Yukon Highlights

from £1249
excluding flights *
11 nights May-Sep

Overview

From the 'wilderness city' of Whitehorse to the historic gold rush centre of Dawson City, taking in the rugged granite peaks of Tombstone Territorial Park and the countless glaciers of Kluane National Park, this leisurely paced itinerary offers the very best of the Yukon in a memorable week-long adventure.

The mighty Yukon is Canada's wild west, boasting vast wilderness, a colourful pioneering history and a wealth of fascinating characters. Wildlife roams throughout the territory, and during your stay you may spot grizzly bears, moose and caribou as well as a wealth of birdlife.

Highlights

  • Travel on the South Klondike Highway to Skagway
  • Make a scenic photo stop at Emerald Lake
  • Visit Kluane National Park
  • Stay in Dawson City - home to the 1898 Klondike Gold Rush
  • See wildlife and stunning scenery

What's Included

  • Accommodation in rooms with private bathroom
  • 2 breakfasts
  • Car rental throughout
  • Admission to the Yukon Wildlife Preserve

Full description

From the small but friendly gateway of Whitehorse, you'll travel on the South Klondike Highway to Skagway, a route offering spectacular scenery which winds through subalpine landscapes to the frequently photographed Emerald Lake. From Skagway you'll take a scenic ferry ride to Haines and continue onto Haines Junction, home to the soaring peaks and untouched glaciers of Kluane National Park.

This journey includes a stay in Dawson City which made its name during the 1898 Klondike Gold Rush. Today, Dawson City retains an authentic atmosphere with carefully preserved wooden buildings and ongoing gold-mining in the surrounding hills and creeks.

Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife and enjoy the raw beauty of your surrounding landscape before returning to Whitehorse for a final night in the 'wilderness city'.

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Prices & Dates *

Airfares start from around £550 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, including car hire

Departures Duration Car Category Twin price (pp)
20 May - 06 Sep 2018 11 nights Intermediate £1,301
10 May - 09 Sep 2019 11 nights Intermediate £1,249

What's Included

  • Accommodation in rooms with private bathroom
  • 2 breakfasts
  • Car rental throughout (includes 3,400 kms)
  • Admission to the Yukon Wildlife Preserve
  • Alaska Marine Highway Ferry (vehicle & passengers), Skagway - Haines
  • Travel documentation including detailed itinerary and vouchers
  • 24 hour emergency assistance from our team during your holiday
  • No surcharge guarantee

Itinerary & Accommodation

Itinerary & Accommodation

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Day 1: Whitehorse

Welcome to the "Land of the Midnight Sun". Whitehorse is the capital of the Yukon Territory and the largest city in Canada's North. Collect your rental vehicle on arrival and take some time to explore the city.

Day 2: Whitehorse

Today you'll have time to explore the region and take advantage of all that Whitehorse has to offer. Visit the Yukon Wildlife Preserve (included), this unique wildlife viewing property features 10 species of northern Canadian mammals in their natural environment. Encompassing over 700 acres with various natural habitats, the Yukon Wildlife Preserve offers unparalleled wildlife viewing and photo opportunities.

Day 3: Whitehorse to Skagway (176 km)

Today travel along the South Klondike Highway which connects the Yukon Territory with the Inside Passage ferry system in Alaska. Also known as the Skagway - Carcross Road, todays drive offers some spectacular scenery as it descends from the White Pass to Skagway. The highway winds through the subalpine landscape of Tormented Valley to Tutshi Lake, Tagish Lake and the frequently photographed Emerald Lake. The rest of the day is free to explore the Skagway area.

Day 4: Skagway to Haines (Ferry duration 1 hr / driving 8 km)

Spend this morning in Skagway and explore the old town buildings. Take the afternoon Alaska ferry to Haines. This journey offers a spectacularly scenic and relaxing ferry ride along the Lynn Canal, a magnificent fjord. Arrive in Haines, located in the Valley of the Eagles. Almost 4,000 American bald eagles gather along a short 8km stretch of the Chilkat River near Haines and Klukwan each fall. Attracted by a late run of salmon, eagles come from all over Alaska, British Columbia and as far away as the state of Washington.

Day 5: Haines to Haines Junction (238 km)

The Haines Highway winds from Haines over the Chilkat Pass, the highest summit on this highway. Pass Klukshu, a native summer fishing camp offering great photo opportunities. Drive through the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve before arriving at Kluane National Park. The Kluane area covers the largest non-polar icefields in the world. Visit the Sheep Mountain Visitor Centre with its interpretive programs about the flora and fauna. Viewing telescopes are available where you can spot Dall sheep on the mountain slopes.

Day 6: Kluane National Park (250 km)

Leaving along the Haines Highway, the road climbs from the Chilkat River Valley to the windswept Chikat Pass. You skirt the boundaries of the Tatshenini-Alesk Provincial Park of British Columbia and Kluane National Park in the Yukon, part of the largest contiguous area of protected wilderness on earth and a United Nations World Heritage Site. Haines junction is home to 800 residents, which is fewer than the number of grizzly bears in Kluane National Park. This is home to Canada's highest peak and the world's largest non-polar Icefields that lie behind the façade of mountains that provide the town's spectacular backdrop.

Day 7: Haines Junction to Tok (467 km)

This morning go on a short hiking trip before driving north along the shores of beautiful Kluane Lake. Stopover at Sheep Mountain and look out for Dall sheep gracing alongside the mountain slopes. Your journey continues on the famous Alaska Highway through endless wilderness areas. Arrive in Tok, often referred to as the "Dog Mushing Capital of Alaska". Welcome back to Alaska.

Day 8: Tok to Dawson City (297 km)

The Top of the World Highway (please note this is a partly gravel road) brings you through spectacular backcountry and gold mining areas. When the highway reaches its highest elevation incredible views into far-reaching countryside open up. Before you reach Dawson City, you'll cross the Yukon River by the government-run ferry. With your arrival in Dawson City you might feel you just landed in a different century. Experience the old Klondike in its well-kept colour and fame.

Days 9 & 10: Dawson City

You'll have two full days to visit the various historical sights of Dawson City. Depending on your interests you might like to visit Dredge No 4, a giant gold digging machine or SS Keno, the last steamer ship to run the Yukon River from Whitehorse. The Grand Palace Theatre is home to the "Gaslight Follies Show" and there's Diamond Tooth Gertie's Casino, with legal gambling tables and "Can-Can" floor shows. Do not miss the short drive to the top of the Midnight Dome on Ridge Road, offering excellent views over Dawson, the Ogilvie Mountains, and the Yukon and Klondike Rivers.

Day 11: Dawson City to Whitehorse (532 km)

Going south, enjoy the raw beauty of the surrounding landscape. Stop at the Five Finger Rapids and hike down to the shore of the Yukon River. Later this afternoon you will reach the Yukon's capital city, Whitehorse, a city with a unique combination of pioneer values and urban sophistication.

Day 12: Whitehorse

Your Yukon self drive adventure comes to an end.

Best Western Gold Rush Inn, Whitehorse

Canada

Grade: Standard

Type: Hotel

Offering excellent customer service this hotel enjoys a central location close to attractions, shopping and the historic Yukon River waterfront.

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The Raven Hotel, Haines Junction

Canada

Grade: Standard

Type: Hotel

The Raven Hotel is located in the beautiful community of Haines Junction, in southwest Yukon.…

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