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Alaska’s Aurora Borealis

Overview

Featuring small group travel with unique winter attractions.

Details

  • Small group; 27 people maximum 
  • View the Aurora Borealis in the dark sky’s outside of Fairbanks
  • Tour of the BP Ice Art Championship sculptures
  • Stay at the spectacular Alyeska Resort, charming Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge and Pikes Waterfront Lodge
  • Travel on the Alaska Railroad from Talkeetna to Healy
  • Dogsled at Dallas Seavey Kennel, winner of the 2012, 2014, 2015 & 2016 Iditarod
  • Exclusive winter cruise in Prince William Sound 
  • See all the big land mammals at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center
  • Star Lady Aurora presentation 
  • Door to door airport transportation 
  • R/T air to Anchorage and from Fairbanks

Disclaimers

Please note: You must be prepared for cold weather (0 to 25 degrees Fahrenheit is typical) throughout this tour. Winter jackets, snow pants and boots may be rented for extra cost.

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Daily Itinerary

Turnagain ArmDay 1

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)

Wildlife in AlaskaDay 2

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)

Dog sledding in AlaskaDay 3

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)

Photograph of Downtown TalkeetnaDay 4

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)

Photograph of northern lights in AlaskaDay 5

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)

Ice sculpture of a puffer fishDay 6

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)

Day 7

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.

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

Photo Attributions

"Turnagain Arm" by Murray Foubister (CC BY-SA 2.0)

"Downtown Talkeetna" by Sandy Brown Jensen (CC BY-SA 2.0)

"Ice sculpture" by Ben Townsend (CC BY 2.0)

Departures

Friday, March 8, 2019 to Thursday, March 14, 2019

7 Days, 9 Meals

4 full breakfasts, 3 lunches and 2 dinners

$ 4550
p.p./dbl.occ.
$5085
single

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