Enjoy a train ride on the famous Alaska Railroad to Denali National Park, 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. Your full day fully narrated Tundra Wilderness Tour of Denali National Park ventures deep into the park in search of wildlife. On your way back to Anchorage, 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.
Note: Guests should fly into Anchorage to begin this program. 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 - ARRIVE ANCHORAGE
On arrival at Anchorage International Airport you are met by our local Silversea Cruises representative and transferred to the Captain Cook Hotel. If your flight is scheduled to arrive in the morning or early afternoon, please be aware that the hotel's official check-in time is 3:00 p.m. You might wish to consider reserving an additional night to insure immediate occupancy upon arrival.
Embraced by six mountain ranges and warmed by a maritime climate, Anchorage is alive year round with adventure, recreation, seasonal festivities, and sporting events - a modern city surrounded by spectacular wilderness. Lunch and dinner are at your own expense.
Overnight at the Captain Cook Hotel
DAY 2 - ANCHORAGE / DENALI
After breakfast at the hotel this morning board your deluxe motorcoach for the drive to Talkeetna. Once there you will board the Deluxe Dome Railcar Service for the scenic ride to Denali National Park.
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!
The train is scheduled to arrive in Denali at the end of the afternoon. Transfer to 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 at 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 for a full day (8 - 10 hours) of sightseeing. The six-million-acre Denali National Park has just one 92-mile spur road leading into it. At the very end of the road are several remote lodges in Kantishna, a historic mining district. Your full-day narrated bus trip explores the entire 92-miles of the restricted Denali Park Road on your way to a remote lodge, offering you the most opportunities to view wildlife and experience the stunning beauty of the Park.
Your trained naturalist guide/driver provides natural history interpretation along the way, while helping you search for bear, moose, caribou, and other wildlife. Stops are made along the way for photo opportunities and rest stops where you can stretch your legs. Snacks and beverages are available on board.
When you reach Kantishna, you'll enjoy a hearty buffet lunch including a sandwich bar, soups, fruits, snacks, and fresh baked goods. After lunch, enjoy a guided afternoon activity such as gold panning near the lodge or a nature walk with a naturalist to Fannie Quigley's historic pioneer cabin which has been restored by the National Park Service.
Then, having seen the Park from the ground, take to the air for a thrilling 30-45 minute flightseeing excursion and a bird's-eye view of the Denali National Park on your return to the Park Entrance. See for yourself great sections of the park that are vast, remote and untouched by men.
Please note: All flights are weather-dependent. No refunds will be granted if you choose not to fly, or if the pilot determines that it is unsafe to do so.
Return back to the hotel late afternoon and 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 / GIRDWOOD
After an early breakfast this morning, depart Denali for the full-day scenic motor coach journey to Girdwood. Box lunch is included.
Portions of your journey today parallel the rail line that you enjoyed only two days ago. The George Parks Highway passes through vast expanses of virgin land where moose, fox, wolves and brown bears reign supreme.
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.
Continue on to the Hotel Alyeska located near the charming village of Girdwood. Breathe in the fresh, clean air and maybe catch a glimpse of local wildlife in a walk around the expansive property. Dinner is on your own.
Overnight at the Alyeska Resort, Girdwood, AK
DAY 5 - ALYESKA / SEWARD / EMARKATION
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast this morning. Don't miss the opportunity to take the Aerial Tram for a view from the mountainside (on your own account.) An early lunch (on your own account) is recommended. Transfer to the Seward Pier where the staff and crew of the Silver Muse are looking forward to welcoming you aboard.
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. 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.
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 to the ship if you would prefer to leave several of the largest pieces at the hotel in Anchorage.
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 who are able to board and disembark a small aircraft without assistance. Those with mobility impairment(s) may find sites where uneven ground makes certain locations 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.