Alaska and the Yukon: Explorer

Trips & Tours // Alaskan Journeys // 12 Days

Culture/History, National Parks, Summer Getaways


Alaska Highway, Whitehorse, Dawson City, Fairbanks, Denali, Anchorage & Skagway

You will explore breathtaking coastlines, abundant wildlife, stunning scenery and experience the goldrush history and cultural attractions. Travel past Mt. McKinley, the highest peak in North America.  

TAP Rating: TAP Superior


Highlights include:

  • SS Klondike National Historic Site
  • Frantic Follies
  • Five Finger Rapids & Carmacks Boardwalk
  • Diamond Tooth Gerties
  • Gold Mining Dredge
  • Top of the World Highway
  • Alaskaland & Palace Grand Theatre
  • Sternwheeler Discovery cruise
  • Chena Native Village
  • Denali National Park
  • Tundra Wilderness Tour
  • Alaska Native Heritage Center
  • Prince William Sound Cruise
  • Kluane National Park Reserve
  • Kluane Museum of Natural History
  • White Pass Summitt & Skagway

Day 1: Arrival in Whitehorse, YT
Fly to Whitehorse, the capital of the Yukon, and join the group. Your Whitehorse tour includes Miles Canyon, the Fish Ladder and the SS Klondike Sternwheeler National Historic Site. Tonight whoop it up with the vaudeville fun of the famous Whitehorse Frantic Follies.

Day 2: Whitehorse - Dawson City, YT
Continue north on the Klondike Highway past Lake Laberge, made famous by Robert Service’s poem, "The Cremation of Sam McGee". Stop to view the Carmacks Interpretive River Front Boardwalk and the beautiful Five Finger Rapids. Arrive in Dawson City, the heart of the Klondike Gold Rush. Tonight visit Diamond Tooth Gertie's Gambling Hall, Canada’s oldest and most unique casino featuring can-can girls led by Diamond Tooth Gertie herself.

Day 3: Dawson City, YT 
Revisit history today as you experience an enormous Gold Mining Dredge, one of the largest wood hulled, bucket line dredges in North America, then pan for your own fortune in gold. This afternoon relax and enjoy a leisurely afternoon as you explore the boardwalk shops of this town and recall the gold crazed frenzy of Dawson City’s past.

Day 4: Dawson City - Tok, AK 
North to Alaska! Today you travel over the Top of the World Highway and stop at the unique town of Chicken named after the state bird – the Ptarmigan that resembles a chicken. Then it’s on to the Village of Tok, where the Eagle Trail crosses the Tanana River and sternwheelers once plied the river.

Day 5: Tok - Fairbanks, AK
Mail your postcards this morning at North Pole, Alaska and stop by Santa Claus House. Continue on to Fairbanks, the hub of Alaska’s heartland. This afternoon board the sternwheeler Discovery for a cruise of the Chena and Tanana Rivers. You will see a bush plane taking off from a bush-style runway, witness the wedding of the rivers, and gain insight into the ancient Athabascan Indian culture on a personalized tour of the Chena Native Village. Tonight step back in time and visit Alaskaland for a delicious baked salmon dinner, followed by a musical revue at the Palace Theatre and Saloon.

Day 6: Fairbanks - Denali, AK 
Incredible vistas provide a feast for the eyes today on your journey through the town of Nenana to Denali National Park and Preserve. The panoramic views of the famed Alaska Range continue to take your breath away as you see Mt McKinley – North America’s highest peak. This afternoon, experience a wildlife tour into the heart of Denali National Park. This tour offers a great opportunity to see wildlife in the park, in particular, grizzly bears, caribou, moose and even wolves. Return to Denali early evening.

Day 7: Denali - Anchorage, AK
Destination today is Alaska’s largest city Anchorage. Explore the past and experience the first people at the Alaska Native Heritage Centre, Anchorage’s premier cultural attraction. Hear the songs and stories and see the dancers. This evening enjoy dinner served inside a goldmine at the Sourdough Mining Company, and listen to the tall tales of storyteller Dusty Sourdough.

Day 8: Prince William Sound Cruise 
Today experience one of the tour highlights, cruising the calm and protected waters of Prince William Sound accompanied by a National Forest Interpreter. The vessel hugs the coastline and icebergs glide silently by. Pulling into a bay, the vessel floats right up to a 1700-foot high active tidewater glacier, a river of ice. See otters, eagles, puffins, sea lions, whales and glacier-wildlife. Delicious on board lunch includes prime rib and salmon. This is wild and dramatic Alaska up close.

Day 9: Anchorage - Tok, AK
This morning see stunning vistas as you travel the Glenn Richardson Highway to Gakona Junction, climbing to Mentasta Summit before descending into Tok, where you rejoin the Alaska Highway.

Day 10: Tok - Whitehorse, YT
Today depart Tok and travel back into the Yukon and historic Burwash Landing. Travel alongside the magnificent St. Elias Range and Kluane National Park & Reserve, home of Canada’s highest mountain. En route, stops are scheduled at Kluane Park Visitor Centre, Kluane Museum of Natural History, and Sheep Mountain Visitor Centre near Haines Junction, home of the Dall sheep. Arrive in Whitehorse to settle in for a two-night stay.

Day 11: Skagway, AK
Travel west over the White Pass Summit and see some of the most panoramic views of the terrain en route to Skagway. For those who like to ride the rails an optional train trip to Skagway is offered on the White Pass & Yukon Railway, following the historic Chilkoot Trail, path of the gold seekers. You will fall in love with the quaint port village of Skagway, nestled into the harbour and full of Klondike history. At the end of the day wind your way back to Whitehorse and join fellow passengers at a Farewell to the Yukon dinner at the hotel.

Day 12: Depart Whitehorse, YT
Today after breakfast, say goodbye to the Yukon and your new friends before you return home.

Departure Date: Tour Status: Price Per Person (U.S. Dollars):
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July 22, 2017 Available Guaranteed$3,570$4,595$3,295
September 2, 2017 Available Guaranteed$3,570$4,595$3,295

Arrival Instructions

Arrive to Whitehorse Yukon by 1pm via Whitehorse International (YXY)


Departure Instructions

Depart from Whitehorse Yukon after anytime via Whitehorse International (YXY)


Payment Policy

Deposit: $ 500.00 per person due at time of booking - final payment due 60 days prior to departure


Cancellation Policy

Deposit and Final Payment Policies: A $500 non-refundable deposit per person is required at time of booking to hold your Escorted Vacation package. Final payment is requested 60 days prior to departure. If a reservation is made within 60 days of departure, full payment is required at time of booking. Some trips will require a larger deposit. Cruise line, Rocky Mountaineer and other specialty supplier deposit and final payment schedules over and above our standard requirements will be passed on to you and discussed with you prior to booking any such arrangements. Note: Our tours are planned one year in advance and occasionally the itinerary may need to be adjusted, or schedule changes may occur. Tour management reserves the right to make any adjustments in plans, which may be necessitated due to circumstances beyond our control. The tour organizer reserves the right to make any changes before or during the tour for the comfort and enjoyment of the passengers.

Tour Includes:
11 Nights Accommodation (3.5-4 star)
Professional Driver-Guide
Deluxe Motorcoach Transportation
Airport Transfers
17 Meals: 11 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 4 Dinners


You will be joining the Alaska and Yukon Full Circle Tour on Day 5 to start and end in Whitehorse. This is the perfect option if you want to focus on Alaska and the Yukon or combine it with a cruise that starts or ends in Skagway.You will explore breathtaking coastlines, abundant wildlife, stunning scenery and experience the goldrush history and cultural attractions.

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Whitehorse, YT
Fly to Whitehorse, the capital of the Yukon, and join the group. Your Whitehorse tour includes Miles Canyon, the Fish Ladder and the SS Klondike Sternwheeler National Historic Site. Tonight whoop it up with the vaudeville fun of the famous Whitehorse Frantic Follies.

Day 2: Whitehorse - Dawson City, YT
Continue north on the Klondike Highway past Lake Laberge, made famous by Robert Service’s poem, "The Cremation of Sam McGee". Stop to view the Carmacks Interpretive River Front Boardwalk and the beautiful Five Finger Rapids. Arrive in Dawson City, the heart of the Klondike Gold Rush. Tonight visit Diamond Tooth Gertie's Gambling Hall, Canada’s oldest and most unique casino featuring can-can girls led by Diamond Tooth Gertie herself.

Day 3: Dawson City, YT 
Revisit history today as you experience an enormous Gold Mining Dredge, one of the largest wood hulled, bucket line dredges in North America, then pan for your own fortune in gold. This afternoon relax and enjoy a leisurely afternoon as you explore the boardwalk shops of this town and recall the gold crazed frenzy of Dawson City’s past.

Day 4: Dawson City - Tok, AK 
North to Alaska! Today you travel over the Top of the World Highway and stop at the unique town of Chicken named after the state bird – the Ptarmigan that resembles a chicken. Then it’s on to the Village of Tok, where the Eagle Trail crosses the Tanana River and sternwheelers once plied the river.

Day 5: Tok - Fairbanks, AK
Mail your postcards this morning at North Pole, Alaska and stop by Santa Claus House. Continue on to Fairbanks, the hub of Alaska’s heartland. This afternoon board the sternwheeler Discovery for a cruise of the Chena and Tanana Rivers. You will see a bush plane taking off from a bush-style runway, witness the wedding of the rivers, and gain insight into the ancient Athabascan Indian culture on a personalized tour of the Chena Native Village. Tonight step back in time and visit Alaskaland for a delicious baked salmon dinner, followed by a musical revue at the Palace Theatre and Saloon.

Day 6: Fairbanks - Denali, AK 
Incredible vistas provide a feast for the eyes today on your journey through the town of Nenana to Denali National Park and Preserve. The panoramic views of the famed Alaska Range continue to take your breath away as you see Mt McKinley – North America’s highest peak. This afternoon, experience a wildlife tour into the heart of Denali National Park. This tour offers a great opportunity to see wildlife in the park, in particular, grizzly bears, caribou, moose and even wolves. Return to Denali early evening.

Day 7: Denali - Anchorage, AK
Destination today is Alaska’s largest city Anchorage. Explore the past and experience the first people at the Alaska Native Heritage Centre, Anchorage’s premier cultural attraction. Hear the songs and stories and see the dancers. This evening enjoy dinner served inside a goldmine at the Sourdough Mining Company, and listen to the tall tales of storyteller Dusty Sourdough.

Day 8: Prince William Sound Cruise 
Today experience one of the tour highlights, cruising the calm and protected waters of Prince William Sound accompanied by a National Forest Interpreter. The vessel hugs the coastline and icebergs glide silently by. Pulling into a bay, the vessel floats right up to a 1700-foot high active tidewater glacier, a river of ice. See otters, eagles, puffins, sea lions, whales and glacier-wildlife. Delicious on board lunch includes prime rib and salmon. This is wild and dramatic Alaska up close.

Day 9: Anchorage - Tok, AK
This morning see stunning vistas as you travel the Glenn Richardson Highway to Gakona Junction, climbing to Mentasta Summit before descending into Tok, where you rejoin the Alaska Highway.

Day 10: Tok - Whitehorse, YT
Today depart Tok and travel back into the Yukon and historic Burwash Landing. Travel alongside the magnificent St. Elias Range and Kluane National Park & Reserve, home of Canada’s highest mountain. En route, stops are scheduled at Kluane Park Visitor Centre, Kluane Museum of Natural History, and Sheep Mountain Visitor Centre near Haines Junction, home of the Dall sheep. Arrive in Whitehorse to settle in for a two-night stay.

Day 11: Skagway, AK
Travel west over the White Pass Summit and see some of the most panoramic views of the terrain en route to Skagway. For those who like to ride the rails an optional train trip to Skagway is offered on the White Pass & Yukon Railway, following the historic Chilkoot Trail, path of the gold seekers. You will fall in love with the quaint port village of Skagway, nestled into the harbour and full of Klondike history. At the end of the day wind your way back to Whitehorse and join fellow passengers at a Farewell to the Yukon dinner at the hotel.

Day 12: Depart Whitehorse, YT
Today after breakfast, say goodbye to the Yukon and your new friends before you return home.

Pricing & Availability

Inclusions

Tour Includes:
11 Nights Accommodation (3.5-4 star)
Professional Driver-Guide
Deluxe Motorcoach Transportation
Airport Transfers
17 Meals: 11 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 4 Dinners


You will be joining the Alaska and Yukon Full Circle Tour on Day 5 to start and end in Whitehorse. This is the perfect option if you want to focus on Alaska and the Yukon or combine it with a cruise that starts or ends in Skagway.You will explore breathtaking coastlines, abundant wildlife, stunning scenery and experience the goldrush history and cultural attractions.



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