Last Updated on October 10, 2023

Are you ready to embark on the journey of a lifetime? Join Vacations By Rail® in 2024 as they take guests on an extraordinary adventure through the wilderness of Alaska.  “Alaska the Greatland” is a nine-day tour that promises an insider’s perspective of the Last Frontier, offering an opportunity to immerse yourself in the stunning landscapes, rich wildlife, and authentic Alaskan experiences that define this majestic state. 

Unveiling the Wild Beauty of Alaska

These incredible journeys begin in the vibrant city of Fairbanks, where guests step aboard a riverboat for scenic tours along the Chena and Tanana Rivers. While cruising past the mesmerizing Alaskan scenery, stay alert for glimpses of local wildlife and discover Indigenous culture at the Chena Indian Village.

Guests will enjoy dinner and an educational presentation about Alaska and one of the state’s favorite sports, dog sledding. A highlight of the trip is a chance to meet the sled dogs.  (note: this tour does not operate in the winter.)

Traversing Alaska by Rail

Travel to the Top of Mount Alyeska by tram.
Travel to the Top of Mount Alyeska by tram. Courtesy Vacations by Rail.

From Fairbanks, board the iconic Alaskan Railroad, specifically the Denali Star, for a journey deep into Denali National Park. Gliding through the heart of this vast wilderness, guests are treated to breathtaking views of towering mountains, lush forests, and wildlife. Denali National Park is home to North America’s tallest peak, Mt. Denali, and you’ll have the opportunity to learn about local culture and history while touring the park.

Continuing on the Denali Star, venture to the charming town of Talkeetna. After an overnight stay in Talkeetna, journey southbound to Anchorage and stunning views along the Turnagain Arm. The train is headed toward Mt. Alyeska, where a tram awaits heading for the top and a look at hanging glaciers and the Chugach Mountain range.

In the heart of the Alaskan wilderness lies a gem beckoning adventurers and nature enthusiasts alike. Mount Alyeska, with its towering peaks, hanging glaciers, and sweeping valleys, offers a journey into the pristine beauty of the Chugach Mountains. The thrill of ascending to its summit by tram promises a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Kenai Fjords National Park

The tour’s final leg traverses through the picturesque Kenai Peninsula, arriving in the coastal town of Seward. This is the gateway to one of the most majestic places in southern Alaska: Kenai Fjords National Park. Embark on a wildlife cruise through the park where whales, otters, seabirds, porpoises, and seals can be seen while passing by glaciers and icebergs.

It’s a half-day excursion not to be missed.

The adventure doesn’t end there. In Whittier, journey out to Prince William Sound by boat, revealing Esther Passage and its breathtaking marine life.

To cap off this Alaskan experience, take one last ride on the Alaskan Railroad, this time aboard the Glacier Discovery Train, a last opportunity to soak in the wild beauty of this incredible place.

A whale breaches the water in Kenai Fjords National Park.
Spot wildlife in the Kenai Fjords National Park. Courtesy Vacations by Rail.

Inclusions and Savings

Vacations By Rail has carefully curated this unforgettable experience including rail travel on the Alaska Railroad, transportation by deluxe motorcoach, 3-to-four star accommodation, and baggage handling. Guests are accompanied by a professional Tour Manager throughout each journey taking care of all the details.

Plus, enjoy nine delicious meals and a range of excursions and entertainment, from riverboat tours to wildlife cruises.

Save on Your 2024 Adventure

To make this adventure even more enticing, Vacations By Rail is offering fantastic savings for 2024. Save up to $300 per person on escorted rail vacations.

Book online or call a rail specialist today at 1-877-929-7245 and quote tour code AKG24.