Alaska by Daylight
One of the premier packages on the Alaska Railroad, this 11-day adventure takes you from tidewater to Alaska’s “Golden Heart” in the Interior.
From William Sound to Resurrection Bay and Kenai Fjords National Park, this journey is filled with some of the best scenery Alaska has to offer. The tour begins in Anchorage, where the day is yours to conquer at will. Board the Coastal Classic in the morning for a breathtaking journey along Turnagain Arm to our next destination. In Seward, we enjoy a look at Resurrection Bay and immerse ourselves in some of the local culture. We return to Anchorage briefly, and then the Denali Star awaits for the next leg of our tour.
Wildlife, mountain scenery and more greet us as we arrive in Denali National Park. Take two full days to see all of the beauty the park has to offer, both on guided and independent expeditions. After, the journey through Alaska continues with stretches of travel by riverboat, train, and even plane before we return to Anchorage where it all began. Eleven days of touring, some of the most spectacular untouched nature North America has to offer and memories to last a lifetime; soak it all in on this daylight-only tour of Alaska.
Highlights and Inclusions
- Rail travel aboard Alaska Railroad's scenic trains
- Hotel accommodations for 10 nights
- 5 meals
- Kenai Fjords National Park
- Glacier and wildlife cruise of Resurrection Bay and Prince William Sound
- Talkeetna Jetboat Safari
- Denali National Park Tundra WIlderness tour
- Fairbanks Riverboat Discovery tour
Day 1 - Anchorage
Arrive in Anchorage, Alaska's largest city. Book an excursion, or explore shops, museums, and restaurants at your leisure. Overnight Anchorage.
Day 2 - Turnagain Arm / Resurrection Bay
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 Resurrection Bay in search of glaciers, whales, sea lions and more. The onboard Park Ranger ensures you'll stay informed and entertained. Overnight in Seward. (L)
Day 3 - Seward
Today, explore the charming port community of Seward, Alaska. The Real Alaska Tour promises authentic adventures, including a dog sled ride, lunch at an Alaska roadhouse and a tour to massive Exit Glacier. That afternoon, depart for Anchorage on the Coastal Classic Train. Overnight Anchorage. (L)
Day 4 - Talkeetna Jetboat
Depart for Talkeetna aboard the Denali Star Train. In Talkeetna, experience a thrilling 3.5-hour guided jetboat safari traversing three different rivers. Overnight Talkeetna.
Optional Excursion: add on Denali Flightseeing
Day 5 - Denali National Park
Journey to Denali National Park aboard the Denali Star Train. Enjoy an evening of rip-roarin' entertainment at Cabin Nite Dinner Theater (choose 5:00 pm or 7:30 pm reservation). Overnight Denali. (D)
Day 6 - Denali Sightseeing
Embark on the Tundra Wilderness Tour, a 6 to 8-hour bus tour of Denali National Park. Wildlife sightings are common, so keep your camera handy. Overnight Denali. (L)
Day 7 - Denali National Park
The morning is yours to explore Denali. Later, take the Denali Star Train to Fairbanks, known as the Golden Heart City. Overnight Fairbanks.
Optional Excursions: add on a morning Denali excursion.
Day 8 - Riverboat Discovery
Take a tour on the Riverboat Discovery, a historic sternwheeler, for a glimpse of life in Interior Alaska. See dog sledding, an Alaska Indian village and much more. Overnight Fairbanks.
Day 9 - Fairbanks
A historical Fairbanks City Tour treats you to the University of Alaska Museum of the North, the trans-Alaska pipeline, and more. Later, fly to Anchorage. Overnight Anchorage.
Day 10 - Prince William Sound
Depart for Whittier and Prince William Sound aboard the Glacier Discovery Train. Enjoy the 26 Glacier Cruise and see immense tidewater glaciers. Wildlife sightings are common. Overnight Anchorage. (L)
Day 11 - Anchorage
Your vacation concludes today when you check out of your hotel.
Train and Hotel Accommodations
Coastal Classic Train
The Coastal Classic Train is a local favorite that winds through the stretch of wilderness between Anchorage and Seward. A string of massive glaciers visible from the track enriches the journey. This train travels to the shores of Resurrection Bay for whale watching, sea kayaking, tidewater glacier viewing, fishing, and dog sled rides.
Glacier Discovery Train
The Glacier Discovery Train travels from Anchorage south along Turnagain Arm. Passengers can visit Whittier for glacier cruises or head to Spencer Lake for canoe tours, rafting, and hiking. As an option, guests can choose to continue into the alpine regions of the Chugach Mountains for scenic tours of Grandview, the tunnel section, and the historic loop district.
Denali Star Train
The Denali Star, the Alaska Railroad's flagship train, links Anchorage to Fairbanks with stops in Wasilla, Talkeetna and Denali Park. On this route, sparkling salmon streams and stands of birch and spruce come into view, while carpets of fireweed add dramatic purple to the landscape.
Click here to view testimonials for Alaska by Daylight.
We felt everything was well organized and so pleased with the excursions we had. We were a group of six and everyone enjoyed every minute. Our trip was booked by Hilary and she was so friendly and helpful that we definitely would consider trips in the future.
Our vacation was stress free due to the excellent planning by Vacations by Rail. Transfers of luggage were no problem. Everyone involved - Alaska Railroad employees, hotel personnel, tour guides, park rangers - all were knowledgeable, helpful, caring. We were able to relax and take in the amazing sights and experiences worry free. This was a spectacular vacation! Thank you!
This vacation was a dream! We saw so many beautiful and amazing things! For the most part everything went off with out a hitch! I would contact Vacation By Rail again! Thank you for a wonderful 50th Wedding Anniversary!
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|Departs Daily between 27th May 2019 and 2nd September 2019||$3,359||
|Departs Daily between 27th May 2019 and 2nd September 2019||$4,179||
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Adventure Class: Departs daily between 27th May 2019 and 2nd September 2019 from $3,359
GoldStar Class: Departs daily between 27th May 2019 and 2nd September 2019 from $4,179
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