Vancouver & Alaska by Ferry & Rail
What's better than seeing the coastal areas of Canada and Alaska? Seeing it by train and ferry to give you the full land-and-sea experience of this amazing region. This 15-day trip takes advantage of both local trains and small ferries to create an authentic not to mention memorable journey up the coast and around Alaska. You'll check out the highlights of Seward, Anchorage, and Denali while on the Alaskan Railroad, with plenty of chances to stretch your legs to explore the terrain firsthand. Rail, boat, mountains, cities who says you can't have it all?
Ride the Alaskan Railroad into Denali National Park, experience the awe-inspiring Inside Passage, witness the rugged coastline and abundant wildlife of this dramatic region, get a taste for the Vancouver vibe.
Train, private vehicle, ferry, public bus, plane, walking
Hotels (13 nts), ferry (1 nt)
Vancouver Island stay. Inside Passage cruise. Juneau stay. Kenai Peninsula activities. Alaska Railroad journeys. Denali National Park overnight. All park fees and permits. Internal flight. Transport to/from destinations and included activities.
Day 1 Vancouver
Arrive at any time.
Day 2 Vancouver/Port Hardy
Head out to Vancouver Island and up to Nanaimo and Port Hardy.
Day 3 Port Hardy/Prince Rupert
Embark on the ferry through the famous Inside Passage. The glacial fjords provide spectacular scenery along the route and a safe haven for all types of wildlife, including orcas and porpoises. This is fantastic first taste of what travelling this long coastline has in store.
Day 5 Prince Rupert/Juneau
Rise early and board the overnight ferry to Juneau, Alaska.
Day 6 Juneau
Arrive in Juneau and spend time exploring the capital of Alaska. Don't miss the historic downtown.
Days 7-8 Juneau
With two free days, opt to check out the local hiking trails and try to spot some wildlife.
Day 9 Juneau/Seward
Fly from Juneau to Anchorage, an impressive flight over the great Alaska wilds. Continue to Seward with a scenic transfer, stopping at iconic spots along the way.
Days 10-11 Seward
Enjoy a free day in Seward. Choose to hike to the Exit Glacier and visit the Sealife Center, or opt to stay closer to Seward and explore the city, take a short hike, or enjoy a boat cruise.
Day 11 Seward/Anchorage
Hop on the Alaska Railroad and head to the bustling city (by Alaska standards, anyway) of Anchorage.
Day 12 Anchorage/Denali
Take the Alaska Railroad to Denali National Park, one of the true gems of the region. See Mt McKinley and enjoy being in this remote wilderness.
Day 13 Denali National Park and Preserve
Journey deeper into the park to experience the grandeur. Opt for a scenic flight, hiking, or whitewater rafting.
Day 14 Denali/Anchorage
Head back to Anchorage by train for a final night in the city.
Day 15 Anchorage
Depart at any time.
Day 4 Prince Rupert
Enjoy a free day to discover Prince Rupert. With incredible hikes and abundant wildlife, Prince Rupert is a great place to get outside and explore.