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Hot springs, Northern Lights and authentic Alaskan experiences lie ahead on this 7-day journey.

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20212022
7 days From $1,397 per person

2022 Tour code: WC-AVCN-22

About the tour

From man-made attractions to some of nature's most splendid offerings, Alaska is filled with adventure. This week-long journey is your ticket to some of the best things Alaska has to offer. Your tour begins in Anchorage, where you board your Alaska Railroad train bound for Fairbanks. Your seat aboard the Aurora Train offers a glimpse at Alaska's majesty, with wide-open expanses of backcountry, charming villages and exciting cities joining for unforgettable vistas. Upon arrival, spend some time experiencing the unique offerings of Fairbanks before enjoying four relaxing days at Chena Hot Springs Resort. Here, you can rejuvenate your body with swims in the natural hot springs and set your sights on one of nature's most incredible displays, the Aurora Borealis. Whether you seek R & R or amazing adventures, there is much to experience on this Alaskan journey.

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Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrive in Anchorage

As your flight arrives in Anchorage today, transfer on your own to your centrally located hotel. You have the rest of the day to acquaint yourself with Alaska. There is an array of shops, art galleries and restaurants to choose from downtown, as well as museums and parks to explore. Overnight Anchorage.

Day 2 - Alaska Railroad to Fairbanks

This morning make your way to Anchorage's railway station to board the Alaska Railroad's Aurora Train. Your destination is Fairbanks, and the full-day journey unveils some of the most incredible scenery Alaska has to offer. The route takes you through the backcountry, past snow-capped mountain ranges and into the heart of Alaska. Expect to see all of this and more pass from your seat's picture window; however, you also have access to the train's Vista Dome Car. Stops along the way include Wasilla, Talkeetna and Denali before you arrive in Fairbanks. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel for the evening. Overnight Fairbanks.

Days 3, 4 & 5 - Chena Hot Spring & Aurora Viewing

A shuttle will pick you up from your Fairbanks hotel this morning for the journey to Chena Hot Springs. The resort is located approximately 60 miles from Fairbanks, and the journey there is incredibly scenic. When the shuttle arrives, check-in at the resort and spend the rest of the day relaxing in the hot springs, setting out on optional tours or simply admiring the scenery. Around 10 p.m., board the Aurora Viewing Snow Coach at the Activity Center to chase the Northern Lights until the wee hours of the morning. The following days at Chena Hot Springs Resort include much of the same - rest and relaxation during the day and grand Aurora Borealis adventures each night. Tour the onsite Ice Museum - a structure built entirely of ice - on your second day at the resort and take advantage of any number of optional tours, including dog sledding and guided snow machines, throughout your stay. At the hot springs, soak in the rock lake, which stays at a temperature of around 106 degrees. Or take a dip in the indoor heated pool or the indoor and outdoor hot tubs. All of this and more is at your fingertips without the hustle and bustle of the modern world distracting you from serenity during your stay. Overnight Chena Hot Springs Resort.

Day 6 - Chena to Fairbanks

Tour sled dog kennels or take one last soak in the hot springs before checking out of your Chena resort room this morning. A shuttle transfers you back to Fairbanks, with the rest of the day at leisure. Spend some time soaking in the eclectic environment of downtown, moving between the shops and restaurants, meandering through art galleries and museums and observing the unique art throughout the city. Overnight Fairbanks.

Day 7 - Depart Fairbanks

Your Alaskan vacation concludes as you check out of your hotel and transfer to Fairbanks International Airport this morning.

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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.

Hotels

Hilton Anchorage

Hilton Anchorage

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Chena Hot Springs Resort, Fairbanks

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Pike’s Waterfront Lodge

Pike’s Waterfront Lodge, Fairbanks

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Alaska Railroad

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CAROLYN

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Submitted 21 Mar 2020

Train ride was great. Pikes Landing Lodge was excellent. The dog sled ride should be much longer for the money we paid. The rooms at resort were very basic. Food there was excellent.

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