Alaska Winter Wonders Tour

Experience the magical time of winter in Alaska. Ski at Alyeska Resort, journey aboard the Alaska Railroad, and check out the Northern Lights.

Tour Code: 241CTA

Tour Overview

Our Alaska Winter Tour is for all winter season enthusiasts. From Anchorage, you’ll travel south to enjoy Alyeska Resort and popular Alaska winter outdoor activities while traveling through spectacular winter scenery on the Alaska Railroad. At the Alyeska Resort, 40 miles south of Anchorage in Girdwood, you can enjoy excellent downhill skiing, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing or relax in the luxurious Nordic Spa. Then you’ll enjoy a scenic railroad ride northwards to Alaska’s Interior Region and Fairbanks, from where you’ll travel to Chena Hot Springs Resort. The outdoor mineral hot springs at the resort and the indoor hot tubs and pool provide a relaxing environment after winter sports fun. Chena Hot Springs Resort also offers excellent Northern Lights “aurora borealis” viewing on clear winter nights.

What's Included
  • Eight nights accommodation
  • Three days midsize car rental with unlimited miles
  • Train from Anchorage to Fairbanks
  • Roundtrip transfer between Fairbanks and Chena Hot Springs
  • 4-hour Aurora Viewing Expedition tour
  • Pool passes at the Chena Hot Springs Resort
  • All taxes and fees
What's Not Included

Optional insurance for rental vehicle, additional driver fees, or gasoline. Meals, excursions, gratuities, and admission fees other than those mentioned. Lift tickets or winter gear rental while at Hotel Alyeska. Winter gear rental while in Chena Hot Springs.

 

Tour Itinerary

Start in Anchorage and end your trip in Fairbanks!

Day 1
Anchorage Arrival

Anchorage is Alaska’s largest city, nestled between the Chugach Mountains and Cook Inlet. Offering an abundance of shopping, cultural attractions, and gourmet restaurants, Anchorage provides an excellent start to your vacation. Depending on your arrival, you may have time to take part in an optional tour such as local photo tour (see Tour Add-Ons). Overnight in Anchorage.

Day 2
Anchorage to Girdwood

This morning pick up your rental car from the downtown rental office. You will then drive one of the most beautiful highway sections in Alaska, along Turnagain Arm to Girdwood. After checking in at the Hotel Alyeska, explore the area and try one of the many restaurants. In the evening, relax in the whirlpool or take the tram to enjoy a first class meal at the Seven Glaciers Restaurant. Overnight at Hotel Alyeska.

Day 3
Girdwood

Spend the day enjoying the diverse winter activities such as snow shoeing, cross-country skiing, or downhill skiing (snow conditions permitting; lift operations typically start early December). Alyeska receives an annual snowfall of 782 inches! The mountain is sure to please all with ungroomed double black diamond runs for the advanced skiers and riders, big mountain carving in wide mountain bowls for the intermediate, and well groomed trails for the beginner. In the evening, relax in the fitness center’s whirlpool or sauna, or schedule a session with the massage therapists. Overnight at Hotel Alyeska.

Day 4
Girdwood to Anchorage

The morning is at your leisure. After checking out of the Hotel Alyeska, you will drive back to Anchorage. Upon arrival in Anchorage, return your rental car. Or return to Anchorage early to participate in an optional Dog Sledding Excursion (see Tour Add-Ons). Overnight in Anchorage.

Day 5
Anchorage to Fairbanks

In the morning, take the hotel courtesy shuttle to the Anchorage train station. Here you will board the famous Alaska Railroad in the morning and travel through beautiful Alaska’s winter landscape to Fairbanks. During the train ride, enjoy spectacular views of the Alaska Range and possibly even Denali (weather permitting). You will arrive in Fairbanks in the evening and transfer to the hotel via hotel courtesy shuttle. Overnight in Fairbanks.

Day 6
Fairbanks to Chena Hot Springs Resort

This morning before your transfer to Chena Hot Springs, you have another chance to add an optional Dog Sledding Tour (see Tour Add-Ons). Transfer from your hotel in Fairbanks to Chena Hot Springs Resort at approximately noon. After a one-hour transfer, you will arrive at the resort. Spend the afternoon exploring the resort and soaking in the mineral hot springs. This evening enjoy a 4-hour aurora viewing tour on heated snow cats. Overnight at Chena Hot Springs Resort.

Day 7
Chena Hot Springs Resort

Today is at your leisure to enjoy the many activities offered by the resort, such as dog sledding and snowshoeing (see Tour Add-Ons). We also recommend a tour of the Aurora Ice Museum, where everything from the chairs to the chandeliers is hand carved from ice. Pool passes are included throughout your stay. Overnight at Chena Hot Springs Resort.

Day 8
Chena Hot Springs Resort to Fairbanks

Today transfer back to Fairbanks.  Depending on your transfer time, you may have a little more time to enjoy what Chena Hot Springs has to offer. Back in Fairbanks, relax or book another optional Northern Lights Tour from Fairbanks. Overnight in Fairbanks.

Day 9
Fairbanks Departure

Your Alaska winter vacation comes to an end today. Transfer by shuttle or on your own to the airport for your flight departure.

Tour Map

 

Dates & Rates

The tour begins on Tuesdays to accommodate the Alaska Railroad schedule.


*Child prices are valid for children 11 years and younger, sharing a room with at least 2 full paying adults with the existing bedding. Maximum of 4 people per room.

Our Standard Program Includes:

2 and 3 star hotel accommodations.

The program will include a combination of hotels or motels that are considered moderate to standard tourist class. Please be aware not all hotels have shuttle services.

Standard train car seating on all rail services (reserved seats).

If you would like to book the standard program but with upgraded rail seating, the option and surcharge will be listed when you save to your cart.

Our Upgraded Program Includes:

* 3 and 4 star hotels (best available) wherever possible.

The program will include standard rooms at this category of hotel where possible. Alaska has very limited hotel choices in remote areas and small towns. The properties will typically offer a wider range of services such as a full-service restaurant, room service and perhaps a pool or spa facilities. Please be aware the upgraded accommodations in downtown Anchorage do not have hotel shuttle services. Many of the upgraded hotels also offer guaranteed view rooms for additional cost. If you would like a specific room type, in addition to the upgraded program, please ask us about availability and cost difference.

Deluxe dome train car seating between Anchorage, Denali and Fairbanks, or Anchorage and Seward.

All journeys between Anchorage and Whittier are in standard seating as deluxe dome cars are not available on that route.

 

Tour Add-ons

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Our bus tour of Denali was amazing! We saw 6 grizzly bears, 7 moose, Dall sheep, bald and golden eagles, and some wonderful scenery. Definitely a highlight. Overall we really enjoyed our Alaska experience.

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