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Riverboat Discovery

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Fairbanks, AK 99709
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A must do tour

Great tour down the Chena River to the confluence of the Tanana and Chena Rivers. Along the way... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
FrequentTraveler696
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Bowling Green, Kentucky
Great tour

We found this tour at the visitor centre. We used their phone and they were able to book three of... read more

Reviewed 17 January 2018
Sara L
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Vancouver, Canada
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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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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great tour down the Chena River to the confluence of the Tanana and Chena Rivers. Along the way, there was a demonstration of the small sea planes that are so prevalent in Alaska. The announcer talked about the houses along the river, the history of...More

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Reviewed 17 January 2018 via mobile

We found this tour at the visitor centre. We used their phone and they were able to book three of us in. The tour had lots of knowledge about the Inuits people of Alaska, and they also had a dog sled show that was interested...More

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Reviewed 12 January 2018

The Riverboat Discovery provided us with a broad look at Alaskan scenery and customs that we had not seen elsewhere.

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Reviewed 26 November 2017 via mobile

This is a experience not to be missed. They touch on every part of Alaskan Life and history. As part of our tour, We enjoyed a delicous meal, saw float plane demonstration, trail breaker husky camp, mock village, reindeer and tasted salmon spread on crackers....More

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Reviewed 20 November 2017 via mobile

Loved the food and our waiter was awesome! Great ambiance always, interesting local history behind the charm. Have not been to a Sunday brunch yet .

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Reviewed 5 November 2017

What a way to spend a sunny afternoon in Fairbanks. There was so much to see and do on this cruise -- the demonstration of the bush plane, the demonstration of dog mushing, the stop at the Chena Indian Village. In just this one trip...More

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Reviewed 24 October 2017

A beautiful way to spend an afternoon in Fairbanks. A fun and informative trip to see a little bit of the culture of the native Alaskans and other local history. You get to see a bush pilot takeoff and land on the river, a dog...More

Thank Bill H
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Reviewed 17 October 2017

In July 2017, we spent the afternoon cruising down a river in Fairbanks by riverboat. The day topped out at about 89 degrees, so pay attention to the weather report before you go. Those long sleeves could have stayed in the suitcase. Before leaving, we...More

Thank Cindy R
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Reviewed 9 October 2017

A day on a river boat, a paddle wheeler, for me is always a good day. Float planes landing and taking off, dog mushing demos and a visit to a native village took it over the top. Add to that warm blueberry donuts and smoked...More

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Reviewed 7 October 2017

Such a fun cruise! We went the interior route and wow, it was scenic. There were seaplane landing by the ship, sled dog camps, herds of reindeer, a tour of an Indian summer village... so many interesting things. It was a full and exciting day....More

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jennyN5547LC
2 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!
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kayh602016
3 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.
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Janet K
3 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
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