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Alaska Rail Explorer Travel on the McKinley Explorer from Anchorage to Fairbanks

8 nights

This holiday is the best way to see Alaska by rail. Travel aboard the luxurious McKinley Explorer glass-domed railcars for the best views of the Last Frontier and its wildlife on the way to Fairbanks.
You will be able to enjoy Alaska's spectacular scenery as well as exploring the national parks and great rivers. The rail tour offers access to Kenai Fjords and Denali National Parks as well as Mt McKinley, North America's tallest mountain.

You will travel Dome Class where you will appreciate the carriages' large wrap around windows and glass domed ceilings designed to maximise the stunning views. The dining areas are situated on the lower levels. Ultra Dome cars also include an open air observation platform.

The Breakdown

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Day 1

Anchorage

Arrive in Anchorage and transfer from the airport to your hotel. Spend the remainder of the day e...

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Day 2

Anchorage to Seward

Board the train for a 4 hour trip to the seaside town of Seward on the Classic Coastal route thro...

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Day 3

Seward to Anchorage

Enjoy a cruise into Kenai National Park and walk to Exit Glacier.  Re-board the train t...

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Day 4

Anchorage to Talkeetna

Today catch the train north to Talkeetna.  The journey takes 3 hours and will give...

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Day 5

Talkeetna to Denali National Park

Heading north from Talkeetna today, the train passes over Hurricane Gulch and through Broad...

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Day 6

Denali National Park to Fairbanks

Take a bus tour into the National Park and catch a glimpse of its famous Dall sheep.  Then i...

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Day 7

Fairbanks

Fairbanks was founded in the early 1900s as a trading post serving gold traders and prospectors.&...

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Day 8

Fairbanks to Anchorage

Board a faster mode of transport today as you travel from Fairbanks to Anchorage by air. ...

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Day 9

Anchorage

Check out of your Anchorage hotel and transfer to the airport for your flight back to the UK....

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Day 1

Anchorage

Arrive in Anchorage and transfer from the airport to your hotel. Spend the remainder of the day exploring the city.

1 night in Anchorage.

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Day 2

Anchorage to Seward

Board the train for a 4 hour trip to the seaside town of Seward on the Classic Coastal route through the Kenai Peninsula.

1 night in Seward.

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Day 3

Seward to Anchorage

Enjoy a cruise into Kenai National Park and walk to Exit Glacier.  Re-board the train to return to Anchorage.

1 night in Anchorage.

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Day 4

Anchorage to Talkeetna

Today catch the train north to Talkeetna.  The journey takes 3 hours and will give you great opportunities to see many species of Alaskan wildlife.  Once there enjoy a 2 hour jetboat ride on the Talkeetna River.

1 night in Talkeetna.

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Day 5

Talkeetna to Denali National Park

Heading north from Talkeetna today, the train passes over Hurricane Gulch and through Broad Pass before arriving at Denali National Park train station. The bridge at Hurricane spans 918 feet, some 296 feet over the Chulitna River.

1 night in Denali National Park.

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Day 6

Denali National Park to Fairbanks

Take a bus tour into the National Park and catch a glimpse of its famous Dall sheep.  Then it is time to get back on the McKinley Explorer for your journey to Fairbanks, through Healy and Nenana and several other small communities.

2 nights in Fairbanks.

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Day 7

Fairbanks

Fairbanks was founded in the early 1900s as a trading post serving gold traders and prospectors.  Take a Fairbanks sightseeing tour with a stop at Alyeska oil-pipeline and Gold Dredge number 8 where you can try panning for your own gold.  Finish the tour with a cruise on an old fashioned Sternwheeler riverboat.

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Day 8

Fairbanks to Anchorage

Board a faster mode of transport today as you travel from Fairbanks to Anchorage by air. 

1 night in Anchorage.

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Day 9

Anchorage

Check out of your Anchorage hotel and transfer to the airport for your flight back to the UK.

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