Hiking the Yukon and Alaska

from £2481
excluding flights *
14 nights Jun-Sep

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

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)
09 Jun 2019 14 nights £2,481
07 Jul 2019 14 nights £2,481
04 Aug 2019 14 nights £2,481
01 Sep 2019 14 nights £2,481

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

Group Size:
Minimum group size: 3
Maximum group size: 12

Itinerary & Accommodation

Itinerary & Accommodation

Day 1: Anchorage

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

Day 2: Anchorage - Seward

Sit back and enjoy the sweeping views of Chugach Mountains and the Kenai Range as we drive to the seaside town of Seward. The immense tidal flats of the Turnagain Arm makes this one of the most scenic drives in North America. At Moose Pass, you will go by the beginning of one of the most famous modern trails in the North: the Iditarod, a historic 1000-mile sled-dog race through the rugged Alaskan interior. Finish the day in Seward with a hike at Exit Glacier and a chance for an up-close look at this beautiful, dynamic landscape of ice.

Day 3: Seward

In the morning you will take a hike in the beautiful area around Seward. Depending on seasonal events and weather conditions, hiking options include the Iditarod Trail, the spectacular Coastal Trail (tide dependent), historic Fort McGilvary, and the salmon stream at Tonsina Beach. In the afternoon you may wish to join an optional marine life viewing 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 4: Seward – Denali National Park

Say goodbye to Seward and head back up the Seward Highway through the 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 past cascading waterfalls, snow-capped mountains, crystal clear streams and emerald pine forests, which appear around every corner as you make you way to Portage. Here, you will visit another of Alaska’s spectacular glaciers before to continuing to the George Parks Highway and Denali National Park. In the 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 5: 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 6: Denali National Park – Glenallen

Journey east today along the scenic Denali Highway. This extraordinary road is built on glacial eskers through the vast glacial floodplain along the border of Denali National Park. This area is one of the most remote regions in the state, offering beautiful wilderness views on an epic scale. There will be plenty of opportunities for hikes along the way.

Day 7: Glenallen – Dawson City

Today you will cross the high tundra back into Canada, following the Top of the World highway, before crossing the highest checkpoint between Canada and the US at Little Gold Creek. In Canada, cross over the Yukon River to Dawson City, which offers wide variety of historic site easily accessible by foot.

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, which features can-can dancers.

Day 9: Tombstone Provincial Park

An early start allows the chance to travel along the first part of the Dempster Highway, which continues for 730 kms 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 10: Dawson City – Whitehorse

Today's long drive follows the Yukon River south. Enjoy a visit to the Beringia Centre for a fascinating insight into the Ice Ages, before arriving in Whitehorse. The “Wilderness City” offers everything from Vaudeville shows, theatre, and live music to quiet walks on forest trails.

Day 11: Whitehorse – Haines Junction

After a short drive this morning you will arrive at Haines Junction, in the shadow of the Kluane Ranges. Here you will visit the Da Kų Cultural Centre to gain an overview on the indigenous cultures of the area. Spend the afternoon hiking the Auriol Trail in Kluane National Park. This four-hour hike is an excellent introduction to the park, climbing through mixed boreal forest surrounded by mountain vistas.

Day 12: Kluane National Park

Today enjoy a hike (approx 5 hours) in Canada's largest national park. 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. In the evening, you may have the opportunity to take an optional scenic flight (additional cost) over the largest non-polar ice fields in the world, which sprawl across the interior of this enormous national park.

Day 13: Haines Junction – Skagway

Today you take the scenic highway southward over the Chilkat Pass to Haines, Alaska. In Haines, you will catch the ferry through the towering glaciers along the Lynn Fjord to Skagway. 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. The afternoon and evening is free to explore this frontier town or perhaps hike to the Yakutania Point.

Day 14: Skagway - Whitehorse

In the morning you will travel back to Yukon via the South Klondike Highway, stopping to hike the first stretch of the historical Chilkoot Trail. After passing through White Pass and crossing the border at Fraser, you will stop to explore Montana Mountain just outside of Carcross, which offers views of sprawling, mountainous Lake Nares and Lake Bennett. In the village of Carcross, you will have the opportunity to visit the Tlingit Facades and visit the Carcross Desert, where a geographic anomaly makes this the unlikely home of the smallest desert in the world.

Day 15: Whitehorse

You will be transferred to the airport today.

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