2020 Tour Details
The Iditarod, Alaska’s best-known sporting event, is the focus of this fabulous Alaska winter tour. Meet four-time Iditarod Champion Martin Buser at his kennels—a special experience arranged by Globus—and visit the Iditarod Headquarters, where you’ll see photos, videos, and mementos of the Iditarod race. Another out-of-the-ordinary adventure included by Globus is dinner and Iditarod festivities at the Musher’s Banquet, where you’ll see the musher’s draw for starting position in the race and perhaps meet them for photos and autographs. Witness the ceremonial start of the race in Anchorage and the official restart of the race in Willow, where you can cheer on your favorite mushers as they head off into Alaska’s wilderness on this 1,049-mile journey to the finish line in Nome. You’ll also spend time in Anchorage and at the luxurious Hotel Alyeska, located in the ski resort community of Girdwood. Here, you can enjoy a variety of activities, including skiing, snowshoeing, riding an aerial tram for breathtaking views, or simply relaxing at the hotel’s spa. For a chance to see grizzly and black bears, moose, and caribou up close, you’ll visit the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center. At the Alaska Sealife Center, get an in-depth look above and below Alaska’s waters. If you desire to see the Iditarod, this Alaska winter tour is an adventure not to be missed.
Destinations & Sightseeing
Alaska Sealife Center
Alaskan Wildlife Conservation Center; aerial tram ride
Sightseeing; behind-the-scenes visit at Alaska Zoo;
attend the Musher’s Banquet; visit Iditarod Headquarters; see the ceremonial start of the Iditarod Race; visit the Alaska Native Heritage Center; farewell dinner
Visit Happy Trails Kennels
Attend the official “restart” of the Iditarod race
Free Wi-Fi available in most hotels
The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on this vacation:
Meals & Itinerary
Breakfast daily, 1 lunch, 2 three-course dinners including a farewell dinner in Anchorage
Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.
Day 1 ARRIVE IN ANCHORAGE
Welcome to Anchorage. Spend time relaxing today and getting to know this fascinating city at your leisure.
Day 2 ANCHORAGE–SEWARD–GIRDWOOD
This morning, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions at a welcome breakfast. Then, board your motorcoach and make one of the world’s great drives as you travel along spectacularly scenic Turnagain Arm. Marvel at the dramatic views, and keep your eyes open for Dall sheep, eagles, and other wildlife. Take a break at the ALASKA WILDLIFE CONSERVATION CENTER for the chance to see moose, musk ox, caribou, lynx, and even a porcupine up close. In coastal Seward, visit the ALASKA SEALIFE CENTER for an in-depth look above and below the waters of Alaska. Arrive in the ski resort community of Girdwood, where you’ll spend the next two nights at the luxurious Hotel Alyeska.
Day 3 GIRDWOOD
Enjoy a full day at leisure—perfect for joining in a wide variety of optional activities. Consider flightseeing, skiing, snowshoeing, or you may choose to just relax at the hotel’s spa. An included aerial TRAM ride offers breathtaking panoramas of Turnagain Arm and seven glaciers.
Day 4 GIRDWOOD–ANCHORAGE
Return to Anchorage and join an included tour through the historic downtown district and to Lake Hood, the world’s busiest seaplane base. Next, visit the ALASKA ZOO for a behind-the-scenes tour. This afternoon, there is time to explore Anchorage on your own. You may want to visit the Anchorage Museum. Tonight, enjoy Iditarod festivities and dinner at the MUSHER’S BANQUET. Enjoy Alaskan entertainment, see the mushers draw for starting positions, and have the opportunity to meet them for photos and autographs.
Day 5 ANCHORAGE. EXCURSION TO BIG LAKE
Travel north to Big Lake and visit the home of four-time Iditarod Champion Martin Buser at his HAPPY TRAILS KENNELS. Hear his fascinating personal stories, including how his sons are named after Iditarod checkpoints, while viewing the grandeur Alaska has to offer along the Iditarod Trail. Then, visit IDITAROD HEADQUARTERS to view pictures, videos, and other mementos of the Last Great Race. This evening is at leisure back in Anchorage. Maybe shop for souvenirs, try some fresh seafood, or sample a locally made brew.
Day 6 ANCHORAGE. CEREMONIAL START OF THE IDITAROD
This morning, head to 4th Avenue to get a great spot for the ceremonial start of the IDITAROD. Before the race starts, there’s a chance for photos and autographs with some of the mushers. Spend time cheering on mushers from all over the world, and enjoy other Iditarod festivities. Later, visit the ALASKA NATIVE HERITAGE CENTER, which shares the rich heritage of Alaska’s 11 indigenous cultural groups. Tonight, reminisce over your Alaska winter adventure at a farewell dinner.
Day 7 ANCHORAGE. EXCURSION TO WILLOW FOR THE OFFICIAL RESTART OF THE IDITAROD
Travel north today to the quaint community of Willow, which started as a mining camp when gold was discovered in 1897. Here, you’ll view the official RESTART of the Iditarod. Cheer your favorite musher as they head off into the Alaska wilderness on this 1,049-mile journey to Nome and the finish line. Be sure to have your camera ready for this once-in-a-lifetime experience. NOTE:In the event the Iditarod Official Start is relocated (beyond Willow) due to weather and trail conditions, a full day of activities will be substituted in Anchorage.
Day 8 ANCHORAGE
Your tour ends this morning with guests departing on independent schedules.
No matter what you’re into: food, wine, history, art, music or anything else,
we give you the freedom to personalize your vacation with optional excursions that speak to your interests.
When you book your excursions with us, you can be assured that every optional excursion that we offer coordinates with the free time that you'll have in your destination,
so you'll never have conflicts between included and optional activities.
Our team of travel experts carefully selects each optional excursion that we offer to ensure that you receive the highest quality at a great value.
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We offer experiences you cannot create on your own and because you’re booking with us, we coordinate all your transportation and timing needs.
The following optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These may or may not be offered, and availability is subject to days of operation and seasonality. Please select a departure date to view optional excursions and pricing for a specific date (due to currency fluctuation, pricing shown is subject to change until purchased). Optional excursions are available for purchase on our MyGlobus site 90 days prior to the tour start date.
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Alaska's Craft Beer Tour
Come experience the booming Anchorage craft beer scene in style as you join your knowledgeable guide for an off-the-beaten path tour of Anchorage full of sudsy and safe fun.
Price Range: $$$
Anchorage Flightseeing Excursions
In a state where airplanes are a way of life for so many residents and almost as common place as taxis are in New York City, experiencing Alaska from the air is a wonderful way to discover this magnificent region. Soar high above the mountains, lakes and glaciers, getting a birds eye view of this vast landscape.
Price Range: $$$$
Anchorage Photo Walks
Join this fun, instructional photography walking tour in the historic city center of Anchorage.
Price Range: $$$$
From serious photographers to sightseers, you may enjoy taking one of these local walking workshops to learn more about capturing the beautiful northern lights or night skies of Alaska!
Price Range: $$$$
This quintessential Alaska adventure has been popularized by the annual Iditarod race, and you will have an opportunity to experience dog sledding a local kennel north of the city. Meet the dogs, wxperience what it's like to mush, and further appreciate the skills of the mushers and their team!
Price Range: $$$$
Discover crystal blue pools, wildlife and waterfalls of Alaska's winter wilderness. Land on a giant glacier and walk on ancient ice in North America's largest glacier region!
Price Range: $$$$
Ice Fishing Adventure
'Visiting Alaska in the winter and want to get a fishing rod in your hands?
Price Range: $$$$
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