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Riverboat Discovery

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Fairbanks, AK 99709
+1 866-479-6673
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I enjoyed this tour it was worth every event included with this tour. Especially the Kennels with... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Marion D
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Great excursion in Alaska for all ages

This was booked by our travel agent and was worried it might not be something we would like. We are... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Christy H
Jonesboro, Arkansas
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More than just a boat ride! Board the Sternwheeler Riverboat Discovery for one of the most unique Alaskan experiences available! This three-hour cruise will take you into the heart of Alaska and introduce you to a family who has made the rivers of Alaska a way of life for five generations. You will see a bush floatplane takeoff alongside the boat, visit the home and kennels of the late four-time Iditarod winner Susan Butcher and see her champion sled dogs in action. Be immersed into the ancient Athabascan Indian culture when our Alaskan Native Guides take you on a personalized tour of the Chena Indian Village.
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  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
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Fairbanks, AK 99709
+1 866-479-6673

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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

I enjoyed this tour it was worth every event included with this tour. Especially the Kennels with the Huskies& the homes along the river are beautiful. Thos was a great tour& was able to get many photos. Highly recommend this Riverboat tour down the Chene...More

Thank Marion D
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

This was booked by our travel agent and was worried it might not be something we would like. We are pleased to say we loved it. Our group had a 62, 45 and 20 year old and we all enjoyed this. It was a great...More

Thank Christy H
Reviewed 3 days ago

Lots of fun. Very informative. The Captain was also the narrator for most part and was a blast. Thoroughly enjoyed the trip. Has a seaplane land and take off next to us, then went to a staged Native American village again this was very informative....More

Thank Sammy-kay3841
Reviewed 4 days ago

We went on this afternoon adventure on a beautiful blue sky day in August and it was a wonderful experience. They pack so many interesting things in, and while it seems somewhat scripted, it's very well done. From dog sledding to salmon wheels and sea...More

Thank onefortheroad39
Reviewed 4 days ago

A nice slow cruise down the river narrated by the Captain. Points of interest were acknowledged along the way. Prominent persons residing along the river were identified, History of the area was talked about. Sled Dog training facilities, local fish smoking, on water airfield for...More

Thank Captnslow
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We used our tour saver coupon book and saved 50% on this educational and fun riverboat trip down the Chena River. The commentary was top notch and it was interesting how our riverboat tour guide communicated with the dog sled mushers on shore, the float...More

Thank DCEowner
Reviewed 6 days ago

Wonderful way to be introduced to the area and the special activities that operate including sea planes, dog sleds and the lifestyle of those that make it home. Very efficiently run and unique travel style. Would recommend to others.

Thank LMCLongmann
Reviewed 6 days ago

This family owned business knows how to entertain, and inform. 3hr boat trip where you can see the seaplane take off and land, visit an Indian village on shore and learn about the first settlers. See and feel different animal pelts. Great introduction to Alaska...More

Thank kevvliet
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

This was a great experience and would recommend taking this tour if you are ever in Fairbanks. Very informative regarding the area, native Alaskans and the Alaskan husky.

Thank ArizonaDweller
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My partner and I took this tour recently. Excellent commentary as you sail along the river with heaps of local knowledge and tips. The Chena Village stop was a highlight with friendly local students doing their bit to educate tourists on Athabascan history and culture....More

Thank Dawn C
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3 September 2017|
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Response from armandoa556 | Reviewed this property |
Hi! We were a part of a cruise line group thru Royal Caribbean cruises. Simply the BEST!
4 February 2017|
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Response from eacater | Reviewed this property |
I was there in late June. You definitely will want a jacket. Our tour bus took us to the site.
Janet K
4 February 2017|
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Response from David Y | Reviewed this property |
Sorry, I just noticed this question as I have been traveling myself. A few days in advance should be enough time to get onboard