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Denali National Park Pre-Voyage Extension

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With the idyllic Kantishna Roadhouse Lodge as your base camp, you’ll enjoy special access. Kantishna's relationship with the Park ensures exclusive opportunities for you to explore Denali National Park’s most pristine backcountry areas for prime hiking and wildlife viewing. Set deep in the heart of the Park, this unique wilderness retreat offers unparalleled views of Denali, a wide range of outdoor activities and nightly presentations that emphasize Denali’s natural and cultural history, plus locally sourced cuisine. The small group size of 11 guests per naturalist enhances the intimacy of outings and opportunities for in-depth learning. Explore via private touring vehicles, or if you prefer a more personal exploration, you can hike a trail near the lodge or around Wonder Lake, bike the trails or even spend an afternoon fishing. At the expedition’s end, you’ll return to Anchorage first class in lavishly appointed cars on the Alaska Railroad that feature original Alaska art and a private outdoor viewing deck.
A bear explores the tundra surrounding DenaliLook out for moose, the largest members of the deer familyEnjoy a hike to try to see DenaliDenali in autumn, with fireweed on the tundraBear sighting in Alaska
  • Learn about the natural and cultural history of the local region
  • Look for incredible Alaskan wildlife such as bears, moose, and Dall sheep
  • Ride the train from Denali to Anchorage and enjoy beautiful scenery along the way
  • Explore Denali National Park with expert naturalist guides
Trip Type:
  • Small Group
Activity Level: Relaxed

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Day 1: Fairbanks, Alaska

Arrive in Fairbanks, transfer to your hotel and settle into your river view room at Pike’s Waterfront Lodge. This evening meet your leader and traveling companions at a welcome dinner.

Day 2: Fairbanks | Denali National Park

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
In the morning visit the University of Alaska Fairbanks Museum featuring collections that represent over 11,000 years of cultural traditions in the North. In the late morning, depart on a wilderness drive to your temporary home located within the heart of the park, the North Face Lodge. Travel in the lodge's private bus, on the otherwise highly restricted Denali Park Road, in order to access prime wildlife viewing areas; a privilege extended to the owners of North Face Lodge and their guests. The seven-hour, 90-mile drive is rife with opportunities to look for Denali's famed wildlife: grizzlies, caribou, moose, Dall sheep, wolves, eagles, Arctic terns and more. Enjoy a hearty, picnic-style dinner, served at the midpoint of the drive alongside the East Fork River. Regular bathroom stops at National Park Service facilities provide additional chances to stretch your legs.

Day 3-5: Denali National Park | North Face Lodge

  • Hotel
  • 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners
Immerse yourself in the remote wildness and north country charm of the North Face Lodge, and become one with nature. See Denali’s rich wildlife, flora and fauna firsthand and learn about its natural history during the daily activities of your choice – hiking, canoeing, fishing and biking. Hiking is among guests’ favorite activities, as the lodge offers exclusive opportunities to hike with trained naturalist guides in the protected wilderness back country of Denali National Park. Optional flight-seeing offers breathtaking aerial views of Alaska and is available at an additional cost. Days wind down with nightly presentations by the fireplace that focus on various aspects of Denali’s natural and cultural history, including birds, mammals, wildflowers, tundra ecology, geology, mountaineering, land use and natural resource issues. Sleep in well-appointed, comfortable rooms and enjoy delicious meals featuring fresh baked goods and locally-grown produce throughout your stay.

Day 6: Denali National Park | Anchorage

  • Hotels
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning depart the North Face Lodge and enjoy the scenic drive back out to the park entrance. Continue to experience the grandeur of Alaska aboard the Alaska Railroad, enjoying the first class, GoldStar Service en route to Anchorage. Lavishly appointed cars feature custom-designed interiors highlighted with original Alaska art and a private outdoor viewing deck. Dinner will be served on board the train. Overnight at the Anchorage Hilton Hotel. 

Day 7: Anchorage to Sitka or Juneau | Embark

This morning fly to either Sitka or Juneau to begin your Alaska voyage. 

Depending on your departure date, you may be responsible for one night on your own before or after joining the Denali extension. Please contact us for details.


Camp Denali

Photo Courtesy of Camp Denali & North Face Lodge
Photo Courtesy of Camp Denali & North Face Lodge
Bus ride into Denali National Park. Photo Courtesy of Camp Denali

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Available only as an extension to select Alaska cruises. Contact us for details.
  • 6 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 6 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
  • Gold Star Train Ticket: Denali - Anchorage/Wasilla
  • Park Entrance Fee
  • Gear Rental
  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Rubber Boots: Please bring your own. 
  • International Flights
  • Internal Flights - Anchorage to Sitka or Juneau


When to Go

Good to ideal period to travel, and many people choose to visit at this time.
Typically not offered during this period because of weather conditions.

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