On your way to Denali, stop for an exclusive experience at the home of four-time Iditarod champion Martin Buser to learn about the Last Great Race and the wonderful champion dogs he raises and trains for mushing. Denali National Park is a six million acre wildlife refuge surrounding Mount Denali, the tallest mountain in North America. The park is home to an abundance of wildlife including bears, caribou, Dall sheep, gray wolves and moose. The highlight of your Alaskan adventure will undoubtedly be the flightseeing in the shadow of 'The Great One'. Enjoy a train ride on the famous Alaska Railroad from Denali to Anchorage.
Please note: Guests should schedule their homeward flights out of Anchorage. Guests who require a visa for entry into the United States must obtain it prior to travel.
IMPORTANT: TO INSURE PROPER WEIGHT AND BALANCE ON YOUR FLIGHTSEEING PLANE, GUESTS MUST PROVIDE THEIR ACCURATE WEIGHT NO LESS THAN 60 DAYS PRIOR TO CRUISE DEPARTURE.
DAY 1 - SEWARD / GIRDWOOD
Debark and bid farewell to the Silversea ship as you board your motocoach heading north to the town of Girdwood. Transfer to the Hotel Alyeska. Following check-in, the balance of the day (including all meals) is at your leisure.
Overnight at the Alyeska Resort, Girdwood, AK
DAY 2 - GIRDWOOD / DENALI
After breakfast at the hotel, board the waiting transportation to depart on a full-day scenic motor coach trip to Denali. A boxed lunch will be provided. Stop en-route at Martin Buser's home for an exclusive visit, where the four-time Iditarod Champion will regale you with tales of the Last Great Race and the wonderful champion dogs he raises and trains for mushing. Martin became fascinated with sled dogs while still a teen. He came to Alaska in 1979 to enhance his knowledge of care and training of sled dogs. He began working and training with long-time Alaskan mushers Earl and Natalie Norris and ran his first Iditarod in 1980.
Arriving in Denali in the mid to late afternoon, check-in to your hotel. Enjoy a reception with a mountain climber speaker. Afterwards you may wish to take advantage of the extended sunlight and enjoy an evening stroll through town. Dinner tonight is on your own.
Overnight at the Grand Denali Lodge (or similar) in Denali National Park
DAY 3 - DENALI
Enjoy a hearty Alaskan-style breakfast at the hotel early this morning before heading out deep into the National Park. Please be aware that these tours are offered in conjunction with local native Alaskans and the only type of transportation permitted are often the same school busses that local children use in the rugged winter months.
Join with other travelers from around the world on the first half of a fully-guided Tundra Wilderness Tour; you'll get an ongoing informational talk from your driver/guide, along with wildlife spotting and spectacular scenery.
At the end of the lone road leading into the park, arrive at the Denali Backcountry Lodge where you can explore the area and enjoy lunch. Then head over to the air strip for the flightseeing experience you've been waiting for. The small aircraft only accommodate up to 6 guests per plane and you can look forward to approximately 1 hour in the air. Note: In the event of inclement weather, guests may need to return to the Park entrance by bus.
Denali Park is the Crown Jewel of the North with unparalleled beauty and grandeur. Unless you set off on a month long climbing expedition in Denali Park there is no other way to experience the amazing landscapes that are hidden from the view from the Denali Park road or Highway. Views from the train or bus can be awe inspiring but these sights only scratch the surface of what one can see from the air.
More glaciers than one can count, most over 20 miles in length, towering granite walls, snow and ice covered peaks for as far as the eye can see are just a few of the attractions you will see on a typical flight. Denali (Mt. McKinley) is located approx. 60 miles from the entrance of the park, meaning flightseeing tours from Kantishna will give you more time over glaciers and right up close to Denali.
Land back at the entrance to Denali National Park and return to the hotel. The balance of the day is at your leisure. Enjoy dinner on your own this evening.
Overnight at the Grand Denali Lodge in Denali National Park
DAY 4 - DENALI / ANCHORAGE
After breakfast at the hotel, the morning is yours to relax or enjoy one of several optional excursions that will be available.
Late morning, transfer to the rail depot and board the Alaska Railroad (Deluxe Dome Railcar Service) for the scenic ride to Talkeetna. During your thrilling ride through the thick forests and along the edges of steep valleys, you may catch a glimpse of native wildlife from the comfort of your glass-domed rail car. Along the way cross Hurricane Gulch, perched more than 300 feet (91 metres) above the river below
The highlight of today will be passing 300+ feet over Hurricane Gulch. Seating is under windows that extend 180 degrees around you, so you'll be able to thrill at the majesty of this and other sites along the way. There is even an open-air platform if you'd like to step outside and stretch your legs a bit.
Lunch will be served in the dining salon at mid-day. You will be amazed at the variety of items the chefs can prepare - from delicious hot and cold Alaskan specialties to authentic reindeer chili!
At Talkeetna disembark the train and take this opportunity to stretch your legs a bit. Board a motorcoach for the last leg of your journey to Anchorage and the Captain Cook Hotel. Dinner this evening is on your own.
Overnight at the Captain Cook Hotel
DAY 5 - ANCHORAGE/HOMEWARD
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast this morning and some additional time to explore the city. Check out time is 12:00 noon. If your flight is much later this evening, you might consider adding an additional night to your stay in order to hold your room until you depart. Your Silversea representative will arrange your transfer to Anchorage airport for your homeward flight.
Alaska offers 5-star scenery; the accommodations are somewhat less. The Grande Denali Lodge offers comfortable, but simple, rooms and is only open during the summer months; likewise, the Captain Cook Hotel operates at its peak capacity at this time of the year and is staffed with seasonal personnel. Lapses in service do occur. The Tundra Wilderness Tour included on Day 3 is an exclusive concession of local native Alaskan residents and the only type of transportation permitted are the same school busses that local children use in the rugged winter months. In order to minimize the impact of visitors on the eco-system, this tour may consolidate the members of the Silversea group with other travelers.
The flightseeing component of this program is weather dependent. On the day of your flight, it is the sole responsibility of the pilot to determine if conditions are acceptable. Flight time varies depending on weather. If the mountain is visible, then the flight is 45min-1 hour as the pilot will do several fly-bys. If not, the flight takes you straight back and it is approx. 30 min. There are plenty of days that the mountain is clouded but the planes are still flying. In the event the flight is cancelled by the pilot, guests will be driven back to the Park Entrance and arrangements will be made to refund the flight portion of this program.
For rates and availability please contact Silversea Cruises
You may bring your entire luggage with you during this trip. Provisions will be made to transport luggage directly from the ship to the hotel in Anchorage where it will be delivered to you upon arrival.
If you require a visa for the United States please consult with your travel professional well in advance of your voyage. It is the responsibility of the guest to obtain all the appropriate visa documents before your cruise.
This tour is accessible to all guests; however, there may be sites where uneven ground makes certain location unsuitable for wheelchairs.
Mosquitoes are at their worst during peak season - June, July, and August. If you plan on traveling into the backcountry or in wooded areas make sure to take bug spray along with long sleeved pants and shirts.
All Land Programs require a minimum number of participants in order to operate as described. If this minimum number is not obtained, Silversea reserves the right to offer the program at a different rate based on private arrangements, or to cancel a specific departure.
This description is a general overview of the highlights of this program. The local Silversea representative will do everything possible to insure that all of the sites described here are visited, though the tour sequence and specific sites mentioned is subject to change. Closure of some sites due to local or national holiday observances, flight schedules, weather or other factors may affect the program, and the local operator reserves the right to substitute other sites if necessary.
Gratuities to guides/drivers, meals and alcoholic drinks other than those noted in itinerary, and other personal expenses are not included in the price of this tour. This program is subject to a 100% penalty for any cancellation notices received 90 days or less prior to sailing.
All Land Adventure fares are subject to change and are not guaranteed until payment is received in full by Silversea. All Land Adventures are non-transferable and non-refundable for any reason, within 90 days of sailing and are recommended to guests 18 years or age and older. Our local operator reserves the right to substitute other sites if local situations, including holidays and weather, require. Silversea shall have no obligation or liability of any kind to guests for the business practices, acts or omissions in connection with or arising out of arrangements with independent contractors, including but not limited to airline carriers, ground-tour operators, and hotels since they are neither agents for nor employees of Silversea Cruises. Silversea's liability does not extend beyond the vessel.