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Explore Denali, Alaska

Discover the must-sees and best kept secrets of Denali with excursions during the land tour portion of your Alaska Cruisetour vacation. Go deep into Alaska’s magnificent mainland to explore local life and culture on the following included experiences.

Denali Presentation: Welcome to the Subarctic

Sit back and enjoy Welcome to the Subarctic a fascinating presentation about all the beautiful landscapes, wilderness, and nature you’ll experience in Denali National Park. Learn more about the breathtaking Taiga forest and rolling tundra. This quick introduction by a local expert is the perfect preparation for an exciting day of exploration in the national treasure.

 

Included with Cruisetours: 10A and 10B

Palmer Farm Visit

Discover the charm of Palmer, a quiet town with exceptional views of Chugach and Talkeetna mountain ranges. Here you’ll find many farms and ranches that offer great opportunities to see  and pet regional animals including reindeer, moose, bison, yak, and elk.

 

Included with Cruisetours: 10A and 10B

Denali Natural History and Tundra Wilderness Tour

Experience the rugged beauty of Alaska’s natural landscapes on these guided tours. Enjoy a drive that takes you into the highly-protected backcountry of Denali National Park where you’ll drive through taiga-subarctic evergreen forests, into the higher elevations that offer open views of the tundra-covered slopes and river valleys, and enjoy expansive, breathtaking views of the Alaska Range, including Denali, North America’s tallest mountain, all while your National Park Ranger helps you keep an eye out for Alaska’s ‘Big 5’ wildlife.

 

All Cruisetours include a tour into Denali National Park.

Experience More in Denali, Alaska

Go further on your Alaska Cruisetour with the following Denali excursions that are available during the land portion of your vacation. These exciting Denali experiences can be booked through your Tour Director at an additional cost.

Husky Homestead

Enjoy an intimate group tour of the four-time Iditarod Champion Jeff King’s homestead kennel. Meet the champion sled dogs, visit the husky puppies, and see summer training in action.

 

 

 

 

 Cost: $59 per adult; $39 per child
Duration:
1.5 hrs.

 

 

Available with Cruisetours: 1A, 1B, 2A, 2B, 3A, 3B, 4A, 4B, 5A, 5B, 6A, 6B, 7A, 7B, 8A, 8B, 9A, 9B & 11A

Denali Park Dinner Theater

Go back in time with an unforgettable cast of characters as they sing, dance, and tell hilarious stories of living in Denali National Park. Experience a foot-stomping, knee-slapping good time, followed by an all-you-can-eat family style dinner. Savor delicious Alaska salmon, BBQ ribs, potatoes, corn on the cob, baked beans, salad, sourdough rolls, and tasty dessert.

 

Cost: $75 per adult; $37.50 per child
Duration:
2 hrs.

 

 

Available with Cruisetours:  4A, 4B, 5A, 5B, 6A, 7A, 7B, 8A & 8B

Guided Hike Denali

Set off on a four-mile hike through Denali with a naturalist guide and discover amazing terrain on this strenuous round-trip tour. Climb into the alpine, explore the glaciers, plus a chance to see the forested area near Nenana River. Experience incredible wildlife and unforgettable views every step of the way. Hikes may run longer weather permitting.

 

Cost: $99 per adult; $50 per child
Duration:
up to 6 hrs.

 

 

Available with Cruisetours:  1A, 1B, 2A,3A, 3B, 4A, 4B, 5A, 5B, 6A, 6B, 7A, 7B, 8A, 8B, 9A, 9B & 11A

Guided Walk Denali

 

 

Enjoy a moderate walk through the Denali area narrated by a naturalist guide. Discover beautiful landmarks and fascinating glacial and geological history. Walk through the boreal forests and learn how the local flora and fauna have adapted to the extreme subarctic environment. This popular tour usually paces about one mile an hour and includes frequent stops with an elevation gain of up to 300 ft.

 

Cost: $115 per person 
Duration: 3 hrs.


Available with Cruisetours:  1A, 1B, 2A,3A, 3B, 4A, 4B, 5A, 5B, 6A, 6B, 7A, 7B, 8A, 8B, 9A, 9B & 11A

Wilderness Float Trip on the Nenana River

 

Take an easy float trip down Nenana River and enjoy scenic Denali along the way. This thirteen mile course is perfect for the whole family and beginning rafters as well.

 

 

 

 

 

Cost: $99 per person
Duration:
2 hrs.

 

Available with Cruisetours:  1A, 1B, 2A, 2B, 3A, 3B, 4A, 4B, 5A, 5B, 6A, 6B, 7A, 7B, 8A, 8B, 9A, 9B & 11A

Rafting the Nenana River

 

 

Experience Nenana River on an exciting water rafting adventure. Choose a mild course through the Upper Nenana Scenic Wilderness with just enough whitewater (Class II and II+) the whole family will enjoy. Or, go for a more advanced course (Class III or IV) through Nenana Gorge Canyon for a whitewater adventure with beautiful canyon views. Both trips are eleven miles and feature unforgettable Denali scenery.   

 

Cost: $99 per person
Duration:
3 hrs.

 

Available with Cruisetours:  1A, 1B, 2A, 2B, 3A, 3B, 4A, 4B, 5A, 5B, 6A, 6B, 7A, 7B, 8A, 8B, 9A, 9B & 11A

Denali by Helicopter

Set off on a helicopter ride through Alaska backcountry and enjoy bird’s eye views of some of nature’s most stunning works. High above, you’ll view incredible details of how the Pacific and North American tectonic plates collided to create massive mountain peaks and the numerous glaciers that have carved their way through this rugged landscape. Then, step out onto  Yanert Glacier and see the Alaska Range, ancient glaciers, and towering peaks all around at every turn. This thrilling adventure includes glacier walking boots for added safety during the 15 minute walk on Yanert Glacier.

 

Cost: starting from $411 per person
Duration:
up to 4 hrs.


Available with Cruisetours:  1A, 1B, 2A, 2B, 3A, 3B, 4A, 4B, 5A, 5B, 6A, 6B, 7A, 7B, 8A, 8B, 9A, 9B & 11A

Fixed Wing in Denali

Enjoy a fixed wing flightseeing journey along the Alaska Range and get up close views (about one mile away) of North America’s highest peak, Mt. Denali (weather permitting).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cost: $400 per adult, $205 per child
Duration:
60-70 mins.

 

Available with Cruisetours:  1A, 1B, 2A, 2B, 3A, 3B, 4A, 4B, 5A, 5B, 6A, 6B, 7A, 7B, 8A, 8B, 9A, 9B & 11A

Tundra Wilderness Tour

Travel 53 miles into the Denali National Park & Preserve to Toklat River rest area where this fascinating tour begins. Enjoy incredible scenic views and wildlife as you listen to a narrated history of the park road. This tour also includes a snack box and water. (*Eligible Cruisetours can upgrade from the included Denali Natural History Tour.)

 

 

 

 

 

Cost: $75 per adult; $35 per child
Duration:
7-8 hrs.

 

Available with Cruisetours:  1A, 1B, 2A, 2B, 3A, 3B, 5A, 5B, 7A & 7B

Denali ATV Wilderness Adventure

Take a memorable ride through scenic Alaskan wilderness on a single or side by side ATV. Ride along the Denali National Park trails on a 10 mile adventure at speeds up to 30 mph. Enjoy 1 ½ hours on trails with scenic views of the Alaska Range, Otto Lake, and the Healy Valley. Navigate rocky creek beds and splash through water (weather permitting). Your expert guides will lead you through the rugged terrain and provide opportunities for photography.

 

Cost: $115 per person with Single ATV; $175 per couple with side by side ATV-double occupancy required.
Duration:
2.5 hrs.


Available with Cruisetours:  1A, 1B, 2A, 2B, 3A, 3B, 4A, 4B, 5A, 5B, 6A, 6B, 7A, 7B, 8A, 8B, 9A, 9B & 11A

Fly Fish in Denali for the Evening

Set off on a fly-fishing tour designed for all levels of experience. Beginners get a quick lesson in the basics of fly casting, selection, handling, and release techniques. Then, together with your guide, you’ll look for native Arctic Grayling in small crystal clear water streams. This personalized experience includes all the gear you’ll need: lightweight rods to reels, hand tied flies, hip waders, guide, instructions, and round-trip transportation from your lodge.

 

Cost: $195 per person: Fishing License is $25 additional
Duration:
4.5 hrs. with 2.5 hrs. on the water

 

 

Available with Cruisetours:  1B, 2A, 4A, 4B, 5A, 5B, 6A, 7A, 7B, 8A, 8B, 9B & 11A