Alaska Rail and Car Tour

Alaska Rail and Car Tour

Combine a classic journey aboard the Alaska Railroad from Anchorage to Denali and Fairbanks with the independence of touring by car on Alaska's oldest, and arguably most scenic, roadway. The easy pace of this tour allows ample time to enjoy the experience of Denali National Park with a wildlife tour and to explore Fairbanks and Valdez.

Day 1 : Anchorage Arrival

Arrive in Anchorage on your own at any time. Transfer to your hotel by courtesy shuttle or taxi. Anchorage is Alaska's largest city, nestled between the Chugach Mountains and Cook Inlet. Offering an abundance of shopping, cultural attractions, and gourmet Alaskan restaurants, Anchorage provides an excellent start to your Alaskan vacation. Overnight in Anchorage.

Day 2 : Anchorage to Denali National Park

This morning, transfer to the Anchorage train station by hotel courtesy shuttle or taxi. At 8:15am, you will travel from Anchorage to Denali National Park aboard the Alaska Railroad. Upon arrival in Denali at 3:30pm, transfer to your hotel by courtesy shuttle. The afternoon is free for optional tours in Denali, such as a Jeep safari or sled dog kennel tour. Overnight near the Denali park entrance.

Day 3 : Denali National Park to Fairbanks

Today's adventure includes a bus tour into Denali National Park. This 6 to 8 hour tour takes you through the pristine wilderness of Denali, providing photo and wildlife viewing opportunities. An experienced naturalist will provide an overview of the land and its wildlife. A snack box is included on this tour. Following the tour, depart Denali at 3:45pm aboard the Alaska Railroad to Fairbanks. Upon arrival in Fairbanks at 8:00pm, transfer to your hotel via courtesy shuttle or on your own. Overnight in Fairbanks.

Day 4 : Fairbanks

This morning, pick up your rental car in Fairbanks and tour the area on your own. You may also choose to add one of the many tours available in Fairbanks, such as a riverboat cruise, a tour to the Arctic Circle, or a visit to a working gold mine (not included). Overnight in Fairbanks.

Day 5 : Fairbanks to Valdez

Distance/driving time: 368 miles / plan 7 hours driving time, not including stops.

Today you will drive the Richardson and Alaska Highways southeast from Fairbanks to Valdez. As you depart Fairbanks, you will drive past the town of North Pole, the home of Santa Claus. During your drive, you will have many opportunities to stop at scenic overlooks to view the Alyeska pipeline, Mt. McKinley (on clear days), and the Wrangell-St. Elias Mountains. Before reaching Valdez, you will drive past Worthington Glacier and through Keystone Canyon with its numerous waterfalls, including the spectacular Bridal Veil Falls. Overnight in Valdez.

Day 6 : Valdez

Valdez was almost completely wiped out by a tidal wave in 1964, but it is now rebuilt and is a busy port city at the end of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline. Today is free to explore the small town of Valdez. You may wish to go on an optional glacier and wildlife cruise or kayaking tour (not included). Overnight in Valdez.

Day 7 : Valdez to Anchorage

Distance/driving time: Ferry from Valdez to Whittier (3 or 6 hours, depending on the day). Drive Whittier to Anchorage 60 miles / plan 75 minutes driving time, not including tunnel waiting period or stops.

Today, you will leave Valdez aboard the Alaska Marine Highway ferry and cruise through beautiful Prince William Sound. Upon arrival in Whittier, drive through the Whittier-Portage Tunnel (a one-lane tunnel shared with the train). In Portage, you have the opportunity to stop at the Portage Glacier Visitor Center. We also recommend a visit to the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center. You will then follow the Seward Highway north to Anchorage. Overnight in Anchorage.

Day 8 : Anchorage Departure

You may have time to tour Anchorage this morning. Return your car to the Anchorage airport. Depart at any time.

  • 7 Nights accommodation.
  • Train from Anchorage to Denali and Denali to Fairbanks.
  • 6-8 hour bus tour into Denali National Park with snack and park admission.
  • 5 Days midsize car rental from Fairbanks to Anchorage including one way fee and unlimited mileage.
  • Ferry passage for passengers and vehicle from Valdez to Whittier.
  • All taxes.

Return airfare, airport taxes, visa charges, insurance, tips, all items of personal nature and anything not mentioned in the 'Inclusions'. GST 5%.


Cost per person on twin sharing basis. Any Increase in the rate of exchange leading to an increase in land arrangements and high season surcharge if any, will have to be borne by the client. Standard terms and conditions apply.