ALASKA

Alaska, Yukon & Glacier Bay

Matanuska Glacier
from £2744 14 nights | May - Aug Exc. flights See price details
  • Departs:
  • May - Aug

Overview

This self-drive holiday combines Alaska's wild beauty and abundant wildlife with the rugged landscapes and immense wilderness of the Yukon. Featuring the spectacular Glacier Bay National Park, home to an abundance of marine-life, this itinerary offers a comprehensive overview of vast and truly outstanding landscape.

Starting and finishing in Anchorage you'll travel to the magnificent mountains of Denali National Park and enjoy three 2-night stays in Denali, Fairbanks and Dawson City.

Highlights

  • Enjoy a guided excursion into Denali National Park (included)
  • Visit the Gold Rush cities of Dawson City & Skagway
  • Travel by small scenic flight into Glacier Bay National Park
  • Cruise up close to glaciers in Glacier Bay National Park (included)

Journey along the ruggedly beautiful 'Top of the World Highway' into Canada's Yukon territory. The Yukon represents Canada's wild frontier, with rugged landscapes, immense wilderness and a colourful history of Inuit's, traders and gold prospectors.

Marvel at the hidden inlets and soaring mountains of Glacier Bay National Park and experience the wildlife rich waters. You may spot humpback whales, sea otters, Dall's porpoise & Steller sea lions here, as well as over 200 species of birds from bald eagles to puffins.

 

 

Itinerary & Accommodation

Day 1: Anchorage
Arrive in Anchorage and make your way to your accommodation.
Day 2: Anchorage – Talkeetna (180 km)
Collect your rental car today and make your way to Talkeetna, the rest of today is at leisure for you to explore. Talkeetna has retained much of its early Alaska flavour with log cabins, a roadhouse and clapboard storefronts which line the gravel streets.
Day 3: Talkeetna – Denali (245 km)
Today make your way to Denali Park Village, just outside Denali National Park, this will be your base for the next two nights.
Day 4: Denali National Park
Enjoy a guided excursion into Denali National Park today. This vast wilderness is home to bears, moose, wolves and caribou, as well as sparkling lakes, rivers and towering mountain peaks.
Day 5: Denali – Fairbanks (200 km)
Make your way to Alaska's second largest city, Fairbanks, the rest of your day is at leisure.
Day 6: Fairbanks
Today you have a free day to explore. Highly recommended is a visit to Museum of the North, home to an eclectic collection of Alaskan artworks and carvings as well as displays about the state's bountiful flora, fauna and geology. Don't miss a trip to Pioneer Park too, where you can enjoy a hearty Alaska Salmon Bake.
Day 7: Fairbanks – Tok (330 km)
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 8: Tok – Dawson City (296 km)
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. An evening's entertainment at historic Diamond Tooth Gerties, a casino and dancehall, is highly recommended to complete the Dawson experience! Please note Taylor and Top of the World Highways are unpaved.
Day 9: Dawson City
Enjoy a day immersing yourself in the fascinating history of Dawson City. Colourful Dawson was the centre of the greatest gold rush 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 or try your hand at panning for gold.
Day 10: Dawson City– Whitehorse (533 km)
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 11: Whitehorse – Skagway (175 km)
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. Return your rental car this evening.
Day 12: Skagway – Juneau (flight: 45 mins)
Today you'll take a short flight to Juneau and spend the rest of your day at leisure. Your next stop is Gustavus, gateway to the renowned Glacier Bay National Park. Here you will discover an icy world filled with glaciers, soaring mountains and hidden inlets, a landscape which attracts an abundance of marine-life. You may spot humpback whales, sea otters, Dall's porpoise & Steller sea lions here, as well as over 200 species of birds from bald eagles to puffins.
Day 13: Day trip to Glacier Bay National Park
Today you'll fly to Gustavus, gateway to the renowned Glacier Bay National Park. Join a memorable full-day cruise into the spectacular park boasting deep fjords surrounded by the world's tallest coastal mountains. Such breathtaking scenery provides a fitting backdrop for a wealth of wildlife including whales, sea otters and seals - you may even spot black or brown bears on the shoreline. Afterwards you'll take a short flight back to Juneau.
Day 14: Juneau – Anchorage (flight: approx. 2 hrs)
Enjoy time leisure to explore the Alaskan state capital. Learn about the city's fascinating history and a ride on the Mt Roberts Tram is highly recommended. Later today you'll fly back to Anchorage for your final night in Alaska.
Day 15: Anchorage
Your tour concludes today.

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…

Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge

  • Grade: Standard
  • Type: Hotel

With Denali National Park on the doorstep, the 212 room …

Denali Grizzly Bear Resort

  • Grade: Simple
  • Type: Hotel

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

Pikes Waterfront Lodge, Fairbanks

  • Grade: Standard
  • Type: Hotel

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

Coast High Country Inn, Whitehorse

  • Grade: Simple
  • Type: Hotel

Located downtown close to the banks of the Yukon River, …

Glacier Bay Lodge, Gustavus

  • Grade: Standard
  • Type: Unique and Boutique

Shaded by the spruce trees that line Bartlett Cove, the …

Westmark Baranof Hotel, Juneau

  • Grade: Simple
  • Type: Hotel

Within walking distance of Juneau's waterfront, restaura…

Accommodation

The above is a selection of accommodation available for this holiday. Other options are available based on your preferred category. 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

Departure dates
Departs daily, from 20 May to 18 August 2018 (except 22 & 23 Jun)

Price from £2,744 per person based on twin-share standard accommodation and compact rental vehicle. Prices vary subject to departure date.

Includes: 14 nights room only accommodation in the category of your choice (Standard or Superior) • 10 days car hire (choose from compact, midsize, fullsize or 4WD) with unlimited mileage, LDW, one way drop off fee & all taxes (pick up on day 2, return on day 11) • Airport to hotel shuttle service in Anchorage (included in standard package only on days 1 and 14) • Bus tour into Denali National Park with snack • Scheduled flights in smaller planes from Skagway to Juneau and Juneau to Gustavus • Scheduled flight from Juneau to Anchorage (economy class) • Full day cruise into Glacier Bay National Park with lunch • Comprehensive travel documentation and information package including itinerary, driving descriptions and directions to hotels

Excludes: International flights & airport taxes • Meals and excursions not specified • Airport-hotel shuttle service for superior packages (taxis are readily available at the airport) • Travel insurance • Gratuities & items of a personal nature

Note: Flights between Skagway – Juneau – Gustavus will be in smaller planes with luggage weight restrictions (up to approx. 23 kg per person total – subject to change). For the flight from Juneau to Anchorage with Alaska Airlines the standard Alaska Airlines luggage weight restrictions & fees apply.

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