Day 1 Arrive Anchorage
Arrive in Anchorage and settle into your downtown hotel this evening. If time allows, explore the city a bit tonight. Add a free day in Anchorage to include a heritage tour or other guided city tour to explore the area. Rest up before the first full day of your Alaska Adventure.
Day 2 Train to Seward | Seward Day Tour
- 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch
Catch the train south to Seward this morning. Once in Seward, head straight from the train station to begin your tour. Take in the fascinating history and breathtaking beauty as your guide shows you the sights of Seward Alaska, known as “the Gateway to Alaska” and “Mile 0″ of the Iditarod Trail. See first-hand the effects of the 1964 Earthquake and stand in awe of the mountain that is home to the second oldest foot race in the United States.
Then, head out to Exit Glacier in the Kenai Fjords National Park one of Seward Alaska's favorite views. A short walk along the nature trail takes you to the face of the glacial ice. Watch for mountain goats, moose or bear on the mountainside. During the salmon runs, see salmon swimming upstream to spawn. A hearty lunch will be served at nearby Resurrection Roadhouse before you travel to the Seavey homestead and take a 1.5 hour dog sledding tour. At the end of this fun-filled day, your driver will return you to your hotel where you can spend the rest of your evening relaxing or exploring on your own.
Day 3 Kenai Fjords Dinner Cruise
Departing from Seward in the afternoon, embark on a catamaran cruise, gliding through Resurrection Bay past abundant wildlife. Then, with the vessel's experienced captain, explore deeper into Kenai Fjords National Park where you can see the park’s glaciers up-close. After a delicious dinner served onboard, return to your lodging in Seward.
Day 4 Seward Free Day | Return Anchorage
Today is free for you to arrange additional, independent excursions. Many adventure options are offered in Seward, such as hiking, kayaking, and glacier visits. Opt to stay in Seward to wander the streets of this small town or just enjoy the peaceful scenery at the lodge. Board the train this evening to return to Anchorage and settle in before your early morning train north.
Day 5 Talkeetna | Mt McKinley Flight-see & Glacier Landing
Travel north on the train today arriving at Talkeetna, the historic stop which marks mid-way to Denali. Settle into your lodge before setting out on an afternoon guided flight-seeing tour of Denali National Park. Fly completely around Mt. McKinley, spotting its various features such as the Kahiltna Glacier, the west buttress, Sheldon Amphitheater, Ruth Glacier and the Great Gorge. Then, fly across the divide to spot Denali's Wickersham Wall, a 14,000 foot continuous 'wall' of rock and ice. Next land on the gentle slope of Ruth Glacier for an opportunity to view and photograph the peaks surrounding you. Return to Talkeetna Lodge this evening.
Day 6 Train to Denali | Rock Creek Denali Hike
Enjoy a leisurely morning before traveling by train further north to the Denali National Park Entrance. Check into your small cedar cabin accommodations at Denali Cabins and rest up before an early evening hike to explore the area. The moderately strenuous hike winds through a spruce and birch forest typical of lower elevations in Denali National Park. Keep your eyes peeled for the possible moose or other forest animal sighting! Your guide shares valuable insight about the Denali National Park habitat and is eager to answer any questions throughout the hike. Return to the Denali Cabins.
You can opt to upgrade your experience for the next 2-3 nights with an upgraded stay at the Denali Backcountry Lodge. This is a remote wilderness Alaska lodge located at the end of the famous road that travels deep inside the park.
Day 7 Denali Whitewater Rafting Canyon Run
Today it is time for some river adventures! Set out towards Healy to get on the water for a thrilling 11-mile whitewater raft down the Nenana River! This is the best rafting for those seeking a thrill, with Class III rapids and one Class IV rapid. Be prepared to get wet, as you get into real whitewater rafting through exciting rapids such as "Cable Car", "Coffee Grinder", and "Ice Worm". Return to your cabins this afternoon to warm up. Opt to explore on your own this afternoon or book another excursion for your time.
Day 8 Free Day Denali | Train to Fairbanks
Today is free for you to continue exploring the area before your late afternoon train departure. You may choose to book a guided excursion in advance for this day, or just leave it open to explore independently. The train will take you to Fairbanks this evening where you check into Pike's Waterfront Lodgel for the night.
Day 9 Fairbanks Highlight Tour
Today, you will be picked up from your hotel for your sightseeing tour to see the highlights of Fairbanks. During the tour, you will visit the Morris Thompson Cultural Center where you will find great exhibits about Interior Alaska. Then stop at the Trans Alaska Pipeline where your guide will explain the astonishing engineering of the pipeline, the oil field in Prudhoe Bay, and the Alaska oil industry. From there, continue to the Museum of the North with its dramatic architecture and new exhibit galleries (closed on Sundays in September; then tour will go to the Antique Auto Museum instead). And finally, you will visit Santa Claus at his home in North Pole, and buy some Alaska souvenirs and Christmas decorations.
This afternoon, an optional Sternwheeler Riverboat Tour can be arranged for an additional cost.
Day 10 Return Home
Make your way to the airport for your flight home or to continue your Alaska travels independently.