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This Aurora Viewing Package is a great way to experience Alaska with the locals!1 night in Anchorage in a Standard Room with private bath1 night in Talkeetna in The Historic Roadhouse with shared bath (private bath upgrades available at $50 per person)3 nights in Fairbanks in a Suite Room with private bathTwilight Dog Sled Training Run with 4-time Iditarod Champion Kennel - Dallas Seavey RacingStar Lady Presentation with an evening snowshoe search for aurora (conditions...
This Aurora Viewing Package is a great way to experience Alaska with the locals!
- 1 night in Anchorage in a Standard Room with private bath
- 1 night in Talkeetna in The Historic Roadhouse with shared bath (private bath upgrades available at $50 per person)
- 3 nights in Fairbanks in a Suite Room with private bath
- Twilight Dog Sled Training Run with 4-time Iditarod Champion Kennel - Dallas Seavey Racing
- Star Lady Presentation with an evening snowshoe search for aurora (conditions permitting)
- Aurora Winter Train aboard the iconic Alaska Railroad
- Arctic Circle Flight Tour with Round-Trip Transportation to flight office
- Private Evening Aurora Viewing Tour
- Chena Hot Springs Aurora Tour with Ice Museum, Soak/Swim Pass and Dinner Included at the Resort
- Rail Transfers
- Airport Transfer to the Fairbanks International Airport
- Meals: Breakfast (5) Dinner (2)
- Maximum Group Size: 12 Guests
Welcome to Anchorage! When you arrive at the Anchorage Airport, there will be taxi service waiting just outside of the baggage claim area. This should be about a 15 minute ride from the airport to downtown. Our host at the locally owned boutique style inn will have check in directions on the front door for you when you arrive. The Inn is known for their Alaskan hospitality, prime location close to the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail and easy walk to many of our favorite eateries in downtown Anchorage!
Today Includes: Overnight Anchorage
Today, we will experience Alaska’s favorite sport - dog sledding! Your Salmon Berry Tours guide will pick you up at your Anchorage hotel following check out and take you north into mushing country. This adventure includes the 1 hour twilight dog sled ride where each guest has a chance to ride the runners of the sled guided by a musher at Dallas Seavey Racing team. The tour at the kennel includes running the training trails on a guided dog sled ride, meeting the four-legged athletes, and touring the racing kennel. We allow plenty of time for pictures with the dogs. Be sure to dress warm! If needed, we will provide headlamps for an evening twilight mushing experience!
Your Salmon Berry Tours guide will provide you with transportation into Talkeetna where our northern lights search starts! Upon arrival into Talkeetna, enjoy dinner at the Twister Creek Restaurant with your fellow travelers. Overnight tonight at the Talkeetna Raodhouse, an authentic Alaska roadhouse built around 1917 during the construction of the Alaska Railroad. Guest rooms are private with bathrooms "down the hall" in typical roadhouse fashion. A visit with the Star Lady is a great way for travelers to understand the science behind the Alaska night sky and the aurora borealis phenomenon! From the historic Talkeetna Roadhouse, we will walk/snowshoe to the river's edge where we have the best view of the Northern Lights. Tonight, we go in search of the elusive aurora borealis!
Today Includes: Continental Breakfast, Twilight Dog Sledding with Dallas Seavey Racing, Star Lady Presentation with Evening Aurora Viewing/Alaska Night Sky, Overnight Talkeetna (B, D)
Wake up to an Alaska-sized breakfast at the famous Talkeetna Roadhouse. Featured on both the Travel Channel and the Food Network for their casual family style dining and delicious homemade food, the Talkeetna Roadhouse has been serving travelers and locals alike since the early pioneers rushed to this basecamp town! After breakfast, your local guide will escort you (and your luggage) to the rail platform for the journey north to the Golden Heart City of Fairbanks. Upon arrival into Fairbanks, a shuttle will take you to your overnight accommodations along the Chena River in downtown Fairbanks, close to the Morris Thompson Cultural Center/Fairbanks Visitors Center, shops and our favorite eateries!
Today Includes: Family Style Breakfast at the Talkeetna Roadhouse, Rail: Talkeetna to Fairbanks, Overnight Fairbanks (B; L Voucher Available Upon Request)
On today's Arctic Circle Tour, you will receive your Arctic Circle Certificate as you cross this geographic marker. En route, enjoy what the interior of Alaska has to offer, including the Yukon River, the Trans-Alaskan pipeline, and witness remnants of the gold mining that continues nearly 100 years after this precious metal first brought newcomers rushing north to Alaska! Travel north from Fairbanks to learn the wonder and stories of the vast & remote land from above as we travel over the expansive Yukon River Valley. Participate in a ceremonious Arctic Circle landing at a remote community to receive an official Arctic Circle Adventure Certificate before arriving back into Fairbanks.
This evening escape the lights of the city and search for the aurora at an aurora viewing location outside the city of Fairbanks. This evening excursion includes roundtrip transportation and hot drinks with your local guide. We will share history of the area and personal stories of living in the Last Frontier! Our approximate arrival back into Fairbanks is between 2:00am - 3:00am the following morning.
Today Includes: Continental Breakfast, Arctic Circle Air Tour, Evening Aurora Viewing Tour, Overnight Fairbanks (B)
At 3pm, a professional Salmon Berry guide will pick you up at your hotel and take you out to the famous Chena Hot Springs for a fun and informative evening. We will tour the world-class 'ice hotel', enjoy a local dinner, take a short walk to an awesome aurora viewing spot, and enjoy the healing waters of the mineral hot springs in Alaska's great outdoors. Don't forget your swim suit and towel! Your guide will be there to direct you through each activity, and then we will head back to Fairbanks in the wee hours of the morning, doing some aurora viewing on the way, if mother nature gives us a good show! Our approximate arrival time back into Fairbanks is between 2:00am and 3:00am the following morning.
Today Includes: Continental Breakfast, Evening at Chena Hot Springs (swim/soak, ice museum & dinner), Aurora Viewing, Overnight Fairbanks (B, D)
You can customize your departure today to fly straight home from Fairbanks International Airport (FAI) - please schedule your departure flight for 6am or LATER... your aurora tour does not return until the early hours of this morning! For guests who wish to try a "drive your own" sled program we have a midnight mush available with departure from Fairbanks, Iditarod checkpoint style trail dinner and a chance to drive your own sled. This optional add-on includes on more night in Fairbanks with the evening excursion!
Today Includes: Continental Breakfast, Hotel Courtesy Shuttle to the Airport (B)
2017/2018 Winter Pricing with Arctic Circle Flight
- $1,994 per person, based on double occupancy
- $1,969 per person, based on triple occupancy
- $1,910 per person, based on quad occupancy
- $2,351 based on single occupancy
So what's not included?
Your commercial flights into Anchorage (ANC) and your commercial flights out of Fairbanks (FAI), the local guide gratuity is never expected but always appreciated, meals not listed as included above and any add on pre/post nights in Anchorage and/or Fairbanks.
2017/2018 Travel Dates Available:
November 23 - November 28, 2017
November 30 - December, 5, 2017; SOLD OUT (contact us for a customized package based on availability)
December 7 - December 12, 2017; SOLD OUT (contact us for a customized package based on availability)
December 14 - December 19, 2017
December 21 - December 26, 2017; SEE OUR HOLIDAY TRAVEL PACKAGE
December 28 - January 2, 2018; SEE OUR HOLIDAY TRAVEL PACKAGE
January 4 - January 9, 2018; SOLD OUT (contact us for a customized package based on availability)
January 11 - January 16, 2018
January 18 - January 23, 2018; SOLD OUT (contact us for a customized package based on availability)
January 25 - January 30, 2018; SOLD OUT (contact us for a customized package based on availability)
February 1 - February 6, 2018; SOLD OUT (contact us for a customized package based on availability)
February 8 - February 13, 2018
February 15 - February 20, 2018; SOLD OUT (contact us for a customized package based on availability)
February 22 - February 27, 2018
March 1 - March 6, 2018; SEE OUR IDITAROD 2018 PACKAGES
March 8 - March 13, 2018
March 15 - March 20, 2018; SOLD OUT (contact us for a customized package based on availability)
March 22 - March 27, 2018
March 29 - April 3, 2018; SOLD OUT (contact us for a customized package based on availability)
2018/2019 Travel Dates Available:
Dates to be Determined; contact us for a customized package based on availability
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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Our guest had booked the vacation of a lifetime and the ultimate Alaska package. She had to cancel the trip a week before it began due to unfortunate circumstances.
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