Saturday, February 23, 2019

07-Days | Iditarod - Start Package

Iditarod Race Tour Package I: Anchorage Race Start

The "Race Start" Tour and Sightseeing Package from/to Anchorage

Iditarod Our "Race Start" tour features the Iditarod Race Start on Anchorage's 4th Avenue, the Iditarod Race Re-Start in Willow, a city sightseeing tour of Anchorage and the Musher's Banquet. The banquet is taking place in the evening where you can meet the Iditarod Mushers personally and get some pictures taken. Customize your preferred Iditarod program around the flexible tour package with many options: join a guided tour to a 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! Join us on a cruise tour of Prince William Sound (Whittier), ski for a day at the Alyeska Resort  - Alaska's largest ski area, or choose from various fly-out options to remote Iditarod race checkpoints around famous Rainy Pass, Finger Lakes, the Yentna River or Nikolai with overnights in wilderness lodges within the Alaska Range foothills. Alternatively take a trip to Nome on the shores of the Bering Sea to observe the action when the first Iditarod Musher arrives after an exhilarating trip of 1100 Miles. This is the ideal itinerary for the independent traveler.

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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. Don't miss a early evening gourmet dinner with a breathtaking view across Cook Inlet.

Day 2: Anchorage - Dog Mushing (Wednesday)

Today visit 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 (included). 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.

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 Lakefront Hotel to see the Iditarod Headquarters, race info and gift items. At 4:00 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.

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 3 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. Many activities and events are offered during the Fur Rendezvous Festival.

Day 5: Anchorage - Iditarod 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 80 Mushers, 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.

Day 6: Anchorage - Willow Iditarod Re-Start (Sunday)

After breakfast board the van or motorcoach for a guided tour to the official Iditarod Race Start in Willow. Leave at 10 AM and enjoy the drive along the scenic Glenn Highway with a brief stopover in Wasilla. Continue to Willow where the Iditarod restart ceremony begins at 2:00 PM. Enjoy the busy and bustling Iditarod race atmosphere and the mushers final preparation. For mushers, thousands of cheering fans at the official race restart -- following Saturday's ceremonial start in Anchorage -- now give way to remote Alaska wilderness and the promise of a finish line in Nome some 1,000 miles away, but not before crossing a trail that may prove perilous for both mushers and dogs. Our tour is fully escorted! Return to Anchorage approximately 7:00 PM.

Day 7: Anchorage (Monday)

Breakfast at the hotel. Morning at leisure in/around Anchorage. Time for your last shopping activities, visit the Alaska Native Heritage Center or have a nice seafood lunch with delicious Alaska Salmon or King Crabs in one of Anchorage's top restaurants. Transfer from the hotel to the airport. End of tour package. Please note: Individual program extensions are available. Extend your stay and fly to Rainy Pass Lodge or Nikolai Checkpoints.

Tour Services Included:

  • 6 Nights Superior or First Class Hotel Accommodation
  • Local Taxes
  • Airport Transfers
  • Sled Dog Ride and Kennel Visit
  • Anchorage City Sightseeing Tour
  • Iditarod Re-Start Tour to Willow
  • Mushers Banquet Ticket including Dinner
  • Transfer to the Dena'ina Center
  • Sightseeing Information & Tour Documentation
  • Limited Guide Service

Rates per Person in US $ from/to Anchorage

Tour Number: IDI1 Iditarod Race Start Single Double Triple Quad
2019 ✦ Feb 26 - March 04 | Superior Hotel        $ 1525.00 $ 1189.00 $ 1099.00 $ 1055.00
Upgrade to Anchorage First-Class Hotel Accommodation $ 555.00 $ 300.00 $ 230.00 $ 215.00
Additional Night Anchorage - Superior Class $ 99.00 $ 50.00 $ 40.00 $ 35.00
Additional Night Anchorage - First Class $ 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)
$ 350.00
✦ Checkpoint Flightseeing: Rainy Pass Lodge Checkpoint Day Tour (includes lunch) $ 745.00
✦ Checkpoint Flightseeing: Nikolai Checkpoint Day Tour (includes lunch) $ 815.00

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