The Taste of Alaska package, like the name implies was created to provide travelers who are a little more limited on time with an experience that is still full of fun and authentic Alaskan experiences. This is a 5-day / 5-night package so it is perfect if you don't have quite as much time to spend in the great state of Alaska, but you still want to get a good taste of what this magical land is all about.
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|Day 1:||Start your journey in Anchorage. You will have time on day one to explore the cities shops, restaurants museums, theaters and other places of entertainment and interest. Or book a local excursion for your day one adventure. The choice is yours.|
|Day 2:||Day two you will be traveling to Talkeetna on the Denali Star Train. Upon arrival in Talkeetna you will take flight on an amazing scenic tour of Denali and the whole Alaska Range. Then return to Talkeetna for a relaxing night sleep.|
|Day 3:||Day three you will set out on the river for a 130-mile round trip jetboat tour of Devils Gorge. Towards the end of the day you will climb back on board the Denali Star Train and return to Anchorage where you will spend the night.|
|Day 4:||You’ll be up early on day four to catch the early train to Seward, AK. Once there you will set outon a cruise of the Kenai Fjords National Park. See amazing hanging and tidewater glaciers and keep an eye out for an impressive array of marine wildlife from sea otters to humpback whales. Lunch is included on your tour of the Kenai Fjords National Park. You will spend the night at the Seward Windsong Lodge.|
|Day 5:||For your last day you will spend the morning relaxing and wandering the streets of the charming seaport of Seward Alaska. Around mid-morning you will begin your Real Alaska Tour which includes a fantastic dog sled ride, lunch at an authentic Alaskan roadhouse and a tour of the immense Exit Glacier. Return to Anchorage on the Coastal Classic Train to close out your day and complete your journey with a relaxing final night of sleep in Anchorage.|
|*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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