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Aurora Rail Adventure & Bettles Lodge

Categories:

  • Holidays
  • USA and Canada
  • Alaska

Price:

From $4,557

Stay:

7 nights

Travel Dates:

Thursday 5th of December 2019 until Thursday 26th of March 2020

Description:

Aurora Rail Adventure & Bettles Lodge - 8 Days / 7 Nights - from $4557* per person (with World Journeys).

• Anchorage • Talkeetna • Fairbanks • Bettles Lodge •

From Anchorage, travel through to the charming town of Talkeetna, where you'll enjoy a guided sled dog tour with an Iditarod champion. Continue your journey on board the Aurora Winter train north to Fairbanks for an overnight stay. Travel by small plane to Bettles Lodge, one of the best places to see the Aurora Borealis. Returning to Fairbanks for one last night.

Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrive Anchorage. Upon arrival in Anchorage transfer at your own cost to your hotel, the rest of the day is at leisure to enjoy the sights. With almost 300,000 people calling it home, Anchorage is the largest city and cosmopolitan centre of Alaska. While not the capital of the state, it is the self-proclaimed gateway to Alaska for many visitors. Built originally as a railway depot, the city grew with the development of the farming collective in the Mat-Su valley and the building of Air Force bases. With the discovery of oil, the city became the commercial and financial centre of the state. Situated on the Pacific Ocean on Cook Inlet and moderated by the ocean, the city does not often get the extreme weather that much of Alaska is renowned for. A vibrant and unique city on the edge of the Alaskan wilderness - parks, trails, and moose all for a unique setting, and there are plenty of opportunities for exploring if you choose. The quaint log cabin visitor centre is a good place to start.

Overnight at: Hilton Anchorage Hotel - Standard Room

Day 2: Anchorage > Talkeetna with Winter Dog Sledding (L). Your full day adventure begins with a transfer from Anchorage to Talkeetna. Upon arrival in Talkeetna, enjoy a town tour and lunch before heading to the homestead of Dallas Seavey, a four-time Iditarod Champion. After receiving a thorough orientation of how to handle the huskies and harnessing your team to the sled, you will embark on your own 6-mile mini-expedition. Follow your musher guide into the groomed dog sled trails of Talkeetna's snowy boreal forest. After, return to the kennel, where you will have plenty of time to take photos with the dogs and meet the puppies! The rest of your day is at leisure in Talkeetna.

Overnight at: Susitna River Lodge - Cabin

Day 3: Talkeetna >Fairbanks. Today, travel Talkeetna to Fairbanks onboard the Aurora Winter Train. Along the way, the train stops as needed at Healy and Nenana before arriving to Fairbanks this evening.

Overnight at: Springhill Suites by Marriott - Double Suite

Day 4: Fairbanks > Bettles Lodge (B,D). Make your own way to the East Ramp of the Fairbanks Airport. Depart Fairbanks this morning for your scenic 1-hour flight to Bettles Lodge over the Yukon River and above the Arctic Circle with experienced and knowledgeable Alaskan pilots. The Bettles Lodge staff will greet you at the airplane to take your luggage and show you to the lodge for check in. You will then be escorted by your knowledgeable guide for a tour around the Village of Bettles. Bettles is isolated from the outside most of the year, with only an ice road two months in the winter. Find some peace away from cell phone service and the electronic world to enjoy the beauty and serenity of the wilderness. After dinner, guests can relax while waiting for the Aurora Borealis at the lodge or Aurora viewing cabin.

Overnight at: Bettles Lodge - Jacuzzi Room

Day 5 & Day 6: Bettles Lodge (B,L,D). Two full days at Bettles Lodge. After breakfast, enjoy a guided snow shoe excursion or a self-guided cross country ski around the lodge. You may want to enjoy an optional activity in the afternoon (not included). In the evening, enjoy a bonfire out by the fire pit. Guests will have time at leisure, to enjoy the Aurora Borealis.

Overnight at: Bettles Lodge - Jacuzzi Room

Day 7: Bettles Lodge > Fairbanks (B). On your return flight to Fairbanks, you will take the morning or afternoon flight and will return by approximately 1.00pm or 5.00pm. The rest of your day is at leisure to enjoy Fairbanks.

Overnight at: Springhill Suites by Marriott - Double Suite

Day 8: Fairbanks (B). Upon check-out of your hotel your tour ends.

Includes: 

• 7 nights accommodation • Winter Dog Sledding Tour with lunch • Alaska Railroad - Talkeetna to Fairbanks Aurora Winter Train in Adventure Class seating

3 night Alaska Aurora Viewing at Bettles Lodge including • Roundtrip airfare between Fairbanks and Bettles Lodge • Cross country skiing (ski boots, skis, and poles included) • Guided snow shoe excursions (snowshoes included) • Nightly Aurora Viewing in the Aurora Viewing Cabin • Village tour, evening bonfire, dry sauna • Arctic gear: Parkas, snow pants, boots, mittens, face masks, hats • All meals, snacks, and soft drinks

Departs:

2019 Departures:  Dec 5, 12, 19, 22, 26, 29

2020 Departures: Jan 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, Feb 2, 6, 9, 13, 16, 20, 23, 27, Mar 1, 8, 10, 12, 15, 17, 19, 22, 24, 26

Conditions: * It is our policy to present the cost of our flights & holidays inclusive of all airport and government charges. Please accept however that these charges are not within our control, therefore we reserve the right to pass on any increase. Travel agent professional service fees where charged, will be additional to the advertised prices.

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