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12 Days | 11 Nights
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Angie from Ellicott City, MD Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 07/17/14 - 07/28/14
Alaska was awesome, and the activities were well-chosen to expose us to its wonders. The group leaders and guides did a great job on both content and logistical arrangements. Meals were well-done, even in rather remote areas. The accommodations were for the most part very "simple", and I would highly recommend opting for the extra-cost private bath.

Mariana from Springfield, MA Number of programs attended: 10
Date attended: 06/19/14 - 06/30/14
An excellent program of nature, wildlife, people & history. Spectacular scenery on a beautifully organized tour. Lots of variety -from museums to sled dogs to puffins & seals. Food in Denali & Moose Pass - 5 stars!! Highly recommended!

Judith from Saint Paul, MN Number of programs attended: 7
Date attended: 06/19/14 - 06/30/14
Alaska by Rail is a great way to experience the diversity of the state. Riding the railroad was wonderful. Our overnight accommodations were not always deluxe, but they provided us with the opportunity to feel the frontier aspects of Alaska. I especially enjoyed "glamping" near Denali and in Moose Pass. It got us out of the crush of the tourist stampede!

Perry from Clinton, TN Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 06/19/14 - 06/30/14
Mary and I enjoyed the trip thoroughly. Well coordinated and a good, well-rounded program. Especially enjoyed the stay at Denali Education Center and Moose Pass. A very broad look at Alaska, highly recommended for anyone who enjoys touring (as we do). A couple of nitpics: While a cabin upgrade at Denali would make sense, I would hate to see the association with Moose Pass/Trail Lake Lodge end. Some of the learning activities could be improved - long lectures right after a meal can be challenging. The "moderate" rating is really only justified by the walk to Exit Glacier. Other than that, this is (in my view) a low activity trip.

Michael from Springfield, MA Number of programs attended: 10
Date attended: 06/19/14 - 06/30/14
Amazing trip with grand vistas and insights into the character of the people. I especially appreciated the time in Trail Lake Lodge with its panoramic view, quirky location and great food. A great place to "come home to" after excursions and lectures.

Merrill from Seattle, WA Number of programs attended: 9
Date attended: 06/19/14 - 06/30/14
Beautiful, educational trip. Great leaders and excellent organization throughout the trip. Scenery unmatched, animals amazing as only Alaska can provide. Loved everything about it.

Bette from Taos, NM Number of programs attended: 4
Date attended: 06/19/14 - 06/30/14
This is a terrific trip. Can't recommend it highly enough.

Laura from Dublin, OH Number of programs attended: 10
Date attended: 08/01/13 - 08/12/13
Alaska by Rail has been a life-time highlight. This is an outstanding way to get the best of interior Alaska while also experiencing coastal areas. Our sites and presenters helped me understand why many "lower 48ers" come and stay in Alaska.

Jennifer from Boulder City, NV Number of programs attended: 17
Date attended: 08/01/13 - 08/12/13
You will enjoy both the diversity of activities and locations and riding the trains for this program. Educational lecturers were excellent. Meals met expectations at UAF and were exceptional both at Denali Educ. Center, Anchorage and Moose Pass. Don't miss your chance to see a good part of Alaska.

Joanne from Stamford, CT Number of programs attended: 4
Date attended: 08/01/13 - 08/12/13
Want to see incredible scenery, view wild wildlife, and meet interesting people? You should take the Alaska by Rail trip. The learning experience was unforgettable and the Alaskan people fascinating. Never mind an impersonal cruise up the waterway. Be up close and personal with Alaska by taking this trip.

Suzanne from Mechanicsville, MD Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 06/30/13 - 07/11/13
Alaska by Rail exceeded my expectations for my introduction to this spectacular state. I thoroughly enjoyed riding the rails through magnificent scenery and spotting diverse wildlife while having all the travel minutiae very nicely taken care of by competent and caring guides.

Marsha from San Francisco, CA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 06/30/13 - 07/11/13
This trip is a two-star, at most. The two stars are for the views of gorgeous Alaska scenery, splendid encounters with wildlife, and exceptional educational presentations by knowledgeable experts. If there had been half the number of participants, the trip would have been much better. With so many people, entering/exiting the many buses was tedious and time-consuming, meal lines were long, and sometimes there was not enough food for all, resulting in a competitive, scarcity mentality. Fairbanks lodging required climbing two flights of stairs; shared bathrooms (4 people) for many nights was stressful with early morning activities; the Seward program required a wearisome hour and a half bus ride daily from/to Moose Pass; Kenai Peninsula Learning Center offered little learning, not even a canoe or kayak to use on the lake, with depressing cabins and spotty housekeeping. Program coordination was inconsistent. Two coordinators took advantage of the captive audience to talk on and on about themselves. The Kenai Fjord’s day cruise was a highlight. A compatible, fun-loving group of travelers kept the energy level high and offset the annoyances many participants had.

Elaine from Pepeekeo, HI Number of programs attended: 0
Date attended: 06/30/13 - 07/11/13
The accommodations were poor, shared bathrooms for half the trip in rooms that had uncomfortable beds and little room to move once the luggage was opened. The food was average except at Denali Education Center, which was excellent, especially for vegans and vegetarians. The logistics were fair except for the Seward area, which was abismal because the lodging was 30 miles north of Seward at Moose Pass Lodge, where no activities were scheduled. This resulted in 90 minute bus rides to Seward on all three days. A better use of time and comfort would be the Travelodge in Seward. We would gladly have paid more to sleep better and avoid so much bus transit time. We give this trip a D+, the plus for the fantastic scenery and education about Alaskan tribes.

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