Ultimate Winter Wonderland
Be Adventurous and Visit Alaska in the Winter!!
This unique journey includes Aurora viewing in Alaska’s interior, a ride on the Aurora train south to Talkeetna and getting up close to Alaska’s wildlife in the winter including puffins, moose, bison and more. Learn about the Iditarod Sled Dog race from an Iditarod musher during a special kennel visit prior to the start of the “Last Great Race” where you will be surrounded by fabulous four-legged athletes known as sled dogs before they hit the trail to Nome.
Day 1 Feb 21, 2014 Fri - Fairbanks Arrival
Air arrival into Alaska’s interior city, Fairbanks. On own transfer to hotel (Call the hotel for hotel courtesy shuttle or purchase meet and greet from Premier). Please have flights arrive no later than 6pm. This evening at 9pm, board your motorcoach as you go *Aurora Borealis viewing (10pm- 2am). Enjoy a warm nonalcoholic beverage this evening. Return to the hotel for your overnight in Fairbanks. *based on weather and solar activity.
**Purchasing a pre-night Fairbanks is highly recommended, since the first night of Aurora viewing is late night/early morning.
Day 2 Feb 22, 2014 Sat - Fairbanks
Breakfast. Morning at leisure. Early afternoon, enjoy a city tour of Fairbanks including a visit to the Morris Thompson Cultural Center and the Trans-Alaska Pipeline visit. Depart tonight for another chance to view the Aurora Borealis (9pm-11:30pm-approximate times) at a different venue. Return to Fairbanks late this evening. Overnight Fairbanks.
Meals: Continental Breakfast
Day 3 Feb 23, 2014 Sun - Fairbanks / Talkeetna / Anchorage
Breakfast. This morning, transfer to the world famous Alaska Railroad, (Adventure Class) for your scenic journey south to the quaint community of Talkeetna. Time in Talkeetna to dine on own, before touring south to Alaska’s largest city, Anchorage. This full day journey will showcase the beauty of Alaska. A box lunch is provided for guests when they board in Fairbanks. Keep an eye out for views of Mount McKinley from the North face to south face.
Meals: Continental Breakfast, Box Lunch
Day 4 Feb 24, 2014 Mon - Girdwood / Anchorage
Breakfast. Enjoy a day at leisure to explore Alaska’s largest city or to enjoy optional activities. Suggestions include flightseeing thru the Chugach Mountains and Dog Sledding, snow shoeing and much more. Guests may need to sign a waiver and be in good physical health to participate in certain optional activities.
Overnight in Anchorage.
Day 5 Feb 25, 2014 Tue - Anchorage / Seward / Girdwood
Today climb aboard your motorcoach for a journey to the coastal community of Seward. Today travel south along the spectacular Turnagain Arm. Visit the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center to see Alaskan wildlife up close. Visit the Alaska Sealife Center for an in-depth look above and below the waters.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch (deli-style)
Day 6 Feb 26, 2014 Wed - Alyeska
A day at leisure at the resort. There are many optional tours to choose from or just relax and enjoy the hotel amenities ranging from relaxation in the spa facility, dog sledding, snow machining, flightseeing, downhill skiing or snow shoeing (costs are additional). Enjoy an included tram ride offering spectacular views of the valley.
Day 7 Feb 27, 2014 Thu - Anchorage Departure
Morning departure from Alyeska north to Anchorage. Enjoy a tour through the historic downtown district, Lake Hood/Lake Spenard and visit the Alaska Zoo for a “behind the scenes” tour. Time to explore Anchorage on own, you may want to visit the Anchorage Museum. Tonight, enjoy Iditarod festivities and dinner at the Mushers’ Banquet!
Overnight in Anchorage.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 8 Feb 28, 2014 Thu - Anchorage Iditarod Headquarters
Today 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. Returning to Anchorage visit the Iditarod Headquarters and see first hand a replica Iditarod Trail station.
Overnight in Anchorage.
Day 9 March 1, 2014 Thu - Anchorage (Official Iditarod Start)
This morning head to 4th Avenue to get a great spot at the start of the Iditarod. Spend time cheering on mushers from all over the world. Watch each of them depart or take off early and enjoy other Iditarod festivities in Anchorage. This afternoon, enjoy the cultural opportunities available at the Alaska Native Heritage Center. Tonight, reminisce over your Alaska winter adventure at a farewell dinner.
Overnight in Anchorage.
Meal: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 10 March 2, 2014 Thu - Willow (Iditarod Re-Start)
Breakfast. This morning depart from your hotel for the adventure north to Willow, Alaska the official Re-Start of the Iditarod Sled Dog Race. Be sure to dress very 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 on-own lunch items and additional snacks to meet your personal tastes. Be sure to watch for Alaska’s most famous former governor as this is her “hometown”!
Continue north to the community of Willow, Alaska, a small community of approximately 2300 residents. On a clear day, Willow has a superb view of Mt. McKinley so be sure to look to the north. 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 1131 mile journey by dog sled to Nome. See and hear these amazing sled dogs race by. The Willow Community Center is open and offers a break from the cold with vendors selling food and drink as well as local crafts.
Mushers will depart the starting gate every two minutes. During the next two plus hours we encourage you to keep moving around to keep yourself warm. Don’t miss out on snacks throughout the day! Your Tour Director will have more information on this edible portion of the program.
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 into Anchorage by 6:00pm. Book departing flights after 9:00pm or consider purchasing an additional overnight.
Meals: Breakfast, Snacks
Day 11 March 3, 2014 Thu - Anchorage Departure
On own transfer to Anchorage airport for flight out (taxi service readily available or purchase transfer service from Premier).
*This day includes walking on snow and ice (and a few hills) to get to the official start of the Iditarod, where mushers take off from a lake. A stop will be made at a local grocery store, so guests can get snacks/lunch on own and if they wish buy a portable chair for sitting. Guests are encouraged to take their time to get to the venue, as there is not a rush.
Package departs from:
2014 Departure date:
Monday, February 21, 2014
11 days / 10 nights
Trip ends on Monday, March 3, 2014
$2,618 per person, double occupancy
$2,494 per person, triple occupancy
$3,350 per person, single occupancy
Meet & Greet Service & Transfer: $50 per person
Pre Paid Tips (Tour Director & Driver): $110 per person
Pre/Post Night Accommodations: Anchorage
$85 per person, double occupancy
$68 per person, triple occupancy
$169 per person, single occupancy
All transfers, luggage handling, all applicable taxes and sightseeing tours as indicated.
Meals are included as indicated each day.
• Guaranteed to go from the first person sold on this unique winter program!
• Bottled water and hand warmers included to ensure your comfort.
• Local escort will be with the group throughout the entire land tour.
Not included: Gratuities for tour director, driver, optional tours and items of personal nature. Breakfast on the last day is not included.
Please note: All reservations made by January 1, 2014 will have guaranteed seating at the Mushers' Banquet. Please call us to secure bookings after this date as tickets may still be available.
Accommodations: Hotels and itineraries are finalized at 30 days prior to arrival and based on the following:
- Anchorage: Marriott; Hilton Hotel or similar
- Girdwood: The Hotel Alyeska or similar
- Fairbanks: Springhill Suites or similar