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Sightseeing van tours through the Yukon and Alaska


Explore the best of Yukon and Alaska on one of these camping or hotel sightseeing van tour.  Discover the land of the midnight sun, the land of rivers, deep blue lakes and magnificent alpine scenery. Superb regions, untouched wilderness, adventures, legends and tremendous scenery are just a few words to describe Alaska and the Yukon.  If you would like to share some of these highlights and look beyond the common tourist routes, don't hesitate to book this fantastic van adventure.

The camping tour is a complete northern experience that cannot be matched. You'll hike two national parks, Kluane in Canada and Denali in America, and trek into the Tombstone Mountain area of northern Yukon. 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.  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.

If you prefer a bit more luxury on your tour then the hotel-based road trip offers the very best of Canada's Yukon and Alaska while staying in comfortable hotels along the route.

Departing from Whitehorse, the Yukon's capital, this classic roundtrip van tour travels through some of North America's most pristine wilderness landscapes, spectacular scenery communities on modern highways following ancient wildlife corridors, historic First Nations trading routes and Gold Rush trails. Along the way, you will experience a vast array of impressive mountain ranges, cascading glaciers, First Nations culture and unique Gold Rush history.

This tour visits three of the North's most famous national parks, including Yukon's Kluane - home to Canada's tallest mountain and the world's largest ice-field (non-polar); Denali, North America's premier wildlife viewing location and home to the tallest mountain on the continent; and guests can join an optional tour to the all-marine Kenai Fjords National Park, which offers North's premier marine life viewing. All this and more awaits you in the Land of the Midnight Sun!

 

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TRIP DETAILS
DESTINATION
EQUIPMENT/CLOTHING
ACCOMMODATIONS
MEALS & DINING
DATES & PRICING
ITINERARY
TRIP TYPE
Bus & Van Tours
SEASON

June to September

DIFFICULTY
Easy / Moderate
MAXIMUM GROUP SIZE
20
GUIDE INFORMATION

Expert guided accompany you on the entire trip.

RESTRICTIONS

On the camping trip a background in camping is an asset but not necessary.Moderate hikes with light day pack, courses and activities are suitable for beginners and include necessary equipment and safety gear.

 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Requirements: Sleeping bag, sleeping pad.

TRANSPORTATION

Trips originate and end in Whitehorse, Yukon. Price includes all ground transportation on the tour as well as ferry costs and train transfers. Ground transportation is by air-conditions 15 person maxi van.

WEATHER

Summer temperatures average between 10-22 degrees Celsius.

REGION
Southern Yukon
PROVIDED EQUIPMENT

Hotel-based tour: Prince William Sound ferry; Daytrip into Denali National Park; Entrance fees for national parks; Guided hike in Kluane National Park; Entrance fee for "Diamond Tooth Gerties" Casino; Entrance fee for Dawson City Museum; Fee for U.S.A. visitor visa; Airport Shuttle.

Camping tour: Canoes and camping equipment; Overland transportation; Fees for campgrounds (18 nights); Ferry Haines-Skagway; Ferry Prince William Sound; Entrance fees for national parks; Guided hiking trip into Kluane National Park; Guided hiking trip Tombstone Mountains; Guided hiking trip into Denali-NP; Guided hiking trip into Tombstone Mountains area (Dempster Highway); Historic tour in Dawson City; Entrance fee Diamond Tooth Gerties; Entrance fee museum in Dawson City; Airport Shuttle in Whitehorse.

SUGGESTED CLOTHING

Warm jacket, rain gear, hiking boots, sneakers, gloves, bathing suit, towels and personal clothing suited to variable temperatures.

SUGGESTED ITEMS

Camera, binoculars, daypack, sunglasses, sunscreen, water bottle.

ACCOMMODATIONS

On the camping trip you get 18 nights of tent camping in campsites along the route and 2 nights of hotel accommodations in Whitehorse.

On the hotel trip you get 13 nights of hotel accommodations in superior middle class hotels in double rooms.

MEALS & DINING

MEALS & DINING

Meals are not included but can be purchased in restaurants along the route.

On the camping trip camp food will cost about $75 per person per week.

15 day tour, available June - September
$4385.00 / per person - CAD
Hotel tour, Jun 2-16, Jun 16-30, June 30-July 14, Jul 14-28, Jul 28-Aug 11, Aug 11-25, Aug 25-Sep 8, 2019. Based on double occupancy.
22 day tour, available June - September
$3655.00 / per person - CAD
Camping tour. Jun 2-23, Jun 23-Jul 14, Jul 14-Aug 4, Aug 4-25, Aug 25-Sep 15, 2019. Based on double occupancy.
PAYMENT INFORMATION
Pricing does not include: 5.00% GST.

A 10% deposit is required to hold your reservation.

Balance of payment is due 60 days before trip commencement.
CANCELLATION POLICY & DETAILS
Anytime after confirmation: 10% of total, 60-30 days prior to arrival: 25% of total, 29-05 days prior to arrival: 60% of total. Within 5 days; 100% of total.

15 day tour, available June - September

Day 1

Whitehorse (Arrival)
Individual journey of the participants to Whitehorse. Welcome to Canada's Yukon. At the airport, you will be welcomed by your tour-guide. Transfer to the hotel. Meeting with your fellow travellers. (Overnight accommodation in Whitehorse).

Day 2

Whitehorse - Haines Junction
After breakfast you will get a general view of the Yukon's capital. Part of it may be a visit to the restored sternwheeler MS Klondike next to the Yukon River. The big roundtrip will begin with a first short stage on the Alaska Highway westbound. You will encounter scenic points of interest inviting you to stop before reaching Haines Junction - situated right next to Kluane National Park - early in the afternoon. Kluane National Park not only is Canada's biggest national park, here you will find apart from a variety of wildlife the largest glacier area of the world outside North and South Pole. Even today, most of this huge national park is still unexplored and pristine. Depending on the weather and the group wishes a guided small hike into the national park can take place. Another possible attraction is a flight with a bush plane to the impressive glaciers within the park or a flight with a helicopter over deserted areas (optional). (Overnight accommodation in Haines Junction).

Day 3

Haines Junction - Tok
Today we drive along the scenic shore of the huge Lake Kluane. A first stop is planned at the Sheep Mountain Visitor Center. Chances are you will spot some of the scarce snow-white dall sheep on the surrounding mountains. In Tok you may visit a sled dog demonstration. (Overnight accommodation in Tok).

Day 4

Tok - Valdez
The first part of today‰s stretch will lead us via the Glenn Highway along countless rivers, lakes, glaciers and finally the majestic Wrangell-St. Elias National Park. Then we will drive the Richardson Highway southbound to the small seaport of Valdez at the Pacific coast. The crossing of the coastal range via the Thompson Pass is spectacular, with thundering falls right next to the road. Valdez, called little Switzerland by its inhabitants, is enframed by alpine surroundings. The town is also known for the world famous Trans Alaska Pipeline that ends here and the big oil tankers taking a load. (Overnight accommodation in Valdez).

Day 5

Valdez - Whittier - Anchorage
Today we travel the Prince William Sound via ferry. Without a doubt this is a highlight among the scenic beauties of Alaska. The route is close to the Pacific coast, passing calving glaciers, the Columbia Glacier probably being the most spectacular of them all. Odds are you will spot a variety of wildlife. With a little luck you will be able to take pictures not only of otters and puffins, but of sea lions and even whales, too. Ashore again, the next stop is the Portage Glacier, which is almost accessible by car. Concluding this eventful stage, we drive along the Turnagain Arm into Anchorage. The tidal wave rolling into Turnagain Arm twice a day is said to be spectacular. (Overnight accommodation in Anchorage).

Day 6

Anchorage
This day in Alaska's biggest city is at your free disposal for sightseeing in and around Anchorage. There are many interesting things to discover: Lakes Hood and Spenard, the largest marine airport. In summer, up to 800 floatplanes take off and land here daily. Nearby is the aviation museum where you can admire several legendary aircraft. In downtown Anchorage you will find the Art Museum, the Museum of History and Art and of course the typically American shopping malls. Maybe you would like to visit one of the bars or microbreweries which offer various kinds of beer brewed in the house. For night people, Anchorage still has one or the other surprise to offer. For example a very special dinner at the restaurant "Gwennies", they not only offer the biggest and best steaks - gold digger style - you may admire the history of the origins of Anchorage there, too. Another very nice option to spend the day is a trip south to Seward including a tour into Kenai Fjords National Park (optional). (Overnight accommodation in Anchorage).

Day 7

Anchorage - Denali National Park
Today we leave the Pacific coast region and its particular climate. Via the George Parks Highway we travel northbound towards Denali National Park. The breathtaking landscape offers constantly changing panoramic views with distant glaciers and beaver dams in the nearby river. Late afternoon, there is the opportunity for a one hour glacier flight to Mount McKinley for all those who would like to go for it (optional). This is a very recommendable adventure, in particular when the weather is fine. (Overnight accommodation close to the park).

Day 8

Denali National Park
Without a doubt this is another highlight of this tour. In the morning we will go on a Denali wildlife tour. A park owned shuttle bus takes us deep into one of the most scenic landscapes in North America. Weather permitting you will get to see majestic Mount McKinley, 6193 meters high, the highest mountain in the U.S.A.. The variety of wildlife is very impressive, too. With a little luck you will see wolves, dall sheep, moose, caribou and grizzly bears. Admire Wonder Lake, the largest lake in the surroundings, located approximately in the middle of the park. Here in particular you will find lots of wildlife. (Overnight accommodation close to the park).

Day 9

Denali National Park - Fairbanks
Back on the George Parks Highway, we will stop in Nenana to visit the Alaska Railroad Museum. Fairbanks will be reached early in the afternoon. The remainder of the day is reserved for the places of interest in and around this town located about 320 km south of the Arctic Circle. Perhaps you would like to visit the Alaska Dog Mushing Museum, or treat yourself with the local delicacies in one of the numerous restaurants. You really should try the king crabs! And there is more. Particularly recommendable is a sternwheeler cruise on the Chena River, the Crown of Light show, a photo symphony covering the aurora borealis, or the Gold Rush show at the Malemute Saloon (optional). (Overnight accommodation in Fairbanks).

Day 10

Fairbanks - Tok
After strolling through downtown Fairbanks in the morning we are on our way southbound passing innumerable lakes and rivers in this beautiful landscape. Today we are going to see the Trans-Alaska Pipeline again, crossing the Tanana River right next to the highway. In Delta Junction we meet the Alaska Highway and visit the local visitor center. (Overnight accommodation in Tok).

Day 11

Tok - Dawson City
The journey continues via the Top of the World Highway. Beyond the timberline we will pass through beautiful tundra scenery and cross the border at Little Gold Creek, which is the checkpoint with the highest elevation between Canada and the U.S.A.. On this stretch villages with strange sounding names like Chicken, Action Wade Camp are to be seen until in the afternoon we will cross the Yukon River by ferry to reach Dawson City. (Overnight accommodation in Dawson City).

Day 12

Dawson City 
People still dig for gold in this historical town located where the Klondike flows into the Yukon River. You may try your luck panning for gold yourself. A visit to Bonanza Creek, the Jack London cabin, and the Midnight Dome, Dawson City's very own mountain, are on the agenda, as is the remarkable Gold Diggers Museum. Afterwards you may want to stroll around town with its nice buildings, some of them still original, some affectionately restored. "Diamond Tooth Gerties Casino and Cancan" dance girls will entertain us in the evening. The Palace Grand Theatre - offering musical entertainment, turn-of-the-century style - is another option. (Overnight accommodation in Dawson City).

Day 13

Dawson City - Whitehorse
Today it is back to Whitehorse via the Klondike Highway. You will repeatedly see the mighty Yukon River, about 3200 km long and thus one of the longest waterways in North America. Of course there is a stop to visit the infamous Five Finger Rapids - mighty rapids posing a threat to many sternwheelers navigating the Yukon in the past. Old post offices, roadhouses and small villages constantly bring back to mind the gold rush era 100 years ago. (Overnight accommodation in Whitehorse).

Day 14

Whitehorse (Departure) 
Yukon's capital offers you a variety of options on the last day of your trip, for example excursions into the surroundings of Whitehorse or a final visit to some local places of interest like the longest wooden fish ladder of the world or the Transportation Museum. Equally recommendable is a boat trip through Miles Canyon at the headwaters of the Yukon Rivers. He who simply prefers to relax at the end of this long roundtrip with lots of fresh impressions or would like to do a little shopping before returning home still has plenty of time and opportunity to do so. A very nice way to spend the day is an excursion to the old gold rush town and seaport Skagway, Alaska with the opportunity to take a spectacular train ride over the infamous White Pass (optional). Transfer to airport or connecting program.

22 day tour, available June - September

Day 1

Arrival Whitehorse
Arrival in Whitehorse, airport transfer, meeting of group members, overnight in hotel.

 

Day 2

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 "Rainbow Lake" from the locals due to its sensational coloration. Skagway, a hundred years ago the base camp for all Chilkoot Pass travelers is still a historic gold rush town. Many well preserved relics bear witness to its colourful past, including the head of the notorious Chilkoot Trail. In the evening one can relax and get a taste of the gold rush atmosphere in one of the historic bars, for example the "Red Onion Saloon" once a brothel.

Day 3

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 4

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 5

Days 5-6: 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 7

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 8

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 "little Switzerland", and the Trans Alaska Pipeline ends here.

Day 9

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

Days 13-14: 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 15

Denali National Park - Fairbanks
We are again on the George Parks Highway and the compass needle is pointed northward. Nenana and the Alaska Railroad Museum is another point of interest en route towards Fairbanks, less than 200 km south of the polar circle. Fairbanks invites you to visit the dog mush museum or the many restaurants specialized in Alaska King Crabs... a true delicacy. Another possibility is to join the tour on a sternwheeler on the Chena River. 

Day 16

Fairbanks - Tok
We have reached our most northerly point of this exciting journey and we cross the Tanana River directly abeam the Trans Alaska Pipeline. We also reach mile zero of the Alaska Highway in Delta Junction and we will stop in North Pole, the home town of Santa Claus. Here it seems to be Christmas year round.

Day 17

Tok - Dawson City
We travel via the Top of the World Highway back towards Canada, right through sub-arctic mountain tundra, above timberline. Today we pass the most northern US-boarder at Little Gold Creek and small historic towns like Chicken, Action Jackson or Jack Wade Camp. Early afternoon we reach the Yukon River and set up camp next to the shores.

Day 18

Dawson City.
We cross the Yukon River by ferry and start to discover Dawson, the historic gold town and home of many legends. A visit to the Jack London and Robert Service cabins and the gold rush museum are on the program. A highlight is the drive into the Bonanza and Eldorado Creeks where we visit an active gold mine. Later we will drive up the þMidnight Dome‹, the mountain overlooking Dawson. We can stroll through the quaint little town where so many buildings from the gold rush era are preserved. In the evening we watch Can-Can girls in the casino þDiamond Tooth Gerties‹. Further recommended is a visit to the Palace Grand Theatre with its musical about the gold rush period.

Day 19

Dawson City - Dempster Highway.
We are leaving the fields of the Klondike today and will set up camp near the world famous Dempster Highway. 730 KM of gravel road linking the interior of Yukon Territory with Inuvik at the delta of the huge Mackenzie River in Northwest Territories. We camp at a delightful campground at the base of Tombstone Mountain.

Day 20

Tombstone Mountains.
We do some spectacular hiking in this remarkable landscape of tundra and mountains. The Tombstone Mountains` unique moon landscape has proved early travelers in this region with an unmistakable landmark. Today we spend the last evening around the campfire and in tents.

Day 21

Dempster Highway - Whitehorse.
Via the Klondike Highway we return to Whitehorse, following the mighty Yukon River basin. The Yukon River, over 3500 KM in length is one of the worlds longest water highways. The historic journey of the sternwheelers was only interrupted by the dangerous and infamous Five Finger Rapids - another stop of interest for us. Many relicts like old cabins, abandoned post stations and small settlements help us to relive the gold rush times. Hotel overnight in Whitehorse.

Day 22

Departure Whitehorse.
Transfer to airport or connecting program.