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Alaska’s Northern Lights
March 3-12, 2021 - Nine Nights

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Itinerary:


Day 1 - Anchorage, Alaska
Your journey starts in Anchorage, a city on the edge of the snowcapped Chugach Mountains and 60 sparkling glaciers. This is your gateway to wilderness and adventure.

Day 2 - Wildlife Conservation Center
Drive along the Turnagain Arm to the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center. With a local guide, discover where orphaned or injured bears, wolves, porcupines, and moose are cared for in a 200-acre rehabilitation site. Following an afternoon at leisure, get into the spirit of the Iditarod at the exclusive Musher’s Banquet Dinner. Chat with the stars of the race, enjoy local entertainment, and watch the mushers draw their starting positions from a mukluk (Arctic boot.) (B/D)

Day 3 - Winter glacier cruise
Head to Whittier and embark on an incomparable glacier cruise of Prince William Sound, narrated by an expert guide. Blue skies collide with stark white glaciers, and playful otters dip in and out of the calm waters. Embrace the sheer magnitude of Alaska’s natural beauty as you venture through a geological wonderland. Return to Anchorage for dinner on your own. (B/L)

Day 4 - Iditarod ceremonial start
Welcome to the ceremonial start of the legendary Iditarod. Cheer on mushers, take photos of the energetic dogs, and peruse the local food vendors lining the streets. After the ceremony, visit the Alaska Native Heritage Center to delve into the area’s indigenous culture. Learn about dances and songs, shop for local crafts, and wander through the replica village to see how the people lived. (B)

Day 5 - Willow, Iditarod official start
Venture to Willow and feel the adrenaline in the air as the Iditarod mushers line up at the starting line for the official start of the race. Mushers leave in two-minute intervals, starting their 1,049-mile journey to the finish line in Nome. Cheer among the locals for your favorite dogs at this bucket-list event. After the excitement of the day, relax during dinner at a local restaurant. (B/D)

Day 6 - Anchorage, Palmer, Talkeetna
Take a step into the past when you visit the Musk Ox Farm. Learn about the musk ox project, a sustainable domestication effort that has worked to preserve, protect, and increase awareness of these wooly creatures since 1954. Continue on to Talkeetna as Denali, North America’s tallest mountain, looms large over the landscape. Check into the iconic Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge, perched on a ridge offering unforgettable views of Denali. Tonight, enjoy dinner and beer at one of Alaska’s most popular micro-brewers, the Denali Brewing Company. (B/D)

Day 7 - Talkeetna, Alaska Railroad, Fairbanks
Begin your day with a lecture on the down-to-earth Alaskan lifestyle before hopping on Alaska Railroad’s Aurora Winter Train for a full-day journey to Fairbanks. Sit back and relax as you are whisked away, through snow-covered mountains and striking valleys. Have your cameras ready, the train conductor will point out wildlife as you pass by. Dinner is included in the train’s dining car. This evening you arrive in Fairbanks, your home for the next three nights and one of the best places in Alaska to see the amazing northern lights. (B/D)

Day 8 - Fairbanks
Feel the brisk air and discover Fairbanks, the perfect juxtaposition of nature and civilization. Look into the past at the Antique Auto Museum, where vintage cars sit between timely artifacts and fashionable designer dresses from times gone by. Hop in a car yourself, throw on some flapper accessories, and pose for a perfect souvenir snapshot. In the afternoon, embrace the Iditarod spirit and try your hand at dog mushing, stepping into a sled with an expert guide and gliding over the snow with your very own pack of sled dogs (additional charges apply). Late this evening, chase the legendary northern lights, considered to be one of the most amazing natural spectacles in the world. Walk out in the snow under an unspoiled bed of stars and search for the shimmering hues of purple and green. (B)

Day 9 - Fairbanks
Enjoy a full day at leisure in the city of Fairbanks. Take this opportunity to relax or flex your sense of adventure with optional excursions (at an additional charge): consider flightseeing to the Arctic Circle or perhaps take a day trip to Chena Hot Springs, founded in 1905 by gold miners, as the springs are known for their healing remedies. Toast to your Alaskan adventure at a farewell dinner in a local restaurant. Later in the evening, enjoy a final chance to spot the northern lights. (B/D)

Day 10 - Fairbanks
Enjoy a relaxing morning before heading to the Museum of the North, the University of Alaska’s collection featuring 2.2 million years of biodiversity and thousands of years of human history. Enjoy some free time before departing for the airport and your journey home. Recall your astounding memories of The Last Frontier. (B)



Departure From:
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Cleveland
Columbus
Louisville
Newark
Philadelphia
Pittsburgh



Price Includes:



Deposit:
A nonrefundable deposit of $1,750.00 per person is due at the time of booking. A Trip Cancellation Waiver of $299.00 per person (nonrefundable) is available and must be purchased at time of deposit.



Hotels (subject to change):
Anchorage, Hilton Anchorage - 5 nights
Talkeetna, Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge - 1 night
Fairbanks, Pikes Waterfront Lodge - 3 nights



Notes:



Final Payment:
December 18, 2020



Cancellation Penalties:
$1,750.00 per person is nonrefundable. Cancel on or after December 18, 2020, and the entire tour is nonrefundable. With Trip Cancellation Waiver purchase (at time of deposit) you may cancel for any reason prior to the day of departure and receive a full refund less cost of waiver ($299.00 per person).


Travel Insurance:
Please ask your Travel Agent about travel insurance to protect your investment.


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Pricing Table

AAA Rate - Per person rate prior to any discounts or promotions is based on double occupancy and is subject to air availability, current taxes, and fuel surcharges:

  Single Double Triple
Buffalo On Request $5,349.00 On Request
Cleveland On Request $5,249.00 On Request
Columbus On Request $5,249.00 On Request
Louisville On Request $5,249.00 On Request
Newark On Request $5,049.00 On Request
Philadelphia On Request $5,049.00 On Request
Pittsburgh On Request $5,199.00 On Request

Airfare, taxes, surcharges, gratuities, transfers and excursions are additional unless otherwise indicated. Fuel surcharges, government taxes, other surcharges and deposit, payment and cancellation terms/conditions are subject to change without notice at any time. Rates quoted are per person, based on adult double occupancy unless otherwise stated. Cruise rates are capacity controlled. Rates, terms, conditions, availability and itinerary are subject to change without notice. Other airline restrictions, including, but not limited to baggage limitations and fees, standby policies and fees, non-refundable tickets and change fees with pre-flight notification deadlines may apply. Fees and policies vary among airlines without notice. Please contact the airline directly for details and answers to specific questions you may have. Certain restrictions may apply. AAA members must make advance reservations through AAA Travel to obtain Member Benefits and savings. Member Benefits may vary based on departure date. Unless otherwise stated, rate is accurate at time of printing and is subject to availability and change. Not responsible for errors or omissions. AAA East Central acts only as an agent for the various cruise and tour providers listed.


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