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Winter Wonderland Escorted Land Tour
Featuring Alaska’s World famous Iditarod Sled Dog Race & Musher’s Banquet
February 29 – March 7, 2016
8 days/7 nights

 

Day 1, February 29:  Air arrival into Anchorage.  On own transfer to hotel (taxi service is readily available or purchase meet/greet service)  Overnight in Anchorage.     Meal:  N/A  

Day 2, March 1:  Breakfast.  Today climb aboard your motorcoach for a journey to the coastal community of Seward and travel south along the spectacular Turnagain Arm.  Visit the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center to see Alaskan wildlife up close.  Visit the Alaska Sealife Center for an in-depth look above and below the waters.  Return to Girdwood for overnight accommodations at The Hotel Alyeska.  Meals:  Breakfast, box lunch

Day 3, March 2:  Breakfast.  A day at leisure at the resort.  There are many optional tours to choose from, or just relax and enjoy the hotel amenities ranging from relaxation in the spa facility, dog sledding, flightseeing, downhill skiing, or snow shoeing at an additional cost.  Enjoy an included Tram Ride offering spectacular views of the valley.  Overnight at The Hotel Alyeska, Alaska’s only four-diamond property.                     Meal:  Breakfast

Day 4, March 3: Breakfast.  Morning departure from Alyeska north to Anchorage.  Enjoy a city tour through the historic downtown district, Lake Hood/Lake Spenard and visit the Alaska Zoo for a “behind the scenes” tour.  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!  Overnight in Anchorage.       Meals:  Breakfast, dinner

Day 5, March 4:  Breakfast.  Today travel north to meet five-time Iditarod Champion Martin Buser at his Happy Trails Kennel.  Hear personal stories while viewing a glimpse of the grandeur Alaska has to offer along the Iditarod trail.  Returning to Anchorage, visit the Iditarod Headquarters.  Overnight Anchorage. Meal:Breakfast

Day 6, March 5:  Breakfast.  This morning head to 4th Avenue to get a great spot at the Ceremonial Start of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.  Spend time cheering on mushers from all over the world.  Watch each of them depart or take off early and enjoy other Iditarod festivities in Anchorage.  This afternoon, enjoy the cultural opportunities available at the Alaska Native Heritage Center.  Tonight, reminisce over your Alaska winter adventure at a farewell dinner.  Overnight in Anchorage.       Meals:  Breakfast, dinner

Day 7, March 6:  Breakfast.  This morning depart from your hotel for the adventure north to Willow, Alaska, the official Re-Start of the Iditarod Sled Dog Race.  Be sure to dress very warm, as the entire day will be spent outside cheering on your favorite dog teams.  En route, stop at a local grocery store in Wasilla to pick up on-won lunch items and additional snacks to meet your personal tastes. 

Prepare for a bit of a walk to find the perfect spot along the fence line of the race.  Mushers take off across Willow Lake on the 1,049 mile journey by dog sled to Nome.   The Willow Community Center is open and offers a break from the cold with vendors selling food and drink, as well as local crafts.

Don’t miss out on snacks throughout the day!  Your Tour Director will have more information on this edible portion of the program.

The departure time from Willow will depend on weather conditions and guests’ comfort level.  It is our goal to see as many of the mushers depart as possible, while still arriving back into Anchorage by 6:00 or 6:30 PM. 
Overnight Anchorage.                                Meals:  Breakfast, snacks

 

·         This day includes walking on snow and ice (and a few hills) to get to the official start of the Iditarod, where mushers take off from a lake.  A stop will be made at a local grocery store, so guests can get snacks/lunch on their own, or if they wish to buy a portable chair for sitting.  Guests are encouraged to take their time to get to the venue, as there is no rush.

·         In the rare event the Iditarod Official Start is relocated due to weather and trail conditions, a full day of activities will be substituted.

Day 8, March 7:  Breakfast.  On own transfer to Anchorage airport for flight out. (Taxi service is readily available or purchase transfer service.)


The below prices do not include air fare.

Rate Per Person/Double Occupancy.  Single and triple rate available:       
$1,770.00 per person/double occupancy

                    
NOTES:
* Premier Alaska Tours local escort will be with the group throughout the entire land tour.
* Hand warmers included to ensure your comfort.
* All applicable taxes included.

Winter Enhancements (prices per person):
-Meet/Greet Services & Transfer $45
-Pre-Paid Tips (Tour Director & Driver) $80

Pre/Post Night:  Anchorage and/or Fairbanks, includes Breakfast & Bed Tax
$100.00 per person/double occupancy