06 Days | Travel Alaska by Rail from Anchorage or Fairbanks

Alaska Railroad Tours: Anchorage | Denali | Talkeetna | Fairbanks by Rail

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Discover Alaska by rail on the last full-service railroads in North America - or with one of the privately operated trains. Admire the breathtaking nature in glass-domed or regular rail car compartments - all with large panorama windows ensuring unobstructed views of snow-capped mountain ranges, pristine scenery and wildlife. Relax in your comfortable reclining seats, take a delicious lunch onbord or listen to the commentaries through a local tour escort. Our rail tour packages are available from Anchorage, Seward, Whittier, Talkeetna and Fairbanks. So whether you arrive by air or cruise ship you may choose from an extensive selection of tours or use our individual trip planning service for a fully customized Alaska rail experience in a world-class destination.

Day 1: Anchorage

Arrival in Anchorage during the day. Note: if you arrive by cruise ship we provide rail/van tour transfers and pre/post tours from Seward and Whittier to Anchorage. Please inquire. Transfer to your hotel in downtown. Spend the remaining afternoon to visit the sights of the Alaskan city or enjoy a stroll along the Coastal Trail with views of Mt. McKinley and the "Sleeping Lady". Guided city sightseeing tours are arranged on request. Overnight Anchorage.

Day 2: Anchorage - Talkeetna

Morning transfer from the hotel to the railroad station and departure at 8:00 AM. Enjoy sweeping views of snowcapped mountain peaks in the distance while traveling from Anchorage via Wasilla - home of the Iditarod Headquarter "The Last Great Sled Dog Race on Earth" to Talkeetna. Talkeetna was established as a mining town and trading post before either Wasilla or Anchorage existed. Several of its old log buildings are today historical landmarks. The community is internationally recognized as the base for many of the climbing expeditions that challenge Mt. McKinley, Mt. Hunter and Mt. Foraker during the summertime, so it is not unusual to find a larger number of international visitors walking these quiet streets. The Talkeetna and Chulitna Rivers join the Susitna River at Talkeetna and the town reportedly takes its name from an Indian word meaning "where the rivers join". A museum in The Little Red Schoolhouse, built in 1917. Local art, old books, and historical items are on display.  Tip: Reserve a spectacular Denali Flightseeing Tour | Kahiltna Glacier Landing into the Alaska Mountain Range. Overnight: Talkeetna

Day 3: Talkeetna - Denali National Park

Leave Talkeetna and follow the highway through Denali State Park with good wildlife viewing, canoe rental and excellent hiking opportunities. Arrive at Denali National Park and check in your hotel. Overnight: Denali National Park

Day 4: Denali National Park

Denali, the “Great One”, is the name Athabascan people gave the massive peak that crowns the 600-mile-long Alaska Range. Denali National Park and Preserve was created 1980 from the former Mt Mc.Kinley National Park. At over 6 million acres, the park is larger than the State of Massachusetts. It exemplifies interior Alaska’s character as one of the world’s last great frontiers for wilderness adventure and it remains largely wild and unspoiled, as the Athabascan knew it. Early (pre-reserved time) shuttle bus departure - the park road is closed for private vehicles - for a full day wildlife observation and sightseeing tour to the Eielson Visitor Center, Wonder Lake or Kantishna within the shadows of Mt. McKinley - with 20.320 ft. the highest mountain in North America. The views from here are just spectacular. Watch for grizzly bears, moose, caribou, wolf, lynx, wolverine and fox roaming throughout the park or observe one of the 150 different bird species which inherit the Denali National Park area. Many hiking trails along the ridges and throughout the valleys are easily accessible from the road. Park ranger at the visitor center are conducting interesting campfire talks, sled dog demonstations and short guided nature walks on a regular basis. Return to the Park entrance anytime during the day. Overnight: Denali National Park

Day 5: Denali National Park - Fairbanks

Spend the morning at Denali National Park with a ranger sled dog demonstration, raft of float on the Nenana River or take a scenic flightseeing tour around the magnificent three - Mt. McKinley, Mt. Foraker and Mt. Hunter. Leave Denali at 3:45 pm and arrive in Fairbanks around 8:00 pm. Overnight: Fairbanks

Day 6: Fairbanks

Join this morning the 3.5-hours Riverboat Discovery Cruise. If you've ever read Mark Twain you know of his days as a riverboat captain. Did you know that Jack London was a riverboat pilot as well? Here's your chance to experience the adventure these renowned writers enjoyed as you cruise aboard the authentic sternwheeler riverboat Discovery II, rated the number one boat tour in North America. Enjoy a lively narration as you view a trapper's cabin, log homes, and a bush pilot performance. Visit the former home of four time Iditarod champion Susan Butcher, as you pass Trail Breaker Kennels along the Chena River. Learn first hand about kennel life and the challenges that go into making a champion dogsled team. You'll make a stop at the historic site of a Chena Indian village to see native crafters in action and to learn abut Native Alaskan hunting and fishing at an Athabascan Fish Camp. Transfer to the airport.

Tour Includes

  • 5 Nights Superior Accommodation
  • Hotel and State Taxes
  • Rail Tour Anchorage - Talkeetna - Denali - Fairbanks
  • Reserved Seats
  • All Transfers: Hotel, Rail Station, Visitor Center
  • Denali National Park Entrance Fee
  • Denali Shuttle Bus Ticket to Eielson Visitor Center
  • Fairbanks Riverboat Discovery Cruise
  • Tour Documentation
  • 5 Nights First-Class Accomodation
  • Hotel and State Taxes
  • Rail Tour Anchorage - Talkeetna - Denali - Fairbanks
  • Reserved Seats in Upper Level Domed Cars
  • Complimentary Non-alcoholic Beverages
  • Priority Check in | Bording
  • Use of Outdoor Viewing Deck
  • Priority Dining Room Seating
  • All Transfers: Hotel, Rail Station, Visitor Center
  • Denali Shuttle Bus Ticket to Eielson Visitor Center
  • Denali National Park Entrance Fee
  • Fairbanks Riverboat Discovery Cruise
  • Tour Documentation

Rates per Person in US $ from Anchorage or Fairbanks

Tour Number | TA-RT4 | Daily Departures
Single Double Triple Quad

May 15 - May 31 | Superior Hotels

June 01 - August 31 | Superior Hotels

September 01 - September 15 | Superior Hotels















Tour Number | TA-RT4 | Daily Departures
Single Double Triple Quad

May 10 - May 31 | First Class Hotels + Domed Car

June 01 - August 31 | First Class Hotels + Domed Car

September 01 - September 15 | First Class Hotels + Domed Car













Optional Sightseeing Tours

Rates in US$ / per person

Rail Road | One Way Upgrade from Superior to Deluxe Domed Cars

Denali National Park | Extend Shuttle Bus Tour to Wonder Lake

Denali National Park | Upgrade Shuttle Bus to Escorted 8-Hour Wildlife Tour including Boxed Lunch

Denali National Park | Upgrade Shuttle Bus to Escorted 12-Hour Kantishna Wilderness Lodge Tour