Self-Drive Yukon & Alaska Explorer
13 Nights from £3,029 per Person Including Flights
Explore the striking beauty of the Yukon and Alaska on this self-drive adventure. Beginning in Whitehorse, you’ll journey through the mountainous scenery of this astonishing region, visiting the Denali National Park, Tok, Dawson City and Anchorage. You will visit Gold rush towns where fortunes were made and lost in the last 18th century and travel through spectacular glacial landscapes, just a few hundred kilometres below the Arctic Circle.
- Flightseeing tour of the Kluane National Park, soaring over unclimbed peaks, vast ice fields, crystal-clear lakes and magnificent glaciers
- Full-day sightseeing tour on board the world-famous narrow-gauge White Pass & Yukon Route Railway through White Summit Pass, Glacier Gorge, Dead Horse Gulch and Bridal Veil Falls
- Explore the spectacular Denali National Park, and enjoy hiking, canoeing and fishing
- Travel through the northern wilds, crossing the highest border between USA & Canada, continuing along the Top-of-the-World highway onto the riverside town of Dawson City, one of the major focal points of the 18th century Gold Rush
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Arrive at Whitehorse airport, pick up your hire car and then drive to your hotel, where you will pick up your road-book. Whitehorse is a charming town, an important staging post during the Klondike Gold Rush and home to several important and interesting historical sites.
Whitehorse - Haines Junction 95 miles
Head west through the small villages of the territory to Haine’s Junction located on the edge of the spectacular Kluane National Park. Overnight in Haines Junction, a truly wilderness town surrounded by rugged but beautiful landscape. Once you've checked into your hotel, you should visit the Champagne and Aishihik First Nations' Da Ku Cultural Centre to learn about this fascinating area and its inhabitants.
Haines Junction - Beaver Creek 180 miles
Embark on an incredible “flightseeing” tour to get a birds-eye view of the national park. The St Elias mountains rise up from the glacier fields, dominated by Mount Logan at 6000 metres high. Then continue west towards the international border, and check into your Beaver Creek hotel. Here you will be able to enjoy hiking trails of varying degrees of exertion, to explore the rugged surroundings.
Beaver Creek – Fairbanks 310 miles
You will travel the Alaska Highway, crossing into the United States, passing through a series of small towns that have played their part in the history of Alaska, such as Tok, Delta Junction and Eielson.
Fairbanks - Denali National Park 165 miles
Today your route will be along the George Parks Highway, across the Tanana River and onto the Denali National Park. You can choose to enjoy several outdoor activities in this pristine wilderness, such as hiking, canoeing and fishing. Continuing south you will spot North America’s tallest peak – Mount Denali at 6193 metres. You will have two nights in Denali National Park.
Denali National Park
You have a full day to explore this stunning National Park, and you can choose to enjoy several outdoor activities in this pristine wilderness, such as hiking, canoeing and fishing. The protected parklands stretch out serenely beneath the shadows of the majestic Mount Denali, giving visitors the opportunity to see moose, caribou, grizzly bears and Dall sheep.
Denali National Park – Anchorage 236 miles
Continue your adventure southbound, traversing vast woodlands or spruce, birch and aspen. You will experience the great geographical diversity of Alaska, as you drive from dense evergreen forests and windswept mountains into the lush Matanuska River Valley. This is the richest agricultural region in Alaska, where 20-hour summer days product giant vegetables. At the end of the day you will reach Anchorage, Alaska’s largest city located at the head of Cook Inlet. Two nights in Anchorage.
Today experience the modern city of Anchorage and its surroundings, perhaps enjoying a stroll through the beautiful displays of the Anchorage Botanical Gardens featuring more than 1,100 species of hardy perennials and 150 native arctic plant species. Or you could explore Chugach National Forest, a wildlife photographers paradise, also popular with anglers and hikers.
Anchorage – Tok 323 miles
Travel east out of Anchorage, along the highways just above the fjords and inlets which create the dramatic park settings of this region. Perhaps pack a picnic lunch, stopping at milepost marker 101 and the Matanuska Glacier State Recreation Area – a popular location to take advantage of the easy walking trail parallel to the glacier and Matanuska River. Continue onto Tok where you will overnight
Tok - Dawson City 186 miles
Today will give you a true sense of the northern wilds, bringing out the adventurer in you. You will pass back over into Canada at Little Gold Camp – the highest border crossing between the two countries. Following the Top-of-the-World highway, the road continues onto 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. Two nights in Dawson City
Explore this historic city and relive the days of prospecting. You may choose to try your hand at panning for gold at an authentic working gold claim. Tour the historic landmarks of the city, where many of the original buildings had stood the test of time whilst others have been faithfully restored. Perhaps try your luck in the evening at Diamond Tooth Gertie’s Gambling Hall.
Dawson City – Whitehorse 332 miles
The Klondike Highway is your route back to the southern region of the Yukon. En route you will see glimpses of the mighty Stewart River before it joins with the Yukon River for its 3,500km journey up to Alaska’s Bering Sea. You could choose to pause at one of the fold rush staging posts and Bonanza Creek to see the origins of the Gold Rush. Arrive in Whitehorse for a two night stay
Today enjoy an included full-day scenic trip along the South Klondike Highway to Fraser in British Columbia. Upon arrival, board the world-famous narrow gauge White Pass & Yukon Route Railway to travel through areas still echoing with the hardships and fortunes of the past, Glacier Gorge, Dead Horse Gulch and Bridal Veil Falls. The route travels over the White Pass Summit before ending in Skagway Alaska. Return by motorcoach to Whitehorse.
Today your adventure comes to an end, as you check out and head to the airport for your flight home
- Return international flights
- Car rental
- Hotel accommodation in 3* to 4* hotels on a room only basis
- Welcome pack with maps and day-to-day itinerary
- 1 hour flightseeing tour of the Kluane National Park
- Full-day White Pass & Yukon Route sightseeing trip
What’s not included (unless otherwise stated)
- Resort fees
- Parking charges
- Meals, excursions & entrance fees
- Fuel & road tolls
Departure Dates & Prices
|Departure Dates||Prices From|
|16 May - 28 May 20||£3029|
|29 May - 15 Jun 20||£3329|
|16 Jun - 30 Jun 20||£3199|
|01 Jul - 18 Jul 20||£3299|
|Departure Dates||Prices From|
|19 Jul - 09 Aug 20||£3629|
|10 Aug - 18 Aug 20||£3549|
|19 Aug - 01 Sep 20||£3489|
Prices correct as at 6pm on 18 Sep 2019. Please call for final price. Prices are per person based on 2 adults sharing a room. Other durations available - call for quote. Daily departures . Different hotels of a similar standard may be used on certain departures. Parking fees and any applicable one way car hire drop fees are not included. Supplements may apply on dates within certain dates during peak travel periods. JV
|Board Basis||Room Type|
|Room Only||Standard Room|