Northern Highlights of Alaska and Yukon (8 nights )
On this escorted hotel tour you will travel some of the most spectacular landscapes and national parks Alaska and Canada’s Yukon have to offer. You'll see the continent's tallest mountain and experience North America's best wildlife viewing in Denali National Park, and you'll visit some of the north's most iconic communities including Anchorage, Fairbanks and historic Dawson City, home to the 1898 Klondike Gold Rush, the greatest the world has ever seen!
Departing from Anchorage and ideal for cruise ship passengers who have taken one way cruises along the Inside Passage to Whittier or Seward, this relaxing small group tour through stunning Alaska and Yukon landscapes provides a welcome contrast to the larger group sizes found on the cruise ships and their post cruise tours. Ending in Whitehorse, Yukon, travellers can travel via domestic scheduled air to major international airports in southern Canada.
Day 1 Anchorage
Welcome to Alaska. At the airport, you will be welcomed by your tour-guide. Transfer to the hotel for overnight. Meet your fellow travellers.
Day 2 Anchorage - Denali
Leave Alaska’s largest city, and via the George Parks Highway travel northbound towards Denali National Park. The breathtaking landscape offers constantly changing panoramic views with distant glaciers and beaver dams in the nearby river. Late afternoon there is the opportunity for a one-hour glacier flight to Mount McKinley (optional). Overnight accommodation close to the park.
Day 3 Denali National Park
Without a doubt this is one of the highlights of Alaska. In the morning you will go on a Denali wildlife tour. A park owned shuttle bus takes you deep into one of the most scenic landscapes in North America. Weather permitting you will get to see majestic Mount McKinley, at 6193 metres the highest mountain in the U.S.A. The variety of wildlife is very impressive too. With a little luck you will see wolves, dall sheep, moose, caribou and grizzly bears. Admire Wonder Lake,the largest lake in the area, in the middle of the park. here in particular you will find lots of wildlife. Overnight accommodation close to the park.
Day 4 Denali National Park - Fairbanks
Back on the George Parks Highway, stop in Nenana to visit the Alaska Railroad Museum. Fairbanks will be reached early in the afternoon. The remainder of the day is free for you to visit places of interest in and around town; perhaps visit the Alaska Dog Mushing Museum, or try a sternwheeler cruise on the Chena River, or the Crown of Light show - a photo symphony covering the aurora borealis, or the Gold Rush show at the Malemute Saloon. Overnight Fairbanks.
Day 5 Fairbanks - Tok
Today you are on your way southbound, passing innumerable lakes and rivers in this beautiful landscape. Today you are going to see the Trans-Alaska Pipeline, crossing the Tanana River right next to the highway. In Delta Junction meet the Alaska Highway and visit the local visitor centre. Overnight Tok.
Day 6 Tok - Dawson City
The journey continues via the Top of the World Highway. Beyond the timberline you will pass through beautiful tundra scenery and cross the border at Little Gold Creek, which is the checkpoint with the highest elevation between Canada and the U.S.A. In the afternoon cross the Yukon River by ferry to reach Dawson City. Overnight Dawson City.
Day 7 Dawson City
People still dig for gold in this historical town, located where the Klondike flows into the Yukon River. You may try your luck panning for gold yourself. A visit to Bonanza Creek, the Jack London cabin, and the Midnight Dome, Dawson City’s very own mountain, are on the agenda, as is the remarkable Gold Diggers Museum. Diamond Tooth Gerties Casino and Can-Can dance girls will entertain you this evening! The Palace Grand Theatre, offering musical entertainment turn-of-the-century style, is another option. Overnight Dawson City.
Day 8 Dawson City - Whitehorse
Today it is back to Whitehorse via the Klondike Highway. You will repeatdedly see the mighty Yukon River, about 3200 km long and thus one of the longest waterways in North America. Stop to visit the infamous Five Finger Rapids - mighty rapids posing a threat to many sternwheelers navigating the Yukon in the past. Old post offices, roadhouses and small villages constantly bring back to mind the gold rush era of 100 years ago. Overnight Whitehorse.
Day 9 Whitehorse
Transfer to the airport or connecting programme.