ALASKA'S IDITAROD WITH FAIRBANKS AND THE NORTHERN LIGHTS PRE EXTENSION - 2017
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This tour through Alaska focuses on some of the events that make Alaska so unique—the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) and the Iditarod. In Fairbanks, when conditions are right, one of nature’s most breathtaking shows, the Aurora Borealis, lights up the sky. You’ve heard of it and now you have the opportunity to see it on this Alaska winter tour! Spend time in Fairbanks and take the scenic Alaska Railroad to Anchorage. Be sure to watch for views of Denali (formerly known as Mount McKinley) and wildlife—as well as other spectacular scenery—along the way.
Your time in Anchorage focuses on the Iditarod, Alaska’s best-known sporting event. Meet four-time Iditarod Champion Martin Buser at his kennels—a special experience arranged by Globus—and visit the Iditarod Headquarters. Another out-of-the-ordinary adventure included by Globus is dinner and Iditarod festivities at the Musher’s Banquet, where you’ll see the musher’s draw for starting position in the race and perhaps meet them for photos and autographs. Witness the ceremonial start of the race in Anchorage and the official restart of the race in Willow, where you can cheer on your favourite mushers as they head off into Alaska’s wilderness on this 1,049-mile journey to the finish line in Nome.
You’ll also spend time in Anchorage and at the luxurious Hotel Alyeska, located in the ski resort community of Girdwood. Here, you can enjoy a variety of activities, including skiing, snowshoeing, riding an aerial tram for breathtaking views, or simply relaxing at the hotel’s spa. For a chance to see grizzly and black bears, moose, and caribou up close, you’ll visit the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Centre.
You’ve seen photos of the Aurora Borealis and the Iditarod race. On this Alaska winter tour, you can experience them both!
Attend the Musher's Banquet
Visit Happy Trails Kennels
Conclude your trip in Anchorage (AI)
Alaska Wildlife Conservation Centre; aerial tram ride.
Alaska Sealife Centre.
Sightseeing; behind-the-scenes visit at Alaska Zoo; attend the Musher's Banquet; visit Iditarod Headquarters; see the ceremonial start of the Iditarod Race; visit the Alaska Native Heritage Centre.
- BIG LAKE
Visit Happy Trails Kennels.
Attend the official "restart" of the Iditarod race.
- FREE WI-FI
Available in most hotels.
- INSIDE VISITS and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.
Personalise your tour ahead of time with additional excursions. Visit our website for details and conditions.
Breakfast (B) daily, 1 lunch (L), 2 three-course dinners (D) including a farewell dinner in Anchorage
Fairbanks Extension: breakfast (B) daily, 1 box lunch (L).
Day by Day
ARRIVE IN FAIRBANKS.
Welcome to Fairbanks, the "Golden Heart" of Alaska and gateway to Denali National Park. Late this evening, join your Local Guide and travelling companions and get your first glimpse of one of nature's most magnificent shows-the colourful celestial arcs and waves of the aurora borealis (Northern Lights). When conditions are right, the aurora dances across the horizon and lights up the night sky, enchanting even Alaska's tough ol' "Sourdoughs" (old timers).
NOTE: Please schedule flights to arrive by 3 pm to be prepared for this evening's late-night aurora borealis viewing opportunity.
Your morning begins at leisure. Later this afternoon, enjoy a city tour of Fairbanks that includes a visit to the MORRIS THOMPSON CULTURAL CENTRE. Afterward, see the TRANS-ALASKA PIPELINE, one of the most difficult and remarkable engineering feats of modern time. This evening is another opportunity to view the amazing aurora borealis as it lights up the northern skies. (B)
Travel from Fairbanks to Talkeetna today on the world-famous Alaska Railroad. The train's wide windows are ideal for drinking in the stunning scenery on this full-day journey that truly showcases America's 49th state. Keep an eye out for views of Mount McKinley-Denali, as the locals call it-as well as wildlife along the way. Arrive in Anchorage and transfer to your hotel. (B,L)
Enjoy a full day at leisure in Anchorage. You may want to explore the historic downtown area, the Anchorage Museum, or join in some of the festivities happening throughout the city, including a winter carnival, ice-sculpting contest, a melodrama, and more. Check at your hotel's front desk for an up-to-date list of activities. (B)
This morning, meet your Tour Director and travelling companions at a welcome breakfast. Then, board your motorcoach and make one of the world's great drives as you travel along spectacularly scenic Turnagain Arm. Marvel at the dramatic views, and keep your eyes open for Dall sheep, eagles, and other wildlife. Take a break at the ALASKA WILDLIFE CONSERVATION CENTRE for the chance to see grizzly and black bears, moose, musk ox, caribou, lynx, and even a porcupine up close. In coastal Seward, visit the ALASKA SEALIFE CENTRE for an in-depth look above and below the waters of Alaska. Arrive in the ski resort community of Girdwood, where you'll spend the next two nights at the luxurious Hotel Alyeska. (B,L)
Enjoy a full day at leisure-perfect for joining in a wide variety of optional activities. Consider dogsledding, flightseeing, skiing, snowshoeing, or you may choose to just relax at the hotel's spa. An included aerial TRAM ride offers breathtaking panoramas of Turnagain Arm and seven glaciers. (B)
Return to Anchorage and join an included tour through the historic downtown district and to Lake Hood, the world's busiest seaplane base. Next, visit the ALASKA ZOO for a behind-the-scenes tour. This afternoon, there is time to explore Anchorage on your own. You may want to visit the Anchorage Museum. Tonight, enjoy Iditarod festivities and dinner at the MUSHER'S BANQUET. Enjoy Alaska entertainment, see the mushers draw for starting positions, and have the opportunity to meet them for photos and autographs. (B,D)
ANCHORAGE. EXCURSION TO BIG LAKE.
Travel north to Big Lake and visit the home of four-time Iditarod Champion Martin Buser at his HAPPY TRAILS KENNELS. Hear his fascinating personal stories, including how his sons are named after Iditarod checkpoints, while viewing the grandeur Alaska has to offer along the Iditarod Trail. Then, visit IDITAROD HEADQUARTERS to view pictures, videos, and other mementos of the Last Great Race. This evening is at leisure back in Anchorage. Maybe shop for souvenirs, try some fresh seafood, or sample a locally made brew. (B)
ANCHORAGE. CEREMONIAL START OF THE IDITAROD.
This morning, head to 4th Avenue to get a great spot for the ceremonial start of the IDITAROD. Before the race starts, there's a chance for photos and autographs with some of the mushers. Spend time cheering on mushers from all over the world, and enjoy other Iditarod festivities. Later, visit the ALASKA NATIVE HERITAGE CENTRE, which shares the rich heritage of Alaska's 11 indigenous cultural groups. Tonight, reminisce over your Alaska winter adventure at a farewell dinner. (B,D)
ANCHORAGE. EXCURSION TO WILLOW FOR THE OFFICIAL RESTART OF THE IDITAROD.
Travel north today to the quaint community of Willow, which started as a mining camp when gold was discovered in 1897. Here, you'll view the official RESTART of the Iditarod. Cheer your favourite musher as they head off into the Alaska wilderness on this 1,688-kilometre (1,049-mile) journey to Nome and the finish line. Be sure to have your camera ready for this once-in-a-lifetime experience. (B)
NOTE: In the event the Iditarod Official Start is relocated (beyond Willow) due to weather and trail conditions, a full day of activities will be substituted in Anchorage.
Your tour ends this morning with guests departing on independent schedules. Transfers are provided to Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport. (B)
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