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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.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Arrive in Anchorage
Day 2 : Talkeetna Mountains
Day 3 : Talkeetna Mountains
Day 4 : Denali National Park
Day 5 : Denali National Park
Day 6 : Anchorage
Day 7 : Depart Anchorage

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

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Group

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Fireweed blooms before majestic Denali Fishing along the Happy River Look out for moose, the largest members of the deer family Hiking through the mountains A ride through Denali National Park Reindeer looking for the herd A bear explores the tundra surrounding Denali Bald eagles resting

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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Per person starting at
$3,995

Notes

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Available only as an extension to certain Alaska cruises. Price and itinerary subject to change based on cruise.

Included

  • 6 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 5 Dinners
  • 6 Nights Accommodations
    • 4 Nights Hotel
    • 2 Nights Lodge
  • Both International Arrival and Departure Transfers are included.
  • Park Entrance Fee
  • Airport/Hotel Transfers
  • Baggage Handling
  • Rail transportation as noted in itinerary
  • Hotel taxes and fees

Excluded

  • International Flights
  • Flights to/from Juneau/Ketchikan/Sitka and Fairbanks/Anchorage
  • Gratuities
  • Personal Expenses

Budgeting

  • $100 Meals not Included
  • $500 Optional Excursions
    • Helicopter, dog sled, and jet boat trips available at Knik River Lodge
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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!
Meyer Smolen

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Typically not offered during this period because of weather conditions.

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