Denali-Prince William Sound Explorer – Tour 3PN
Denali-Prince William Sound Explorer - 3PN Itinerary
Experience the majestic wilderness and wildlife of Alaska on this 6-day tour package that takes you along the Alaska Railroad route to Denali National Park, home of the highest peak in North America. Cruise to ice-blue glaciers and explore the thriving hubs of Anchorage and Fairbanks where you will learn more about the culture and history of the Last Frontier. With deluxe accommodations and breathtaking views, this tour guarantees an unforgettable Alaska adventure.
Included in your Tour:
Included in your Tour:
- 5 nights hotel accommodations
- Prince William Sound Glacier Cruise with lunch
- Tundra Wilderness Tour in Denali
- Travel on the Alaska Railroad route aboard luxury railcar from Anchorage to Denali.
- Travel aboard Alaska Railroad's Adventure Class (picture window) from Denali to Fairbanks. Upgrade available.
- Gold Panning in Fairbanks with lunch
- Riverboat Discovery Sternwheeler Cruise
- Airport, hotel and rail transfers
Available at check-out:
Upgrade your rail experience from Denali to Fairbanks 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 dinner aboard the train is included.
With the standard option, rail travel from Anchorage to Talkeetna and Talkeetna to Denali is aboard our own luxury, glass-domed rail service (meals not included, but available for purchase) and the upgrade option applies only to the portion of the trip from Denali to Fairbanks.
To learn more about Adventure Class, click here.
To learn more about Goldstar service, click here.
Unless noted, tour is not escorted and does not include meals, sightseeing or home city air.
Day 1: Anchorage
We will greet you at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport and transport you to your hotel. Relax and enjoy your first night in downtown Anchorage, where you can enjoy world-class entertainment, fine dining and excellent shopping alongside views of snow-capped mountains and the sparkling waters of Cook Inlet. Stroll along the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail under the midnight sun, keeping an eye out for urban wildlife that includes moose, fox and more. Overnight in Anchorage.
Day 2: Anchorage – Whittier – Anchorage
Start the day by driving through a mountain as you travel through North America’s longest shared rail-vehicle tunnel on your way to the port of Whittier and the stunning Prince William Sound. There, you’ll embark on a 5-hour cruise excursion and glacier tour, coming face to face with glacier-carved fjords and the dramatic tidewater glaciers of College Fjord, Harriman Fjord and Barry Arm. Bring along binoculars and watch for the resident whales, sea otters and seabirds while enjoying a hot lunch onboard. Return to Anchorage and overnight. (L)
Day 3: Anchorage – Denali
Travel along the Alaska Railroad route north from Anchorage while enjoying stunning views of the Alaska and Talkeetna mountain ranges through the glass-domed ceiling of your luxury railcar. Keep your eye out for beaver dams, bald eagle nests and trumpeter swans, and marvel at the bridge over Hurricane Gulch. One of the Alaska Railroad’s many engineering marvels, the Hurricane Gulch Bridge stretches 296 feet above the floor of a dramatic canyon. Arrive at the historic Denali rail depot and transfer to your hotel at the park entrance. Spend the afternoon and evening exploring the area independently, or taking advantage of optional outdoor excursions. Overnight at a Denali-area hotel.
Day 4: Denali – Fairbanks
Venture into the wilderness of Denali National Park on the Tundra Wilderness Tour. Visit Primrose Ridge and get your photo taken with the breathtaking 20,320-foot Mount McKinley, weather permitting. Later, travel deeper into Alaska’s rugged Interior region towards Fairbanks and watch for the steep cliffs of the Nenana River Canyon and passing wildlife. Experience dinner onboard this evening. Upon arrival at the Fairbanks depot, transfer to your hotel and enjoy a relaxing evening in the Golden Heart City. Overnight in Fairbanks. (S, D)
Day 5: Fairbanks
Spend the day exploring Fairbanks and reliving its gold rush history at Gold Dredge 8 where you will have the chance to pan for real gold and learn about modern-day gold mining. Afterward, enjoy a motor coach ride to Steamboat Landing for a hearty lunch on the banks of the Chena River. After lunch, board the Riverboat Discovery for a ride on the Chena and Tanana Rivers where you will take a walking tour through a Chena Indian Village, watch a bush pilot demonstration and visit the kennels of late four-time Iditarod champion Susan Butcher. Overnight in Fairbanks. (L)
Day 6: Fairbanks
We will transfer you to the airport where you will bid farewell to an unforgettable adventure in the Last Frontier.