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Full Tour Itinerary
  • Days / nights18 / 17
  • PRICE (Starting at) CA$4799

Day 1

Meet your guide at our joining hotel in Whitehorse at 2 pm. If you are flying in on the first day, there are flights from both Vancouver and Edmonton that arrive in the morning. Be sure to have your passports and insurance documents with you. The group will do a tour of Whitehorse in the afternoon. Overnight in joining hotel.

Included meals: none

Day 2

We will leave relatively early and travel about 7 hours to the legendary town of Dawson City, the centre of the 1896 Klondike Gold Rush. There is still plenty of mining around the town, which is built around the gold rush theme. Your tour leader will further inform you of the options for tomorrow that include free gold panning (where you get to keep any nuggets you find), gold mine tours on Bonanza Creek, where the gold rush began, or a cruise on the Yukon River. See the Paddlewheel graveyard or visit the Jack London Museum or the Life and Poetry of Robert Service exhibit. Tonight, enjoy the spirit of the Klondike with one of the shows at the themed saloons.

Overnight: basic hotel

Included meals: none

Day 3

A free day to explore Dawson City and area. Visit a gold mine, try your hand at gold panning, or take a cruise on the Yukon River, or go geocaching. Kick up your heals tonight at Diamond Tooth Gerties, named after the legendary madam of the Gold Rush. Or simply relax at a restaurant or in the hotel.

Overnight: basic hotel

Included meals: none

Day 4

We leave early for the long drive up the 730-km Dempster Highway to Inuvik, the northernmost road-accessible town in Canada. We’ll stop for a short while to admire the magnificent and geologically unique Tombstone Mountains, where the colours change with the seasons. We’ll include one of the numerous hiking options. The scenery continues to impress as we travel into the Arctic landscapes, following the ridge of the continental divide. In the afternoon we cross the Arctic Circle (bucket list photo stop) and enter the land of the midnight sun. You will have, at most, a few hours of semi-darkness. Later in the season, the alpine flowers will provide a colourful palette across the landscape.

Overnight: camping

Included meals: D

Day 5

Today we complete the journey to Inuvik, arriving there in the afternoon, after crossing the barren but beautiful Richardson Mountain range and eventually the mighty Mackenzie River, one of the largest river systems in North America. This town is in a time warp, as things only starting to ramp up in the afternoon. In Inuvik, learn about the permafrost and the challenges of survival in the high Arctic. Visit the “Igloo Church” or the “Midnight Sun Mosque” and wander the Inuit markets. Or, take a sight-seeing flight up to Tuktoyaktuk, where you will get a chance to dip your toes into the Arctic Ocean, and get another bucket list photo. We’ll camp tonight in Inuvik.

Overnight: camping

Included meals: B, D

Day 6

We spend some time this morning, if not sleeping in, completing the activities we started yesterday. You’ll definitely want to pick up some authentic souvenirs from this town. By mid-afternoon, we’ll pack up and begin retracing our journey back down the Dempster Highway to our campsite near Ft. McPherson, spending a third consecutive night above the Arctic Circle.

Overnight: camping

Included meals: B, D

Day 7

Today we complete our return to Dawson City. Enjoy the scenic landscapes a second time, now from a whole new angle. Perhaps, after more than 72 hours of continuous sunshine, you’ll snooze your way past some of those landscapes. But you won’t want to miss the Tombstone area, where you’ll get a second chance to drink in the beauty of this region with, likely, another short hike. Engage the Klondike spirit once more as you enjoy the final night in Dawson City before crossing into Alaska.

Overnight: hotel

Included meals: B

Day 8

We leave Dawson City via the renowned Top-of-the-World Highway (more incredible scenery!), heading toward Alaska. Crossing the border we soon encounter such distinctive places as Chicken, Action Jackson and Tok. We will stop a number of times to enjoy the scenery, stretch our legs, and eventually gaze upon the glorious Wrangell Mountain range that straddles the Yukon-Alaska border. Tonight we camp at a lakeside campground in the foothills of the mountain range.

Overnight: camping

Included meals: D

 

Day 9

Good news! We’re not in a rush this morning. We pack up our camp for the last leg to Anchorage. After so many days of long drives, we’ll spend the next three nights in this, the largest City of Alaska. There are numerous activities in this metropolitan city. Over the next two days we’ll enjoy several excursions but this afternoon, take your time exploring this city. Check out the evidence from the disastrous 9.2 earthquake (second largest ever recorded) at the Earthquake Center, rent a bike in this city that deserves its nickname “bike utopia.” Hike to Flattop Mountain or visit the Anchorage Zoo or the Alaska Native Heritage Center.

Overnight: hotel

Included meals: B

Day 10

Today your driver will take you to Seward for a variety of optional activities. Or, if you like, drop you off part way for a day of 4-wheeling. Or, you can elect to stay in Anchorage to enjoy more of the options in that city. Optional activities in Seward include zip-lining, kayaking the waters of Resurrection Bay, take a guided glacier tour or visit the Alaska Sea Life Center.

Overnight: hotel

Included meals: none

Day 11

Today we enjoy an included cruise on Prince William Sound, where we might get up close and personal with up to 26 glaciers. Watch the glaciers calving right into the ocean. Spot wildlife on shore and sea life in the water. The one-hour journey from Anchorage includes passage through North America’s longest tunnel, which vehicles share with rail traffic.

Overnight: hotel

Included meals: L

Day 12

We leave Anchorage behind today and travel to Denali National Park, known for its amazing scenery and wildlife. Hopefully, the sky will be clear as we take tours into the park for views of Mt. McKinley (also called Denali), the highest peak in North America, and third highest of the “Seven Summits.” We’ll set up camp here for the next two nights. Besides bus tours, there are numerous trails for hiking or cycling.

Overnight: camping

Meals: D

Included activities: Denali excursion

Day 13

Today we’ll enjoy more of the activities we began yesterday. Take a scenic tour through the park with your guide, or several short excursion. Rent a bike. Go birding. Or take a flight to a glacier—or even land on it. Or check out the sled dog kennel, the base from which working sled dogs protect the park.

Included activities: sight-seeing tour of Denali

Overnight: camping

Meals: B, L, D

Day 14

Today we drive the short distance to Fairbanks and onward to our campsite just outside North Pole. (Yes, you can really say you’ve been to the North Pole, and buy the souvenir to prove it!) Enjoy a whole range of optional activities around Fairbanks, such as the Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum, the Alaska Pipeline Visitor Center, the Morris Thompson Cultural and Visitors Center, Fairbanks Ice Museum, Georgeson Botanical Garden or the Alaska Salmon Bake. Then get a good sleep in preparation for a long day of driving tomorrow.

Overnight: camping

Meals: B, D

Day 15

It’s a long but interesting drive today as we cross the middle of Alaska. We complete the Alaska loop and cross back into the Yukon. We’ll skirt the foothills of the Wrangell-St. Elias mountain range where we may get a view of Canada’s highest mountains, including the tallest: Mount Logan at 5959 m. (19,551 ft.) Then we’ll travel the scenic shoreline of Kluane Lake before reaching our campsite at Haines Junction. If we’re lucky, we may even spot Dall sheep, caribou or grizzly bear along the way.

Overnight: Camping

Meals: B, D

Day 16

Today we head back into Alaska–if you want a lot of passport stamps, this is definitely the trip for you—and drive down to Haines. Here we board a ferry to cross the Lynn Fjord, one of the world’s longest, to Skagway, the access point for the great Klondike gold rush. Skagway, like Dawson City, is still themed with that legacy, with the entire town designated a historic site. As a cruise ship destination, there are a lot of shops and numerous activities to enjoy. Some options include a helicopter flight over the famous Glacier Bay where you can witness glacier calving into the ocean, or ride the famous White Pass and Yukon narrow gauge railroad, reliving the Klondike Gold Rush. Or both, as we’ll be spending all of tomorrow here, too.

Overnight: hotel

Included meals: B

Included activities: Ferry ride

Day 17

A full day to spend exploring the Skagway options, and getting into the spirit of the town

Overnight: hotel

Included meals: none

Day 18

On this final day we’ll make our way over the White Pass back to Whitehorse. Along the way, we’ll make a brief stop at the Carcross Desert, acclaimed to be the world’s smallest. We’ll arrive back at our start by about noon and, if you are catching a flight later today, you should be able to catch any flight after 3 pm.