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Alaska’s Aurora Borealis

Overview

Small group travel,unique winter attractions and a light show you'll never forget!

Details

Journey north to Willow for the official start of the Iditarod! Our hospitality tent is right at the starting line, a great spot for watching the mushers take off across the frozen lake. Dogsled at the homestead of Iditarod Champion Dallas Seavey. Two nights at the Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge with mountain-view rooms overlooking Denali and the Alaska Range. Ride the Alaska Railroad Snow Train. View dozens of ice sculptures at the World Ice Art Championships in Fairbanks. And of course there will be Aurora viewing north of Fairbanks. You must have winter clothes and be prepared for average temperatures between 0 – 30 degrees. You can rent winter clothes for an extra cost from an Alaskan company.

Disclaimers

Please note: You must be prepared for cold weather (0 to 25 degrees Fahrenheit is typical) throughout this tour. Winter jackets and boots are provided if you do not have your own. This tour is strictly limited to 20 participants. The aurora is weather and solar flare dependent - it takes clear skies and active solar activity combined to make for a great viewing experience. 

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Daily Itinerary

Day 1 - Fly to Anchorage.  Winter jackets and boots are provided over dinner for your use during the tour at no extra cost to you if you do not have your own. Captain Cook Hotel - 2 nights (D)

Day 2 - This morning take a scenic drive down the Turnagain Arm from the ocean to the towering Chugach Mountains, one of the most scenic byways in America.  Explore the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, a 200-acre animal rescue and rehabilitation center, where you will meet moose, wood bison, musk ox, caribou, and other creatures that call the Portage Glacier Valley home.  (B, L)

Day 3 - Travel to the town of Talkeetna, a quaint "mountain climbing town" features on several TV shows for good food and fun personalities.  There you'll visit the homestead of Iditarod Champion Dallas Seavey, where you'll learn what it takes to train for the Last Great Race, the Iditarod.  Tour the kennel and go on a wilderness sled ride pulled by champion Iditarod dogs!  Tonight the Star Lady will make an Aurora presentation before you head outside for your first chance to view the Northern Lights!  Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge - 2 nights (B, L)

Day 4 - Wake up and look outside.  With luck you'll view the majestic Alaska Range and Denali, North America's highest mountain!  In the afternoon take a tour of the town and an optional (extra cost) flightseeing tour. (L)

Day 5 - Journey on the Alaskan Railroad for an amazing snow train adventure.  Disembark near Denali National Park and continue by bus to Fairbanks.  After hotel check-in, travel to a remote location that will allow you to enjoy the Aurora away from the city lights.  Westmark Hotel - 3 nights (L)

Day 6 - This afternoon get ready to be amazed at the BP World Ice Art Championships as single and multiple blocks of ice are sculpted into exquisite masterpieces.  The detail will astound you!  Dinner is hosted before heading back to the Ice Park to see the finished sculptures illuminated.  More Aurora viewing is also on tap for tonight. (D)

Day 7 - Visit the Alaska Pipeline up close and stop at the North Pole to shop for everything Christmas.  Dinner is hosted at a historic restaurant before heading out one more time to see the lights.  It is said if you spend three nights in Fairbanks you have a 90% chance of seeing the Aurora. (D)

Day 8 - You will not soon forget the magic you experienced in the Great North.  With your departure from Fairbanks it is time to take your photos and memories back home to share with your family and friends.

Daily Itinerary Meal Legend
CBContinental Breakfast
BGenerally a limited buffet or menu
FBFull buffet or choice of menu
BRBrunch, often buffet-style
LLunch, often several menu options
HT or ATHigh or Afternoon Tea
DDinner, often several menu options

Departures

Friday, March 17, 2023 to Friday, March 24, 2023

8 Days, 9 Meals

2 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners

$5495
p.p./dbl.occ.
$6120
single

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