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Address: Fairbanks, AK 99709
Phone Number: +1 866-479-6673
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More than just a boat ride! Board the Sternwheeler Riverboat Discovery for...

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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Great experience!

This tour was included in our Princess package and turned out to be a very nice surprise....not your typical riverboat ride but rather an educational journey that rivals Disney... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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St Louis, United States
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34 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Was excited to go on this, but quickly found out that it was a last resort for us. It was a well organized event and all people involved knew their parts. A bit lame for us, but most of the seniors seemed to enjoy it. It was our first rain free day in a week and It was very relaxing.... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This tour was included in our Princess package and turned out to be a very nice surprise....not your typical riverboat ride but rather an educational journey that rivals Disney😊 great use of tv screens, wonderful educational presentations.....stops at a recreated native village where umbrellas were provided.....airplane demonstration etc.....too much to mention....no dead time😊 the family that owns this business must... More 

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Thank 981Linda
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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29 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Our family (2 adults and 4 school age kids) visited Fairbanks as part of a 2-week Alaska trip. We did it on our own with a rental car. We were one of a small handful of visitors on the Riverboat who were not part of a cruise group (I think that there were a dozen or so cars alongside 9-10... More 

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Thank Jeff C
Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This was our favorite experience in Fairbanks! Even on a cloudy day, the experience was phenomenal. The cruise is well organized, entertainingly informative, and absolutely inviting in every way. We interacted with sled dogs, Idittarod mushers, Native villagers, and seaplane pilots. The narrative was detailed and interesting. If you can only do one thing in Fairbanks, DO THIS! Also -... More 

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New City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

The riverboat was a great experience to see and learn slit about Fairbanks. It was relaxing and very interesting and informative. They provided a great afternoon for children and adults

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Plano, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

My husband & I went on this tour which was included in our Holland America land package. At first arrival we were rolling our eyes and thinking of bailing (Uber anyone?) - there were a lot of other tour buses out front with a crowd of people - not our usual "thing". But we were quite impressed with the staff's... More 

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Bridgeport, West Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

An excellent activity for our group of 8. We loved everything about it. Sled dogs was fantastic. Native village was great! Was much better than we expected. Would highly recommend for anyone going to Fairbanks.

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Thank mshahanWV
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

One of the best tours. Informative. Saw demonstration of Iditarod dog racing, salmon smoking Native village, lunch, and gold panning. Kept you fed and happy. Best day ever

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Thank Sharon S
Bellevue, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The time went way to fast. Enjoyed every minute. I come to Alaska every year, and this is the best tour I have been on in a long time. This is a must see. The price is reasonable, and the gift shop actually has some things that aren't made in China.

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Glen Allen, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

MC Jay was great. Very entertaining trip. Highly recommend. Salmon spread appetizer on boat was very tasty. Lunch provided after ride was very good. Excellent photo opportunities.

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