Northern Lights Getaway

Discover the Highlights of Alaska in the Winter season.


Auroras in Alaska
ATC © Bryan Goff

Duration: 10 days
Starts: Anchorage, Alaska
Ends: Fairbanks, Alaska
Language: English speaking voyage

Season: January 1 to March 31
*All guided tours included in this package require a minimum of 2 passengers!


FROM:
USD2,434-.-

Rates per person based on double occupancy


Included
Optional


Take the Alaska Railroad, relax on the warmth of the Hot Springs and drive hunting for the Northern Lights above the Arctic Circle

Itinerary

© Alaska.org
© Vincent Ledvina
© Alaska Railroad Train

Day 1 • Wednesday • Arrival in Anchorage
Arrive into Anchorage today. Check in to your hotel in the heart of downtown's exciting business and visitors district, offering an unsurpassed location for your Alaskan adventure.
* Upon arrival to Anchorage, please call your hotel for a shuttle in. If you prefer a private transfer booked, please let us know.
Hotel: Comfort Inn Downtown

Day 2 • Thursday • Anchorage
From downtown Anchorage enjoy the scenic drive north to the Matanuska Glacier -- a frozen 27 mile long river of ancient ice. Thousands of years old, this massive glacier is tucked up into the head of the Matanuska Valley. You will spend 2+ hours directly on the glacier with a glacier guide by your side, learning how the Matanuska Glacier was born and how it shaped the landscape in the Matanuska Susitna Valley. This tour is fully guided. You will be provided with helmets, a walking stick and spikes that attach to your shoes.
Hotel: Comfort Inn Downtown
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 3 • Friday • Anchorage
Today’s guided tour takes you along the Seward Highway's Turnagain Arm to the aerial tram on Mt. Alyeska. At the top you will enjoy stunning panoramas (weather permitting) of the Alaska wilderness.
The next highlight is the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center. This rescue center is home to bears, a musk ox herd, a wood bison herd that was once thought to be extinct, moose, elk, caribou, and more! Lunch is included at a local eatery in Girdwood, where you can experience some local culture.
Return to Anchorage in time for a nice dinner at a local restaurant.
Hotel: Comfort Inn Downtown
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4 • Saturday • Anchorage – Fairbanks
Most of today will be spent onboard the Aurora Winter Train. The Aurora Train travels weekends between Anchorage and Fairbanks, making the northbound 12-hour journey on Saturday and the return trip on Sunday. Along the way, the train stops in Wasilla, Talkeetna, and provides flag stop service along the 50-mile stretch of roadless backcountry south of Hurricane Gulch. Further north, the train stops as needed at Healy and Nenana before arriving to Fairbanks.
* Upon arrival to Fairbanks, please call your hotel for a shuttle in. If you prefer a private transfer booked, please let us know.
Hotel: Pike’s Waterfront Lodge
Meals: Breakfast

Day 5 • Sunday • Fairbanks
Your guided van tour to the Arctic Circle will take up to 14 hours.
Enjoy a day full of information and knowledge about Alaska.
Travel from Fairbanks to the Arctic Circle on the famous James Dalton Highway, featured in the TV series “Ice Road Truckers”. En-route, enjoy stunning views of interior Alaska, the Trans-Alaska-Pipeline and the mighty Yukon River. You may see moose, lynx, and fox in their natural habitat.
Hotel: Pike’s Waterfront Lodge
Meals: Breakfast

Day 6 • Monday • Fairbanks
Sleep in this morning and spend the afternoon visiting downtown Fairbanks.
This evening you travel from Fairbanks to Murphy Dome – one of the best northern lights viewing areas near Fairbanks above tree line.
Viewing the Aurora Borealis above tree line presents you with a wide horizon and an incredible view of the Alaska night sky. Hot beverages are complimentary.
Hotel: Pike’s Waterfront Lodge
Meals: Breakfast

Day 7 • Tuesday • Chena Hot Springs
Chena Hot Springs Resort is the most developed year-round hot springs in Alaska. The scenic 60 mile drive from downtown Fairbanks takes a little over an hour. It is common to see wildlife, especially moose, along the way. Shuttle transfer between Fairbanks and Chena Hot Springs is included in your package. Spend the rest of your day soaking in the hot springs or book an optional tour. Check the activity center upon arrival for availability.
Hotel: Chena Hot Springs Resort – Moose Lodge
Meals: Breakfast

Day 8 • Wednesday • Chena Hot Springs
Another day to delight in the natural hot springs lake, Northern Lights, renewable energy projects, Aurora Ice Museum, dog kennel and winter activities.
Hotel: Chena Hot Springs Resort – Moose Lodge

Day 9 • Thursday • Fairbanks
Return to Fairbanks today and spend one last evening “in town”.
Hotel: Pike’s Waterfront Lodge

Day 10 • Friday • Departure from Fairbanks
Your tour comes to an end. Return home from Fairbanks.
* Let the hotel know the day before your flight schedule so you can make use of the included transfer to the airport from the hotel.
Meals: Breakfast

Itinerary

Day 1 • Wednesday • Arrival in Anchorage
Arrive into Anchorage today. Check in to your hotel in the heart of downtown's exciting business and visitors district, offering an unsurpassed location for your Alaskan adventure.
* Upon arrival to Anchorage, please call your hotel for a shuttle in. If you prefer a private transfer booked, please let us know.
Hotel: Comfort Inn Downtown

Day 2 • Thursday • Anchorage
From downtown Anchorage enjoy the scenic drive north to the Matanuska Glacier -- a frozen 27 mile long river of ancient ice. Thousands of years old, this massive glacier is tucked up into the head of the Matanuska Valley. You will spend 2+ hours directly on the glacier with a glacier guide by your side, learning how the Matanuska Glacier was born and how it shaped the landscape in the Matanuska Susitna Valley. This tour is fully guided. You will be provided with helmets, a walking stick and spikes that attach to your shoes.
Hotel: Comfort Inn Downtown
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 3 • Friday • Anchorage
Today’s guided tour takes you along the Seward Highway's Turnagain Arm to the aerial tram on Mt. Alyeska. At the top you will enjoy stunning panoramas (weather permitting) of the Alaska wilderness.
The next highlight is the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center. This rescue center is home to bears, a musk ox herd, a wood bison herd that was once thought to be extinct, moose, elk, caribou, and more! Lunch is included at a local eatery in Girdwood, where you can experience some local culture.
Return to Anchorage in time for a nice dinner at a local restaurant.
Hotel: Comfort Inn Downtown
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4 • Saturday • Anchorage – Fairbanks
Most of today will be spent onboard the Aurora Winter Train. The Aurora Train travels weekends between Anchorage and Fairbanks, making the northbound 12-hour journey on Saturday and the return trip on Sunday. Along the way, the train stops in Wasilla, Talkeetna, and provides flag stop service along the 50-mile stretch of roadless backcountry south of Hurricane Gulch. Further north, the train stops as needed at Healy and Nenana before arriving to Fairbanks.
* Upon arrival to Fairbanks, please call your hotel for a shuttle in. If you prefer a private transfer booked, please let us know.
Hotel: Pike’s Waterfront Lodge
Meals: Breakfast

Day 5 • Sunday • Fairbanks
Your guided van tour to the Arctic Circle will take up to 14 hours.
Enjoy a day full of information and knowledge about Alaska.
Travel from Fairbanks to the Arctic Circle on the famous James Dalton Highway, featured in the TV series “Ice Road Truckers”. En-route, enjoy stunning views of interior Alaska, the Trans-Alaska-Pipeline and the mighty Yukon River. You may see moose, lynx, and fox in their natural habitat.
Hotel: Pike’s Waterfront Lodge
Meals: Breakfast

Day 6 • Monday • Fairbanks
Sleep in this morning and spend the afternoon visiting downtown Fairbanks.
This evening you travel from Fairbanks to Murphy Dome – one of the best northern lights viewing areas near Fairbanks above tree line.
Viewing the Aurora Borealis above tree line presents you with a wide horizon and an incredible view of the Alaska night sky. Hot beverages are complimentary.
Hotel: Pike’s Waterfront Lodge
Meals: Breakfast

Day 7 • Tuesday • Chena Hot Springs
Chena Hot Springs Resort is the most developed year-round hot springs in Alaska. The scenic 60 mile drive from downtown Fairbanks takes a little over an hour. It is common to see wildlife, especially moose, along the way. Shuttle transfer between Fairbanks and Chena Hot Springs is included in your package. Spend the rest of your day soaking in the hot springs or book an optional tour. Check the activity center upon arrival for availability.
Hotel: Chena Hot Springs Resort – Moose Lodge
Meals: Breakfast

Day 8 • Wednesday • Chena Hot Springs
Another day to delight in the natural hot springs lake, Northern Lights, renewable energy projects, Aurora Ice Museum, dog kennel and winter activities.
Hotel: Chena Hot Springs Resort – Moose Lodge

Day 9 • Thursday • Fairbanks
Return to Fairbanks today and spend one last evening “in town”.
Hotel: Pike’s Waterfront Lodge

Day 10 • Friday • Departure from Fairbanks
Your tour comes to an end. Return home from Fairbanks.
* Let the hotel know the day before your flight schedule so you can make use of the included transfer to the airport from the hotel.
Meals: Breakfast


© Alaska.org
© Vincent Ledvina
© Alaska Railroad Train


INCLUSIONS

9-nights accommodation, meals as listed, Matanuska Glacier Walk, Turnagain Arm Tour, Aurora Train Anchorage to Fairbanks, Arctic Circle & Northern Lights Tour, Murphy Dome Tour, round trip transfers between Fairbanks and Chena Hot Springs. Daily pool passes included while at Chena Hot Springs.
Some portions of this itinerary may be subject to change. 


EXCLUSIONS

Any airfares not specifically included
All expenses not specified under Inclusions


* The prices are per person expressed in US Dollars.
NOTE: Embracing the unexpected is part of the legacy—and excitement—of expedition travel. When traveling in extremely remote regions, your expedition staff must allow the sea, the ice and the weather to guide route and itinerary details. This itinerary is a tentative outline of what you’ll experience on this voyage; please be aware that no specific itinerary can be guaranteed.



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