Alaska and Yukon Highlights

Alaska and Yukon Highlights

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  • May-Sep
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Alaska and Yukon Highlights

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  • 14 nights
  • May-Sep

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Highlights

In pictures
Worthington Glacier from Richardson Highway

Explore vast wilderness areas at your own pace by self-drive

Dawson City

Discover the Yukon's Gold Rush history

Humpback whale breaching, Kenai Fjords

Encounter the marine wildlife and glaciers of Kenai Fjords

Denali

Marvel at North America's highest peak, Denali

Top of the World Highway

Drive scenic routes including the Top of the World Highway

Kluane National Park, Yukon

Take an optional sightseeing flight over Kluane National Park

Why this trip...

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Explore at leisure

With the route, transport and accommodation sorted, each day offers the freedom to explore

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Well-researched route

We've put our years of experience into creating this well-paced itinerary that includes the places we know you'll enjoy

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Tailor made

This itinerary can be tailor made to suit you and is intended to give you a guideline of what is possible in a given timeframe

Overview

This comprehensive round-trip itinerary from Anchorage takes in the very best of Alaska and Canada's wild Yukon Territory, including Denali, Kenai Fjords and Kluane National Parks.

Two weeks' exploration of the Yukon and Alaska offers a vast range of incredible landscapes, from the highest mountain peaks to pristine glaciers, mighty rivers and thundering waterfalls. During your self-drive holiday you'll have the opportunity to spot a variety of wildlife, experience Gold Rush and First Nations history, and visit Alaska's biggest cities of Anchorage and Fairbanks.

This leisurely paced self-drive itinerary includes the chance to drive the evocatively named 'Top of the World' Highway, explore Denali National Park, cruise the Kenai Fjords (cruise not included) and enjoy Dawson City's quirky architecture and colourful nightlife. This really will be a journey of epic vistas and lasting memories!

Itinerary

The itinerary shown is an example of this self-drive holiday. We have many other hotels and route recommendations which can be tailored to your requirements. Please discuss with our Travel Specialists who can put together a bespoke itinerary for you.

Day 1 Anchorage

On arrival in Anchorage make your way to your hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure to explore Alaska's largest city.

On arrival in Anchorage make your way to your hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure to explore Alaska's largest city.

Day 2 Anchorage - Denali (379 km)

Collect your rental car this morning and start your journey north via Talkeetna towards the vast wilderness of Denali National Park.

Collect your rental car this morning and start your journey north via Talkeetna towards the vast wilderness of Denali National Park.

Day 3 Denali National Park

Enjoy a guided wildlife tour into the heart of Denali National Park. Sightings of caribou, grizzly bears, Dall sheep, moose, wolves and eagles are all possible today. Views of Denali and the Alaskan Range will complete the day.

Enjoy a guided wildlife tour into the heart of Denali National Park. Sightings of caribou, grizzly bears, Dall sheep, moose, wolves and eagles are all possible today. Views of Denali and the Alaskan Range will complete the day.

Caribou in Denali National Park
Guided tour, Denali National Park
Denali National Park

Day 4 Denali - Fairbanks (200 km)

Continue north to Fairbanks, Alaska's second largest city, situated at the confluence of the Chena and Tanana Rivers. Relaxed, quiet and perfect for strolling, Fairbanks offers a nice contrast to the vast wilderness of the previous days' drives.

Continue north to Fairbanks, Alaska's second largest city, situated at the confluence of the Chena and Tanana Rivers. Relaxed, quiet and perfect for strolling, Fairbanks offers a nice contrast to the vast wilderness of the previous days' drives.

Day 5 Fairbanks - Tok (330 km)

Allow plenty of time for today's drive along the Alaska Highway to Tok. As you follow the course of the Tanacross River, keep your eyes peeled for wildlife such as moose and bears.

Allow plenty of time for today's drive along the Alaska Highway to Tok. As you follow the course of the Tanacross River, keep your eyes peeled for wildlife such as moose and bears.

Day 6 Day 6: Tok - Dawson City (296 km)

Set out on one of the truly great wilderness drives of North America. The stunning Top of the World highway traverses mountain tops and ridges as you cross the international border into Canada.

Set out on one of the truly great wilderness drives of North America. The stunning Top of the World highway traverses mountain tops and ridges as you cross the international border into Canada.

Top of the World Highway
Bald eagle
Grizzly bear

Day 7 Dawson City

Enjoy a day immersing yourself in the fascinating history of Dawson City. Colourful Dawson was the centre of the greatest gold rush that the world had ever seen at the turn of the 20th century, and the town still features many of its original wooden buildings. Drive out to the nearby goldfields, visit Bonanza Creek and try your hand at panning for gold. An evening's entertainment back in town at historic Diamond Tooth Gerties, a casino and dancehall, is highly recommended to complete the Dawson experience!

Enjoy a day immersing yourself in the fascinating history of Dawson City. Colourful Dawson was the centre of the greatest gold rush that the world had ever seen at the turn of the 20th century, and the town still features many of its original wooden buildings. Drive out to the nearby goldfields, visit Bonanza Creek and try your hand at panning for gold. An evening's entertainment back in town at historic Diamond Tooth Gerties, a casino and dancehall, is highly recommended to complete the Dawson experience!

Dawson City
Panning for gold
Dawson City

Day 8 Dawson City - Whitehorse (533 km)

We advise an early start for today's long drive south. Follow the Yukon and Stewart River valleys, passing the Five Finger Rapids and other scenic viewpoints as you approach the 'wilderness city' of Whitehorse, capital of the Yukon Territory.

We advise an early start for today's long drive south. Follow the Yukon and Stewart River valleys, passing the Five Finger Rapids and other scenic viewpoints as you approach the 'wilderness city' of Whitehorse, capital of the Yukon Territory.

Day 9 Whitehorse - Skagway (175 km)

Continuing south you will cross back into the USA as you arrive at the port town of Skagway. The town's clapboard buildings take you back to the early gold rush days; it was from here that the fortune seekers started their arduous journey over White Pass to reach the Yukon River en route to the Klondike gold fields.

Continuing south you will cross back into the USA as you arrive at the port town of Skagway. The town's clapboard buildings take you back to the early gold rush days; it was from here that the fortune seekers started their arduous journey over White Pass to reach the Yukon River en route to the Klondike gold fields.

Day 10 Skagway - Haines Junction (335 km)

Take the highway and cross back into Canada en route to Haines Junction. Haines Junction is the gateway to Kluane National Park – an optional sightseeing flight over the park offers spectacular views and provides a true sense of the immense scale of this glacier-filled mountain wilderness.

Take the highway and cross back into Canada en route to Haines Junction. Haines Junction is the gateway to Kluane National Park – an optional sightseeing flight over the park offers spectacular views and provides a true sense of the immense scale of this glacier-filled mountain wilderness.

Kluane National Park
Hiking in Kluane National Park
Kluane National Park, Yukon

Day 11 Haines Junction - Tok (476 km)

Another early start is recommended, as you re-enter the USA today and head back to Tok.

Another early start is recommended, as you re-enter the USA today and head back to Tok.

Day 12 Tok - Wasilla/Palmer area (464 km)

Follow the spectacular Glenn Highway today, skirting the edge of the vast Wrangell St Elias National Park.

Follow the spectacular Glenn Highway today, skirting the edge of the vast Wrangell St Elias National Park.

Wrangell-St Elias National Park

Day 13 Wasilla/Palmer - Seward (267 km)

Pass through Anchorage as you make your way to Seward. The dramatic journey along the Seward Highway climbs through the mountains that form the spine of the Kenai Peninsula, providing breathtaking views and unbeatable lakeside picnic spots. Beyond Seward's harbour the waters are rich in marine life, whilst a backdrop of glaciers, steep fjords and mountain peaks provide countless photo opportunities.

Pass through Anchorage as you make your way to Seward. The dramatic journey along the Seward Highway climbs through the mountains that form the spine of the Kenai Peninsula, providing breathtaking views and unbeatable lakeside picnic spots. Beyond Seward's harbour the waters are rich in marine life, whilst a backdrop of glaciers, steep fjords and mountain peaks provide countless photo opportunities.

Day 14 Seward - Anchorage (204 km)

Seward is the gateway to Kenai Fjords National Park and a cruise to see glaciers and marine wildlife is highly recommended today. Later, make your way back along the Seward Highway to Anchorage for your final night in Alaska.

Seward is the gateway to Kenai Fjords National Park and a cruise to see glaciers and marine wildlife is highly recommended today. Later, make your way back along the Seward Highway to Anchorage for your final night in Alaska.

Seward Highway and Turnagain Arm
Kenai Fjords cruise
Humpback whale breaching, Kenai Fjords

Day 15 Anchorage

Your tour ends as you drop off your rental car at the airport.

Your tour ends as you drop off your rental car at the airport.

Accommodation Options

With a choice of accommodation in available, we can mix and match different grades and styles to suit your personal preference - from motels and hotels to wilderness lodges in stunning locations.

Discuss your options with our Travel Specialists.

Excursions

Prices and Departures

Price from £2,527 excluding flights

Airfares start from around £1,000 per person and are quoted separately to the holiday price. When enquiring, our Travel Specialists will provide the best fare possible from your preferred airline / airport.

What's Included

  • Accommodation in rooms with private bathroom
  • Car rental throughout
  • Denali National Park tour (including snack)
  • 24 hour emergency assistance from our team during your holiday
  • No surcharge guarantee
  • Full financial protection

Prices

This itinerary starts from £2,527 per person, based on 2 sharing a room with private bathroom in standard hotels, with rental of a compact vehicle. Prices may vary depending on departure date. Please contact us for a detailed quote based on your preferred travel dates, vehicle category and style of accommodation, or to tailor this itinerary.

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