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Fireweed blooms before majestic Denali

Denali and Talkeetna Wilderness Rail Adventure

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This fully-escorted Denali National Park and Talkeetna 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.
Fishing along the Happy RiverLook out for moose, the largest members of the deer familyHiking through the mountainsA ride through Denali National ParkReindeer looking for the herdA bear explores the tundra surrounding DenaliBald eagles restingFireweed blooms before majestic Denali
  • Embark on a scenic train ride from Anchorage to Talkeetna
  • Guided hikes and kayak excursions provide outdoor thrills and exploration
  • Witness moose, bears, and Dall sheep in their natural habitat
  • Discover the historic mining town of Talkeetna
Activity Level: Relaxed
Involves minimal physical effort and is typically associated with leisurely activities. Activities are low-intensity or last less than a few hours each day.

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Day 1: Arrive in Anchorage

Upon arrival at the Anchorage airport and transportation to the hotel, guests will have the opportunity to meet their guide and fellow travelers at an evening wine and cheese reception. The overnight stay will be at Hilton Anchorage (or a similar hotel)

Day 2: Talkeetna Mountains

  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Travel in a deluxe dome railcar to Talkeetna, while the guide narrates sights and points of interest along the way. Guests will have a break for lunch and exploring at this 'Denali adventure hub,' followed by a guided, meandering hike on the Talkeetna Lakes trail—the perfect introduction to the northern Alaskan forest. Later, guests can check into the lodge. A local naturalist meets the group after dinner for a presentation on tomorrow’s activities as well as the region’s natural history—flora, geology, fauna. The overnight stay will be at Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge (or a similar lodge)

Day 3: Talkeetna Mountains

  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Dinner
Expert backcountry hiking and kayak guides lead a day of adventure. Denali State Park trails uncover the plants, birds, and animals of these mountains. Guests have two options today: tighten hiking boots and embark on a steady climb as far as 1,500 feet with staggering views of Mt. Denali and the Alaska Range when the clouds part, or soak in the scenery on a lower elevation nature walk. After an included lunch, gear is provided for a kayak excursion on Byers Lake with local residents (trumpeter swans, loons, beavers). Eyes should be kept peeled. Dinner can be enjoyed in the charming recreation hub of Talkeetna or at the hotel. The overnight stay will be at Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge (or a similar lodge).

Day 4: Denali National Park

  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Delve further into the Alaskan Range aboard a deluxe dome railcar for an eye-popping view on the way to Denali National Park. Optional tours for purchase include river rafting and flightseeing, or guests can take advantage of no-cost options like hikes and interpretive programs at the park headquarters. The overnight stay will be at Denali Bluffs (or a similar lodge).

Day 5: Denali National Park

  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
All Denali, all day long. The first half of the day will be a Tundra Wilderness Tour excursion into the heart of the park. After lunch, a narrated tour with a certified driver-naturalist delves deep into Denali’s history while staying on the lookout for hawks, wolves, moose, bear, and Dall sheep. Guests can relax from a big day with an overnight at Denali Bluffs (or a similar lodge).

Day 6: Anchorage

  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The morning motor coach ride is bound for Anchorage. There's a special stop for lunch and a visit to the Alaska Native Heritage Center. Native traditions and legends about Alaska’s Native tribes are discovered through presentations, exhibits, and demonstrations. After the cultural exploration, it’s a short ride into the city to check in and freshen up before the final dinner with travel mates. The overnight stay will be at Hilton Anchorage (or a similar hotel)

Day 7: Depart Anchorage

  • 1 Breakfast
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for a flight* to join the UnCruise adventure.

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Available only as an extension to certain Alaska cruises. Price and itinerary subject to change based on cruise.
  • 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 4 Dinners
  • 6 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Access to a 24-7 Emergency line while traveling
  • Park Entrance Fee
  • Baggage Handling
  • Rail transportation as noted in itinerary
  • Hotel taxes and fees
  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Flights to/from Juneau/Ketchikan/Sitka and Fairbanks/Anchorage


When to Go

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Typically not offered during this period because of weather conditions.


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