Ultimate Winter Wonderland

Fully guided Alaska winter experience combining aurora viewing, scenic touring and the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race start.

Trip Code: 1007CTA
  • Duration: 11 days
  • Accommodation: 10 nights
  • Starting at: $2779 / per person
  • Availability: March
  • Highlights: This comprehensive Alaska winter travel experience begins with sightseeing in Fairbanks including a great chance to see the northern lights. Departing from Fairbanks, venture by coach to historic town of Healy on the outskirts of Denali National Park. Continue by train to Anchorage with more scenic road touring to the seaport of Seward and the resort town of Girdwood. The grand finale in Anchorage is to witness the beginning of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race including attending the musher's banquet, visiting 4-time champion musher Martin Buser's sled dog kennel, and attending the official race start in Willow.

Tour Overview

Visit Alaska to discover the beauty and magic of winter on this extended 11 day “Ultimate Alaska Winter Wonderland” vacation!

This unique journey from Fairbanks includes Northern Lights viewing in Alaska’s Interior region and riding the Alaska Railroad south to Talkeetna with a bus trip on to Anchorage while getting up close to Alaska’s wildlife in the winter including moose, bison and more. Travel on to Seward and Girdwood on the Kenai Peninsula then back to Anchorage for even more fun. 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.

What's Included

  • 10 nights accommodation with baggage handling
  • Local and knowledgeable guide throughout tour
  • Deluxe full size motor coach transportation
  • 2 Northern Lights viewing tours
  • Fairbanks sightseeing tour including Morris Thompson Cultural Center
  • Alaska Railroad journey from Denali to Talkeetna
  • Iditarod Musher's Banquet event
  • Admission to Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, Alaska Sealife Center, Seward Museum
  • Anchorage sightseeing tour
  • Admission to Alaska Zoo, Alaska Native Heritage Center
  • Alyeska tram ticket
  • Martin Buser kennel tour
  • 10 breakfasts (B), 2 boxed lunches (BL), 2 dinners (D)
  • All applicable taxes and fees


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Tour Itinerary

A group tour highlighting Alaska winter and the Iditarod Sled Dog Race. Enjoy stunning winter scenery as you travel in a deluxe motorcoach from Fairbanks to Denali and on the Alaska Railroad to Talkeetna. The professional guides and drivers are experts on Alaska; traveling with them is like traveling with a friend. This tour is a truly enjoyable way to experience all Alaska has to offer in winter.

Day
1

Fairbanks Arrival

Upon arrival to Fairbanks, no later than 4pm, transfer to your hotel on your own. This evening meet your guide and fellow guests as you board the motorcoach to go on a Northern Lights viewing tour. Overnight Fairbanks.

 

Please note:  the group hotel in Fairbanks will not be known until 30 days prior to arrival, but please contact us if you would like to book any extra nights for adding optional tours.

Day
2

Fairbanks

Late this morning enjoy a city tour of Fairbanks including a visit to the Morris Thompson Cultural Center and a stop at the Trans-Alaska Pipeline. Depart in the evening for another chance to view the Northern Lights depending on weather and solar activity. Overnight Fairbanks. (B)

Day
3

Fairbanks to Anchorage

In the morning board the motor coach to depart Fairbanks for the small community of Healy, the closest year round community to Denali National Park. Upon arrival you will board the Alaska Railroad for an incredibly scenic journey that travels by both Denali State Park and Denali National Park. There is time to explore Talkeetna, the jumping off point for mountaineers climbing Denali before continuing by motorcoach to Anchorage. Overnight Anchorage. (B, BL)

Day
4

Anchorage

Enjoy a day at leisure to explore Alaska's largest city, Fur Rondy events, or to enjoy optional activities such as dog sledding, a guided photo safari, or more (additional cost/not included). Overnight Anchorage. (B)

Day
5

Anchorage to Seward and Girdwood

Today travel by motorcoach to the coastal community of Seward along the spectacular Turnagain Arm. Visit the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center to see Alaskan wildlife up close as well as 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. (B, BL)

Day
6

Girdwood

Enjoy a day of leisure at the resort to relax and enjoy the hotel amenities ranging from relaxation in the spa facility.  Ask us about optional activities such as guided snow machining, snow shoeing or a day pass for skiing (additional cost/not included).  A  tram ride is included which offers spectacular views of the entire Girdwood valley should not be missed. Overnight at The Hotel Alyeska. (B).

Day
7

Girdwood to Anchorage

Morning departure from Alyeska north to Anchorage. Enjoy a city tour through the historic downtown district, Lake Hood/Lake Spenard and visit the Alaska Zoo for a “behind the scenes” tour. There is time to explore Anchorage on your own and you may want to visit the Anchorage Museum's Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center. Tonight enjoy Iditarod festivities and dinner at the Mushers' Banquet! Overnight in Anchorage. (B, D)

Day
8

Anchorage - Big Lake Excursion

Today travel north to meet 4-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. Before returning to downtown Anchorage a stop will be made to visit the Iditarod Headquarters. Overnight in Anchorage. (B)

Day
9

Anchorage - Iditarod Festivities

This morning head to 4th Avenue to get a great spot at the Ceremonial Start of the Iditarod Sled Dog Race. Spend time cheering on mushers from all over the world. This afternoon enjoy the cultural opportunities available at the Alaska Native Heritage Center. Tonight reminisce over your Alaska winter adventure at dinner or perhaps discuss when you plan to return for another adventure to the Great Land. Overnight in Anchorage. (B, D)

Day
10

Anchorage - Official Start*

This morning depart from your hotel for the adventure north to Willow for the official start of the Iditarod. 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 to pick up on-own lunch items, snacks and maybe a portable chair for sitting. The departure time from Willow will depend on weather conditions and guests' comfort level. It is the goal to see as many of the mushers depart as possible while still arriving back into Anchorage by 6:00/6:30pm. Overnight Anchorage. (B)

Day
11

Anchorage Departure

Your tour concludes this morning after breakfast. Transfer to airport on own for departure flight. (B)

*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. Guests are encouraged to take their time to get to the venue, as there is not a rush.



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