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Discover the beauty of Alaska

Discover the beauty of Alaska as you meander amongst the landscape, dramatic icebergs, glaciers and snow-capped mountains that dominate the scenery as beautiful wildlife make your Alaskan adventure a memorable experience.

Highlights
  • Fairbanks
  • Riverboat cruise on the Chena and Tanana Rivers
  • Journey on the Alaska Railroad
  • Denali
  • Tundra Wilderness Tour
  • Talkeetna
  • Anchorage
  • Glacier Cruise
What’s Included
  • Journey on the Alaska Railroad
  • 3-4* Accommodation
  • Return Scheduled Flights
  • Glacier Cruise
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Grand Alaska Railroad Tour Details

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Days 1-2 Pioneer Park, Fairbanks in Winter
Pioneer Park, Fairbanks in Winter

Arrival into Fairbanks

Fly to Seattle from the UK today, where you will catch your internal flight to Fairbanks. On arrival, check into your hotel for the next 3 nights.

On Day 2 you discover historic Fairbanks from the comfort of an air-conditioned motorcoach on a guided tour. Your knowledgeable tour guide will share the stories behind the sights of the Golden Heart City. Includes stops at the Trans-Alaska Pipeline, Pioneer Park, the Morris Thompson Cultural and Visitor Center, and the acclaimed University of Alaska Museum of the North.

Day 3 Chena River
Chena River

Riverboat discovery

Today you enjoy a cruise on the Chena and Tanana Rivers of Alaska aboard a sternwheeler. See a bush floatplane takeoff alongside the boat, visit the home and kennels of Iditarod winner Susan Butcher and see her champion sled dogs in action. Visit a Chena Indian Village as Alaskan Native guides take you on a personal walking tour of an Athabascan Indian village. Approximate time at the village is 1 hour. Includes doughnuts and coffee.

Day 4 James Eaton (Tailor-Made Holiday Specialist) with the Alaska Railroad
James Eaton (Tailor-Made Holiday Specialist) with the Alaska Railroad

The Alaska Railroad to Denali

After making your own way to the railway station today where you board the Alaska Railroad, known as the 'backbone of the Last Frontier', for a remarkable journey to Denali With construction beginning in 1903, it was originally named the Alaska Central Railway and as the state's first, the route became a testament to the pioneering engineering spirit of the time.

As you leave the city of Fairbanks trailing behind us we head out into the true landscapes of Alaska, travelling along tree-lined valleys that tumble down beneath us into the winding rivers below. With the wilderness stretching as far as the eye can see and mountain peaks disappearing into the clouds, this is a true taste of Alaskan adventure.

Day 5 Mckinley Peak, Denali National Park
Mckinley Peak, Denali National Park

Tundra Wilderness Tour

Today you enjoy a classic wildlife tour of Denali National Park, the Tundra Wilderness Tour showcases Denali's spectacular scenery and many opportunities for wildlife sightings - making this tour one of the most popular ways to experience and understand Denali's terrain and wildlife. Tour drivers, educated and trained as interpretive naturalists, provide colorful information about the land and its animals. Animal sightings include brown and black bears, caribou, moose, Dall sheep, wolves, snowshoe hares, lynx, arctic fox, porcupines and more. On a clear day, enjoy a truly spectacular view of Denali, the tallest peak in North America.

This tour travels 53 miles into Denali National Park in the comfort of a modified school bus; the return journey affords the opportunity to view the rugged landscape from a new angle. Rest stops and opportunities to take photos are made every 1-1.5 hours.

Day 6 Caribou
Caribou

Denali to Talkeetna

Travelling by rail, you travel from Denali to Talkeetna, as you traverse through the cinematic scenery of silvery creeks, mountains with their tops dusted by snow, and rolling green fir forests. You might spot a caribou that's stopped to take a drink, a family of grizzly bears walking along the path, or a herd of nimble-footed Dall sheep capering precariously along the rocky outcrops. You arrive into Talkeetna, on the banks of the Susitna River. A typical rural outpost filled with traditional charm, the population is just 800 and you spend the night here.

Days 7-10 Prince William Sound
Prince William Sound

Anchorage and Glacier cruise

Leaving Talkeetna today, you travel by rail to Anchorage, one of Alaska's most important cities. Day 8 you are free to explore Anchorage at your own pace.

On Day 9 you will embark on a full day glacier cruise, where your journey into Prince William Sound is unforgettable. Explore the serenity of Esther Passage. View the majestic alpine and tidewater glaciers in College and Harriman Fjord while traveling in luxurious comfort aboard the Klondike Express, the fastest catamaran in Alaska. This 5-hour cruise includes a complimentary hot lunch, narration provided by a U.S. Forest Service Ranger, assigned indoor seating, a full-service bar and snacks available for purchase, and a no-seasickness guarantee. The cruise ship is restroom equipped. On Day 10 you are free again to explore Anchorage.

Anchorage and home

Leave Anchorage and Alaska behind today as you head to the airport for your flight home travelling via Seattle.

Adventure Class Features

Adventure Class features: Experience rail travel across Alaska at our best rate. Adventure Class cars offer comfortable seating and large picture windows. Adventure Class guests are encouraged to travel between railcars, whether to take advantage of the open seating in our Vista Dome cars or visit the Wilderness Café.

  • Confirmed seat with large picture windows
  • Onboard dining and bar service available for purchase in the Wilderness Café*
  • Freedom to explore between Adventure Class cars
  • Access to open seating in Vista Dome car
  • *No dining or bar service on the Hurricane Turn Train

Upgrade to GoldStar Service from £3,725 - see Optional extras tab for more details.

Please note

The itinerary above is just a suggestion and you are free to make adjustments to suit your exact requirements. Please call 01904 734 358 to speak to one of our Tailor-Made Holiday Specialists  about tailoring your holiday with GRJ independent.

Departure Times

Our tours of Canada typically depart the UK between 10am and 1pm.

What’s included
  • Return scheduled flights
  • 10 nights' in 3-4 Star hotel accommodation
  • Guided tour of Fairbanks
  • Tundra Wilderness tour
  • Full day Glacier cruise
  • Journey on the Grand Alaska Railroad

Please note: This tour may be suitable for reduced mobility passengers, please call for further information.

James Starkie
James
Mark Brennan
Mark
Sally Hauser
Sally
Laura Strawinski
Laura
Grand Alaska Railroad

Discover the beauty of Alaska

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