7-Night Alaska’s Iditarod Guided Tour, round trip from Anchorage
March 2, 2020
From $2,429(1)(2) per person, based on double occupancy (airfare not included)
This popular tour sells out quickly; early booking is recommended. An Alaska Iditarod tour that includes Fairbanks and the Northern Lights is also available; call for information and pricing.
Alaska’s best-known sporting event is the focus of this unique guided tour in winter. Experience the Last Frontier at a time of year when the cruise tourists aren’t around. Meet four-time Iditarod champion Martin Buser at his kennels, a special experience arranged by Globus, and visit the Iditarod Headquarters, where you’ll see photos, videos and mementos of the 1,049-mile Iditarod race. Enjoy dinner and Iditarod festivities at the Musher’s Banquet, where you’ll see the participants draw for starting positions in the race and perhaps meet them for photos and autographs. Witness the ceremonial start of the race in Anchorage and the official restart of the race in Willow, where you can cheer on your favorite sled-dog teams as they head off into Alaska’s wilderness on the long journey to the finish line in Nome. You’ll also spend time in Anchorage and at the luxurious Hotel Alyeska, located in the ski resort community of Girdwood. Try skiing or snowshoeing, ride an aerial tram for breathtaking views or simply relax at the hotel’s spa. See grizzly and black bears, moose and caribou up close at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, and get an in-depth look above and below Alaska’s waters at the Alaska Sealife Center. Book an optional excursion to make this tour even more exciting; options available include dog mushing, flightseeing, photography walks and craft beer tours. This Alaska winter tour is an adventure not to be missed!
- Accommodations in Anchorage and Girdwood
- Breakfast daily, plus 1 lunch and two 3-course dinners
- Welcome Breakfast in Anchorage
- Farewell Dinner in Anchorage
- Aerial tram ride at Girdwood
- Tour Director and local guides
- On-tour motorcoach transportation
- Hotel baggage handling
- Taxes and service fees
March 2, 2020 — Anchorage
Welcome to Anchorage! Check into the Marriott Downtown Anchorage and relax or explore Alaska’s largest city at your leisure. The hotel features one restaurant, a full-service fitness center, indoor pool, gift shop and more. Complimentary WiFi is available in the lobby and public areas.
March 3, 2020 — Anchorage-Seward-Girdwood
Meet your Tour Director and traveling companions at a Welcome Breakfast. Then board your motorcoach and make one of the world’s great drives as you travel along spectacularly scenic Turnagain Arm. Marvel at the dramatic views and keep your eyes open for Dall sheep, eagles and other wildlife. Take a break at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, where you can see grizzly and black bears, moose, musk ox, caribou, lynx and even a porcupine up close. In coastal Seward, visit the Alaska Sealife Center for an in-depth look above and below the waters of Alaska. Arrive in the ski resort community of Girdwood, where you’ll spend the next two nights at the luxurious Hotel Alyeska, nestled in a lush valley surrounded by mountain peaks, hanging glaciers and water views. The hotel features an indoor pool, hot tub, health club, jogging trails, gift shops, business center, concierge service, restaurant, café and sushi bar.
March 4, 2020 — Girdwood
Enjoy a full day at leisure, perfect for joining in a wide variety of optional activities. Consider flightseeing, skiing or snowshoeing, or get pampered at the hotel’s spa. An included aerial tram ride offers breathtaking panoramas of Turnagain Arm and seven glaciers.
March 5, 2020 — Girdwood-Anchorage
Return to Anchorage and join an included tour through the historic downtown district and to Lake Hood, the world’s busiest seaplane base. Next visit the Alaska Zoo for a behind-the-scenes tour. This afternoon you’ll have time to explore Anchorage on your own. You may want to visit the Anchorage Museum. Tonight participate in Iditarod festivities and enjoy dinner at the Musher’s Banquet. The evening features Alaskan entertainment, the draw for starting positions and opportunities to meet the entrants for photos and autographs.
March 6, 2020 — Anchorage-Big Lake-Anchorage
Travel north to Big Lake and visit the home of four-time Iditarod champion Martin Buser at his Happy Trails Kennels. Hear his fascinating personal stories, including how his sons are named after Iditarod checkpoints, while viewing the grandeur Alaska has to offer along the Iditarod Trail. Then visit Iditarod Headquarters to view pictures, videos and other mementos of the Last Great Race. This evening is at leisure back in Anchorage. Maybe shop for souvenirs, taste some fresh seafood or sample a locally brewed beer.
March 7, 2020 — Anchorage
This morning head to 4th Avenue to get a great spot for the ceremonial start of the Iditarod. Before the race starts, there’s a chance for photos and autographs with some of the mushers. Cheer on sled-dog teams from all over the world and enjoy other Iditarod festivities. Later visit the Alaska Native Heritage Center, dedicated to the history of Alaska’s 11 indigenous cultural groups. Tonight reminisce over your Alaska winter adventure at a Farewell Dinner.
March 8, 2020 — Anchorage-Willow-Anchorage
Travel north to the quaint community of Willow, which started as a mining camp when gold was discovered in 1897. View the official restart of the Iditarod. Cheer your favorite mushers as they head off into the Alaska wilderness on the 1,049-mile journey to Nome and the finish line. It’s once-in-a-lifetime experience.
NOTE: In the event the Iditarod Official Start is relocated from Willow due to weather and trail conditions, a full day of activities will be substituted in Anchorage.
March 9, 2020 — Anchorage
Your vacation ends after breakfast this morning, with guests departing on independent schedules.
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