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Mountains and lake, Alaska

Yukon & Alaska Summer Explorer

18-day tailor-made self-drive from £4,840 pp incl. flights

Summary

Short description

A self-drive adventure at the top of the world

Highlights

  • Experience the spectacular scenery as you descend from the White Pass to Skagway
  • Spot Bald Eagles in Kluane National Park
  • View Mount Denali and Denali National Park
  • Relive the Klondike gold rush days in Dawson City
  • Drive the spectacular Klondike Highway between Dawson City and Whitehorse

In Brief

  • 1 Night Whitehorse
  • 1 Night Haines Junction
  • 1 Night Tok
  • 2 Nights Valdez
  • 1 Night Sutton
  • 2 Nights Anchorage
  • 1 Night Talkeetna
  • 2 Nights Denali National Park and Preserve
  • 2 Nights Fairbanks
  • 1 Night Tok
  • 2 Nights Dawson City
  • 1 Night Whitehorse

About

Recommended for:
Activity adventure | History & culture | Natural world | Self-drive

Inspiring landscapes, rich wildlife and quaint towns and villages are among the attractions on this highly rewarding self-drive tour through the Canadian province of Yukon and neighbouring Alaska in the USA. Gold rush cities, the awe-inspiring Northern Lights and a chance to learn about the culture of Inuit people are among a host of other highlights.

Day by day itinerary

Day 1
UK to Whitehorse (via Vancouver)

Welcome to the “Land of the Midnight Sun”. Whitehorse is the capital of the Yukon Territory and at 22,000 people is the largest city in Canada’s North.

Experience frontier hospitality in the rustic town. There’ll be time to browse native art and craft shops or visit the Takhini Hot Springs, the Whitehorse Rapids and the sternwheeler SS Klondike II, a visit to the impressive MacBride Museum is highly recommended to introduce you to the history of Yukon before setting out on the open road.

Stay: Best Western Gold Rush Inn, Whitehorse (Superior)

Day 2
Whitehorse to Haines Junction

Depart Whitehorse today for an an easy two hour drive along the historic Alaska Highway to Haines Junction. This town is the only thing not huge in Kluane country with a population of 800 residents, which is fewer than the number of grizzly bears in Kluane National Park. The park is home to Canada’s highest peak and the world’s largest non-polar Icefields that lie behind the façade of mountains that provide the town’s spectacular backdrop. For a truly unforgettable experience, take an air tour over the park. From above some of the planet’s largest glaciers, you’ll get a true sense of the scale and magnificence created by nature.

Stay: The Raven Hotel, Haines Junction (Superior)


Day 3
Haines Junction to Tok

This morning go on a short hiking trip before driving north along the shores of beautiful Kluane Lake. Stopover at Sheep Mountain and look out for Dall sheep gracing alongside the mountain slopes. Your journey continues on the famous Alaska Highway through endless wilderness areas. Arrive in Tok, often referred to as the “Dog Mushing Capital of Alaska”. Welcome to Alaska.

Stay: Fox 'n Fireweed Cabins, Tok (Superior)


Meals: B

Days 4-5
Tok to Valdez

Your journey continues on the Glenn Highway, offering an impressive view of the Wrangell Mountains. Stopover at the historic roadhouse in Copper Center and watch native fish wheels at the nearby Copper River, providing an excellent salmon run. Shortly afterwards the Worthington Glacier peeks into view where a boardwalk leads to the toe of the glacier before arriving in Valdez.

Enjoy a free day in Valdez. Take a cruise into Prince William Sound to Columbia or Meares Glacier on which you also have a chance to see sea lions and even Humpback whales. Or enjoy a guided kayaking or rafting tour (not included).

Stay: Best Western Valdez Harbour Inn, Valdez (Superior)


Meals: B

Day 6
Valdez to Sheep Mountain Lodge

Today you will drive back north on the Richardson Highway with great views of the Wrangell Mountains as you return to Glennallen (weather permitting). Here you follow the Glenn Highway towards Palmer / Anchorage until you reach Sheep Mountain Lodge. The rest of the day is at leisure to enjoy the scenic mountain views or recreational activities in the area. There are nearby trails perfect for exploring. Birds and wildflowers abound. Maps are provided in each cabin for self-guided hiking

Stay: Sheep Mountain Lodge, Sheep Mountain (Superior)


Meals: B

Days 7-8
Sheep Mountain Lodge to Anchorage

Drive the Glenn Highway south to Anchorage. Highlights on this part of today’s trip include the Independence Mine in beautiful Hatcher Pass and the many communities in the Mat-Su Valley. This valley contains many farms with the remarkable growing season in Alaska and offers beautiful views of the Chugach Range.

Explore Alaska’s largest city by yourself and visit the many points of interests. Take a walk on the Coastal Trail along Cook Inlet to Earthquake Park with a magnificent view of the Alaska Mountain Range in the distance. Don’t miss a delicious lunch at one of Anchorage’s top seafood restaurants.

Stay: Westmark Anchorage (Superior)

Day 9
Anchorage to Talkeetna

Drive the Glenn Highway north to Wasilla and on to Talkeetna. Stops can include a visit to the Alaska Native Heritage Centre. Talkeetna serves as a base camp for Mt. McKinley climbers; the community of 857 residents is located at the confluence of the Talkeetna and Susitna Rivers.

Stay: Susitna River Lodge, Talkeetna (Superior)


Day 10
Talkeetna to Denali National Park

Today, explore Denali’s south side or depart early for the drive to Denali National Park. You’ll have as much time as you like to experience the majesty of Denali National Park, take in the sights of the George Parks Highway or arrive at your hotel near the park entrance to take advantage of an optional excursion or a visit to the Denali Visitor Centre.

Stay: Denali Grizzly Bear Resort, Denali (Superior)


Day 11
Denali National Park Backcountry Tour

A full-day escorted trip explores the entire 92 miles of the restricted Denali Park Road on your way to the Denali Backcountry Lodge. Your experienced driver-guide will help in the search for bear, moose, caribou, Dall sheep and other wildlife. Return to the park entrance via a flightseeing tour in a small bush plane. If weather permits, you will fly close to Mount Denali

Stay: Denali Grizzly Bear Resort, Denali (Superior)


Meals: L

Days 12-13
Denali National Park to Fairbanks

Short drive via Nenana to Fairbanks. Fairbanks, known as the Golden Heart City of Alaska, is the gateway to the interior and features almost 24 hours of daylight during the summer months. This afternoon you may want to visit the renowned Alaska University Museum featuring Alaska’s best natural history collection.

In Fairbanks you have the unique chance for an optional day tour to cross the Arctic Circle and to visit the vast interior

Stay: Rivers Edge Resort, Fairbanks (Superior)

Day 14
Fairbanks to Tok

Heading south, the Richardson Highway passes through stands of White birch and Black spruce, often photogenically close to the Tanana River. Soak up the raw beauty of the drive into the central Alaska Range, often paralleled by the Alaska pipeline.

Stay: Fox n' Fireweed Cabins, Tok (Superior)

Meals: B

Day 15
Tok to Dawson City

The Top of the World Highway (please note this is a partly gravel road) brings you through spectacular backcountry and gold mining areas. When the highway reaches its highest elevation incredible views into farreaching countryside open up. Before you reach Dawson City, you’ll cross the Yukon River by the government-run ferry. Tonight relax at Diamond Tooth Gertie’s with legal gambling tables and “ CanCan” floor shows throughout the evening.

Stay: Aurora Inn, Dawson City (Superior)

Meals: B

Day 16
Dawson City

A full day to visit the various historical sights of Dawson City: SS Keno – the laststeamer to run the Yukon River from Whitehorse, the Jack London Interpretive Centre with the poets original cabin, the city museum with audiovisual presentations, much of the city is preserved by Parks Canada, and you can join free guided tours throughout the day. Just out of town you can visit Bonanza Creek and Dredge #4 built in 1912 to work gold from the creek bed. Do not miss the short drive on the Ridge Road to the top of the Midnight Dome with excellent views over Dawson, the Ogilvie Mountains, and the Yukon and Klondike Rivers.

Stay: Aurora Inn, Dawson City (Superior)


Day 17
Dawson City to Whitehorse

Going south, enjoy the raw beauty of the surrounding landscape. Stopover at the Five Finger Rapids and hike down to the shore of the Yukon River. In late afternoon you will reach Yukon’s capital city, Whitehorse.

Stay: Best Western Gold Rush Inn, Whitehorse (Superior)


Day 18
Whitehorse to UK (via Vancouver)

After check-out of your hotel, return your car at the airport and your Yukon adventure comes to an end, take the short flight from Whitehorse to Vancouver where your overnight flight back to the UK awaits

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Pricing

Any element of this itinerary can be adjusted to suit your needs. Just contact us to find out more.

18-day tailor-made self-drive
from £4,840 pp incl. flights

Superior

Validity

Between May and September

Includes

  • Complimentary UK airport departure lounge access
  • Return flights between UK and Whitehorse (via Vancouver)
  • 18 days car hire accommodation
  • 17 nights accommodation (meals as stated)
  • Denali Backcountry Adventure Tour with flight back to Denali
  • Denali National Park Entry Fee

An extra night in Vancouver may be required on the return journey due to limited connections from Whitehorse

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Terms & Conditions

Prices are per person based on two people sharing a twin/double room; prices are subject to availability and possible change; normal booking conditions apply.

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