The Glaciers, Rails & Trails package is the ideal Alaskan vacation package if you are looking for an all-encompassing Alaska experience. This 11-day / 11-night tour covers a large section of Alaska from the coast to the interior city of Fairbanks and so much in between. You will be traveling on three of the Alaska Railroad’s most popular trains, the Coastal Classic, the Denali Star and the Glacier Discovery. This package tour takes you through Anchorage, Gridwood, Seward, Denali, as well as some other off the beaten path locations like Spencer Glacier and a remote wilderness seaside lodge. Read the itinerary to learn more about what you will experience on this exciting tour package.
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|Day 1:||You'll spend your first day in Anchorage where you will have time to pursue whatever interests you… browse shops and museums...book a local wildlife, scenic or adventure tour… the day is yours!|
|Day 2:||On day two you will depart for a day of adventure on the Glacier Discovery Train. Get an up close encounter with bears, moose and other Alaskan wildlife at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center. Then it's off to the Spencer Glacier Whistle Stop for an unforgettable rafting trip amid glacial icebergs at the foot of Spencer Glacier. After exploring the otherworldly landscape around Spencer Glacier, you will hop back on the Glacier Discovery Train and travel to the town of Girdwood Alaska where you will stay the night at the Hotel Alyeska.|
|Day 3:||The third day of your adventure will have you traveling on the Coastal Classic Train to the town of Seward. You will have the opportunity to view many impressive glaciers along the way that are hidden in Alaska's back country. In the afternoon you will visit impressive Exit Glacier and tour a champion sled dog kennel. You'll be spending the night in Seward.|
|Day 4:||Day four you will embark by sea for a two-night backcountry adventure to a remote wilderness lodge.|
|Day 5:||Relax in comfort and take in the beauty at your well-appointed seaside wilderness lodge on day five and watch for marine wildlife and bald eagles flying overhead.|
|Day 6:||Return by boat trip to Seward, then board the Coastal Classic Train to return to Anchorage.|
|Day 7:||On day seven you will be traveling on the Denali Star Train to Denali National Park. This is an all-day scenic journey that will have you passing through some of Alaska's most breathtaking landscapes including impressive views of Denali Peak when the weather is clear enough. You will arrive in at the Denali village in late afternoon with enough time to go exploring. You have the option of adding on a special Denali excursion of your choice to this afternoon/evening if you would prefer.|
|Day 8:||Take an unforgettable trip into the heart of Denali National Park as you travel all 92-miles of the restricted access park road. You will travel all the way to the town of Kantishna along the way you will see some of the parks most beautiful scenic spots and have many opportunities for seeing Alaska's most impressive wildlife.|
|Day 9:||Day nine affords you the perfect opportunity to explore Denali National Parks back country at your leisure. Spend the day pursuing whatever interests you the most, pan for gold, fish Denali's lakes and streams, do some hiking and mountain biking, or just relax and soak in the incredible scenery. You will be spending the night at the Denali Backcountry Lodge.|
|Day 10:||After enjoying a wonderful breakfast at the lodge, you will depart for your return trip to the Denali Train Depot and hop back on board the Denali Star for a short jaunt to Talkeetna. Here you will have more opportunities to capture some amazing photos of Denali Peak (weather permitting) and enjoy a short guided hike and do some wildlife viewing.|
|Day 11:||For this last day of your adventure, you will climb on board a jetboat and go exploring in the National Wildlife River Park and Devil's Gorge. After your National Wildlife River Park Tour concludes, you will once again board the Denali Star Train for the final stretch of your journey back to Anchorage arriving in the evening.|
|*Prices are per person, based on double occupancy. Package prices may vary from the published rates with hotel and tour selections. All prices are subject to change without notice. Please call for quote.|
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Checked Luggage: The Alaska Railroad offers checked baggage service. Luggage storage is NOT available at any train station. For your safety and the safety of others, only one carry-on is allowed per person. Each ticketed passenger may check two (2) pieces of luggage when traveling aboard the Alaska Railroad, and up to four pieces aboard the Aurora Winter Train (policy may not be applicable for charters). Aurora Winter Train baggage service available in Anchorage and Fairbanks only. The luggage weight limit is 50 pounds per bag. Baggage service varies by depot location. The baggage fee for bikes, excess, oversized, and overweight bags is $20.00 per item. Due to space constraints full size non-inflatable kayaks and canoes are not permitted. You may bring deflated watercrafts for $20.00 per item.
Carry-on Luggage: One carry-on item is allowed per person. Carry-on bags may not exceed 15” x 14” x 6”. Please remember to carry on medications, cameras or other items that you will need during your train ride.
Animals: All animals must be transported in the baggage car in a kennel (provided by the passenger). There is a $20.00 fee for transporting each kennel. Only Service Animals are permitted in passenger cars.
Firearms: Firearms, including rifles and revolvers, are not allowed inside passenger coaches or depots. Firearms may be transported in the baggage car only if: (1) They are unloaded; (2) they are stored in a locking hard-sided case; (3) the bolt action is removed or a trigger locking guard is applied.
Concealed weapons are not allowed onboard any trains or in any depot. Bear Spray must be placed in checked luggage.
Hunting/Fishing: During hunting and fishing season, game and/or fish must be cleaned, packed in bags, and placed in coolers before being loaded in the bag car. Inflatable kayaks, canoes and rafts must be deflated and packed in a backpack or duffle bag.
Due to space contraints full size non-inflatable kayaks and canoes are not permitted.
Camping: The Federal Railroad Administration regulates the transport of all types of camping stove fuels and/or motor fuels on passenger trains. Federal Railroad Administration regulations prohibit the transport of fuel, other than five liters or less of white gas per container in the bag car. No propane is allowed in bag cars. Kerosene and propane may be transported aboard the Glacier Discovery Train, which is outfitted with a special compartment; these fuels must be checked with the conductor at the time of boarding. Bear Spray must be placed in checked luggage.
Luggage storage is not available at any train station. All passengers, baggage and shipments are subject to inspection.
PAYMENT: Full payment is required at time of booking for rail-only bookings. For multi-day travel package reservations made 36 days or more prior to travel, a nonrefundable payment of 10% of the gross booking cost is due, or the reservation will be released; the remaining payment is due in full 60 days prior to travel. Multi-day travel package reservations made within 35 day of travel require payment in full at time of booking. ARRC accepts Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express credit cards.
LATE BOOKINGS: Package bookings that are made within 35 days require a minimum of 24 hours to confirm availability. Full payment is required at the time of booking.
REFUNDS: Adventure Packages and Day Trips that are canceled 36 or more days before travel will be refunded 90% of the booking value. No refunds will be issued 35 or less days before travel. No refunds will be issued for unused services.
Rail-only bookings that are canceled one (1) or more days before travel will be refunded 90% of the booking value. No refunds will be issued the day of travel.
CHANGE FEES: All paid bookings are subject to a 10% change fee. Changes are allowed on packages up to 36 days before travel and on rail-only bookings up to one day prior to travel. A “package” is any rail booking that includes a non-rail component. Change fees apply only to the changed value of the booking. No change fees apply when the change increases the cost of the booking. Changes to packages that include airline flights, or the Denali Backcountry Lodge or Kenai Fjords Wilderness Lodge, may incur additional fees. Any charges incurred by the Alaska Railroad as a result of changes made by the customer will be applied to the booking in addition to the change fee.
TRAVEL INSURANCE: We strongly recommend that you purchase trip cancellation insurance so you can plan your travel with complete peace of mind. Ask your reservations agent about available plans and for a travel insurance quote.
CHECK-IN: Plan to check in one hour prior to the scheduled departure time. Reservations and seat assignments may be altered or reassigned if passenger and baggage are not checked in 15 minutes prior to scheduled departure. The Transportation Security Administration requires that any Alaska Railroad passenger 18 years of age or older present a government issued photo ID, or two forms of ID, one of which must be issued by a government authority. Children ages 2 to 15 may only travel in the company of an adult 18 years or older.
BAGGAGE: Each ticketed passenger may check two (2) pieces of luggage when traveling aboard the Alaska Railroad, and up to four pieces aboard the Aurora Winter Train (policy may not be applicable for charters). Aurora Winter Train baggage service available in Anchorage and Fairbanks only. No single piece may weigh over 50 lbs. A special handling fee of $20 per bag applies to oversized bags, bicycles, animals checked in the baggage car and other recreational equipment. Firearms may be transported only as checked baggage and must be either disassembled (slide or bolt removed) or have a lock (trigger or cable type) installed to prevent operation, and must be in a locked case. Concealed weapons are not permitted onboard. Federal Railroad Administration regulations prohibit the transport of fuel, other than five liters or less of white gas per container in the bag car. No propane is allowed in bag cars. Kerosene and propane may be transported aboard the Glacier Discovery Train, which is outfitted with a special compartment; these fuels must be checked with the conductor at the time of boarding. Animals must be transported in kennels in the baggage car. Visit the Baggage Policy page for more information.
LOST AND FOUND: Lost items will be held for 30 days. If you believe you have lost an item at the Alaska Railroad, please contact Lost-Found@akrr.com or 907.265.2576.
SCHEDULES AND FARES: Delays can occur with rail service. Do not book your rail arrival and air departure on the same day. The Alaska Railroad will not be responsible for missed connections. Schedules, fares and tours are subject to change without notice.
ALTERNATE TRANSPORTATION: The Alaska Railroad will provide the best alternate service available in the event of unforeseen circumstances that may require any part of our service to be altered.
ACCESSIBILITY: ARR will provide wheelchair lifts at all summer stations: Anchorage, Wasilla, Talkeetna, Denali, Fairbanks, Girdwood, Portage, Whittier, Spencer Glacier, Grandview, and Seward. Winter trains offer wheelchair lifts at Anchorage, Wasilla, Talkeetna and Fairbanks only. Accessibility on other connecting modes of transport can vary, so please check with an agent for details. Alaska Railroad’s passenger trains are wheelchair accessible and comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Service animals are welcome aboard.
LIMITATIONS OF LIABILITY: The Alaska Railroad Corporation acts only as an agent for its clients in securing reservations from the various non-affiliated hotels, transportation companies, sightseeing operators and other third parties and is in no way to be considered as the principal or operator of the services. The Alaska Railroad Corporation shall have no liability for loss or damage to baggage or property, due to acts or omissions of any third party carrier, hotel operator, restaurant or another supplier of services or facilities. The Alaska Railroad Corporation reserves the right to cancel, substitute transportation, or alter for any reason, any rail trip or tour itinerary as current conditions, in the Alaska Railroad’s sole opinion, may require.
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