Denali – Talkeetna Explorer – Tour 3TS

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Denali - Talkeetna Explorer - Southbound - 3TS
7 Days / 6 Nights
  • $1,699.00 - Value Special (Sept) - Save $500 per couple
  • $1,949.00 - Value Rate (Sept)
  • $1,799.00 - Peak Special - Save $500 per couple
  • $2,049.00 - Peak Rate
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7 Days / 6 Nights (Tour 3TS)

Experience the breathtaking wilderness of Alaska on this 7-day tour that originates in Fairbanks and takes you through Denali National Park, Talkeetna and Anchorage. After arriving and spending time in Fairbanks, you will venture to Denali National Park where the 20,320-foot Denali, the highest peak in North America, often emerges from the clouds, granting perfect photo opportunities. Watch for grizzly bears, wolves, caribou and a wide variety of other wildlife including Arctic ground squirrels and bald eagles. Enjoy dinner and a show at the Music of Denali Dinner Theater at McKinley Chalet Resort featuring family-style dining and a spirited original musical about the first men to reach the summit of Denali. Continue to the Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge near the quaint town of Talkeetna to experience the south side of Denali.  Your journey ends in Alaska's largest city, Anchorage.

Included in your Tour:

  • 6 nights hotel accommodations
  • Gold panning in Fairbanks (lunch included)
  • Riverboat Discovery Sternwheeler Cruise
  • Travel aboard Alaska Railroad's Adventure Class service (picture window) from Fairbanks to Denali (upgrade available)
  • Travel on the Alaska Railroad aboard luxury, glass-domed railcar from Denali to Talkeetna to Anchorage
  • Music of Denali Dinner Theater at McKinley Chalet Resort
  • Guided tour into Denali National Park
  • Airport, hotel and rail transfers

Available during check-out:
Upgrade your rail experience from Fairbanks to Denali for $100 per person. The standard tour features Alaska Railroad’s Adventure Class for this rail component of the tour. When you choose the upgrade, you will travel aboard Alaska Railroad's GoldStar service instead.  Adventure Class railcars do not feature a dome and meals are available for purchase.  GoldStar service is aboard Alaska Railroad’s domed railcars and breakfast aboard the train is included.  

With the standard option, rail travel from Denali to Talkeetna and Talkeetna to Anchorage is aboard our own luxury, glass-domed rail service (meals not included, but available for purchase) and the upgrade applies only to the portion of the trip from Fairbanks to Denali.

Unless noted, tour is not escorted and does not include meals, sightseeing or home city air.

Day 1: Fairbanks

  • Overnight:

We’ll transfer you from the airport to your hotel for an overnight stay.

Day 2: Fairbanks

  • Overnight:

Relive the gold rush at your visit to Gold Dredge 8 with lunch and a cruise along the Chena and Tanana Rivers aboard an authentic sternwheeler. Overnight Fairbanks hotel. (S, L)

Day 3: Fairbanks - Denali

  • Departs From:
    Fairbanks, 8:15 AM (Train Departs Fairbanks Depot)
  • Arrives At:
    Denali, 12:10 PM (Train Arrives Denali Depot)

Enjoy a scenic ride aboard the historic Alaska Railroad as you travel to Denali National Park. Watch for the majestic snow-covered peak of the "Great One" looming above the “smaller” mountains of the Alaska Range. Once you’ve arrived at Denali, choose from a variety of optional activities such as hiking or ziplining. Overnight at a Denali-area hotel.

Day 4: Denali

  • Overnight:

Immerse yourself in the six-million-acre wilderness of Denali National Park on a guided tour. Keep your eyes peeled for Denali’s “Big Five” – Dall sheep, caribou, grizzly bears, moose and wolves. Bring along binoculars to spot distant animals and have your camera ready. This evening, enjoy an unforgettable dinner experience at Music of Denali Dinner Theater at McKinley Chalet Resort. Overnight at a Denali-area hotel. (S, D)

Day 5: Denali - Talkeetna

  • Departs From:
    Denali, 9:15 AM (Train Departs Denali Depot)
  • Arrives At:
    McKinley, 2:00 PM (Train Arrives Talkeetna Depot)

Transfer to the rail depot and re-board the train to continue your journey to Talkeetna and the Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge. Once you’ve arrived, settle into your lodging and visit the Tour Desk to book an optional excursion. Overnight Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge.

Day 6: Talkeetna - Anchorage

  • Departs From:
    McKinley, 2:15 PM (Train Departs Talkeetna Depot)
  • Arrives At:
    Anchorage, 5:15 PM (Train Arrives Anchorage Depot)

Spend the morning exploring the area, then return to Talkeetna where you'll board the train bound for Anchorage via glass-domed railcar. Enjoy your final evening in Alaska's largest city. Overnight Anchorage hotel.

Day 7: Anchorage

The tour wraps up with a transfer from your hotel to the Anchorage airport. On the flight home, watch out the airplane window for spectacular views of snow-covered mountains and winding glaciers as you savor your memories of an incredible adventure.

Key for Meals Included:
B - Breakfast
L - Lunch
S - Snack
D - Dinner

To view more availability on a similar itinerary, view the northbound Denali-Talkeetna Explorer (3TN), which operates in reverse from Anchorage to Fairbanks.