Alaska's Iditarod with Fairbanks (AIQ)

11 Day Tour from Fairbanks to Anchorage

2022 Tour Details

Come gee! Come haw! Come out for Alaska’s best known sporting event. “Alaska’s Last Great Race” takes place every March as mushers bark commands to teams of sled dogs in hopes of being the first to cross 1,000 treacherous miles of frozen, rugged terrain. On this thrill-filled Alaska vacation, you’ll stop by Iditarod headquarters, visit the kennels of four-time Iditarod Champion Martin Buser, and attend the annual Mushers Banquet where you can meet, mingle, and even witness the draw for starting positions. Cheer on your favorite mushers at the ceremonial start of the race in Anchorage and again at the official restart in the quaint community of Willow. Of course, the Siberian Husky isn’t the only animal you’ll see on this tour of Alaska. Have your camera ready for moose, musk ox, and more as you enjoy visits to Anchorage’s renowned wildlife centers and the Girdwood ski resort where you can put your own paws in the snow.

Complement “Alaska’s Great Race” with “The Greatest Light Show on Earth” when you add Fairbanks & the Northern Lights to your Alaska tour. Two opportunities to witness the ethereal green glow of the amazing aurora borealis, a ride on the world-famous Alaska Railroad, and leisure time in outdoorsy Anchorage present the perfect kickstart to your Iditarod vacation.

We’ve prepared everything you need for the perfect vacation—from hand-selected hotels to expert Local Guides and included VIP sightseeing access to the world’s iconic sites. Your Globus Tour Director is always there to help you make the most out of your free time!
Alaska's Iditarod with Fairbanks map

 Photo Highlights

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

Breakfast daily, 2 lunches, 2 dinners


Notes:

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. The aurora is most active February – March with viewings scheduled from 10 pm – 2 am. Appearance of the Northern Lights is dependent on temperature and sky conditions. Schedule arrival by 3 pm to attend the evening viewing. Guests may choose to arrive a day early and purchase a hotel pre-night in Fairbanks to ensure arrival in time for the next evening’s lights.

 Itinerary

Day 1 ARRIVE IN FAIRBANKS

Welcome to Alaska! Schedule flights to arrive by 3 pm to be prepared for this evening’s late-night aurora borealis viewing opportunity.

Day 2 FAIRBANKS

FAIRBANKS Free time this morning. Sightseeing tour includes Morris Thompson Cultural Center and the Trans-Alaska Pipeline. Free time this evening followed by a late-night aurora borealis viewing opportunity.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 3 FAIRBANKS–ALASKA RAILROAD–TALKEETNA–ANCHORAGE

ALASKA RAILROAD Scenic train ride to Talkeetna followed by a drive to Anchorage.
ANCHORAGE Free time this evening.

Breakfast Breakfast
LunchLunch

Day 4 ANCHORAGE

ANCHORAGE Free day.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 5 ANCHORAGE–SEWARD–GIRDWOOD

ANCHORAGE Welcome breakfast. Scenic drive past Turnagain Arm en route to the Alaska Sealife Center.
SEWARD Visit Alaska Sealife Center.
GIRDWOOD Free time this evening.

Breakfast Breakfast
LunchLunch

Day 6 GIRDWOOD

GIRDWOOD Scenic aerial tram. Remainder of the day is free.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 7 GIRDWOOD–ANCHORAGE

ANCHORAGE Guided city sightseeing. Visit to Lake Hood Seaplane Airport. Visit Alaska Zoo. Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Mushers Banquet dinner and Iditarod festivities.

Breakfast Breakfast
DinnerDinner

Day 8 ANCHORAGE. EXCURSION TO BIG LAKE

BIG LAKE Visit Iditarod Champion Martin Buser at his home, Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Happy Trails Kennels. Visit Iditarod Trail Race Headquarters. Free time in Anchorage this evening.

ENHANCE YOUR FREE TIME in Anchorage with a Northern Lights photography tour. This and more options throughout your tour are available for purchase with MyGlobus. Get local maps and tips for free time on your GlobusGO mobile app.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 9 ANCHORAGE. CEREMONIAL START OF THE IDITAROD

ANCHORAGE Free time this morning before the Iditarod starting ceremonies. Visit to the Anchorage Museum. Farewell dinner this evening.

Breakfast Breakfast
DinnerDinner

Day 10 ANCHORAGE. EXCURSION TO WILLOW

WILLOW Attend the Iditarod official restart (weather and trail conditions permitting). Free time this evening.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 11 ANCHORAGE

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

Breakfast Breakfast

 Tour Director

With GLOBUS, there’s no better way to get to know your destination than through the eyes of a Tour Director. We’d like you to meet one of our Tour Directors, who average over a decade of experience and are representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.

TODD DIETSCH

Escorting tours for more than 20 years

Born and raised in Anchorage, I love Alaska and cannot imagine living anywhere else. I grew up camping, fishing, and hiking and still enjoy spending time outdoors. I have led tours in Alaska for over 20 years and still enjoy sharing the history, culture, and economics of my home state. I am a teacher during the school year and apply similar lesson plans and organization to each tour. My goal is to share Alaska with every guest as I would share it with a relative. Above all else I want my guests to have fun, but that does not mean that they won't learn a lot about Alaska and being an Alaskan while they are enjoying The Land of the Midnight Sun!

Tour Director - TODD DIETSCH

 Accommodations

 Optional Excursions

No matter what you’re into: food, wine, history, art, music or anything else, we give you the freedom to personalize your vacation with optional excursions that speak to your interests.

When you book your excursions with us, you can be assured that every optional excursion that we offer coordinates with the free time that you'll have in your destination, so you'll never have conflicts between included and optional activities. Our team of travel experts carefully selects each optional excursion that we offer to ensure that you receive the highest quality at a great value. Our tried-and-true partners have a finger on the pulse of the city in which they operate so they deliver the very best experiences. We offer experiences you cannot create on your own and because you’re booking with us, we coordinate all your transportation and timing needs.

The following optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These may or may not be offered, and availability is subject to days of operation and seasonality. Please select a departure date to view optional excursions and pricing for a specific date (due to currency fluctuation, pricing shown is subject to change until purchased). Optional excursions are available for purchase on our MyGlobus site 90 days prior to the tour start date.

Price Ranges

$ ($50 USD and under)
$$ ($51 - $100 USD)
$$$ ($101 - $150 USD)
$$$$ (Over $150)


Fairbanks
Talkeetna
Anchorage
Girdwood

Fairbanks

Dog Mushing Adventure

Dog Mushing Adventure

Alaska is synonymous with dog sledding and this authentic dog mushing experience allows you to meet Alaskan sled dogs plus travel on trails used regularly by Alaskan mushers!

Price Range: $$$$

Arctic Circle Winter Adventure

Arctic Circle Winter Adventure

This thrilling tour allows a guest to experience the Brooks Range, cross the Arctic Circle and fly the wilderness airways of Alaska's Arctic.

Price Range: $$$$

Talkeetna

Denali Sunset flightseeing tour

Denali Sunset flightseeing tour

Meet an Alaskan bush pilot who will take you by ski plane to explore the glaciers, rock faces and ice-falls of North America's tallest peak, Denali formerly known as 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.

Price Range: $$$$

Anchorage

Dog Mushing

Dog Mushing

This quintessential Alaska adventure has been popularized by the annual Iditarod race, and you will have an opportunity to experience dog sledding a local kennel north of the city. Meet the dogs, wxperience what it's like to mush, and further appreciate the skills of the mushers and their team!

Price Range: $$$$

Snowshoeing adventure

Snowshoeing adventure

If you've never tried this unique winter activity, this is your chance to try it out and explore som of the trail systems around the city of Anchorage.

Price Range: $$

Alaska's Craft Beer Tour

Alaska's Craft Beer Tour

Come experience the booming Anchorage craft beer scene in style as you join your knowledgeable guide for an off-the-beaten path tour of Anchorage full of sudsy and safe fun.

Price Range: $$$

Anchorage Flightseeing Excursions

Anchorage Flightseeing Excursions

In a state where airplanes are a way of life for so many residents and almost as common place as taxis are in New York City, experiencing Alaska from the air is a wonderful way to discover this magnificent region. Soar high above the mountains, lakes and glaciers, getting a birds eye view of this vast landscape.

Price Range: $$$$

Anchorage Photo Walks

Anchorage Photo Walks

Join this fun, instructional photography walking tour in the historic city center of Anchorage.

Price Range: $$$$

Girdwood

Helicopter Flightseeing

Helicopter Flightseeing

Discover crystal blue pools, wildlife and waterfalls of Alaska's winter wilderness. Land on a giant glacier and walk on ancient ice in North America's largest glacier region!

Price Range: $$$$

Ice Fishing Adventure

Ice Fishing Adventure

'Visiting Alaska in the winter and want to get a fishing rod in your hands?

Price Range: $$$$



The "Starting at" or listed price is based on the lowest price available to book. Price is per passenger based on double occupancy and does not include International airfare; additional fees/charges are not included. If a price is crossed out, the new price shown includes a limited time promotional offer(s) – please review current promotions or deals for additional information. Some tours require intra-vacation flights (and in some cases intra-vacation segments must be purchased from Globus).