Iditarod Aurora with Race Checkpoint Fly-Out

  • Redeemable: Wednesday, Mar 1, 2017 - Friday, Mar 10, 2017
  • Offered By: Salmon Berry Tours

Book this small-group tour dedicated to The Last Great Race, Northern Lights, and the winter vacation of a lifetime now to receive a FREE Winter Welcome Survival Kit and 10% our Winter Gear Rental Program! Wednesday, March 1 Welcome to Alaska! Fly directly into Anchorage to start your adventures - and meet your Salmon Berry Tours guide at the airport, who will bring you into downtown Anchorage for your overnight stay at one of our favorite lodgings. This boutique-style hotel is located right in downtown Anchorage, within walking distance of the Iditarod Starting Line! You will also have an easy walk to many of our favorite shops and eateries, as well as the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail and Fur Rendezvous Winter Festival. When you arrive, please call our office at 1.907.278.3572. Our guide will come meet you outside baggage claim #3 in the commercial zones behind the taxi cabs. Today Includes: Arrival into Anchorage, Overnight Anchorage Thursday, March 2 Your professional Salmon Berry tour guide will pick you up and drive you south along the Turnagain Arm, looking for sheep, mountain goats, moose, eagles, and more. The main attraction is the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center where we will visit with bears, musk ox, moose, elk herd, caribou herd, and more Alaskan wild animals - these are our guaranteed animal friends! The animals are right at home in their 200-acre habitat; even the once-thought-extinct wood bison make for a picturesque photo with the amazing backdrop of the Chugach Range and Turnagain Arm. This evening we begin the festivities with a private meet & greet with Iditarod Champion Dallas Seavey! Your Salmon Berry guide will bring you to the Salmon Berry Tours downtown office to meet Dallas, get autographs, ask questions, and collect goodies. Each guest will receive a dog bootie and team bio card, and refreshments will be served! Then we will head out to the 2017 Iditarod Musher’s Banquet, where a hearty dinner is enjoyed while watching the Iditarod entrants draw for their starting bib number. This is a fun time to get autographs, free Iditarod pins/posters and learn about the families behind the race! Today's tours and evening events include transportation by your Salmon Berry Tours local guide. Today Includes: Wildlife Tour to the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, Meet & Greet with Dallas Seavey, 2017 Mushers Banquet, Overnight Anchorage (B, D) Friday, March 3 This morning you will be traveling north to mushing country! Dog Sledding is Alaska’s official sport - we will meet the canine athletes of Dallas's professional racing team at the kennel for a dog sledding tour! There will be a gear demonstration, Q&A with a genuine dog musher, a meet & greet with Iditarod racing dogs, and a chance to ride the runners of a dog sled behind the best team in Alaska! You will learn what it takes to train a team and compete in the "Last Great Race" from a professional racing kennel! Today Includes: Dallas Seavey Racing Iditarod Dog Sledding Program, Overnight Anchorage (B, L) Saturday, March 4 Today is the start of the 2017 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race! You will be on your own to walk around downtown today to witness the ceremonial start on 4th Avenue. Marvel at the organized chaos, participate in the Running with the Reindeer or take the shuttle out to the Alaska Native Heritage Center (following the race) to enjoy their annual dancing and drumming demonstration. Stop by our office for hot chocolate and some authentic Alaskan hospitality! Today Includes: Ceremonial Start of Iditarod on own, Overnight Anchorage (B) Sunday, March 5 Now the real competition begins... Head north with Salmon Berry Tours today to the Official Start of the 2017 Iditarod! Your guides will serve fresh baked scones and hot chocolate on the way, telling stories of the race, information/details about the race rules and giving you Alaskan insight into the Last Great Race, a race of both survival and strategy. Once you arrive at Willow Lake, visit the Salmon Berry Tours tent for good company, hot food served all day, race information and friendly faces. Our private tents and chairs are there just for our group - warm up with some hula hooping or ask a guide to take you out snowshoes to get a look further down the race trail. Once all the mushers have gotten on their way, we head back into Anchorage after an exciting day on Willow Lake. Today Includes: Salmon Berry's VIP Tour to the Official Start of the 2017 Iditarod at Willow Lake, Overnight Anchorage (B, L) Monday, March 6 Rainy Pass Lodge is an official Iditarod Checkpoint, and that is your destination today. Enjoy the amazing bush plane flight north from Anchorage, with a great view of the city before leaving it behind for pure wilderness. Fly over mountains, valleys, distant glaciers, and the Iditarod Trail itself on your way to land on the lake. The ski plane will land you right in front of the lodge, where you will immediately see the Iditarod volunteers in action. Spend the morning watching and learning, as mushers come through the checkpoint, booty their dogs, get vet checks, sign autographs, and move on down the trail! Today Includes: Rainy Pass Lodge visit by Ski Plane, Overnight Anchorage. (B, L) Tuesday, March 7 This morning you will begin your journey with a train journey heading north. Pass through unique rail towns like Wasilla, Houston, Willow, Talkeetna, and Denali, until you reach the Golden Heart City of Fairbanks. This rail tour is a full day, and an absolutely beautiful way to spend the day! A dining car is available to enjoy meals, dinner vouchers will be provided by your local guide. Along the route there will be a rail guide on board pointing out interesting features of the towns and landscape. Keep an eye out for moose, caribou, eagles and other animals that have been seen along the tracks! Once you arrive in Fairbanks, the hotel shuttle will bring you to your hotel to settle in for the evening. Today Includes: Aurora Winter Train to Fairbanks, Overnight Fairbanks (B, D) Wednesday, March 8 This evening enjoy the 2017 BP World Championship Ice Art on display at Ice Park. Your local guide in Fairbanks will pick you up from your hotel to bring you out to the Ice Park for a VIP experience. On this VIP experience, enjoy an ice carving demonstration, a tour through the ice carvings, time on your own at the Ice Park, and complimentary warm beverages. The activities continue this evening! Set out with your local Fairbanks guide to a remote Aurora viewing location to marvel at the beauty of the aurora borealis. The northern lights can be seen from the coziness of the comfortable lodge or step outside to search for the aurora to photograph! Today Includes: VIP Tour to the 2017 BP World Championships of Ice Art, Evening Aurora Viewing Lodge Tour, Overnight Fairbanks (B) Thursday, March 9 Sleep in late today because it will be another late night of aurora viewing at the Chena Hot Springs Resort! Once at Chena Hot Springs, you will take a tour of the ice hotel, enjoy a group dinner and have time for aurora viewing from the rock pool or from a short hike to the aurora viewing cabin. For a nice soak, don't forget your swimsuit, towel, and sandals! There is also a snack bar in the activities center where you can purchase snacks during your Chena Hot Springs Resort visit. Today Includes: Chena Hot Springs Aurora Shuttle, Ice Hotel Tour, Group Dinner at the Resort, Overnight Fairbanks (B, D) Friday, March 10 Farewell from Alaska today! Your Fairbanks hotel shuttle will take you to the airport for your departure flight from Fairbanks today (flight not included). Thank you for visiting the Last Frontier with us at Salmon Berry Tours - we hope you enjoyed the 2017 Iditarod and the Interior! Today Includes: Hotel Shuttle to the Airport (B)

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