Amazing Alaska: The Iditarod & Northern Lights
March 4, 2021 thru March 11, 2021
Have you always wanted to witness the Iditarod? Or longed to see the Aurora Borealis? Dreams come true this winter in Alaska. You’ll meet the dogs and mushers, witness the start of “The Last Great Race on Earth”, go on a gray whale watching cruise, take an unforgettable rail journey, walk with reindeer and view the unforgettable Northern Lights. This tour has it all—including outdoor gear to keep you warm!
Roundtrip airfare* included in price.
All transfers and deluxe motorcoach included
Alaska Railroad Aurora Train Expedition included
Resurrection Bay Cruise included
8 days, 7 nights
Activity Level 4
13 meals (7 breakfasts, 2 lunch, 4 dinners) included
Limited to first 24
Hold your space today!
Roundtrip livery service included!
- Kennel Tour
- Iditarod Ceremonial Start
- Anchorage Museum
- Whale Watching Cruise
- Anchorage to Fairbanks by Rail
- Reindeer Walk
- World Ice Art Championships
- Chena Hot Springs
- Aurora Viewing
- Winter Gear Included!
- Roundtrip airfare from Tucson to Anchorage/Fairbanks
- All motorcoach transportation & airport transfers
- Pick-up/livery service
- 7 nights lodging
- 13 meals (7 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 4 dinners)
- Admissions & tours as described
- Services of a Tour Director
- Baggage handling (if available at the hotels)
- All taxes and tips for included items (except hotel housekeeping)
- Tour Director, local guide & driver tips
Day 1 – Fly to Anchorage
Today we fly to Anchorage, Alaska and after meeting our local driver, we check in to the Hilton Anchorage for our 3-night stay. Warm winter coats and boots are included in the package and will be waiting for you to use throughout the trip. While a lot of regions are coy about their snowfall, Alaska boasts about its blankets of white and wonderful winter activities. The northern lights shimmer over the state and the signature event, the Iditarod, makes Anchorage the hottest place to be for viewing unrivaled adventures. (D)
Day 2 – Amazing Scenery
First, we drive through the scenic Chugiak and Talkeetna mountain ranges to tour a sled dog kennel and learn more about sled dog racing. Then in Wasilla we visit the Iditarod World Headquarters to view footage, trophies, displays and photos from previous races to get a full understanding of the world’s most famous sled dog race, before tomorrow’s landmark kickoff event. (B,L)
Day 3 – Iditarod
This morning we experience the excitement at the Ceremonial Start of the Iditarod 2021. A race covering 1000 miles of the roughest, most beautiful terrain Mother Nature has to offer. She throws jagged mountain ranges, frozen river, dense forest, desolate tundra and miles of windswept coast at the mushers and their dog teams. Add to that temperatures far below zero, winds that can cause a complete loss of visibility, the hazards of overflow, long hours of darkness and treacherous climbs and side hills, and you have the Iditarod. A race extraordinaire, a race only possible in Alaska. After spending some time taking in the event, visiting with race teams and witnessing the media coverage, you’ll have the afternoon to explore the shops and culture of Anchorage, learn all about Alaska and see Alaskan artwork and artifacts at the Anchorage Museum. (B,D)
Day 4 – Alyeska Resort & Seward
This morning we travel to the winter resort town of Girdwood where we take a panoramic tram ride and have lunch at the Alyeska Resort. Tucked amid the Chugach Mountains on Alaska’s southcentral coast, Alyeska Resort is the place to discover the wilderness and expansive beauty of the Last Frontier. Then we’ll travel to Seward to check in for our one-night stay at the Harbor 360 Hotel – we save time to explore this breathtaking area shaped by glaciers, nestled between mountains and the ocean. Sandwiched between the Kenai mountains and the waters of Kenai Fjords National Park, Seward is one of Alaska’s oldest and most scenic communities, with Mt. Marathon rising steeply behind the town. This seaside village offers a bustling harbor with quaint shops, galleries and local eateries. (B,L)
Day 5 – Resurrection Bay Cruise
Today we cruise through incredible Resurrection Bay to the Gulf of Alaska, in search of the return of gray whales to Alaska waters on their annual 10,000-mile migration. Like all whales, gray whales surface to breathe, so migrating groups are often spotted from North America’s west coast. These whales were once the target of extensive hunting, and by early in the 20th century they were in danger of extinction. Today gray whales are protected by international law, and their numbers have grown. In 1994, the gray whale was removed from the United States endangered species list. In addition to gray whales, you may also see Steller sea lions, sea otters, eagles, humpback whales, and orcas all in the beautiful coastal waters of Kenai Fjords National Park. Tonight, we return to Anchorage for our one-night stay at the Comfort Inn Ship Creek, dinner at Bridge Seafood and time to rest before taking an epic journey to north to Fairbanks in the morning. (B,D)
Day 6 – Alaska Railroad Aurora Train
All aboard! Spend the day on the Alaska Railroad Aurora Train. The journey is just as splendid as the destination. The 12-hour, 350-mile train ride is like an expedition, passing through four different climate and vegetation zones. You will enjoy the train’s amenities, such as the dining car, as we traverse the wild wilderness of Alaska on our journey north to Fairbanks where we check in for our 2-night stay at the Wedgewood Resort. Fairbanks lures people from all over the world to see the captivating light of the aurora borealis, or the Northern Lights, which are constantly in motion because of the changing interaction between the solar wind and the earth’s magnetic field. In the northern hemisphere they extend over northern Scandinavia, the whole of Canada, northern USA, Alaska and Siberia. Viewing this phenomenon has been named on countless lists of top travel experiences. (B)
Day 7 – Northern Lights
This morning walk with the reindeer! We will take a half-mile guided walking tour of the boreal forest with our reindeer friends. Watch them leap and bound among the trees or stroll lazily alongside our group and get ready to learn the ins and outs of adapting to the polar climate. You will have the middle of the day to rest before our evening excursion to Chena Springs. We start with a tour of the Aurora Ice Museum where you can have an appletini in a glass made from ice. Next enjoy a soak in the hot springs. Locals will tell you that one of the best experiences one can have is sitting in the soothing natural hot springs rock lake at Chena Hot Springs Resort and watching the lights dance above your head! We will have a final group dinner in the lodge before our snow coach tour to view the Aurora Borealis from warmed yurts. Chena Hot Springs Resort is world renown for being one of the best places on Earth to see the northern lights. It is located under the most active band of northern lights, it is away from the light pollution of city lights, and the skies over Chena are clear more often than those over Fairbanks, 60 miles away. The best viewing may take place between 1am and 3am, so this may be a late night, but you’ll witness one of natures most amazing spectacles the few get to see from this far north. (B,D)
Day 8 – Departure Home
After a little rest we take a morning flight from Fairbanks to travel home. (B)
For departures from outside of Tucson, please call for special air pricing.
Iditarod means clear water and distant place
The word comes from the Ingalik Indian word HaIditarod which was the name for the river on which the town was built.
Harbor 360 Hotel
Comfort Inn Ship Creek
$3,717 per person
$4,185 per person
Roundtrip airfare from Tucson to Anchorage/Fairbanks
All motorcoach transportation & airport transfers
7 nights lodging
13 meals (7 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners)
Admissions & tours as described
Services of a Tour Director
Baggage handling (if available at the hotels)
All taxes and tips for included items (except hotel housekeeping)
Tour Director, local guide & driver tips
We pride ourselves on great service and an enjoyable experience for all and will go over our booking policies after you make your request for booking. If you’d like to learn more about our booking policies before your trip, give us a call at (520) 325-8839, or visit our Booking Policies page. Click here for more information on our booking policies.
We recommend that all travelers purchase a travel protection plan to help protect themselves and their trip investment. Travel protection plans can provide coverage for trip cancellation, trip interruption, emergency medical expenses and emergency evacuation/repatriation, trip delay, baggage delay, and more. For your convenience, we offer the following plan for this tour:
ADULT GROUP CHOICE
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$248 – $313 covers trip costs from $3,000 to $5,000. Cost may be more or less depending on your total trip cost. If you do not wish to purchase now, the plan can be purchased any time prior to final payment.
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For your reference, we send to you a detailed itinerary approximately 3-4 weeks prior to the scheduled tour departure. This has day-by-day times and events, hotel information where you can be reached in case of an emergency, and airline information.
The times listed on the itinerary are all approximate. We cannot be held responsible for schedule changes due to unforeseen circumstances with the weather, transportation agents, highway conditions, hotels or contracting agents.
ACTIVITY LEVEL 4
The Activity Level for this tour is ACTIVE.
Expectations: The tour includes well-paced walking tours with regular breaks. Up to 2-3 hours of walking each day. To fully take advantage of all this tour has to offer, guests need to be able to walk longer distances, climb several flights of stairs and navigate steps and uneven terrain walking for extended periods of time over more difficult terrain (e.g. cobblestones, city hills, stairs without handrails, limited or no access to elevators). Your itinerary can include significant changes in temperature and altitude and may require a higher number of longer travel days with morning and/or evening activities. Most trips will feature long touring days, many full-day excursions and a full and active itinerary with a faster pace and longer distances. Excursions require standing and walking to city centers where coaches are prohibited.
Appropriate for: OLDER Travelers who are physically fit, expect a vigorous pace and enjoy participating in two to three hours of physical activity per day.
You will be issued your boarding pass the morning of our departure, after your arrival at the Tucson International Airport. If you have an Alaska Airlines frequent flyer number, or a TSA number, please call our office at least 3 days prior to the tour to ensure we can note these in your reservation.
If you are joining the tour from locations other than Tucson, we make other arrangements for you to join the tour. Please call our office for more details.
Do not forget to bring your government issued picture ID to show at the airport. A Passport is MANDATORY ON THIS TOUR AS WE TRAVEL TO CANADA. If you do not have the proper ID, the airline and border security will turn you away.
We have arranged for handling for one piece of luggage per person regarding the skycaps (where available) and hotels. If you check through luggage note that the maximum weight for the checked piece of luggage is 50 pounds and maximum size is 62 inches (length + width + height). If your bag weighs over 50 pounds the airlines will levy an extra fee that you will be responsible to pay. If you feel the need to lock your checked through luggage and your bag is searched, your lock could be damaged in the process. You can purchase a TSA (Transportation Security Administration) accepted and recognized lock at any luggage store. Make sure you ask for a TSA approved lock. These locks are the kind that TSA screeners can open by using a special tool without breaking. Passengers can carry-on 1 bag (dimensions are limited to 10x16x24 inches), plus a personal type bag, like a purse. We advise that you pack your carry-on lightly. There are restrictions regarding your carryon baggage and contents due to enhanced security
measures. Attached find a list regarding commonly asked about items as well as an update. If you have further concerns, please visit the TSA's Web-site at www.tsa.gov. There is room inside the motorcoach for your hand carried bag.
CHECKED BAGGAGE FEES
On Alaska Airlines our scheduled airline for this tour, passengers are assessed a $30 fee per checked in bag, by the Airlines, upon checking in for the flight.
It is always a good idea to carry on your person a list of medications that you are taking and an emergency contact phone number while you are traveling. And we suggest making a copy of the itinerary and provide it to a friend or family member.
GRATUITIES/ITEMS INCLUDED IN PRICE
The traditional end-of-tour gratuity to your tour director is included on this tour. All hotel porterage and airport skycap (when available) fees are included. We also include the gratuities for the coach/livery drivers. Maid tips are not included.
For your convenience, we have a (round-tour) door-to-door pickup service with each multi-day tour. (This service is not available to all clients depending on your location.) Approximately 2 to 3 days prior to the departure date you will receive a call from our office and we will tell you your assigned pickup time. (These times can vary up to 15 minutes depending on traffic.)
If you would like to request special accommodations at the hotel(s) where we are lodging, please call us as soon as possible and we will forward these requests for you. The phone numbers of the hotel(s) where we are staying are listed on the itinerary.
Many hotels around the country have instituted a "reconditioning fee" of $300 or more that is levied upon a guest that smokes in a non-smoking room. If this occurs during our tour you will be responsible for paying this fee to the hotel prior to check-out.
We pay close attention to your requests but please realize that these are merely requests and cannot be guaranteed.
Pleasurebent Tours acts solely as an agent in arranging hotels, transportation, sightseeing, baggage-handling, and other services and does not assume any liability for injury, damage, loss or delay due to any act or default of any company or person. We, along with our subcontractors, reserve the right to make changes to an itinerary if it is necessary for the proper handling of a tour.
WEATHER AND CLOTHING/MISC. SUGGESTIONS
Temperatures in Anchorage and Seward will range from 20 to 30 degrees, while low temperatures in Fairbanks may drop down to near 0. Included rental gear will be a parka and warm boots suitable for daily wear as well as the outdoor winter activities planned. Dress in layers including thermal underwear and sweaters, and bring hats, scarves and ear coverings. Also bring an alternative coat and waterproof footwear for days when the parka and boots may not be necessary.
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