Alaska's Iditarod Trail Dog Sled Race

  • 9 Days

  • Alaska

  • Active pace

Hailed as the 'Last Great Race on Earth', head to the wilds of Alaska and experience the start of this remarkable cross-country race. Spot Alaskan bears and moose, relax in a resort spa, and try your hand at dogsledding.

Your journey starts here

Highlights

VIP private home pick-up service
Flights
Transfers
Services of a tour director
Accommodation
Selected meals
Porterage
All airport taxes
VIP private home pick-up
  • Overview

  • Day 1

  • Day 2

  • Day 3

  • Day 4

  • Day 5

  • Day 6

  • Day 7

  • Day 8

  • Day 9

of 9 days

Your detailed itinerary

Tour departing on 26th February 2018

Meals included: 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners

Overview

Hailed as the 'Last Great Race on Earth', head to the wilds of Alaska and experience the start of this remarkable cross-country race. Spot Alaskan bears and moose, relax in a resort spa, and try your hand at dogsledding.

At a glance

  • Anchorage Join in the Iditarod Festivities in anticipation of the Ceremonial Start of the Iditarod.
  • Girdwood Take an aerial tram ride for impressive panoramas of Turnagain and seven glaciers.
  • Seward Visit the Alaska Sealife Centre for a look above and below the water of Alaska.
  • Big Lake Happy Trails Kennels Visit the home of four-time Iditarod Champion Martin Buser and his friendly dogs.

Day 1

UK - Anchorage

Fly to Anchorage where you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 2

Anchorage - Seward - Girdwood

This morning meet your tour director and the rest of the group at a welcome breakfast. After, experience one of the world's great drives travelling along the spectacularly scenic Turnagain Arm. There is plenty of wildlife to spot along the route. There is a stop at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Centre for the chance to see grizzly and black bears, moose, musk ox, cribour, lynx and porcupine. In Seward there is a visit to the Alaska Sealife Centre for an in-depth look above and below the water of Alaska. Later, arrive in the ski resort of Girdwood.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 3

Girdwood

A full day at leisure to discover the activities available. Perhaps, try dogsledding, flightseeing, snowshoeing or take time to unwind in the hotel's spa. There is an included aerial tram ride that offers breathtaking panoramas at Turnagain and seven glaciers.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 4

Girdwood - Anchorage

Return to Anchorage and enjoy an included tour of the historic downtown district and to Lake Hood, the world's busiest seaplane base. Next, there is a behind the scenes visit to the Alaska Zoo. The afternoon is at leisure before enjoying Iditarod Festivities and dinner at the Musher's Banquet. Enjoy Alaska entertainment, see the mushers draw for staring positions and have the opportunity to meet them for photos and autographs.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 5

Anchorage - Excursion to Big Lake

This morning travel north to Big Lake and visit the home of four-time Iditarod Chamion Martin Buser and his Happy Trails Kennels. Hear his personal stories, including how his sons are named after Iditarod checkpoints, whilst viewing the grandeur Alaska has to offer along the Iditerod Trail. Afterwards, there is a visit to Iditarod Headquarters and the chance to see a replica of an Iditarod Trail Station. Later, head back to Anchorage where the rest of the evening is at leisure.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 6

Anchorage - Ceremonial Start of the Iditarod

The day of the big race. This morning, head to 4th Avenue to get a good vantage point for the ceremonial start of the Iditarod. Before the race starts, there is a chance for photos and autographs with some of the mushers that participate from all over the world. After enjoying more of the festivities there is a visit to the Alaska Native Heritage Centre, which shares the rich heritage of Alaska's 11 indigenous cultural groups. This evening join everyone for a farewell dinner.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 7

Anchorage - Willow for the official restart of the Iditarod

After the ceremonial start yesterday the official restart is in Willow. Travel north to the quaint community of Willow, which started as a mining camp when gold was discovered in 1897. Cheer on your favourite musher as they head off into the Alaska wilderness on this 1,131 mile journey to Nome and the finish line.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 8

Anchorage - UK

Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 9

Home landing in the UK

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Hotels

  • Anchorage:Hilton Hotel or similar
  • Girdwood: Alyeska Resort Hotel

Notes

The Iditarod pits man and animal against nature, against wild Alaska at her best and as each mile is covered, it is a tribute to Alaska's history and the role the sled dog' played. The Iditarod is a tie to that colourful past. The Iditarod Trail, now a National Historic Trail, had its origins as a mail and supply route from the coastal towns of Seward and Knik to the interior mining camps at Flat, Ophir, Ruby and beyond to the west coast communities of Unalakleet, Elim, Golovin, White Mountain and Nome. Mail and supplies went in. Gold came out. All via dog sled. Heroes were made, legends were born. In 1925, part of the Iditarod Trail became a life saving highway for epidemic-stricken Nome. Diphtheria threatened and serum had to be brought in; again by intrepid dog mushers and their faithful hard-driving dogs. Throughout the years, the sled dogs were important to day to day life in the villages and throughout Alaska. All of these examples and more are a part of Alaska's history. Anchorage is the starting line. From there, the field of dog teams run 11 miles. After a restart in the Matanuska Valley, the mushers leave the land of highways and bustling activity and head out to the Yentna Station Roadhouse, Skwentna and then up through Finger Lake, Rainy Pass, over the Alaska Range and down the other side to the Kuskokwim River — into the interior and on to the mighty Yukon — a river highway that takes the teams west through the arctic tundra.

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.

Accommodation as stated or similar

This platinum tour is operated by our sister company Globus.

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