6 Day Alaska with Northern Lights 2021 (Thursday Departure)
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DAY 1, Thursday - Arrive in Fairbanks
Arrive in Fairbanks, known as the Golden Heart City, and transfer independently to the hotel. For those who wish to embark on a quest for the Northern Lights* (Aurora Borealis), meet with your Tour Manager at approximately 9:30 PM. We recommend that you select flights which arrive in your destination no later than 7:30 PM on Day 1 of the itinerary or earlier.
DAY 2, Friday - Highlights of Fairbanks, Morris Thompson Center, Welcome Evening
Today, take a city tour of Fairbanks including a visit to the Morris Thompson Cultural Center, featuring exhibits about Alaska's people, wildlife and landscapes. Proceed to the Museum of the North, one of Alaska’s finest museums and visit the award-winning exhibits. Afterward, drive to the Trans-Alaska Pipeline Viewpoint to get a close-up look at this engineering marvel. Afternoon is at leisure. Tonight, enjoy a Welcome Dinner and Drink before you head out for another chance to search the skies for the Northern Lights at a different location. (Breakfast, Dinner)
DAY 3, Saturday - Nenana, Denali National Park, Healy
Embark on a scenic drive south to Denali National Park. En route, visit the town of Nenana, home of the Nenana Ice Classic! Upon arrival into Denali, tour the Murie Science and Learning Center which acts as the Denali Visitor’s Center in the wintertime. Watch the National Park Film, “Heartbeats of Denali”, hear from a local ranger about the park, and even have a chance to snowshoe! (Breakfast, Lunch)
DAY 4, Sunday - Talkeetna, Anchorage
This morning, transfer to Denali Depot. Board the world-famous Alaska Railroad for your scenic journey south to the community of Talkeetna, believed to be the inspiration for the fictional community of Cicely in the TV show “Northern Exposure”. Afterward, travel by bus to Anchorage, Alaska’s largest city. Keep an eye out for views of majestic Denali, weather permitting. Upon arrival in Anchorage, transfer to your hotel. (Breakfast)
DAY 5, Monday - Anchorage, Mt. Alyeska
Begin the day with a city tour of Anchorage featuring the historic downtown area, Lake Hood, where over 190 floatplanes takeoff and land daily. Continue to Earthquake Park and learn about the 1964 earthquake. Afterward, travel along the scenic Seward Highway and stop for a visit to the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center* where you will have a chance to see Alaska’s wildlife up-close. Travel to the resort town of Girdwood, nestled at the base of Mt. Alyeska. Take a scenic tram ride to the top of Mt. Alyeska and marvel at the stunning views of Cook Inlet. Return to Anchorage in the early evening. Tonight, join your Tour Manager and newfound friends for a Farewell Dinner and share wonderful memories of your adventure in Alaska. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
*Due to seasonal closures, the visit to the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center may be substituted with the Alaska Zoo.
DAY 6, Tuesday - Return Home
Your vacation ends after breakfast. (Breakfast)
All This Included
5 nights accommodations
Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
9 meals: 5 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners
Rail service from Denali National Park to Talkeetna
Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout
Entrance fees per itinerary
Search the skies for the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis)*, among the most spectacular phenomena on earth
Take a city tour of Fairbanks, the “Golden Heart City”
Travel on the world-famous Alaska Railroad
A chance to view majestic Denali, the tallest mountain in North America
Visit the town of Nenana, home of the Nenana Ice Classic
Board a scenic tram ride to the top of Mt. Alyeska with amazing views of the Cook Inlet
Visit to Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, to learn about Alaskan wildlife
*Northern Lights tour is subject to correct weather conditions and sightings cannot be guaranteed. The Northern Lights tour departs in the late evening and may not return until after midnight
Fairbanks: Pike's Waterfront Lodge
Healy: Aurora Denali Lodge
Anchorage: Sheraton Anchorage Hotel & Spa
Some domestic flights arrive late at night on Day 1. Passengers arriving on Day 1 should select flights that arrive no later than 7:30 PM to participate in the first Northern Lights viewing. *Northern Lights tour is subject to correct weather conditions and sightings cannot be guaranteed. The Northern Lights tour departs in the late evening and may not return until after midnight.
Triple rooms consist of two double/queen beds for three persons; where available, a fee may be charged by the hotel for the addition of a cot/rollaway.
This moderately active program covers a fair amount of ground each day and gives you the opportunity to search for and perhaps view the Northern Lights. The included Northern lights tours, which run between two to five hours, depart between 9-10 PM often extend late into the evening and exact schedules depend on local weather conditions. Sightings cannot be guaranteed. Expect up to four hours walking every touring day. The pace is moderate, however you will encounter some uneven surfaces, stairs, and steps. The elevation in the National Park varies and may be a consideration for those who have heart conditions, or are otherwise affected by altitude. Keep in mind that winter in Alaska means snow, ice, and cold temperatures. Some venues are outdoors, so uneven and icy surfaces may be underfoot, therefore proper winter clothing and footwear are essential for your safety and comfort. Airport transfers are not included. Consider a taxi or shared ride service as the least expensive options. This is an Off Season program.
Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
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