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 24, 2017 - Fairbanks Arrival
Air arrival into Alaska’s interior city, Fairbanks. You will be greeted by a local guide who will transfer you to your overnight accommodations. Please have flights arrive no later than 4pm. 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 25, 2017 - 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 26, 2017 - Fairbanks / Talkeetna / Anchorage
Breakfast. This morning, board your coach for your drive south to Healy (Just north of Denali National Park). Board 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 included today. Keep an eye out for views of Denali from the north face to south face. Overnight Anchorage.
Meals: Continental Breakfast, Box Lunch
Day 4 Feb 27, 2017 - 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 28, 2017 - 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. A visit to the Seward Museum is included to learn more about this Alaskan Coastal Community. Later, travel to the resort town of Girdwood for overnight accommodations at The Hotel Alyeska. Overnight Girdwood
Meals: Breakfast, Box Lunch
Day 6 Mar 01, 2017 - 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. Overnight Girdwood
Day 7 Mar 02, 2017 - Anchorage & Mushers’ Banquet
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 Mar 03, 2017 - 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. Overnight in Anchorage.
Day 9 Mar 04, 2017 - Anchorage (Ceremonial Start of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race)
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, enjoy the cultural opportunities available at the Alaska Native Heritage Center. Tonight, reminisce over your Alaska winter adventure and when you plan to return for another adventure to the Great Land. Overnight in Anchorage
Meal: Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
Day 10 Mar 05, 2017 - Willow (RE-Start of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race)
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.
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 6:00/6:30pm. Overnight Anchorage
Day 11 Mar 06, 2017 - Anchorage Departure
On own transfer to Anchorage airport for flight out
2017 Departure Date:
|February 24th, 2017||-||March 6th, 2017|
2017 Pricing Starting at:
|$2842.00||Per Person / Based on Double Occupancy|
|$2675.00||Per Person / Based on Triple Occupancy|
|$3693.00||Per Person / Based on Single Occupancy|
Additional information can be offered by one of our Alaska Experts. We welcome your phone call, 1-800-523-7405 or email at email@example.com.
• Meet & Greet Services & Arrival Transfer
• Local escort will be with the group throughout the entire land tour
• All transfers, luggage handling
• All applicable taxes included
• Sightseeing tours as indicated
• Meals are included as indicated for each day
• Overnight accommodations (10 Nights)
• Bottled water and hand warmers included to ensure your comfort
Optional Enhancements available for additional cost:
• Pre-Paid Tips (Tour Director & Driver)
• Pre Night stay in Fairbanks
• Post Night stay in Anchorage
*Ask your Explore Tours Alaska Expert for details/pricing
• All reserved bookings (with names) made by January 1, 2017 will have guaranteed seating at the Mushers' Banquet. Please call us to secure bookings after this date as tickets may still be available.
• Hotels will be assigned at 30 days prior to departure.