Yukon & Alaska Explorer
Canada Multi-Centre | 13 Nights
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Holiday Highlights
  • 3 Hour Guided Hike to Matanuska Glacier
  • Full-day Wildlife Viewing Tour in Denali National Park
Overview

If you’ve ever wanted to visit the top of the world, this adventure will take you further north than you’ve ever been before.

Combining visits to Canada’s rugged Yukon and the dramatic state of Alaska, you will experience two environments that challenge the limits of human endurance. Your adventure begins in Whitehorse through spectacular rugged mountains, serene landscapes, and breathtaking scenery. Gold Rush towns still speak of fortunes made and lost at the end of the 18th century, original and restored buildings showcasing the daily life of those early prospectors. Combined with a captivating flightseeing tour of vast glacial parklands, this itinerary offers a truly unique experience just few hundred kilometers below the Arctic Circle.

What's Included
  • All Flights Included
  • All Airport Fees and Taxes
  • Provincial Taxes and Federal GST
  • Full-Day Wildlife Viewing Tour in Denali National Park
  • Anchorage - 3 Hour Guided Hike to Matanuska Glacier
  • Compact Car for the Full Duration
Itinerary

DAY 01: UK -  WHITEHORSE, YUKON

Fly from UK to Whitehorse Airport, pick up your car and drive to your hotel in central Whitehorse. The remainder of the day is yours to discover this rustic town. Overnight in Whitehorse.

DAY 02: WHITEHORSE

You day is at leisure to explore Whitehorse and experience its warm frontier hospitality. Browse through the native art and craft shops and visit the Old Log Church, the Takhini Hot Springs, the Whitehorse Rapids and the sternwheeler SS Klondike II. The Frantic Follies turn-of-the-century show is highly recommended for an evening of Gold Rush entertainment. Overnight in Whitehorse.

DAY 03: WHITEHORSE TO DAWSON CITY ( 535 KM )

The Klondike Highway is your access route into the hospitable central Yukon. Along the way, you will catch glimpses of the mighty Yukon River as it toils along its 3,500 km journey up to Alaska’s Bering Sea. You will be entering the traditional hunting grounds of the Kaska Indians, where bears, wolves, lynx and moose roam in abundance. You will stop at one of the gold rush staging posts and Bonanza Creek to uncover the very origin of the Gold Rush. Your day winds down in Dawson City, located in a sheltered valley of the Yukon River at the mouth of the Klondike River. It was one of North America’s liveliest towns in 1899, and it’s all yours to explore tonight, as you sample some Gold Rush- era entertainment at the Palace Grand Theatre. Overnight in Dawson City.

DAY 04: DAWSON CITY

This historic city is yours to explore today. Many original buildings have stood the test of time, while others have been faithfully restored. You can spend the day touring the historic landmarks of Dawson City and the surrounding goldfields reliving the “Spirit of ’98” that still haunts the Klondike. The afternoon brings you a chance to strike your own fortune panning for gold at an authentic, working gold claim. For a slightly different chance at fortune, visit Diamond Tooth Gertie’s Gambling Hall. Overnight in Dawson City.

DAY 05: DAWSON CITY TO FAIRBANKS, ALASKA ( 570 KM )

Today, you will “Go West Young Man” along the Top-of-the-World Highway. This ruggedly scenic route crosses into Alaska at Little Gold Camp, the highest border crossing between Canada and the United States. Continuing along the Alaska Highway to Delta Junction, the final milepost of the highway, you will pass through a startling landscape of magnificent alpine vistas and barren jagged mountains. The route follows the Tanana River to Fairbanks — the hub of Alaska’s interior, located less than 200 km south of the Arctic Circle. Overnight in Fairbanks.

DAY 06: FAIRBANKS

Having reached the barren heart of Alaska, you can take a full day to explore the attractions of this Gold Rush town. You will relish the picturesque scenery, illuminated by the unique spectacle of the Northern Lights. You can visit nearby Cripple Creek, a restored ghost town of frontier buildings, then take to the water and cruise the Chena and Tanana rivers by authentic sternwheeler. You will sail past deserted cabins, native settlements and stop at Indian River Village. A short trip to Fort Yukon is available to take you right across the Arctic Circle. Overnight in Fairbanks.

DAY 07: FAIRBANKS TO DENALI NATIONAL PARK ( 265 KM )

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 excellent opportunities for outdoor activities. You can choose between hiking, fishing or canoeing against the backdrop of a pristine wilderness. Driving south, you will soon see Mount McKinley, North America’s tallest peak at 6193 m. It signals your entrance into Denali National Park. Overnight in Denali National Park.

DAY 08: DENALI NATIONAL PARK ( 0 KM )

Discover the abundant wildlife and cultural history of Denali National Park today. Take a full-day wildlife watching tour of Denali National Park lying serenely within the shadows of the majestic Mount McKinley. Weather permitting, you will have an opportunity to see moose, caribou, grizzly bears and Dall sheep from the comfort of a specially modified tour bus. Later in the day, you may take the opportunity to explore some of the hiking trails that wind through the park. Overnight in Denali National Park.

DAY 09: DENALI NATIONAL PARK TO ANCHORAGE ( 380 KM )

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. You will reach Alaska’s largest city, Anchorage, located at the head of Cook Inlet before dusk. Overnight in Anchorage.

DAY 10: ANCHORAGE

The next two days are yours to discover 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.

DAY 11: ANCHORAGE

Today we suggest you travel past the snow-covered mountains of Turnagain Arm and keep a sharp eye out for beluga whales. You can also visit Eklutna, a Dena'ina native village, to experience the native culture that still pervades daily Alaskan life. Overnight in Anchorage.

DAY 12: ANCHORAGE TO TOK ( 520 KM )

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.

DAY 13: TOK TO WHITEHORSE,YUKON ( 640 KM )

Following the Alaska Highway this morning, you will re-enter Canada’s Yukon Territory skirting the Kluane Range of the St. Elias Mountains. Kluane National Park contains several extensive icefields and glaciers as well as Canada’s highest mountain, Mount Logan. Taking to the trails, you will explore the park’s rich diversity of flora and fauna. Upon returning to Whitehorse, don’t miss a visit to the McBride Museum, the Whitehorse Rapids and the native art and crafts shops. Overnight in Whitehorse.

DAY 14: END OF TOUR

Return to Whitehorse Airport to drop your car off and check-in for your return flight.

We are delighted to let you know about a number of excursions that we can offer which will not only save you up to 50% off the local ticket prices, but save you valuable time during your stay.

You can call us free of charge on 01737 646416 to book any of these trips & tours.

Whitehorse

Canoeing and kayaking £119 per person

On this tour you’ll canoe down the historic Yukon River and enjoy the peaceful scenery. Paddle from Whitehorse to the confluence of the Takhini River. This is a great day trip for beginner paddlers and a perfect way to enjoy this classic northern river. All transportation with guide, snack, beverages, canoe gear rental are included.

Wilderness City Tour £49 per person

The capital of the Yukon, Whitehorse, offers a charming inside to the history of the North. Stop at the Visitor Centre to learn about the different regions of the Yukon, visit the SS Klondike, a paddle wheeler ship used in the Gold Rush, then visit the Fish Ladder and Log Skyscraper. The tour will finish with an inspiration of the North - a guided tour through the MacBride Museum. All transportation with guide and admission to MacBride Museum are included.

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