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Duration3 days, 2 nights
DatesMarch 3 - March 5, 2017
Friday, March 3
Your local guide will pick you up at the Hotel Alyeska for a transfer to your downtown Anchorage accommodations. The Hotel Captain Cook has stunning views of the Cook Inlet or the Chugach Mountains. This hotel offers guests in house dining options and is close walk to many of our other favorite eateries! Your overnight stay in Anchorage is not included in your package price. There are rooms for your conference at the Hotel Captain Cook. To make your reservations, please call the Hotel Captain Cook at 907.276.6000 and let them know you are with the SVMA group!
March 3 Includes: Transfer from Hotel Alyeska to Anchorage
Saturday, March 4
Today is the start of the 2016 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race! You will be on your own to walk around downtown today to witness the ceremonial start on 4th Avenue. Marvel at the organized chaos, participate in the Running with the Reindeer or take the shuttle out to the Alaska Native Heritage Center (following the race) to enjoy their annual dancing and drumming demonstration. Stop by our office for hot chocolate and some authentic Alaskan hospitality!
OPTIONAL: There is LIMITED space on the train tour this afternoon! We will travel south along the Turnagain Arm enjoying the sights along the way, listening to music, enjoying Alaskan food & beverage as well as the company of your fellow travelers. This is a special train ride only available this afternoon with departure from the Anchorage Rail Depot at 2pm and return back into Anchorage approximately 6:30pm. There is an additional charge for this trip in the amount of $200. MAXIMUM: 20 seats
Your overnight stay in Anchorage is not included in your package price. There are rooms for your conference at the Hotel Captain Cook. To make your reservations, please call the Hotel Captain Cook at 907.276.6000 and let them know you are with the SVMA group!
March 4 Includes: No Services Today
Sunday, March 5
Now the real competition begins... Head north with Salmon Berry Tours today to the Official Start of the Iditarod! Your guides will serve fresh baked scones and hot chocolate on the way, telling stories of the race, information/details about the race rules and giving you Alaskan insight into the Last Great Race, a race of both survival and strategy. Once you arrive at Willow Lake, visit the Salmon Berry Tours tent for good company, hot food served all day, race information and friendly faces. Our private tents and chairs are there just for our group - warm up with some hula hooping or ask a guide to take you out snowshoes to get a look further down the race trail. Once all the mushers have gotten on their way, we head back into Anchorage after an exciting day on Willow Lake. Go Dallas! Please note: Departure flights should be scheduled for 9:00pm or later...
March 5 Includes: Official Starting Line Event for the 2017 Iditarod, Scones/Hot Chocolate Breakfast, Lunch on the Lake, Transfer to the Anchorage Airport
What is NOT included:
- Your Anchorage Room Nights on March 3 and March 4 at the Hotel Captain Cook
- No Meals included on March 3 and March 4, No Dinner on March 5
Single Pricing: $225 per person based on single occupancy
Booking Policy: 25% deposit required to start the booking, the final balance is due 90 days prior to secure your reservations. Final itineraries are sent following your final balance.
Multi-Day Itinerary Cancellation Policy: A 50% deposit is required to start the booking process and secure your spot on the tour. Remainder is due 90 days prior to travel. Cancellations must be made in writing (email, fax, or mail). Processing fee of $100 per guest plus 10% processing fee applies for cancellations more than 60 days before travel. No refund applies if cancellation is received less than 60 days prior to travel.
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