Yukon and Alaska Explorer
Holiday Ref: 16552
Combine visits to Canada’s rugged Yukon and the dramatic state of Alaska, you will experience two environments that challenge the limits of human endurance. Begin your adventure in Whitehorse, breathtaking scenery, rugged mountains & Gold Rush towns. Combined with a captivating flightseeing tour of vast glacial parklands, this itinerary offers a truly unique experience and just a few hundred miles below the Arctic Circle.
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Upon arrival into Whitehorse Airport collect your hire car and make your way to your hotel in central Whitehorse. The remainder of the day is yours to explore this historic town. Overnight Whitehorse
Begin your northern adventure as you head west through the small villages of the territory to Haine’s Junction, situated on the edge of the massive Kluane National Park, Overnight in Haine’s Junction
Today you continue west, stopping just short of the international border. Hiking trails of various skill levels are all close by and easily accessible along the Alaska Highway. After checking into your hotel, depart on an incredible flightseeing tour to see the incredible sights pf Kluane National Park from spectacular heights. The St. Elias mountains rise up from the sweeping lines of the glacier fields, the highest being Mt. Logan at almost 6000 metres making it the second highest point in North America. After a day of exploration, spend some time at the hotel’s large fire pit for some camaraderie with your fellow guests under the gleaming Yukon stars. Overnight Beaver Creek
Crossing into the United States, you travel the Alaska Highway en route to Fairbanks, travelling through a chain of small towns that have played parts in the stories and history of Alaska such as Tok, Delta Junction and Eielson. This intriguing community is the hub of Alaska’s interior and located less the 200 km south of the Arctic Circle. Overnight in Fairbanks
Today’s route takes you along the George Parks Highway, across the Tanana River and on to Denali National Park. The towering mountains, wide valleys, roaring rivers and rippling streams of Alaska’s interior offer visitor’s excellent opportunities for outdoor activities. You may decide to independently arrange hiking, fishing or canoeing against the backdrop of a pristine wilderness. Driving south, you will soon see Mount McKinley, North America’s tallest peak – an eternal sentinel that marks the entrance into Denali National Park. Overnight in Denali National Park.
Today you may decide to independently explore some of the many day hike trails Denali National Park. The protected parklands stretch out serenely beneath the shadows of the majestic Mount McKinley, giving visitors the opportunity to see moose, caribou, grizzly bears and Dall sheep. Many of the animals can often be spotted in plain view from the access roads. Overnight in Denali National Park.
Today you will continue your adventure southbound, traversing vast woodlands of spruce, birch and aspen. Descending from the interior, Alaska’s great geographical diversity becomes evident as the dense evergreen forests and windswept mountains give way to the lush Matanuska River Valley. The Matanuska River Valley is the richest agricultural region in Alaska, where 20-hour summer days produce giant vegetables. Before dusk, you will reach Alaska’s largest city, Anchorage, located at the head of Cook Inlet. Overnight in Anchorage.
Today is yours to experience the modern city of Anchorage and its surroundings. Explore Chugach National Forest, a wildlife photographer's delight that is also popular with anglers and hikers. You may decide to have a relaxing day in town, visiting the Anchorage Tourism Centre, or perhaps a leisurely stroll through the beautiful displays of the Anchorage Botanical Gardens featuring more than 1100 species of hardy perennials and over 150 native arctic plant species. End the day on a waterside patio and perhaps a dinner of famous Alaskan crab! Overnight in Anchorage.
Today depart Anchorage and travel east along the highways just above the fjords and inlets that help create some of the most dramatic park settings in the north. Perhaps pack a picnic lunch before leaving Anchorage and stop at milepost marker 101 and the large Matanuska Glacier State Recreation Area. This is a popular location to stop and take advantage of the easy walking trail that parallels the glacier and the Matanuska River. A pavilion provides shelter and a resting spot for those who wish to simply sit and enjoy the view. Continue on to Tok where the remainder of the day is at leisure. Overnight in Tok.
For a true sense of the wilds of the north, today’s route will bring out the adventurer in you. Striking back towards the border through some of the most untouched wilderness in North America, you pass back over into Canada at Little Gold Camp – the highest border crossing between the two countries. Following the aptly-named Top-of-the-World Highway the road continues on to riverside town of Dawson City, one of the major focal points of the 18th century Gold Rush where prospectors made and lost their fortunes. Overnight in Dawson Creek.
Relive the days of prospecting with a day of independent exploration of this historic city. Many original buildings have stood the test of time, while others have been faithfully restored to either their original grandeur, or rustic ruggedness. Take the day to tour the historic landmarks of Dawson City and visit the surrounding goldfields that still resonate with the Klondike’s “Spirit of ’98”. You may choose to try your hand at panning for gold at an authentic, working gold claim. For a slightly different venue, visit Diamond Tooth Gertie’s Gambling Hall and try your luck at any of the establishment’s games of chance. Overnight in Dawson City.
The Klondike Highway is your access route back to the southern region of the Yukon. Along the way, you will catch glimpses of the mighty Stewart River before it joins with the mighty Yukon River for its 3,500 km journey up to Alaska’s Bering Sea. You will be passing through the traditional hunting grounds of the Kaska Indians, where bears, wolves, lynx and moose roam in abundance. You may choose to stop at one of the gold rush staging posts and Bonanza Creek to see the origins of the Gold Rush and the way of life those early prospectors experienced. Arriving in Whitehorse, relax after a long day of travelling at your hotel or perhaps visit one of the many eateries around town. Overnight in Whitehorse.
Today you embark on a full-day scenic trip along the South Klondike Highway to Fraser, British Columbia. Upon arrival, you board the world-famous narrow gauge White Pass & Yukon Route Railway to journey through areas that still echo with the hardships and fortunes of the past such as Glacier Gorge, Dead Horse Gulch and Bridal Veil Falls. The route travels over the White Pass Summit, offering views from a height of 880m before ending in Skagway, Alaska. Return by motorcoach to Whitehorse to relax for the evening at your hotel. Overnight in Whitehorse.
Today your northern adventure comes to an end as you return your hire car at the airport and board your flight back to the UK