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Alaska and Yukon Explorer

Overview

Combining visits to the dramatic state of Alaska and Canada’s rugged Yukon, your adventure begins in Anchorage, Alaska’s largest city, with a visit to Whitehorse - gateway to the Gold Rush in the Yukon. Travel through spectacular rugged mountains, serene landscapes, abundant wildlife and breathtaking scenery. You will marvel at nature’s greatest spectacle – the magical Northern Lights, and immerse yourself in the culture of the Inuit peoples.

What's included

• Accommodation for 13 nights
• Car Hire (Standard SUV, including LDW, up to CA$2m third party liability insurance, windshield and tyre insurance, 260 km per day, one additional driver, all applicable taxes)
• 1 hour flightseeing tour of Kluane National Park
• Full day White Pass & Yukon route sightseeing tour
• A personalised Roadbook containing essential travel information

Itinerary

Day 1 - Anchorage, Alaska

Arrive at Anchorage Airport and transfer independently to your hotel. Pick-up your Canada Roadbook at the front desk as you check-in. The remainder of the day is yours to explore. Overnight in Anchorage.

Day 2 - Anchorage

Discover the modern city of Anchorage and its surroundings. Explore Chugach National Forest, a wildlife-photographer'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.

Day 3 - Anchorage to Tok (520 km)

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.

Day 4 - Tok to Dawson City (300 km)

For a true sense of the wilds of the north, today’s route will bring out the adventurer in you. Striking towards the border through some of the most untouched wilderness in North America, you pass into Canada at Little Gold Camp – the highest border crossing between the two countries. Following the aptly-named Top-of-the-World-Highway the road continues on to the 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.

Day 5 - Dawson City

Many original buildings have stood the test of time, while others have been faithfully restored. You can spend the day touring the historic landmarks of Dawson City and the surrounding goldfields reliving the “Spirit of ’98” that still haunts the Klondike. The afternoon brings you a chance to strike your own fortune panning for gold at an authentic, working gold claim. For a slightly different chance at fortune, visit Diamond Tooth Gertie’s Gambling Hall. Overnight in Dawson City.

Day 6 - Dawson City to Whitehorse, Yukon (535 km)

The Klondike Highway is your access route to the southern region of the Yukon. Along the way, you will catch glimpses of the powerful Stewart River before it joins with the mighty Yukon River for its 3,500 km journey up to Alaska’s Bering Sea. You will pass 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 at your hotel after a long day of travelling or perhaps visit one of the many eateries around town. Overnight in Whitehorse.

Day 7 - 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 such as Glacier Gorge that still echo with the hardships and fortunes of the past. Highlights include Dead Horse Gulch and Bridal Veil Falls. The route travels over the White Pass Summit, offering views from a height of 880 metres before ending in Skagway, Alaska. Return by motorcoach to Whitehorse to relax for the evening at your hotel. Overnight in Whitehorse.

Day 8 - Whitehorse to Haine’s Junction (154 km)

Head west through the small villages of the Yukon territory to Haine’s Junction, situated on the edge of the massive Kluane National Park. After checking in to your hotel, depart on a 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. Overnight in Haine’s Junction.

Day 9 - Haine’s Junction to Beaver Creek (291 km)

Continue west stopping just short of the international border and check into your hotel where the remainder of the day is yours to explore the rugged surroundings just outside your door. Hiking trails of various skill levels are all close by and easily accessible along the Alaska Highway. 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.

Day 10 - Beaver Creek to Fairbanks (500 km)

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

Day 11 - Fairbanks to Denali National Park (265 km)

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 excellent opportunities for outdoor activities. You can choose between 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. It signals your entrance into Denali National Park. Overnight in Denali National Park.

Day 12 - Denali National Park

Today, you may take the opportunity to explore some of the hiking trails that wind through the 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 in Denali National Park.

Day 13 - Denali National Park to Anchorage (380 km)

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. You will reach Alaska’s largest city, Anchorage, located at the head of Cook Inlet before dusk. Overnight in Anchorage.

Day 14 - Anchorage & end of Tour

Return to Anchorage Airport to check-in for your return flight.

Please note

An ETA for Canada and an ESTA for the USA will be required. Also a mix of CA$ and US$ currency will be required.

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Daily departures from 15 May - Aug 30 2016

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  • Child age: 11 years
  • 13 nights, 14 days
  • 1 hour flightseeing tour of Kluane National Park
  • Full day White Pass & Yukon route sightseeing tour
  • Does not include flights

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At a glance


  • Child age: 11 years
  • 13 nights, 14 days
  • 1 hour flightseeing tour of Kluane National Park
  • Full day White Pass & Yukon route sightseeing tour
  • Does not include flights

Why book with American Affair


  • Expert Knowledge
  • 20 Years Travel Experience
  • ATOL & IATA Protected
  • Tailor Made Holidays

Trusted travel partner


Winner of British Travel Awards 2016

Silver award for Best Holiday Company to Canada (Large)


Fully Protected

We are members of ATOL, ABTA and IATA.

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