A summer fly-drive through the stunning landscapes and historic towns of Canada’s Yukon
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- Discover the raw beauty of Kluane National Park, home to Canada’s highest mountain
- Travel the Top-of-the-World Highway to explore the gold-rush heritage of Dawson City
- Cross the border into the USA and visit the town of Tok, Alaska's dog-mushing capital
- Watch out from wildlife, from grizzly bears to grazing Dall sheep
- 2 Nights Whitehorse
- 1 Night Skagway
- 1 Night Haines
- 1 Night Haines Junction
- 1 Night Kluane
- 1 Night Tok
- 3 Nights Dawson City
- 1 Night Whitehorse
History & culture | Natural world | Self-drive
Canada's Yukon is a region of mountains, lakes, glaciers and rivers, home to an abundance of wildlife including moose, elk and grizzly bears. But set against this scenic backdrop, visitors will also discover a rich and varied history, much of which is centred round the Klondike Gold Rush of the late 19th century, when an estimated 100,000 prospectors arrived in search of their fortune. This fly-drive holiday begins in Whitehorse, the Yukon's vibrant capital known as the 'Wilderness City'. Then, its a journey of ceaseless beauty across the Yukon's magnificent landscapes, taking in the wildlife of Kluane National Park and hopping across the border to Skagway, an Alaskan city steeped in the history of the Klondike Gold Rush.
Day by day itinerary
Enjoy included airport lounge before your daytime flight to Whitehorse. On arrival, collect your hire car for the short drive to your city-centre hotel. Then, with an included visit to the Yukon Wildlife Preserve – a unique wildlife viewing property set over 700 acres and encompassing various natural habitats – you'll enjoy your first taste of the Yukon's unique wildlife and spectacular natural world.
Stay: Best Western Gold Rush Inn (Standard)
Take the South Klondike Highway, which connects the Yukon Territory with the Inside Passage ferry system in Alaska. It's also called the Skagway-Carcross Road, a route known for its spectacular scenery as it descends from the White Pass to Skagway. A truly memorable drive, you'll wind your way through the subalpine landscapes of the Tormented Valley to Tutshi Lake and Emerald Lake. The remainder of the day is free to explore Skagway.
Stay: Westmark Inn (Standard)
Boarding the afternoon ferry to Haines, you’ll head along the Lynn Canal, carved through a pristine fjord with cliffs soaring some 7,000 feet overhead. Haines itself is located in the ‘Valley of the Eagles’ where almost 4,000 American bald eagles gather to hunt and breed.
Stay: Hotel Hasingland (Standard)
The Haines Highway winds over the Chilkat Pass and into the Kluane National Park, one of the largest non-polar icefields on the planet. Here, in the shadow of Canada’s highest peak – the 5,959-metre Mount Logan – you’ll find grizzly bears, grazing Dall sheep and roaming packs of wolves. Stop off to visit the Sheep Mountain Visitor Centre with its interpretive programs about the region's flora and fauna.
Stay: The Raven Hotel
Meals: B (Standard)
Kluane National Park
Leaving along the Haines Highway, the road climbs from the Chilkat River Valley to the windswept Chilkat Pass. Skirting the boundaries of the British Columbia's Tatshenshini-Alsek Provincial Park, you'll arrive into Haines Junction in Kluane country, gateway to Kluane National Park. This is a region of snow-dusted mountains, vast forests, rushing rivers and sparkling lakes home to Canada’s highest peak and the world’s largest non-polar Icefields.
Stay: The Raven (Standard)
Meals: B (Standard)
Enjoy a short national-park hike this morning before heading north along the shores of Kluane Lake and across the border to Tok, whose annual husky race is recognised by mushers the world over.
Stay: Cleft of the Rock B&B
Follow the Top of the World Highway to Dawson City. Here, you’ll discover what life was like during the Klondike Gold Rush with visits to the historic sternwheel paddler, SS Keno, and the Jack London Interpretive Centre.
Stay: Aurora Inn (Standard)
Wend your way slowly back to Whitehorse for a final night, perhaps heading out to explore the parts of the Yukon's capital you might have missed first time around.
Stay: Best Western Gold Rush Inn
Leave Whitehorse behind as you join your overnight flight to London, arriving home on day 13.
Any element of this itinerary can be adjusted to suit your needs. Just contact us to find out more.
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