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2018 Iditarod Aurora in Denali

Join us for an exclusive, locally guided, small group Iditarod adventure! From the start of the 2018 Iditarod race to...

12 Days
DatesFebruary 28 - March 11, 2018

This is a classic Iditarod vacation with a special locally guided program in Denali! This travel itinerary is great for guests who have enjoyed Iditarod before - this 2018 Iditarod package is limited to a maximum 12 guests for an intimate, private look at the 2018 Iditarod, winter adventures in Alaska and Life in Denali as well as unique aurora viewing opportunities!

Wednesday, February 28

This morning we will travel south along the Turnagain Arm with a local guide to the seaside town...

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This is a classic Iditarod vacation with a special locally guided program in Denali! This travel itinerary is great for guests who have enjoyed Iditarod before - this 2018 Iditarod package is limited to a maximum 12 guests for an intimate, private look at the 2018 Iditarod, winter adventures in Alaska and Life in Denali as well as unique aurora viewing opportunities!

Wednesday, February 28

This morning we will travel south along the Turnagain Arm with a local guide to the seaside town of Whittier. Here we board the Qayaq Chief to explore Prince William Sound and Blackstone Bay. Weather permitting, we will beach the vessel at Blackstone Bay to explore the beach, taking photographs of the glaciers and possibly see some beautiful icebergs floating! This full day tour includes roundtrip guided transportation, a boxed lunch and a 4hr cruise in Blackstone Bay. We will take scenic photo stops along the Turnagain Arm this afternoon. Also included is a complete tour through the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center where we will visit with bears, musk ox, moose, elk herd, caribou herd, and more Alaskan wild animals - these are our guaranteed animal friends! The animals are right at home in their 200-acre habitat; even the once-thought-extinct wood bison make for a picturesque photo with the amazing backdrop of the Chugach Range and Turnagain Arm. Also included is the Mt. Alyeska Aerial Tramway and a welcome dinner on our first night of adventuring. Overnight Anchorage. L, D

Thursday, March 1

Today consider a visit to the Anchorage Museum of History & Art or a walk along the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail. This afternoon, enjoy a private meet & greet with Dallas Seavey. Enjoy a small reception prior to our dinner and presentation at the 2018 Iditarod Banquet. Overnight Anchorage. B, L

Friday, March 2

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! If you are not participating in the 2018 Ididarider program, you will have the option to attend musher meet & greet programs with Jeff King and Mitch Seavey.  Overnight Anchorage. B

Saturday, March 3

The Ceremonial Start of the 2018 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 4

Today we travel north to the 2018 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 in Talkeetna this evening at the Talkeetna Roadhouse. Enjoy a homestyle baked chicken dinner with traditional side dishes followed by a slideshow and Iditarod guest speaker. Overnight Talkeetna. B, 2nd B, L, D

Monday, March 5

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 6

This morning, enjoy an Alaskan sized breakfast at the Talkeetna Roadhouse before traveling to Fairbanks this afternoon aboard the iconic Alaska Railroad.  Pass by Curry, Hurricane Gulch and Denali National Park as you travel into the Golden Heart City of Fairbanks!  Lunch & Dinner vouchers are included for your on-board dining experience. Iditarod Race Analysis is included this evening.  Overnight Fairbanks. B, L, D

Wednesday, March 7

This morning you are free to visit to the Morris Thompson Cultural Center or the Museum of the North on your own before our evening program. 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.  We will also make a stop at an aurora viewing lodge for evening aurora viewing away from the resort lights tonight!  Overnight Fairbanks. B, D

Thursday, March 8

Celebrate winter with a visit to the 2018 BP World Ice Art Championships! We plan to be at the ice park in the evening when the ice is lit up along the trails at the ice park. There is a chance to see an ice carving demonstration, view the ice art from around the world and marvel at the finishing touches for the multi-block competition.  Following our fun at the ice park, we will travel outside the city of Fairbanks for aurora viewing. The evening aurora tour will not return until 3am the following morning; however, we will have plenty of time to search for the aurora at this aurora viewing location, hear from a veteran Iditarod musher about life along the Iditarod trail and then we will wait for the lights to dance! Overnight Fairbanks. B

Friday, March 9

Today we will travel to Denali! Enjoy the serene quiet of Denali in the winter.  A stop for lunch en route is included. Once in Denali, we will meet our local guides, and enjoy a welcome dinner and presentation on Living in the Subarctic.  Overnight Denali. B, L, D

Saturday, March 10

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 an afternoon snowshoe walk along the trails and finish our day with a visit to see the Park Headquarters and visit the sled dog kennels along the park road. 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

Sunday, March 11

Ride the rails south today. Enjoy lunch (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! This late afternoon our last adventures together include a twilight evening mush with Dallas Seavey Racing. Following our mush, a farewell dinner before traveling back down to Anchorage for your late flight out of Alaska! Please forward us flight details!  Approximate return into Anchorage is scheduled for 9pm. B, L, D

2018 Tour Package Pricing 

$4955 per person based on double occupancy

$895 single supplement

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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