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Day 1 – Home to Anchorage, AK 

Today our Iditarod adventure begins as we fly into Alaska’s largest city, Anchorage. Our local Alaska Tour Director will meet us and we’ll check into our lodging for the next three nights. Tonight, we’ll enjoy Iditarod festivities and dinner at the Musher’s Banquet. 

Hotels: Marriott Anchorage or similar (3 Nights) 

Included Meals: Dinner 

 

Day 2 – Anchorage 

Breakfast will be included this morning. Today we travel north to meet four-time Iditarod Champion Martin Buser at his Happy Trails Kennel. Hear personal stories while viewing a glimpse of the grandeur Alaska has to offer along the Iditarod Trail. Later, we’ll return to Anchorage with an included stop at the Iditarod Headquarters enroute. Dinner will be served this evening. 

Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner 

 

Day 3 – Anchorage 

After breakfast this morning, our exciting day begins as we head to 4th Avenue to get a great spot at the Official Ceremonial Start of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. We’ll spend time cheering on mushers from all over the world. Mushers will depart the starting gate every two minutes. Watch each of them depart or you may slip away to enjoy other Iditarod festivities in Anchorage. This evening we’ll have dinner together before we turn in for the night. 

Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner 

 

Day 4 – Anchorage to Talkeetna, AK 

After breakfast we depart for the adventure north to Willow for the restart of the Iditarod Sled Dog Race. Be sure to dress in layers to maximize staying warm as the entire day will be spent outside cheering on your favorite dog teams. Enroute, stop at a local grocery store in Wasilla to pick-up lunch items (on own.) Prepare for a bit of a walk to find the perfect spot along the fence line of the race. Mushers take off across Willow Lake on their 1,049-mile journey by dog sled to Nome. The Willow Community Center is open and offers a break from the cold with vendors selling food and drink as well as local crafts. Don’t miss out on the special, included snacks throughout the day! Later, we will board our deluxe motorcoach for a scenic drive north to the quaint town of Talkeetna. This evening we will overnight at the majestic Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge! Then you may want to venture into downtown for dinner, as there are many little unique restaurants to choose from. 

Hotel: Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge 

Included Meals: Breakfast, Snacks 

 

Day 5 – Talkeetna to Fairbanks, AK 

A wonderful breakfast is served before we take a scenic drive north to Denali National Park. Upon arrival into Denali, we’ll visit the Murie Science and Learning Center which acts as the Denali Visitor’s Center in the wintertime. We’ll watch the National Park film, “Heartbeats of Denali,” hear from a local ranger about the park, and even have a chance to snowshoe! Later, we’ll continue north to Fairbanks, the Golden Heart City. Dinner will be included this evening. Tonight, enjoy a night of Aurora Viewing. Fairbanks will be our home for the next two nights. 

Hotel: Pike’s Waterfront Lodge or similar 

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch 

 

Day 6 – Fairbanks 

Today after breakfast, we will experience a city tour of Fairbanks, featuring the Trans- Alaska Pipeline as well as the Museum of the North. Later, we will then board our motorcoach for a scenic ride to Chena Hotsprings where we will have a chance to relax in the healing waters of the wonderful hotsprings. Dinner will be included this evening. 

Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner 

 

Day 7 – Fairbanks to Anchorage, AK 

After breakfast, we will head to the Healy Rail Depot where we will board Alaska Railroad’s deluxe railcar for a scenic ride south to Talkeetna. Food and drinks are available for purchase on board. Upon arrival into Talkeetna, we will again board our deluxe motorcoach for a scenic transfer south to Anchorage and check into our lodging for the night. This evening we will enjoy a farewell dinner at 49th Street Brewery. 

Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner 

Hotel: Marriott Anchorage or similar

 

Day 8 – Anchorage to Home 

This morning after breakfast, we’ll enjoy a city tour of Anchorage including the historic downtown area, Lake Hood where 190+ floatplanes take off and land daily in the summer, Earthquake Park to learn about the 1964 Earthquake, a visit to the Ulu Factory, as well as a visit to the Anchorage Museum where we will have a chance to learn about the history and culture of Alaska. Lunch will be included today. Later, it will be time to say goodbye to our local Alaska Tour Director as we head to the Anchorage Airport for our flight. What an ultimate experience this has been! 

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch 

 

 

Iditarod Fun Facts: 

– 1973 was the first year the race went from Anchorage to Nome 

– There are 23 checkpoints on the northern route and 24 checkpoints on the southern route, with the first checkpoint being in Anchorage and the last in Nome. The northern route is used on even years & is approx. 975 miles total. The southern route is used on odd years & is approx. 998 miles. 

– The teams average 16 dogs, which means over 1,000 dogs leave Anchorage for Nome! 

– The closest finish was in 1978. Dick Mackey finished one second ahead of Rick Swenson. Mackey’s time was 14 days, 18 hours, 52 minutes and 24 seconds. The winner was decided by the nose of the lead dog across the finish line. 

– Awarding a red lantern for the last place finisher in a sled dog race has become an Alaskan tradition. It started as a joke and has become a symbol of stick-to-itiveness in the mushing world. 

– Rick Swenson is the only five time winner of “The Last Great Race”, having won in 1977, 1979, 1981, 1982 and 1991. He is now the only person to win the Iditarod in three different decades, a record that will probably never be broken. 

Flyaway Per Person Pricing Information

Double: $4,499
Single: $5,149

Flyaway Travel Protection Per Person

Double: $305
Single: $407

Travel Bucks

$55 Travel Bucks per person earned with this tour

Deposit Due

$200 deposit per person due at time of reservation. Full payment due 45 days prior to depart.

Passport Needed

No

Tour Pace

Extensive Walking (due to snow conditions) at your own pace. (*Altitude Changes!)

Price Includes

Roundtrip Airfare from MSP including all baggage fees, taxes & surcharges, 14 Meals & Snacks, Hotels & Activities as stated in brochure, Luxury Motorcoach



The average temperature while R&J is visiting is 33°
Travel with R & J Tours to a warm destination where it is...
69°
Minneapolis, Mn
45°
Ultimate Iditarod Winter Wonderland
Flyaway Departure Date:
03/04/2021
Flyaway Return Date:
03/11/2021

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Tour Highlights

Iditarod Festivities
Time with four-time Iditarod Champion Martin Buser at his Happy Trails Kennel
Iditarod Headquarters
Official Ceremonial Start of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in Anchorage
Experience the restart of the Iditarod Sled Dog Race in Willow
Scenic drive north to Denali National Park
Murie Science and Learning Center
Night of Aurora Viewing
City tour of Fairbanks, featuring the Trans- Alaska Pipeline as well as the Museum of the North
Ride the Alaska Railroad from Healy to Talkeetna
City Tour of Anchorage



Travel with R & J Tours to a warm destination where it is...
69°
Minneapolis, Mn
45°
Ultimate Iditarod Winter Wonderland
The average temperature while R&J is visiting is 33°
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