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Alaska’s Aurora Borealis
Featuring small group travel with unique winter attractions.
We start the tour with lunch in Anchorage then a scenic drive down the Turnagain Arm, one of the most scenic byways in America! This all- American Road will be a highlight today as we travel between the ocean and the towering Chugach Mountains before we check into our overnight accommodations. The Alyeska Resort is a beautiful property; amenities include several restaurants, sundry and gift shop, mountain sports store (winter gear), fitness center, spa and an indoor saltwater pool & whirlpool. They also have an Aerial Tram with fine dining at the top of the mountain. Alyeska Resort – 2 nights (L)
This morning we will explore the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, a 200-acre rescue and rehabilitation center for Alaskan wildlife. Here we will meet the moose, wood bison, musk ox herd, caribou herd, and other Alaskan animals that call the Portage Glacier Valley home. The afternoon takes us on an adventure in Prince William Sound’s Blackstone Bay. Our journey takes us close to shore admiring the sheer cliff walls and tumbling waterfalls in route to the Blackstone tidewater glaciers. You will soon be sitting face to face with an expansive wall of ice. (B,L)
Visit the homestead of Dallas Seavey, the 2012, 14, 15, & 16 Iditarod Champion to learn what it takes to train and race in the Last Great Race, the Iditarod. Tour the kennel, and go for a wilderness ride on a real dog sled with Iditarod Champion sled dogs! Lunch will be hosted before we travel to the town of Talkeetna, a quaint “mountain climbing” town, featured on several TV shows for good food and fun personalities. Enjoy the Star Lady Aurora presentation this evening. She will share with you her knowledge of constellations, aurora activity, and the Alaskan night sky before we head outside on the lodge deck to look for the Northern Lights! Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge – 2 nights (B,L)
Today wake up and look out your window and hopefully view the majestic Alaska Range and North America’s highest mountain Denali! Breakfast is at the famous Talkeetna Roadhouse followed by a tour of the town and an optional (extra cost) flight seeing tour. (B)
After breakfast this morning journey on the Alaskan Railroad. We will depart the train near Denali National Park and continue by bus to Fairbanks. After checking into our hotel enjoy a hosted dinner followed by aurora viewing this evening. The remote location will allow us to get away from the city lights of Fairbanks to enjoy the aurora and photograph this spectacular show! NOTE: The aurora is weather and solar flare dependent - it takes clear skies and active solar activity combined to make for a great viewing experience. Pikes Waterfront Lodge – 2 nights (B,D)
Sleep in this morning. This afternoon stop at the Trans Alaska Pipeline. Get ready to be amazed at the BP World Ice Art Championships. Single and multi blocks of ice are sculpted into exquisite master pieces, the detail will astound you! Dinner is hosted before heading back to the Ice Park to see the sculptures all lit up! (D)
You will not soon forget the magic you experienced in the Great North. It is time to take our photos and memories back home to share with our families and loved ones. Depart Fairbanks International Airport for Sacramento.
|B||Generally a limited buffet or menu|
|FB||Full buffet or choice of menu|
|BR||Brunch, often buffet-style|
|L||Lunch, often several menu options|
|HT or AT||High or Afternoon Tea|
|D||Dinner, often several menu options|