Denali by Rail Explorer – Northbound Cruisetour (12 Days)

Cruise Line: Norwegian Cruise Line®
Vancouver, BC, Canada to Fairbanks, AK, United States
Tour Segment  Cruise Segment
Vancouver, BC, Canada
4:00 PM
Inside Passage (Cruising), AK, United States
Ketchikan, AK, United States
7:00 AM 4:00 PM
Juneau, AK, United States
11:00 AM 9:00 PM
Skagway, AK, United States
8:00 AM 8:00 PM
Glacier Bay (Cruising), AK, United States
Hubbard Glacier, AK, United States
Seward, AK, United States
5:00 AM
Anchorage, AK, United States

Your Norwegian Cruise Line tour director will greet you in Seward upon debarkation of Norwegian Sun for your fully escorted tour. Board Norwegian Cruise Line's exclusively chartered Grandview Cruisetrain for the journey from Seward to Anchorage in a single-level glass-domed railcar. During the journey, take in the sprawling views of Alaska's picturesque glaciers. Arrive in Anchorage, Alaska's largest city, which is surrounded by beautiful mountains and water with many walking trails available for you to explore. Enjoy a city tour of Anchorage and time on your own for lunch at one of the many local restaurants. After lunch, visit the Alaska Zoo to see some of Alaska's indigenous animals such as musk ox, wolves, bears, and caribou. During the extended daylight in the summer months, you'll have plenty of time to enjoy evening activities to suit your personal style. Disembark ship at 6:00am; Cruisetrain departs at 6:50am; Anchorage City Tour and lunch on your own at 12:00pm; Alaska Zoo at 2:30pm; arrive at Anchorage hotel at 5:00pm. Overnight: Anchorage

Anchorage, AK, United States
Talkeetna, AK, United States
Denali National Park, AK, United States

Today you'll ride along the rails of the world-famous Alaska Railroad from Talkeetna to Denali, with 360-degree views from your deluxe dome railcar seats. As the gorgeous scenery of Alaska rolls past, be watchful for wildlife, as well as glimpses of Mt. McKinley, or, as local Alaskans call it, "The Great One". Full bar and meal service are available for purchase during your rail journey. Open evening for optional activities such as whitewater rafting, helicopter flightseeing, hiking, or one of the park service programs. Depart for Talkeetna via motorcoach at 8 am, travel on Alaska Railroad from Talkeetna to Denali at 11:20 am, arrive at Denali hotel at 4 pm. Overnight in Denali.

DAY 10
Denali National Park, AK, United States
Fairbanks, AK, United States

More than just the mountain, Denali National Park is six million acres of wild land. This morning, your tour will take you into this pristine region of Alaska on the only road into and out of the park. Along the way, enjoy a fully narrated ride learning about the flora and fauna of the area while looking out for the wild animals that roam freely and call this park home. While in this beautiful area, set aside time to experience the solitude and tranquility that vast wilderness can provide. During your Tundra Wilderness Tour, you will travel 53 miles into Denali National Park, enjoying the incredible scenery and some of the best opportunities to see wildlife in its natural setting. A light snack is included on the tour. Tour duration is approximately 7 hours. Upon arrival in Alaska, your tour director will advise you of your tour time. Following your park tour, you'll take your third segment along the rails of the Alaska Railroad to Fairbanks in a deluxe dome railcar. As the gorgeous scenery of the Healy Gorge and Canyon rolls into the high tundra plateau, be watchful for wildlife. Full bar and meal service are available for purchase during your rail journey. Tundra Wilderness Tour at 7 am (approx.), travel on Alaska Railroad from Denali to Fairbanks at 4 pm, arrive in Fairbanks at 8 pm. Overnight in Fairbanks.

DAY 11
Fairbanks, AK, United States
Gold Dredge No.8, AK, United States
Fairbanks, AK, United States

This morning, enjoy a visit to the historic Gold Dredge No.8 where you will get the chance to do some panning just like the early pioneers of Alaska. Afterwards, board your deluxe motorcoach for a city tour of Fairbanks before stopping in historic downtown for lunch on your own. This afternoon, learn about the Alaska state sport of dog mushing with an included stop at a local sled dog kennel. You'll be amazed to learn about this fascinating sport, the musher, the dogs, and even get to hold a future champion puppy in your arms. After this authentic visit, we won't be surprised if you are ready to run "The Last Great Race" yourself. Open evening to explore Fairbanks or take an optional tour. Visit Gold Dredge No.8 at 9:30 am, Fairbanks City Tour and lunch on your own at 12 pm, visit Iditarod Sled Dog Kennel at 2:30 pm (Afternoon time subject to change), arrive at hotel at 5:30 pm. Overnight in Fairbanks.

DAY 12
Fairbanks, AK, United States
Air travel

Transfer to the Fairbanks International Airport for your flight home. The transfer between the hotel and airport is included in the tour.

Denali by Rail Explorer – Northbound Cruisetour map

What's Included


  • Accommodations | Meals (not including specialty restaurants) | Entertainment aboard ship

Not Included

  • Specialty restaurants are available with either nominal cover charges or fixed price menus and … la carte pricing in addition to the standard dining program | Items of a personal nature are not included, such as alcoholic beverages and soft drinks, spa treatments, indoor pool relaxation areas, certain specialty exercise classes, laundry, photographs, casino, ship-to-shore phone, email, Internet, fax and Shore Excursions (including all """"Dive In"""" programs) | Government taxes and fees are also not included

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