Combining visits to Canada’s rugged Yukon and the dramatic state of Alaska, your adventure begins in Whitehorse, the gateway to the Gold Rush. Experience spectacular rugged mountains, serene landscapes, abundant wildlife and breathtaking scenery. You will marvel at nature’s greatest spectacle: the magical Northern Lights, and immerse yourself in the culture of the Inuit peoples.
• International flights with Air Transat departing from London Gatwick in economy class
• Includes seat selection on Air Transat flights only
• Return internal flights from Vancouver to Whitehorse
• Accommodation for 14 nights
• Car Hire (Standard SUV, including Loss Damage Waiver, Up to C$2m third party liability insurance, windshield and tyre insurance, 260 km per day, one additional driver, all applicable taxes)
• 1 hour flightseeing tour of Kluane National Park
• Full day White Pass & Yukon route sightseeing tour
• A personalised Canada Roadbook containing essential travel
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Day 1 Arrival in Vancouver
Welcome to Vancouver! Upon arrival independently make your way to your downtown hotel. Today you are free to enjoy some of Vancouver’s most popular attractions, or just take a stroll along the harbour front to prepare you of some of the most scenic views in the world.
Day 2 Vancouver – Whitehorse
Head to Vancouver Airport for your internal flight to Whitehorse. Upon arrival at Whitehorse Airport collect your car hire and head to your hotel in central Whitehorse. Pick-up your Canada Roadbook at the front desk as you check-in. The remainder of the day is yours to discover this rustic town.
Day 3 Whitehorse – Haine’s Junction (154 km)
Begin your northern adventure as you head west through the small villages of the territory to Haine’s Junction, situated on the edge of the massive Kluane National Park. After checking in to your hotel, depart on an incredible flightseeing tour to see the incredible sights of Kluane National Park from spectacular heights. The St Elias mountains rise up from the sweeping lines of the glacier fields, the highest being Mt Logan at almost 6000 metres making it the second-highest point in North America.
Day 4 Haine’s Junction – Beaver Creek (291 km)
Continue west stopping just short of the international border and check into your hotel where the remainder of the day is yours to explore the rugged surroundings just outside your door. Hiking trails of various skill levels are all close by and easily accessible along the Alaska Highway. After a day of exploration, spend some time at the hotel’s large fire pit for some camaraderie with your fellow guests under the gleaming Yukon stars.
Day 5 Beaver Creek – Fairbanks (500 km)
Crossing into the United States, you travel the Alaska Highway en route to Fairbanks, travelling through a chain of small towns that have played parts in the stories and history of Alaska such as Tok, Delta Junction and Eielson. This intriguing community is the administrative hub of Alaska’s interior, located less than 200 km south of the Arctic Circle.
Day 6 Fairbanks – Denali National Park (265 km)
Today’s route takes you 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 activities. You can choose between hiking, fishing or canoeing against the backdrop of a pristine wilderness. Driving south, you will soon see Mount McKinley, North America’s tallest peak at 6193 m. It signals your entrance into Denali National Park.
Day 7 Denali National Park
Today, you may take the opportunity to explore some of the hiking trails that wind through the park. The protected parklands stretch out serenely beneath the shadows of the majestic Mount McKinley, giving visitors the opportunity to see moose, caribou, grizzly bears and Dall’s sheep. Many of the animals can often be spotted in plain view from the access roads.
Day 8 Denali National Park – Anchorage (380 km)
Today you will continue your adventure southbound, traversing vast woodlands of spruce, birch and aspen. Descending from the interior, Alaska’s great geographical diversity becomes evident as the dense evergreen forests and windswept mountains give way to the lush Matanuska River Valley. The Matanuska River Valley is the richest agricultural region in Alaska, where 20-hour summer days produce giant vegetables. You will reach Alaska’s largest city, Anchorage, located at the head of Cook Inlet before dusk.
Day 9 Anchorage
The day is yours to discover the modern city of Anchorage and its surroundings. Explore Chugach National Forest, a wildlife-photographer's delight that is also popular with anglers and hikers. You may decide to have a relaxing day in town, visiting the Anchorage Tourism Centre, or perhaps a leisurely stroll through the beautiful displays of the Anchorage Botanical Gardens featuring more than 1100 species of hardy perennials and over 150 native arctic plant species. End the day on a waterside patio and perhaps a dinner of famous Alaskan crab!
Day 10 Anchorage – Tok (520 km)
Today depart Anchorage and 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 pack a picnic lunch before leaving Anchorage and stop at milepost marker 101 and the large Matanuska Glacier State Recreation Area. This is a popular location to stop and take advantage of the easy walking trail that parallels the glacier and the Matanuska River. A pavilion provides shelter and a resting spot for those who wish to simply sit and enjoy the view. Continue on to Tok where the remainder of the day is at leisure.
Day 11 Tok – Dawson City (300 km)
For a true sense of the wilds of the north, today’s route will bring out the adventurer in you. Striking back towards the border through some of the most untouched wilderness in North America, you pass back over into Canada at Little Gold Camp – the highest border crossing between the two countries. Following the aptly-named Top-of-the-World Highway the road continues on to the riverside town of Dawson City, one of the major focal points of the 18th century Gold Rush where prospectors made and lost their fortunes.
Day 12 Dawson City
Many original buildings have stood the test of time, while others have been faithfully restored.You can spend the day touring the historic landmarks of Dawson City and the surrounding goldfields reliving the “Spirit of ’98” that still haunts the Klondike. The afternoon brings you a chance to strike your own fortune panning for gold at an authentic, working gold claim. For a slightly different chance at fortune, visit Diamond Tooth Gertie’s Gambling Hall.
Day 13 Dawson City – Whitehorse (535 km)
The Klondike Highway is your access route back to the southern region of the Yukon. Along the way, you will catch glimpses of the mighty Stewart River before it joins with the mighty Yukon River for its 3,500 km journey up to Alaska’s Bering Sea. You will be passing through the traditional hunting grounds of the Kaska Indians, where bears, wolves, lynx and moose roam in abundance. You may choose to stop at one of the gold rush staging posts and Bonanza Creek to see the origins of the Gold Rush and the way of life those early prospectors experienced. Arriving in Whitehorse, relax after a long day of travelling at your hotel or perhaps visit one of the many eateries around town.
Day 14 Whitehorse
Today you embark on a full-day scenic trip along the South Klondike Highway to Fraser, British Columbia. Upon arrival, you 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 such as Glacier Gorge. Dead Horse Gulch and Bridal Veil Falls. The route travels over the White Pass Summit, offering views from a height of 880 metres before ending in Skagway, Alaska. Return by motorcoach to Whitehorse to relax for the evening at your hotel.
Day 15 Whitehorse / Vancouver – End of tour
Drop off your car hire at Whitehorse Airport, collect your internal flight back to Vancouver Airport to connect to your transatlantic flight back to London, UK.
Driving Conditions in the Yukon and Alaska
Driving conditions in the Yukon and Alaska can be more demanding than in other Canadian and American destinations. Roads often have unfinished surfaces and road shoulders are usually made of soft gravel. Considerable care should be taken when driving this unique and magnificent part of North America. We recommend that you book a four wheel drive vehicle.Want to alter anything?
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Selected departure dates between 16th May and 21st Aug 2017
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