Alaska's Iditarod with Fairbanks (AIQ)

11 Day Tour from Fairbanks to Anchorage

2016 Tour Details

This tour through Alaska focuses on some of the events that make Alaska so unique—the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) and the Iditarod. In Fairbanks, when conditions are right, one of nature’s most breathtaking shows, the Aurora Borealis, lights up the sky. You’ve heard of it and now you have the opportunity to see it on this Alaska winter tour! Spend time in Fairbanks and take the scenic Alaska Railroad to Anchorage. Be sure to watch for views of Mount McKinley and wildlife—as well as other spectacular scenery—along the way.

Your time in Anchorage focuses on the Iditarod, Alaska’s best-known sporting event. Meet four-time Iditarod Champion Martin Buser at his kennels—a special experience arranged by Globus—and visit the Iditarod Headquarters. Another out-of-the-ordinary adventure included by Globus is dinner and Iditarod festivities at the Musher’s Banquet, where you’ll see the musher’s draw for starting position 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 mushers as they head off into Alaska’s wilderness on this 1,049-mile 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. Here, you can enjoy a variety of activities, including skiing, snowshoeing, taking an included aerial tram ride for breathtaking views, or simply relaxing at the hotel’s spa. For a chance to see grizzly and black bears, moose, and caribou up close, you’ll visit the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center.

You’ve seen photos of the Aurora Borealis and the Iditarod race. On this Alaska winter tour, you can see them both!
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 Destinations & Sightseeing

GIRDWOOD
Alaskan Wildlife Conservation Center; aerial tram ride
ANCHORAGE
Sightseeing; behind-the-scenes visit at Alaska Zoo; Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite attend the Musher’s Banquet; visit Iditarod Headquarters; see the ceremonial start of the Iditarod Race; visit the Alaska Native Heritage Center
SEWARD
Alaska Sealife Center
BIG LAKE
Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Visit Happy Trails Kennels
WILLOW
Attend the official “restart” of the Iditarod race
FAIRBANKS
Morris Thompson Cultural Center; Trans-Alaska Pipeline; Alaska Railroad; 2 excursions for a chance to see the Northern Lights

NOTE:

  • The aurora is most active late at night or early in the morning when the sky is clear and the air chilly. Viewings are scheduled from 10 pm–2 am. While the aurora is frequently seen in February and March, it is up to Mother Nature to create the special conditions in order to witness this phenomenon. Purchasing a pre-night in Fairbanks is recommended due to the late-night/early morning viewing hours required to see the aurora borealis.

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

Breakfast daily, 1 lunch,1 box lunch, 2 three-course dinners including a farewell dinner in Anchorage

 Itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description.

Day 1 Arrive in Fairbanks

Welcome to Fairbanks, the “Golden Heart” of Alaska and gateway to Denali National Park. Late this evening, join your Local Guide and traveling companions and get your first glimpse of one of nature’s most magnificent shows—the colorful celestial arcs and waves of the aurora borealis (Northern Lights). When conditions are right, the aurora dances across the horizon and lights up the night sky, enchanting even Alaska’s tough ol’ “Sourdoughs” (old timers).

Day 2 Fairbanks

Your morning begins at leisure. Later this afternoon, enjoy a city tour of Fairbanks that includes a visit to the MORRIS THOMPSON CULTURAL CENTER. Afterward, see the TRANS-ALASKA PIPELINE, one of the most difficult and remarkable engineering feats of modern time. This evening is another opportunity to view the amazing aurora borealis as it lights up the northern skies.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 3 Fairbanks–Alaska Railroad–Anchorage

Travel from Fairbanks to Talkeetna today on the world-famous Alaska Railroad. The train’s wide windows are ideal for drinking in the stunning scenery on this full-day journey that truly showcases America’s 49th state. Keep an eye out for views of Mount McKinley—Denali, as the locals call it—as well as wildlife along the way. Arrive in Anchorage and transfer to your hotel.

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Day 4 Anchorage

Enjoy a full day at leisure in Anchorage. You may want to explore the historic downtown area, the Anchorage Museum, or join in some of the festivities happening throughout the city, including a winter carnival, ice-sculpting contest, a melodrama, and more. Check at your hotel’s front desk for an up-to-date list of activities.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 5 Anchorage–Seward–Girdwood

This morning, 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 for the chance to 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.

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Day 6 Girdwood

Enjoy a full day at leisure—perfect for joining in a wide variety of optional activities. Consider dogsledding, flightseeing, skiing, snowshoeing, or you may choose to just relax at the hotel’s spa. An included aerial TRAM ride offers breathtaking panoramas of Turnagain Arm and seven glaciers.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 7 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, there is time to explore Anchorage on your own. You may want to visit the Anchorage Museum. Tonight, enjoy Iditarod festivities and dinner at the Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite MUSHER’S BANQUET. Enjoy Alaska entertainment, see the mushers draw for starting positions, and have the opportunity to meet them for photos and autographs.

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Day 8 Anchorage. Excursion to Big Lake

Travel north to Big Lake and visit the home of four-time Iditarod Champion Martin Buser at his Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite 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, try some fresh seafood, or sample a locally made brew.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 9 Anchorage. Ceremonial start of the Iditarod

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. Spend time cheering on mushers from all over the world, and enjoy other Iditarod festivities. Later, visit the ALASKA NATIVE HERITAGE CENTER, which shares the rich heritage of Alaska’s 11 indigenous cultural groups. Tonight, reminisce over your Alaska winter adventure at a farewell dinner.

Breakfast Breakfast
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Day 10 Anchorage. Excursion to Willow for Official Restart of the Iditarod

Travel north today to the quaint community of Willow, which started as a mining camp when gold was discovered in 1897. Here, you’ll view the official RESTART of the Iditarod. Cheer your favorite musher as they head off into the Alaska wilderness on this 1,049-mile journey to Nome and the finish line. Be sure to have your camera ready for this once-in-a-lifetime experience.

NOTE:
In the event the Iditarod Official Start is relocated (beyond Willow) due to weather and trail conditions, a full day of activities will be substituted in Anchorage.

Day 11 Anchorage

Your tour ends this morning with guests departing on independent schedules. Transfers are provided to Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport.

Breakfast Breakfast

 Tour Director

With Globus, there’s no better way to get to know your destination than through the eyes of your Tour Director. Averaging over a decade... we’d like you to meet a Tour Director, who is representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.

SVEN AUGIMERI

Years of Experience: 22

Born in Switzerland, it was my childhood dream to live in America. It happened in 1983 and I started a new life in New York. As a Tour Director, I have worked in Australia, New Zealand, Southeast Asia, the Canadian Rockies, the American West, and Hawaii. I like to brag about America's national parks and share stories about them so our guests will have plenty of reasons to travel with us again.

Tour Director - SVEN AUGIMERI

 Accommodations

Fairbanks
Anchorage
Girdwood

Fairbanks

Pike's Waterfront Lodge

Moderate First-Class

1850 Hoselton Drive
Fairbanks, AK United States

Free Wifi

Along the banks of the impressive Chena River sits Pike's Waterfront Lodge. You'll rest easily in comfortable rooms, all with Aveda aromatherapy room amenities and many featuring scenic views, a steam room & sauna, riverside deck, restaurant, and a cozy lounge. The hotel is minutes from the Fairbanks Alaska airport and next door to famous Pike's Landing restaurant. It's a convenient and stunning spot for your time in Fairbanks.

Hotel Amenities

  • Free WiFi
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Luggage Storage
  • Fitness Room
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Business Center
  • Concierge desk
  • Parking/Valet
  • Currency Exchange

Room Amenities

  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet Access
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Desk
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Television
  • Coffee Maker
  • Climate Control
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Alarm Clock
  • Air Conditioning

Anchorage

Marriott Downtown Anchorage

Moderate First-Class

820 W 7th Avenue
Anchorage, AK United States

Free Wifi

This full service, luxury hotel is situated downtown near businesses, museums & historic buildings. The hotel features one restaurant (open breakfast, lunch & dinner), a full service fitness center, indoor pool, gift shop and more. Complimentary wi-fi is available in the lobby and public areas.

Hotel Amenities

  • Dry Cleaning
  • Elevator
  • Parking/Valet
  • Free WiFi
  • Gift Shop
  • Hot Tub
  • Fitness Room
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • ATM
  • Business Center
  • Concierge desk
  • Pool

Room Amenities

  • Air Conditioning
  • Internet Access
  • Voicemail
  • Alarm Clock
  • Complimentary Newspaper
  • Television
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Room Service
  • Coffee Maker
  • Disabled Access / Rooms
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Desk
  • Hair Dryer
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Pay Movies
  • Phone

Girdwood

Alyeska Resort Hotel

1000 Arlberg Avenue
Girdwood, AK United States

Nestled in a lush valley surrounded by mountain peaks, hanging glaciers and water views, The Hotel Alyeska offers guests convenient access into the Alaskan wilderness. The hotel is situated on the Turnagain Arm only 40 miles from Anchorage International Airport. The hotel features an indoor pool, hot tub, health club, jogging trails, gift shops, business center, concierge service, restaurant, café, and sushi bar.

Hotel Amenities

  • Concierge desk
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Pool
  • Business Center
  • ATM
  • Elevator
  • Gift Shop
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Ice Machine
  • Currency Exchange
  • Fitness Room
  • Bar/Lounge

Room Amenities

  • In-Room Safe
  • Alarm Clock
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Daily Housekeeping
  • Phone
  • Television
  • Air Conditioning
  • Coffee Maker
  • Internet Access

 Optional Excursions

The following list of optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These optional excursions might or might not be offered. Whether it's a special dinner, a local show or a special behind-the-scenes glimpse into an historical site, optional excursions are a wonderful way to enrich your vacation even further. Plus, they give you flexibility. We include the must-see sites and experiences, and we also understand that people take interest in different activities and may want to craft a more personal vacation by hand-picking optional excursions that appeal to them.

Talkeetna
Anchorage
Girdwood

Talkeetna

Flightsee Mt. McKinley - Sunset Tour

Flightsee Mt. McKinley - Sunset Tour

Your train will stop in the historic village of Talkeetna "The Gateway to Denali", where you will meet an Alaskanbush pilot who will take you by ski plane to explore the glaciers, rock faces and ice-falls of North America8217's tallest peak, Mount McKinley. Your sunset tour will have you flying over some of the most majestic scenery in the world and you will discover why the mountain is commonly known as Denali, The Great One. Have your cameras ready as you view and photograph terrain like no other all bathed in the alpenglow of the setting sun. To be prepared for your flight please wear warm clothing including a coat or jacket and have your camera charged and ready to go.

Approximate value: $235 USD per person

Anchorage

Dog Mushing Anchorage

Dog Mushing Anchorage

A perfect half-day winter adventure in Anchorage includes dog sledding, snowshoes and s'mores! Your guide will pick you up at your hotel to bring you out to the trails for mushing! This 4 hour tour includes 40-minute dog sled ride, a snowshoe walk on the trails and an Alaskan trailside treat! No need to worry about driving on the snow covered roads or bringing your own dog team, it's all provided for you as well as complimentary water and snacks!

Approximate value: $199 USD per person

Glacier and Wildlife Float Plane Flightseeing

Glacier and Wildlife Float Plane Flightseeing

Take a 90 minute float plane flightseeing tour and experience a glacier and wildlife adventure. Soar over towering Knik Glacier - At 25 miles long and 5 miles wide, Knik Glacier is one of South-central Alaska's biggest and most spectacular glaciers.

Approximate value: $263 USD per person

Girdwood

Helicopter Flightseeing and Glacier Landing

Helicopter Flightseeing and Glacier Landing

Land on a glacier! Hear the thunder of the glacier! See North America's most heavily glaciated mountain range. Take in superb panoramic views spotting wildlife and mountain peaks as you race over treetops along the 20 Mile River Valley in to the heart of glacier country. The glacier landing gives you the opportunity to discover a surreal glacier wilderness.

Approximate value: $385 USD per person

Snowshoe with a Guide

Snowshoe with a Guide

Travel back in time to Historic Crow Creek Gold mine for snowshoeing along the Iditarod National Historic Trail to a destination in the Chugach Mountains. Strap on snowshoes and float over the snow past historic buildings on traditional gold mining routes to the bubbling partially frozen creek and waterfalls. Local guides give you first-hand information along the way and teach snowshoeing techniques.

Approximate value: $129 USD per person

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