An Alaska cruise and rail vacation combines two distinctive travel experiences into one unique and memorable trip. Step aboard a legendary train departing from the USA or Canada and find yourself surrounded by unspoiled natural beauty. Amtrak trains, such as the Empire Builder, which travels from Chicago to Seattle; the California Zephyr, traveling from Chicago to San Francisco; and the Coast Starlight that connects Los Angeles and Seattle, often begin these land and sea adventures. Tours departing from Canada include travel on VIA Rail’s Canadian or aboard the legendary Rocky Mountaineer, a scenic train that offers a luxury vacation experience. Alaska cruise and train trips that stay within the state embark on unforgettable experiences aboard one of the most remote railways in America, the Alaska Railroad.
Admire the changes in the landscape as majestic mountain ranges, rushing rivers, dense forest, and remote expanses slowly transform into cities and towns. As the train approaches the coast, prepare to board your ocean liner and begin your cruise through Alaska’s peaceful waterways. The cruise portion of the rail and sail packages presents Alaska’s Inside Passage, a scenic stretch of water between Puget Sound and the Gulf of Alaska that is teeming with ocean life and breathtaking views of glaciers, mountains, and quaint fishing villages. Keep watch for orcas, whales, sea otters, and seals as you sail between colorful ports of call that showcase Alaska’s history and native culture. Juneau, Alaska’s capital city and home to the massive Mendenhall Glacier; Skagway, the epicenter of the Klondike Gold Rush; Sitka, with its Russian architecture and relics; Ketchikan, brimming with the largest collection of standing totems; Glacier Bay, with its calving glaciers; and Denali National Park, home to America’s tallest mountain peak, are just some of the extraordinary destinations on these spectacular combo journeys.