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2015 Iditarod Alaska Tours | Chase the Race from Anchorage to Nome

All Inclusive Iditarod Alaska Tour Package from Anchorage to Nome

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Our well designed all inclusive tour includes the up-close-and-personal Iditarod Race Start on Anchorage's 4th Avenue and the bustling preparation of the teams in the morning, a trip to the re-start ceremony in Willow or Wasilla, the private sled dog kennel visit of an well known Iditarod veteran, enjoy ski plane fly-outs to the Rainy Pass, Finger Lakes, McGrath and Nikolai checkpoints within the Alaska Mountain Range as well as to the most interesting checkpoints along the shores of the frozen Bering Sea region. You'll overnight at a wilderness lodge within the Alaska Range with excellent Northern Lights viewing opportunities, in first class city hotels and small inns in Nome and the Native communities in northern Alaska. Witness the finishing of the race live in Nome when the first Iditarod Sled Dog Team arrives after an exhilarating trip of 1100 Miles throughout the most rugged, remote and challenging regions of Alaska. This is the ideal itinerary for the independent, individual and adventurous traveler and experience you'll never forget. Our tours are providing the necessary insight view and first hand race information. Travel Alaska beyond imagination !

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 backcountry lodge – located 100 Miles away from the civilization. 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 outside and a hot toddie inside, while we barbeque some Reindeer sausage snacks. You'll see the first mushers and dog teams passing by from 11:00 pm onwards. Also watch for great northern lights display! 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 spectacular Aurora Borealis displays on the northern sky. Overnight: Wilderness Lodge

TUE Day 5:  Wilderness Lodge - Nikolai Checkpoint  - 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. Return to Anchorage in the late afternoon. Overnight: Anchorage

THU Day 7:  Anchorage - Alyeska Resort

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 to Alyeska. 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 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 the beautiful scenery around you. Stopover at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center before arriving at 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. Check in at Alyeska Resort for the next two days. Overnight: Alyeska Resort

FRI Day 8:  Alyeska Resort

Days at leisure. Despite its elevation the area is home to some of the most challenging skiing in the world. Girdwood has successfully evolved from its gold mining roots into a thriving all season resort community with an average snowfall of 631 inches every year and provides over 1,000 acres of ski terrain with easy to expert runs. Ski gear may be rented at the REI Recreational Equipment Inc. store in Anchorage or at the day lodge in Girdwood. Non-skier have a choice of snowshoeing or x-country ski trips, dog sledding, snowmobiling or simply rejuvenate at the world-class spa facilities of the Alyeska Resort Hotel with large indoor pool, sauna & fitness center, multiple restaurants, bars etc. Overnights: Alyeska Resort

SAT Day 9: Alyeska Resort - Anchorage - Nome

Get ready for the Iditarod finish. Transfer from the Alyeska Resort to Anchorage Airport along the scenic Turnagain Arm and the Potter Marsh Bird Sanctuary to the Anchorage Airport. Fly out in the early afternoon to Nome. Check into your hotel or bed and breakfast in Nome and explore the many sights of the community. Stroll around the city and learn more about the rich history of this gold rush town and the Iditarod Sled Dog Race. Plenty of time to shop for exquisite jade, hand-carved ivory and skin sowings. The nights may provide some outstanding Northern Lights – Aurora Borealis – viewing. Overnight Nome

SUN Day 10: Nome | Fly out to Unalakleet Checkpoint

Today you'll fly to the Unalakleet Checkpoint. Fly along the Iditarod Trail and spot already sled dog teams from the air.  Unalakleet on the shores of Norton Sound is a major logistic hub for the race – about 275 Miles from Nome. Unalakleet is the first checkpoint on the Norton Sound in the famous Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. The first musher to reach this checkpoint each year is awarded the title Gold Coast Award, which includes $2,500 in gold nuggets. You have a the afternoon to observe the race activities. By now you are familiar with the checkpoint routine: Mushers come into the checkpoint, mushers leave the checkpoint, vets check dogs, dogs eat, dog feet and muscles are massaged by caring mushers, dogs sleep, mushers sleep and a myriad of other mushing related tasks. Returning to Nome in the late afternoon. Overnight: Nome

MON Day 11: Nome | Fly out to Koyuk Checkpoint

Late morning flight from Nome to Koyuk on the shores of Norton Bay. This checkpoint is only 171 Miles from Nome. Musher's are usually dealing with bad weather conditions along this stretch. High winds and temperatures of 40-below are common. The way to Shaktoolik is also extremely difficult to run due to the ever-present threat of open water and moving ice. This is certainly one of the hardest stretches of the race. Spend the afternoon to observe mushing activities. Return Flight to Nome. Overnight: Nome.

TUE Day 12: Nome

Today it is time to explore Nome and the surrounding area. Get to know the deep knowledge of the area’s cultures and history. Seeing Nome on a guided tour is a truly authentic local experience you won’t want to miss!  Driving around, you’ll absorb the historic flavor of this city’s 100 years--along with thousands of years of Eskimo history. You’ll visit the port, the cemetery, tour through town, and take a drive into the country to take a tundra walk and get a insightful take on the unique ecosystem, then, if you like, try your hand at panning for gold on the beaches of Nome. The first musher is expected to arrive this afternoon or evening. The last stretch of the trail is exposed to the elements and ground blizzards are not uncommon. Gather near the “Burled Arches” along Front street to watch the spectacle as mushers approaches the finishing line with his dog team - greeted by a cheering crowd, TV Stations, Film Crews and newspaper reporter. Overnight: Nome

WED Day 13: Nome | Safety Checkpoint

This morning watch more and more mushers arriving in Nome. This afternoon enjoy the snowcat ride to Safety. Travel across the snow covered frozen tundra to view wildlife and gold rush landmarks across a beautiful and wild land. Muskox sightings on this trip are very common! It is amazing to see what it must be like to be out so far from anything like the mushers are. This is their last stretch before they arrive in Nome, and you might have passed a couple mushers. Safety Checkpoint is a warm and welcoming place. Joe runs the place and welcomes everyone with a story. Visitors from near and far visit the Roadhouse and leave a dollar bill with their name on it stapled to one of the walls. Overnight: Nome..

THU Day 14: Nome

Day at leisure. Throughout the day cheer the mushers as they are crossing the finish line in Nome. You have time to participant in the many activities Nome has to offer during the Iditarod Race: the Bering Sea Ice Golf Classic, Helicopter Tour, visit the Native Craft Fair or the Idita-Mardi Gras Party. You have the option to visit a dog musher's camp and experience a sled dog team in action. We can also arrange for you a flight to White Mountain Checkpoint where many mushers still take a mandatory 8-hour layover. Overnight: Nome.
 

FRI Day 15: Nome - Anchorage

Morning on your own. Return flight from Nome to Anchorage during the day. We have several flight times available to choose from. Optional tour extension or additional nights in Nome on request. End of Tour Program

Tour Services Included:

  • 4 Nights Anchorage Superior or First-Class Hotels
  • 6 Nights Nome Standard Hotel or B&B
  • 2 Nights Wilderness Lodge Accommodation
  • 2 Nights Alyeska Deluxe Resort Hotel
  • 14 x Continental or American Breakfast
  • 2 x Deli Lunch: Sandwiches, Fruits & Soft Drinks
  • 3 x Dinner
  • 1 Bonfire: Hot Drinks, Grill Sausages, Marshmallows
  • All Local Taxes
  • Individual Airport - Hotel - Airport Transfers
  • Additional Transfers as Scheduled
  • Flights Anchorage - Nome - Anchorage
  • Limited Tour Guide Services
  • Transfer Anchorage – Alyeska Resort - Anchorage
  • Turnagain Arm, Portage Glacier Sightseeing Tour
  • Fly-out Willow - Wilderness Lodge - Anchorage
  • Fly-out to Finger Lakes Checkpoint
  • Fly-out to Rainy Pass Checkpoint
  • Fly-out to Nikolai Checkpoint
  • Fly-out to Unalakleet Checkpoint
  • Fly-out to Koyuk Checkpoint
  • Snowcat Tour to Safety Checkpoint
  • Nome City & Area Sightseeing Tour
  • Bus Tour from Anchorage to Willow (Re-Start)
  • Use of Wilderness Lodge Facilities
  • Online Tour Documentation

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: TA3 Chase the Race Anchorage to Nome
Single Double Triple Quad
2015March 06 - March 20 | Superior Hotel $ 7180.00 $ 6220.00 $ 5990.00 $ 5850.00
2016March 04 - March 18 | Superior Hotel $ 7250.00 $ 6260.00 $ 6020.00 $ 5890.00
2017March 03 - March 17 | Superior Hotel $ 7290.00 $ 6310.00 $ 6050.00 $ 5920.00
2018 ✦ March 02 - March 16 | Superior Hotel
$ 7340.00 $ 6360.00 $ 6090.00 $ 5960.00
Upgrade to Anchorage First-Class Hotel Accommodation $ 390.00 $ 350.00 $ 330.00 $ 300.00

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