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6 Day Alaska with Northern Lights 2019 (Thursday Departure)

6 days with Gate 1 Travel   Rating: First Class

Itinerary
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DAY 1, Thursday - Arrive in Fairbanks
Arrive in Fairbanks, known as the Golden Heart City. This evening, embark on your quest for the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) viewing and enjoy a warm non-alcoholic beverage.

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. Continue to the Trans-Alaska Pipeline Viewpoint to get a close-up look at this engineering marvel. Afternoon is at leisure or, choose from several optional tours, such as dog mushing tours, Arctic Circle flightseeing and many others. 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 Healy Station. 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. After lunch, 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 groups in February will visit the Alaska Zoo.

DAY 6, Tuesday - Return Home
Depart Anchorage to return home. (Breakfast)

All This Included
  • 5 nights accommodations
  • Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
  • Hotel porterage
  • 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
 
Highlights
  • 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.


Accommodations
Fairbanks: Pike's Waterfront Lodge
Denali: Aurora Denali Lodge
Fairbanks: Sheraton Anchorage Hotel & Spa
Notes
  • Some domestic flights arrive late at night on Day 1.
  • *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 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 altitude in the National Park varies and may be a consideration for those who have heart conditions, or are otherwise affected by height. 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. This is an Express program.
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
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