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Highlights of the Yukon

Highlights of the Yukon

11 nights from
AU$2,279 Per person twin share
 
  • Package Type
    Self-Drive
11 nights from
AU$2,279 Per person twin share
 
  • Package Type
    Self-Drive
Description 
  • Package Highlights
    AccommodationAccommodation 11-night accommodationInclusionInclusion Full-size rental car for your self-drive journeyTourTour Wildlife viewing and photo opportunities at Yukon Wildlife Preserve

Summary

Travel to Yukon, a territory located in northwestern Canada known as the home of the Klondike Gold Rush and Mount Logan, Canada’s highest mountain on this thrilling, 12-day self-drive package. Start your journey in Whitehouse, the capital city and site of a former gold rush. Visit the Yukon Wildlife Preserve and get up close and personal with wildlife. From Whitehorse, drive to Skagway then take a scenic ferry ride to the town of Haines. From Haines, head to Kluane National Park, home to Mount Logan, Canada’s highest peak and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Continue to the town of Tok and Dawson City, a base during the Klondike Gold Rush. Explore its historical landmarks including the SS Keno, a preserved sternwheel paddle streamer and a National Historic Site.

Highlights

  • Explore Yukon’s scenic drives
  • Great wildlife viewing
  • Yukon Wildlife Preserve
  • Alaska Marine Highway Ferry
  • Skagway & Tok, Alaska
  • Chances of seeing Northern Lights

Inclusions

  • 11-night accommodation
  • 11-day full-size rental car
  • Admission to Yukon Wildlife Preserve
  • Alaska Marine Highway Ferry

Departure Dates
Select departure from late May to early September 2019

Itinerary

Day 1, Whitehorse
Welcome to the “Land of the Midnight Sun”. Whitehorse is the capital of the Yukon Territory and at 22,000 people is the largest city in Canada’s North. Everything about the Yukon is big, even the log skyscraper in town. After checking in to your hotel, take some time to explore the city and get a feel of what’s in store.

Day 2, Whitehorse (Yukon Wildlife Preserve)
Time to explore the region and take advantage of all that Whitehorse has to offer. Visit the Yukon Wildlife Preserve (included), this unique wildlife viewing property featuring 10 species of northern Canadian mammals in their natural environment. Encompassing over 700 acres with various natural habitats, the Yukon Wildlife Preserve offers unparalleled wildlife viewing and photo opportunities.

Day 3, Whitehorse - Skagway (176 km)
Today, travel the South Klondike Highway which connects the Yukon Territory with the Inside Passage ferry system in Alaska. Also known as the Skagway - Carcross Road. Today's drive offers some spectacular scenery as it descend from the White Pass to Skagway. The highway winds through;the subalpine landscape of Tormented Valley to Tutshi Lake, Tagish Lake and the much photographed Emerald Lake. The rest of the day is free to explore the Skagway area.

Day 4, Skagway - Haines (ferry duration 1 hr, driving 8 km)
Spend the morning in Skagway and explore the old town buildings. Take the afternoon Alaska Ferry to Haines. It is a spectacularly scenic and relaxing ferry ride along the Lynn Canal, a fjord that is as beautiful and pristine as any in the world. Fjord walls steeply rise from sea level to 7,000 feet. Arrive in Haines, located in the Valley of the Eagles. Almost 4,000 American bald eagles gather along an 8 km stretch of the Chilkat River near Haines and Klukwan each fall. Attracted by a late run of salmon,
eagles come from all over Alaska, British Columbia and as far away as the state of Washington. Starting in October, hundreds and hundreds of eagles can be seen along sand bars or in nearby cottonwood trees.

Day 5, Haines - Haines Junction (238 km)
The Haines Highway winds from Haines over the Chilkat Pass - the highest summit on this highway. Pass Klukshu, a native summer fishing camp offering great photo opportunities. Drive through the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve before arriving at Kluane National Park. The Kluane area covers the largest non-polar icefields in the world. Visit the Sheep Mountain Visitor Centre with its interpretive programs about the flora and fauna. Viewing telescopes are available where you can spot Dall sheep on the mountain slopes.

Day 6, Kluane National Park (250 km)
Leaving along the Haines Highway, the road climbs from the Chilkat River Valley to the windswept Chikat Pass. You skirt the boundaries of the Tatshenini-Alesk Provincial Park of British Columbia and Kluane National Park in the Yukon, part of the largest contiguous area of protected wilderness on earth, and a United Nations World Heritage Site. Haines junction is the only thing not huge in Kluane country, home to 800 residents, which is fewer than the number of grizzly bears in Kluane National Park. This is home to Canada’s highest peak and the world’s largest non-polar Icefields that lie behind the façade of mountains that provide the town’s spectacular backdrop.

Day 7, Haines Junction - Tok (467 km)
This morning, go on a short hiking trip before driving north along the shores of beautiful Kluane Lake. Stopover at Sheep Mountain and look out for Dall sheep gracing alongside the mountain slopes. Your journey continues on the famous Alaska Highway through endless wilderness areas. Arrive in Tok, often referred to as the “Dog Mushing Capital of Alaska”. Welcome back to Alaska.

Day 8, Tok - Dawson City (297 km)
The Top of the World Highway (please note this is a partly gravel road) brings you through spectacular backcountry and gold mining areas. When the highway reaches its highest elevation incredible views into far-reaching countryside open up. Before you reach Dawson City, you’ll cross the Yukon River by the government-run ferry. With your arrival in Dawson City you might feel you just landed in a different century. Experience the old Klondike in its well-kept colour and fame.

Days 9 & 10, Dawson City
A full day to visit the various historical sights of Dawson City: SS Keno – the last steamer to run the Yukon River from Whitehorse, the Jack London Interpretive Centre with the poets original cabin, the city museum with audio-visual presentations, Dredge #4 – build in 1912 on famous Bonanza Creek, the Grand Palace Theatre – home of the “Gaslight Follies Show “Diamond Tooth Gertie’s Casino with legal gambling tables and “Can-Can” floor shows. Do not miss the short drive on the Ridge Road to the top of the Midnight Dome with excellent views over Dawson, the Ogilvie Mountains, and the Yukon and Klondike Rivers.

Day 11, Dawson City - Whitehorse (532 km)
Going south, enjoy the raw beauty of the surrounding landscape. Stopover at the Five Finger Rapids and hike down to the shore of the Yukon River. In late afternoon you will reach Yukon’s capital city, Whitehorse - a city with a unique combination of pioneer values and urban sophistication. Drop off your vehicle.

Day 12, Whitehorse
After check-out of your hotel, your Yukon self-drive adventure comes to an end.

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