed and on the lookout for bears, moose, caribou, Dall sheep and more. The bus will make stops throughout the tour to check out scenic overlooks before making the return journey. Overnight Denali. 

Day 7 - Denali National Park

The morning is yours to explore Denali. Later, take the Denali Star Train to Fairbanks, known as the Golden Heart City. Overnight Fairbanks.

Day 8 - Riverboat Discovery

Take a tour on the Riverboat Discovery, a historic sternwheeler, for a glimpse of life in Interior Alaska. See dog sledding, an Alaska Indian village and much more. Overnight Fairbanks.

Day 9 - Fairbanks to Anchorage

Depart this morning on the Denali Star bound for Anchorage. You have a full day onboard the train to relax and enjoy the beauty of the Alaskan Wilderness. Overnight Anchorage.

Day 10 - Prince William Sound

Depart for Whittier and Prince William Sound aboard the Glacier Discovery Train. The 26 Glacier Cruise travels over 140 miles into Prince William Sound. Watch for playful sea otters, harbour seals, kittiwakes, bears, whales or mountain goats. Get face to face with these towering masses of ice, so close you can "hear" the glaciers move and gaze at their brilliant blue hues. On the 26 Glacier Cruise, you'll see several types of glaciers, and calvings are normally seen on each cruise. Overnight Anchorage.

  • Lunch
Day 11 - Anchorage

Your vacation concludes today when you check out of your hotel.

Additional information

Departure times

Departure times vary based on selected rail vacation. This information will be provided in your final documents. For more information please speak with your rail specialist.

Mobility information

Due to the nature of our tours they are generally unsuitable for those with restricted mobility. If you’d like to discuss any particular vacation with us in this respect, then please don’t hesitate to call us.


Springhill Suites Anchorage Midtown

Springhill Suites Anchorage Midtown

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Denali Bluffs Hotel

Denali Bluffs Hotel

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Grande Denali Lodge, Denali National Park

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Springhill Suites

Springhill Suites, Fairbanks

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Seward Windsong Lodge, Seward

Seward Windsong Lodge, Seward

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Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge

Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge, Talkeetna

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Alaska Railroad


Riverboat Discovery


4.8 stars4.8 / 5 · 31 reviews

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5 stars

Submitted 17 Sep 2022

Awesome beautiful time

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2 stars

Submitted 13 Sep 2022

The goal of the adventures that we paid for were not up to the advertised experience. The Denali Glazer landing was not accomplished although it was a beautiful day. There were no river rapid on the advertised river boat run. The trip from Denali to Fairbanks was a waste of several days because no activities had been planed. The worst part of the trip was the advertised Denali Park wild life bus tour. The booking company wasn't able to go into the part due to some limit of runs, so they took us out side the park on the main road and it was Hunting Season! There had to be a thousand campsites and hunters along the road. We didn't see a single animal, only two swan. To make it worse, the bus broke down. This so called adventure was a fraud. I'll probably return to fish, but my wife is done for any railroad excursions. On this 11 day nature trip we saw 2 swan, 1 bear, 2 moose, 5 otter, this was not worth the cost of the trip

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5 stars

Submitted 12 Sep 2022

Everything has gone very smoothly.

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George E, Verona, WI

5 stars

Submitted 12 Sep 2021

All connections, transfers, credit processing and keeping us informed were exemplary. The timing and sequencing of the various tours and stops were perfect and allowed recovery and prep time for the next leg. VBR (Bridget) was also excellent in responding to questions or concerns.

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George E, Verona, WI

5 stars

Submitted 11 Sep 2021

All connections, transfers, credit processing and keeping us informed were exemplary. The timing and sequencing of the various tours and stops were perfect and allowed recovery and prep time for the next leg. VBR (Bridget) was also excellent in responding to questions or concerns.

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Debbie Williams

5 stars

Submitted 04 Sep 2021

Due to Covid restrictions we selected this trip to replace another that involved a cruise and we are so very glad we did. All of the excursions were just as described and we had a wonderful time. Even with mostly cloudy skies, Alaska is amazingly beautiful! All of our tour guides were friendly, knowledgeable and lots of fun. We did this trip with our best friends and we highly recommend it to anyone wanting to see Alaska.

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