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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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2023 Tour code: WC-ABDR-23

About the tour

From Prince William Sound to Resurrection Bay and Kenai Fjords and Denali National Park, this journey is filled with some of the best scenery Alaska has to offer. Travel by train on Alaska'a famous rail routes: Glacier Discover, Coastal Classic, and Denali Star.

This tour offers sealife, wildlife, mountain scenery, glaciers, tundra and more. 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 immersive journey through Alaska.

Space is limited in Denali National Park this summer. Please act fast to secure your spot on this trip.


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.

There's so much to see and do from Alaska's largest city. The possibilities are pretty endless! Speak to your rail specialist for details.

Day 2 - 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 3 - Coastal Classic Train to Seward/Kenai Fjords National Park

Board the Coastal Classic Train for a breathtaking ride along Turnagain Arm and through scenic Grandview. Upon arrival in Seward, embark on a 6-hour 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. Explore several types of glaciers, including the enormous Bear Glacier, the largest glacier in Kenai Fjords National Park. Overnight Seward.

  • Lunch
Day 4 - Seward at Leisure

Enjoy a full day at leisure in Seward. Fill it with as much or as little as you like. Relax in this charming coastal town, take a hike, visit the Alaska SeaLife Center or book an excursion.

Some excursion options include: Bear Glacier Iceberg Kayaking or Paddleboarding with transport via boat or helicopter, Helicopter tours, or a Scenic Flightseeing Tour with Glacier Landing. Speak to a rail specialist to chat through your options. Overnight Seward.

Day 5 - Seward/Kenai Fjords National Park

Continue to explore the charming port community of Seward. 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 6 - 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.

Day 7 - Talkeetna to Denali National Park

Relax with a free morning in the quaint town of Talkeetna or opt to add a Flightseeing to explore 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.

Late morning, 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 8 - 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 9 - Denali National Park

The day is yours to explore Denali. Relax and take in the vast wilderness surrounding you or enjoy a hike and keep an eye out for wildlife. Late this afternoon, take the final leg of the Denali Star Train to Fairbanks, known as the Golden Heart City. Overnight Fairbanks.

Day 10 - Riverboat Discovery

Explore Fairbanks on 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. Enjoy a free afternoon to explore this northern town at leisure. Overnight Fairbanks.

Day 11 - Fairbanks

Your vacation concludes today when you check out of your hotel. If you want to continue north to explore the Arctic, speak to your rail specialist about adding additional nights and sightseeing experiences from Fairbanks.

Additional information

Please Note

In general, Alaska hotels tend to be more dated and rustic than hotels found in the continental US. Due to the remote nature of the state, and destinations visited on this tour, access to select food items may be challenging or expensive. We recommend packing personal essentials and snacks to bring with you.

Prices are land-only, per person based on double occupancy. Prices are correct at the time of this web page going live; however are subject to confirmation at time of booking. Hotels & Accommodations are subject to change based on availability.

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.


Anchorage Marriott Downtown

Anchorage Marriott Downtown, Anchorage

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Hotel Captain Cook, Anchorage

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Denali Bluffs Hotel

Denali Bluffs Hotel

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Grande Denali Lodge, Denali National Park

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Pike’s Waterfront Lodge

Pike’s Waterfront Lodge, Fairbanks

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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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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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