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Riverboat Discovery Tours

1975 Discovery Dr., Fairbanks, AK 99709
+1 866-479-6673
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Ranked #9 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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Summit, New Jersey
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48 reviews 48 reviews
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

It was nice trip down the river with some interesting stops. Most enjoyable for me was stop at dog sledding camp. They also have a water plane demonstration which was one the highlights

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

I was surprised how much information about the culture and the history of the area was included in the cruise. You get to see a sled dog show from the boat and a shore excursion to a native village. Of course it is staged but it is not cheesy. On board the ship you get the sense that this is... More

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Georgia
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46 reviews 46 reviews
14 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

The Riverboat Discovery Tour was more than a boat ride. This tour is family run and has been in the same family for three generations. As soon as we parted the dock, we saw an Alaskan bush pilot takeoff and land right next to the boat! The pilot shared his stories of village life and explained the vital role planes... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

As part of the Holland America Land and Sea 14 day package: Up early and on the bus with a short trip to the Discovery River Boat. This was an included side trip by Holland America and involved a 3-hour boat trip on the Chena River (spring / ground water-fed river that runs through Fairbanks) down to the Tanara River... More

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Birmingham, Alabama
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

This was part of a land/cruise tour, fee was included. Covered Chena and Tanana rivers with shore shows of Iditarod 4 time Iditarod Susan Butcher, Athabascan Indian culture and a Chena Indian village. Very interesting.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

Excellent trip, covered Chena and Tanana rivers with shore shows of Iditarod 4 time Iditarod Susan Butcher, Athabascan Indian culture and a Chena Indian village. Enjoy it very much, worth the cost

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The Villages
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26 reviews 26 reviews
11 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

We did this as part of a combination tour with the Gold Dredge 8 tour. In between, they served lunch at the riverboat landing. We expected your basic sack lunch type fare and were very surprised to have a very good, homecooked, hot meal. There is beef stew which is some of the best I've had, a very nice salad,... More

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Louisville, Kentucky
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36 reviews 36 reviews
11 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

I was expecting another so-so trip on a paddle boat, but this one has things for you to see. A sea plane take-off & landing (makes great pictures), how salmon are caught by the eskimos, A landing where you can see some of the eskimos dress, living quarters, & animals. The sled dogs were a favor of all. If you... More

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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72 reviews 72 reviews
23 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

This tour was a great beginning to a lengthy Alaska vacation. The athabaskan village was very interesting as was the sled dog demonstration. The only "down" part was that the "Miners Stew" needed at least a couple of more hours cooking time. Picked up some very helpful travel tips from the reigning iditarod champion for a (hopefully) winter visit to... More

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Parker, Colorado
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

Of the 4 main activities and attractions we did while in Alaska in early September (Riverboat Discovery, shuttle into Denali NP, glacier hike, and glacier cruise), this would probably rank as number four. But that is not to say it was not worthwhile. It was just a much more tourist-oriented experience than the other activities. The riverboat ride itself was... More

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