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Alaska Iditarod Race

Featuring Fairbanks, Denali National Park & Iditarod Race

Package includes:
  • Round trip air from Dulles
  • Airport Transfers
  • 7 Breakfasts, 1 boxed lunch & 3 Dinners
  • 2 Nights in Fairbanks with Northern Lights viewing
  • Ride the  Alaska Railroad in Adventure class
  • Guided city tour of Fairbanks including Morris Thompson Cultural Center & Trans - Alaska Pipeline
  • Travel to Parks Highway to the town of Nenana, home of the Nenana Ice Classic
  • Denali National Park’s Murie Science & Learning Center
  • Narrated sight seeing tour of Anchorage including Historic downtown, Lake Hood & Earthquake Park
  • Happy Trails Kennel & meet 4 time Iditarod Champion Martin Buser
  • See the ceremonial start of the race in Anchorage
  • Enjoy Iditarod festivities and dinner at the Musher’s Banquet
  • Travel to Willow for the Official Start of the Iditarod Race, the 1049 - mile odyssey to Nome
Accommodations:

Day 1 - 2   Pike’s Waterfront Lodge, Fairbanks, Alaska
Day 3        Motel Nord Haven, Healy, Alaska
Day 4 - 7  Sheraton Hotel, Anchorage, Alaska

Itinerary

DAY 1 – Arrive in Alaska
Welcome to Alaska as you arrive in Fairbanks, the Golden Heart
City and transfer to your hotel. Meet your Tour Manager in the
lobby for dining suggestions. This evening an optional journey is
available for some Aurora Borealis viewing.

DAY 2 – Fairbanks Sightseeing and Optional Tours
A guided city tour of Fairbanks shows you the “Golden Heart City.”
Visit the Morris Thompson Cultural Center and the Trans-Alaska
Pipeline. This afternoon will be at your leisure for optional tours
such as dog mushing tours, Arctic Circle flightseeing, as well as
many others to choose from. After our included dinner you’ll have
another chance to view the Aurora Borealis at a different location.
Meals: B, D

DAY 3 – Denali National Park
Today, take the George Parks Highway south to Denali National
Park. En route, enjoy an included visit to the town of Nenana, home
of the Nenana Ice Classic! Upon arrival into Denali, enjoy an included
visit to the Murie Science and Learning Center which acts as
the Denali Visitor’s Center in the wintertime. See 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.
Meals: B, Box Lunch

DAY 4 – Ride the Alaska Railroad
After breakfast you are transferred to the Healy Rail Stop to 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 hotel. Meal: B

DAY 5 – Anchorage Sightseeing and Musher’s Banquet
Today, enjoy 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. There will
be time for lunch on own today. Later, travel along the scenic Seward Highway and enjoy an included visit to the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center where you will have a chance to see Alaska’s Wildlife up close and personal. Tonight, enjoy Iditarod festivities and dinner at the Musher’s Banquet. Meals: B, D

DAY 6 – Happy Trails Kennel
This morning, head to Happy Trails Kennel. Here, meet four-time Iditarod Champion Martin Buser. Hear personal stories and see his
dogs while viewing a glimpse of the grandeur Alaska has to offer
along the Iditarod Trail. Later, return to Anchorage with an included
stop at the Iditarod Headquarters en route. Meal: B

DAY 7 – Iditarod Ceremonial Race Start
After breakfast, you head to 4th Avenue to get a great spot at the 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, visit the Anchorage Museum, a large art, history, ethnography, ecology, and science museum in the heart of downtown Anchorage.
Dinner will be included this evening. Meals: B, D

DAY 8 – Official Start of the Race and Travel Home
This morning, depart Anchorage and venture 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 on own snack 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. 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. Upon returning to Anchorage it will be time to say goodbye to your local Tour Manager as you are transferred to the
Anchorage Airport for your evening flight. Meal: B

DAY 9 – Arrive Home
Arrive home from your overnight flight.