Grand Prospector Alaska & the Yukon Circle

19 Days / 18 Nights

Explore the magic and the mystery of Alaska & Canada's Yukon Territory as you follow the historic Gold Rush Trail Mileposts. Visit magnificent Denali National Park, Anchorage and cruise across glacier filled Prince William Sound, observe grizzly bears, moose, wolf and whales and enjoy spectacular nature and scenery. The best of Alaska and Northern Canada.

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Day 1 Whitehorse Welcome to the “Land of the Midnight Sun”. Whitehorse is the capital of the Yukon Territory and at 22,000 people is the largest city in Canada’s North.

Day 2 Whitehorse to Skagway (176 km/110 mi) Today travel the South Klondike Highway which connects the Yukon Territory with the Inside Passage ferry system in Alaska. Also known as the Skagway – Carcross Road, todays drive offers some spectacular scenery as it descend from the White Pass to Skagway.

Day 3 Skagway to Haines (Ferry duration 1 hr) / (Driving 8 km/5 mi) Spend the morning in Skagway and explore the old town buildings. Take the afternoon Alaska Ferry to Haines. It is a spectacularly scenic and relaxing ferry ride along the Lynn Canal, a fjord that is as beautiful and pristine as any in the world. Fjord walls steeply rise from sea level to 7,000 feet.

Day 4 Haines to Haines Junction (238 km/147 mi) The Haines Highway winds from Haines over the Chilkat Pass – the highest summit on this highway. Pass Klukshu, a native summer fishing camp offering great photo opportunities. Drive through the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve before arriving at Kluane National Park.

Day 5 Haines Junction to Tok (467 km/290 mi) This morning go on a short hiking trip before driving north along the shores of beautiful Kluane Lake. Stopover at Sheep Mountain and look out for Dall sheep gracing alongside the mountain slopes. Your journey continues on the famous Alaska Highway through endless wilderness areas. Arrive in Tok, often referred to as the “Dog Mushing Capital of Alaska”. Welcome to Alaska.

Day 6 Tok to Valdez (407 km/253 mi) Your journey continues on the Glen Highway, offering an impressive view of the Wrangell Mountains. Stopover at the historic roadhouse in Copper Center and watch native fish wheels at the nearby Copper River, providing an excellent salmon run. Shortly afterwards the Worthington Glacier peeks into view where a boardwalk leads to the toe of the glacier before arriving in Valdez.

Day 7 Valdez to Whittier (Ferry duration between 3 – 7hrs) – Whittier to Seward (386 km/240 mi) The Alaska Marine Highway ferry will take you through the waters of Prince William Sound to Whittier. During the sailing keep a watch for whales, otters and seals. From Whittier drive through the Whittier-Portage Tunnel (one-lane tunnel, open to traffic during certain hours only). A possible stop past the tunnel is the viewpoint of the Portage Glacier and the Portage Visitor Centre. Then continue on the Seward Highway to Seward. Before you reach Seward take a side trip to Exit Glacier.

Day 8 Seward to Anchorage plus Scenic Cruise into Kenai Fjord National Park (236 km / 147 mi) This morning take a wildlife and glacier cruise into scenic Kenai Fjords National Park. Then head back to Anchorage taking in the sights of the Seward Highway as you go.

Day 9 Anchorage The day is at leisure. Explore Alaska’s largest city by yourself and visit the many points of interests. Take a walk on the Coastal Trail along Cook Inlet to Earthquake Park with a magnificent view of the Alaska Mountain Range in the distance. Don’t miss a delicious lunch at one of Anchorage’s top seafood restaurants.

Day 10 Anchorage to Talkeetna (181 km / 113 mi) Drive the Glenn Highway north to Wasilla and on to Talkeetna. Stops can include a visit to the Alaska Native Heritage Centre. Talkeetna serves as a base camp for Mt. McKinley climbers; the community of 857 residents is located at the confluence of the Talkeetna and Susitna Rivers.

Day 11 Talkeetna to Denali National Park Entrance (169 km / 105 mi) Today, explore Denali’s south side or depart early for the drive to Denali National Park. You’ll have as much time as you like to experience the majesty of Denali National Park, take in the sights of the George Parks Highway or arrive at your hotel near the park entrance to take advantage of an optional excursion or a visit to the Denali Visitor Centre.

Day 12 Denali National Park Backcountry Tour (Coach/Bush Plane Flight) This full-day narrated coach trip explores the entire 148km /92mi of the restricted Denali Park Road on your way to the Denali Backcountry Lodge. Your experienced driver-guide will help in the search for bear, moose, caribou, Dall sheep and other wildlife. Lunch is included on this full day journey at the Denali Backcountry Lodge. Return to the park entrance via a flightseeing tour in a small bush plane. If weather permits, you will fly close to Mount McKinley. (Lunch is included today)

Day 13 Denali National Park Entrance to Fairbanks (198 km/123 mi) Short drive via Nenana (Alaska Ice Classics) to Fairbanks. Fairbanks, known as the Golden Heart City of Alaska, is the gateway to the interior and features almost 24 hours of daylight during the summer months. This afternoon you may want to visit the renowned Alaska University Museum featuring Alaska’s best natural history collection.

Day 14 Fairbanks (Free Day) In Fairbanks you have the unique chance for an optional day tour to cross the Arctic Circle and to visit the vast interior.

Day 15 Fairbanks to Tok (325 km/202 mi) Heading south, the Richardson Highway passes through stands of White birch and Black spruce, often photogenically close to the Tanana River. Soak up the raw beauty of the drive into the central Alaska Range, often paralleled by the Alaska pipeline.

Day 16 Tok to Dawson City (297 km/185 mi) The Top of the World Highway (please note this is a partly gravel road) brings you through spectacular backcountry and gold mining areas. When the highway reaches its highest elevation incredible views into far-reaching countryside open up. Before you reach Dawson City, you’ll cross the Yukon River by the government-run ferry.

Day 17 Dawson City A full day to visit the various historical sights of Dawson City: SS Keno – the last steamer to run the Yukon River from Whitehorse, the Jack London Interpretive Center with the poets original cabin, the city museum with audiovisual presentations, Dredge #4 – build in 1912 on famous Bonanza Creek, the Grand Palace Theatre – home of the “ Gaslight Follies Show “ and Diamond Tooth Gertie’s Casino with legal gambling tables and “ Can-Can” floor shows. Do not miss the short drive on the Ridge Road to the top of the Midnight Dome with excellent views over Dawson, the Ogilvie Mountains, and the Yukon and Klondike Rivers.

Day 18 Dawson City to Whitehorse (532 km/333 mi) Going south, enjoy the raw beauty of the surrounding landscape. Stopover at the Five Finger Rapids and hike down to the shore of the Yukon River. In late afternoon you will reach Yukon’s capital city, Whitehorse.

Day 19 Whitehorse After check-out of your hotel your Yukon Self Drive adventure comes to an end.

Package Includes:

  • Accommodation including taxes for 18 nights
  • Denali Backcountry Adventure Tour by coach one-way with flight back to Denali National Park Entrance
  • Alaska Marine Highway Ferry (vehicle & passengers) between Skagway & Haines
  • Alaska Marine Highway Ferry (vehicle & passengers) between Valdez & Whittier
  • Kenai Fjord National Park Cruise (6 hours)
  • PDF Travel Documentation (Emailed)

Not included:

  • Rental Car
  • Road and Tunnel Tolls

Hotel Information (Moderate Grade)

  • Whitehorse – Best Western Gold Rush Inn (Deluxe Room)
  • Skagway – Westmark Inn (Standard Room)
  • Haines – Hotel Halsingland (Standard Queen Double Room)
  • Haines Junction – The Raven Hotel (Standard Room) (Continental Breakfast Included)
  • Valdez – Best Western Valdez Harbor Inn (Standard Room) (Continental Breakfast Included)
  • Seward – Windsong Lodge (Standard Room)
  • Talkeetna – Susitna River Lodge (Standard Suite)
  • Denali Park Entrance – Denali Grizzly Bear Resort (Cedar Hotel Room)
  • Fairbanks – Rivers Edge Resort (Garden Cottage)
  • Tok – Cleft of the Rock Bed & Breakfast (Cabin) (Breakfast Included)
  • Dawson City – Aurora Inn (Standard Room)
  • Anchorage – Westmark Anchorage (Standard Room)

Hotel Information (Superior Grade)

  • Whitehorse – Best Western Gold Rush Inn (Deluxe Room)
  • Skagway – Westmark Inn (Standard Room)
  • Haines – Hotel Halsingland (Standard Queen Double Room)
  • Haines Junction – The Raven Hotel (Standard Room) (Continental Breakfast Included)
  • Valdez – Best Western Valdez Harbor Inn (View Room) (Continental Breakfast Included)
  • Seward – Exit Glacier Lodge (Deluxe One Queen Room)
  • Talkeetna – Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge (Guest Lodge Room)
  • Denali Park Entrance – Grande Denali Lodge (Standard Room)
  • Fairbanks – Fairbanks Springhill Suites by Marriott (Standard Room)
  • Tok – Cleft of the Rock Bed & Breakfast (Cabin) (Breakfast Included)
  • Dawson City – Westmark Inn (Standard Room)
  • Anchorage – Hilton Anchorage (Standard Room)

Tok, Dawson City, Haines, Haines Junction, Valdez, accommodation is the best available in the area and considered lower end of 3 star.

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