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Alaska by Train and Self-Drive

13 days from £6,285pp

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Itinerary highlights

  • Visit Denali National Park with its abundant wildlife and Mount Denali, the highest mountain in North America.

  • See grizzly bears on a light aircraft trip to Katmai National Park.

  • Cruise amongst the fjords and tidewater glaciers of Kenai Fjords National Park.

Price includes

Scheduled international flights
Fully insured vehicle hire
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  • Fairbanks
  • Denali Park Entrance
  • Anchorage
  • Homer
  • Seward

Itinerary idea in detail

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With international flights from a choice of airports including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

Day 1 Fairbanks

International outbound flight , Fairbanks

Today you begin your journey by boarding your international outbound flight to Fairbanks. Today you begin your journey by boarding your international outbound flight to Fairbanks. Upon arrival in Fairbanks, transfer to your downtown hotel. Spend the rest of today relaxing after your flight.

Day 2 Fairbanks


Enjoy a free day exploring Fairbanks. There is a variety of activities to do; you may wish to discover the gold mining history of the region at one of the nearby gold dredges. Alternatively, Pioneer Park is worth a visit where you can explore the SS Nenana sternwheeler ship.

Day 3 Denali Park Entrance

Fairbanks , Denali Park Entrance

This morning transfer to Fairbanks station to board the Alaska Railroad for a scenic train journey to Denali National Park. The park is home to six million acres of wilderness and North America's highest mountain, Mount Denali, and offers some of Alaska's best wildlife spotting and light aircraft trips.

Day 4 Denali Park Entrance

Denali Park Entrance

Embark on a full-day narrated tour into the wilderness of Denali National Park. The tour will give you a comprehensive insight into Denali's vast sub-Arctic tundra valleys, glaciers and the impressive Alaska Range of mountains. Although this is a long day, there is a good opportunity of spotting wildlife such as grizzly bears, moose, and even wolves and caribou.

Day 5 Anchorage

Denali Park Entrance , Anchorage

Transfer to the train station to board the second leg of your Alaskan Railroad journey to Anchorage. Upon arrival you may wish to visit some of the fascinating museums, such as the Alaska Native Heritage Centre or the Anchorage Museum of History and Art. Both host an array of exhibits highlighting Alaska's history and diverse indigenous peoples.

Day 6 Anchorage


You have another day to explore Anchorage. Perhaps spend the day taking a scenic flight tour across Prince William Sound. This is one of Alaska's highlights, covering 15,000 square miles of fjords, inlets, and rugged mountain peaks. The sound is rich with marine life, so keep your eyes peeled for whales, seals and lazy otters basking in the sun. You will also see dozens of apron and tidewater glaciers and visit the Columbia Glacier, the largest in the area.

Day 7 Homer

Anchorage , Homer

Collect your hire car and drive from Anchorage to Homer, located on the banks of Kachemak Bay on the far corner of the Kenai Peninsula. This five hour journey is one of the most beautiful drives in Alaska, providing views along Cook Inlet's Turnagain Arm and towards the Portage Glacier.

Day 8 Homer


Your small group adventure today is bound to be a real highlight of your trip as you embark on a light aircraft tour to Katmai National Park in search of grizzly bears. Your flight gives you a birds-eye view of spectacular active volcanoes and immense glaciers before landing on a remote beach. Your walking group will be led by an expert guide, along the coast or meadows, to view grizzly bears in their natural habitat from a safe distance. Along the way you may also spot other wildlife such as foxes, bald eagles and marine life.

Day 9 Homer


Spend a day exploring the small settlement of Homer. You could head west of Homer Spit, along the Sterling Highway, for views of snow-capped peaks framing Kachemak Bay. From there you can head to nearby Rogers Loop, where there are numerous walking trails through forest and open meadows offering opportunities to see birds and, occasionally, moose. Alternatively, you may prefer to go out on a guided halibut fishing trip.

Day 10 Seward

Homer , Seward

Depart Homer and make your way to Seward, on the jagged cliffs of Resurrection Bay. There are plenty of local restaurants serving fresh seafood to stop at along the way. Seward is ideally located for exploring beautiful Kenai Fjords National Park.

Day 11 Seward


Board an eight hour cruise to Resurrection Bay in Kenai Fjords National Park. On board, a national park ranger will explain about the park's glaciers and wildlife. Keep a look-out for humpback whales, orca, bald eagles and black bears. The cruise includes a close-up view of the Aialik Glacier, where it is often possible to see huge chunks of ice calving into the water below.

Day 12 Seward

Seward , International return flight

Leaving Seward, drive north to Anchorage Airport. En route you will pass dense forest, and near Portage do keep a look out for swathes of trees killed during the 1964 earthquake, which caused the land to sink and the tree roots to reach salt water. Drop off your car at the airport before boarding your onward flight.

Day 13 International return flight

International return flight

Arrive home today to complete your journey.

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