This circular route exploring the modern and ancient cultures of the Yukon provides the perfect introduction to the region for travellers who wish to explore this rugged and historic region on their own schedule. From the echoes of the Gold Rush to the new world of ecotourism, this northern wonderland offers stays in Whitehorse, whilst a day in famous Dawson City give visitors a chance to perhaps pan for gold and the wilds of Kluane National Park entice outdoor adventures to explore beautiful hiking trails, lakes and forests.
• International flights with Air Transat departing from London Gatwick in economy class
• Includes seat selection on Air Transat flights only
• Internal flights to Whitehorse
• 10 nights accommodation
• 10 days Intermediate car hire (Including Loss Damage Waiver, Up to C$2m third party liability insurance, windshield and tyre insurance, unlimited kilometers, one additional driver, all applicable taxes)
• First nations guided tour
• Yukon River Ferry crossing in Dawson City
• A personalised Canada Roadbook containing essential travel information and customised day-by-day routing maps
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Day 1 Vancouver
Land in Vancouver after your International flight and make your way independently to your chosen hotel for the night. Spend the rest of the day exploring or just relaxing around the hotel.
Day 2 Vancouver – Whitehorse
Return to the airport for your internal flight through British Columbia and onto Whitehorse, the capital of the Yukon Territory, where you will collect your car and make your way to your hotel for the evening.
Day 3 Whitehorse – Watson Lake
Departing eastward along the Alaska Highway into the interior of the Yukon, pass through small towns and villages that have carved unique communities out of a rugged wilderness. Arriving in Watson Lake, take some 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.
Day 4 Watson Lake - Faro
Turning northward on to the Campbell Highway, follow the path of several rivers and long lakes, many only previously seen by the most avid traveller. Arriving in Faro, this small town set under the gaze of the mountains invites travellers to visit the Campbell Region Interpretative Centre to learn about the history and geography of the surrounding area. Visitors may also enjoy a visit to the former lead-zinc mine – once the largest producer in the world.
Day 5 Faro - Dawson city
Journeying farther northward, you embark on a day of discovery travelling through the wilderness of the Yukon heartland, home to large mammals such as moose, caribou and grizzly bears. Later in the day, arrive in the famous former prospector town of Dawson City. Perhaps visit one of the local eateries, serving up everything from hardy frontier fare, to tastes of the Far East.
Day 6 Dawson City
The day is yours to independently discover the excitement of the Gold Rush days gone by as the town comes alive with period actors on local walking tours, historical buildings and interactive gold-panning stations that give visitors a taste of the past. The Bonanza Creek with Discovery Claim and Dredge 4 National Historic Site provides an in-depth look into the industry that made the town famous. The Midnight Dome offers dramatic views of the town at the confluence of the Yukon and Klondike Rivers.
Day 7 Dawson City - Beaver Creek
Beginning with a short crossing of the Yukon River by ferry, today your journey takes you along a picturesque route following the Top of the World Highway and the Taylor Highway as it traverses the wilds of 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 back into Canada and arrive in the small town of Beaver Creek for the evening.
Day 8 Beaver Creek – Haines Junction
Today’s shorter driving distance back on the Alaska Highway allows time to independently explore natural wonders such as the shores of Lake Kluane, or the snow-capped mountains and glaciers of the St. Elias Mountains of the 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 Nations Daku Cultural Centre, a highlight of this frontier town.
Day 9 Haines Junction – Whitehorse
Departing for Whitehorse, stop midway at the village of Champagne where ancient local culture comes to life on your Long Ago People’s Place First Nations Guided Tour. Visit the traditional living structures of a First Nations Village and be amazed by demonstrations of hunting practises and food preparation that were practised for centuries by the original inhabitants of the area. Tour includes tea and traditional bannock break.
Day 10 Whitehorse
The day is free to independently discover why Whitehorse has cultivated a name as the Yukon’s hub of local guided and independent sightseeing and local touring activities. We suggest taking a daytrip to remote Skagway, or to visit some of the local sites such as the SS Klondike, Beringia Centre, the Transportation Museum or the MacBride Museum.
Day 11 Whitehorse – Vancouver
An early start as you return to the airport for your flight back to Vancouver, where you can either extend your stay or join your international flight home.Want to alter anything?
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