Best Of Alaska By Rail & Ferry
14 DAYS 13 NIGHTS
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Fairbanks, Denali, Anchorage, Juneau, Skagway

Best Of Alaska By Rail & Ferry
14 DAYS 13 NIGHTS
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Fairbanks, Denali, Anchorage, Juneau, Skagway
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Day 01

Fairbanks

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Day 01

Arrive into Fairbanks, the Heart of Alaska, make your own way to the hotel & check-in. Overnight in Fairbanks.

Day 02

Fairbanks

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Day 02

This morning's historical tour of Fairbanks traces the development of the North Country from the early days of the gold rush to the discovery of "Black Gold." Get a glimpse of the famed Trans Alaska Pipeline, historic neighborhoods and learn about the effects of permafrost on the local population. Then you will be treated to one of Alaska's premier gold mining attractions, Gold Dredge No. 8. Your visit includes and entertaining presentation with actual footage of the Dredge in operation, gold mining displays and exhibits at the Bunk House, Bath House, and Supply Center. A Tour inside the Dredge reveals how the machine scooped up and separated gold from gravel. Your tour continues with the opportunity to pan for gold. Enjoy an all-you-can eat miner's lunch at the Dredge, a tasty introduction to Alaska's mining history that takes you from 1905 to the present day. Your tour continues with 4-1/2 hour cruise aboard the sternwheeler Discovery. Experience the thrill of cruising the historic Chena and Tanana Rivers on a classic riverboat evocative of those turn-of-the-century vessels that plied Alaska waterways. Take in the sights and sounds of the river and then disembark at the Chena Indian Village where a Native guide will take you ashore for an informative tour. Overnight in Fairbanks (L)

Day 03

Fairbanks - Denali

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Day 03

Early morning, make your own way to the train station to board the train to Denali. Departs Fairbanks at 8:15am & Arrives in Denali at 12:15pm (Check in one hour prior to departure time). On arrival transfer to the hotel. Overnight in Denali.

Day 04

Denali

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Day 04

Travel deep into Denali National Park and search the pristine wilderness for bear, moose, caribou, and Dall sheep. This six to eight hour journey is narrated allowing for insight into the animals, flora and fauna of this spectacular region. Overnight in Denali. (S)

Day 05

Denali - Anchorage

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Day 05

Board the Alaska Railroad once again for a day trip to Anchorage. As you travel along the Susitna River, you may catch a glimpse of the majestic Mt. McKinley or a black bear along the banks. Overnight in Anchorage.

Day 06

Anchorage

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Day 06

Today visit the original Anchorage town site, the monument to the great quake of 1964 and the busiest private seaplane base in the world. Cruise through the "red light" district and pass by Star the Reindeer before heading out to the Alaska Native Heritage Center. Entrance to the Center is included in your tour, as are the personal experiences and knowledge of your guide who will accompany you through the Center. See a village of life-sized housing replicas from ancient Alaska native cultures, and have the opportunity to watch some native dancing, some native Olympic games, and even learn a few moves! There are also museum exhibits, arts and crafts, and one of the best authentic shops in all of Anchorage. Overnight in Anchorage. (CB)

Day 07

Anchorage- Whittier - Juneau

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Day 07

Your final journey on the Alaska railroad is to the town of Whittier. Upon arrival experience an unforgettable cruise to the most spectacular glaciers in Prince William Sound. Look forward to breathtaking scenery, towering waterfalls, massive glaciers and wildlife such as: eagles, harbor seals, otters and bird rookeries. Your tour includes a delicious Alaska salmon and prime rib meal served buffet style. After your day cruise aboard the Alaska Marine Highway for your sailing to the Inside Passage of Alaska. Overnight on the Alaska Marine Highway. (B, L)

Day 08

At Sea

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Day 08

Spend the day talking about your Alaska experiences with other passengers on the Alaska Marine Highway or resting and reading a great book about the states pioneers you purchased at one of the gift shops along the tour. Overnight on the Alaska Marine Highway.

Day 09

Juneau

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Day 09

Arrive at Alaska's state capital, make your own way to the hotel & check-in. Depending on your arrival time you may want to walk the quaint streets of the downtown area. Overnight in Juneau.

Day 10

Juneau

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Day 10

Journey to the spectacular ice wall of the Mendenhall Glacier and Visitors Center. Roam the grounds, take in the interactive exhibits, and talk to park rangers. Then, you're on your way to a whale watch!. Set out on a search for humpback whales, Orcas, porpoises, sea lions, eagles and other wildlife. In the comfortable heated cabin, surrounded by huge view windows, a naturalist will explain wildlife behavior and point out the sights. Top off your adventure at the world-famous Gold Creek Salmon Bake. Arrive to the aroma of wild Alaskan salmon grilling over an open alder wood fire, in a beautiful setting nestled in the rain forest. After your meal, roast marshmallows over a crackling campfire, and stroll to the beautiful Salmon Creek waterfall. Take your time! With frequent courtesy bus service, you can return to your hotel at your leisure. Overnight in Juneau. (LS, D)

Day 11

Juneau - Skagway

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Day 11

Early this morning make your own way to the ferry terminal. Board the Alaska Marine Highway for your sailing to Skagway. Keep a look out you may see more humpback whales which are abundant in this area. On arrival transfer to the hotel & check-in. Overnight in Skagway.

Day 12

Skagway

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Day 12

Take an unforgettable journey aboard the "Scenic Railway of the World" to the White Pass summit. Begin your excursion as you board the train in Skagway and travel 20 miles from tidewater, to the Summit of the White Pass - a 2,865 foot elevation. Relax in old-fashioned parlor cars as you retrace the original route to the White Pass summit, passing Bridal Veil Falls, Inspiration Point and Dead Horse Gulch. Enjoy a breathtaking panorama of mountains, glaciers, gorges, waterfalls, tunnels, trestles and historic sites. See the original Klondike Trail of '98 worn into the rocks, a permanent tribute to the thousands of souls who passed this way in search of fortune. Overnight in Skagway.

Day 13

Skagway - Juneau

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Day 13

Return to Juneau by air. On arrival make your own way to the hotel. Depending on your flight time you may choose an optional tour such as flightseeing or gold panning. Overnight in Juneau.

Day 14

Juneau

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Day 14

Your tour comes to an end today. Make your own way to the airport. Spend anytime you have before your flight to purchase those last souvenirs to bring home to family and friends. Return home with wonderful memories of your holiday with Vacations Exotica.

Highlights
Highlights of the Tour
  • 2 nights' accommodation at Westmark Fairbanks - 3* or similar in Fairbanks
  • 2 nights' accommodation at McKinley Village Lodge - 3* or similar in Denali
  • 2 nights' accommodation at Clarion Suites Downtown - 3* or similar in Anchorage
  • 2 nights' accommodation on board the Alaska Marine Highway
  • 2 nights' accommodation at Westmark Baranof- 3* or similar in Juneau
  • 2 nights' accommodation at Westmark Inn Skagway - 3* or similar in Skagway
  • 1 night accommodation at Westmark Baranof- 3* or similar in Juneau
  • Meals: S = Snack, CB = Continental Breakfast, LS = Lunch Snack as mentioned in the itinerary, L= Lunch, D- Dinner
  • Fairbanks Discover the Gold & Sternwheeler Cruise
  • Fairbanks to Denali, Adventure Class Rail
  • AM Tundra Wilderness Tour in Denali National Park
  • Denali to Anchorage, Adventure Class Rail
  • 3-Hour Heritage City Tour of Anchorage
  • Anchorage to Whittier, Glacier Discovery Adventure Class Rail
  • 12:15pm Prince William Sound Surprise Glacier Cruise
  • Whittier to Juneau Ferry with 2 Berth Cabin (No Facilities)
  • Best of Juneau Day Tour
  • Junea to Skagway Ferry
  • Skagway White Pass Summit Excursion
  • Flight from Skagway to Juneau
  • All sightseeing on seat in coach basis
  • All transfers included at Denali, Anchorage & Skagway only
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Exclusions
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Juneau - Mendenhall Glacier

A sight not to be missed, the Juneau Icefield is the most spectacular glacier running 13 miles from its source all the way till Mendenhall Lake.

Skagway White Pass Railroad

The Skagway White Pass Railroad Summit Excursion is our most popular Skagway excursion. It is the most "Scenic Railway of the World". The excursion begins as you board the train in Skagway and travel 20 miles from Tidewater, to the Summit of the White Pass - a 2,865-foot elevation!  

DENALI NATIONAL PARK

Larger than the State of Massachusetts, The Denali National Park covers an area of 6 million acres!