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9 days From $5,218 per person
5.0 stars(8 reviews)

Experience Alaska’s wild beauty from one of America’s most famous historic railways.

Travel on your own following a well-planned itinerary

2024 Tour code: WC-TARR-24

About the tour

From the magnificent Kenai Fjords to the immense Denali National Park, this independent rail tour takes you to the best of Alaska. Ride the historic Alaskan Railroad through breathtaking scenery and visit the historic towns that once housed Alaska's first frontiersmen.


What’s included


Day 1 - Arrive in Anchorage

Welcome to Anchorage! This thoroughly modern city is the economic and social hub of Alaska, with nearly half of the state's residents living in the vicinity. Take the day to explore Anchorage on your own. Overnight Anchorage.

Day 2 - Anchorage to Seward

Today, travel from Anchorage to Seward on Alaska Railroad's Coastal Classic train. On the 4-hour journey, sit back, relax, and enjoy the natural beauty outside your window before arriving in Seward. Named after the Secretary of State who brought Alaska into the Union, Seward is a scenic wonderland. The town sits at the edge of the Kenai Peninsula on Resurrection Bay and is the perfect gateway to Kenai Fjords National Park. Overnight Seward.

Day 3 - Seward - Anchorage

Begin the day with an exciting 6-hour cruise through Kenai Fjords National Park. From your ship, you'll be able to see the contours of glaciers and vast expanses of lush forest. If you're lucky, you may even see a humpback whale breaching. Later, return to Anchorage by train, where you'll have another evening to experience all this bustling city has to offer. Overnight Anchorage.

Day 4 - Anchorage - Talkeetna

Today, board the Denali Star bound for the tiny, unique town of Talkeetna. From Talkeetna, you'll set out on a thrilling wilderness jet-boat tour through this wildlife-rich region. Keep an eye out for nesting bald eagles and beavers, and learn about the area's history and wildlife from your experienced tour guide and Naturalist. Overnight Talkeetna.

Day 5 - Talkeetna - Denali National Park

Travel today from Talkeetna to Denali National Park. This immense park is a land of extremes. Here, you'll find the highest peak in North America, Denali, a formidable grizzly bear population, soaring bald eagles, and unparalleled scenery as far as the eye can see. Overnight Denali.

Day 6 - Denali National Park - Fairbanks

On today's comprehensive bus tour, delve deep into Denali National Park. See wildlife, discover unbelievable photo opportunities, and learn about the history of this immense and wildly diverse region. This evening, board the Denali Star bound for Fairbanks, the largest city in Alaska's Interior. Overnight Fairbanks.

Day 7 - Fairbanks

Tucked away in the heart of Alaska's impossibly beautiful interior, Fairbanks is quintessential Alaska. Here in the Golden Heart City, you can meet an endless range of fascinating people, peruse Native art and jewelry, and maybe even see the Northern Lights. During today's sightseeing tour and Sternwheeler Riverboat Tour, you'll explore Fairbanks and discover its Gold Rush history and scenic delights. Overnight Fairbanks.

Day 8 - Fairbanks - Anchorage

Fly today from Fairbanks to coastal Anchorage. Upon your arrival, transfer to your hotel and take the rest of the day and evening to explore lovely Anchorage. Overnight Anchorage.

Day 9 - Tour ends in Anchorage

Say goodbye to wild Alaska! Your tour ends today in Anchorage.

Additional information

Pricing Plans

Superior Accommodations

Hotel accommodations include Hilton Hotel, Anchorage; Harbor 360 Hotel, Seward; Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge, Talkeetna; Grande Denali Lodge, Denali and River's Edge Resort, Fairbanks.
Train accommodations are in GoldStar Class. GoldStar Class is a premium class of service offering passengers an exceptional way to travel across Alaska. Glass-dome ceilings allow for panoramic views as Alaska unfolds along the tracks, and an outdoor, upper-level viewing platform -- the only of its kind in the world -- offers fresh air and an excellent vantage point for photos. On the lower level of GoldStar railcars, passengers enjoy a full-service dining room; GoldStar tickets include meals, all soft beverages and two complimentary adult beverages per trip for passengers over 21.

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.


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5 stars

Submitted 10 Sep 2023

Amazing scenery. Friendly and hardworking staff.Clean and comfortable cars. The trip of a lifetime. So grateful to all who made it possible.

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5 stars

Submitted 04 Jul 2023

Im telling all of my friends they should do this.

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5 stars

Submitted 16 Jun 2019

Awesome Experience! Everything was well coordinated and ran completely on time! Great time!

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5 stars

Submitted 01 Jun 2019

Everything from beginning to end was perfect. Luggage was taken care of for you and delivered to most hotels. Each vendor/provider was accurate, polite and efficient. The packet of vouchers was accurate and easy to keep us on track.

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Gail M, Camden, TN

5 stars

Submitted 11 Dec 2018

We really enjoyed our trip! Everything was planned for us and it all went well.

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Gerald S, Batesville, IN

5 stars

Submitted 20 Feb 2018

Extremely well coordinated trip! Keep up the great work!

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