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Grand Alaska Railroad

(Tour code: GAR17)Travel to the heart of Alaska

Travel to the heart of Alaska, an enticing destination filled with natural wonders. From the highest mountain on the continent to the fantastic wildlife that roams freely through the national parks, Alaska is an outdoor playground that is pure pleasure to discover. Relax as you sail across sublime fjords and travel through vast swathes of cinematic landscapes aboard the Grand Alaska Railroad.


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Tour Highlights
  • Anchorage, the gateway to Alaska including free time and a guided tour
  • The Grand Alaska railroad
  • City tour of Fairbanks followed by leisure time
  • Welcome to Denali Champagne reception
  • Tundra Wilderness Tour of Denali National Park
  • Rural Talkeetna
  • Steam powered paddle boat cruise and heritage rail journey
  • Cruise through Kenai Fjords National Park
What’s Included (Full details)
  • Standard Class Rail
    Grand Alaska Railroad from Anchorage to Fairbanks
    Heritage journey along the Tanana Valley Railroad
  • 11 Nights' Hotel Accommodation
  • Return Scheduled Flights

Itinerary & Map

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Departure Times

Provisional departure and return times, where available, can be found together with our dates and prices by clicking on the 'Prices & Availability' button. We write to all booked customers approximately 10 weeks prior to the start of their tour to advise the exact departure and return time for their particular group.

London to Anchorage
Day 1

London to Anchorage

After meeting our Tour Manager and group at London Heathrow airport, we fly to Seattle. On arrival at this United States seaport we take another flight to Anchorage, the largest city in Alaska. We transfer to our hotel for a one-night stay, enjoying time to get a first look at our new surroundings. Anchorage lies between the shimmering waters of the Cook Inlet and the all-encompassing Chugach mountain range in Southcentral Alaska. As the gateway to the wilderness of this, America's most sparsely populated state, Anchorage is the perfect base from which to metaphorically dip your toes into the glorious nature these epic landscapes have to offer.

  • Scheduled flights
Day 2

Exploring Anchorage

Today is our first full day in this dramatic and diverse destination, and we begin our explorations with a morning's guided tour of Anchorage. Travelling by coach, we unearth stories about the city's colourful history, including its time as a Russian territory, and the economic boom that came about in the 1920s with the introduction of the railways. From possible sightings of Anchorage's famous urban moose to the poignant Earthquake Park, there is plenty for us to see and learn on our tour. Afterwards we make our way by motor coach to Talkeetna. A typical rural outpost filled with traditional charm, the population here is just 800 and we spend the night at the Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge Hotel.

Alaskan Rail Road
Day 3

The Grand Alaska Railroad

We make our way to the railway station today where we board the Grand 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 we leave the small town of Talkeetna 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. We have the luxury of riding the rails accompanied by some wonderful opportunities to glimpse the wildlife that calls this unique yet remote part of the world home. Travelling in Adventure Class, we have access to the train's domed observation car, so keep your eyes peeled for sightings of bears, moose and even wolves as the train forges its way through seemingly impossible terrains. On arrival into Denali we transfer to the Murie Science and Learning Centre for a private Champagne reception overlooking the mighty Alaskan range.

Alaska Lake Serenity Tundra
Day 4

Alaska’s natural beauty

Today we can look forward to a tundra wilderness tour. With local guides on hand to help us identify the flora, fauna and wildlife we will no doubt encounter, as well as revealing the history of the park itself, this is an immersive experience into one of Alaska's most breathtaking settings. And you will be provided with a snack to enjoy during your time out on the prairies.

Denali National Park
Day 5

Through Denali National Park

Taking a coach we travel through Denali National Park today, an expanse of six million acres that has only one road weaving through it, we traverse through the cinematic scenery of glacial lakes, mountains with their tops dusted by snow, and rolling green pastures, we 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. Our destination is Fairbanks where we enjoy a guided coach tour of Fairbanks exploring the 'golden heart city'. Founded in 1901, it was soon established as a trading post, a haven for local gold prospectors, but is now known as an area of Alaska that helps transport America's precious black gold. During our tour we are likely to see a section of the trans-Alaska oil pipeline, that stretches over 800 miles across the frozen tundra, as well as the Museum of the North, housed on the university campus, and perhaps even Santa Claus House. In an area of the city dubbed the North Pole, this is a family-run institution that keeps the festive spirit going all year round. For over 50 years Father Christmas has been writing to children across the country from this unassuming house, situated just off the highway. Following our explorations you are free to continue sightseeing. Why not eat like a local, and indulge in a speciality salmon bake meal at one of the cosy nearby restaurants?

Chena River Alaska
Day 6

Riverboat cruise and heritage rail experience

This morning we step aboard the Riverboat Discovery III for a traditional steam powered paddle boat cruise along the Chena and Tanana Rivers. As we sail we learn more about the history of these waterways and the Athabascan Indian culture once prevalent here. Our afternoon continues with a journey along the Tanana Valley Railroad, a popular route during the gold rush. The route leads us to an old mining site where we have the chance to pan for our own treasures.

Seward Harbour Talkeenta Alaska
Days 7-8

To Talkeetna

After a relaxed morning, we journey by coach back to Talkeetna where you are at leisure on Day 8 to enjoy the relaxed pace of life that is evident here, whilst admiring the impressive backdrop of Mt Denali on the horizon, the highest peak in North America.

Kenai Fjords National Park
Days 9-10

To Seward and Kenai Fjords National Park

This morning we journey to Seward by coach, checking into the Harbor 360 Hotel. On Day 10 we embark on a highlight of our holiday today with a cruise through the Kenai Fjords National Park. With nature and wildlife the watchword of the day, we take to the calm waters for the chance to get as close as possible to glaciers, see the majesty of whales surfacing for air, and to watch as porpoises frolic around the bow of the boat. In the company of a local wildlife expert, we're sure not to miss seeing any of the animals that decide to put in appearance. We return to the hotel this afternoon after an exhilarating day that includes lunch.

Anchorage and home
Days 11

13 Return to Anchorage and the journey home

We make our way back to Anchorage today aboard the Coastal Classic train, another route on the Grand Alaska Railroad, travelling past ethereal glaciers as we skirt the Turnagain inlet and journeying over the ranges of the Seward Peninsula. You are at leisure until we transfer to the airport on Day 12. Spend time relaxing or doing some last bits of sightseeing ahead of our afternoon flight to Vancouver, where we join our connecting flight to London, arriving on Day 13.

Please note

Please note that while every departure of this tour features the same excursions, they may not necessarily be in the order listed above.


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