ULTIMATE WINTER WONDERLAND

Check off your winter bucket list! View northern lights, take the aurora train through Alaska’s snow-blanketed backcountry & watch celebrity mushers at the famous Iditarod race! 

The Ultimate Winter Wonderland Tour is a fully escorted tour including behind-the-scenes experiences and highly coveted tickets to the “exclusive” Mushers’ Banquet. 

Ultimate Winter Wonderland is a unique journey including aurora viewing in Alaska’s interior, a ride on the Aurora train south to Talkeetna and getting up close to Alaska’s wildlife in the winter including puffins, moose, bison and more. Learn about the Iditarod Sled Dog race from an Iditarod musher during a special kennel visit prior to the start of the “Last Great Race” where you will be surrounded by fabulous four-legged athletes, known as sled dogs, before they hit the trail to Nome.

Day 1 February 24, 2017

Air arrival into Alaska’s interior city, Fairbanks. On own transfer to hotel (Call the hotel for hotel courtesy shuttle or purchase meet and greet). Please have flights arrive no later than 4 pm. This evening at 9pm, board your motorcoach as you go *Aurora Borealis viewing (10pm- 2am). Enjoy a warm nonalcoholic beverage this evening. Return to the hotel for your overnight in Fairbanks.

Meals: N/A

*Purchasing a pre-night Fairbanks is highly recommended, the first night of Aurora viewing is late night/early morning.

*Aurora Viewing is not guaranteed, as it is dependent on weather and solar activity

Day 2 February 25, 2017

Breakfast. Late morning, enjoy a city tour of Fairbanks including a visit to the Morris Thompson Cultural Center and the Trans-Alaska Pipeline. Depart tonight for another chance to view the *Aurora Borealis viewing (9pm-11:30pm-approximate times) at a different venue. Return to Fairbanks late this evening. Overnight Fairbanks

Meals: Continental Breakfast

*Aurora Viewing is not guaranteed, as it is dependent on weather and solar activity  

Day 3 February 26, 2017

Breakfast. This morning, board your coach for your drive south to Healy (Just north of Denali National Park). Board the world famous Alaska Railroad, (Adventure Class) for your scenic journey south to the quaint community of Talkeetna. Time in Talkeetna to dine on own, or choose to take an exciting *flightseeing tour of Denali, before touring south to Alaska’s largest city, Anchorage. This full day journey will showcase the beauty of Alaska. A box lunch is included today. Keep an eye out for views of Denali from the north face to south face. Overnight Anchorage

Meals: Continental Breakfast, Box Lunch

*Booked w/local guide, and it is dependent on weather

Day 4 February 27, 2017

Breakfast. Enjoy a day at leisure to explore Alaska’s largest city or to enjoy optional activities. Suggestions include flightseeing thru the Chugach Mountains and Dog Sledding, snow shoeing and much more. Guests may need to sign a waiver and be in good physical health to participate in certain optional activities. Overnight Anchorage

Meals: Breakfast

Day 5 February 28, 2017

Breakfast. Today climb aboard your motorcoach for a journey to the coastal community of Seward. Travel south along the spectacular Turnagain Arm. Visit the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center to see Alaskan wildlife up close. Visit the Alaska Sealife Center for an in-depth look above and below the waters. A visit to the Seward Museum is included to learn more about this Alaskan Coastal Community. Later, travel to the resort town of Girdwood for overnight accommodations at The Hotel Alyeska.

Meals: Breakfast, Box Lunch

Day 6 March 1, 2017

Breakfast. A day at leisure at the resort. There are many optional tours to choose from or just relax and enjoy the hotel amenities ranging from relaxation in the spa facility, snow machining, flightseeing, downhill skiing or snow shoeing (costs are additional). Enjoy an included tram ride offering spectacular views of the valley. Overnight at The Hotel Alyeska, Alaska’s only four-diamond property.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 7 March 2, 2017

Breakfast. Morning departure from Alyeska north to Anchorage. Enjoy a city tour through the historic downtown district, Lake Hood/Lake Spenard and visit the Alaska Zoo for a “behind the scenes” tour. Time to explore Anchorage on own, you may want to visit the Anchorage Museum. Tonight, enjoy Iditarod festivities and dinner at the Mushers’ Banquet! Overnight in Anchorage

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 8 March 3, 2017

Breakfast. Today 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. Returning to Anchorage visit the Iditarod Headquarters. Overnight in Anchorage

Meals: Breakfast

Day 9 March 4, 2017

Breakfast. This morning head to 4th Avenue to get a great spot at the Official Ceremonial Start of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. 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 take off early and enjoy other Iditarod festivities in Anchorage. This afternoon, enjoy the cultural opportunities available at the Alaska Native Heritage Center. Tonight, reminisce over your Alaska winter adventure and when you plan to return for another adventure to the Great Land. Overnight in Anchorage

Meals: Breakfast, Farewell Dinner

Day 10 March 5, 2017

Breakfast. This morning depart from your hotel for the adventure north to Willow, Alaska the

**RE-Start of the Iditarod Trail 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. En-route, stop

at a local grocery store in Wasilla to pick up on-own lunch items and additional snacks to meet your personal tastes.

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 snacks throughout the day! Your Tour Director will have more information on this edible portion of the program!

The departure time from Willow will depend on weather conditions and guests’ comfort level. It is our goal to see as many of the Mushers depart as possible while still arriving back into Anchorage by 6:00/6:30pm. Overnight Anchorage

Meals: Breakfast, Snacks

*This day includes walking on snow and ice (and a few hills) to get to the official start of the Iditarod, where mushers take off from a lake. A stop will be made at a local grocery store, so guests can get snacks/lunch on own and if they wish buy a portable chair for sitting. Guests are encouraged to take their time to get to the venue, as there is not a rush.

*In the event, the Iditarod Official Start is relocated (beyond Willow, AK) due to weather and trail conditions, a full day of activities will be substituted for the guests in Anchorage. See box below for the detailed alterative Day 10 itinerary.

Alternative Anchorage Day 10 Itinerary would include a visit to the Alaska Aviation Museum to learn about the huge impact bush planes and pilots have on the survival of the small villages throughout Alaska, along with meeting a Bush Pilot. Guests will dine in the atmosphere of warm Alaskan hospitality at a local restaurant for an included lunch and the day will include a stop at the Bear and Raven Theater where guests will enjoy a 30 minute interactive movie about the Iditarod Sled Dog Race.

Day 11 March 6, 2017

Breakfast. On own transfer to Anchorage airport for flight out (taxi service readily available or purchase transfer service).

Meals: Breakfast

End of Tour Services

2017 Pricing

Single Departure (Feb 24, 2017)

Single Double Triple Quad
$3543 $2712 $2550 n/a

Tour Start Date: Friday, Feb 24, 2017
Tour End Date: Monday, Mar 6, 2017

Ultimate Winter Wonderland Tour includes: 

  • Tour Director who will be with the group throughout the entire land tour
  • All transfers throughout
  • Luggage handling
  • All applicable taxes
  • Sightseeing tours as indicated
  • Meals included: Daily Breakfast (2 of which are Continental); Boxed Lunches – (2); Snack – (1); Mushers’ Banquet Dinner** – (1); Farewell Dinner – (1)
  • Overnight accommodations based on: Anchorage – Marriott; Hilton Hotel or Similar, Fairbanks – SpringHill Suites or Similar, Girdwood – The Hotel Alyeska or Similar. All rooms are run of house (ROH).**Note: All reserved bookings (with names) by 1/1/17 have guaranteed seating at the Mushers’ Banquet. After this date, they are released and may still be available upon request.

Not included:
Gratuities for local Tour Director and driver are not included in the tour quote. Recommended amount: $5.00 per person per day for the Tour Director and $5.00 per person per day for the Driver. Flights, insurance, and overnight cruises are NOT included. Meals do not include any alcohol .

Additional tour details: 
This tour operates during the winter in Alaska, so expect cold temperatures, uneven and slippery surfaces (ice). Late night Aurora Viewing opportunities start on arrival day between 10pm and 3am. Prime viewing time is late evening through the wee hours of the morning. So plan on channeling your inner teenager and stay up way past a normal bedtime! Some days are long and active, but the choice is yours as to how much you participate in each day’s events.

“We had a FABULOUS trip!…I will certainly recommend your services to anyone traveling to Alaska. We were all HIGHLY IMPRESSED and we can’t thank you enough!”

–– Tammy H. (USA)

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The Ultimate Winter Wonderland  is a fully escorted departure, so hotels are locked into the program. However, you can add optional day excursions, arrival/departure transfers, meals and pre or post tour extensions. Simply speak with our friendly, Alaska-based team of experts!