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This active Alaska tour is designed for those short on time who want to see all the main Alaska highlights while still getting their blood pumping. This Alaska trip includes 'must-sees' such as a full day cruise in the Kenai Fjords National Park and a flight-see tour around Denali complete with a landing on Ruth Glacier. Get out on a moderately strenuous guided hike in Denali National Park and tackle some Class III rapids on the Nenana River. The trip takes advantage of the Alaska Railway system to move you quickly through the countryside starting in Anchorage and ending in Fairbanks. Learn about the Gold Rush era and take part in an authentic Sternwheeler cruise to finish up your week of adventure. Opt to add more time and explore Anchorage or go deeper into Denali National Park.
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  • Cruise Kenai Fjords National Park and spot wildlife in the glaciated fjords
  • Experience dog-sledding in Seward and a taste of the Gold Rush in Fairbanks
  • Hit the Class III Whitewater Rapids of the Nenana River near Denali Park.
  • Enjoy a flightseeing tour around Denali and walk on Ruth Glacier.
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Activity Level: Moderate

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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

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  • 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 National Park Cruise

Departing from Seward, this cruise glides past seals, whales and puffins as we explore coastal rainforests, tidewater glaciers and remote Alaskan islands. Experienced and engaging captains narrate the trip, so you walk away knowing a whole lot more about Kenai Fjords National Park and its wonders.

Return to your lodging for the evening 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 | Denali 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 Denali, 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.


Denali Cabins

Classic Cabin interior
Family Cabin available
Outdoor firepit and outdoor hot tubs!

Seward Windsong Lodge

Resurrection Roadhouse overlooks the river
Standard Room
Lobby of Seward Windsong

Pike's Waterfront Lodge

Fireplace Room
Double Queen in Cooper Lodge
Cabin Sitting Room

Talkeetna Lodge

Comfortable rustic Alaska interiors
Foraker Restaurant dining
Back Viewing Deck

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  • 4 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 2 Dinners
  • 9 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
  • Train Tickets: Anchorage - Seward - Anchorage - Talkeetna - Denali - Fairbanks
  • Round-trip Shuttle Service: Park Entrance/Lodge
  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Round Trip Porterage Fee Denali Cabins
  • Bed Taxes and other fees - Invoiced at the time of booking
  • Airport Taxi Transfers


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