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Yukon and Alaska Explorer - Self Drive

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If you’ve ever wanted to visit the top of the world, this adventure will take you further north than you’ve ever been before. Combining visits to Canada’s rugged Yukon and the dramatic state of Alaska, you will experience two environments that challenge the limits of human endurance!
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Highlights

Flightseeing tour to see the incredible sights of Kluane National Park from spectacular heights

Hiking trails of various skill levels accessible along the Alaska Highway

See Mount McKinley, North America’s tallest peak at 6193 m

Visit Dawson City, one of the major focal points of the 18th century Gold Rush

Board the world-famous narrow gauge White Pass & Yukon Route Railway

View Wildlife like moose, caribou, grizzly bears and Dall sheep

Your adventure begins in Whitehorse through spectacular rugged mountains, serene landscapes, and breathtaking scenery. Gold Rush towns still speak of fortunes made and lost at the end of the 18th century, original and restored buildings showcasing the daily life of those early prospectors. Combined with a captivating flightseeing tour of vast glacial parklands, this itinerary offers a truly unique experience just few hundred kilometers below the Arctic Circle.
 

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Included

3 nights in Whitehorse at Best Western Gold Rush Inn-3*
2 nights in Haines Junction at Mount Logan Lodge - 3*
1 night in Beaver Creek at Discovery Yukon Lodgings -2.5*
1 night in Fairbanks at Westmark Fairbanks Hotel - 3*
2 night at Denali Grizzly Bear Resort- 3*
2 nights in Anchorage at Westmark Anchorage Hotel - 3*
1 night in Tok at Three Bears Tok Motel- 3*
2 nights in Dawson at Westmark Inn Dawson City- 3*
Car rental for 15 Days
1-hour flightseeing tour of Kluane National
Full-day White Pass & Yukon Route sightseeing trip

Excluded

  • International airfares and taxes
  • Domestic airfares and taxes, unless otherwise specified in our holiday package
  • Visa expenses, processing and issuance fees
  • Meals other than as specified in our holiday package
  • Travel Insurance or expenses of a personal nature (mini-bar, phone call, laundry, etc.),
  • Tips or gratuities to guides, drivers, porters, hotel, restaurant or boat staff, etc.
  • Or any other travel expense that has not been included in our holiday package
Day 1
Whitehorse

Arrive at Whitehorse Airport and pick up your car rental. Continue to your hotel in central Whitehorse where you will be provided with a Roadbook with all the information needed for your holiday/trip/journey. The remainder of the day is yours to explore this historic town.

Overnight in Whitehorse at Best Western Gold Rush Inn.

Whitehorse
Whitehorse
Day 2
Whitehorse → Haines Junction

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.

Overnight in Haines Junction at Mount Logan Lodge.

Whitehorse → Haines Junction
Kluane National Park
Day 3
Haines Junction

A day free at leisure is a good opportunity to explore the village. Perhaps pay a visit to the Champagne and Aishihik First Nations' Da K Cultural Centre, an interactive living museum that celebrates the history, culture and art of the Indigenous people of the area. Afterwards, perhaps drop by the St Elias Convention Centre to see the permanent and rotating collection of art, reflecting the modern interpretations of local and recent artists.

Overnight in Haines Junction at Mount Logan Lodge.

Haines Junction
Wildlife
Day 4
Haines Junction → Beaver Creek

Today you continue west, stopping just short of the international border Hiking trails of various skill levels are all close by and easily accessible along the Alaska Highway After checking into 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. 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.

Overnight in Beaver Creek at Discovery Yukon Lodgings.

Haines Junction → Beaver Creek
Wildlife
Day 5
Beaver Creek → Fairbanks

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 administrative hub of Alaska’s interior, located less than 200 km south of the Arctic Circle.

Overnight in Fairbanks at Westmark Fairbanks hotel & conference center.

Beaver Creek → Fairbanks
Fairbanks
Day 6
Fairbanks → Denali National Park

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 visitors excellent opportunities for outdoor activities You may decide to independently arrange 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 – an eternal sentinel that marks the entrance into Denali National Park.

Overnight at Denali Grizzly Bear Resort.

Fairbanks → Denali National Park
Denali National Park
Day 7
Denali National Park

Today you may decide to independently explore some of the many day hike trails in Denali National 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 sheep. Many of the animals can often be spotted in plain view from the access roads.

Overnight at Denali Grizzly Bear Resort.

Denali National Park
Denali Backcountry Lodge
Day 8
Denali National Park → Anchorage

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 Before dusk, you will reach Alaska’s largest city, Anchorage, located at the head of Cook Inlet.

Overnight in Anchorage at Westmark Anchorage Hotel.

Denali National Park → Anchorage
Wildlife | Denali National Park
Day 9
Anchorage

Today is yours to experience the modern city of Anchorage and its surroundings Explore Chugach National Forest, a wildlifephotographer'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!

Overnight in Anchorage at Westmark Anchorage Hotel.

Anchorage
Highway
Day 10
Anchorage → Tok

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.

Overnight in Tok at Three Bears Tok Motel.

Anchorage → Tok
Anchorage
Day 11
Tok → Dawson City

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-theWorld Highway the road continues on to riverside town of Dawson City, one of the major focal points of the 18th century Gold Rush where prospectors made and lost their fortunes.

Overnight in Dawson City at Westmark Inn Dawson City.

Tok → Dawson City
Driving to Dawson City
Day 12
Dawson City

Relive the days of prospecting with a day of independent exploration of this historic city Many original buildings have stood the test of time, while others have been faithfully restored to either their original
grandeur, or rustic ruggedness. Take the day to tour the historic landmarks of Dawson City and visit the surrounding goldfields that still resonate with the Klondike’s “Spirit of ’98” You may choose to try your hand at panning for gold at an authentic, working gold claim. For a slightly different venue, visit Diamond Tooth Gertie’s Gambling Hall and try your luck at any of the establishment’s games of chance.

Overnight in Dawson City at Westmark Inn Dawson City.

Dawson City
Winter time in Dawson City
Day 13
Dawson City → Whitehorse

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.

Overnight in Whitehorse at Best Western Gold Rush Inn.

Dawson City → Whitehorse
Countryside of Yukon
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 880m before ending in Skagway, Alaska. Return by motorcoach to Whitehorse to relax for the evening.

Overnight in Whitehorse at Best Western Gold Rush Inn.

Whitehorse
White Pass railway
Day 15
Whitehorse

Today your northern adventure comes to an end as you drop off your car rental at the airport for your departing flight.
 

Whitehorse
Whitehorse

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Official language
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Local currency
Canadian Dollars
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Yukon and Alaska Explorer - Self Drive

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Whitehorse
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Self-Drive, Wildlife
Independent Holiday Packages
15 May 2022 - 05 September 2022

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Best Western Gold Rush Inn
Best Western Gold Rush Inn

Whitehorse
This historic Whitehorse hotel offers excellent guest service and enjoys a central location close to attractions and shopping. The Best Western Gold Rush Inn is 100% non-smoking and features the Aveda approved Elements Hair Studio and Day Spa. Our guestrooms come complete with complimentary high-speed wireless internet, mini refrigerators, and microwaves. Try a local brew and live music in the famous Gold Pan Saloon rated one of the Best Bars Across Canada by the Globe and Mail. 

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  • Please note that as this tour travels into Alaska, it is the passenger’s responsibility to be in possession of a valid visa or electronic passport for entry into the United States, if required.
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