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VISITING: Alaska BROCHURE CODE: 5407
All prices include: transfers, accommodation, guided activities and meals; all as listed.
This eleven-night action-packed tour of Alaska centres on the world-famous Iditarod dog sledding race. Get in and amongst the action and experience dog sledding through the Alaskan Wilderness. Once the race starts, you’ll enjoy experiences such as snowshoeing, glacier walks and Aurora hunts.

What's included?

  • Transfers: return airport transfers (from Anchorage)
  • Accommodation: 11 nights double/twin room accommodation with en-suite bathroom
  • Meals: 11 breakfasts; 5 lunches, 3 dinners
  • Activities: scenic city tour, meet & greet with Iditarod mushers, Iditarod Mushers’ Banquet, husky safari, Iditarod ceremonial & official start, snowshoeing, small ship cruise into Prince William Sound, Fairbanks Ice Art and Exhibition tour, Aurora watch, Chena Hot Springs visit and tour of Ice Museum*, wilderness lodge Aurora watch, scenic rail travel from Fairbanks to Anchorage, glacier hike (order of activities are subject to change)**
  • Meet & greet on arrival
  • Services of our expert local guides
  • Flights: Flight from Anchorage to Fairbanks in economy class is included. Please note that international flights are NOT included

*Please note: any travellers under the age of 18 are not allowed to swim in the outdoor hot pool at Chena Hot Springs, instead they must use the indoor geothermal-heated pool.

** Please note: depending on the weather conditions, the official Iditarod starting point may need to be adjusted in order to ensure a safe start for the competitors. If this happens, your tour will be amended accordingly to accommodate the new starting point and the order of activities, transport and accommodation may need to change. The starting line location will be confirmed 1-2 weeks prior to the race.

 


The Iditarod is one of the world’s greatest dog sledding endurance races, covering over 1000 miles of harsh, yet utterly beautiful terrain. This trip offers you the chance to meet the mushers and enjoy the exhilarating race start, whilst also taking part in some amazing winter adventures and exploring this wonderful state. Combining the start of the Iditarod with some of Alaska’s must-do winter attractions makes this an exciting, action-packed tour.

The Iditarod is a world famous feat of endurance and this holiday allows you to meet the people who make it all possible and to mingle with the mushers. You can get a real sense of adventure and take part in trailside activities, but all from a very comfortable perspective.

Starting in Anchorage, you will be taken on a scenic tour of the city, travelling from coast to mountain top. You'll then join the Iditarod mushers for their pre-race banquet, which will be filled with sumptuous Alaskan food and captivating tales of races gone by. One of the real highlights is that you will get to join a dog sledding safari led by retired racing dogs and younger ones training to be Iditarod champions. This is a dog sledding session like no other! You’ll feel a real connection to the mushers as you watch the enthralling start of the race.

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After the Iditarod, you will head onto the cool waters of Prince William Sound for a small boat cruise into Blackstone Bay, where you will disembark to explore the beach and photograph the glaciers and icebergs that abound.

Travelling north, you will fly to the city of Fairbanks, which is renowned for its Northern Lights displays. Here you will enjoy a tour of the Ice Art Park and International Ice Art Exhibition and an Aurora watch in the wilderness, as well as a visit to the unique Chena Hot Springs, where you can enjoy a dip in the geothermal pools and keep your eyes peeled for the Aurora in the evening. You'll then head south to Anchorage along the scenic railway and finally, your tour will then be capped off with a glacier walk during which you can get up close to one of nature’s most marvellous natural wonders.

This tour includes some truly fantastic experiences that provide a wide array of authentic Alaskan winter adventures that really are unparalleled and will no doubt leave you in love with this beautiful northern state.


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Key facts

Duration:11 nights
Pace:Active
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  • Arriving at Anchorage Airport, you will be given a warm Alaskan welcome and transferred to your charming hotel in downtown Anchorage.

    The airport is only a short drive from the centre, but nevertheless, you will be treated to some incredible sights as you marvel at the snow-topped mountains and sea that surround Anchorage.

    Your hotel is ideally situated right in the heart of Anchorage and only a short walk from the Iditarod start line. The city is awash with restaurants, cafés and bars and you can find some incredible food, such as Alaskan king crab and beautiful seafood platters, so why not explore the streets tonight and enjoy the atmosphere of this vibrant northern town.

    Please note that winter clothing is not included during your trip, however, it is recommended and if you would like to rent clothing prior to your arrival, we can provide you with contact details for an outfitter that can offer this service.

    Included Meals:  None
  • After enjoying breakfast at the hotel, your morning is free to explore Anchorage as you see fit. The city is home to some incredible visitor attractions, such as the Alaska Native Heritage Centre and the Alaska Museum, which are both packed with wonderful artefacts and stories covering the indigenous population of Alaska through to the gold mining era and modern day.

    Pop into one of the cosy cafés and bakeries and sample some Alaskan delights that will warm you up for the day ahead. Alternatively, if you would like to enjoy the beautiful scenery that surrounds the city, only a short walk from your door is the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail, which is a beautiful paved path that wraps along the coast and offers you incredible views of the sea and mountains beyond.

    This afternoon you will be picked up from your hotel at approximately 2 pm for a two-hour scenic city tour. You will travel to Ship Creek, Bootlegger's Cove and Earthquake Park to learn about the fascinating history of Anchorage and Alaska. You'll also get to see Lake Hood, the busiest seaplane base in the world, with planes using skis in the winter and water floats in the summer. Following this, it's on to the Chugach Mountains for a fabulous view of Anchorage and the surrounding wilderness before heading back for this evening's entertainment.

    Your group will then join the Musher Meet & Greet event, which will give you the chance to meet with the Iditarod mushers and learn about their time on the trails and their plans for the race ahead. Following this, you will then join the Iditarod Mushers’ Banquet, where you will enjoy a hearty dinner while watching the race entrants draw for their starting bib number. These experiences really give you a sense of connection to this race.

    Return transfers to your hotel are included.

    Included Meals:  Breakfast, Dinner
  • After enjoying another breakfast in the hotel, you will travel north to Willow, right in the heart of dog mushing country, where you will get to experience a true Alaskan winter adventure.

    Regarded as Alaska’s official sport, dog sledding is ingrained in the Alaskan way of life and it is a wonderful spectacle to behold and even better to experience. You will be taken to the dog kennels of the renowned Iditarod champion Dallas Seavey, where you will get to meet the eager dogs and take part in a gear demonstration and Q&A session with an experienced dog musher.

    The dogs that you will be using today will be a mixture of retired racing dogs and younger dogs in training to become future Iditarod champions. You will have the amazing opportunity to ride the runners of the sled behind a team of dogs who can't wait to get on the trail. A professional musher will take you out onto the trails and you will ride two guests per sled, enjoying a 40-60 minute sledding tour in the heart of the Alaskan winter wilderness.

    After experiencing the thrill of the trails, you will have a warming lunch and then be taken back to your hotel in Anchorage, returning at approximately 5:30 pm. You will then have the evening free to enjoy as you see fit, so why not head out to sample some more authentic Alaskan cuisine and revel in today’s excitement. The atmosphere in town will be really special as the tension builds ahead of the race start.

    Included Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch
  • Today is the ceremonial start of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, right in the heart of downtown Anchorage. After breakfast at the hotel, you will have the morning free to wander through town prior to the celebrations.

    The ceremonial start takes place on 4th Avenue at 10 am, which is only a short walk away from your hotel. The street has been lined with snow, ready for today’s celebrations. You can enjoy the exhilarating and somewhat whacky Running of the Reindeer in which brave locals try to out run herds of reindeer as they stampede down the high street – an amazing sight to witness!

    Wrapped up in the organised chaos of the race, you can then watch the sled dogs and their mushers racing down the street in this surreal, yet wonderful experience.

    After this, why not head to the Alaska Native Heritage Centre to watch the vibrant annual dancing and drumming demonstration. The centre is located out of town, however, a free shuttle is available from the nearby Visitors’ Centre and it is well worth a visit.

    Included Meals:  Breakfast
  • After yesterday’s fun and games, today is the official start of the Iditarod. Following breakfast, you will be picked up from your hotel at approximately 9:30 am and transferred north to Willow Lake with freshly baked scones and hot chocolate to keep you warm. Your knowledgeable guide will regale you with stories of the Iditarod, as well as explain the various race rules and guidelines so that you are ready for the official start.

    Upon arrival, our local guides will have set up a race tent where you can relax and enjoy the day ahead. Hot drinks and food are available all day in the tent and you also have the option to head out on snowshoes and explore the race starting area and trail, which is a definite, must-do activity in our opinion.

    Watch the mushers and their team of dogs as they set off into the wilderness, wrapped up and fully loaded with supplies, ready for the next few days of endurance. It is a truly unique moment to be a part of and no doubt it will be a memory that you will cherish forever.

    After watching the mushers head out into the frozen landscape beyond, you will travel back to Anchorage where you will arrive at approximately 7 pm. The evening is free for you to sample more of Anchorage’s restaurants and cafés.

    Included Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch
  • Following breakfast at the hotel, you will be picked up for your journey south today.

    Travelling along the coastal inlet known as Turnagain Arm, you will get to see some of the most spectacular mountains in Alaska. Steep, snow covered hills and peaks tumble into the icy sea, which is home to beluga whales and countless bald eagles. This highway is one of the most scenic roads in Alaska, so the journey is sure to amaze you.

    Travelling to the seaside town of Whittier, you will board a small ship and head out into the cool waters of Prince William Sound for a four-hour cruise. Bordered by mountains and glaciers, the sound is home to hundreds of islands with beautiful shingle bays and tree-studded outcrops, as well as a huge variety of wildlife.

    Prince William Sound contains 150 glaciers, including 17 tidewater glaciers, which are known for dramatically calving huge chunks of ice into the water below. During the cruise into Blackstone Bay, you will sail towards one of these tidewater glaciers to marvel at the gigantic wall of ice and hopefully witness a calving, as the ice crashes into the sea with an enormous crack.

    Your vessel will beach at Blackstone Bay (weather permitting) where you will have some time to explore and enjoy the unbelievably stunning surroundings that you are in. A packed lunch will be served on board.

    After enjoying the beauty of Prince William Sound, you will be driven back to Anchorage with plenty of chances to stop and enjoy the scenic viewpoints along the way.

    Included Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch
  • The time has come today for you to leave Anchorage and head to Alaska’s northern city of Fairbanks. After enjoying breakfast at the hotel, you will be picked up and transferred to the airport for your journey north.

    Arriving into Fairbanks, your hotel shuttle will be waiting to pick you up and transfer you to downtown Fairbanks. For the next three nights, you will be staying at the Springhill Suites in Fairbanks, which lies on the banks of the Chena River and is ideally situated to enjoy this vibrant city.

    We recommend an early dinner tonight because you will be picked up at approximately 7 pm from your hotel and taken to Fairbanks’ Ice Art Park and International Exhibition. The park is filled with expertly crafted sculptures and interactive displays and you will be taken on a guided tour of this fascinating place. Hot drinks will be provided during the tour and you will have some free time to stroll through this enchanting winter wonderland on your own.

    Following this, you will be taken to a remote location in the Alaskan wilderness in search of the Northern Lights. The area around Fairbanks is prime Aurora territory, so hopefully, you will be in luck tonight and they will make an appearance. You will return to Fairbanks at approximately 2-3am, following your evening’s Aurora watch.

    Included Meals:  Breakfast
  • After breakfast at your hotel, today you have the day free to explore Fairbanks. This exciting northern town has plenty of cafés and restaurants to enjoy, as well as several visitor attractions, such as the Fairbanks Community Museum and the Morris Thompson Cultural and Visitors Centre, which are filled with cultural artefacts and enthralling displays.

    At approximately 3 pm, you will be picked up from your hotel and taken to Chena Hot Springs to enjoy the waters, the Ice Museum and hopefully the Northern Lights. The hot springs are located in the hills that surround the city and so they are away from light pollution, offering a prime spot for potential Aurora viewings that this area is so famed for.

    Whilst here, you will visit the Ice Museum, complete with fully-functioning Ice Bar. The ice sculptures are expertly crafted and beautifully presented, making this a truly magical experience to behold.

    Dinner will be served at the resort’s restaurant and then you will have some free time to enjoy the hot springs at your leisure, so don’t forget to pack your swimming clothes so that you can bathe in the glorious hot springs, surrounded by deep, crisp snow.

    Following this, you will drive to another prime Aurora spot and hopefully catch sight of the incredible Northern Lights. You will return to Fairbanks at approximately 2-3am.

    Included Meals:  Breakfast, Dinner
  • Today has been left as another free day for you to rest and relax after a busy few days exploring Alaska and chasing the Northern Lights.

    Why not have a leisurely morning and then spend the rest of the day exploring the city? Or perhaps try out some more local cafes and restaurants - one of the locals’ favourite spots for lunch is “Lunch” which is just across the Chena River and within walking distance of the hotel; they even serve their own organic coffee which is roasted on-site.

    Included Meals:  Breakfast
  • Today you will say farewell to Fairbanks as you are transferred to the train station via the hotel’s free shuttle for your journey south to Anchorage.

    The railroad is one of the most scenic routes that you are likely to ever travel, starting from the urban centre of Fairbanks and slowly winding through the foothills of the Alaska Range. The train will take you past Denali National Park, home to the mighty Mount McKinley, winding back and forth over the many rivers and canyons that are dotted throughout the region. Keep your eyes open for moose, caribou and Arctic fox as you journey through the dramatic landscape.

    The train will leave Fairbanks at 8:30 am (check-in at 7:30 am) and you will arrive in Anchorage at approximately 8 pm, where you will be met and transferred to your hotel a short distance away. Lunch and dinner on board are included today. 

    Included Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • After breakfast in your hotel, you will be picked up and transferred to the amazing Matanuska Glacier. Spanning 27 miles, this meandering, gigantic sea of ice is simply stunning to see and it is incredibly easy to access.

    Arriving in the glorious Matanuska Valley, you will spend approximately two hours on and around the glacier with your expert guide leading the way and showing you the hidden gems of the glacier, such as the blue meltwater pools and sheer walls of ice.

    Walking on the ice is obviously a slippery task, which is why you will be equipped with a helmet, walking stick and crampons for your shoes, which should keep you nice and stable. Please be sure to bring some sturdy footwear along, as well as an extra pair of socks for when you are finished.

    Snacks and water are provided during this tour and afterwards, you will stop for lunch at a viewpoint overlooking the glacier. You will then be taken back to your hotel in Anchorage where you can head out to enjoy a final Alaskan meal in one of the many nearby restaurants and reminisce on the days gone by and your action-packed tour of beautiful Alaska.

    Included Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch
  • Sadly the time has come to wave goodbye to Alaska. You will be picked up from your hotel and transferred to the airport for your flight home. Alternatively, if you would like to extend your time, please see our ‘Personalise’ section for further information.

    Included Meals:  Breakfast

Included in price

Voyager Inn

Nights: 1-6,10-11

The Voyager Inn is ideally situated in the heart of downtown Anchorage, close to several visitor attractions, as well as a variety of exciting restaurants and cafés. It is also only a five minute walk from the beautiful coastline of the Cook Inlet, which is home to beluga whales and bald eagles. The hotel is warm and welcoming and has been recently remodelled to a modern standard, offering a great base to enjoy the city of Anchorage and its surrounding area.

Hotel facilities

  • Guests of the hotel receive free access to the Hotel Captain Cook’s Athletic Club, featuring a gym, swimming pool and Jacuzzi. The hotel is a two minute walk from the Voyager Inn
  • Unlike other hotels and lodges in Alaska, guests can enjoy a full, complimentary breakfast each morning
  • On-site laundry facilities are available for guests to use and are payable locally
  • Free Wi-Fi is available throughout

Deluxe Room

These rooms include a king size bed or two queen beds and feature a kitchenette with a microwave and mini-fridge. All rooms have an en-suite bathroom with bath or shower, as well as a TV, hairdryer and coffee machine.

Image credits: Voyager Inn

Springhill Suites

Nights: 7-9

The Springhill Suites are operated by Marriott and are perfectly situated in the middle of downtown Fairbanks, close to restaurants, museums and shops and next to the enchanting Chena River, which winds through the city. With 140 guest rooms, this hotel is one of the largest in Fairbanks, but it offers some of the best quality accommodation available and provides a great base from which to explore the city.

Hotel facilities

  • Guests can enjoy the indoor pool and gym area free of charge
  • Breakfast is included for guests each day
  • A free shuttle service is also available for transfers to and from the rail station and airport
  • Lavelle’s Bistro is conveniently located on the main level and offers authentic Alaskan cuisine
  • An on-site laundry service is available and payable locally
  • Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel
  • There is a cash machine in the lobby area

Standard Suite

Each standard suite room includes either one king or two double beds, an en-suite bathroom with bath or shower, as well as a TV, telephone, kitchenette with mini-fridge and microwave and a desk workspace area with an armchair or sofa. Rooms also include air-conditioning and coffee/tea-making facilities.

Image credits: Springhill Suites

Personalise this tour


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Extend your stay in Anchorage

From £68pp

If you would like to spend more time in Anchorage, then you have the option to extend your stay at The Voyager Inn. With a wealth of activities to do in and around the city, we can help you to further explore this spectacular region.

Price is based on two adults sharing a standard double or twin room. Other options are available and will incur a supplement. Please ask our Travel Experts for a quotation.


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We include more, no hidden costs

On each of our holidays you will see a clear outline of exactly what's included in the price of your holiday. We never use 'headline' or 'lead-in' prices like so many tour operators, as we prefer to include as much as we can, rather than see our clients incur considerable additional costs in our destinations.
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Next season’s pre-sale dates and prices

To secure your holiday for next season, you can make a pre-sale booking and fix the price of your trip at the pre-sale price displayed below. Simply by paying a initial deposit of £400pp, you will protect yourself from any package price increases. The departure dates and itineraries remain preliminary and we will contact you when the final dates and itineraries are confirmed, you will then have 14 days to decide if you would like to go ahead. We reserve the right to charge supplements where there are significant changes to an itinerary or increases in flight costs. Any non-package rates remain subject to change.

Dates
Wed 26 Feb 2020
to Sat 08 Feb 2020
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Adults£ 2,870 Single Adult£ 3,620

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Holiday group size (approximate)

Approximately 2 - 16 people

Group size

We always try to provide an approximation of the group size you can expect to be with for the duration of each of our holidays. It may be that you are joined by others for parts of your holiday (such as transfers and particular activities) but the above number reflects those you can normally expect to be with from beginning to end. If group size is something which is particularly important to you, please speak to our Travel Experts and they can suggest the best holidays for you.

Tailor-made holiday group sizes will vary for all activities as will the group size for any additional activities you book.

Minimum numbers required for a holiday to operate

Some of our holidays require a minimum number of participants to operate (as listed in the ‘Group Size’ section). If your holiday departure has not yet reached the minimum number, you will be told at the time of booking. In the unlikely event that your chosen date is not guaranteed by nine weeks before your scheduled departure date, we will contact you to discuss the available options as per our booking conditions.

Minimum age

If a specific minimum age applies to this holiday, it can be found in the Key Facts box on the holiday Overview page.

Unless otherwise stated in the in the Key Facts box on the holiday Overview page, the minimum age for participation in an Artisan holiday is typically 8 years old (there may be younger children in some destinations who have booked with other companies). If an adult-only environment is important to you, then please contact our Travel Experts and they will advise on the best dates and destinations for you. If you are looking for a holiday designed specifically for families then please see our sister company www.activitiesabroad.com

Single supplements

Please note that some of our holidays may incur a single supplement. Please speak to one of our Travel Experts who will provide you with a quotation. 

Medical history and advice

We want our holidays to be accessible as they can be and will do our best to accommodate any special requests and requirements where possible. We have a wide range of holidays and destinations and so our travel experts will help find the best holiday for you.

In order to give us the best possible chance to do this we ask that if you or any member of your party has any medical condition or disability which may affect your holiday or has any special requirements, that you tell us at the time of enquiry or booking. You must also promptly advise us if any medical condition or disability which may affect your holiday develops after your booking has been confirmed. You may need to provide a doctor’s note and proof of insurance in some cases as the health and safety of our clients is absolutely paramount.

In providing this information you are allowing us to work with our expert local partners to ensure that your whole party can enjoy the holiday. By letting us know in advance we can discreetly work with you to adapt any part of the holiday which may potentially be challenging. Being able to prepare for this in advance makes an incredible difference to what we can offer and minimises any impact on your party and the rest of the group.

Unfortunately, if you choose not to share this information with us in advance then it may limit some or all of the itinerary you have booked, and we cannot be held accountable for any additional costs or missed activities resulting from this.

Pregnancy

If you are pregnant at the time of booking your holiday or you discover you are pregnant prior to your departure, firstly – congratulations! Secondly – please tell us as soon as possible. This situation does arise, and we are able to advise you both from our own first-hand experience and from discussing this at length with our expert local partners who have experience in this area. The more notice you can give us the better, in order to suggest any adaptions to the itinerary you have booked which will reduce the risk to both mother and baby. Please contact our customer service team at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

Insurance

Insurance is not included in your holiday, but it is a pre-requisite to travelling with us. You will need to ensure that you have cover for all the activities that you will be participating in during your holiday.

It is extremely important that you take out a suitable travel insurance policy at the time of booking. Plans do sometimes change, and you will need this policy should you need to cancel your holiday.

If you are struggling to find a suitable policy then details of our preferred provider, who will cover you for all the activities we offer, can be found on our website by clicking here. Please note that this policy is available to EU residents under the age of 75 only.

Reduced mobility

If you have a reduced level of mobility, then please contact our Travel Experts to discuss the suitability of this holiday in relation to your requirements.

Experience and fitness
Any activities included in your itinerary are all designed for beginners. Full instruction and tuition are provided for all activities and you do not need to have any previous experience. For example, you need never have set foot on a pair of skis of any kind before a cross-country ski tour. We have adults of all ages and fitness levels taking part in our holidays.

We do highlight certain itineraries where an increased level of fitness is required. If you have any questions at all with regards to fitness levels please get in touch and talk to one of our experts. You can find further details in our trip preparation section online. You must inform us at the time of booking if any of your party has a disability, medical or behavioural conditions which could affect their own participation in the holiday or indeed that of the other people on the holiday.

Guides and safety
It is essential when partaking in any activity that you listen very closely to, and abide by, the instructions provided. Nobody knows the environment better than our activity providers who work here almost every day.

Consequently, their knowledge and experience are unsurpassed. If there is anything that you are unsure of during a safety briefing or that you would like to clarify with the guides, please make this clear to them immediately before starting the activity.

There may be rare occasions when our guides consider local conditions unsuitable for a certain activity. Hence, your itinerary may be subject to change at short notice, but we will always endeavour to firstly find a replacement on the day and secondly, to provide the cancelled activity later in your stay whenever possible. Very occasionally it proves impossible to provide the activity in which case you will be refunded when you return home.

Our guides' word on activities is always final and your safety is their principal concern at all times, please respect their decisions. By following their instructions, your safety and enjoyment during each activity will be greatly enhanced.

You must inform us of any medical conditions that may affect your participation in an activity at the time of booking.

Booking activities locally and equipment hire

Additional activities can be booked locally in almost all our destinations. However, as per our booking conditions, we cannot be held responsible for any injury or loss incurred through participation in activities which are booked at your destination outside of our holiday itinerary (see our ‘Terms and Conditions’ for further details).

When arranging any such activity please always ensure that safety is your primary concern.

In some of our destinations, you can borrow or hire equipment for use in your free time. You do so entirely at your own risk. You must ensure that you are properly prepared, have the necessary equipment and knowledge (maps, etc) and ensure that where applicable, you follow marked routes. We recommend discussing your plans with the local teams who will be able to advise on the most suitable options for you.

Always let the reception/guide know where you are planning to go and take a torch and mobile phone (with the hotel/guide’s phone number stored). It is also a good idea to leave your contact number and the time you expect to return to the hotel should the hotel need to contact you.

Itinerary amendments

The order of activities is always subject to change and guests will be provided with their final itinerary upon arrival.

Car hire
If your trip includes car hire the named driver must have a credit card registered in their name which they can present when they collect their car along with their driving licence, as a deposit will be held on the credit card. Please see your trip dossier for full details.

Travel Safety and Foreign Office Advice

Our clients’ safety is at the centre of everything we do, and our operations team continually assesses and monitors the destinations we feature. We carry out thorough risk assessments and work closely with all of our suppliers to continually follow best practice. For up to date travel advice the UK government offers its Travel Aware website as well as the advice detailed below.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office Advice

We receive all updates from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) with regards to travel advice and we always ensure that we follow this advice in our operations. The FCO issues travel advisories for countries based on a very wide range of factors. They may provide notification about things as simple as a football match and crowds, or they may go so far as to advise against all travel to a region. We ask all our clients to refer to the relevant Travel Advice by Country for the destinations they are visiting in order to make an informed decision on the safety of the destination based on the details provided. It also provides vital information regarding entry requirements, embassy information, local laws and customs as well as specific safety and health. Guests should take responsibility for keeping themselves up to date with this advice. Please also ensure that, if you are transiting through another country, you have read the advice and meet the entry requirements for that destination too.

The FCO travel advice is applicable to British Passport Holders. Most governments will issue their own travel advice for a region and, if you are not a UK resident then you can find some helpful links below:

Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade http://www.smartraveller.gov.au/ New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade http://www.safetravel.govt.nz/ Canadian Consular Affairs Bureau http://voyage.gc.ca/ The U.S. Bureau of Consular Affairs http://travel.state.gov/content/travel/english.html

If the FCO deems that there is an unacceptable level of risk for UK citizens then, together with the government, they may issue an advisory against all travel to a region or country. If such an advisory is published, then we will act accordingly, and this may require the cancellation, curtailment or amendment of a holiday itinerary. These decisions are made on the basis of ensuring our clients’ safety and will affect all clients on the holiday, regardless of their nationality.

If one of our local experts suggests an amendment due to a situation which develops locally then we may also take the decision to amend an itinerary appropriately.

If we have to cancel your holiday prior to departure you will be offered the option of an alternative trip (where any price difference will either be refunded to or covered by you) or a full refund of the monies paid.

If we have to curtail a holiday, then you will be refunded for any costs for the elements we have been unable to deliver, where we have been able to secure a refund from our suppliers. If we must reroute a holiday, then any basis for refund is determined on a case by case basis and dependent on whether the central holiday experience was provided or not.

Flight schedule changes and connecting transportation

On your documentation, we will confirm your flight schedule. Sometimes the flight number, routing and timings might change prior to your departure. If the change is classed as a significant change then we will contact you to discuss this. Please see our booking conditions for details.

Flight schedule changes can impact on your pre and post-holiday travel arrangements if these have been booked separately to your holiday. We strongly recommend that you do not book transport (such as trains or transfers), car parking or non-connecting flights to the departure point for your holiday until you have received your final confirmed travel times when your final travel documents are issued. We are not responsible for the effect of any schedule change on your pre or post travel arrangements. We strongly recommend that you do not purchase non-flexible or non-refundable tickets to avoid cancellation and penalty charges.

Booking your own flights - cancellation disclaimer

If you have chosen to book your own flights, then you will need to wait until we confirm to you that the holiday departure has met the minimum numbers required to run (if applicable to your chosen holiday). Once the holiday is guaranteed to run, you will be informed and you can then make your arrangements.

If transfers are included in your holiday, please ensure that any potential flights will be met by our standard transfers (speak to one of our Travel Experts for advice) otherwise private transfer supplements may be applicable. Once your flights are booked, please send us a copy of your detailed flight itinerary.

Please be aware that most tickets are non-refundable in the case of cancellation. For this reason, we strongly advise you check the rules of the ticket and check the limitations of your cancellation insurance before booking. We cannot be held liable, in the unlikely eventuality that we should be forced to cancel or amend your trip, for losses incurred relating to any flight booking you have made.

Payment and cancellation terms:

Please note that the following payment and cancellation terms supersede in part those mentioned in sections 2 and 7 of our general booking terms and conditions.

Payment terms
- A deposit of £500pp or 25% (whichever is higher) of the total holiday cost is required at the time of booking. Full payment is required 70 days/10 weeks prior to departure.

Cancellation terms
- More than 70 days prior to departure - Loss of deposit (including the full cost of flights or other services where paid at the time of booking)

- 69 days or less = 100%

Waivers
Please note that for some itineraries and activities, our local representatives will require you to sign a waiver prior to taking part

Order of itinerary

Please note: depending on the weather conditions, the official Iditarod starting point may need to be adjusted in order to ensure a safe start for the competitors. If this happens, your tour will be amended accordingly to accommodate the new starting point and the order of activities, transport and accommodation may need to change. The starting line location will be confirmed 1-2 weeks prior to the race.

Traveller Reviews

The Iditarod, the Northern Lights and much more 01 March 2017 by Toni Whitham & Helen Bannan

My friend Helen and I recently got back from Alaska where we saw the Iditarod, the Northern Lights and much more. I just wanted to say a massive thank you for all the help you gave while we were planning our dream trip that we thought would be once-in-a-lifetime but after seeing it we both know in our hearts we will going back again. Thank You All!!



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