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Denali National Park
Journey into the scenic wilds of America's most northern state aboard the historic Alaska Railroad. With superior viewing from your upgraded GoldStar glass-dome seat, watch Alaska's rugged forests and wildlife fill the ever-changing panorama of your window. Your destination: the magnificent, six-million-acre Denali National Park and Reserve. Familiarize yourself with the Park, walking its trails with a guide, and choose from optional excursions to personalize your adventure. Keep binoculars close at hand: this dazzling and vast wilderness is home to Dall sheep, eagles, wolves, migrating caribou, and grizzly bears—and catching sight of them is a thrill not soon forgotten.
Extension Rate**
Standard: $3,199
Single: $3,899
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Extension Itinerary*:
Itinerary subject to change

Day 1: Arrive Fairbanks, Alaska
Welcome to Fairbanks! The city is also known as “The Golden Heart of Alaska,” a reference to the discovery of gold in 1902 and its location in Alaska’s interior. Meet your Orbridge Expedition Leader and traveling companions at a Welcome Reception, and prepare for your upcoming Denali activities and excursions.
Overnight: Pike's Waterfront Lodge (R)

Day 2: Fairbanks / Alaska Railroad / Denali National Park
Along with your Orbridge Expedition Leader, board the train to Denali National Park on the Denali Star Train route, one of the most scenic stretches of the world-famous Alaska Railroad, as it cuts through the northern boreal forests of interior Alaska where gold miners came to seek their fortune. Enjoy a rich panoply of views of America's northernmost frontier as you travel in your reserved seat and upgraded GoldStar, glass-dome train car. Upon exiting the train in Denali, take a short walk with your Expedition Leader to the Denali National Park Visitor Center for a brief Park orientation. View the Visitor Center's exhibits or sign up for ranger-led talks, hikes and other Park activities available during your Denali stay. Afterward, take the courtesy shuttle to the Grande Denali Lodge. This evening, enjoy a lively dinner event where you'll explore fun and unique features of the Park with a presenter from the Murie Science and Learning Center.
Overnight: Grande Denali Lodge (B,D)

You may purchase the following optional excursions in advance from our Guest Services team to enjoy during your free time in Denali:
Husky Homestead Dog Sled Presentation: A behind-the-scenes look at champion Alaskan Huskies and their training with Iditarod four-time winner, Jeff King.

Denali Glacier Landing Flight: A 100-minute plane tour of Denali, viewing the continent's deepest gorge, glaciers, surrounding peaks and valleys and a landing on one of Denali's pristine glaciers.

Arctic Circle Flight: Enjoy expansive views of the Brooks Range, Yukon River, and Trans-Alaska Pipeline on this 6-hour plane tour. After your flight crosses the Arctic Circle, land in the Yukon-Koyakuk region and walk with a local resident guide as you tour one of only a few year-round, lived-in communities located this far north.

Normal Orbridge cancellation policies apply where optional excursions are non-refundable within 90 days of departure. Not all excursions listed may be available. Availability is subject to sufficient participation and weather conditions. We recommend you reserve early for best availability as space is limited. For flight excursions, weight and minimum age requirements apply and individual dressed weight and birth date must be provided at time of booking.

Day 3: Denali National Park
After breakfast, participate in one of the pre-purchased optional excursions or enjoy free time to explore Denali. Take advantage of the many self-guided hiking trails or informative ranger-led talks and activities offered in the Park, or simply marvel at the scenery. Later, reconvene and enjoy wine and hors d'oeuvres as you listen to an Alaskan homesteader recount his experiences of living a sustainable lifestyle and summiting Denali. This evening, enjoy dinner on your own.
Overnight: Grande Denali Lodge (B)

Day 4: Denali National Park Wilderness Excursion
Today, travel 66 miles along the Denali National Park Road on a naturalist-guided, back country adventure for incredible scenery and some of the best opportunities to view the majestic Denali (formerly Mount McKinley). This exclusive Orbridge tour includes a guided walk inside the Park, so make sure you have your binoculars ready, as you watch for the Park's wildlife inhabitants. Enjoy a box lunch in this special setting. This evening is at your leisure.
Overnight: Grande Denali Lodge (B,L)

Day 5: Denali National Park / Alaska Railroad / Anchorage
After a leisurely breakfast or perhaps an early morning hike in the park, continue your journey to Anchorage aboard the Alaska Railroad and enjoy the sights from your GoldStar glass-dome seat. At 2,363 feet, Broad Pass is the highest point on the railroad and a migratory route for caribou. The track descends from the tree line and crosses Hurricane Gulch on the railroad's longest bridge spanning 918 feet and rising 296 feet above the creek. On your way to Talkeetna, the area offers great views of Denali, North America's tallest peak, weather permitting. The serpentine banks of the Talkeetna, Susitna, Knik and Matanuska Rivers offer more stunning scenery along the way before concluding in Anchorage.
Overnight: Hotel Captain Cook (B,L,D)

Day 6: Depart Anchorage
Prepare for an early morning departure. Guests with a flight per the suggested time will take a complimentary group transfer to the Anchorage International Airport and continue on to the Discover Southeast Alaska main program. (B)

R = Reception, B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner

Please note: Extension space is limited. We encourage guests to book early for best availability.

*Extension itinerary subject to change

Accommodations:

Pike's Waterfront Lodge*

Situated on the Chena River, Pike's Waterfront Lodge offers unbeatable views and warm, comfortable accommodations. Enjoy hotel amenities including an aromatherapy steam room, fitness room, restaurant, cozy lounge, ATM, 24-hour guest laundry and gift shop.

Room Amenities: Chena River view room, air conditioning, flat-screen cable TV, complimentary Wi-Fi, phone, mircrowave, mini-refrigerator, coffee and tea maker, and en suite bathroom with hair dryer and Aveda® shampoo, conditioner, lotion, and soap.

Grande Denali Lodge*

The Grande Denali Lodge is located just north of the Denali National Park main entrance on the slopes of Sugarloaf Mountain with unparalleled views of the surrounding Denali wilderness and the Nenana River Canyon. Spacious guest rooms, on-site dining and dedicated staff make the Grande Denali Lodge the perfect place to launch all your adventures. Amenities include a restaurant, a bar and lounge, convenient shuttle services, a guest laundromat, complimentary Wi-Fi, and an espresso/newsstand.

Room Amenities: View room, air conditioning, cable TV, complimentary Wi-Fi, phone, coffee and tea maker, mini-refrigerator and en suite bathroom with hair dryer, shampoo, conditioner and lotion.

Hotel Captain Cook*

Built by former Secretary of the Interior and two-term Alaska Governor Walter J. Hickel to help Anchorage's economy recover from the devastating 1964 earthquake, this renowned hotel boasts Alaskan history from its reclaimed teak interior features, to artifacts and art illustrations from Captain Cook's 18th-century voyage. Expect exceptional Alaskan hospitality and service at its four restaurants—including local favorite Crow's Nest and its 10,000-bottle wine selection—on-site shops, athletic club, and spa.

Room Amenities: Deluxe room, air conditioning, satellite TV, complimentary Wi-Fi, phone, safe, coffee and tea maker, and en suite bathroom with shampoo and conditioner, hair dryer, and cotton bath robes and slippers.

*Or similar
What's Included:
  • One night accommodation at Pike's Waterfront Lodge in Fairbanks, three nights accommodations at the Grande Denali Lodge, and one night accommodation at Hotel Captain Cook in Anchorage (accommodations subject to change) with breakfast each morning at your hotel (breakfast is also available on the train on Day 2)
  • Transport aboard the distinguished Alaska Railroad with upgraded GoldStar Service, including reserved seating in the upper-level, glass-dome car, priority seating in the dining room, breakfast (with two alcoholic beverages/unlimited non-alcoholic beverages) during the Fairbanks to Denali segment, and lunch and dinner (with two alcoholic beverages/unlimited non-alcoholic beverages) during the Denali to Anchorage segment
  • Hotel courtesy shuttle between Grande Denali Lodge, the rail depot, the Park Visitor Center, and Denali's downtown, Glitter Gulch
  • A full-day, exclusive Orbridge wilderness tour into Denali National Park with your Orbridge Expedition Leader, a Park naturalist guide, and box lunch
  • A lively dinner event with a special presentation from a Murie Science and Learning Center educator
  • Services of an Orbridge Expedition Leader
  • Transfers between the airport and hotel for guests arriving and departing during the suggested times
  • Gratuities for Orbridge Expedition Leader, local guides, drivers, porters, housekeeping, and wait staff for included meals
**Extension rates are per person based on double occupancy except where noted as Single, in U.S. dollars. Single availability limited. Airfare not included.