This fully-escorted Denali National Park and Knik River exploration stays true to the spirit of adventure. Put your boots to the ground and experience an unmatched, up-close, and hands-on 7-day experience in Alaska's interior. Travel by bus and first class rail as you travel cabin to rustic cabin through some of Alaska's most impressive wilderness. Complement this land tour with an Alaska adventure cruise for further exploration.
Day 1 : Arrive in Fairbanks Day 2 : Denali National Park Day 3 : Denali National Park Day 4 : Talkeetna | Knik River Day 5 : Knik River Day 6 : Anchorage Day 7 : Depart Anchorage
Embark on a scenic train ride from Fairbanks to Denali National Park
Catch a glimpse of the northern lights from the porch of your rustic cabin
You are met at the Fairbanks airport and transferred to the River’s Edge Cottages. At the evening’s wine reception, get acquainted with your travel mates and tour escort who outlines your upcoming days in the heartland.
At the Fairbanks train station, there’s no waiting—you’re whisked through a private entrance away from the crowds to your exclusive rail car. It’s first-class travel with best-of-the-best seating in the upper-level of your domed rail car, where guided commentary provides insight as awe-inspiring views roll by. Arriving in Denali, stretch your legs and grab lunch before heading into the park on a stunning half-day bus ride as your lively driver regales with stories of flora, fauna, and history. In addition to rest stops, stop for wildlife viewing along the way. Share the journey’s highlights during family-style dinner and enjoy your night at Kantishna Roadhouse.
Wake in the heart of Alaskan wilderness. Adventure is the plan du jour! Hike or fly fish. Mountain bike to Wonder Lake. Or try your luck panning for gold. Your Kantishna hosts suggest activities to take best advantage of the day’s conditions. For an additional fee, take a flightseeing trip or relax with a massage. After a day filled with activity and fresh mountain air, settle in for a tranquil night at Kantishna Roadhouse.
An early bus brings you back to the Denali rail depot. On the train, astounding scenery unfolds outside your first-class deluxe dome rail car—this time, to Talkeetna. At the convergence of three rivers, explore this historic gold mining town on your own before a group dinner. The bus ride along the Susitna River and Alaska Range passes quickly. Greeted at the Knik River Lodge, you’re escorted to your cabin, outfitted with plush amenities and your own deck for viewing wildlife, mountains, and (if the skies align) northern lights. It’s a serene evening!
Start with a hot meal in the lodge or continental breakfast delivered to your cabin. Then, step outside for a day of exploration! Hike a Chugach Mountain trail from the lodge and ride to Hatcher Pass to visit historic Independence Mine. Glacier flightseeing and dog sledding are available for additional fees. This evening, be treated to a dog musher presentation and special farewell dinner.
A mid-morning bus ride brings you to Anchorage and a visit to the Alaska Native Heritage Center. Discover Native traditions and legends through a presentation of dance, elder talk, and Native Olympics. The afternoon is yours—leisurely stroll through town, visit a museum, and pick from the many options for dinner on your own. Overnight at the Lakefront Anchorage Hotel.
Day 7 Depart Anchorage
After breakfast, you are transferred to the airport for your flight to join your Un-Cruise adventure.
Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!
When to Go
Good to ideal period to travel, and many people choose to visit at this time.
Typically not offered during this period because of weather conditions.