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ALASKA TRAVEL INFORMATION FROM ACCESS CULINARY TRIPS

ARRIVAL & DEPARTURE TRAVEL INFORMATION

Arrival Airport
On Day 1 of the tour, you will be picked up at Fairbanks International Airport (FAI). Please plan to arrive at the airport by 5 PM so that you have enough time to make it to the hotel and get settled before the welcome dinner.

Departure Airport
This trip will end in Anchorage, so please plan to depart from Ted Stevens International Airport (ANC). One group transfer will be provided and will be based on departure times. We will not know the exact time of the transfer until we have received the final flight information from all guests. We will notify you in advance should there be a wait time longer than two hours from your flight’s scheduled departure time. In this case, we can arrange in advance of your trip a private car and driver for an additional cost.

Pick-up & Drop-off Information
We provide complimentary group airport transfers on the first and last day of the tour. If you would like a private transfer, to be picked up or dropped off on a different day, or to be brought somewhere other than the airport, please contact us.

Flights
We do not book flights or insurance for our clients. If you would like assistance with purchasing your flights, please let us know and we will forward your contact information and trip details to our travel agent partner.


TRAVEL REQUIREMENTS FOR ALASKA 

Travel Insurance
Travel medical insurance, including emergency evacuation coverage, is compulsory for all our trips. We strongly recommend that you purchase travel insurance that includes cancellation protection so that you will be covered in the event that you are unable to attend our trip (due to injury, illness or other unforeseen circumstances). Please do not attend any of our trips without purchasing appropriate insurance coverage and providing the details to Access Culinary Trips.

Please note: proof of insurance is due within 14 days of booking, and delay in receipt may result in late documentation charges.

We do not provide travel insurance for our clients. Additional details are on our website at: http://www.accesstrips.com/company/insurance/

Age & Fitness Requirements
Children ages 12 and up are welcome on group trips. Children under 12 are welcome on private tours. Although our culinary vacation in Alaska is not an exceptionally active trip, there will be a bit of walking, entries and exits from a helicopter and a boat, and a dog sled ride. There is also a significant amount of driving on this vacation, so that we can relish some of Alaska’s most incredible experiences. Please contact us with any questions.


HEALTH & SAFETY IN ALASKA

Emergency Contact
If your friends or family need to contact Access Culinary Trips due to an emergency while you are on the tour, please have them refer to the pre-departure email that is sent out three weeks prior to departure, which will have specific contact information relevant to your trip. If you need to contact Access Culinary Trips while traveling, please also refer to the emergency contact information in the pre-departure email.

Safety & Security
To maximize your safety during our tours you should exercise common sense and caution at all times. We recommend that you always stick to set travel arrangements, and avoid unknown areas. We also recommend that you wear minimal jewelry and that you keep valuable items safely stored. Always keep a copy of your ID, airline tickets, and credit card numbers separate from where you keep the originals. 


ALASKA’S CLIMATE

Alaska has five distinct regions that can differ widely when it comes to weather. We visit the Interior and South-central regions on our tour. The summer months of July, August and early September are the best times to visit for milder temperatures and extended daylight hours.

Interior Region
This region is a true continental subarctic climate. In July and August temperatures can range from a daytime high of 70°F to a nighttime low of 48°F. Temperatures start to cool down further in early September with daytime highs of 55°F and nighttime lows of 38°F.

Southcentral Region
This coastal region tends to be a little more mild in the summer months with temperatures ranging from a daytime high of 65°F to a nighttime low of 45°F.

Note: Please be prepared for the possibility of rain on this tour.


WHAT TO TAKE TO ALASKA

We strongly recommend using TSA approved luggage locks on your bags and to hand carry valuables on the plane.

We recommend that you pack as lightly as possible. There may not always be someone available to help you carry your bags so you should only bring as much as you can carry on your own.

We suggest that you bring the following items:

Clothing & Equipment

  • Season specific clothing including items to layer with
  • Clothes to wear for optional dinner at upscale restaurant
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Bathing suit
  • Toiletries
  • Sunscreen / sunglasses / hat
  • Insect repellent
  • First-aid kit (should contain lip balm, aspirin, band aids, a cream for sore muscles (e.g. deep heat), Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, rehydration powder, extra prescription drugs you may be taking)

Travel Documents

  • Travel insurance (with photocopies)
  • Airline tickets (with photocopies)

Spending Money

Meals: All breakfasts, four lunches, and two dinners are included, including the meals you cook yourself.

Please plan to budget at least $15-$25 per lunch and $30-$40 per dinner for those meals that are not included, as well as money for snacks and drinks.

Tipping: Discretionary tips to your tour staff and service providers for good service are very much appreciated. Here are some guidelines:

  • Guide: $10 per guest per day
  • Helicopter Pilot: $10 per guest
  • Dog Team Musher Guide: $10 per guest
  • Palmer Farm Guide: $5 per guest

RECOMMENDED READING 

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FINAL NOTES ON YOUR ALASKA CULINARY VACATION

This is a tool meant to help you decide what you should bring on your upcoming trip. It is by no means comprehensive. While we do our best to be as thorough as possible, we cannot foresee every possible condition. If you have any other questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

The information contained in this document is provided in good faith. Due to the nature of travel, details in this document may change. You should thus use the above information as an indication only and not as a contractual obligation on the part of Access Culinary Trips.