Alaska and The Yukon
|Alaska and The Yukon
Surround yourself in unspoiled landscapes, ancient glaciers and an array of wildlife on your Alaskan and Yukon adventure. Take a trip through breathtaking Prince of William Sound to view its glaciers. Visit the small town of Tok, the original trade center for travelers coming from and returning to Canada. Set out for the Gateway of the Klondike Skagway. Board a scenic sternwheeler for a cruise on the peaceful Chena River. In the heart of wilderness, be introduced to a family who has made the rivers of Alaska a way of life. Savor first-class Goldstar service on the Alaska Railroad on an adventure into Denali National Park and travel deep into the park on a backcountry adventure Tundra Wilderness tour. Along the way come to know all of the treasures of the last frontier.
Day 1: Anchorage, Alaska – Tour Begins
Your tour opens in Anchorage, the most popular city in the great state of Alaska. From here we embark on a true frontier adventure.
Day 2: Anchorage – Whittier – Anchorage
Today we journey to Whittier. Upon arrival, embark on a cruise of Prince William Sound and Blackstone Bay to view glaciers and watch for wildlife. Enjoy lunch onboard during this fully narrated scenic adventure. Then you are invited into the wheelhouse to meet the Captain who has been cruising the sound for many years. This evening, join your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner.
Day 3: Anchorage – Tok
Todays drive to the small town of Tok is filled with incredible landscapes. We make our way along Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve, the largest in the United States. Overnight in Tok, an old stopover for travelers coming from or heading to Canada.
Day 4: Tok – Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada
A picturesque day awaits as we travel to Whitehorse, the capital of Canadas Yukon. The city was named after the local river rapids resemblance to the mane of a white horse. En route, ride by Kluane National Park, the crown jewel of the Canadian national parks system, enjoying the spectacular views as we pass by.
Day 5: Whitehorse – Skagway – Whitehorse
Gold! Travel back to a time when dreams of a big payday were on everyones mind. Ride to Skagway, the gateway to the Klondike. Revel in tales of the gold rush and local characters like Soapy Smith. Time is available to independently explore this Alaskan coastal community filled with quaint shops and plenty of history.
Day 6: Whitehorse – Carmacks – Dawson City
Todays final destination is Dawson City. En route we stop in the village of Carmacks to see the famous Five Finger Rapids mentioned in Jack Londons novel, The Call of The Wild. Carmacks is named after George Carmack, the man who struck gold in 1896, sparking the frenzy that turned Dawson City into the center of the Klondike Gold Rush. Within a few years, the population grew from nearly zero to 40,000. After the gold rush, the population plummetedleaving behind a ghost town.
Day 7: Dawson City
Today the choice is yours! Perhaps you will get to know Dawson Citys compelling history on a fascinating tour by coach that includes Bonanza Creek, site of the first gold strike; well make a photo stop at the last sternwheeler, the SS Keno, which once transported silver, zinc and lead. Or, perhaps you will choose to embark on a walking tour showcasing the citys rich gold rush history; your local guide will take you back in time to the days when people flocked here in search of gold; see historic buildings built during the period and hear stories of events that took place within their walls. This afternoon, enjoy some leisure time to independently explore this rustic gold rush town.
Day 8: Dawson City – Chicken, Alaska – Fairbanks
An exciting day awaits as you ride along the Top of the World Highway. Discover why it rivals all other scenic roads. Stop in Chicken, one of the last surviving gold rush towns of Alaska. Share a laugh in this small village that retains its frontier spirit. Your home for the next two nights is Fairbanks, a city known as a wonderful place to catch a glimpse of the northern lights.
Day 9: Fairbanks
This morning enjoy a city tour of Fairbanks that includes a stop at the Trans-Alaska Pipeline. Your afternoon features a scenic sternwheeler cruise on the Chena River. This three-hour journey takes you into the heart of Alaska and introduces you to a family who has made the rivers of Alaska a way of life. See a floatplane take off alongside the boat; then visit the kennels of an Iditarod winner and see the champion sled dogs in action. Tonight, dive into life here and enjoy a local salmon bake featuring delicious all-you-can-eat Alaskan salmon.
Day 10: Fairbanks – Denali
A delightful day of sightseeing awaits as you board a deluxe dome railcar for the ride to Denali National Park. En route, embrace the elegance of first-class Goldstar service. Upon arrival in Denali you will have the remainder of the afternoon to relax or independently explore this magnificent area. Tonight, enjoy dinner and a show at the Denali Dinner Theatre where the history of Denali is performed by your wait staff.
Day 11: Denali National Park
Travel over 50 miles into the heart of Denali National Park to begin your Tundra Wilderness Tour.* This adventure offers a wide range of incredible scenery, narrated history and some of the best opportunities to view the parks wildlife.
Day 12: Denali – Anchorage
Relax as we make our way back to Anchorage. Upon arrival, theres plenty of time to independently explore the downtown area. Tonight, celebrate your Alaskan adventure during a farewell dinner.
Day 13: Anchorage – Tour Ends
Your tour comes to a close today, leaving you with many wonderful memories of your adventure.