Friday, April 28, 2017

06-Days | Iditarod - Experience

Iditarod Tour Package IV: Experience Alaska and the Iditarod

The Iditarod "Experience Alaska" – Anchorage & Iditarod Checkpoint Fly-outs

Iditarod The six-day Iditarod tour package covers the highly active Iditarod Ceremonial Start in downtown Anchorage, the re-start activities in Willow and two extremely scenic checkpoint flights to Rainy Pass - within the magnificent Alaska Mountain Range and Nikolai - a native village. Our tour services are including: overnights in superior or first-class hotels in downtown Anchorage, individual airport transfers, sightseeing and of course the two exciting checkpoint fly-outs. This is the perfect itinerary for our independent travelers who are short on time. All our tours provide the necessary insight view, background information and by far - the most affordable and attractive rates available.
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Day 1: Anchorage (Friday)

Upon arrival in Anchorage transfer to your hotel. Remaining day at leisure and time to enjoy the many winter festival activities during the ongoing annual Winter Fur Rendezvous with: Native Arts Market, Theater Show, Winter Carnival Activities, Snow Sculpturing Competition, Snowshoe Softball Matches and Firework Displays - while the cities gears up for the Iditarod Race Start over the weekend. The statue of the legendary lead dog Balto, located on 4th Avenue, marks the "official" starting point of the race. There is also a statue of Balto in New York City's Central Park. Don't miss a early evening seafood dinner with a breathtaking view across Cook Inlet from the Captain Cook Hotel and it's renowned AAA-4 Diamond Crow's Nest Restaurant or from the renowned Simon & Seafords Restaurant just above the shoreline of Cook Inlet. Overnight: Anchorage

Day 2: Anchorage - Ceremonial Race Start (Saturday)

The legendary Iditarod race starts at 10:00 am on 4th. Avenue in Alaska's largest city. Get up early and observe the start preparations, take close up pictures from about 80 Musher's, over 1000 Sled Dogs and enjoy the bustling and exciting race atmosphere before the teams are leaving from the starting line for the "1050 mile race to Nome". Anchorage parks and green belts are providing also a great alternative to observe the race activities. The Balto Statue marks the ceremonial starting point of the Iditarod. Balto was the final lead sled dog in a relay of dogsleds that brought vaccine from Anchorage to Nome just in time to stop a diphtheria epidemic that was threatening to devastate Nome's population in the winter of 1925. The story of the sled dog relay is a classic tale of adventure and sacrifice, as dozens of dogs and mushers risked their lives in brutal conditions to save their fellow citizens. Overnight: Anchorage

Day 3: Anchorage - Willow (Iditarod Re-Start) (Sunday)

A full day of race action. Motorcoach transfer 10:00 am from Anchorage along the scenic Glenn Highway to Willow with a short coffee/shopping stopover in Wasilla. Continue to the official Iditarod restart ceremony in Willow which begins at 2:00 pm. Enjoy the busy and bustling Iditarod race atmosphere and the musher's final preparation for the 1050-mile trip throughout Alaska's back country to the finishing line on Front Street in Nome. Our tour is fully escorted! Return to Anchorage approximately 7:00 pm. Evening at leisure. You have time to attend the many festivities during the ongoing annual Fur Rendezvous action in Anchorage with: Native Arts Market, Theater Show, Winter Carnival Activities and the Snow Sculpturing Competition. Overnight: Anchorage

Day 4:  Anchorage –  Skiplane Flight Rainy Pass Checkpoint (Monday)

Morning skiplane fly-out for a breathtaking flightseeing trip along the Alaska Mountain Range to Rainy Pass Checkpoint and the nearby Puntilla Lakes. The gateway to the interior offers truly the most spectacular scenery of the entire Iditarod Trail. Many teams are taking their mandatory 24 hour layover here before venturing via the treacherous Farewell Burn area and into the flat lands of the interior. You'll spend the whole day within the incredible wilderness area along the trail observing various dog-mushing activities and teams arriving and departing. Return flight to Anchorage in the late afternoon. Upon arrival transfer to the hotel. Remaining evening on your own. Overnight Anchorage

Day 5: Anchorage - Skiplane Flight Nikolai Checkpoint (Tuesday)

Morning fly-out to the native village of Nikolai for another day of up-close-and-personal race action. With a population of 125 people, Nikolai is the first of many tiny native villages along the Iditarod Trail at the South Fork of the Kuskokwim River. The site was a former trading post and roadhouse during the 1899's gold rush This is usually the preferred area were the leading Iditarod dog teams are taking their mandatory 24-hour layover. You spend the entire day within the incredible wilderness area along the trail observing various dog mushing activities and arrival or departures of the teams. Return flight to Anchorage in the late afternoon with our ski-planes. Upon arrival individual van transfer to the hotel. Remaining evening on your own. We recommend a dinner in one of Anchorage's unique brew houses or some shopping for quality Alaska Native Artwork along the 4th Avenue.  Overnight: Anchorage

Day 6: Anchorage (Wednesday)

Breakfast at the hotel. Morning at leisure in/around Anchorage. Time for your last shopping activities, a visit of the Alaska Native Heritage Center or for a nice seafood lunch with delicious Alaska Salmon or King Crabs in one of the many Anchorage top restaurants. Transfer from the hotel to the airport. End of tour package. Please note: Individual program extensions are available. We feature a variety of Winter Rail Tours from Anchorage to Fairbanks, Northern Lights Viewing at the Arctic Circle, Self Drive Tours on the Kenai Peninsula or Sled Dog Tours. Please contact us for more information or refer to the Winter Tour section of the website.

Tour Services Included:

  • 5 Nights Superior or First Class Hotel Accommodation
  • 5 x Breakfast
  • All Local Taxes
  • Skiplane Flight to Rainy Pass Checkpoint
  • Skiplane Flight to Nikolai Checkpoint
  • Iditarod Re-Start Sightseeing Tour from Anchorage to Willow
  • Individual Airport - Hotel - Airport Transfers
  • Additional Transfers as Scheduled
  • Tour Documentation
  • Sightseeing Information

Rates per Person in US $ from/to Anchorage

Tour Number: IDI4 - Experience Iditarod
Single Double Triple Quad
2017 ✦ March 03 - March 08   ---- SOLD OUT --- $ 3640.00 $ 3370.00 $ 3299.00 $ 3280.00
Upgrade Anchorage First-Class Hotels
$ 520.00 $ 375.00 $ 280.00 $ 245.00
Additional Night | Superior Hotel
$ 90.00 $ 45.00 $ 35.00 $ 37.00
Additional Night | First Class Hotel
$ 150.00 $ 75.00 $ 60.00 $ 50.00
Mushers Banquet Tickets $ 85.00 $ 85.00 $ 85.00 $ 85.00

Please contact us for Custom Tour Packages, Group and Travel Agency Requests, Additional Overnights. Optional Iditarod Checkpoint Flights

Additional Service Information

  • Checkpoint Option: The pace of the race is always different and widely depends on current weather-, trail and other conditions. Accordingly - if the race is faster/slower than anticipated - we will choose a different checkpoint. Please make sure you purchase travel insurance as canceled flights due to weather are non-refundable.