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Price Per person double occupancy
Single Supplement: $425
Price Includes: 7 nights lodging at 2.5 star hotels, breakfast daily, 2 lunches snack & 1 dinner, full time tour director, all deluxe private transfers throughout, luggage handling, all applicable taxes and sightseeing tours as indicated in itinerary.
Not Included: Roundtrip airfare into Fairbanks and home from Anchorage, 7 lunches, 5 dinners, tips to tour guide, driver, hotel staff of $80 (collected at final payment), optional arrival and departure airport transfers, optional excursions which will be sold by tour guide and paid for during tour, optional travel insurance, any required pre departure COVID-19 testing.
Deposit Required: $300 per person will reserve your place. A $100 service fee will be charged for cancellation at any time in addition to our normal payment and cancellation policy.
Day 1 - Fairbanks, Aurora Borealis Viewing
Today we travel to Fairbanks, Alaska. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel in Fairbanks where you will meet your tour guide. This evening, board a deluxe motor coach for a night of Aurora Borealis Viewing. *
Day 2 - Fairbanks
After breakfast, enjoy a city tour of Fairbanks including a visit to the Morris Thompson Cultural Center and the Trans-Alaska Pipeline. This afternoon will be free to explore on your own or take part in optional tours such as dog mushing tours or Arctic Circle Flight seeing. Tonight offers another chance to view the Aurora Borealis at a different location. *
Day 3 - Nenana, Denali, Healy
This morning we board a deluxe motor coach for a scenic transfer south to Denali National Park. En-route enjoy an included visit to the town of Nenana, home of the Nenana Ice Classic! Upon arrival in Denali, enjoy a visit to the Murie Science and Learning Center which acts as the Denali Visitor’s Center in the wintertime. Enjoy the National Park Film, “Heartbeats of Denali,” hear from a local ranger about the park, and even have a chance to snowshoe! A box lunch is included today.
Day 4 - Alaska Railroad
Today you will transfer to the Healy Rail Stop where you will board the world-famous Alaska Railroad, (Adventure Class) for your scenic journey south to Anchorage, Alaska’s largest city. Keep an eye out for views of Denali from the north face to south face. Upon arrival in Anchorage, you will be transferred to your local hotel which will be your home for the next four nights.
Day 5 - Anchorage
The morning begins with a city tour of Anchorage featuring the historic downtown area, Lake Hood where 190+ floatplanes take off and land daily, and Earthquake Park to learn about the 1964 Earthquake. After some free time for lunch on your own, you will travel along the scenic Seward Highway and enjoy a visit to the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center where you have a chance to see Alaska’s wildlife up close and personal. Tonight, enjoy Iditarod festivities and dinner at the Musher’s Banquet. (D)
Day 6 - Iditarod Champion & Headquarters
After breakfast, travel north to meet four-time Iditarod Champion Martin Buser at his Happy Trails Kennel. Hear personal stories while viewing a glimpse of the grandeur Alaska has to offer along the Iditarod Trail. Later you will return to Anchorage with a stop at the Iditarod Headquarters.
Day 7 - Ceremonial Start of the Iditarod
This morning head to 4th Avenue to get a great spot at the Official Ceremonial Start of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. Spend time cheering on mushers from all over the world. Mushers will depart the starting gate every two minutes. Watch each of them depart or take off early and enjoy other Iditarod festivities in Anchorage. This afternoon you will visit the Anchorage Museum, a large art, history, ethnography, ecology, and science museum in the heart of downtown Anchorage.
Day 8 - Willow Restart of Iditarod, Fly Home
This morning, take an adventure north to Willow for the restart of the Iditarod Sled Dog Race. Be sure to dress in layers to maximize staying warm as the entire day will be spent outside cheering on your favorite dog teams. En-route stop at a local grocery store in Wasilla to pick up snacks and lunch items. Prepare for a bit of a walk to find the perfect spot along the fence line of the race. Mushers take off across Willow Lake on their 1,049-mile journey by dog sled to Nome. The Willow Community Center is open and offers a break from the cold with vendors selling food and drink as well as local crafts. The departure time from Willow will depend on weather conditions and guests’ comfort level. It is our goal to see as many of the Mushers depart as possible while still arriving back to Anchorage by 6:00/6:30pm. Upon return to Anchorage it is time to say goodbye as you are transferred to the Anchorage Airport for your flight. Overnight accommodations can be made if you choose to fly out the next day.
*Aurora viewing is not guaranteed as it is dependent on weather and solar activity though March is one of the best opportunity months in the year.