Alaska Trip Details

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Each year in the third week of July, Fairbanks residents cut loose in honor of their Gold Rush history during a five-day festival they call Golden Days. Bank managers dress up as sourdough miners, waitress don "floozy" outfits, and most of the city turns out for races, parades, and great food. It's a great time to meet locals—who are in a festive, social mood—and to be swept up in a big Alaskan event.

The five-day festival began in 1952 when the Chamber of Commerce decided to honor Fairbanks' Gold Rush and its proud mining tradition. Felix Pedro, a young Italian immigrant, started the rush in 1902 with a gold strike in the foothills outside town. He's the man who famously proclaimed, "There's gold in them there hills." His cry was heard far and wide: Fairbanks grew from a sleepy river town to a bustling city almost overnight. Today, the town collectively celebrates this exciting time with Golden Days, declared one of the country's top 100 events by Destination Magazine.


Felix Pedro

 

 

 


Fairbanks and the Chena River

Trip Overview

Alaska is a "Big State"; it would stretch from coast-to-coast if you were to drop it down into the Continental USA (lower 48). It is the "Land of the Last Frontier", "Land of the Midnight Sun", it's wild, it's wonderful, it boasts unmatched wildlife, few roads and is home to the tallest mountain in North America.  Our trip will be right in the heart of the busy travel/tourism season with a vast number of those travelers coming off cruise ships to travel along the same paths as our itinerary during this best time of the year to visit Alaska.  Yet we are going to be in for a real treat on the TBGO trip by meeting the people of Alaska, seeing unparalleled beauty and scenery, incredible wildlife, 20-hours of sunshine each day, great weather (should be in the upper 70's -80's), memorable and mind-blowing experiences in this 49th State and most of all we get to perform and march in the Kinross Fort Knox Mine Golden Days Grande Parade on July 20. 

Our Alaskan adventure begins on Thursday July  18 with an early morning flight from Portland. Motor coaches will meet us at the Fairbanks Airport for the transfer to the Springhill Suites Hotel – 3 Nights (downtown area). Remainder of dasy is on your own to explore the city.

 

 

 

Parade Day


Tanana Valley Railroad

 


Trans-Alaska Pipeline

 

 

 

"There's gold in them there hills!"  On Friday July  19 we get into the true Fairbanks spirit with a 2-hour gold rush excursion! We board the narrow-gauge Tanana Valley Railroad for a short narrated journey to Gold Dredge 8. Our first stop is an up-close view of the 48-inch Trans-Alaska Pipeline, a marvel of modern engineering and part of the largest industry in Alaska. The Trans Alaska Pipeline is responsible for approximately 15% of the nation's domestic oil production. We'll walk beneath the pipeline to reach Gold Dredge 8, described as either a floating workhorse or a mechanical gold pan. After extracting millions of ounces of gold from the frozen Alaskan ground, today, Gold Dredge 8 National Historic District serves as a monument to the hard working miners who built Fairbanks. Miners will give a sluice box demonstration and talk about mining in Alaska. You'll have the opportunity to explore the dredge and feel gold history come alive! As part of your tour, Alaskan miners will show you how to pan for gold, and you will receive your own poke filled with pay dirt. What excitement when you strike it rich!!! Nothing beats the thrill of taking home real Alaskan gold!


Gold Dredge 8


Hope you find the mother lode!
 

 


Athabascan Village

The Sternwheeler Riverboat Discovery beckons for our 3-hour afternoon sightseeing. After boarding this Mississippi-style sternwheeler, our first stop is a guided walking tour of an Athabascan Indian village, complete with log houses, well-stocked smoke house, and trapper's cache. See salmon fishing activities and curing, dog handling, leather-working and tanning, and much more. You'll have time to explore the village on your own, interact with guides, and visit dogs from Susan Butcher's (4-time winner of the Iditarod) kennels. Have your camera ready for the dog-mushing demonstration! A stop at Steamboat Landing offers the opportunity to shop for unique Alaskan gifts. End your tour with the Alaska @ 40 Below Experience. You'll step into a specially designed subzero chamber where it's a brisk (you guessed it!) 40 degrees below zero. That's a mid-winter day in the upper Alaskan interior. It's a truly unique experience and visiting Alaska wouldn't be complete until you've tasted 40 below.


Alaska at 40 Below


Riverboat Discovery at Steamboat Landing


Trailbreaker Kennels


 


Celebrating Fairbanks heritage along the parade route

 


That's a fun-looking band!

 

 

 

Parade day dawns on Saturday July  20 (though thankfully NOT at dawn!). After breakfast we will be transferred by motor coach to the Carlson Center, the staging area of the Golden Days Parade.  The parade, which is the biggest and longest in Alaska, steps off at 10 AM and is about 2 miles long. At the conclusion of the parade our motor coaches return us to our hotel.  We are planning a standstill concert for the afternoon, with remainder of day free. Maybe there will be time to check out the Rubber Duckie Race, with 8000 rubber ducks "racing" down the Chena River. Maybe your duck will earn you a big prize by crossing the finish line first!

Naturally, this earns us the right to carry an Alaska state flag!

 


Alaska state flag

 

 


A float with a float plane!


"Rubber duckie, you're the one ..."



Denali

 


Denali Bluffs Hotel


Time to hit the road! On Sunday July 21 we depart right after breakfast via by motor coach for Denali National Park, traveling 128 Miles south via the Parks Highway.  At 6 million acres, Denali National Park is one of the world's largest frontiers of wilderness adventure.  We have a 1-night stay at the Denali Bluffs Hotel on the slopes of Sugarloaf Mountain surrounded by wilderness splendor.  Time for lunch upon our arrival and then we embark on an incredible tour deep into Denali National Park via Tundra Wilderness Tours for a narrated history of Denali National Park and some of the best opportunities to view and photograph wildlife like Dall sheep, moose, caribou, wolves and grizzly bears.  A spectacular way to spend the day! A boxed snack and beverage are offered on this 7 ½ hour tour.  Dinner on your own at the hotel.

 


Sometimes the wildlife finds YOU!

 


Caribou at Denali



Matanuska-Susitna Valley
Next up: Anchorage (Monday July 22). We're on the road again right after breakfast via motor coach (238 miles) as we continue our trek south along the Parks Highway.  We pass through the Matanuska-Susitna Valley, which is considered one of the most important agriculture areas in Alaska.  As we travel we will be surrounded by three of Alaska's major mountain chains: The Alaska and Talkeetna ranges, and the Chugach Mountains.  As we start to come into Anchorage we will pass by the residential community of Eagle River, and the two big military installations in Anchorage: Fort Richardson and Elmendorf Air Force Base.  Upon our arrival in Anchorage we will have a private tour of the city before going to our hotel (Inlet Tower Hotel – 2 Nights).
Downtown Anchorage

M/V Ptarmigan at Portage Glacier
 
What would an Alaska adventure be without glaciers? Well, we don't intend to find out! Today (Tuesday July 23) we journey south of Anchorage to Portage Glacier.  Along the way we are in sight of the waters of Cook Inlet and the Chugach Mountains.  Upon our arrival in Portage Lake we will board the M/V Ptarmigan for a 1-hour narrated cruise tour around the lake to the face of Portage Glacier with a U.S. Forest Service representative aboard.  We return to Anchorage and the afternoon is at your leisure.
Portage Glacier from aboard ship


Flowers bloom profusely in 20-hour daylight

All good things must end and today our Alaska Basic Trip comes to a close. Wednesday July 24 begins with breakfast included at your hotel and some free time in the morning to early afternoon.  For those flying home to Portland there will be a motor coach transfer to the Anchorage Airport.  Those going on the Optional Cruise Extension for the 7-Nights "Voyage of the Glaciers" (Southbound) cruise from Whittier to Vancouver, BC, Canada will be transferred by motor coach to the Island Princess cruise ship that departs at 830 pm.

  


Ted Stevens International Airport

Hotels


Springhill Suites

Springhill Suites by Marriott
(3 nights)

575 1st Avenue
Fairbanks, AK 99701
(907) 451 6552
(map)

Hotel information


Denali Bluffs Hotel

Denali Bluffs Hotel
(1 night)

Milepost 238 on the Denali Parks Highway

P.O. Box 8
Denali National Park, AK 99755
(907) 683-7000
(map)

Hotel information


Inlet Tower Hotel

Inlet Tower Hotel
(2 nights)

1020 W. 12th Ave

Anchorage, AK 99501
(907) 276-0110
(map)

Hotel information

 

Pre-Departure Hotel

Just about everyone flying out of PDX for the Alaska trip will be on very early morning flights on July 18 going to Fairbanks.  You may appreciate the convenience of staying overnight near PDX the previous night (July 17) with FREE PARKING up to 14-days, plus courtesy transfer round trip to the airport.

A block of rooms has been set aside for TBGO at the rate of $145.00 per room plus 15.3% tax. Each room has (2) Queen beds or (1) King bed and can accommodate single to quad occupancy. If you'd like to grab one of these rooms, let Tom know (tom@tbgo.org) the room type you desire and the names of those for your room reservation.  PLEASE TELL TOM, NOT STEVE.  Your room will be held using the credit card number Tom has on file for you.  You will receive written confirmation with your final Alaska travel documents. If you need additional nights at the Radisson Hotel Portland Airport, just let Tom know.

*** Deadline to firm up your pre-departure hotel reservation with Tom is May 1, 2019. ***


Radisson Hotel Portland Airport

Radisson Hotel Portland Airport

6233 NE 78th Court
Portland, OR  97218

(503) 251-2000


(map and directions)

Hotel information

 

Optional Cruise Extension

The Basic Trip ends in Anchorage on July 24, and (conveniently!) Princess Cruises offers a 7-night cruise aboard Island Princess (ship registry Bermuda) departing Anchorage/Whittier that same day, finishing in Vancouver, BC on July 31. Here's one way you can extend your Alaska experience if you like.

Rather than try to reproduce all the information that Princess has already assembled, we'll refer you to their description of ports of call, onboard activities, shore excursions, stateroom descriptions, etc. But a few highlights are in order:

Pricing for various stateroom options is listed below.

Performance Logistics

Uniform:  TBD

Parade Music:

  1. TBD

Standstill Music:  

TBD.

Meeting Time:  For those making their own travel arrangements, we will announce a parade meeting time and specific location (near the Carlson Center) when we know details.

Parade Details: Parade route shown at right (click to enlarge). Parade route is approx 2.0 miles long and is just across the river from our hotel (we could almost walk there!).

 

Early Booking Discount

There is no Early Booking Discount for this trip. However, we recommend reserving your trip as soon as possible since July is a popular time for Alaska travel and flights will fill quickly. In addition, the special promotion for the Optional Cruise Extension expires November 19, so it's in your interests to act soon if you wish to reserve the cruise.

Travel Packages - Options and Restrictions

The TBGO travel packages are offered as a streamlined way for Band Associates to participate in the Alaska trip. As always, you may elect to forego the packages and make all your own travel arrangements. Please be aware that if you choose to make all your own arrangements you are also responsible for your own ground transportation, including transportation to and from performances.

Because of the complexity of this trip, the land portion of the Basic Trip is offered as "all or nothing"; i.e., we will not subset or otherwise modify the land portion of the Basic Trip. However, if you wish to extend the trip on either end, Tom can likely help with additional arrangements.

Please Consider Your Health and Choose Wisely When Deciding Whether to Book This Trip

It's important that you are in reasonably good health to endeavor to handle and take on a trip as such as this .  You must be able to get on/off the motor coaches in reasonable fashion and there will be some walking including walking tours. Those not in good health can cause delays each day on the tour and hold things up for the rest of the tour participants.  Should you fall in this category you may need to strongly re-evaluate if a trip as such is for you. Alternatively, you may need to bring along someone with you (family or caregiver) to insure you have someone who can assist you each and every day to avoid becoming a burden to other travelers.  Getting thru airports what with security, long distances to walk to immigration and flight gates is yet another area to be aware of.  Being aware of these expectations and your limitations, and then making thoughtful choices will ensure that we can provide a great experience for everyone. 

How to Compute Your Total Trip Cost

There are three components of the Alaska trip: the Basic Trip Land Package, the Optional Cruise Extension, and Airfare.

Basic Trip Land Package

See Basic Land Package Inclusions / Exclusions for details on the contents of the Basic Trip Land Package.

Two prices for the Land Package are shown based on the total number of travelers we have. Our expectation is that we will have 96 to 120 travelers total, resulting in the (lower price) in column 2. Prices will be slightly higher (column 3) if we have 95 or fewer travelers because we have to allocate fixed costs like motor coach rental over fewer travelers.

Pricing Per Person for Alaska Basic Trip Land Package (does not include airfare)
Room Type Land Package (96-120 travelers) Land Package (95 or fewer travelers) Payment
Single $2872 $3024 $300 deposit at time of reservation;
second deposit of $800 due by February 3, 2019;
balance due by May 3, 2019.
Double $1887 $1963 $300 deposit at time of reservation;
second deposit of $800 due by February 3, 2019;
balance due by May 3, 2019.
Triple* $1610 $1635 $300 deposit at time of reservation;
second deposit of $800 due by February 3, 2019;
balance due by May 3, 2019.
Quad* $1459 $1478 $300 deposit at time of reservation;
second deposit of $800 due by February 3, 2019;
balance due by May 3, 2019.
       *See TBGO Rooming Policy

Band Associates who cannot otherwise afford the Basic Trip Land Package are eligible to apply for Travel Awards to help defray the cost. See details below.

ALL DEPOSITS AND PAYMENTS ARE NON-REFUNDABLE.

Optional Cruise Extension

Cruise prices are shown as a guideline and are subject to change. Cruise reservations will be booked at the prevailing price at time of reservation

IMPORTANT: If you book the Optional Cruise Extension, you must have a valid U.S. Passport (not a Passport Card). See the section on Passports for additional info.

Voyage of the Glaciers with Glacier Bay (Southbound) departs Wed July 24, 2019 from Anchorage (Whittier), Alaska to Vancouver, British Columbia aboard Island Princess (Princess Cruise Lines). Click here for stateroom details, ports, excursions, and other details.

Taxes, fees, and port expenses are required by Princess Cruises. The $24 per person transfer fee covers your transportation from the cruise terminal in Vancouver to the Vancouver Airport. (Princess Cruises offers a similar service at substantially higher cost, so TBGO booked its own transportation).

Pricing Per Person for Optional Cruise Extension (does not include airfare)
  Interior Oceanview Balcony Mini-Suite Suite
Stateroom $1089 $1519 $2099 $2429 $3419
Taxes, fees, and port expenses $220 $220 $220 $220 $220
Cruise terminal to airport transfer $24 $24 $24 $24 $24
TOTAL $1333 $1763 $2343 $2673 $3663

Single occupancy staterooms are available at 200% of the listed stateroom price.

Some Interior, Oceanview, and Balcony rooms are equipped with a Pullman bed to sleep a third person. Mini-Suites have a sofa bed that will sleep a third passenger. Suites have a sofa bed that will sleep a third and/or fourth passenger. Price per person for third and fourth passenger in room is shown below. WE DO NOT RECOMMEND THREE OR FOUR PERSONS IN A ROOM FOR INTERIOR, OCEANVIEW, OR BALCONY STATEROOMS.

Pricing Per Person for Third and Fourth Person in Stateroom (does not include airfare)
  Interior Oceanview Balcony Mini-Suite Suite
Stateroom $799 $799 $899 $899 $1649
Taxes, fees, and port expenses $220 $220 $220 $220 $220
Cruise terminal to airport transfer $24 $24 $24 $24 $24
TOTAL $1043 $1043 $1143 $1143 $1893

"3 For Free" Promotion

***LATE-BREAKING PROMOTION UPDATE ***: "3 For Free" promotion will continue through December 3!

Princess Cruises is running a special "3 For Free" promotion for this sailing through November 19 December 3. The promotion gives you:

  1. FREE Stateroom Location Upgrade. Book the stateroom location you wish to sail in for the price of the lowest category within that stateroom type during this promotion only. Offer is based on availability in like to like stateroom types (Interior to Interior, Oceanview to Oceanview, Balcony to Balcony). Excludes premium categories and suites.
  2. FREE Gratuities. Princess Cruises will pre-pay your suggested cabin gratuities in the amount of $13.50 per guest per day for Interior, Oceanview, and Balcony staterooms, $14.50 per person per day for Mini-Suite staterooms, and $15.50 per person per day for Suites. This amount is paid on bahalf of all guests (up to 4) in a stateroom. Does not include gratuities added to bar charges, dining room wine accounts, etc.
  3. FREE Onboard Spending Money. Each guest in a stateroom (up to 4) receives onboard spending money in the amount of $50 per person (Interior / Oceanview) or $100 per person (Balcony / Mini-Suite / Suite). Guests with single occupancy receive double these amounts. Must be used on the voyage, is not redeemable for cash, cannot be used in the casino.

Cruise Deposit

Deposit of 10% per person or 20% per cabin is required at time of cruise reservation. Deposit rates may be higher after the "3 For Free" promotion expires. Final Payments due by April 12, 2019.

***LATE-BREAKING DEPOSIT UPDATE***:
For cruises booked ONLY on November 26, the usual 10% per person deposit will be WAIVED. Instead, your cruise deposit will be just $1 PER PERSON and you still get all the "3 For Free" benefits listed above!!! This is a GREAT opportunity to "reserve now, pay later"! To take advantage of booking your cruise with a mere $1 deposit, you must reserve your cruise via the Sign-Up Survey no later than 10 AM PST ON SATURDAY NOVEMBER 24. This will give Steve enough time to wrangle the survey data and get it to Tom so *he* can get everything ready and spend most of November 26 on the phone booking our cruises. Note: If you have already signed up for the cruise, your cruise will also be booked so that you get the special $1 deposit rate. Second Note: You can still book your cruise after November 24, but you'll then need to pay the deposit in effect at that time.

Optional Cruise Extension is not available for travelers who apply for a Travel Award.

ALL DEPOSITS AND PAYMENTS ARE NON-REFUNDABLE.

Airfare

Airline prices are shown as a guideline and are subject to change at any time. Flights will be booked at the prevailing price at time of reservation.

We are planning the following flights for air travel to Fairbanks:

  Departure / Arrival Flight Number Departure / Arrival
Air Travel to Fairbanks
July 18 PDX / ANC Alaska #125 600 am - 843 am
$295.40 ANC / FAI Alaska #189 943 am - 1041 am

All airfares are non-refundable/non-transferrable and subject to change.

We are planning the following flight for return air travel from Anchorage for those who do NOT elect the Optional Cruise Extension:

Air Travel from Anchorage - Basic Trip Only, NO Optional Cruise Extension
  Departure / Arrival Flight Number Departure / Arrival

July 24
$335.80

ANC / PDX Alaska #140 319 pm - 755 pm (non-stop)

All airfares are non-refundable/non-transferrable and subject to change.

We are planning the following flights for return air travel from Vancouver for those who DO elect the Optional Cruise Extension.
Two flight options are shown since there are probably not enough seats available to get all of us on one flight

Air Travel from Vancouver -- WITH Optional Cruise Extension
  Departure / Arrival Flight Number Departure / Arrival
July 31
$227.02
YVR / PDX Air Canada #8125 135 pm - 247 pm (non-stop)
*** OR ***
  Departure / Arrival Flight Number Departure / Arrival

July 31
$171.47

YVR / SEA West Jet #6404 100 pm - 210 pm
SEA / PDX West Jet #7452 315 pm - 416 pm

All airfares are non-refundable/non-transferrable and subject to change.

Be aware that you can reserve a Basic Trip Land Package and choose to make your own air travel arrangements. This allows you to use a preferred carrier; purchase tickets using mileage program miles; depart at a different time of day; search for other attractive pricing options, etc. We strongly recommend booking your air travel as soon as possible since July is a popular time for travel to Alaska. If you want to use TBGO's ground transportation to/from the airports during the trip, please be sure your flights arrive and depart at times consistent with the TBGO flights.

When you reserve your trip via the sign-up survey, you'll be asked whether you want Tom to book flights or whether you want to make your own air arrangements. If you ask Tom to book your flights during the sign-up survey, your air travel will be reserved and your credit card will be charged shortly after sign-up.

Baggage

One carry-on bag plus personal item are allowed FREE onboard.  1st and 2nd checked bags are $25 each. See Alaska Airlines website for size and weight limitations. From the Alaska website: "Small musical instruments may count as your one carry-on bag and may exceed the Standard carry-on dimensions, as long as they can be safely accommodated in a proper stowage compartment in the cabin of the aircraft."

Paying for Checked Baggage:  TBGO will reimburse band associates for the cost of oversize / overweight checked baggage necessary to the functioning of the band in performance. These charges must be pre-approved before we travel. Band associates are otherwise responsible for all baggage costs.

Frequent Flyer Number

If you have an Alaska Airlines frequent flyer number, please provide it during signup (there will be a slot for it). Ditto for Delta Airlines (in case you are on one of the West Jet return flights since they are affiliated with Delta).

Dietary Restrictions

Please note any dietary meal needs for your flights during signup.

Upgraded Seating

Please note any requests for upgraded seating (economy plus, first class) during signup. Upgraded seating is not available to Travel Award applicants.

Travel Awards

Band Associates who cannot otherwise afford the Basic Trip are eligible to apply for Travel Awards to help defray the cost of the trip.  Non-Performers (e.g., family members) are not eligible for Travel Awards. Travel Awards are not available for travelers electing the Optional Cruise Extension or other upgrades such as economy plus airline seating that may be offered. 

Prospective applicants are referred to the online Travel Assistance Program (TAP) Details for more information about the intent of TBGO’s TAP program and its selection process.  Since the Alaska trip is a costly major trip, we anticipate that a larger-than-usual number of TBGO Associates may apply for Travel Awards.

To apply for a Travel Award, please sign up via Survey Monkey using the normal signup survey link.  During the Survey Monkey signup, you will be asked if you wish to apply for a Travel Award. If yes, you'll be asked for your Proposed Land Package Travel Budget, which is the amount you propose to pay for the Land Package portion of your trip.

The minimum Proposed Land Package Travel Budget for this trip is $600, significantly less than the full price of $1887 (Double room).

IMPORTANT: Note that in addition to the the Land Package cost, you are also responsible for the Airfare portion of your trip, either purchased via Tom or purchased on your own (or using mileage or whatever).

Here are a few examples to clarify things. Note that these are just examples; your Proposed Land Package Travel Budget can be any amount as long as it's at least $600.

Proposed Travel Budget Examples
Item Example 1 Example 2 Example 3 Example 4 Example 5
Your Proposed Land Package Travel Budget $600 $750 $1000 $1250 $1400
Estimated Airfare
(may be different if you purchase directly or acquire using air miles)
$630 $630 $630 $630 $630
Your Approximate Total Trip Cost $1230 $1380 $1630 $1880 $2030

It is our goal to take as many Performers as possible to Alaska, and we expect to grant a significant number of Awards.  However, be aware that applying for a Travel Award does not guarantee that an Award will be granted.  Travel Award applicants will be notified of the status of their application shortly after the close of the signup period.  The status of each Travel Award application will be determined before the applicant’s travel deposit is charged (i.e., we will not charge the travel deposit or airfare to your credit card if the Travel Award is not granted).

Travel Award recipients may purchase Travel Insurance if desired.  Price of the insurance is based on the full cost of the trip (approx. $2500) and is paid by the Travel Award recipient.  If a Travel Award recipient incurs a Trip Cancellation event that results in an award from the insurance company, the Travel Award recipient is expected to reimburse TBGO for TBGO’s portion of the cost of the trip.

Performers who require a degree of financial assistance with the trip are urged to consider applying for a Travel Award; as we’ve said many times, it allows TBGO to field a better band and all of you have helped earn the money in the band’s travel fund. At the same time, the Board respectfully requests that you elect the highest Proposed Land Package Travel Budget that you can realistically afford given your financial situation; this will help us award Grants to the largest possible number of applicants. We also request that you evaluate your own health situation before applying for a Travel Award; it is counter-productive for the band to allocate Travel Awards to those who are unable to perform as expected.

DUE DATE FOR TRAVEL AWARD APPLICATIONS:  The due date to apply for a Travel Award is END OF DAY, THURSDAY NOVEMBER 15, 2018.

Basic Trip - Land Package Inclusions / Exclusions

Pricing for the Basic Trip Land Package is shown above. For any room type, a deposit of $200 is due at reservation (when you sign up). A second deposit of $800 is due February 4, 2019, with balance due by May 3, 2019.

Included:

Not Included:

ALL DEPOSITS AND PAYMENTS ARE NON-REFUNDABLE.

Travel Insurance

TBGO travel packages (like most travel packages everywhere) are non-refundable. To protect yourself in case of problems that prevent or interrupt your travel, you may wish to consider purchasing travel insurance. TBGO travelers may optionally elect to purchase the Worldwide Trip Protector policy from Travel Insured International when signing up for this trip.

Trip cancellations can happen at any age, though the likelihood of health problems increases as we age. Travel insurance also protects you should you need to change travel plans because a family member develops health issues. Your policy protects you against such things as Trip Cancellation, Trip Interruption, Missed Connection, Itinerary Change, Travel Delay, Accident & Sickness Medical Ex pense, Emergency Medical Evacuation/Repatriation (Air Ambulance), Travel Accident Protection, Baggage & Personal Effects and Delayed Baggage.

The premium for travel insurance varies by cost of trip and your age. This chart can give you a rough idea of your insurance premium; Tom can give you actual pricing Find the row of the chart that shows your trip cost, then slide across to the column with your age; the figure in the intersection is your cost to insure this trip. NOTE: Insurance pricing will vary as this is not the most current insurance table.

Many people do not understand the value of travel insurance until certain things happen, such as having to cancel their trip due to illness, injury or death type reasons to themselves or other family members that would prevent them from taking a trip they have planned on going.  Or, someone may need to cancel in the middle of their trip and come home early for similar reasons. You may believe that your home owner or other insurance may protect your investment if you are forced to cancel your trip, but typically it does not.  Please note that the cancellation and trip interruption protection of the plan priced in the travel insurance chart above covers only documented illness, injury, and death.  Those who desire expanded coverage (e.g., due to work related reasons, or for any reason whatever) can be insured using another policy type through Travel Insured International at additional cost; please contact Travel by Tom Higham with your needs.

To be sure you are fully covered, especially for pre-existing reasons, you must purchase your travel insurance within 21 days of your deposit (best to do it at the same time you are making your trip deposit so that way you know you have it handled). You will be offered an opportunity to purchase travel insurance when filling out the Survey Monkey sign-up for the trip.

Passports - IMPORTANT, PLEASE READ

Note that a valid U.S. Passport is required if you are taking the Optional Cruise Extension. You may NOT use a U.S. Passport Card, birth certificate, or similar documentation -- a Passport is required and the valid date must extend at least SIX MONTHS beyond your return date to the U.S. If you do not hold a passport or your passport is not up to date, you should acquire one or renew it AS SOON AS POSSIBLE to avoid issues later on. See the TBGO Passport Information page for detailed information on applying for a first passport or renewing an expiring passport.

Need More Info? Book a Consultation with Tom

Tom is going to offer something he's never done for a TBGO trip. Tom says: The State of Alaska is a very unusual place to visit and it is not every day that folks say, "Hey, let's jump on the plane and take a trip to Alaska", just like that.  Alaska is very different than the Lower 48 or Hawaii for that matter. It may be hard for you to truly understand what the State of Alaska is about and maybe some folks have some pre-conceived ideas, too.  If you feel lost or have further questions about any aspect of this trip, you can arrange a phone appointment with me to discuss what is on your mind. Get a better feel for the trip, clarify the logistics, or travel arrangements -- whatever you need to be able to make an informed choice and commit to what will be another FABULOUS trip.

To take advantage of Tom's offer, send an email (tom@tbgo.org) with your phone number and a date and time range (either in the evening or during the day) when you're available. Tom will match that against his availability and will let you know when to expect him to call. Tom is out of pocket during Thanksgiving week (November 21-24), but he's available now through November 20 for a consult (note that earliest available time on Sunday November 18 is 4:30 pm because of church and TBGO rehearsal.) He'll be available again November 27 through December 1, but sooner is better -- strike while the iron is hot! Get answers to your questions concerning any area of the Alaska trip from the Basic Alaska Land Package to Air Travel to the Optional Cruise Extension.

To make this work, we need to be respectful of Tom's time (he's a busy guy with many clients other than TBGO!). Please do NOT call him without emailing to set up a phone appointment first, and don't expect him to be available on 10 minutes notice -- email with plenty of lead time, give him a range of options for your availability, and Tom will do his best to get back to you promptly.

Final word goes to Tom:  "LET'S GO NORTH TO ALASKA WITH TBGO!!!"

Sign Up for the 2019 "North to Alaska" Trip

Use the Survey Monkey link below to sign up for the trip. If you are making your own travel arrangements, please use the same link to let us know that you will be at the event so that we know who to expect at the performance events.

If you are reserving a Triple or Quad room, please be sure you have a verified rooming list BEFORE you sign up (see TBGO Rooming Policy).

Click here to sign up for the
"North to Alaska" trip via Survey Monkey

SIGNUP DEADLINE IS DECEMBER 21, 2018
DEADLINE FOR TRAVEL AWARD APPLICANTS IS NOVEMBER 15, 2018

Signups after December 21, 2018 will be accepted based on availability;
pricing cannot be guaranteed and may be substantially higher.