Alaska by Rail - 2018
Day 1: Arrive Fairbanks
Alaska by Rail tour members will find that flights to Fairbanks are surprisingly affordable. Upon arrival you’ll transfer to the hotel where your Tour Director will greet you.
This evening you may want to peek outside to see if the Aurora Borealis (northern lights) are visible!
Day 2: Fairbanks
Our Alaska guide will join us this morning and be with us throughout the land portion of our tour.
Following breakfast we’ll embark on a tour of the “Golden Heart City”.
This afternoon we’ll board the Riverboat Discovery and embark on a highlight filled cruise on the Chena River. We’ll be introduced to a family who has made the rivers of Alaska a way of life for five generations. You will see a bush floatplane takeoff next to the boat, then visit the home and kennels of the late four-time Iditarod winner Susan Butcher and see her champion sled dogs in action. We’ll be immersed in ancient Athabascan Indian culture on a visit to the Chena Indian Village. Guides will explain how the wolf, fox, martin and beaver provided food and protection in the harsh Arctic climate. They will also share how the Athabascans survived for over 10,000 years and how they have adapted to Western culture during the past century
This evening your Tour Director will host a welcome dinner.
Meal(s): B & D
Day 3: Alaska Railroad / Denali National Park
This morning we will transfer to the Alaska Railroad Depot and board the Wilderness Express luxury dome car on the Denali Star route. These cars feature spectacular 360 degree panoramic viewing upstairs, complete with a full bar and coffee service. Enjoy a sumptuous, cooked to order breakfast in the full service dining room on the lower level (included). Our arrival into the Denali Depot is scheduled for 12:10 p.m.
Denali National Park is six million acres of wild land, bisected by one ribbon of road. This afternoon we’ll embark on a 5 - 7 hour Tundra Wilderness Tour traveling 53 miles into the park. Spectacular