Alaska Denali Sampler

This program is ideal for cruise-ship passengers who wish to experience Denali without the crowds. The Denali Sampler combines a rail segment with highway travel to offer you an experience onboard the iconic Alaska Railroad.

Get a feeling of small-town Alaska in the quaint community of Talkeetna, the jumping off point for those climbing Denali, before scouting for grizzly bears and gazing in awe at the mountain in Denali National Park. End your experience in Alaska’s largest city, Anchorage – a melting pot of cultures that boasts an interesting mesh of urban and rural lifestyles.

Suggested Route


Arrive Seward or Whittier by cruise ship

After disembarkation transfer to Talkeetna with your private driver/guide (3.5 – 5 hours).
Overnight Talkeetna.

Talkeetna to Denali

Continue north to the Denali Park Entrance by private vehicle, or upgrade to the iconic Alaska Railroad for this journey (153 mi / 245 km / 4 hours).
Overnight Denali Park Entrance.

Denali National Park Tour

Today venture into Denali National Park on a Tundra Wilderness Tour or explore other options such as whitewater rafting, flightseeing, or fly-fishing.
Overnight Denali Park Entrance.

Denali to Anchorage by private vehicle

This morning return to Anchorage by private vehicle (237 mi / 379 km / 5 hours).
Overnight Anchorage.

Depart Anchorage

A private vehicle will transfer you to the Anchorage International Airport in time for your departing flight.

NOTE: Itinerary can operate in reverse as a post-cruise land program

A map highlighting the location of Denali National Park to popular ports.

Make It Your Own

  • Select from standard or upgraded rail experience options
  • Choose the preferred level of hotel accommodations
  • Add a backcountry lodge stay to your trip
  • Extend or shorten the itinerary to fit within specified timeframe or dates

You can learn more about these suggestions and other ways to customize this itinerary by requesting a custom tour proposal.

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