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Best of Yukon & Alaska

Best of Yukon & Alaska

14 nights from
AU$4,959 Per person twin share
 
  • Package Type
    Escorted
  • CATC Main Accommodation
    Accommodation in Canada & Alaska
  • Travel From
    02 Jun 2019
  • Travel Until
    25 Aug 2019
14 nights from
AU$4,959 Per person twin share
 
  • Package Type
    Escorted
  • CATC Main Accommodation
    Accommodation in Canada & Alaska
  • Travel From
    02 Jun 2019
  • Travel Until
    25 Aug 2019
Description 
  • Package Highlights
    AccommodationAccommodation 14-night accommodation in Superior Double RoomActivityActivity Guided hike in Kluane National ParkCruiseCruise 6-hour cruise along the Kenai Fjords National Park CruiseCruise Cruise through the glaciers of Prince William SoundInclusionInclusion Entrance fees to North America’s most famous national parksTourTour Visit to the Diamond Tooth Gerties Casino and Digger's Museum in Dawson CityTourTour Day trip to Denali National ParkTransportationTransportation Transportation for all excursions

Summary

Venture deep into the highlights of the north with this bestseller package tour of Alaska and Canada’s Yukon Territory. Experience the luxury of getting up close with the history, culture, nature and wildlife of the Land of the Midnight Sun. Go on adventure in its scenic landscapes, mountain ranges, cascading glaciers, historic trading routes, and gold rush trails as you enjoy surprise encounters with the charismatic wildlife of the north.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • 15-Day / 14-Night escorted luxury coach tour
  • Stops at three of North America’s most famous national parks
  • Mountain ranges and cascading glaciers, 
  • Discovery of gold rush history 
  • A fascinating glimpse at First Nations culture

INCLUSIONS

  • 15-day roundtrip from Whitehorse
  • Fully guided and interpreted tour
  • 14-night accommodation in superior double rooms
  • All overland transportation
  • Air-conditioned maxi van (up to 15 seaters) or an air-conditioned midsize coach
  • Prince William Sound ferry
  • Day trip to Denali National Park
  • National Park entrance fees
  • Guided hike in Kluane National Park
  • Entrance fee for “Diamond Tooth Gerties” Casino
  • Entrance fee for digger’s museum in Dawson City
  • Airport transfers in Whitehorse

Note: This tour  departs daily with guaranteed departures on June 2, 16 & 30; July 14 & 28; August 11 & 25 .

ITINERARY

Day 1, Whitehorse (Arrival)
Welcome to Canada‘s Yukon Territory! Your tour guide will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel, where you will meet your fellow travellers. Your guide will run the group through a brief orientation. (Overnight hotel accommodation in Whitehorse)

Day 2, Whitehorse - Haines Junction
After breakfast, you’ll take a quick tour through the Yukon‘s capital. This may include a visit to the SS Klondike, a restored sternwheeler next to the Yukon River. Your road trip begins with a short first stage, westbound along the Alaska Highway to Haines Junction. Haines Junction sits right next to Kluane National Park, a 22,000 square kilometre preserve of the northern Coast Mountains. The park is home to a variety of wildlife, including one of the highest concentrations of grizzly bears in the country, and much of it still remains unexplored and untouched. These mountains compose the largest non-polar icefields in the world. Depending on the weather and the Group’s interest, you may take a small guided hike into the national park, or charter a bush plane or helicopter to fly over this spectacular landscape(optional). (Overnight hotel accommodation in Haines Junction)

Day 3, Haines Junction - Tok
Today you’ll drive along the scenic shore of eighty-kilometre long Kluane Lake. Our first stop will be the Sheep Mountain Visitor Centre, where, if the chances are good, you could spot a Dall sheep that makes its home on high in the surrounding mountains. You’ll then continue along the Alaska Highway to Tok, where you may visit a sled dog demonstration. (Overnight hotel accommodation in Tok)

Day 4, Tok - Valdez
The first part of today’s leg of the journey leads you along the Glenn Highway, passing spectacular Wrangell-St. Elias National Park. From here you can take the Richardson Highway southbound to the small seaport of Valdez at the Pacific coast, crossing of the Coast Range via the Thompson Pass, where waterfalls thunder right next to the road. Valdez, known as Little Switzerland to locals, is surrounded by snowy mountains. It is also the end point of the world-famous Trans Alaska Pipeline, where enormous oil tankers come and go. (Overnight hotel accommodation in Valdez)

Day 5, Valdez - Whittier - Seward
Today you’ll travel the Prince William Sound on the coastal ferry. Without a doubt this is a highlight, even by Alaskan standards. The ferry takes us close to the calving glaciers along the Pacific Coast, and if odds are good you’ll see a variety of wildlife along the way. With a bit of luck you’ll have the chance to photograph otters, puffins, sea lions, and even whales. Once ashore the next stop is the Portage Glacier, on your way to Seward, a small coastal town on the Kenai Peninsula. (Overnight hotel accommodation in Seward)

Day 6, Seward - Anchorage
One highly recommended option to start your day is an optional tour into Kenai Fjords National Park. This 6-hour trip by boat takes you through some of the finest marine life viewing in the world. Whales, sea lions and teeming rookeries are found here in the shadow of towering glaciers. You’ll then take a drive along the Turnagain Arm to Anchorage. The Turnagain Arm is a teeming coastal plain - watch out for the beluga whales that frequently hunt the tidewater. The rest of the day is free to use as you see fit in in Alaska’s biggest city. Check out Lakes Hood and Spenard, where up to 800 floatplanes take off and land daily. The aviation museum is nearby, a great place to gain an appreciation for this important part of Alaskan life. In downtown Anchorage there’s the Art Museum, the Museum of History and Art, and, of course, the essential American shopping malls. Take a tour through the bars and microbreweries, which offer a fantastic assortment of craft beers, and for the evening, try a very special dinner at “Gwennies”, where the chefs serve up the biggest and best steaks, “gold-digger style.”  (Overnight hotel accommodation in Anchorage)

Day 7, Anchorage - Denali National Park
Today you’ll leave the Pacific coast region and move inland again. The George Parks Highway takes you north to Denali National Park, past sweeping panoramic views of distant glaciers, with glimpses of the beaver dams along the nearby river. Late afternoon, you have the opportunity to take an optional one-hour glacier flight over Denali (Mount McKinley), which at 6193 meters is the highest peak in North America. This is a highly recommended adventure, particularly when the weather is clear.(Overnight hotel accommodation close to the park)

Day 8, Denali National Park
In the morning you’ll take a Park-owned shuttle bus deep into one of the most scenic landscapes in North America. Without a doubt, this is a highlight of most visitors’ experience. Weather permitting, you’ll get a view of soaring Denali, and with a little luck you will see wolves, Dall sheep, moose, caribou, and grizzly bears along the scenic loop. (Overnight accommodation close to the park)

Day 9, Denali National Park - Fairbanks
Back on the George Parks Highway, you’ll take a break in Nenana to visit the Alaska Railroad Museum, and will reach the city of Fairbanks early in the afternoon. Fairbanks is a unique northern town about 320 kilometres south of the Arctic Circle, and the rest of the day is free to explore places of interest in and around it. Visit the Alaska Dog Mushing Museum, or treat yourself to an Alaskan king crab at one of the numerous restaurants. Take a sternwheeler cruise on the Chena River, watch a photo symphony covering the aurora, or take in the Gold Rush Show at the Malemute Saloon (optional).  (Overnight hotel accommodation in Fairbanks)

Day 10, Fairbanks - Dawson City
After strolling through downtown Fairbanks in the morning, you’re on the road again. You’ll see the Trans-Alaska Pipeline crossing the Tanana River right next to the highway. In Delta Junction, you’ll re-join the Alaska Highway and stop at the local visitor centre. From here you’ll strike out into the open tundra along the Top of the World Highway, passing through quirky northern towns like Chicken and Action Wade Camp, and crossing the international border again at Little Gold Creek, the highest border checkpoint anywhere on the continent. In the afternoon you’ll cross the Yukon River by ferry to reach Dawson City. (Overnight hotel accommodation in Dawson City)

Day 11, Dawson City
This legendary boomtown was epicentre of the famous Klondike gold rush of 1898, and gold still animates the place. Immerse yourself in Dawson’s history, and try your luck panning the creeks yourself. A visit to Bonanza Creek, the Jack London cabin, the Dawson City museum, and the Midnight Dome are all on the agenda. You’ll also want to take some time to simply stroll around the town, with its garish Gold Rush architecture and friendly locals. In the evening, the lovingly restored Palace Grand Theatre offers musical entertainment, turn-of-the century style, and can-can girls kick up their skirts for an evening of entertainment at Diamond Tooth Gertie’s Gambling Hall. (Overnight hotel accommodation in Dawson City)

Day 12, Dempster Highway
An early start puts you on the Dempster Highway with plenty of time to explore. This gravel highway, built on solid permafrost, is Canada’s only link by road to the remote town of Inuvik, 738 kilometres away. You’ll take the Dempster up to into Tombstone Territorial Park, where jagged black mountains give the area its name and the vast arctic tundra begins. (Overnight hotel accommodation in Dawson City) 

Day 13, Dawson City - Whitehorse
Today you’ll head back to Whitehorse via the Klondike Highway. Along the way, you’ll catch many glimpses of the mighty Yukon River, one of the longest waterways in North America and the historic artery of Yukon and Alaska. You’ll stop at the infamous Five Finger Rapids, and you can stretch your legs at any of the old post offices, roadhouses and small villages that still give the area a unique northern character. (Overnight hotel accommodation in Whitehorse)

Day 14, Skagway
From Whitehorse, a day trip takes you down the Klondike Highway to the Alaskan Coast again. In just 175 kilometres, you will pass through a wonderful variety of ecoregions and alpine landscapes as we cross over the continental divide to the seaport of Skagway. Like Dawson, Skagway is a legendary gold rush town that has preserved its turn-of-the-century character. For an up-close experience of the infamous White Pass, try taking an optional train ride along the narrow-gauge railway back to Carcross. (Overnight hotel accommodation in Whitehorse)

Day 15, Whitehorse (Departure)
Your tour is officially over, giving you the chance to relax or do a little shopping in Whitehorse before returning home.

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