Alaska's Iditarod Trail Dog Sled Race


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Overview

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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 mementoes 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 favourite 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.

Highlights

Seward Alaska Sealife Center

Girdwood Alaskan Wildlife Conservation Center; aerial tram ride

Anchorage 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

Big Lake Visit Happy Trails Kennels

Willow Attend the official “restart” of the Iditarod race

Tour itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.

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

Day
8

Your tour ends today.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Total meals included:

  • 6 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners

Anchorage

Day
1

Welcome to Anchorage. Spend time relaxing today and getting to know this fascinating city at your leisure.

Anchorage – Seward – Girdwood

Day
2

This morning, meet your Tour Director and travelling 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 grizzly and black bears, 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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Girdwood

Day
3

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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Girdwood – Anchorage

Day
4

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 Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite MUSHER’S BANQUET. Enjoy Alaskan entertainment, see the mushers draw for starting positions, and have the opportunity to meet them for photos and autographs.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Anchorage. Excursion to Big Lake

Day
5

Travel north to Big Lake and visit the home of four-time Iditarod Champion Martin Buser at his Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite 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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Anchorage. Ceremonial Start of the Iditarod

Day
6

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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Anchorage. Excursion to Willow for the Official Restart of the Iditarod

Day
7

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 favourite 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.

Anchorage

Day
8

Your tour ends this morning with guests departing on independent schedules.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Total meals included:

  • 6 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners

Anchorage

Day
1

Welcome to Anchorage. Spend time relaxing today and getting to know this fascinating city at your leisure.

Anchorage – Seward – Girdwood

Day
2

This morning, meet your Tour Director and travelling 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 grizzly and black bears, 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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Girdwood

Day
3

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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Girdwood – Anchorage

Day
4

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 Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite MUSHER’S BANQUET. Enjoy Alaskan entertainment, see the mushers draw for starting positions, and have the opportunity to meet them for photos and autographs.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Anchorage. Excursion to Big Lake

Day
5

Travel north to Big Lake and visit the home of four-time Iditarod Champion Martin Buser at his Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite 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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Anchorage. Ceremonial Start of the Iditarod

Day
6

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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Anchorage. Excursion to Willow for the Official Restart of the Iditarod

Day
7

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 favourite 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.

Anchorage

Day
8

Your tour ends this morning with guests departing on independent schedules.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

What's included

Tour only

Prefer to book your own flights and transfers? You have the freedom to do that with our Tour Only holiday option.

  • Services of a tour director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • Porterage

Tour with flights

Let us take care of everything. Our package option includes return flights from your chosen airport, plus overseas transfers to your hotel.

  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Services of a tour director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • Porterage
  • All airport taxes

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