Tuesday, June 27, 2017

09-Days | Iditarod - Chase the Race

Tour Package II: “Chase the Race”

Iditarod Trail Checkpoint Flights, Wilderness Lodge

Iditarod The all inclusive, adventurous and yet affordable tour package includes the Iditarod Ceremonial Race Start on Anchorage's 4th Avenue, the Iditarod Race Re-Start in Willow, Fly-out to Rainy Pass checkpoint within the magnificent Alaska Range and to Nikolai checkpoint, a native village. Join the guided tour to the sled dog kennel of a famous Iditarod Musher. Listen to the Iditarod presentation, take pictures and enjoy the exhilarating sled dog ride. Maybe you even want to try mushing the dog team! Another Highlight of the tour is the overnight stay at a remote Alaskan wilderness lodge, located near Skwentna and right next to the Iditarod Trail. Watch the Iditarod sled dog teams mush by the backcountry lodge on Sunday night while warming your hands around the bonfire. The remote location offers the great chance to watch the aurora borealis dancing on the night sky. This is the ideal tour itinerary for the true Iditarod Fan and active traveler. You may extend your Iditarod Race experience and choose additional fly-out trips and sightseeing tours or travel to Nome on the shores of the Bering Sea and witness the Iditarod finish. All tours are perfectly organized and are providing up-to-date race information.
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Day 1: Anchorage (Tuesday)

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. Join tonight the ever-popular Rondy Melodrama at the Snow Goos Theatre - Déjà Vu All Over Again in Chicken, with lots of singing, merriment and popcorn throwing fun. Don't miss a early evening gourmet 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 sample some fresh Alaska seafood at the renowned Simon and Seafort's Restaurant just above the shoreline of Cook Inlet. Overnight: Anchorage

Day 2: Anchorage | Iditarod Presentation, Kennel & Sled Dog Tour (Wednesday)

A full day of fun! After breakfast you will visit today the sled dog kennel of a famous Iditarod musher and get to know all about the Iditarod Race and Mushing Basics combined with the exhilaration of a sled dog ride and driving a team. This tour is an exciting introduction to the traditional Alaska winter transportation with lively huskies and a musher with a long time Iditarod history. The presentation is inspiring and educational where you'll learn all about the sled dogs, required equipment, how the Iditarod race is organized, checkpoints procedures and mushing basics including dog team commands, running positions, sled harnessing and breading. Then it is all about mushing. Ever dreamed of moving silently across snowy landscape pulled by a team of Alaskan Huskies? Meet the harnessed team and a musher for introductions and take some pictures. Then enjoy the sled dog ride on one of the beautiful winter trails. Overnight: Anchorage

Day 3:  Anchorage | Sightseeing Tour + Mushers Banquet (Thursday)

Explore the sights and highlights of Anchorage today during a guided city sightseeing tour. You'll visit the historical and scenic points of interest around Anchorage: Alaska's largest (Ski) Floatplane Base at Lake Hood, scenic lookout at Earthquake Park, the snow sculptures and a stop at the Millenium Hotel to see the Iditarod Headquarters, race info and gift items. At 5:00 PM join the Musher's Banquet Dinner at the Dena'ina Center (included). Main part of the exciting evening entertainment is the bib number drawing, an auction and a 3-course dinner which starts around 6:00 PM. Dress code is casual. Vegetarian meals are available upon request. This is a must for anyone interested to observe "The Last Great Race on Earth" for the first time. Participants have plenty of photo opportunities, good chances to meet and talk with the Iditarod Musher personally, collect autographs and participate in the auction. Overnight: Anchorage.

Day 4:  Anchorage (Friday)

Enjoy your free day in and around Anchorage. There are many options available to spend your day: Join our Prince William Sound Glacier Cruise. Get into a comfortable van and leave Anchorage for an exciting day of sightseeing. You will drive along Turnagain Arm with dramatic views of mountain scenery and an inlet with the second highest tide in North America. Watch out for moose, dall sheep and other wildlife. Arrive in Whittier and join a 4 hr cruise to see the massive tidewater glaciers of Alaska at Blackstone Bay and Beloit Glacier - some of the most amazing sights you will ever see. Cruise along Passage Canal and venture into magnificent Blackstone Bay, home to seven glaciers and Yosemite-scale waterfalls. During our adventure you’ll step ashore to experience the natural geology and hike on a glacier. Enjoy a snack and hot drink as you reflect on your journey and this magnificent nook of Alaska. On your return trip to Anchorage stopover at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center or at Alyeska Ski Resort. Overnight: Anchorage

Day 5: Anchorage | Iditarod 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 100 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 6:  Anchorage - Willow | Iditarod Restart - Flight to Iditarod Wilderness Lodge (Sunday)

After breakfast depart for the guided tour to the official Iditarod restart in Willow which starts at 2:00 PM. Enjoy the busy and bustling Iditarod race atmosphere and the musher's final preparation for the 1050-mile trip to the finishing line in Nome. Scenic afternoon flight from Willow to the full-service wilderness lodge located 70 airmiles north of Anchorage. The unique location along the Iditarod Trail allows us to watch the mushers and sled dog teams in full action as they mush by on Sunday night. Upon arrival your hosts will welcome you and provide a short motorsled transfer to the main lodge. Check in and enjoy a delicious home cooked dinner. Later in the evening we take you by sled to the frozen Skwentna River. A nice big bonfire keeps you warm ouside and a hot toddie inside, while we barbeque some Reindeer sausages. You'll see the first mushers and dog teams passing by from 10:00 PM onwards. The remote location also offers the great chance to watch the aurora borealis dancing on the night sky. Overnight: Iditarod Wilderness Lodge

Day 7: Lodge - Flight to Rainy Pass Checkpoint - Anchorage (Monday)

Breakfast at the wilderness lodge. Morning ski-plane fly-out for a breathtaking flightseeing trip along the Alaska Mountain Range to the Rainy Pass Checkpoint and the nearby Puntilla Lakes. The gateway to the interior offers by far the best and 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. A deli style lunch and soft drinks are included. 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 by ski-plane in the late afternoon. Transfer to your downtown hotel and check-in. Enjoy a delicious dinner and share the stories of the day with your fellow travelers. Overnight: Anchorage

Day 8:  Anchorage | Optional Flight to Nikolai Checkpoint (Tuesday)

Enjoy your free day in and around Anchorage. Option 1: Fly 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. Option 2: If you want to see a close up of Mt McKinley, then take a 3 hour flightseeing tour from Anchorage. Depart Lake Hood, Anchorage's lively seaplane airport, traverse the flatlands across Cook Inlet and follow the ragged spine of the Alaska Range with its massive walls of rock and ice to the crowning jewel, Mount McKinley. Overnight: Anchorage

Day 9:  Anchorage | Departure Day (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 (opening times on request) 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 Ski Packages at the Alyeska Resort. Please contact us for more information or refer to the Winter Tour section of the website.

Tour Services Included:

  • 7 Nights Superior or First-Class Hotel Accommodation
  • 1 Night Wilderness Lodge Accommodation
  • Daily Continental or American Breakfast
  • 2 x Deli Style Lunch
  • 1 x Dinner
  • All Local Taxes
  • Airport - Hotel - Airport Transfers
  • Iditarod Presentation, Kennel Tour & Sled Dog Ride
  • Anchorage City Sightseeing Tour
  • Mushers Banquet Ticket incl. Dinner
  • Additional Transfers as Scheduled
  • Guided Tour to the Iditarod Re-Start in Willow
  • Flightseeing Tour from Willow to the Wilderness Lodge
  • Flightseeing Tour to Rainy Pass Checkpoint
  • Return Flight to Anchorage
  • Bonfire with Hot Drinks, Grill Sausages, Marshmallows
  • Tour Documentation & Sightseeing Information
  • Limited Tour Guide Service

Rates per Person in US $

Tour Number: IDI2 Iditarod Chase the Race Single Double Triple Quad
2018 ✦ February 27 - March 07 |       ---- SOLD OUT -----
$ 5270.00 $ 3910.00 $ 3810.00 $ 3780.00
Upgrade to Anchorage First-Class Hotel Accommodation $ 650.00 $ 450.00 $ 330.00 $ 299.00
Additional Night Anchorage - Superior Class Hotel $ 99.00 $ 50.00 $ 40.00 $ 35.00
Additional Night Anchorage -First Class Hotel $ 170.00 $ 85.00 $ 65.00 $ 53.00

Optional Additional Tours

✦ Prince William Sound Glacier Cruise (includes transfer from Anchorage, stopover at the Wildlife Conservation Center)
$ 280.00
✦ Checkpoint Tour: Nikolai Checkpoint Fly-out $ 775.00

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