Join us on an all-inclusive, Alaskan Winter Adventure next March 4-14, 2015!
The brand new tour hits all of the highlights with some great surprises you won’t find anywhere else! Fully guided and escorted (as usual), we invite you to witness the winter wonderland of Alaska!
CHECK OUT THE IDITAROD & AURORA ADVENTURE DAILY ITINERARY!
DAY 1 – ANCHORAGE
Catch your flight today to Anchorage. Upon arrival, you will be greeted at the airport by a John Hall’s Alaska representative and transferred to your luxury accommodations for the night. The remainder of the day is open to exploring Fur Rendezvous festivities. Fur “Rondy” is a long endearing festival started in the 1930’s which includes the World Championship Dog Sled Sprint Races in preparation for the Last Great Race, Iditarod. Dinner Included.
DAY 2 – IDITAROD HEADQUARTERS, MUSK OX FARM & MUSHER’S BANQUET
Our day starts out with a trip to Wasilla, headquarters to the Iditarod where we will learn about the history of the Iditarod and explore all things Iditarod. Next, its a tour of the Palmer Musk Ox farm to witness these prehistoric animals and learn about Alaska’s ongoing domestication project. Our evening concludes with the Iditarod Musher’s Banquet. This is more than just a great meal… it’s a chance to meet the mushers and those who make the Iditarod “sing”! Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included.
DAY 3 – FUR RONDEZVOUS FESTIVAL
It’s a full day of “Fur Rondy” festivities today! Anchorage’s Fur Rendezvous Winter Festival has been a long standing tradition in the “Big Apple” of Alaska. Celebrating the early pioneer spirit, “Fur Rondy” has joined with the Iditarod to make a fabulous winter carnival for the north. Crowd favorites include the blanket toss, a native art market, the miners and trappers ball, the waiter/waitress obstacle course, along with numerous food and music venues! Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included.
DAY 4 – IDITAROD CEREMONIAL START & TALKEETNA
Iditarod excitement builds as we attend the ceremonial start to the Alaska Iditarod! You are free to walk among the teams, and find your favorite musher! You have plenty of time to view the dog teams before the 10:00 am ceremonial start. After the starting festivities have concluded we will meet for lunch downtown before enjoying Alaska’s wackiest race, the running of the reindeer. This afternoon you will make your way to Talkeetna, your home for the next two nights. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included.
DAY 5 – IDITAROD OFFICIAL START & IDITAROD TRAIL FLYOVER
Breakfast at the historic Talkeetna Roadhouse before making your way to Willow to witness the official start of the Iditarod. Afterwards, you’re in for a special treat when you board small aircraft for an aerial fly over of the Iditarod trails. During this 1.5 hour flight you’ll watch from above as the mushers make their way towards Nome. Once back on solid ground you will partake in a yummy dinner at the Denali Brewing Company. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included.
DAY 6 – WORLD ICE ART CHAMPIONSHIPS & MT. AURORA SKILAND
This morning we will reboard the motorcoach and head to Fairbanks. Upon arrival we will take a brief tour of the surrounding Fairbanks area including some of the original homestead lands. Next its off to the World Ice Art Championships where you will be amazed at the intricate creations artisans are able to whittle out of ice blocks! You’ll spend the balance of the night at Mt. Aurora Skiland viewing the Aurora Borealis. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included.
DAY 7 – ARCTIC CIRCLE ADVENTURE
Today is the real adventure as we head to the Arctic Circle! Few people on this earth will see what you are about to experience. We will travel almost 200 miles from Fairbanks, following the Steese, Elliot, and Dalton Highways into the wilderness towards the Arctic Circle. The motorcoach is always your base of operations. With just your fellow travellers and perhaps a moose or two along the way, you will be able to stand above the Arctic Circle as the Aurora dances overhead! Due to the remote nature of this journey, you will be picnicking along the way. Lunch, dinner, snacks and beverages will be served on board the motorcoach. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included.
DAY 8 – CHENA HOT SPRINGS
After a leisurely morning including breakfast we will pull anchor and journey to the lovely Chena Hot Springs Resort! During your stay at the resort there are many activities to chose from. The most famous attraction is of course the hot springs which have been visited by native peoples for hundreds of years. Chena Hot Springs will be your home for the next three nights! Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included.
DAY 9 – CHENA HOT SPRINGS
Your schedule is your own today as you continue to explore everything there is to see and do at the Chena Hot Springs Resort. If you haven’t already, take a dip in the famous hot springs or one of the heated interior pools. Check out the Aurora Ice Museum and enjoy sipping on their specialty beverage, an “appletini”, drunk out of an ice carved martini glass! Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included.
DAY 10 – CHENA HOT SPRINGS
Another day in this winter wonderland is just what you deserve. Go for a snow coach ride out to view the Aurora Borealis or play with the puppies at the Chena Hot Springs Kennel. Snow mobiles are available for rent if you feel like exploring the surrounding terrain. End your stay with a nice, relaxing dip in the Chena Hot Springs, believed to improve breathing and circulation. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included.
DAY 11 – FLY HOME
Arrive at Fairbanks International Airport for good-byes and flights home. From “The Last Great Race” to the Arctic Circle, from Chena Hot Springs to winter festivals, what an adventure we’ve had! We wish our new family safe travels! As for the rest of us… we still have two months of winter! Breakfast Included.
DEPART FAIRBANKS: MARCH 14