Alaska and the Yukon Explorer

Alaska and the Yukon Explorer:

You will explore breathtaking coastlines, abundant wildlife, stunning scenery and experience the goldrush history and cultural attractions.

Highlights: Whitehorse - Dawson City - Tok - Fairbanks - Denali - Anchorage - Prince William Sound Cruise - Skagway

Other departures: Manchester - £4449, Birmingham - £4449, Bristol - £4449, Norwich - £4449, Newcastle - £4449, Edinburgh - £4449, Glasgow - £4449

Day 1: Arrive in Whitehorse

Fly to Whitehorse, the capital of the Yukon, and join the group. Your Whitehorse tour includes Miles Canyon, the Fish Ladder and the SS Klondike Sternwheeler National Historic Site.

Overnight: Best Western Gold Rush Inn
Meals: None

Day 2: Whitehorse - Dawson City
Continue north on the Klondike Highway past Lake Laberge, made famous by Robert Service’s poem, “The Cremation of Sam McGee”. Stop to view the Carmacks Interpretive River Front Boardwalk and the beautiful Five Finger Rapids. Arrive in Dawson City, the heart of the Klondike Gold Rush. Tonight visit Diamond Tooth Gertie’s Gambling Hall, Canada’s oldest and most unique casino featuring can-can girls led by Diamond Tooth Gertie herself.

Overnight: Downtown Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Dawson City
Revisit history today as you experience an enormous Gold Mining Dredge, one of the largest wood hulled, bucket line dredges in North America, then pan for your own fortune in gold. This afternoon relax and enjoy a leisurely afternoon as you explore the boardwalk shops of this town and recall the gold crazed frenzy of Dawson City’s past.

Overnight: Downtown Hotel
Meals: Breakfast

Day 4: Dawson City – Tok
North to Alaska! Today you travel over the Top of the World Highway and stop at the unique town of Chicken named after the state bird – the Ptarmigan that resembles a chicken. Then it’s on to the Village of Tok, where the Eagle Trail crosses the Tanana River and the sternwheelers once plied the river.

Overnight: Young’s Motel
Meals: Breakfast

Day 5: Tok - Fairbanks
Mail your postcards this morning at the North Pole, Alaska and stop by Santa Claus House. Continue on to Fairbanks, the hub of Alaska’s heartland. This afternoon board the Sternwheeler Discovery for a cruise of the Chena and Tanana Rivers. You will see a bush plane taking off from a bush-style runway, witness the wedding of the rivers and gain insight into the ancient Athabascan Indian culture on a personalized tour of the Chena Native Village. Tonight step back in time and visit Alaskaland for a delicious baked salmon dinner, followed by a musical revue at the Palace Theatre and Saloon.

Overnight: Pike’s Waterfront Lodge
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6: Fairbanks – Denali
Incredible vistas provide a feast for the eyes today on your journey through the town of Nenana to Denali National Park & Reserve. The panoramic views of the famed Alaska Range continue to take your breath away as you see Mt McKinley – North America’s highest peak. This afternoon experience a wildlife tour into the heart of Denali National Park. This tour offers a great opportunity to see wildlife in the park, in particular, grizzly bears, caribou, moose and even wolves. Return to Denali early evening.

Overnight: Denali Bluffs
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Boxed Lunch

Day 7: Denali – Anchorage
Your destination today is Alaska’s largest city, Anchorage. Explore the past and experience the first people at the Alaska Native Heritage Centre, Anchorage’s premier cultural attraction. Hear the songs and stories and see the dancers. This evening enjoy a group dinner with your new friends.

Overnight: Hilton Anchorage
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 8: Prince William Sound Cruise
Today experience one of the tour highlights, cruising the calm and protected waters of Prince William Sound accompanied by a National Forest Interpreter. The vessel hugs the coastline and icebergs glides silently by. Pulling into a bay, the vessel floats right up to a 1700-foot high active tidewater glacier, a river of ice. See otters, eagles, puffins, sea lions, whales and glacier-wildlife. Delicious onboard lunch includes prime rib and salmon. This is wild and dramatic Alaska up close.

Overnight: Hilton Anchorage
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 9: Anchorage – Tok
This morning see stunning vistas as you travel the Glenn Richardson Highway to Gakona Junction, climbing to Mentasta Summit before descending into Tok, where you rejoin the Alaska Highway.

Overnight: Young’s Motel
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 10: Tok – Whitehorse
Today depart Tok and travel back into the Yukon and historic Burwash Landing. Travel alongside the magnificent St. Elias Range and Kluane National Park & Reserve, home of Canada’s highest mountain. En route, stops are scheduled at Kluane Park Visitor Centre, Kluane Museum of Natural History and Sheep Mountain Visitor Centre near Haines Junction, home of the Dall sheep. Arrive in Whitehorse to settle in for a two-night stay.

Overnight: Best Western Gold Rush Inn
Meals: Breakfast

Day 11: Skagway
Travel west over the White Pass Summit and see some of the most panoramic views of the terrain en route to Skagway. For those who like to ride the rails an optional train trip to Skagway is offered on the White Pass & Yukon Railway, following the historic Chilkoot Trail, path of the gold seekers. You will fall in love with the quaint port village of Skagway, nestled into the harbour and full of Klondike history. At the end of the day, wind your way back to Whitehorse and join fellow passengers at a Farewell to the Yukon dinner.

Overnight: Best Western Gold Rush Inn
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 12: Depart Whitehorse
Today after breakfast, say goodbye to the Yukon and your new friends before you return home.

Meals: Breakfast

- Visit SS Klondike National Historic Site
- Five Finger Rapids
- Carmacks Boardwalk
- Diamond Tooth Gerties
- Gold Mining Dredge
- Top of the World Highway
- Visit Alaskaland
- Palace Grand Theatre
- Sternwheeler Discovery Cruise
- Chena Native Village
- Denali National Park
- Alaska Native Heritage Center
- Prince William Sound Cruise
- Kluane National Park Reserve
- Kluane Museum of Natural History
- White Pass Summit and Skagway

- Flights from London Heathrow with Air Canada
- Airport taxes
- 11 nights accommodation as per the itinerary
- Professional driver-guide
- Transportation on a deluxe motorcoach
- Roundtrip airport transfers in Whitehorse
- 20 meals: 11 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners
- Excursions & Activities as per itinerary