Alaska & the Yukon
A fascinating journey by road, rail and sea to the 'Top of the World'. Visit gold rush towns and marvel at the unspoiled wilderness.
DAY 1: UK - Anchorage.
Fly to Anchorage where you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel for two nights.
DAY 2: Anchorage - glacier cruise - Anchorage.
Journey to Whittier on Prince William Sound and board your deluxe catamaran for a once-in-a-lifetime adventure, cruising College and Harriman Fjords to view as many as 26 tidewater and hanging glaciers. There is a good chance of spotting whales, seals and eagles. Return to Anchorage in the early evening.
DAY 3: Anchorage - Tok.
Travel through the lush farming region of the Matanuska Valley, up over scenic Tahnita Pass with spectacular vistas of Matanuska Glacier, then along the vast Wrangell-St Elias National Park and Preserve. The area boasts glaciers larger than the island of Manhattan and nine of the sixteen highest peaks in North America. Overnight in Tok, the 'dog sled capital of the world'.
DAY 4: Tok - Whitehorse.
Join the Alaska Highway and follow the Tetlin National Wildlife Refuge. Behold the spectacular views of Kluane National Park, home to 19,625-feet high Mount Logan, Canada's highest peak. Spend two nights in Whitehorse, the territorial headquarters of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
DAY 5: Whitehorse - Skagway - Whitehorse.
Follow the Trail of '98 over the mountains that thousands of gold seekers scaled on foot in the dead of winter, heading for the Klondike. You may wish to take the optional excursion on the White Pass & Yukon Railway to Skagway (subject to seasonality and weather conditions); otherwise continue by coach through the mountains to Skagway. Stroll the wooden sidewalks past charming false-front buildings and colourful saloons. Return to Whitehorse in late afternoon.
DAY 6: Whitehorse - Dawson City.
Stop at the Five Finger Rapids, a major obstacle on the Trail of '98. Late this afternoon reach Dawson City, the main centre after the first gold strike in the Klondike in 1896. Tonight you have reservations at Diamond Tooth Gertie's, a saloon featuring ragtime music, can-can girls and an old-fashioned casino.
DAY 7: Dawson City.
Highlights on your morning tour of this gold rush town include Bonanza Creek, where the first gold strike was made, Robert Service's cabin and the SS Keno, the last sternwheeler to run between Dawson and Whitehorse. This afternoon you could 'strike it rich' at gold panning.
DAY 8: Dawson City - Fairbanks.
A long day and well worth it as the scenery is overwhelming. Travel over the 'Top of the World Highway' and re-enter Alaska. Pass through the village of Chicken and along the Alaska Highway to view the Trans-Alaska Pipeline at Delta Junction. Evening arrival in Fairbanks, Alaska's second-largest city.
DAY 9: Fairbanks.
Board the Sternwheeler Discovery for a leisurely cruise on the Chena and Tanana Rivers. Listen as the ship's guides discuss the region's wildlife, history and customs. This evening join an optional outing to Alaskaland, a pioneer theme park where there is a taste of just about everything in Alaska, where you will also have the chance to enjoy a delicious Alaska salmon bake.
DAY 10: Fairbanks - Alaska Railroad - Denali National Park.
Board the world famous Alaska Railroad for a memorable journey through untamed wilderness. Sit back in comfort and enjoy spectacular scenery through wide windows. Be sure to take advantage of the domed roof car. Today's ride ends in Denali National Park, dominated by North America's highest peak, 20,320-foot Mount McKinley. The afternoon is free.
DAY 11: Denali National Park.
A free day to hike through this stunning National Park, or to take advantage of several optional outings, including a wildlife tour, a raft trip down the Nenana River or a helicopter ride over the park.
DAY 12: Denali National Park - Anchorage.
Head towards Anchorage with a stop at the Iditarod headquarters, home of the great dog-sled race. Tonight why not have dinner at the unusual Sourdough Mining Company, the perfect finish to a great holiday?
DAY 13: Anchorage - UK.
Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK, or extend your stay in Seattle or on an Alaska cruise.
DAY 14: Home landing in the UK.
Maximum elevation on this tour is 4,470 ft.
Note: Alaska and the Yukon are blessed with exquisite scenery, fascinating attractions, and an extraordinary amount of daylight in the summer months. We take advantage of the extended light in this vast territory, and as a result, some of the travelling days can be long. However, rest assured there are frequent photo and comfort stops. Visiting and participating in activities in these locations is subject to favourable weather conditions.
Accommodation on Tour
Anchorage: Ramada Downtown; Tok: Tok Lodge; Whitehorse: High Country Inn; Dawson City: Eldorado Hotel; Fairbanks: Bridgewater; Denali NP: Denali Bluffs.
Alaska & the Yukon 11 nights
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Alaska & the Yukon
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- Start & Style door to door local pick up service to and from the airport (within 50 miles of the airport)
- Flights UK - Anchorage - UK
- Accommodation on tour in a twin room with private facilities
- Services of a tour director on tour and local representative at other times
- Porterage at hotels during tour (for one suitcase per person)
- Transfers between overseas airport and hotels
- All local and airport taxes/service charges
- Single share option no supplement to pay
- Prince William Sound Cruise to College and Harriman Fjords
- Fairbanks Sternwheeler Discovery sightseeing cruise
- Alaska Railroad Wilderness train journey
- Iditarod Headquarters Home of the great sled race
- Denali National Park
- London Heathrow
- Wednesdays - 2013
21 Aug 2013 to 04 Sep 2013