ALASKA

Alaska and Yukon Highlights

Float plane, Yukon
from £1940 14 nights | May - Sep Exc. flights See price details
  • Departs:
  • May - Sep

Overview

This comprehensive round-trip itinerary from Anchorage takes in the very best of Alaska and Canada's wild Yukon Territory, including Denali, Kenai Fjords and Kluane National Parks.

Highlights

  • A comprehensive introduction to North America's vast northwest wilderness areas
  • Take the ultimate scenic drives including the Seward, Glenn and Top of the World Highways
  • Experience mountain landscapes, marine wildlife and gold rush history

Two weeks exploration of the Yukon and Alaska offers a vast range of incredible landscapes, from the highest mountain peaks to pristine glaciers, mighty rivers and thundering waterfalls. During your self-drive holiday you will have the opportunity to spot a variety of wildlife, experience Gold Rush and First Nations history, and visit Alaska's biggest cities of Anchorage and Fairbanks.

This leisurely paced self-drive itinerary includes the chance to drive the Top of the World Highway, explore Denali National Park, cruise the Kenai Fjords (cruise not included) and enjoy Dawson City's quirky architecture and colourful nightlife. This really will be a journey of epic vistas and lasting memories!

Itinerary & Accommodation

Day 1: Anchorage
On arrival in Anchorage make your way to your hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure to explore Alaska's largest city.
Day 2: Anchorage - Denali (379km)
Collect your rental car this morning and start your journey north towards the vast wilderness of Denali National Park.
Day 3: Denali National Park
Enjoy a guided wildlife tour into the heart of Denali National Park. Sightings of caribou, grizzly bears, Dall sheep, moose, wolves and eagles are all possible today. Views of Denali and the Alaskan Range will complete the day.
Day 4: Denali - Fairbanks (200km)
Continue north to Fairbanks, Alaska's second largest city, situated at the confluence of the Chena and Tanana Rivers. Relaxed, quiet and perfect for strolling, Fairbanks offers a nice contrast to the vast wilderness of the previous days' drives.
Day 5: Fairbanks - Tok (330km)
Allow plenty of time for today's drive along the Alaska Highway to Tok. As you follow the course of the Tanacross River, keep your eyes peeled for wildlife such as moose and bears.
Day 6: Tok - Dawson City (296km)
Set out on one of the truly great wilderness drives of North America. The stunning Top of the World highway traverses mountain tops and ridges as you cross the international border into Canada.
Day 7: Dawson City
Enjoy a day immersing yourself in the fascinating history of Dawson City. Colourful Dawson was the centre of the greatest gold rush that the world had ever seen at the turn of the 20th century, and the town still features many of its original wooden buildings. Drive out to the nearby goldfields, visit Bonanza Creek and try your hand at panning for gold. An evening's entertainment back in town at historic Diamond Tooth Gerties, a casino and dancehall, is highly recommended to complete the Dawson experience!
Day 8: Dawson City - Whitehorse (533km)
We advise an early start for today's long drive south. Follow the Yukon and Stewart River valleys, passing the Five Finger Rapids and other scenic viewpoints as you approach the 'wilderness city' of Whitehorse, capital of the Yukon Territory.
Day 9: Whitehorse - Skagway (175km)
Continuing south you will cross back into the USA as you arrive at the port town of Skagway. The town's clapboard buildings take you back to the early gold rush days; it was from here that the fortune seekers started their arduous journey over White Pass to reach the Yukon River en route to the Klondike gold fields.
Day 10: Skagway - Haines Junction (335km)
Take the highway and cross back into Canada en route to Haines Junction. Haines Junction is the gateway to Kluane National Park – an optional sightseeing flight over the park offers spectacular views and provides a true sense of the immense scale of this glacier-filled mountain wilderness.
Day 11: Haines Junction - Tok (476km)
Another early start is recommended, as you re-enter the USA today and head back to Tok.
Day 12: Tok - Wasilla/Palmer area (477km)
Follow the spectacular Glenn Highway today, skirting the edge of the vast Wrangell St Elias National Park.
Day 13: Wasilla/Palmer - Seward (267km)
Pass through Anchorage as you make your way to Seward. The dramatic journey along the Seward Highway climbs through the mountains that form the spine of the Kenai Peninsula, providing breathtaking views and unbeatable lakeside picnic spots. Beyond Seward's harbour the waters are rich in marine life, whilst a backdrop of glaciers, steep fjords and mountain peaks provide countless photo opportunities.
Day 14: Seward - Anchorage (204km)
Seward is the gateway to Kenai Fjords National Park and a cruise to see glaciers and marine wildlife is highly recommended today. Later, make your way back to Anchorage for your final night in Alaska.
Day 15: Anchorage
Your tour ends as you drop off your rental car at the airport.

Accommodation Options

Ramada Anchorage Downtown

  • Grade: Simple
  • Type: Hotel

This 90-room budget hotel found in downtown Anchorage of…

Sheraton Anchorage Hotel

  • Grade: Standard
  • Type: Hotel

Complete with 370 guestrooms, the Sheraton Anchorage Hot…

Denali Grizzly Bear Resort

  • Grade: Simple
  • Type: Hotel

At the gateway to Denali, there are 20 cabins and 72 hot…

Westmark Fairbanks Hotel

  • Grade: Simple
  • Type: Hotel

Offering 400 rooms, the Westmark Fairbanks Hotel is just…

Pikes Waterfront Lodge, Fairbanks

  • Grade: Standard
  • Type: Hotel

Friendly and welcoming, the 208 room Pike's Waterfr…

Seward Windsong Lodge

  • Grade: Standard
  • Type: Unique and Boutique

Not far from the entrance to Kenai Fjords National Park …

Accommodation

A variety of accommodation options are available for this holiday. Please contact us for further details.

Excursions

Excursions

A number of excursions are included in this itinerary, some of which are listed in more detail below. Your Travel Specialist will be able to advise on additional or upgraded excursion options to suit your interests.

Denali Tundra Wilderness Tour, Denali

Denali: Heading into the pristine wilderness of Denali Nati…

Prices & Dates

Departures
Daily from 19 May to 01 September 2018

Prices start from £1,940 per person, based on 2 people sharing twin/double room in Standard accommodation with a compact car.

Prices include
14 nights room only in your choice of standard or superior accommodation • 14 days car hire (choose from compact, midsize, fullsize or 4WD) with unlimited mileage, LDW & all taxes • Bus tour into Denali National Park, including snack • Comprehensive travel documentation and information package including itinerary, driving descriptions and directions to hotels

Prices exclude
Flights & airport taxes • Meals • Additional excursions not specified above • Airport-hotel transfer on arrival – some hotels offer an airport shuttle service; taxis are also readily available at the airport • Travel insurance • Gratuities & items of a personal nature

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