Denali-Prince William Sound Explorer – Tour 3PS
- 7 Days / 6 Nights
Denali - Prince William Sound Explorer - Southbound - 3PS Itinerary
Embark on an unforgettable adventure in Alaska on this 7-day tour that takes you through Denali National Park and Preserve, home of the 20,320-foot Denali; the Golden Heart City of Fairbanks; the state’s largest city of Anchorage; and the beautiful waters and glaciers of Prince William Sound. Travel on the historic Alaska Railroad route, passing mountains, rivers, and scenic vistas along the way. Experience wilderness, history and culture and enjoy deluxe accommodations as you immerse yourself in the vibrant beauty of the Great Land.
Included in your Tour:
- 6 nights hotel accommodations
- Gold Panning in Fairbanks with lunch & Riverboat Discovery Cruise
- Travel on the Alaska Railroad route aboard our luxury, glass-domed railcar from Denali to Anchorage.
- Travel aboard Alaska Railroad's Adventure Class service (picture window) from Fairbanks to Denali (upgrade available)
- Guided tour into Denali National Park
- Prince William Sound Glacier Cruise with lunch
- 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 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.
Start your Alaska adventure in Fairbanks, where we will greet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel. Spend the rest of the day relaxing, exploring on your own or going on an optional tour to the Alaska Salmon Bake and the Golden Palace Theater. At the Salmon Bake, you will enjoy generous portions of king salmon grilled over an alder wood fire before attending a live musical show featuring a polished, professional cast. Overnight in Fairbanks.
Learn more about the rich gold rush history of Fairbanks on a visit to Gold Dredge 8, where you will pan for gold and learn about modern-day gold mining. Additionally, you will have the opportunity to view the Trans-Alaska Pipeline up close and attend a presentation about its construction and operation. Your adventure continues after a motor coach ride at Steamboat Landing, where you will enjoy a hearty lunch on the banks of the beautiful Chena River. Spend the afternoon aboard the Riverboat Discovery, an authentic sternwheeler, exploring the Chena and Tanana Rivers. Visit an authentic Chena Indian village and watch a bush floatplane take off alongside the boat. Overnight in Fairbanks. (L, S)
Day3: Fairbanks – Denali
Step aboard Alaska Railroad's Adventure Class rail service and travel south along the Alaska Railroad route to Denali National Park and Preserve. Transfer to your hotel and enjoy a relaxing afternoon or visit the Tour Desk to book an optional excursion. Later, enjoy an optional dinner theater excursion for the perfect end to the day. Overnight at a Denali-area hotel.
Embark on a guided tour which will take you along the only ribbon of road in the six million acres of wilderness that make up the park. As you travel, watch for the Denali “Big Five” – grizzly bears, moose, caribou, wolves and Dall sheep, along with smaller animals that include pika, weasels, Arctic ground squirrels and beavers. Enjoy another night at Denali. (S)
Day5: Denali – Anchorage
Travel by luxurious railcar to Anchorage — a great opportunity to spot the mountain and various wildlife. Relax and enjoy the night in downtown Anchorage, where you can experience world-class entertainment, fine dining and excellent shopping alongside views of snow-capped mountains and the sparkling waters of Cook Inlet.
Day6: 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)
Spend the morning exploring more of Anchorage’s largest city. Take a stroll along the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail that offers majestic views of Cook Inlet and surrounding mountains, or head downtown for breakfast at a local eatery. Later, transfer to the airport where your Alaska adventure comes to an end.