Highlights of Kenai Fjords & Denali Backcountry Delights
By rail, air, land and sea, take in some of the most dramatic scenery and authentic experiences Alaska has to offer.
Nine days: That is all it takes to fully immerse yourself in Alaskan culture on this incredible journey. You will ride the iconic rails of the Alaska Railroad, explore the sights from above with helicopter and float plane rides, cruise through pristine waters and soak in some of the most amazing scenery this wild state has to offer by deluxe motorcoach. The tour of Alaska begins in Anchorage, where your first taste of adventure awaits with a bear viewing safari via float plane. From Anchorage, the Alaska Railroad takes you to Girdwood for an unforgettable helicopter tour. Moving on, enjoy a look at some of Alaska’s wildlife en route to Seward, a cruise through the breathtaking waters of Kenai Fjords National Park and an opportunity to explore the sites of Anchorage independently before arriving at the pinnacle of the tour, Denali National Park. Put adventure at the forefront of your travel goals, and come experience the best of Alaska.
Highlights and Inclusions
- Transportation aboard the Alaska Railroad in Goldstar Service, including the Denali Star
- Hotel accommodation for 8 nights
- 8 meals
- Bear Viewing Safari, including float plane flight
- Glacier Dog Sled Helicopter Tour
- Aerial tram ride to the peak of Mt. Alyeska
- Day tour by coach from Girdwood to Seward, including Alaska Wildlife Conservation Centre and Exit Glacier
- Northwestern Fjord Cruise
- Denali Backcountry Adventure Tour with flight back to Denali National Park Entrance
- Scheduled coach transfers with driver commentary
Day 1 - Arrive in Anchorage
Upon arrival in Anchorage transfer on your own to your hotel, the rest of the day is at leisure to enjoy the sights. Overnight Anchorage.
Day 2 - Floatplane to Redoubt Bay Bear Viewing
Enjoy a half day guided tour with the opportunity to view Alaska’s black and brown bears in their natural habitat. Fly by float-plane 70 miles southwest of Anchorage to the entrance of Lake Clark Wilderness Preserve, site of Redoubt Bay Lodge, to view resident brown bears up close from one of the lodge’s covered pontoon boats. Overnight Anchorage. (L)
Day 3 - Anchorage to Girdwood / Glacier Dog Sled Helicopter Tour
Board the Coastal Classic Train in the Goldstar Railcar for a breathtaking ride to Girdwood. This scenic journey takes you along Cook Inlet and into the glacier-filled Chugach Mountains. Upon arrival in Girdwood, transfer by shuttle to your overnight accommodation at Alyeska Resort. This is where your next adventure begins. A helicopter ride, a glacier landing and dog sledding on snow in the summer in Alaska... there is no better way to see Alaska than from the air, and there’s no better Alaskan activity than dog sledding. Returning to the heliport, transfer back to Alyeska Resort. The rest of the day is at leisure to explore this scenic alpine resort. Air tram tickets for the ride to the peak of Alyeska are included. Overnight Girdwood. (B)
Day 4 - Girdwood to Seward
Mid-day join your coach for a short drive to your stop for lunch then on to visit the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Centre, which provides care and rehabilitation for injured and orphaned wildlife. Here you can safely get close, observe, and photograph some of Alaska’s land animals: moose, bison, elk, deer, caribou, bears, muskox, small mammals, and birds of prey. Lastly, stop at Exit Glacier if time allows. An eight mile drive off the main road reveals a spectacular vantage point; a short and easy walk provides a view of a magnificent glacier. Overnight Seward. (L)
Day 5 - Northwestern Fjord Cruise
Today take an all-day Kenai Fjords National Park Cruise. Travel farther into Kenai Fjords National Park than with any other cruise and visit the magnificent Northwestern Fjord, home to three amazing tidewater glaciers and numerous alpine glaciers. The Park boasts abundant wildlife, alpine and tidewater glaciers and breathtaking scenery. Overnight Seward. (B, L)
Day 6 - Seward to Talkeetna
Mid-morning, board a scheduled motorcoach to Talkeetna - your driver will give you some history of the area along the way. Stop in Anchorage for lunch on your own before continuing to Talkeetna. Overnight Talkeetna.
Day 7 - Talkeetna to Denali National Park Entrance
This morning take the Denali Star, the Alaska Railroad’s flagship train, in Goldstar Class to Denali National Park. The afternoon is open for optional activities such as white water rafting down the Nenana River, helicopter flightseeing over the Park, land on a glacier, or hiking. Overnight Denali. (L)
Day 8 - Denali National Park Backcountry Adventure
Embark on the adventure of a lifetime with a full-day narrated coach trip exploring the entire 148km /92mi of the restricted Denali Park Road. Your driver-guide will help in the search for bear, moose, caribou, Dall sheep and other wildlife. Lunch and snacks are included on this full day journey and while at the Lodge you can take a nature walk or try panning for gold. Return to the park entrance via a flightseeing tour in a small bush plane. Overnight Denali. (L)
Day 9 - Denali National Park Entrance to Fairbanks
This morning is open for optional activities. After lunch on your own, take the shuttle to the Alaska Railroad Station and board the Denali Star in the Goldstar Railcar to Fairbanks. Enjoy the late afternoon scenery as you travel north to Fairbanks. You may choose to extend your trip with an overnight in Fairbanks, or head to the airport where your Alaskan adventure comes to a close. (D)
Train and Hotel Accommodations
Hotels include Hilton Anchorage Hotel, Alyeska Resort, Seward Windsong Lodge, Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge, and Grande Denali Lodge
Alaska Railroad - GoldStar Service
The Alaska Railroad’s premium class of service offers 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.
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