Explore from a comfortable wilderness lodge.
Arrive at Denali National Park in style aboard first-class, glass-dome ceiling cars on the Alaska Railroad, featuring original Alaska art and a private outdoor viewing deck. Located near the gateway to Denali National Park, the Denali Park Village lodge* is the perfect basecamp for exploring the park. Enjoy a wide range of outdoor activities including a Tundra Wilderness Tour with opportunities to spot Dall sheep, moose, caribou, wolves, and grizzly bears; river-rafting on the Nenana River; pup-cuddling at Husky Homestead—the sled dog training facility of four-time Iditarod winner Jeff King; or an optional flightseeing tour around the iconic mountain. Throughout you’ll enjoy Denali’s natural and cultural history, plus locally sourced cuisine. The small group size enhances the intimacy of outings and the opportunities for in-depth learning. At the expedition’s end you’ll arrive in Anchorage with time to explore the Alaska Native Heritage Museum, an excellent interactive cultural destination.
Day 1 - Juneau / Fairbanks
Arrive in Fairbanks and transfer to the Springhill Suites before a welcome dinner at the hotel. (B,D)
Day 2 - Fairbanks / Chena Hot Springs
Begin the day with a visit to the University of Alaska Fairbanks Museum, featuring collections representing over 11,000 years of cultural tradition, including “Blue Babe”, a restored 36,000-year-old bison found in permafrost. In late morning depart for Chena Hot Springs. Visit the Aurora Ice Museum, created from over 1,000 tons of ice and snow, and then soak in the natural hot spring rock lake before returning to Fairbanks. (B,L,D)
Day 3-5 - Denali National Park / Alaska Railroad
Witness the grandeur of Alaska aboard the Alaska Railroad, enjoying the first class, GoldStar Service en route to Denali. The glass-domes ceiling cars feature custom-designed interiors highlighted with original Alaska art and a private outdoor viewing deck. Breakfast will be served on board the train. On arrival, immerse yourself in the wildness and north country mystique of Denali National Park. See Denali’s rich wildlife, flora and fauna firsthand and learn about its natural history during the daily activities including a Tundra Wilderness Tour for an opportunity to look for Dall sheep, moose, caribou, wolves, and grizzly bears; go river rafting on the Nenana River or hold a puppy at Husky Homestead--the sled dog training facility of four-time Iditarod winner Jeff King. Optional flightseeing offers breathtaking aerial views of Alaska and is available at an additional cost.
Days wind down with nightly discussions that focus on various aspects of Denali’s natural and cultural history, including birds, mammals, wildflowers, tundra ecology, geology, mountaineering, land use and natural resource issues. Sleep in well-appointed, comfortable rooms and enjoy delicious meals featuring fresh baked goods and locally grown produce throughout your stay. (B,L,D)
Day 6 - Denali National Park / Anchorage
Depart the lodge for our scenic drive to Anchorage. This afternoon, visit the Alaska Native Heritage Center, an excellent interactive cultural destination. Set on 26 acres, the center has indoor and outdoor features. Indoors you’ll find exhibits, storytelling, and demonstrations. Outdoors, tours are offered through recreated villages representing five different native cultures and introducing you to their traditional crafts and lifestyle. Walk away with insight into the unique peoples of Alaska and the important role that subsistence living plays for all of them. Enjoy a farewell dinner this evening. (B,L,D)
Day 7 - Anchorage / Home
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight home. (B)
*Select departures will stay in the rustic cottages of McKinley Creekside. Ask your Expedition Specialist for details.
Disclaimer: Depending on your departure date, you may be responsible for one or two nights on your own before joining the Denali extension.
Costs & What's Included
Cost per person 2022
Cost Includes:All accommodations in hotels per itinerary or similar, all meals as indicated and nonalcoholic beverages, excursions, sightseeing and entrance fees, special access permits, transfers to and from flights, taxes and service charges, and services of our expedition staff.
Air transportation, passport, visa, immigration fees, meals not indicated, travel protection plan, items of a personal nature such as alcoholic beverages, internet, laundry. Gratuities to extension guides and staff.
$550 per person is due at the time of booking.
Number of Days Prior to Expedition Start
Per Person Cancellation Fee
120 or more days
60% of trip cost