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Alaska Iditarod & Northern Lights Search Tour Calendar
Featuring Aurora Borealis Viewing, Denali National Park, Alaska Railroad, Iditarod Festivities, Anchorage

Tour Dates: February 27 - March 7, 2022

9 Day Package
10 Meals Included
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$1999 Per Person / Double Occupancy
$2449 Per Person / Single Occupancy

Embark on a magical journey to see Alaska as it was meant to be seen – in the winter when the northern lights and the excitement of the world famous Iditarod are underway. Your guide is a local Alaskan and you’ll hear tales from real legends and see first-hand how the Alaska winter season comes alive.

Tour Highlights:
  • Stay two nights in Fairbanks with of aurora borealis viewing and sightseeing to include the Morris Thompson Cultural Center and Trans-Alaska Pipeline, and optional activities available like dog mushing and flight-seeing
  • Visit Denali National Park including a visit to the Murie Science and Learning Center and an opportunity to do some snowshoeing
  • Enjoy “Adventure Class” seating aboard the deluxe dome cars of the world-famous Alaska Railroad as you rail from Denali to Anchorage
  • Enjoy a five-night stay in Anchorage with diverse sightseeing including the historic downtown district, Lake Hood, Earthquake Park, the Anchorage Museum and the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center for a behind-the-scenes tour to see Alaska’s wildlife up-close
  • Take part in Iditarod festivities including the Musher’s Banquet, visit to an Iditarod champion’s kennel, visit to the Iditarod Headquarters, and attend both the official Ceremonial Start and the official Re-Start in Willow

Fine Hotels / Great Locations:
  • Nights 1-2: Pike's Waterfront Lodge – Fairbanks, AK
  • Night 3: Totem Inn Healy – Denali/Healy, AK
  • Nights 4-8: Sheraton Anchorage – Anchorage, AK
Day By Day Itinerary:
Day 1
Sunday, 2/27/2022 - Welcome to Fairbanks
Optional transfers from home or our departure points this morning will have you at LAX for a connecting flight arriving in Fairbanks, Alaska in the late afternoon. Those guests not taking advantage of the optional group air, should arrive at the Fairbanks Airport by 8:00 p.m. if they want to receive the included transfer from the airport to the hotel. An optional pre-night hotel stay (for February 27) at the same hotel in Fairbanks is available for an additional $85 p.p./double occupancy or $145 p.p./single occupancy. Upon arrival at the hotel, meet your tour director and enjoy the balance of the evening at leisure..
Day 2
Monday, 2/28/2022 - Fairbanks, Northern Lights
Following an included breakfast, embark on a guided tour of Fairbanks including a visit to the Morris Thompson Cultural Center and the Trans-Alaska Pipeline. This afternoon relax at the hotel or take advantage of a variety of optional tours (additional fees) including dog mushing and Arctic Circle flight-seeing. Note that all optional excursions are subject to change and all excursions may not be available. All bookings/payments are made with your tour director while on tour. This evening, travel just outside the city to view the aurora borealis – colorful curtains created by solar particles colliding with atmospheric gases (northern lights are not guaranteed as they are based on weather and solar activity). Enjoy included warm nonalcoholic beverages. Return to the hotel late tonight.
Day 3
Tuesday, 3/1/2022 - Fairbanks to Healy, Danali National Park 
After an included breakfast, travel by motorcoach south to Denali. En route, a stop to visit the town of Nenana, home of the Nenana Ice Classic! Upon arrival in Denali National Park, a visit to the Murie Science and Learning Center (elevation 3,000’) which acts as the Denali Visitor Center in the wintertime. Enjoy the National Park film, “Heartbeats of Denali,” hear from a park ranger and an opportunity to go snow shoeing! This evening, a second opporunity to see the aurora borealis. Overnight in Healy.
Day 4
Wednesday, 3/2/2022 - Denali to Anchorage via Alaska Railroad
Following an included breakfast, travel to the Denali Rail Stop and board the world famous Alaska Railroad for a scenic journey south to Anchorage. Enjoy Adventure Class seating as you take in the beauty of Alaska and be sure to keep an eye out for views of Mount Denali (formerly McKinley). Begin a five-night stay in Anchorage this evening.
Day 5
Thursday, 3/3/2022 - Anchorage
After an included breakfast, embark on a guided driving tour of Anchorage. Visit the historic downtown district, Lake Hood and Earthquake Park to learn about the 1964 Earthquake. Then travel south along Alaska’s spectacular Turnagain Arm framed by the Chugach Mountains and ocean vistas. Visit the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center for a behind-the-scenes tour to see some of Alaska’s amazing wildlife like grizzly bear, moose and musk ox up-close. Tonight, take part in official Iditarod festivities with an included dinner at the official Musher’s Banquet (guaranteed seating only for guests who are deposited prior to January 1, 2021) where you’ll meet the mushers who will compete in this year’s Iditarod.
Day 6
Friday, 3/4/2022 - Anchorage
Following an included breakfast, travel north to Happy Trails Kennel to meet Martin Buser, four-time Iditarod Champion who will share his personal stories from the Iditarod trail. Also, an included visit to the Iditarod Headquarters and see a replica Iditarod Trail station first-hand.
Day 7
Saturday, 3/5/2022 - Anchorage, Iditarod Start
The big day has arrived! Following an included breakfast, head to 4th Avenue in downtown Anchorage for a great viewing location for the official Ceremonial Start of the Iditarod (weather and snow conditions permitting). Cheer on mushers and dogs from all over the world as they burst through the Iditarod start line. There is time to enjoy other Iditarod festivities at your leisure. This afternoon visit the Anchorage Museum – an impressive art, history, ethnography, ecology, and science museum in the heart of downtown Anchorage.
Day 8
Sunday, 3/6/2022 - Iditarod Re-Start in Willow
Following an included breakfast, travel north to the quaint community of Willow, Alaska for the official Re-Start of the Iditarod Sled Dog Race. Prepare for a bit of a walk to find the perfect spot along the race route. Cheer on the mushers and dogs as they take off across Willow Lake on their 1,049 mile journey into the Alaska Wilderness for Nome. The Willow Community Center is open and offers a break from the cold with vendors selling food and drink as well as local crafts. Return to Anchorage this evening.
Day 9
Monday, 3/7/2022 - Journey Home
Following an included breakfast an included transfer will have you at the Anchorage International Airport for a return flight to Los Angeles. Those guests not taking advantage of the optional group air, may depart the Anchorage Airport at any time. Upon arrival in Los Angeles, those with pre-arranged transfers will be returned to their respective drop-off points. The incredible memories of Alaska in winter and the excitement of the Iditarod and northern lights not soon forgotten.

In the rare event the Iditarod Official Start is relocated north beyond Willow due to weather and trail conditions, a full day of activities in Anchorage will be substituted and will include a visit to the Alaska Aviation Museum, an opportunity to meet an Alaskan bush pilot, an included lunch at a locals’ favorite and visit to the E. Street Theater to see an interactive movie about the Iditarod.

This tour may be different from other tours offered by Good Times Travel. While Alaska in winter is an amazing place, it means snow, ice and cold temperatures. Some venues are outdoors and uneven and icy surfaces may be underfoot. Guests should be in good health and able to walk reasonable distances over slippery surfaces. Comfortable waterproof shoes or boots as well as winter clothing are necessary for this tour.

The land portion of this tour is operated by Premier Alaska Tours, a local tour operator that specializes in this region and provides a professional, Alaskan tour director to lead the group upon arrival in Fairbanks. A Good Times Travel tour director will accompany our group only with a minimum number of guests. The tour will operate with a driver-guide in a Sprinter van with nine or fewer guests.
Tour Inclusions:  
  • 8 Nights deluxe hotel accommodations
  • 10 Meals: 1 dinner, 1 lunch, 8 breakfasts
  • Comprehensive sightseeing with a professional tour director/local guide
  • Admissions per itinerary
  • Transportation aboard a deluxe touring motorcoach and aboard the deluxe Alaska Railroad
  • Roundtrip airport-hotel transfers
  • Luggage handling throughout the tour

Additional Information:    

  • Join this tour from home or one of the following departure points: FV, LBCC-O, LHS, SBL or meet the group at LAX
  • A deposit of $250 p.p.+ airfare (if purchasing group air) is required to reserve space
  • Balance payment due 90 days prior to departure
  • Roundtrip group airfare available from $795 p.p.
  • Optional LAX transfers available from $69 roundtrip (home pickup available call for a quote)
  • Travel protection/cancellation insurance is available and highly recommended
  • Tour Pace: Moderate (visit our common questions page for details on activity levels)
  • Activity Level: Moderate (visit our common questions page for details on activity levels)
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