Michelle’s “TAGISH LAKE KENNEL IDITAROD TOUR”
Book now! Our new 6-day, V.I.P. Iditarod adventure & behind the scenes experience is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Let veteran Iditarod musher Michelle Phillips be your personal guide to experience first-hand the excitement leading up to and duringthe start of the 2019 Iditarod race. Enjoy all the pre-race events and sightseeing opportunities Anchorage has to offer, while also gaining insider access by tagging along as Michelle assists her husband and veteran musher Ed Hopkins to get his team ready for the race start. Transportation provided by Spike Fortier of Alaska Discovery RV Tours. Package includes accommodations, Fourmeals, all admission tickets, Iditarod Trail Committee membership, transportation to and from airport and to all events, and many extras.
Day 1 (Feb 26)
Arrive in Anchorage where you will shuttle to the famous Lakefront Anchorage Hotel, the official headquarters and accommodations for the Iditarod! Mingle with mushers and meet their dog teams staying at the hotel—plus enjoy ongoing pre-race events and entertainment in the lounge.
Day 2 (Feb 27)
Get your bearings by exploring all the best Anchorage has to offer. We’ll van to some of the fabulous local museums, tour the impressive carvings at the Alaska State Snow Sculpture Contest, quick lunch at “Wishbone Restaurant”, then peruse the creations of over 150 Alaska native artisans at the Charlotte Jensen Native Art market. In the evening, relax and enjoy a delicious group dinner with Michelle, Ed, Doug & Spike.
Day 3 (Feb 28)
Let the pre-race excitement build! Today, you’ll enjoy several Iditarod events, including the meet-and-greet. In the evening, you’ll attend the Musher’s Banquet to enjoy a delicious meal with all the 2019 mushers, their families and fans. Don’t forget to pack a pen for autographs!
Day 4 (March 1)
Spend the day getting to know all the incredible dogs in Ed’s Iditarod team. You’ll learn about the ins and outs of mushing and dog care, and then go for a fabulous sled dog ride with these amazing athletes on scenic Anchorage-area trails. Evening is free.
Day 5 (March 2)
Today you get your authentic, behind-the-scenes Iditarod experience! You’ll be a “handler” or “helper-Spectator” for the team as we get ready. First, you’ll help harness and bootie the dogs. Then, you will try to hold the team back as we bring them up to the start line. For lunch/dinner, we’ll enjoy home-cooking at the famous Gwennies Old Alaska Restaurant. Enjoying other mushers who may join us for the meal.
Day 6 (March 3)
Today is the restart in Willow, the official start of the “Last Great Race” and the excitement is through the roof. With teams leaving every 2 minutes, you’ll be right there in the middle of it all, watching the mushers preparing and leaving—a true insider view of the Iditarod. This is the real deal, folks! You’ll be helping out as handlers or spectators, assisting Ed and his team up to the start line. After we see Ed and team off on his 1000-mile journey we will head back to Anchorage for our last group dinner and farewells.
Day 7 (March 4)
The Hotel van will take you to your flight for your Return home.
We have been able to limit the cost of the Iditarod tour to $4450 per person by offering so many events and experiences and conducting them solely by us, Michelle, Ed, Doug and Spike. We are offering this experience and keeping the number to four couples or eight people to keep the quality First Class. Call Spike to register for the tour or for any questions. 800 842 7764