2015 Iditarod Alaska Tours | The Checkpoints on the Iditarod Trail

The 2015 Iditarod Checkpoints Alaska Tour Package from Anchorage

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The best all inclusive, adventurous and yet very affordable Iditarod tour package on the market – just compare the tour itinerary and it's services and you may notice soon why ! Some tour highlights include: the Iditarod Ceremonial Race Start on Anchorage's 4th Avenue, the Iditarod race re-start in Willow, fly-outs to the famous Finger Lake, Rainy Pass and Nikolai wilderness checkpoints within the magnificent Alaska Range, city overnights in superior and first-class hotels, two nights in a remote Alaska back-country lodge, transfers, meals etc.. This is the ideal tour itinerary for the independent and active traveler. You may extend your Iditarod Race experience and choose additional fly-out trips, dog mushing 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.

FRI Day 1:  Anchorage

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. 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 Salmon and Halibut at the renowned Simon and Seafort's Restaurant just above the shoreline of the Cook Inlet. Overnight: Anchorage

SAT Day 2:  Anchorage | Iditarod Start

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 Musher's, 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

SUN Day 3:  Anchorage – Willow | Iditarod Re-Start | Wilderness Lodge

A full day of race action. Motorcoach transfer 10:00 am from Anchorage along the scenic Glenn Highway to Willow with a short coffee/shopping stopover in Wasilla. Continue to the official Iditarod restart ceremony in Willow which begins at 2:00 pm. Enjoy the busy and bustling Iditarod race atmosphere and the musher's final preparation for the 1050-mile trip throughout Alaska's back country to the finishing line on Front Street in Nome. Scenic afternoon flight from Willow to the wilderness lodge. Upon arrival your hosts will welcome you and provide a short motorsled transfer to the main lodge. Check in and enjoy a delicious dinner. Later in the evening we take you by sled to the frozen Skwentna River. A nice big bonfire keeps you warm ouside and a hot toddie inside, while we barbeque some Reindeer saussage snacks. You'll see the first mushers and dog teams passing by from 11:00 pm onwards. Open end - individual return to the lodge with skidoo and sled. Overnight: Wilderness Lodge

MON Day 4:  Finger Lakes Checkpoint | Rainy Pass Checkpoint

Breakfast at the lodge. Morning ski-plane fly-out for a breathtaking flightseeing trip along the Alaska Mountain Range to the Finger Lakes Checkpoint with a brief stopover for a race update. Continue to the Rainy Pass Checkpoint and the nearby Puntilla Lakes. The gateway to the interior offers truly the 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 the wilderness lodge by ski-plane in the late afternoon. Enjoy a delicious evening 3-course dinner and share the stories of the day with your fellow travelers. Another night to watch out for Aurora Borealis displays on the northern sky. Overnight: Wilderness Lodge

TUE Day 5:  Wilderness Lodge - Nikolai Checkpoint Fly-out - Anchorage

Breakfast at the lodge. Morning fly-out 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. Upon arrival individual Van transfer to the hotel. 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. Overnight: Anchorage

WED Day 6:  Anchorage

Relax and enjoy a free day in and around Anchorage. Ever dreamed of moving silently across snowy landscape pulled by a team of Alaskan Huskies? Our optional tour is an exciting introduction to the traditional Alaska winter transportation with lively huskies and a musher with a long time Iditarod history. The Susitna Valley - dominated by the magnificent 20.230 ft Mt.McKinley - is the dog mushing center of Alaska with a perfect trail system and many well known kennels. Meet the harnessed team and a musher for introductions and take some pictures. The Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race is a popular, inspiring topic of conversation. During the educational and presentation you'll learn about dog team commands, running positions, mushing basics, equipment used, sled harnessing and breading. Than drive your own dog team with guided supervision on one of the beautiful winter trails. Winter clothing provided. Total: 3 Hours. Return to Anchorage. Overnight: Anchorage

THU Day 7:  Anchorage – Portage Lake – Alyeska Resort - Anchorage

Morning at leisure or for shopping activities around Anchorage. Early afternoon: Get into a comfortable Van or Motorcoach and leave Anchorage for a 5-hour sightseeing tour. 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 Beluga Whales, Dall Sheep and other wildlife. Arrive at the Portage Glacier Valley and Portage Lake: walk along the shore of the lake for beautiful mountain views. You'll notice several nearby glacier and a beautiful scenery around you. Continue your journey to the Alyeska Resort – Alaska largest Ski Area - and stroll around the small mountain community. Tram ride to the top of 3.939 ft. Mount Alyeska followed by a 3-course gourmet dinner at the renowned Seven Glaciers Restaurant on top of the mountain with a breathtaking view over seven magnificent hanging glacier and part of the Turnagain Arm Valley. After dinner - Return to Anchorage. Overnight: Anchorage

FRI Day 8:  Anchorage Departure Day

Breakfast at the hotel. Morning at leisure in/around Anchorage. Time for your last shopping activities, a visit of the Alaska Native Heritage Center (opening times on request) or for a nice seafood lunch with delicious Alaska Salmon or King Crabs in one of the many Anchorage 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 Ski Packages at the Alyeska Resort. Please contact us for more information or refer to the Winter Tour section of the website.

Tour Services Included:

  • 5 Nights Superior or First-Class Hotels
  • 2 Nights Wilderness Lodge Accommodation
  • 5 x Continental Breakfast
  • 2 x Full American Breakfast
  • 2 x Deli Lunch: Sandwiches, Fruits & Soft Drinks
  • 2 x Dinner
  • All Local Taxes
  • Individual Airport - Hotel - Airport Transfers
  • Farewell Dinner
  • Additional Transfers as Scheduled
  • Transportation Anchorage – Girdwood - Anchorage
  • Fly-out Willow - Wilderness Lodge - Anchorage
  • Fly-outs to Finger Lakes, Rainy Pass and Nikolai
  • Bus Tour from Anchorage to Willow Iditarod Re-Start
  • Turnagain Arm, Portage Glacier & Alyeska Tour
  • Bonfire: Hot Drinks, Grill Sausages, Marshmallows
  • Online Tour Documentation
  • Limited Tour Guide Services

Additional Service Information

  • Checkpoint Option: The pace of the race is always different and widely depends on current weather-, trail and other conditions. Accordingly - if the race is faster/slower than anticipated - we will choose a different checkpoint. Please make sure you purchase travel insurance as canceled flights due to weather are non-refundable.

Rates per Person in US $ from/to Anchorage

Tour Number: TA2 The Checkpoints
Single Double Triple Quad
2015March 06 - March 13 | Superior Hotel $ 3210.00 $ 2990.00 $ 2950.00 $ 2925.00
2016March 04 - March 11 | Superior Hotel $ 3210.00 $ 2990.00 $ 2950.00 $ 2925.00
2017March 03 - March 10 | Superior Hotel $ 3210.00 $ 2990.00 $ 2950.00 $ 2925.00
2018 ✦ March 02 - March 09 | Superior Hotel
$ 3210.00 $ 2990.00 $ 2950.00 $ 2925.00
Upgrade to Anchorage First-Class Hotel Accommodation $ 560.00 $ 380.00 $ 280.00 $ 255.00

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