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2025 Alaska by Rail

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Special Interest Tours
Sep 4 - 13, 2024
Group size: 15 - 36
About this trip
Experience the final frontier by rail in the colorful month of September. Enjoy incredible scenery through Denali National Park and down the Kenai Peninsula.
What’s included
  • All Inclusive Tour
    3 Meals Daily 9/5-11 (Dinner on 9/04 and Breakfast on 9/11)
  • Hotel (9 Nights)
    1 Night at Marriott Springhill Suites, 2 Nights at Denali Bluffs Hotel, 2 Nights at Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge, 4 Nights at Hilton Anchorage
  • Private Coach Bus
    Available during the entirety of this tour.
  • Rail Segments
  • Fairbanks - Denali
    Goldstar Class
  • Denali - Talkeetna
    Adventure Class
  • Talkeetna-Hurricane R/T
    Adventure Class
  • Talkeetna - Anchorage
    Goldstar Class
  • Anchorage - Seward R/T
    Goldstar Class
  • Anchorage - Whittier OW
    Goldstar Class
  • Non-Rail Activities:
  • Boat Excursion
    Major Marine Kenai Fjords National Park Day Cruise - 4 Hours
  • Welcome Dinner
    Alaskan salmon bake welcome dinner!
  • Dinner Theater
    Alaska Cabin Nite Dinner Theater in Denali National Park
  • Museum Entry
    Museum of Alaska Transportation
  • Transportation
    Guests are responsible for their transportation to and from Alaska.
What’s not included
  • Transportation
    Guests are responsible for their transportation to and from Alaska.
Day 1 - Sept 4th Welcome to Alaska

Arrive in Fairbanks and get settled at the hotel. We will provide shuttles on this day from the Fairbanks airport to the hotel.

Those who arrive early can explore downtown Fairbanks, the Chena River walk, and the Morris Thompson Cultural and Visitor’s center, all within walking distance from the hotel.

In the afternoon we will visit the Alaskan Pipeline en route to our dinner at the Alaskan Salmon Bake at Pioneer Park. Get acquainted with our Trains Magazine special guest and your fellow tour guests while we will enjoy dinner together.

Day 2 - Sept 5th Denali Star

We depart early and enjoy breakfast on the train as we begin our rail journey southward into Denali National Park. We’ll arrive in the heart of the park around noon and transfer to our hotel, where we’ll settle in for a 2-night stay.

This evening we’ll head to the Alaska Cabin Nite Dinner Theater, which houses a night of fun, festivity and food! We will join their heroine Fannie Quigley and an unforgettable cast of characters in this true-to-life Gold Rush tale of adventure in early 1900s Alaska. It’s a great mix of colorful storytelling, spirited music and humor, brought to life by talented performers.

Day 3 - Sept 6th Explore Denali

With a full day in the park, we take a chartered Tundra Wilderness Tour, to learn about the history and wildlife of this grand national park, which houses the country’s tallest mountain and over 6 million acres of protected wilderness.

Day 4 - Sept 7th Denali to Tallkeetna

In the early afternoon we continue south by rail to Talkeetna, which was formed in 1916 as a headquarters for the Alaska Railroad. Here, we’ll settle in for a 2-night stay at the Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge.

Day 5 - Sept 8th Hurricane Turn Train

Today we spend the afternoon on the Hurricane Turn Train, one of the last in nation to provide flagstop service.

Locals have long loved the Hurricane for access to remote cabins, hunting and fishing, while visitors consider this train the Alaska Railroad’s best-kept secret for a truly authentic Alaskan experience – not to mention the panoramic views at the train’s turnaround point, Hurricane Gulch. On a clear day, Denali towers over the braided Susitna River.

Day 6 - Sept 9th Talkeetna to Anchorage

Enjoy some free time in Talkeetna. Guests can use the hotel’s shuttle to visit the historic town at their leisure and explore the many shops and restaurants.

In the late afternoon we will head to the Alaska Railroad depot and board the train to Anchorage. Dinner will be served on the train, and though we’ll arrive to Anchorage by 8:00PM, here in the Arctic it will still be in time for sunset.

Day 7 - Sept 10th Anchorage - Whittier

Today we will journey by rail to Whittier, to travel through the combined vehicle-railroad tunnel in North America. We will return to Anchorage by bus to give guests time to enjoy the historic city.

Day 8- Sept 11th Anchorage-Seward Round Trip

Our last full day takes us on an adventure down Kenai Penninsula to Seward. Breakfast will be served as we view sunrise around the Turnagain Arm.

Upon arrival in Seward, we’ll enjoy a 6 hour cruise through the Kenai Fjords National Park. This cruise explores the world of whales, wildlife, and glaciers found in the fjords. Our experienced captains will fully narrate your journey and will

point out the spectacular sights while providing information on the area’s wildlife, history, and geology.

A private farewell dinner will be served on our return train to Anchorage. As the sunsets on Alaska we’ll say our goodbyes to the land and our fellow guests.

Day 9 - Sept 12th Alaska RR Shop Tour

Guests are in for a special experience, with a tour of the Alaska Railroad’s engine shops.

After free time for lunch we will head to the Anchorage Museum, has state of the art exhibits covering the science, history, art and culture of Alaska.

Guests will then have some free time to prepare for their flights home before our Farewell dinner.

Day 9- Sept 13th Farewell

Breakfast is included at the hotel. Continue on with our Whittier extension or depart on your travels home.

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Value for Money

Double Occupancy
Deposit: $500
Per person price based on two guests sharing hotel rooms.
Single Occupancy
5 left
Deposit: $500
Per person price based on one guest in the hotel rooms.
Fairbanks Hotel on 9/03
Marriott Springhill Suites Fairbanks
Anchorage Hotel on 9/13
Hilton Downtown Anchorage