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Alaska by Land and Sea Featuring 3 nights in Denali

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13 days From $2,699 per person
4.8 stars(13 reviews)

From a rail journey along the dramatic Turnagain Arm to cruising the famed Inside Passage, this tour brings you the best of wild Alaska.

Travel on your own following a well-planned itinerary

2024 Tour code: HA-ALSN-24

About the tour

By land and by sea, discover a land of untamed wilderness and awe-inspiring scenery. Begin by boarding the elegant Holland America Ship in Vancouver, and sail north, past forests and glaciers. Cruise through Alaska's Inside Passage, and make stops in Alaskan towns like Ketchikan, Juneau, and Skagway. Take a thrilling trip along the scenic Turnagain Arm, and spend three nights in Denali National Park. With an endless array of onshore excursions and exciting tours, this 13-day adventure is the best way to experience Alaska.


What’s included


Day 1 - Vancouver

Sail from Vancouver, glide under the Lion's Gate Bridge and enter the scenic wonders of the Inside Passage. Overnight onboard ship.

Day 2 - At Sea

Relax and enjoy a full day of scenic Inside Passage cruising, and immerse yourself in the elegance of the Holland America line. Overnight onboard ship.

Day 3 - Ketchikan

Explore this uniquely Alaskan port, famous for its rich native culture, salmon fishing, and scenic Misty Fjords.  Overnight onboard ship.

Day 4 - Juneau

Enjoy a full day of exploring Alaska's capital! Choose from exciting shore excursions and still have time to shop. Overnight onboard ship.

Day 5 - Skagway

Step back to the days of the last great gold rush. Skagway was once home to thousands of hopeful prospectors during the Yukon Gold Rush. Many of the original buildings are still standing, and the pioneering spirit remains. You'll have time to explore, partake in shore excursions, and shop. Overnight onboard ship.

Day 6 - Glacier Bay

Cruise the ice-studded fjords of this national treasure for a full eight hours. A Park Ranger narrates your journey through the stunning Glacier Bay. Overnight onboard ship.

Day 7 - At Sea (Gulf of Alaska)

Enjoy a leisurely full day of cruising. Take advantage of the ship's onboard amenities, such as the spa, thermal suite, fitness center, casino, and pool. The options are endless. Overnight onboard ship.

Day 8 - Anchorage

Disembark and enjoy a scenic rail journey along Turnagain Arm en route to Anchorage. The route alongside Turnagain Arm is one of the most beautiful stretches of rail in America, running past mountains, Chugach State Park, and the Cook Inlet. Overnight Anchorage.

Day 9 - Denali National Park

Board the luxurious domed rail cars of the McKinley Explorer to Denali for a three night stay at this magnificent national treasure. Overnight Denali.

Day 10 - Denali National Park

Today features the unforgettable Tundra Wilderness Tour. This 5-6 hour, fully narrated sightseeing excursion takes you into the heart of Denali National Park. In 2022 and 2023, the tour will go to mile 43 because of road construction but will continue to offer the best opportunity to view Denali's iconic wildlife and North America's tallest peak. Overnight Denali.

Day 11 - Denali National Park

Explore on your own or take optional excursions with an entire free day in Denali. Don't miss the chance to visit Denali Square and immerse yourself in the Denali experience. Overnight Denali.

Day 12 - Fairbanks

Today, you'll head for Fairbanks, Alaska's Golden Heart City, and take a step back aboard the Riverboat Discovery (lunch included). Overnight Fairbanks.

  • Lunch
Day 13 - Fairbanks

Your exploration of Alaska by land and sea comes to an end today in Fairbanks.

Additional information

Additional Information

It is your responsibility to check and fulfill the passport, visa, health and immigration requirements applicable to your itinerary. We do not accept any responsibility if you cannot travel, or incur any other loss because you have not complied with any passport, visa, immigration requirements or health formalities. You agree to reimburse us in relation to any fines or other losses which we incur as a result of your failure to comply with any passport, visa, immigration requirements or health formalities.

Please note

Additional Port Tax of up to $325 per person not included. Pricing is based on standard level cabin category on Holland America Ship and may be subject to change at time of booking.

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.


4.8 stars4.8 / 5 · 13 reviews

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5 stars

Submitted 19 Aug 2023

Disappointed in the Westmark Hotels in Anchorage and Fairbanks. They were run down. Loved the ship and train ride! Our room at Mt McKinley Chalet was adequate but the toilet was loose and the shower curtain wasn’t Long enough so it flooded the floor. These rooms also need updated. Overall, the trip was amazing but for the money, I thought our land accommodations were sub par.

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5 stars

Submitted 03 Aug 2023

It was a fantastic vacation. Very well organized!

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4 stars

Submitted 03 Aug 2023

For the most part, everything was great.

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5 stars

Submitted 24 Jun 2023

The only suggestion would be to get materials to us sooner to give us more time to plan. By the time we received, many of the excursions were waitlisted. Also, being first time cruisers, more information/orientation to life on the ship would have been helpful. It took us to almost the end of the journey to learn some of the ropes.

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5 stars

Submitted 25 Oct 2019

I have and will continue to recommend this company. I also plan to use Vacations by Rail for some future travels.

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4 stars

Submitted 02 Jul 2019

The staff at Vacation by Rail were pleasant and exceptionally helpful. The only negative comment I have is regarding the buses used for the Tundra Wilderness tour. They did not have enough leg room for such a long tour. I realize they were provided by an independent contractor and probably out of control of VBR.

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