Alaska and the Yukon - B035

20 Days

Season

Jun 01 to Jul 22

Price

$3520+ per person

Start & End Cities

Start: Anchorage

End: Anchorage

Land Package Type

Self-Guided Land Tours

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Experience the highlights of Alaska and the Yukon. From Anchorage you will travel north to Denali and Fairbanks, then head East into Canada via the Top of the World Highway and stop in Dawson City — the heart of the Klondike Gold Rush. From there you will visit other famous spots in the Yukon before returning to Alaska to visit Wrangell St. Elias National Park Kenai Fjords National Park, and more before returning to Anchorage. Not quite what you're looking for? Email us for a custom itinerary.

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Itinerary

Day 1

Arrive in Anchorage


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The Milepost is your Alaska travel guide to highways, roads, ferries, sightseeing attractions and services along the Alaska Highway to and within Alaska, including Alberta, British Columbia, Northwest Territories and the Yukon. A copy of this year's Milepost will be delivered to your first Anchorage hotel or bed and breakfast along with your travel documents.

Day 2

Anchorage


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The Lakefront Anchorage offers well-appointed accommodations on the shore of Lake Spenard. Just a mile from the airport and a ten-minute drive from downtown Anchorage, this hotel is ideally situated for exploring Alaska.

On-site amenities include a fitness center, high speed wireless internet and room service.

Guest rooms are spacious, clean and airy, with a range of amenities provided.

Dining options at the Lakefront Anchorage provide stunning views of Lake Spenard, the world's busiest floatplane base. You can treat yourself to casual, all-day fare at the Fancy Moose Lounge, or savor fresh Alaskan seafood at the Flying Machine Restaurant.

The seasonal outdoor patio is popular for its stunning views of the Alaskan sunset. Anchorage's main shopping district and other amenities are located downtown, four miles from the hotel.

No breakfast included in room rate.

Complimentary airport shuttle and rail depot transfer service is provided to take guests to and from the hotel.

Day 3

Denali Bluffs Hotel


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Ideally located at Mile 238 on the Parks Highway, guests are close to area attractions, and surrounded by wilderness splendor. Breathtaking views of the majestic Alaska Range and Nenana River canyon, creature comforts and true Alaskan hospitality await you at the Denali Bluffs Hotel. Nestled within a colorful tapestry of spruce and birch trees on the slopes of Sugarloaf Mountain, the hotel provides the ideal jumping off point for your special Alaskan adventure.

The inviting main lodge at the Denali Bluffs Hotel features a log-beamed great room bathed in natural light with a stone fireplace and traditional Alaskan art. You won't want to miss the viewing deck adjacent to the Mountaineer Grill & Bar. The restaurant's scrumptious BBQ selections and popular home-style Alaskan fare are certain to please, as do their local ales and hand-crafted cocktails. The nearby Perky Moose Espresso offers a variety of coffee drinks, teas, and an assortment of pastries, snacks and quick lunch menu items. A box lunch or snack pack could be prepared for your next day's getaway by pre-ordering before 8:00 PM the night before. Wi-Fi is available in the lobby.

The Denali Bluffs Hotel Riverview rooms are nestled into the shoulder of Sugarloaf Mountain with views above the hustle and bustle of the Denali National Park entrance. Amenities include cable television, featuring the Alaska Channel, telephone, coffee/tea station and a private bath with hair dryer.

Shuttle service will pick you up from or deliver you to the Denali Rail Depot. Shuttle service is also available to assist with shopping, local sightseeing or making tour connections.

No breakfast is included in room rate.

Day 4

Kantishna Wilderness Lodge


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Hop aboard a private bus for a day-trip of a lifetime, where you will experience 92 miles of breath-taking Alaskan beauty and adventure. Knowledgeable driver/guides will narrate the journey and share the history, biology, geology, and flora & fauna of the Park with you as you travel the entire length of the Denali Park road. You'll have many opportunities to stop, stretch your legs, and take in the view. Snacks & beverages for the trip are provided - you're welcome to bring your own. Guests are encouraged to bring bottled water if desired. Be sure to have your cameras ready to capture the majestic Mt. Denali (also known as Mt. McKinley), pristine landscapes and abundant wildlife in their natural habitat as you roll through Denali National Park.

Alaskan wildlife is abundant in Denali Park. Bears, wolves, caribou, moose, grouse, ground squirrels, ravens, foxes - more than 220 documented species of mammals, birds, fish and amphibians are often seen in the park. Please understand that these are wild animals, that don't conform to any schedule - some days there may be more animal sightings than others. Your driver guide knows the road very well - including areas where you are likely to see an animal. Be sure to listen carefully - and if you spot something - tell your fellow passengers!

You will arrive at the exclusive Kantishna Roadhouse between 12:45 PM and 1:15 PM to enjoy lunch. The Kantishna Roadhouse, the jewel of Denali is located just past Wonder Lake, on the banks of Moose Creek. There you will discover a piece of Alaska's gold rush history, and the warm hospitality of the Roadhouse staff as you enjoy a tasty soup and sandwich lunch served in the dining area. After lunch, you'll be invited to try your luck at panning for gold in Moose Creek, or join other guests watching an Alaskan sled dog demonstration. If you prefer solitude, there are many hiking trails for you to explore or simply put your feet up and relax on the deck of the lodge with a cool drink and immerse yourself in the natural scenery. At 3:00 PM you'll get back on the road to "town" - keep your eyes open for new photo opportunities you didn't get on the way in! Every day is different in Denali Park - there are endless opportunities for new wildlife sightings and views of nature from every angle.

Tour Highlights:

Fully narrated exploration of the entire length of the Park road with knowledgeable driver/guides.

Extended opportunity for viewing Mt. Denali, Wonder Lake, and Alaskan wildlife in pristine settings.

Journey into the historic Kantishna area, which most Denali visitors never see.

Lunch at the exclusive Kantishna Roadhouse. Snacks and drinks in route.

Choice of a fun, interpretive activity at the Roadhouse, such as gold panning or the Alaskan dog sled demonstration.

Day 5

Bridgewater Hotel


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Situated in the heart of downtown Fairbanks the Bridgewater Hotel looks out onto the Chena River and sits within easy walking distance of the Morris Thompson Cultural Center, the Fairbanks Visitor Center as well as numerous restaurants, shops, historical sites and museums.

Imagine the quaint charming feel of a delightful Inn and add to it the generous services provided by a premium hotel and you'll have the Bridgewater Hotel.

Property features the best flower display in downtown Fairbanks, from peonies to dahlias! The colorful flower presentation is memorable and fragrant. From the moment that you step into the Bridgewater Hotel, you recognize that this is not your ordinary Alaskan hotel.

Property also features the Bridgewater Café (which only serves breakfast) a 24-hour front desk, security, bell staff/porter, elevators, air conditioning, business center, business services, coffee shop, guest laundry facilities, valet service, exercise gym, full service housekeeping, ice machine, safe deposit boxes, storage space, wake up service and complimentary internet access.

Standard rooms feature a relaxing bed(s) with restful surroundings, cable TV, air conditioning, leisure seating, direct dial telephone with free local phone calls, ironing board/iron (on request), morning newspaper, coffee maker with complimentary in-room coffee or tea, hairdryer and toiletries.

No breakfast is included in room rate.

Free shuttle service to and from the Fairbanks International Airport and Rail Depot provided.

Day 6

Caribou Cabins


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Located in Tok, Alaska, Caribou Cabins offers the best lodging in Alaska. Enjoy a full compliment of modern amenities on a natural wooded setting just a mile from Tok Junction.

Price includes a continental breakfast.

Day 7

Aurora Inn


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The Aurora Inn's location at the corner of 5th Avenue and Harper Street and is within walking distance of attractions such as the Museum, Diamond Tooth Gerties Casino, the Palace Grand Theatre, Dawson City's shopping district and galleries. Established in 1998, the Aurora Inn offers year-round accommodations in Yukon's oldest city. The Inn offers the cosmopolitan feel of a major hotel in a quiet comfortable setting where guests are asked to take off their shoes and make themselves at home. Your hosts have dedicated themselves to making the Aurora Inn a gem of the Yukon.

The Queen room comes with a private bath, a ceiling fan and have direct telephone access along with free WI-FI, a large television and an alarm clock.

No breakfast is included in room rate.

Day 8

Edgewater Hotel


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Today is a nice short drive, only two hours from Whitehorse to Haines Junction. The village of Haines Junction lies on the edge of a vast and spectacular wilderness, and is a gateway to the Kluane National Park and Reserve. Stop at the Haines Junction Visitor Center for information on the many tours available in this area.

Day 9

Raven's Rest Inn


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Another day to see all that Haines Junction has to offer.

Day 10

Caribou Cabins


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Today you will travel approximately 7 hours back into Alaska, and spend the night in Tok. The scenery will be entirely new since you entered Canada previously via the Top of the World Highway. Today is about the journey and the scenery along the way. Take your time and enjoy.

Day 11

Gilpatrick's Hotel | Chitna


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Gilpatrick's Hotel is a classic "frontier town building" in an area steeped in history. It has been renovated and restored and re-opened with rooms with private bathrooms and a full-service restaurant. The building is the first in line of three 2-story structures along the main street in "downtown" Chitina.

The main floor houses the kitchen, restaurant, lobby, and saloon. The top floor of the building houses the sleeping rooms. The layout is much the same as it was in the 1950's.

Guest rooms are still in the old style...small and cozy but they have been up-dated to provide private bathrooms and Queen-sized beds.

This is a non-smoking hotel. $100.00 fine will be charged for smoking in rooms.

No breakfast is included in room rate.

Day 12

Bush Plane Chitina to McCarthy-Kennicott


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From Tok, you will travel approximately 4.5 hours to the Town of Chitina. This is where you will overnight before taking a morning flight into the huge frontier surrounding Wrangell-St.Elias National Park—and the ghost town of Kennicott.

Day 13

Kennicott Glacier Lodge


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Flying from Chitina is the best way to get to McCarthy-Kennicott, and the flight seeing on this 20-minute trip is jaw-droppingly gorgeous. You’ll fly along the flanks of 16,000-foot Mt. Blackburn and over the Kennicott and Root Glaciers, past the Erie Mine and see the awe-inspiring Stairway Icefall. Your pilot will describe landforms, point out wildlife and fill you in on a bit of the human history of the area.

For the next two nights you’ll stay at the Kennicott Glacier Lodge, a replica of one of the historic mining buildings from the copper mining boomtown days. Its 190-foot long front porch has a panoramic view of the Chugach and Wrangell Mountains, and your room is decorated with old mining artifacts and photos.

Day 14

Bush Plane McCarthy-Kennicott to Chitina


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Enjoy your time in Kennicott. Go flight seeing, hike to a glacier, tour the historic mine, or spend the afternoon mingling with other travelers and locals.

Day 15

Totem Hotel and Suites


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Depart from McCarthy via Bush Plane and return to Chitina. Collect your car and begin the 3 hour drive to Valdez. Be sure to stop and enjoy the scenery, especially the magnificent Worthington Glacier which you will be able to view from the road. Check into your Valdez hotel where you will stay for the night. For the remainder of the afternoon and evening, take in the sights of Valdez.

Day 16

Valdez to Whittier


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Drive your car to the Ferry Terminal in Valdez, and drive it right on board! Enjoy the 3 to 6 hour (depending on vessel) ferry ride to Whittier, Alaska. Enjoy the sights of Prince William Sound on this ferry journey. Glaciers, sea birds, wildlife, possible whale sightings, sea otters, etc. Once in Whittier, drive your car off of the ferry, and drive 2 hours to Seward, located on the Kenai Peninsula. You will spend the next two nights in Seward.

Day 17

Exit Glacier Lodge


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Explore Kenai Fjords National Park on a day cruise from Seward. Sights include possible whale sightings, sea lions, sea birds, sea otters, glaciers, snow topped mountains, and more. Then, another night at your Seward hotel.

Day 18

Seward to Anchorage


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10:00am National Park Tour with Dinner on Fox Island. Say goodbye to the Kenai Peninsula and drive 2.5 hours back to Anchorage. Overnight at Anchorage hotel.

Day 19

Free day to see the sights of Anchorage. Last night in Anchorage.

Day 20

Depart Alaska.

Prices & Dates

Season June 1 - July 22
Duration 18 Nights / 19 Days
Rates From $3520 per person

Alaska and the Yukon - B035

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