Explore Fairbanks, Alaska

Discover the must-sees and best kept secrets of Fairbanks 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 shore excursions.

Gold Dredge 8

Between 1928 and 1959, Gold Dredge played a key role in the Tanana Valley economy. Listen to fascinating tales of the many prospectors who first flocked to Fairbanks in search of great riches as you travel along the narrow Tanana Valley Railroad. See the mechanized operation that is now a national engineering landmark and learn about the importance of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline for domestic oil production. Then, you’ll pan for gold of your very own during a tour of the working mining camp.


Included with Cruisetours: 2A and 2B

Riverboat Discovery

Cruise the Chena River aboard the family-owned and operated Riverboat Discovery stern-wheeler. As you sail, you’ll see a bush floatplane take off beside the boat and learn about the role these pilots played opening up the Alaska interior. Experience native Athabascan Indian culture at a stop in a nearby village along the river. And get a glimpse of the family home of an Iditarod champion to see how the sled dogs are trained.


Included with Cruisetours: 4A, 4B, 6A, 6B, 7A, 7B, 8A and 8B

Experience More in Fairbanks, Alaska

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

Optional Excursions

Arctic Circle Evening Air Adventure

Set off on a round-trip journey by air across the Arctic Circle and land in the Brooks Mountain Range. From there, you’ll travel the famed Dalton Highway to the wilderness community of Wiseman. Enjoy a walk through the area for an inside look at how the locals live in this remote part of Alaska. Then, return to Fairbanks by air and receive Arctic Circle Certificate at the end of this exciting adventure.


Cost: $604 per person includes shuttle fee


Available with Cruisetours: 2A, 2B, 4A, 4B, 6A, 6B, 7A, 8A & 8B

Fairbanks Salmon Bake

Enjoy your choice of an Alaskan feast of salmon, cod or ribs. Walk it off with a stroll through Pioneer Park — an Alaskan theme park with historical buildings and shops.


Cost:  $40 per adult; $27 per child


Available with Cruisetours:  2A, 2B, 4A, 4B, 6A, 6B, 7A, 8A & 8B

Fairbanks Salmon Bake and Golden Heart Revue Show

Savor a delicious all-you-can-eat Alaskan-style meal which features salmon, cod, or ribs with accompaniments and side dishes. Afterwards, discover the historical buildings, transportation venues, and shops of Pioneer Park on a leisurely stroll. Then, enjoy a wonderful musical comedy about the historical gold rush and founding of Fairbanks.


Cost:  $70 per adult; $42 per child


Available with Cruisetours:  2A, 2B, 4A, 4B, 6A, 6B, 7A, 8A & 8B

Aurora Viewing

Join us for a late evening to early morning tour (10pm-3am) and prime viewing at a rustic lodge located outside Fairbanks away from the city lights – wide open areas ensure a perfect view at Alaska’s fall and winter sky. The Aurora Borealis/Northern Lights is a natural phenomenon and cannot be guaranteed. The best time to see the Northern Lights in Alaska is between August and September when the sun sets earlier, yielding darker skies that are ideal for witnessing the aerial light show.


Cost:  $140 per person


Available with Cruisetours:  2A, 2B, 4A, 4B, 6A, 6B, 7A, 8A & 8B departing after August 21st.

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