Discover the wildness that lives at the heart of Alaska—add an inland exploration of Denali National Park to your coastal expedition. With the idyllic North Face Lodge as your base camp, you'll enjoy special access to the park. Set deep in the heart of the park, this unique wilderness retreat offers unparalleled views of Mount McKinley, a wide range of outdoor activities and nightly presentations emphasizing Denali's natural and cultural history, and locally sourced cuisine. Return to Anchorage on the scenic Alaska Railroad.
Please call for pricing. Note that for post-trip voyages, this extension travels in the reverse of the sequence shown below.
DAY 1 - Fairbanks, Alaska
Arrive in Fairbanks, transfer to your hotel and settle into your river-view room. This evening, meet your leader and traveling companions at a welcome dinner. Pike's Waterfront Lodge (D)
DAY 2 - Fairbanks/Denali National Park
In the morning, visit the University of Alaska Museum of the North featuring collections that represent over 11,000 years of natural and cultural heritage. Then depart on a wilderness drive to the North Face Lodge. Travel on the lodge's private bus on Denali's otherwise highly restricted Park Road in order to access prime wildlife viewing areas. The seven-hour, 90-mile drive is full of opportunities to spot Denali's famed wildlife: grizzlies, caribou, moose, Dall's sheep, wolves, eagles, Arctic terns, and more. Enjoy a hearty, picnic-style dinner near the Toklat River at the midpoint of the drive. North Face Lodge (B,L,D)
DAY 3, 4, and 5 - Denali National Park
Immerse yourself in Denali's magnificent wilderness and learn about its flora and fauna during the daily activities of your choice. Hiking with trained naturalist guides, canoeing, fishing, and biking are available. An opportunity for an optional flight-seeing excursion offers breathtaking aerial views of Mt. McKinley, and is available at an additional cost. Days wind down by the fireplace with nightly presentations that focus on various aspects of Denali's natural and cultural history. Sleep in well-appointed, comfortable rooms and enjoy delicious meals featuring fresh baked goods and locally grown produce throughout your stay. (B,L,D daily)
DAY 6 - Denali National Park/Fairbanks
This morning, depart the North Face Lodge and enjoy the scenic drive back out to the park entrance. Then experience the grandeur of Alaska aboard the Alaska Railroad, enjoying first-class GoldStar service en route to Anchorage. Lavishly appointed cars feature custom-designed interiors highlighted with original Alaskan art and a private outdoor viewing deck. Dinner will be served on board the train, and we spend the night in Anchorage. Hilton Anchorage (B,L,D)
DAY 7 - Anchorage/Sitka or Juneau
Fly to either Sitka or Juneau this morning to begin your Alaska voyage. (B)
Depending on your departure date, you may be responsible for one night on your own before or after joining the Denali extension. Please call for details.