Cruise & Train Vacation Packages in Alaska

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Alaska offers beautiful scenery visible by land and sea.
Alaska offers beautiful scenery visible by land and sea. (Image: glacier bay, Alaska image by Alan James from Fotolia.com)

When visiting Alaska, some travelers prefer to go by train or ship to avoid the inconvenience of driving or to enjoy a unique travel experience. Many combination and individual packages are available, with one-way rail tickets starting under $100, while cruise and train trips cap at around $1700 (as of 2010).

The Alaskan Rails

Alaska has more than 450 miles of track, reaching major attractions such as Anchorage, Fairbanks and Denali National Park. Trains feature a dome car with glass ceiling to better appreciate the boundless wildlife and scenery. Packages are available around the coast and up into the mainland.

Combination Packages

Some companies offer multiple cruise/train travel options, which differ in length and locations. Almost all tours feature national parks and coastal tours, and optional excursions such as canoeing and dog sledding. Ten- to 14-day cruises cost about $1,600 per passenger (in 2010). Book early to save money and guarantee a seat.

Cruise Packages

Many commercial cruise lines offer packages to Alaska. If you're planning to travel by ship and train, look into booking seven- to nine-day cruises leaving from Vancouver, Canada or Seward, Alaska. Often websites will offer correlating rail information as well.

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