Canada and USA: Alaska & Yukon Highlights PZ01

22 Days From £0 (3,590 USD)

For a complete Northern experience, this trip cannot be matched. You’ll hike two national parks, Kluane in Canada and Denali in America, and trek into the Tombstone Mountain area.

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Travel Style: Small Group
Start Location: Whitehorse, Canada
End Location: Whitehorse, Canada
Accommodation: Hotels
Period: June- August
Difficulty: Suitable for Most Travellers

About The Operator

Accreditations: TIA YUkon, Wilderness Tourism, ABA etc
Years In Business: 26

For a complete Northern experience, this trip cannot be matched. You’ll hike two national parks, Kluane in Canada and Denali in America, and trek into the Tombstone Mountain area.

Beginning in Whitehorse, the tour will make its way to Skagway, the first official Alaskan city, and ferry to nearby Haines, a town nestled on the edge of the ocean.

There’s a visit to Dawson, where Diamond Tooth Gerties’ can can girls will prance across the stage, while you try your luck at blackjack or the slots. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can have a sourdough cocktail, frost-bitten toe and all!

You’ll also get to try your hand at gold panning, the ultimate pioneer experience.

For a little extra, you can fly onto a glacier, river raft down the Tatshenshini River or spend a day fishing.

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A full day by day itinerary will be provided by the tour operator when you make an enquiry about this holiday.

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Itinerary
Day 01. Arrival Whitehorse Arrival in Whitehorse, airport transfer, meeting of group members, overnight in hotel.
Day 02. Whitehorse - Skagway, Alaska After breakfast you have the opportunity to discover the famous capital of the Yukon, and your stops should include the MS Klondike, one of the last Yukon sternwheelers still around and a visit to the McBride Museum. Start of the grand voyages is early afternoon, and our van will set track towards Skagway. During this trip we will stop at the smallest desert in the world - the Carcross desert - and we will of course also admire Emerald Lake, called
Day 03. Skagway - Haines Via ferry we travel through the Lynn Fjord and with some luck we can see seals, whales, bald eagles and the giant Alaska brown bears, making this area their home. Haines is known as an important centre of the native Tlingit culture and one can watch Totem pole carvers at work as well as visit the local theatre where ceremonial Indian dances are shown.
Day 04. Haines - Haines Junction We are following the Chilkat River where during fall salmon migration thousands of majestic bald eagles concentrate. After the Chilkat Pass we can view Million Dollar Falls in a pristine landscape along the Tatshenshini River. Before we arrive at Haines Junction we stop at Klukshu Village, where Indian people still catch salmon in a traditional manner during their upstream migration.
Day 05. Kluane National Park Haines Junction, the gateway to Kluane National Park. We are setting up our base camp on the shores of the deep, blue Kluane Lake and explore the immense scenery of the Park during the next days. A hiking trip into one of the park's high alpine valleys may give us the chance to spot wildlife such as dall sheep, moose, caribou and grizzly bear. Depending on the level of interest among the passengers we can also organize a spectacular flight by helicopter over the immense glaciers of the park (optional). This adventure, over a virtually pristine wilderness, is especially spectacular during a clear day. With Haines Junction as a base one has a variety of options: what do you think of a tumultuous rafting tour down the world famous Tatshenshini River? This area is simply an adventure wonderland.
Day 06. As above
Day 07. Haines Junction - Tok After leaving Haines Junction we drive besides the shores of scenic Kluane Lake. Mount Wallace, better known as Sheep Mountain is our first stop. Here, you will be able to spot the rare white dall sheep, and if you did not luck yesterday you have the possibility of joining a glacier flight in Burwash Landing. We cross the Alaska border in Beaver Creek and travel towards Tok, home of one of the best breed of husky dogs.
Day 08. Tok - Valdez An early start via the Glen Highway and through the impressive scenery of the Wrangell Mountains will lead us deeper into Alaska. The Richardson Highway connects with the Pacific Ocean and the little harbour town Valdez is embedded into the beautiful coastal range. High water falls, roughed scenery and magnificent peaks have given this region the name
Day 09. Valdez - Seward Today you’ll travel by ferry goes through the stunning Prince William Sound; undoubtedly one of the scenic highlights of Alaska. The route runs close to the Pacific coast, passing several calving glaciers in College Fjord. The massive Columbia Glacier is one of the most spectacular on the route. There are also excellent opportunities for wildlife viewing. With a little luck you’ll see otters, harbour seals, sea lions or even whales! Back on land we’ll visit one of Alaska’s “drive-up” glaciers near Portage Glaciers before continuing south along Kenai Peninsula. Cascading waterfalls, steep, snow-covered mountains and beautiful pine forests are found around every corner.
Day 10. Valdez Today we’ll plan a hike in the Seward area. The Exit Glacier is one of our favourite hiking locations in the beautiful area around Seward. We also have some attractive optional tours to chose from including a 6 hour marine life viewing cruise in Kenai Fjords National Park. The all-marine national park is teeming with wildlife including seals, sea lions, sea otters, as well as orca (killer) and humpback whales. Seabirds abound, including bald eagles, kittiwakes and the loveable puffins. Moose and black bears are often spotted along the shorelines. A tour highlight is the tidewater Bear Glacier; the calving ice sending up huge waves as the ancient ice crashing into the ocean. Also well worth the visit is the Alaska SeaLife Center, a salt water aquarium, that is home to sea lions, sea otters and puffins.
Day 11. Seward - Anchorage Today the journey takes us back along the Kenai Peninsula to the scenic Turnagain Arm, named after one of his many failed attempts to find the Northwest Passage. Keep an eye open for the white beluga whales, which can often be seen here frolicking in the shallow waters! The afternoon is free for optional sighseeing and touring in Anchorage, the largest city in Alaska. There are many interesting things to discover including Lake Hood, which is home to the largest float plane base in the world. Each day, some 800 floatplanes take off and land from this location in central Anchorage! Nearby is the Aviation Museum, where many legendary bush aircraft are on display. Downtown Anchorage offers excellent souvenir shopping at several American-style “malls”. Or if shopping is not your idea of a fun activity on holiday, how about a visit to one of the many pubs and locally crafted “micro” breweries?!
Day 12. Anchorage - Denali National Park Northbound via George Parks Highway towards Denali National Park, through incredible landscape. We overnight on a campground near the park entrance.
Day 13. Denali National Park The next highlight of the tour is a visit to Denali National Park with mighty Mt. McKinley, the highest peak in North America. We spend two days in and around the park and with some luck we will see dall sheep, moose, caribou and grizzly bears.
Day 14. As above