Bears and moose, whales and seals: There is no need to leave the United States to embark on a fantastic wildlife safari, thanks to this 8-day Alaskan adventure.
About the Tour
A round-trip journey from Anchorage, this unbelievable tour takes you on a true wildlife safari without having to stamp your passport. You will see animals in their natural habitats, visit sled dogs at their home, ride aboard three of the Alaska Railroad’s most popular branch lines and fly into a remote destination to see some of Alaska’s giant bears roaming about. This tour begins in Anchorage, where you have ample time to sightsee, explore and acquaint yourself with Alaska before setting out on the Denali Star bound for Denali National Park. In the park, you will visit the Husky Homestead Kennel and see plenty of Dall sheep, moose and other species roaming about as you make your way through the park. From Denali, you will ride the Denali Star back to Anchorage, then the Glacier Discovery Train to Portage, where the Wildlife Conservation Center is the next place you will experience Alaska’s wildlife. Animals such as black and brown bears, wolves, lynx, moose, elk, caribou, porcupines and eagles call this park home. From Portage, the Coastal Classic Train takes you to Kenai Fjords National Park - a place where marine life swims amongst icebergs, fjords and glaciers. Here, you will see humpback whales and orcas, seals and sea lions, otters, seabirds and so much more. The final leg of your trip takes you back to Anchorage and then out to Redoubt Bay by floatplane for guided bear viewing. This adventure is full of amazing sights and unique experiences that you will not soon forget.
- Rail travel aboard Alaska Railroad's scenic trains
- Hotel accommodations for 7 nights
- 4 meals
- Denali Backcountry Adventure in Denali National Park
- Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center excursion
- Glacier Float Trip
- Marine wildlife and glacier cruise in Kenai Fjords National Park
- Fly-in bear viewing
Day 1 - Anchorage
Arrive in Anchorage, Alaska's largest city. The day is yours to explore the shops, museums, and surrounding beauty. Perhaps book an excursion or taste your way through Anchorage's many restaurants and breweries. Overnight Anchorage.
Day 2 - Denali Star to Denali National Park
Board the Denali Star Train and journey north to Denali National Park. 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 late-afternoon and enjoy the rest of your day at leisure. Overnight in Denali.
Day 3 - Denali National Park
Embark on a 13.5-hour, 92 mile* narrated bus tour into the heart of Denali National Park. Your experienced guide will keep you informed and on the lookout for bears, moose, caribou, Dall sheep and more. Enjoy lunch in the heart of the Park before making the return journey. Overnight Denali. (L)
*Off-season departures will have a free day to explore Denali National Park independently. Ask a rail specialist of additional sightseeing options.
Day 4 - Denali Star to Anchorage
The morning is yours to explore in Denali. Later this afternoon, take the Denali Star Train south to Anchorage. Overnight Anchorage.
Day 5 - Glacier Discovery Train Portage
Ride the Glacier Discovery Train along scenic Turnagain Arm to Portage, where you'll disembark to visit the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center. This center is Alaska’s premier rehabilitation facility for injured and orphaned wildlife. Re-board the train and continue on to the Spencer Glacier, where you'll enjoy an adventurous afternoon of rafting amid glacial icebergs. Overnight Hotel Alyeska. (L)
Day 6 - Coastal Classic / Kenai Fjords National Park
Board the Coastal Classic Train for Seward, gateway to Kenai Fjords National Park. Today you are treated to a cruise traveling through the pristine waters of Resurrection Bay for up close encounters with wildlife. Sail alongside large bird rookeries and sea lion colonies, providing stops for pictures and to view passing whales and sea otters. Another highlight of the cruise is the opportunity to view several types of glaciers, including the enormous Bear Glacier, the largest in Kenai Fjords National Park. Return by rail to Anchorage this evening. Overnight Anchorage. (L)
Day 7 - Redoubt Bear Viewing
Depart from Lake Hood, the world's busiest floatplane airport, to Redoubt Bay, home of one of the most concentrated and viewable bear populations in Alaska. Enjoy a half-day of bear viewing with your experienced naturalist guide before returning to Anchorage. Overnight Anchorage. (L)
Day 8 - Trip Concludes
Your Alaskan adventures concludes upon check out of your hotel this morning.
Moderate accommodations include Westmark Hotel, Anchorage; Denali Bluffs Hotel, Denali; and Hotel Alyeska at Alyeska Resort, Girdwood. Accommodations on board Alaska Railroad are in Adventure Class.
Superior accommodations include Hilton Anchorage, Anchorage; Grande Denali Lodge, Denali; and Hotel Alyeska at Alyeska Resort, Girdwood. Accommodations on board Alaska Railroad are in GoldStar Class.
The Alaska Railroad extends from Seward and Whittier, in the south of the state in Alaska, to Fairbanks, and beyond to Eielson Air Force Base and Fort Wainwright. It carries both freight and passengers throughout its system. The Railroad has a mainline over 760 km and is well over 800km including the secondary branch lines and siding tracks.
Adventure Class cars offer comfortable seating and large picture windows. Adventure Class guests are encouraged to travel between railcars, whether to take advantage of the open seating in our Vista Dome cars or visit the Wilderness Café.
GoldStar Service is the Alaska Railroad’s premium class of service and offers passengers an exceptional way to travel across Alaska. Glass-dome ceilings allow for panoramic views and an outdoor, upper-level viewing platform 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.
Hotel accommodations are based on availability; substitutes will be of similar quality and amenities.
It is your responsibility to check and fulfill the passport, visa, health and immigration requirements applicable to your itinerary. We do not accept any responsibility if you cannot travel, or incur any other loss because you have not complied with any passport, visa, immigration requirements or health formalities. You agree to reimburse us in relation to any fines or other losses which we incur as a result of your failure to comply with any passport, visa, immigration requirements or health formalities.
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