Yukon & Alaska Explorer

Duration: 13 nights self drive tour

Price: £2775pp

Whitehorse 1 night
Haine's Junction 1 night
Beaver Creek 1 night
Fairbanks 1 night
Denali National Park 2 nights
Anchorage 2 nights
Tok 1 night
Dawson City 2 nights
Whitehorse 2 nights

 

Day 1 Fly to Whitehorse: On arrival collect your car and proceed to your hotel.

Day 2 Whitehorse/Haines Junction: Travel west through the small villages of the territory to Haines Junction, which is situated on the edge of the massive Kluane National Park (95 miles).

Day 3 Haines Junction/Beaver Creek: Continue west, stopping just short of the international border. After checking in to your hotel, depart on an incredible flightseeing tour of Kluane National Park from spectacular heights. After a day of exploration, you may wish to spend some time at the hotel's large fire pit for some camaraderie with fellow guests (180 miles).

Day 4 Beaver Creek/Fairbanks: Crossing into the United States, travel the Alaska Highway en route to Fairbanks, driving through Tok, Delta Junction and Eielson (311 miles).

Day 5 Fairbanks/Denali National Park: Travel 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 adventures. You may therefore decide to arrange hiking, fishing or canoeing against the backdrop of this pristine wilderness. Driving south, you will soon see Mount McKinley, an eternal sentinel that marks the entrance into Denali National Park (164 miles).

Day 6 Denali National Park: At leisure to explore some of the many day hike trails. The protected parklands stretch out serenely beneath the shadows of majestic Mount McKinley, giving visitors the chance to see moose, caribou, grizzly bears and Dall sheep. Many of the animals can often be spotted in plain view from the access roads.

Day 7 Denali National Park/Anchorage: Continue south, watching as the dense evergreen forests and windswept mountains give way to the lush Matanuska River Valley, the richest agricultural region in Alaska. Before dusk, you will reach Alaskas's largest city, Anchorage, located at the head of Cook Inlet (236 miles).

Day 8 Anchorage: At leisure to experience the city and surrounds. Perhaps explore Chugach National Forest, or maybe stroll through the Anchorage Botanical Gardens. Day 9 Anchorage/Tok: 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 stop at Matanuska Glacier State Recreation Area and take advantage of the easy walking trail that paralle glacier and river. Continue to Tok (323 miles).

Day 10 Tok/Dawson City: Striking back towards the border, pass back over into Canada at Little Gold Cam the highest border crossing between the two countries. Follow the aptly named Top of the World Highway to the riverside town of Dawson City, one of the major focal points of the 18th century Gold Rush (186 miles).

Day 11 Dawson City: Relive the days of prospecting with a day of independent exploration. Perhaps visit the surrounding goldfields, or for something slightly different, visit Diamond Tooth Gertie's Gambling Hall!

Day 12 Dawson City/Whitehorse: As you drive along the Klondike Highway you will catch glimpses of the mighty Stewart River before it joins with the Yukon River. Pass through the traditional hunting grounds of the Kaska Indians, where bears, wolves, lynx and moose roam in abundance. Maybe stop at a Gold Rush staging post and Bonanza Creek before reaching Whitehorse where you'll find an array of eateries (332 miles).

Day 13 Whitehorse: A full day scenic coach trip along the South Klondike Highway to Fraser, British Columbia. Upon arrival 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. The route travels over the White Pass Summit, before ending in Skagway, Alaska. Return by coach to Whitehorse (397 miles).

Day 14 Whitehorse: Return your car at the airport where your tour concludes.

Departures: Daily between 13 May-27 Aug 19.

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 return international flights between London and Whitehorse, 14 days compact 2 door car with fully inclusive insurance, 13nights accommodation, one hour flight seeing tour on day 3, full day White Pass & Yukon Route trip on day 13 and personalised roadbook.



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