In The Footsteps Of Yukon Pioneers
Duration: 9 nights self-drive tour
Price from: £1979pp
Day 1 Fly to Whitehorse: On arrival collect your car and proceed to your hotel.
Day 2 Whitehorse/Watson Lake: Depart eastward along the Alaska Highway into the interior of the Yukon and pass through small towns and villages that have carved unique communities out of a rugged wilderness. Arrive in Watson Lake and take time to visit the ‘signpost forest’ - a collection of over 10,000 signposts donated by visitors from around the world, or the World War II historical display at the airport (272 miles).
Day 3 Watson Lake/Faro: Turn northward on to the Campbell Highway and follow the path of several rivers and long lakes, many only previously seen by the most avid outdoorsman. Arrive in Faro, a small town set under the gaze of mountains and perhaps visit the Campbell Region Interpretive Centre to learn about the history and geography of the surrounding area. Alternatively, you may wish to visit the former lead-zinc mine, once the largest producer in the world (264 miles).
Day 4 Faro/Dawson City: Journey further north travelling through the wilderness of the Yukon heartland, which large mammals such as moose, caribou and grizzly bear call home. Later, arrive in the famous former prospector town of Dawson City, where welcoming eateries serve up everything from hardy frontier fare to tastes of the Far East (329 miles).
Day 5 Dawson City: At leisure to independently discover the excitement of bygone Gold Rush days, as the town comes alive with period actors on local walking tours and historical buildings. For a true taste of the past, a visit to an interactive gold-panning station is included.
Day 6 Dawson City/Beaver Creek: Begin the day with a short ferry crossing of the Yukon River. Continue along a picturesque route following the Top of the World Highway and the Taylor Highway as it traverses the wilds of the Yukon over the international border to Alaska, USA. The small crossroads town of Chicken provides the ideal midway point to stop and experience a slice of local life. Continue on as you loop back south into Canada and arrive in the small town of Beaver Creek (269 miles).
Day 7 Beaver Creek/Haines Junction: As you travel back on the Alaska Highway you may wish to independently explore natural wonders such as Lake Kluane, or the snow-capped mountains and glaciers of the St Elias Mountains of spectacular Kluane National Park. Well-marked hiking trails and scenic viewpoints showcase some of the unique landscape of these protected parklands. Arrive later in Haines Junction and perhaps take some time to explore the First Nationals Daku Cultural Centre, a highlight of this frontier town (180 miles).
Day 8 Haines Junction/Whitehorse: The short drive gives ample time to independently explore the frontier town of Whitehorse that has grown up into a northern hub city of commerce, industry and tourism (95 miles).
Day 9 Whitehorse: At leisure. We suggest taking a day trip to remote Skagway (USA), or to visit some of the local sites such as the SS Klondike, Beringia Centre, the Transportation Museum or the MacBride Museum.
Day 10 Whitehorse: Return your car at the airport where your tour concludes.
Departures: Daily between 11 May-11 Sep 20.
Accommodation: In 2-3* hotels.
Meals: Room only.
Tour price: The price shown is based on the best value travel dates in low season and includes international flights to and from Whitehorse, 10 days compact 2 door car with fully inclusive insurance, 9 nights accommodation, gold panning tour on day 5, Yukon River ferry crossing on day 6 and personalised roadbook.
As this tour goes into the USA, you will need to obtain either an ESTA or visa prior to departure.