Hiking the Yukon and Alaska

from £2497
excluding flights *
14 nights Aug, May-Jul

Overview

The epic scale of the wild Yukon Territory and the State of Alaska are best appreciated on foot - surrounded by soaring mountains, immense glaciers and endless wilderness. This small group tour offers the chance to try a variety of short walks and longer hikes, as well as taking in the scenic highlights and prolific wildlife of this rugged corner of North America.

Highlights

  • Uncover the fascinating history of the Klondike gold rush
  • Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife
  • Experience this wild and untouched corner of North America in a small group

What's Included

  • Accommodation in rooms with private bathroom
  • Guided hiking trips
  • Day trip into Denali National Park
  • Ferry journey on the Lynn Fjord

Full description

From the Yukon's capital, Whitehorse, your memorable journey will take you through the ruggedly spectacular landscapes of Kluane National Park, Tombstone Provincial Park, Denali National Park and Kenai Fjords National Park, before ending in the Alaskan city of Anchorage.

Follow the trails of the early pioneers and trappers and encounter wildlife from bears, wolves, caribou and moose roaming inland to belugas, orcas, sealions and otters off the coast of Alaska.

Throughout the trip a number of guided hikes will be available, ranging from short strolls to longer hikes. Each hike can be adapted to suit the requirements of the group, as well as to local weather conditions - the advantage of travelling with smaller numbers!

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Prices & Dates *

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.

From prices per person based on 2 sharing a room with private bathroom

Departure Duration Twin Price (pp)
05 Aug 2018 14 nights £2,497
02 Sep 2018 14 nights £2,497

What's Included

  • Accommodation in rooms with private bathroom
  • Guided hiking trips
  • Day trip into Denali National Park
  • Ferry journey on the Lynn Fjord
  • Entrance fees as per itinerary
  • Services of a local guide
  • Return airport transfers
  • 24 hour emergency assistance from our team during your holiday
  • No surcharge guarantee

Itinerary & Accommodation

Itinerary & Accommodation

Day 1: Whitehorse

On arrival in Whitehorse you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Here you will meet the rest of the group.

Day 2: Whitehorse - Skagway

Explore the capital of the Yukon before driving south on the Klondike Highway to Skagway, Alaska. Stop at Emerald Lake and the Carcross Desert - the smallest desert in the world. Your first hike is to Mountain Montana, from where you can enjoy views over Lakes Nares and Bennet, before continuing into Skagway.

Day 3: Skagway - Haines Junction

Skagway was the bustling gateway to the greatest gold rush of all time, with thousands of hopeful prospectors making their way from here over the treacherous Chilkoot Trail to the Klondike in search of their fortunes. Explore this frontier town this morning, before boarding the ferry through the Lynn Fjords to Haines and the nearby Valley of the Bald Eagles. Continue by road to Haines Junction, gateway to Kluane National Park.

Day 4: Kluane National Park

Today enjoy a hike (approx 5 hours) in Canada's largest national park, Kluane. Kluane is home to vast glaciers, soaring peaks and abundant wildlife. Follow one of many trails leading to Sheep Mountain to be rewarded with spectacular views of Kluane Lake.

Day 5: Haines Junction - Whitehorse

Spend the morning hiking in Kluane National Park (approx 4 hours). Later continue along the Alaska Highway, stopping at the Da K Cultural Centre to obtain an overview on the native cultures of the area, before arriving back in Whitehorse.

Day 6: Whitehorse - Dawson City

Today's long drive follows the Yukon River north. Enjoy a visit to the Beringia Centre for a fascinating insight into the Ice Ages, before arriving in Dawson City. The colourful settlement of Dawson.

Day 7: Tombstone Provincial Park

An early start allows the chance to travel along the first part of the Dempster Highway, which continues for 730kms north all the way to Inuvik and the Arctic Ocean. Your destination today is the rugged terrain of Tombstone Provincial Park, where a memorable hike amongst the jagged peaks should be a highlight of your holiday.

Day 8: Dawson City

Visit an active gold mine and explore the legendary Bonanza and Eldorado Creeks. Later drive up the Midnight Dome for views over the city, and explore the colourful streets of Dawson at leisure. Dawson City offers a wide variety of historic sites which are easily accessible on foot. For a real taste of the early goldrush days tonight you can enjoy a show at Diamond Tooth Gertie's Casino..

Day 9: Dawson City - Glenallen

Today bid farewell to the Klondike as you take the ferry over the mighty Yukon River to the Top of the World Highway, one of North America's most spectacular driving routes. Cross back into the USA at Little Gold Creek, one of the highest points along the border. There may be an opportunity for a short hike along the way.

Day 10: Glenallen - Denali National Park

Journey west today along the scenic Denali Highway. You will be driving through a vast glacial floodplain, offering beautiful wilderness views on an epic scale. You will be spending the night just outside Denali National Park, and this evening there is the chance to take an optional scenic flight over the mountains and glaciers of the park (additional cost). Weather permitting, you may see the top of Denali, North America's tallest peak.

Day 11: Denali National Park

Board a national park shuttle bus this morning for a drive deep into one of the most scenic landscapes in North America. In good weather you can see majestic Denali towering over the park, at an impressive 6193 metres. Wildlife sightings may include wolves, Dall's sheep, moose, caribou and even the mighty grizzly bear. Smaller animals such as fox and coyotes are often spotted on their forays whilst golden eagles and other birds of prey soar overhead.

Day 12: Denali National Park-Seward

Travel south via Anchorage to scenic Turnagain Arm, named by Captain Cook after yet another unsuccessful attempt to find the Northwest Passage. The tides here are among the highest in the world and the salmon-rich waters attract distinctive white beluga whales. Continue along the Kenai Peninsula, where cascading waterfalls, crystal clear streams, emerald pine forests and snow-capped mountains appear around every corner as you make your way to Seward.

Day 13: Seward

The Exit Glacier is a favourite hiking location in the beautiful area around Seward, and today provides a great opportunity to stretch your legs and soak up the scenery. Alternatively you may wish to join an optional wildlife cruise in Kenai Fjords National Park (additional cost). This all-marine national park is teeming with wildlife including seals, sea lions, sea otters, orcas and humpback whales. Bald eagles, kittiwakes and loveable puffins fill the air whilst moose and black bears are often spotted along the shorelines. Calving glaciers provide a dramatic backdrop to your adventure.

Day 14: Seward - Anchorage

Head back to the city of Anchorage, where you can enjoy an afternoon at leisure souvenir shopping or sightseeing. Visit the local micro-breweries, marvel at the volume of float planes taking off from Lake Hood, or hire a bike and enjoy a scenic ride to Kincaid Park.

Day 15: Anchorage

You will be transferred to the airport today.

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