South Central Express

This trip combines some of Alaska’s most special and iconic experiences. You’ll strap on climbing harnesses and crampons to traverse a glacier, receive a personal introduction to the sport of dog sledding and “The Last Great Race on Earth”, and stand among granite peaks as you take in the immense scale of the mountains surrounding you. You’ll get a chance to fish along the Talkeetna River, which boasts the second largest run of migrating fish in the world, and view Denali up close on a flightseeing tour. Everywhere, you’ll enjoy some of the most spectacular scenery on earth. With three nights each at Hotel Alyeska and Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge, your days will be full but the pace will be kept leisurely.


  • Accommodations at luxurious Hotel Alyeska in Girdwood and Hotel Captain Cook in Anchorage, and rustically elegant Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge.
  • Spectacular helicopter flight over the majestic Chugach Mountains, including a thrilling dog sled ride racing across ancient snowfields with an exuberant team of huskies.
  • Hiking in awe, overlooking breathtaking views of Turnagain Arm and towering alpine peaks, including mountaineering across a glacier with a naturalist glacier guru.
  • Checking out Alaskan critters at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center.
  • Breathtaking wildlife and glacier cruise into stunning Kenai Fjords National Park with an experienced captain and wildlife guide.
  • Riding the rails in luxury aboard the Alaska Railroad dome train and doing some serious neck swivelling watching unparalleled scenery go by.
  • Getting the up and up on Native culture and history at the Alaskan Native Heritage Center with engaging storytellers, dancers, and artists.
  • Meeting legendary Iditarod champion, Martin Buser, and romping and snuggling with his super friendly sled dogs.
  • Reeling in a catch you can proudly show off during a once-in-a-lifetime, exceptional fishing expedition with a premier fishing guide.
  • Jaw-dropping flight over awe-inspiring Denali—the Great One, with an ace pilot/guide, including landing and standing on a glacier amongst impressive towering peaks.
  • Strolling along magnificent Byers Lake with a savvy naturalist in spectacular Denali National Park, keeping an eye out for nesting trumpeter swans, loons, eagles, or bears foraging for spawning salmon.


The Route