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Riverboat Discovery Tours

1975 Discovery Dr., Fairbanks, AK 99709
+1 866-479-6673
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Ranked #11 of 41 Activities in Fairbanks
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Tours
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... more » 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. « less
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

This was part of our cruise package. It was delightful and educational. The guide was a lot of fun and was knowledgeable about the area. The off the boat portion was very good and enlightening. The woman in charge of the sled dogs knew what she was talking about. Everyone was friendly and helpful. The only reason I did not... More

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Phoenix, AZ
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

This tour was part of our land+sea cruise with Holland America. I felt that the tour spokesperson did a good narrations job. It was fun to explore the Athabaskan village and to hear about Iditarod dogs. The meal after was hearty but if you got off the boat in the last group, it was hard to find a seat and... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

Tour is absolutely worth seeing and will expose you to the way the native people lived pre-west and post-west. The staff are knowledgable and entertaining and the blueberry donuts are delicious!

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

Locals and some fellow tourists recommended Riverboat Discovery. We tried it and were pleasantly surprised. The riverboat is a paddle wheel model that gives virtually all passengers a good view. There are several interesting events during the cruise. First, there was a demonstration of a 1951 pontoon equipped Cessna Super Cub landing and taking off in the river near the... More

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Martinez, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW via mobile

We were staying in Fairbanks on the last leg of our cruise tour & took this riverboat excursion late August. Everything was top notch from the narration to the history & exhibits. There were great photo ops all along the way. We topped it off with a very nice hot lunch in the Discovery dining room after the tour. Well... More

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW credit card Amex Card Member Review

My wife and I were expecting, you know, a river cruise. What we got was a wonderfully well done half-day experience replete with both educational and fun on-board and ashore experiences. The others on the cruise--all strangers--had the same reaction.

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Chorzow, Poland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

Our trip to Alaska would not be so interesting if it wasn't for these exciting tour. The staff was very friendly, all tour was very well and timely organized. Left deep impression about Fairbanks and its indigenous ancestors. Definately worth doing it!!!!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

While expecting the typical tourist boat trip, Riverboat Discovery provided not only the river trip, but an insight into Alaskan life in the Anchorage area. Watching a bush pilot take off and land near the boat and later learning and seeing sled dog life was amazing. Later getting insights into the Cheena culture was fascinating. All in all the Riverboat... More

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MN
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

While in Fairbanks AK, as part of our Princess Land Tour, we boarded the Riverboat Discovery III, a sternwheeler, owned by the Binkley family. They have been in the boating business for over 100 years, a business that started off in the early days as a steamboat freight business. Later, as times changed, they wanted to share their knowledge of... More

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Belgium
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

We (my 18 y old son and I) were disappointed. Maybe good to mention, before arriving here we already visited musea on culture and history and visited a dog kennel. For starters it is only a short stretch on the river and back. It takes 3 hours just because the speed is so low. The visit to a reproduction of... More

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