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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
Highlights
  • Embark on a scenic train ride from Anchorage to Talkeetna
  • Catch a glimpse of the northern lights from the porch of your rustic cabin
  • Hike, fly fish or mountain bike to Wonder Lake
  • Discover the historic mining town of Talkeetna
Trip Type:
  • Small Group
Activity Level: Relaxed
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Day 1: Arrive in Anchorage

Welcomed at the Anchorage airport and escorted to your hotel, meet your guide and fellow travelers at an evening wine and cheese reception. Overnight at Hilton Anchorage (or similar).

Day 2: Talkeetna Mountains

  • Hotels
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Hop the rails in a deluxe dome railcar to Talkeetna, while your guide narrates sights and points of interest along the way. Take a break for lunch and exploring at this “Denali adventure hub,” followed by a guided, level hike on the Talkeetna Lakes trail. Later, check into the lodge. A local naturalist meets you after dinner for a presentation on tomorrow’s activities as well as the region’s natural history—flora, geology, fauna. Overnight at Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge (or similar).

Day 3: Talkeetna Mountains

Expert backcountry hiking and kayak guides take you on a day of adventure. Low elevation trails uncover the plants, birds, and animals of these mountains, along crystal clear lakes. Or, for a more rigorous exploration, tighten your hiking boots and climb 1,500 feet (above tree line), with staggering views of Mt. Denali and the Alaska Range when the clouds part. After an included lunch, gear up and get out on Byers Lake with a kayak and local residents (trumpeter swans, loons, beavers). Keep your eyes peeled. Grab dinner in the charming recreation hub of Talkeetna or at the hotel on your own. Overnight at Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge (or similar).

Day 4: Denali National Park

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

Day 5: Denali National Park

  • Hotels
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
All Denali, all day long. It’s a Tundra Wilderness Tour on a full-day excursion into the heart of the park. Your narrated tour with a certified driver-naturalist digs deep into Denali’s history while staying on the lookout for hawks, wolves, moose, bear, and Dall sheep. Relax from a big day with an overnight at Denali Bluffs Hotel (or similar).

Day 6: Anchorage

  • Hotels
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Your mid-morning motor coach ride is bound for Anchorage. Make a special stop to visit the Alaska Native Heritage Center. Discover Native traditions and legends about Alaska's Native tribes through presentations, exhibits, and demonstrations. After your cultural exploration, it’s a short ride into the city where the afternoon is yours to explore town. Join your travel mates for a group dinner. Overnight at Hilton Anchorage (or similar).

Day 7: Depart Anchorage

  • 1 Breakfast
After breakfast, you are transferred to the airport for your flight to join your Cruise adventure.

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Available only as an extension to certain Alaska cruises. Price and itinerary subject to change based on cruise.
Included
  • 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 4 Dinners
  • 6 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Professional, bilingual guide service as listed
  • Excursions and activities as listed
  • Park Entrance Fee
  • Arrival Transfer
  • Departure Transfer
  • Airport/Hotel Transfers
  • Baggage Handling
  • Rail transportation as noted in itinerary
  • Hotel taxes and fees
Excluded
  • Travel Insurance
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • 5%-10% of your passage is recommended for exceptional service, and gratuities are shared on board. Gratuities should be added to your account and settled along with your ship tab toward the end of your cruise. Personal checks, traveler’s checks, cash, or credit cards are accepted. Gratuities to shore-side tour guides and drivers are not included and entirely at your discretion.
  • Gratuities
  • Personal Expenses
  • Meals not Included
  • International Flights
  • Optional Excursions - Helicopter, dog sled, and jet boat trips available at Knik River Lodge
  • Flights to/from Juneau/Ketchikan/Sitka and Fairbanks/Anchorage

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