Alaska's Iditarod Trail Dog Sled Race

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Key inclusions

  • VIP private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Alaska

  • Active pace

  • Globus escorted tours

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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.

What's included

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

With accommodation, transfers, excursions, selected meals, private VIP home pick-up and the services of an expert Tour Director all included in the price, our escorted tour holidays are highly rated by our customers. But should you find a like-for-like tour cheaper elsewhere, we will match its price and give you a further £100 reduction.

Private home pick-up service

Our private home pick-up service is included up to 50 miles to your departure airport. Your driver will happily load and unload your luggage, and drive you to your departure terminal. At the close of your trip, you'll be welcomed by your driver in the arrivals hall and returned home again. A supplement is payable per mile over 50 miles.

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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.

Total meals included:

  • 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners

UK - Anchorage

Day
1

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

Your tour starts today.

Anchorage - Seward - Girdwood

Day
2

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

Girdwood

Day
3

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

Girdwood - Anchorage

Day
4

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
  • Dinner

Anchorage - Excursion to Big Lake

Day
5

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

Anchorage - Ceremonial Start of the Iditarod

Day
6

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
  • Dinner

Anchorage - Willow for the official restart of the Iditarod

Day
7

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.

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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Anchorage - UK

Day
8

Your tour ends today.

Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Things to note

This platinum tour is operated by our sister company Globus.

Hotels

It may occasionally be necessary to use alternative hotels of a similar standard to those shown.

Guests can relax in the swimming pool or use the contemporary fitness facilities. Anchorage Marriott Downtown is situated just 2 blocks from the Centre for Performing Arts and 7.5 miles from the Alaska Botanical Gardens. This full-service hotel is located 5 miles from Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport and 1 mile from Alaska Depot train station.

  • Location

    820 West 7th Avenue, Anchorage, AK 99501, USA 

  • Facilities

    • Free WiFi
    • Swimming pool
    • Indoor pool
    • Hot tub/jacuzzi
    • Fitness centre

Girdwood - Alyeska Resort Hotel

The polished rooms offer a mountain view while you are dining or relaxing in the sitting areas and free Wi-Fi, as well as TVs, and tea and coffeemakers. 

  • Location

    1000 Arlberg Ave, Girdwood, AK 99587, USA

  • Facilities

    • Restaurant
    • Hot Tub
    • Spa

Fair Banks - Pikes Waterfront Lodge

These stunning rooms look right over the river giving you a lovely view to wake up to. This hotel also has a flat screen TV that you can enjoy. Stay incontact with home by using our free wifi.

  • Location

    1850 Hoselton Rd, Fairbanks, AK 99709, USA

  • Facilities

    • Free WiFi
    • Restaurant and Bar
    • Fitness Centre

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