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Riverboat Discovery

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Fairbanks, AK 99709
+1 866-479-6673
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Boat cruise on the river as good as the family style lunch

A nice slow cruise down the river narrated by the Captain. Points of interest were acknowledged... read more

Reviewed today
North Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loved loved loved Riverboat Discovery!

We used our tour saver coupon book and saved 50% on this educational and fun riverboat trip down... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
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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%
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Fairbanks, AK 99709
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Reviewed today

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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 4 days 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
Reviewed 5 days ago

The Riverboat Discovery tour was arranged by Holland America as part of our land tour before going on a cruise. We did not know what to expect for this experience. We had a great time! Loved the family history for this business. Beautiful views from...More

Thank ARB1615
Reviewed 5 days ago

There was plenty of seating on the riverboat, all with great views. Some highlights were on the left side, some on the right. The residences along the river ranged from shacks to mansions. While passing the sled dog camp (on the left) we saw a...More

Thank twinkle2227
Reviewed 6 days ago

This is a must do experience for Fairbanks travelers! Cruising on the Chena River this summer day in July is to experience the essence of Alaska. The riverboat stops by the husky homestead of Susan Butcher's family carrying on the proud tradition of sled dog...More

Thank trekr12017
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

A nice trip down the Chena River on a steamboat. Educational and relaxing. Seeing the Chena Village and having an opportunity to walk around and see how they survived was the challenges of Alaska was highly interesting. It takes 3 hrs but it is a...More

Thank Barbara G
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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