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Riding the Alaska Railroad, you see all the best of Alaska including Kenai Fjords and Denali National Parks.

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20212022
8 days From $2,623 per person

2021 Tour code: WC-DAHR-21

About the tour

Begin your Alaskan adventure in the state's largest city of Anchorage with a day to explore this grand city on your own. Next, you'll enjoy a train ride to the Spencer Glacier Whistle Stop. Here you'll see glaciers up close and personal on a float tour down the Placer River.

The next train journey takes you alongside Turnagain Arm with beautiful views on your way to Seward. Here you'll cruise through Kenai Fjords National Park with stunning views of glaciers-and hopefully spot whales and sea lions too. In Seward, you'll experience true Alaskan culture with a dog sled ride and a roadhouse lunch.

An overnight train ride takes you to Anchorage before you head to Denali. You'll have plenty of time to visit the beautiful Denali National Park, with a full-day bus tour followed by a free morning to explore the area on your own. Wrap up this excursion through Alaska's greatest spots as you loop back to Anchorage.

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Itinerary

Day 1 - Anchorage, Alaska

Arrive in Anchorage, Alaska's largest city. Book an excursion, or explore shops, museums, and restaurants at your leisure. Overnight in Anchorage.

Day 2 - Spencer Glacier Whistle Stop

Travel via the Glacier Discovery Train to the Spencer Glacier Whistle Stop. Float among the icebergs at Spencer Glacier and down the Placer River. A short train ride to Portage follows the float tour. A motorcoach transfer from Portage to Girdwood gets you back in time for dinner. Overnight at the Hotel Alyeska.

Includes
  • Lunch
Day 3 - 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 cruise of Kenai Fjords National Park in search of glaciers, whales, sea lions and more. The onboard Park Ranger ensures you'll stay informed and entertained. Overnight in Seward.

Includes
  • Lunch
Day 4 - Seward, Alaska

Today, explore the charming port community of Seward, Alaska. In the afternoon, the Real Alaska Tour promises authentic adventures, including a dog sled ride, lunch at an Alaska roadhouse and a tour to massive Exit Glacier. Later, depart on the Coastal Classic Train and overnight in Anchorage.

Includes
  • Lunch
Day 5 - Denali Star Train, Alsaka Railroad

Begin the half-day journey to Denali National Park aboard the Denali Star Train. Traveling between Anchorage and Talkeetna, cross the Knik River and enjoy views of the Chugach Mountains. North of Talkeetna, the train heads into backcountry Hurricane area; this region offers views of the Indian River and the expansive Hurricane Gulch from the top of a 296-foot bridge. Just south of Denali National Park, Broad Pass offers majestic views of the Alaska Range in all directions. Arrive in Denali mid-afternoon and enjoy the rest of your day at leisure. Overnight in Denali.

Day 6 - Denali

Embark on a 13.5-hour, 92 mile* narrated bus tour into the heart of Denali National Park. Wildlife sightings are common, so keep your camera handy. Overnight in Denali.

*Off-season departures will have a free day to explore Denali National Park independently. Ask a rail specialist for sightseeing options.

Day 7 - Denali National Park

The morning is at your leisure in Denali. This afternoon, journey northbound to Fairbanks on the Denali Star Train. Overnight in Fairbanks.

Day 8 - Tour Conclusion

Your tour concludes today.

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Pricing Plans

Moderate
Hotels include the Westmark, Anchorage; Hotel Alyeska, Girdwood; Seward Windsong Lodge, Seward; and Denali Bluffs Hotel, Denali. Service level on board Alaska Railroad is in Adventure Class.

Superior
Hotels include the Hilton Anchorage, Anchorage; Hotel Alyeska, Girdwood; Seward Windsong Lodge, Seward; and Grand Denali Lodge, Denali. Service level on board Alaska Railroad is in GoldStar Class (where available).

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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4.7 stars4.7 / 5 · 18 reviews

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BETH

5 stars

Submitted 30 Sep 2019

Our agent, Frank H, was great! He answered all of my many questions and together we discussed which was the right travel package for us. Everything ran like clockwork in Alaska. Our shuttles were on time, our reservations were waiting for us and the trip was everything and more that I had hoped for. I would definitely use them again!

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DOUGLAS

5 stars

Submitted 20 Sep 2019

What a fantastic trip. Our Alaskan adventure was perfect. The food and drinks were spot on at every turn. Never had to worry about our luggage, put it outside our room in the morning and it was in our room at the end of the day. Shuttles were on time and always available. Hotels were very nice and hotel staff was always very friendly. The Alaskan railroad staff was absolutely awesome. The excursions that we took were well thought out and always alot of fun.

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SHARON

5 stars

Submitted 13 Sep 2019

Best vacation ever! Of course we don't normally spend this much on a normal vacation but it was a dream trip, bucket list thing. The best part was the friendships we made over the course of the first couple of days that stayed with us the whole trip - we laughed the whole week! The itinerary was well laid out and they fed us information as we needed it. I highly recommend Gold Star packages, worth every penny! Alaska was wonderful and I'd love to go back!

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JUDY

5 stars

Submitted 18 Aug 2019

The Deluxe Alaska Sampler was one of the best trips we?ve ever taken! Alaska Railroad was an outstanding way to enjoy scenery you would never experience any other way. The train was spacious, clean, on time and had excellent dining facilities. The guides were enthusiastic and informative, and the train slowed down to let passengers see wildlife which had been spotted. The trip offered a wonderful variety of experiences each day.

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Jeanne B., Roseville, CA

5 stars

Submitted 25 Dec 2018

Alaska is a wonderful place and we had fun excursions. Everything was well organized and we enjoyed the train rides.

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Leanna S, Arlington, TX

4 stars

Submitted 19 Dec 2018

This was the best trip we've ever taken! Alaska is amazing! It was a little confusing that we didn't get any vouchers but everywhere we went, we were on a list and it was no problem, except for the aquarium in Seward-they just let us in on our word. It would have been nice to have had the vouchers before hand but overall maybe it was simpler not having to worry about losing them. Would definitely recommend doing this trip to everyone!

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