2024 Northern Lights Astronomy Tour with Bob Berman

Fairbanks, AK, USA

SI
11 reviews
Feb 19 - 26, 2024
Group size: 20 - 40
2024 Northern Lights Astronomy Tour with Bob Berman
Fairbanks, AK, USA

11 reviews

$NaN
Feb 19 - 26, 2024
Group size: 20 - 40

About this trip

Journey to Alaska with astronomer Bob Berman to experience the Northern Lights, and much more! Experience unique activities like a woodland dogsled ride and a private planetarium show, and keep warm in the geothermal spring fed pools of Chena Hot Springs. With lectures from renowned astronomer Bob Berman, get ready to learn and laugh as you enjoy Alaska and the northern sky at their best. 


What’s included

  • 7 Nights Hotel
    2 nights in Anchorage (2/16 & 2/17), 3 nights in Fairbanks (2/18, 2/19 & 2/22), 2 nights at Chena Hot Springs Resort (2/20 & 2/21)
  • 9 Meals
    3 dinners (one each in Anchorage, Fairbanks & Chena Hot Springs), 5 breakfasts (at Anchorage & Fairbanks hotels), 1 lunch (2/20))
  • Ground Transportation
    Ground transportation Feb 16 - 23 (there are no group activities on Feb 23)
  • Aurora Viewing
    Weather-permitting - While in Fairbanks, we will run excursions to view the Northern Lights for nights with clear skies and auroral forecasts of 3 or higher.
  • ANC - Planetarium Show
    Private planetarium show with Bob Berman
  • ANC - Scenic Tour
    Scenic bus tour of Anchorage with stops at Earthquake Park and Beluga Point
  • ANC - Train Ticket
    All-day rail journey from Anchorage to Fairbanks through Denali National Park.. Food will be available for purchase onboard.
  • ANC - Museum Admission
    Admission to Anchorage Museum
  • Lecture
    Astronomy lecture with Bob Berman in Fairbanks
  • Star Party
    Weather-permitting, outdoor Guide to the Northern Sky lecture with Bob Berman at Chena
  • Sno-Cat Ride
    Sunset Sno-Cat ride to summit at Chena Hot springs
  • Dogsled Ride
    Dogsled ride through forest at Chena Hot Springs Resort
  • Ice Park Admission
    Entry to Fairbanks Ice Sculpture Park
  • Museum Admission
    Admission to the Museum of the North
  • Auto Museum Admission
    Entry to Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum featuring vintage cars and clothing from the days of old.
  • Cultural Center Visit
    Trip to the Fairbanks Cultural Center
  • Airport Transfers
    Transfers between the Anchorage and Fairbanks Airports and the hotel on 2/26 and 2/23, respectively. Guests traveling on different days are responsible for their own transfers.
  • Gratuities
    Special Interest Tours will provide gratuities for the driver(s) and any group meals. However, gratuities for breakfasts or housekeeping will be at the guest's sole discretion.
  • Airfare
    Guests are responsible for arranging travel to and from the tour.
  • Meals not Listed
    Any meals not mentioned in the "Included" section will be the guest's responsibility.Please note that breakfasts are not included at Chena Hot Springs but will be available for purchase.
  • Alcoholic Beverages
    Guests will be responsible to pay for any alcoholic beverages ordered at meals.
  • Travel Protection Plan
    Guests will have the option of purchasing a travel protection plan and will be provided with a quote.

Available Packages

Double Occupancy
28 left

Pricing is per person and is for guests that will be sharing a room.

February 16-23, 2023

$4,456
Deposit: $500
Single Occupancy
10 left

Pricing is per person and is for guests that wish to have their own room.

February 27 - March 4, 2022

$5,546
Deposit: $500

Available options

2/15 Anchorage hotel
$170
2/24 Fairbanks hotel
$170
$NaN


Itinerary

Day 1
Arrive in Anchorage

Upon your arrival in Anchorage we will greet you at the airport and transfer 

you to the Hilton hotel. In the evening we will gather for dinner at one of 

Anchorage's fabulous restaurants.

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Reviews

I would be better able to evaluate the tour if it occurred. I was informed that the tour was cancelled for this year because of COVID problems in Alaska. I was told that it will be run in2023. Maybe I will be able to rate the trip then.
By RANDALL S for 2022 Northern Lights Astronomy Tour with Bob Berman on 13 Mar, 2022
Our trip was cancelled due to covid, so I can't say anything about how good or bad it might have been. Kudos to the organizers for the prompt refund.
By Eric S for 2022 Northern Lights Astronomy Tour with Bob Berman on 13 Mar, 2022
We had a most memorable experience, with interesting train excursions, expert narration on the bus, plenty of food and very good accommodations. Fall foliage was great in many places, and snow on Mt Washington not a surprise to us. Hannah and Angeli were terrific hosts, with attention to details to keep us happy!
By Richard C for 2021 New England Fall Colors by Rail on 18 Oct, 2021
Of fourteen rail rides over ten days, only five or six were worthy of attention. The rest were a waste if time. Food at welcome and farewell dinners was disappointing, Four of the eight included bagged breakfasts featured poorly prepared, unappetizing breakfast sandwiches. Lunches and dinners were primarily chicken or turkey with few, if any, options. Accommodations varied. Four were excellent, but two were definitely marginal. We have taken more than a dozen organized tours with various companies, including two with SIT. This was by far the most poorly organized. I would give them a D for this trip.
By Jeremy M for 2021 New England Fall Colors by Rail on 18 Oct, 2021
This trip needed a leader. While Anjali and Hannah were present, they allowed Dave from Trains to give travel information to the group which was often contradictory to the final outcome. You are in charge, Anjali, please present that way. Communication and direction were poor. For example, the breakfast location in Bar Harbor was not communicated to the group and was challenging for some people to attend. Some were unaware of the direction to leave bags outside the door of the same hotel. Multiple times the group was asked to wear their masks in the bus, but it was not enforced. I would estimate a minimum of 75% of the people on the bus were over 65 and many with compromised immune systems requiring the enforcement of masks. I was uncomfortable with alcohol being consumed on the bus. As a result of this trip, I cannot give a positive referral to friends regarding Specialty Interest Tours and I will not use them again.
By Steven E for 2021 New England Fall Colors by Rail on 12 Oct, 2021
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