Manley Hot Springs Drive/Fly Overnight Adventure with Dog Mushing Add-on

SCHEDULE

Available Sun, Tues, and Thurs:
May 28 – September 4.

Note* Passengers on the 15 Day Cruise Land Tour will not be able to schedule this Post Tour due to days of operation.
May 28 – September 4.

Departs Fairbanks at 9:00 am (Check-in – 8:30 am)
Transfer pick-up time: 8:15 am
Includes: Tour, Extra Night Hotel at the Westmark, all transfers.
• Meals not included unless specified in Tour.

Tour operates as independent tour 
(2 person minimum)

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Tour Summary:
• Ground tour out the Elliott Highway with a friendly, informative guide 120 miles to the Athabaskan village of Minto. Learn about the natural and cultural history of this wild and remote region.
• Enjoy lunch in Minto.
• Meet your village host and take a guided tour of Minto.
• Dog Mushing Tour *Please note that if you choose to participate in this experience there will be of necessity less free time in Manley Hot Springs.
• Continue by ground another 40 miles to Manley Hot Springs where you will have unstructured time to explore the village, soak in the Hot Springs (optional), experience or simply relax.
• Overnight at the historic Manley Roadhouse – the oldest roadhouse still in operation in Alaska.
• Fly back to Fairbanks while enjoying the beauty of Interior Alaska.

Note:* Hotel accomodations are standard rooms, offering a rustic features. These have no modern amenities. Bathrooms for these rooms are shared.


Note* Cost of the Hot Springs
This is paid directly to the Manley Hot Springs owners and is subject to charge of $15.00 (Charge subject to change

TOUR ITINERARY
DAY 1
7:30 am Ground tour north from Fairbanks.
12:00 pm Arrive in Minto village.
12:00 pm- Lunch (included) at Lakeview Lodge and
1:00 pm village hosted tour.
1:00pm Optional activities.
3:00 pm Depart Minto.
4:00 pm Arrive at Wild and Free Homestead for dog mushing experience
6:30 pm Depart Wild and Free.
7:15 pm Arrive in Manley Hot Springs.
7:30 pm Dinner (not included) and check in at Manley Roadhouse ( Standard Room )
8:30 pm- Unstructured time to explore the village.

DAY 2
8:00 am Breakfast (not included) at Manley Roadhouse.
10:15 am Depart Manley Hot Springs by plane.
11:10 am Arrive in Fairbanks.

Aircraft: Your flight will be a regular schedule flight of Warbelows Air Ventures which does operate Piper Navajo Cheiftians.
Tour Flights and fly Navajos.” These aircraft can seat up to 9 passengers and the pilot. Every seat is a window seat in a Navajo!

The above is only intended to provide an approximate tour itinerary. Northern Alaska Tour Company strives to make each tour a unique and personalized tour experience. The exact schedule of each tour varies day-to-day and is dictated by the interests of the group and unique events of the day, not by a rigid pre-set itinerary.

 

Wild and Free Dog Sled Adventures
This is an optional add-on to our Manley Hot Springs Village Overnight Adventure. Guests choosing this option MUST BOOK THE Manley Hot Springs Village Overnight Adventure as it is the only way to get to the Wild and Free homestead.

Guest will be brought to the Wild and Free homestead by their Northern Alaska Tour Company guide, spend several hours with the handlers and dogs at Wild and Free, and be picked up and brought to Manley Hot Springs later in the evening.*

Wild and Free is located near Eureka, Alaska, an abandoned village that got its inception around 1899 when gold was discovered in Eureka Creek. The area was steadily mined until around 1940, after which periodic, low volume activity occurred up until recent times. Several well-know dog mushers have lived and mushed in Eureka since the 1980s, including Susan Butcher, Dave Monson, and the “King of the Iditarod”, Rick Swenson.

Following in these rather large footsteps, Brent Sass bought the old 1970s Salter Homestead in 2012 and turned it into a home base for Wild and Free Mushing. Sass has been mushing professionally since 2011 and won the Yukon Quest in 2015.

Your Wild and Free dog Mushing experience will last approximately two hours and features a visit to the Wild and Free dog yard, a dog-powered ride along the beautiful wilderness trails around the homestead, and a chance to relax and chat about dog mushing in Alaska, gold mining in Eureka and the homesteading life in remote Alaska.

Since these tours are offered during the summer months, the dog-mushing is done using a wheeled sled called a side-by-side rather than a runner sled.
*Please note that if you choose to participate in this experience there will be of necessity less free time in Manley Hot Springs.

SAFETY IN THE WILDERNESS
It is important that travelers with Northern Alaska Tour Company understand that Alaska’s Arctic is a truly remote wilderness region. Traveling through vast wilderness stretches requires adequate time and preparation. Weather or mechanical factors, albeit infrequent, can result in multi-hour delays. Medical facilities are limited. Limited communication and transportation infrastructure inherently cause evacuation for illness or other emergency situations to take, at the very best, several hours to conduct. For this reason, travelers to this region should be of reasonable health and physical condition.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR MANLEY HOT SPRINGS OVERNIGHT ADVENTURE WITH DOG MUSHING

TOUR VEHICLES
Northern Alaska Tour Company strives to provide a personalized touring experience. Touring is done in small groups utilizing a 10-passenger tour van. The flight portion of the tour is typically conducted in 9-passenger twin-engine aircraft.

GUIDES
Northern Alaska Tour Company guides are highly-trained and knowledgeable and eager to share their unique understanding of Alaska with you based on their personal experiences. We are confident you will find the level of service provided by your guide to be as high or higher than you have ever before experienced.

SEATING
Guest seating is rotated throughout the day. Thus, each guest is provided with a variety of different viewing perspectives and the opportunity to interact with others on the tour.

Northern Alaska Tour Company strives to provide a personalized touring experience. Touring is done in small groups utilizing a 10-passenger tour van. The flight portion of the tour is typically conducted in 9-passenger twin-engine aircraft.

GRATUITIES
As with other service industries, tips are not required but are used to reward guides for a job well done. Standard tip amounts range from $10.00-$20.00 per guest, per day for excellent service.

SMOKING
The inside of the vehicle is maintained as a smoke-free environment. There are opportunities to smoke outside the vehicle along the tour route.

WHAT TO WEAR / BRING
Dress for comfort, not to impress. Wear comfortable walking-type shoes you don’t mind getting a bit soiled in the event of rain. Dress in layers, and bring a medium-weight jacket.

RESTROOMS
Outhouses are the norm for the Elliott Highway. Frequent rest stops are made along the tour route. The longest time period between stops is approximately 2 hours.

GUEST SAFETY
Guest safety is our foremost priority. Guides are licensed to operate commercial vehicles. Tour vehicles are CB radio and satellite phone equipped. Weather conditions always dictate safe flight altitude. At times it is necessary to fly above cloud cover, thus reducing or even eliminating aerial visibility.

NOTE: It is very important to limit yourself to one hand-carry size bag per person of 10-15 pounds. If needed, we can store excess luggage and deliver it to you upon your return from the tour.

LUGGAGE
NOTE: It is very important to limit yourself to one hand-carry size bag per person of 10-15 pounds. If needed, we can store excess luggage and deliver it to you upon your return from the tour.

ACCOMMODATIONS
In the spirit of the remote wilderness, the overnight accommodations consist of very basic, clean rooms that are extremely rustic by urban standards. Bathrooms with showers are down

ALTERATIONS
PLEASE NOTE: Guest safety always takes precedence over convenience. Occasionally, weather or other circumstances may require alteration/cancellation of a portion of the scheduled tour itinerary.
If the tour requires an overnight stay due to weather or uncontrollable circumstances the cost of accommodations and meals is the guest’s responsibility.

THE HOT SPRINGS
The hot springs facility in Manley is a large greenhouse with 4 small, cement baths surrounded by lush indoor vegetation. The bath house is rented by the hour. There is no changing room but each user (or party) can lock the door for privacy. There is no outhouse. Use of the bathhouse is optional and NOT included in the tour and may not be practical due to the length of the dog mushing experience. If interested, ask your guide for further information.

INCLUSIONS
The tour price includes a guided ground tour from Fairbanks to Manley Hot Springs and air transportation from Manley to Fairbanks, as well as your Wild and Free add-on. Local restaurant meals will be available (not included in tour cost) but guests may bring their own snacks/food.

Tours are operated as independent Tours.
Operates: May 21 – Sept 15 Daily except, Not available on Sundays-Memorial Day – July 4 – Labor Day Hotel transfer pick-up:
7:45 AM Check-in time: 8:00 AM Departs:
9:00 AM Return to Fairbanks Approx 4:15 PM – 4:45 PM