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“Seeing How Rivers Developed Alaska”

Riverboat Discovery
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Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Stairs / lift, Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase, Wheelchair access
Reviewed 23 September 2012

Riding the Discovery II, is exciting and historical. This was an excursion trip planned by someone else. They did a great job. This is near Fairbanks and is a great way to see river travel, native villages, sled dogs, and modern citizens.

The announcer did a great job of keeping the comments, history, etc. coming. Your time passes quickly. They stop at an Indian Village which was amazing to hear that history and see how they lived off the land.

After the trip we had a miners meal. It was really tasty and filling, Stew, Biscuits, Desert, and Drink.

Thank BEC308
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Reviewed 21 September 2012

This tour does feel a little like going to Disneyland, but for people unfamiliar with Fairbanks and Athabascan life, it was informative. Treating Alaska bush aviation, local Fairbanks culture, Iditarod sled dog training, and Athabascan culture, it was pretty comprehensive. We even saw Iditarod champion Lance Mackey there. The crew were all friendly and well-informed and very engaging. The flowers at the Athabascan village were breathtaking. Once is enough, but we're glad we did it.

Thank Hippen
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Reviewed 18 September 2012

Enjoyed the time and effort put into the entire program. Everything from A Bush Plane takeoff , dog sled and Athabaskan Village

Thank fsumtnguy
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Reviewed 18 September 2012

Date Visited: August 2012

We had an enjoyable afternoon as the paddlewheeler, Riverboat Discovery, cruised along the Chena River. During the cruise portion of the tour, the boat’s pilot provided commentary on Alaskan history and folklore. We stopped along the river to enjoy the Iditarod dogs’ sled demonstration provided by Susan Butcher’s husband.

We also stopped at the Chena Indian Village where we had the opportunity to visit various areas of the village and learn about the natives’ way of life. Although we found this to be interesting, there was too much time spent on lectures and not enough time to enjoy the beauty of some of the different parts of the village.

The cruise staff were very friendly and more than happy to take the time to answer questions. All-in-all… a very enjoyable day!

Thank LoveTravelling-JB
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Reviewed 16 September 2012

This was part of our land/cruise tour with Princess Cruise lines. We really just wanted the bus to take us to the hotel, thinking we could skip this excursion. We are so glad we didn't have a choice.... this was such a fun excursion. A relaxing cruise down the river, loved the visit to the sled dog camp, and the Indian Village was interesting. They had sled dog puppies in the gift shop area when we were getting ready to disembark, they were so cute.

Lots of people on the Riverboat, but it did not feel crowded at all. The captain and crew were very knowledgeable and entertaining.

This was a very worth while excursion, a little touristy, but a must do!

Thank gbutlerfan2
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