Thursday, February 22, 2024

09-Days | Iditarod - Chase the Race

Iditarod Race Tour Package II: Chase the Race

 

Iditarod Trail Checkpoint Flights

Iditarod The adventurous tour package includes the Iditarod Ceremonial Race Start on Anchorage's 4th Avenue, the Iditarod Race Restart in Willow, Fly-out to Rainy Pass checkpoint within the magnificent Alaska Range and to Nikolai checkpoint, a native Athabascan village. Join the guided tour to the 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! This is the ideal tour itinerary for the true Iditarod fan and active traveler. You may extend your Iditarod Race experience and choose additional fly-out trips and sightseeing tours or travel to Nome on the shores of the Bering Sea and witness the Iditarod finish. All tours are perfectly organized and are providing up-to-date race information.
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Day 1: Anchorage (Wednesday)

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. The statue of the legendary lead dog Balto, located on 4th Avenue, marks the "official" starting point of the race. There is also a statue of Balto in New York City's Central Park. Join tonight the ever-popular Rondy Melodrama at the Snow Goos Theatre - Déjà Vu All Over Again in Chicken, with lots of singing, merriment and popcorn throwing fun. Don't miss a early evening gourmet dinner with a breathtaking view across Cook Inlet from the Captain Cook Hotel and it's renowned AAA-4 Diamond - Crow's Nest Restaurant - or sample some fresh Alaska seafood at the renowned Simon and Seafort's Restaurant just above the shoreline of Cook Inlet. 
 

Day 2:  Anchorage | Mushers Banquet (Thursday)

Enjoy your free morning in and around Anchorage. At 4:00 PM doors open for the Musher Meet & Greet at the Dena'ina Center. The program and Mushers banquet dinner begins at 6:00 PM. Main part of the exciting evening entertainment is the annual banquet fundraiser and drawing for the official start order. The banquet celebrates the mushers who are about to take part in the “Last Great Race on Earth” – the nearly 1,000-mile Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. Attendees can help raise funds for the Iditarod via a robust live and silent auction while enjoying a 3-course meal and watching the mushers take the stage to draw for their official start order. This is a must for anyone interested to observe "The Last Great Race on Earth" for the first time. Participants have plenty of photo opportunities, good chances to meet and talk with the Iditarod Musher personally, collect autographs and participate in the auction. 

Day 3:  Anchorage | City Sightseeing Tour (Friday)

Explore the sights of Anchorage today during this guided city sightseeing tour (3 hrs). Begin your historical tour at the Port of Anchorage at Ship Creek, where Alaska's metropolitan was born as a tent city. This is also the location of the Anchorage rail terminal for the historic Alaska Railroad. Check out this year’s snow sculptures and vote for your favorite. Next we’ll travel through Bootleggers Cove, stopping for a walk in Earthquake Park where you’ll see signs of the 1964 earthquake. Then, we’ll take a drive around Lake Hood, home to the world's busiest seaplane airport and base! Following this stop, you'll visit the incomparable Turnagain Arm and Beluga Point. Take in the majestic scenery and scout for Beluga whales and Dall sheep. Your journey continues to Potter Marsh, the Anchorage Coastal Wildlife Refuge, a visit to Chugach State Park and - road conditions permitting - Flattop Mountain. Get a bird's eye view of Anchorage as well as views of the "Sleeping Lady", Mount Denali and the Alaska Range.

Day 4: Anchorage | Iditarod Ceremonial 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 50 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. The story of the sled dog relay is a classic tale of adventure and sacrifice, as dozens of dogs and mushers risked their lives in brutal conditions to save their fellow citizens. Overnight: Anchorage

Day 5:  Anchorage | Willow Iditarod Restart (Sunday)

After breakfast board the motorcoach for a guided tour to the official Iditarod Race Start in Willow. Leave at 9:30 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 musher's 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. Return to Anchorage approximately 7:00 PM.

Day 6: Anchorage | Flight to Rainy Pass Checkpoint (Monday)

Morning ski-plane fly-out for a breathtaking flightseeing trip along the Alaska Mountain Range to the Rainy Pass Checkpoint and the nearby Puntilla Lakes. The gateway to the interior offers by far the best and most spectacular scenery of the entire Iditarod Trail. Many teams are taking their mandatory 24 hour layover here before venturing via the treacherous Farewell Burn area and into the flat lands of the interior. A deli style lunch and soft drinks are included. You'll spend the whole day within the incredible wilderness area along the trail observing various dog-mushing activities and teams arriving and departing. Return flight to Anchorage by ski-plane in the late afternoon. Enjoy a delicious dinner and share the stories of the day with your fellow travelers.

Day 7:  Anchorage | Flight to Nikolai Checkpoint (Tuesday)

Morning flight to the native village of Nikolai for another day of up-close-and-personal race action. With a population of 125 people, Nikolai is the first of many tiny native villages along the Iditarod Trail at the South Fork of the Kuskokwim River. The site was a former trading post and roadhouse during the 1899's gold rush This is usually the preferred area were the leading Iditarod dog teams are taking their mandatory 24-hour layover. You spend the entire day within the incredible wilderness area along the trail observing various dog mushing activities and arrival or departures of the teams. Return flight to Anchorage in the late afternoon with our ski-planes. Remaining evening on your own. We recommend a dinner in one of Anchorage's unique brew houses or some shopping for quality Alaska Native Artwork along the 4th Avenue.

Day 8:  Anchorage | Departure Day (Wednesday)

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. We feature a variety of Winter Rail Tours from Anchorage to Fairbanks, Northern Lights Viewing at the Arctic Circle, Self Drive Tours on the Kenai Peninsula or Sled Dog Tours. Please contact us for more information or refer to the Winter Tour section of the website.

Tour Services Included:

 

  • 7 Nights Standard or Deluxe Hotel Accommodation
  • 3 x Deli Style Lunch
  • All Local Taxes
  • Anchorage City Sightseeing Tour
  • Mushers Banquet Ticket, Meet & Greet incl. Dinner
  • Guided Tour to the Iditarod Restart in Willow
  • Flightseeing Tour to Rainy Pass Checkpoint, lunch included
  • Flightseeing Tour to Nikolai Checkpoint, lunch included
  • Anchorage Airport Transfers (Standard Hotel only)
  • Tour Documentation
  • Sightseeing Information

Rates per Person in US $ from/to Anchorage

Tour Number: IDI2 Iditarod Chase The Race Single Double Triple Quad
2024 ✦ February 28 - March 06 | Standard Hotel Accommodation       $ 4250.00 $ 3690.00 $ 3540.00 $ 3460.00
2024February 28 - March 06 -  | Deluxe Hotel Accommodation       $ 5040.00 $ 4090.00 $ 3799.00 $ 3680.00
Additional Night Anchorage - Standard Hotel (tax included) $ 145.00 $ 75.00 $ 54.00 $ 43.00
Additional Night Anchorage - Deluxe Hotel (tax included)  $ 235.00 $ 120.00 $ 85.00 $ 70.00

 

Optional Additional Tours

✦ Guided Matanuska Glacier Hike (Tour Guide, Round Trip Shuttle from Anchorage)  $299.00
✦ Alaska Snowmobile Tour (3 hrs )   -  Round Trip Shuttle add $100 per person  $225.00
✦ Winter Dog Sled Adventure (2 hrs)   -  Round Trip Shuttle add $100 per person  $150.00
✦ Prince William Sound Glacier Cruise (includes transfer from Anchorage, stopover at the Wildlife Conservation Center)
$ 370.00
✦ Mt. Denali Flightseeing Tour $ 535.00