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2017 Iditarod Aurora in Denali

Join us for an exclusive, locally guided, small group Iditarod adventure! From the start of the 2017 Iditarod race to...

Price
$5717pp, based on double occupancy
Duration
12 Days
Season(s)
DatesMarch 1 - March 12, 2017

**BOOK BY JANUARY 2 and receive a $300 DISCOUNT**

This is a classic Iditarod vacation with a special 3 night locally guided program in Denali! Great for guests who have enjoyed Iditarod before - this 2017 Iditarod package is limited to a maximum 12 guests for an intimate, private look at the 2017 Iditarod, winter and Life in Denali as well as unique aurora viewing opportunities!

Wednesday, March 1

Arrival into Anchorage! Airport pick up with transfer into your downtown Anchorage...

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**BOOK BY JANUARY 2 and receive a $300 DISCOUNT**

This is a classic Iditarod vacation with a special 3 night locally guided program in Denali! Great for guests who have enjoyed Iditarod before - this 2017 Iditarod package is limited to a maximum 12 guests for an intimate, private look at the 2017 Iditarod, winter and Life in Denali as well as unique aurora viewing opportunities!


Wednesday, March 1

Arrival into Anchorage! Airport pick up with transfer into your downtown Anchorage accommodations - TBD, please forward flight details. Overnight Anchorage.

Thursday, March 2

This morning enjoy a scenic drive down the Turnagain Arm to the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center. This 200-acre rescue center is home to moose, bison, musk ox, an eagle, bears, caribou and more! This day tour is fully-guided with additional highlights at the Mt. Alyeska Aerial Tramway to take in views of the Turnagain Arm and lunch at The Bake Shop, a local eatery serving bottomless soup of the day, sourdough bread, and dessert! This tour returns in time for our private meet & greet with Dallas Seavey. Enjoy a small reception prior to our dinner and presentation at the 2017 Iditarod Banquet. Overnight Anchorage. B, L

Friday, March 3

Today is a free day in Anchorage today! If you are an Ididarider - you will have a mandatory meeting with your musher at 2pm today! Overnight Anchorage. B

Saturday, March 4

The Ceremonial Start of the 2017 Iditarod is underway today with the first mushers starting their Iditarod at 10:00am. There are many places to view the Ceremonial Start and if you get chilly or need to use the restroom, we invite you into our office for hot chocolate and Alaskan hospitality! Overnight Anchorage. B

Sunday, March 5

Today we travel north to the 2017 Iditarod Official Start at Willow Lake! Along our drive, enjoy a 2nd breakfast of scones and hot chocolate before arriving to frozen finish line. We arrive early in order to get a good spot along the starting line chute! A lunch on the lake is included and we won't be leaving the starting line until the last musher leaves for her or his Great Race across Alaska!! Go Dallas!!! This evening, we overnight in Talkeetna at the Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge. Dinner is on your own in Talkeetna this evening and a shuttle into town will be provided. Overnight Talkeetna. B, 2nd B, L

Monday, March 6

Take flight to Rainy Pass Lodge to watch the mushers come through! Many mushers will come through this mandatory checkpoint along the Iditarod trail. Watch as the veterinarians look over the dogs, the mushers "snack" their dogs and come in and out of the checkpoint. There is a light lunch served at the lodge. This evening an aurora presentation by The Star Lady following breakfast will explain the science and intrigue behind the aurora borealis! Overnight Talkeetna. B, L, D

Tuesday, March 7

This morning, enjoy the iconic breakfast at the Talkeetna Roadhouse before heading into mushing country! Our afternoon will be with Dallas Seavey Racing for a signature dog sled ride in his training trails, photo stops along the trailside and time with the dogs. Puppies will also make an appearance and we can enjoy another Alaskan cookout in the meadow trailside. From the Dallas Seavey Homestead, we will travel north to Denali! Once in Denali, we will meet our local guides, and enjoy a welcome dinner and presentation on Living in the Subarctic. Overnight is at a peaceful lakeside inn in a private room. Overnight Denali. B, L, D

Wednesday, March 8

Today is all about Denali! Take a walk through the Murie Science Center, enjoy lunch as we talk about various exhibits on display. There is a snowshoe walk along the trails. An evening presentation on wildlife in Denali following dinner tonight. This evening your local guide will also take you out aurora searching and star gazing! Overnight Denali. B, L, D

Thursday, March 9

Enjoy living like a local today with a visit into the year round community of Healy and the Denali area. Guest speakers will talk about Life in Denali Year Round and an Iditarod Analysis chat is included following dinner tonight. This evening enjoy aurora viewing and star gazing with your local guide. Overnight Denali. B, L, D

Friday, March 10

Travel to Fairbanks this afternoon and enjoy the 2017 BP Ice Art Championships as the ice is lit up along the trails at the ice park. The evening aurora lodge tour will not return until 4am the following morning; however, we will have plenty of time to search for the aurora, enjoy some wine and one another's company as we wait for the lights to dance! Overnight Fairbanks. B

Saturday, March 11

Enjoy your visit to the Morris Thompson Cultural Center with lunch and race analysis with Sven Haltman, a veteran Iditarod Musher. We will have time to walk through the museum-like exihibits at the visitors center and have some time on your own before our evening excursion. This evening, your guide will bring you to Chena Hot Springs for a tour of the ice museum, dinner at the Chena Hot Springs Resort Restaurant, and a swim/soak pass into the hot springs. Be sure to remember your swim suit, towel & sandals! Aurora viewing can be done from the hot springs if conditions are right Overnight Fairbanks. B, L, D

Sunday, March 12

Ride the rails south all the way back into Anchorage. Enjoy breakfast, lunch & dinner (included) aboard the iconic Alaska Railroad’s dining car. The views in the winter are stricking against the quiet serenity of pristine snow! Passengers may enjoy the winter wonderland of Alaska’s backcountry from the comfort of a warm railcar, complete with comfortable seats, large picture windows and onboard dining. On a clear day, views of Denali and the Alaskan Range command the landscape! Upon arrival into Anchorage, your local guide will bring you to the Anchorage Airport for your late departure flight. Guests staying an extra day in Anchorage will have a drop off at your Anchorage hotel. B, L, D

Multi-Day Itinerary Cancellation Policy: A 50% deposit is required to start the booking process. Remainder is due 60 days prior to travel. Cancellations must be made in writing (email, fax, or mail). Processing fee of $100 per guest applies for cancellations more than 60 days before travel, or 50% of total if received less than 60 days from travel. No refund applies if cancellation is received less than 30 days prior to travel.

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