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Alaska Iditarod & Northern Lights Search Tour Calendar
Alaska Railroad’s Aurora Winter Train, Anchorage, Fairbanks, Denali National Park, Iditarod Festivities

Tour Dates: February 26 - March 6, 2023

9 Day Package
10 Meals Included
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Price:
$2199 Per Person / Double Occupancy
$2699 Per Person / Single Occupancy
Land tour prices; see below for optional airfare prices


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 experience a true Alaska winter wonderland. 

Tour Highlights:
 
  • Stay two nights in Fairbanks with aurora borealis viewing and a Fairbanks city tour to include the Morris Thompson Cultural Center and Trans-Alaska Pipeline, along with optional excursions including dog mushing and an Arctic Circle air adventure 
  • Visit Denali National Park including a visit to the visitor center at the Murie Science and Learning Center, an opportunity to snowshoe and aurora borealis viewing 
  • Enjoy “Adventure Class” seating onboard Alaska Railroad’s Aurora Winter Train from Denali to Anchorage 
  • Enjoy a 5-night stay in Anchorage with a city tour and visits to the Anchorage Museum and the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center to see Alaska’s wildlife up-close 
  • 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 Restart in Willow 

Fine Hotels / Great Locations:
 
  • Nights 1-2: Pike's Waterfront Lodge – Fairbanks, AK or similar 
     
  • Night 3: Aurora Denali Lodge – Denali/Healy, AK or similar 
     
  • Nights 4-8: Sheraton Anchorage – Anchorage, AK or similar 
Day By Day Itinerary:
Day 1
Sunday, 2/26/2023 - Welcome to Fairbanks!
Optional transfers from home or one of our departure points this morning will have you at LAX for a connecting flight to Fairbanks, Alaska. Those guests making their own flight arrangements may arrive in Fairbanks at any time. You’ll board a deluxe vehicle (motorcoach or van depending on the size of the group) and continue to your Fairbanks hotel with the balance of the evening at leisure. 
Day 2
Monday, 2/27/2023 - 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 optional excursions including dog mushing and an Arctic Circle air adventure. Optional excursions are additional with bookings/payments made with your tour director while on tour and available as weather permits. 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.
Breakfast
Day 3
Tuesday, 2/28/2023 - Fairbanks to Healy, Denali National Park 
After an included breakfast, travel south to Denali with a stop to visit the town of Nenana, home of the Nenana Ice Classic! Upon arrival in Denali National Park, visit 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 have an opportunity to go snow shoeing! This evening, a second opportunity to see the aurora borealis. Overnight in Healy. 
Breakfast
Lunch
Day 4
Wednesday, 3/1/2023 - Denali to Anchorage Via Alaska Railroad
Following an included breakfast, we’ll board the deluxe railcars of the world-famous Alaska Railroad’s Aurora Winter Train. Your “Adventure Class” seating offers comfortable seats and large picture windows with open seating in the Vista Dome cars. Experience the serenity of Alaska’s backcountry in winter while keeping an eye out for views of Mount Denali, the tallest peak in North America. Begin a five-night stay at a deluxe hotel in Anchorage this evening.  
Breakfast
Day 5
Thursday, 3/2/2023 - Anchorage
After an included breakfast, embark on a guided tour of Anchorage. Visit the historic downtown district and Lake Hood where float planes take off and land. Visit Earthquake Park to learn about the massive earthquake in 1964. Travel south this afternoon along the scenic Seward Highway and Alaska’s spectacular Turnagain Arm framed by the Chugach Mountains and ocean vistas. Visit the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center to see some of Alaska’s largest wildlife like moose, bison, elk, deer, caribou, musk ox, fox and birds of prey. Tonight, take part in official Iditarod festivities with an included dinner at the official Musher’s Banquet where you’ll meet the mushers who will compete in this year’s Iditarod. Attendance at the banquet is only guaranteed for guests paid by January 1, 2023.
Breakfast
Dinner
Day 6
Friday, 3/3/2023 - 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 to see a replica Iditarod Trail station first-hand. 
Breakfast
Day 7
Saturday, 3/4/2023 - Anchorage, Iditarod Ceremonial Start 
The big day has arrived! Following an included breakfast, head to 4th Avenue in downtown Anchorage for a great viewing location of the official Ceremonial Start of the Iditarod, known as the “Last Great Race” (weather and snow conditions permitting). Cheer on mushers and dogs from all over the world as they burst through the Iditarod start line, and take part in other Iditarod festivities at leisure. This afternoon, visit the Anchorage Museum – an impressive art, history, ethnography, ecology, and science museum in the heart of downtown Anchorage. 
Breakfast
Day 8
Sunday, 3/5/2023 - Willow, Iditarod Restart
Following an included breakfast, travel north to the quaint community of Willow, Alaska for the official Restart of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. Prepare for a bit of a walk to find the perfect spot along the race fence line. Cheer on the mushers and dogs as they take off every two minutes 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 drinks as well as local crafts. Return to Anchorage this evening.  
Breakfast
Day 9
Monday, 3/6/2023 - Journey Home
Following an included breakfast, an included transfer to the Anchorage International Airport for a return flight to Los Angeles. Those guests making their own flight arrangements can depart Anchorage at any time today. Upon arrival in Los Angeles, those guests with pre-arranged transfers will be returned to their respective drop-off points. Return home with many fond memories of the incredible scenery and the excitement of the Iditarod and northern lights on this unique winter adventure.

In the rare event the Iditarod Restart 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 due to the cold temperatures, snow and ice 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 required for this tour.

The land portion of this unique tour is operated by a local tour operator partner of ours that specializes in this region and provides a professional, Alaskan tour director to lead the group upon arrival in Fairbanks. Our group will be joined by guests from other parts of the U.S. A Good Times Travel tour director will accompany our group only with a minimum number of Good Times Travel guests. 
Breakfast
Tour Inclusions:  
  • 8 Nights deluxe hotel accommodations
  • 10 Meals: 1 dinner, 1 lunch, 8 breakfasts
  • Comprehensive sightseeing with a professional tour director/local guide
  • Transportation aboard a deluxe vehicle and aboard Alaska Railroad’s Aurora Winter Train 
  • Roundtrip airport-hotel transfers
  • Luggage handling throughout the tour


Additional Information:    

  • Maximum elevation: 3,000 feet
  • Roundtrip airport transfers are available from the following departure points: FV, LHS, & LBG as an optional add-on price of $99 p.p.; or you may meet the group at LAX, the arrival airport or the hotel
  • Full payment due at time of booking
  • Roundtrip airfare from LAX available from $895 p.p. 
  • 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)
  • To ensure a healthy and enjoyable travel experience for our guests, this tour will operate with additional health and safety measures in place and require each guest show proof of vaccination and complete a Wellness Pledge.
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