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Mount McKinley, Denali National Park, Alaska

The McKinley Explorer

8-day tailor-made rail & stay journey from £3,045 pp incl. flights

Summary

Short description

A week-long tour through the dramatic landscapes of Alaska's Denali National Park

Highlights

  • Discover the cultural and historical highlights of Anchorage
  • Travel aboard the Denali Star for an in depth tour of the magnificent Denali National Park
  • Visit the kennels and home of a four-time Iditarod winner

In Brief

  • 2 Nights Anchorage
  • 2 Nights Denali National Park and Preserve
  • 2 Nights Fairbanks

About

Recommended for:
History & culture | Natural world | Rail journey

Begin your journey in Anchorage before boarding your train and heading into the vast wilderness of Denali National Park. As part of this memorable holiday, we've included a guided drive along the Denali's only road, which offers fabulous opportunities for wildlife watching and - clouds permitting - taking photos of Mount McKinley, North America's highest peak. You'll then travel north to Fairbanks, which during the summer months enjoys as many as 21 hours of sunlight a day.

Day by day itinerary

Days 1-2
Anchorage

Following your flight from the UK arrive in Anchorage where you'll be met and transferred to your hotel. The following morning you'll embark on a half day guided city tour, taking in Anchorage's historical and cultural highlights, a visit to the spectacular Alaska Native Heritage Centre is included and you'll get to experience the native culture first hand through storytelling, song and dance and artist demonstrations.

Stay: Hotel Captain Cook (Superior)

Days 3-4
Denali

Depart Anchorage as you board the Denali Star, a glass-domed train, and travel to the six million acre wilderness of the stunning Denali National Park. You'll have time on arrival to browse the fascinating Denali Visitor Centre and get acquainted with the history and nature of the park. 

The following morning you'll board a coach for a full day exploration deep into the Denali National Park. First you'll travel the restricted Denali Park Road en route to the Backcountry Lodge, during your journey keep your eyes peeled for the abundant wildlife including bear, moose, caribou and Dall sheep that your driver/guide will help you spot. There will be plenty of stops for photography and to stretch your legs, lunch at Denali Backcountry Lodge is included and then there is time to try your hand at panning for gold or enjoying a nature hike before your scenic bushplane flight back to the park entrance. 

Stay: Grand Denali Lodge (Superior) 

Breakfast and lunch is included aboard the Denali Star

Days 5-6
Fairbanks

Spend a morning further exploring Denali National Park before re-boarding your train and heading further into Alaska's wild interior, arriving in the town of Fairbanks where you'll spend the final two nights of your holiday. Spend the following day discovering the scenery, wildlife and fascinating native Indian heritage of this remote region on a three-hour river cruise and Athabascan Indian village tour. See how the locals live in this unforgiving environment, see an Alaskan bush plane demonstration and pay a visit to the home and kennels of four-time Iditarod winner the late Susan Butcher. You'll also see the work of an Athabascan bead artist and see the 'Wedding of the Rivers' where the Chena and Tanana Rivers converge. 

Stay: Pike's Waterfront Lodge (Superior)

Day 7
Departure

Transfer to the airport at any time for your onward flight.

Day 8
Arrive UK

On arrival in the UK continue with your onward journey. 

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Pricing

Any element of this itinerary can be adjusted to suit your needs. Just contact us to find out more.

Accommodation rating: Standard Superior

8-day tailor-made rail & stay journey from £3,045 incl. flights

Superior

Low Season

from £3,045 pp. incl. flights

High Season

from £3,095 pp. incl. flights

Valid for travel:  June to September 2018

Includes:

  • Complimentary access to UK airport departure lounge
  • Return international flights
  • 6 nights hotel accommodation
  • Entrance fee to Denali Park
  • Alaska Railroad: Anchorage to Denali Goldstar Service with dome car seating and private outdoor viewing deck (breakfast and lunch onboard train)
  • Denali Backcountry Adventure Tour with flight back to Denali National Park Entrance
  • Alaska Railroad: Denali to Fairbanks Goldstar Service with dome car seating and private outdoor viewing deck (dinner onboard train)
  • Full documentation pack

Terms & Conditions

Prices are per person based on two people sharing a twin/double room; prices are subject to availability and possible change; normal booking conditions apply.

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