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Alaska | Yukon Territory Individual Self Drive Tours FAQ

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 General Information Alaska and Yukon Individual Self Drive Tour Packages

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Do you provide a One-Way Car Rental between Alaska and the Yukon/Canada?
Unfortunately we do not provide any direct one way rentals between Alaska (USA) and the Yukon Territory (Canada) because certain government and insurance regulations do not permit such rentals. Thus, we rent cars and organize exciting self drives from Anchorage or Fairbanks to Skagway, Haines and Juneau. From here you can easiely connect by bus and/or rail in less than 2-hours to Whitehorse, Canada - with an international airport -, or you may travel by ferry to Juneau or Bellingham and connect from there to any major US or international airport.

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Can I Reserve a Customized Tours?
All of our tours are ”Flex Drives” and we can add, modify or exchange nights and destinations to suit your timetable, budget and preferred routing. Thus, sometimes it will be necessary to observe ferry schedules, national park opening/closing dates etc.. to match preferred dates and/or departures. Please check also each itinerary online.

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Which Hotels are Included in your Tours?
Each tour includes a choice of pre-reserved superior hotels (*** category) or first class hotels (**** category). If you have any special requirements we can certainly customize any of the advertised tours. Please contact us for advice, availability and applicable rates. Hotel accommodation does not include breakfast and other meals. Please Note: A large number of clients and travel agencies are using our pages and travel ideas to plan their “own” customized tours. This is one of the reason why we do not publish hotel names for each trip on top of the extensive travel planning information already included on our pages. If you have any particular question about accommodation, please contact us.

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Can I Reserve Bed and Breakfast Accommodation?
Yes, we can substitute our advertised superior hotel category with bed and breakfasts (B&B) accommodation (breakfast included) for any of the advertised itineraries at the published superior hotel rate.

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How about Staterooms on Self Drives | Southeast Alaska Cruise Tours?
Our package rates include two stateroom categories: Superior with/without balcony and First Class with/without balcony. During reservation procedures we confirm the currently best available stateroom/deck – determined by the category booked with us. Upgrades into mini suites, full suites and/or other deluxe categories are available upon request and for an additional fee. If you have any particular requirements you may address these at the time of reservation.

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How about cruise port arrival/departure Times?
Please refer to the separate section of our FAQ

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Are Car Rental Charges Included in your Self Drive Tours?
Yes, the rental of a compact car (automatic) is always included in our flexible self drive tour packages. Additional rental days or upgrade details on Mid and Full Size Cars, 07-15 Passenger Vans or Sport Utility Vehicles (4x4) are available on each self-drive tour page. The displayed upgrade rental rates are always per car (not per person) - and of course for the total lenght of the tour package. Our advertised rates include all local taxes, free mileage, a limited insurance coverage (please inquire), concessionaire fees, roadside assistance and a 24-hour emergency support. You can pick up the vehicle of your choice at our downtown rental stations in Anchorage, Fairbanks, Juneau or Skagway. Important Note: Canadian citizen are not permitted to drive a US licensed rental car from Alaska/USA to Canada.

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What if something unexpected goes wrong during the Tour?
We do not anticipate anything but you can contact us, the rental car company or any of the pre-reserved hotels 24/7 for assistance.

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What type of Identification is required to enter the Yukon/Canada and Alaska/USA
Information changing frequently. Please check requirements on the appropriate government pages. We are unable to take any responsibility for such information

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Which services are included in Self Drive Tours?
Please refer to the appropriate tour page for a listing of included services. Our services generally includes the rental car of your choice, limited car insurance, superior or first-class accommodation, applicable local taxes, ferry transportation for the passenger and the rental car, sightseeing tours as indicated within itinerary and/or tour includings, a detailed tour description as well as highway or road logs. Not included are: meals, highway tolls, gasoline, entrance fees, additional and/or optional sightseeing tours, premium car insurances, rental car upgrades, airport rental car access fees.

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What is the advantage of Self-Drive Tour -VS- Escorted Tour?
This depends on your personal preference. Alaska and the Yukon are providing some good and scenic highway connections and driving is very easy. A rental car with individual pre-reserved hotels are an independent way to discover the beauty of the northern wilderness areas and national parks: You can stop were you want, you have plenty of time for sightseeing off the beaten path and you are very flexible. Escorted tours are usually limited in flexibility because you are traveling with a group as well as fixed departures and routings.

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When should I book a tour
If you travel during the high season from the middle/end of June until the end of August we recommend to make your reservation always as early as possible to avoid disappointments with sold out hotels and tours for most national park destinations - because the Alaska and Yukon Territory tour season is very short. The same applies around national US and Canadian holidays. Your hotel accommodation, the rental cars and/or ferry reservation must be booked well in advance. Thus, tour operator may still have space - even on a short notice. Accordingly it is well worth to contact us and check availability.

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What is the best time to Travel
June and September are perfect months for a vacation in the Land of the Midnight Sun. The weather in Alaska and the Yukon Territory is usually stable and sunny with almost 24 hours of daylight. July and August are prime travel months and are obviously very busy.

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When is the best time so see the Northern Lights | Aurora Borealis
Due to the long daylight hours (up to 24-hours) during the summertime, it is impossible to see the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) from approximately mid May until the first half of September. Northern Lights are occuring mainly during the winter months from October until April. For further information please refer to our winter tour program.

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How about Sightseeing options during Cruises and Self-Drives
We provide a choice of optional sightseeing adventures and activities such as wildlife viewing, rafting, self drive tours, flightseeing, hiking, rafting and day cruises. If you book these tours with us in advance - instead of onboard the cruise ships or locally - you will save a significant amount of money.

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Should I compare rates & services on the Internet
Yes definitely. You notice sooner or later who provides the best or most complete services and/or rates because almost everyone within the tourism industry offers "lowest price guarantees" for a particular tourism product but not for the entire tour you've planned !  While comparing the different tour products you may also notice that many competition web sites are completely outdated, important payment terms and conditions are not published and that some of these operators don’t even know the State of Alaska and it's tour destinations – actually they are not even located or registered within the USA or Canada. Please compare the rates and services and definitely look for hidden charges such as reservation or ticketing fees, hotel taxes up to 12%, rental car taxes of up to 25% etc.. You should also compare the offered hotel categories, check the rental car standards and than make your decision.

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Could I organize the same tour package by myself for less money
Probably not - because tour operator and corporate travel identities with a high volume of clients and revenue receive considerably lower rates than any individual person or a travel agent with a few reservations per year. In addition be prepared for: (1) a significant amount of time to search, find and identify the best suitable tour products, hotels and destinations (2) to contact the different suppliers may be multiple times and wait for their response while you may have others already on hold (3) exchanging continously sensitive personal information over the phone or internet (4) getting professional assistance and advise for the entire tour - which usually includes multiple tour components is virtually impossible ! You can certainly book your hotels through Travelocity, Expedia or other global players – but this does not guarantee at the end any savings at all or the success of your vacation. Please Note: we do not markup reservations for the featured sightseeing tours. So you'll get always the advertised original - or better rate - when making a reservation with us.

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How can I get to Alaska or the Yukon Territory
Seattle is a major Alaska Airlines hub with multiple daily flight connections between the lower 48's and Alaska. In addition Chicago, Minneapolis, Los Angeles and San Francisco are alternative gateways with non-stop flights on Alaska Airlines, United, American Airlines and Delta to/from Anchorage and other destinations within Alaska. Clients from Europe may check Condor Airlines with it's non-stop flights between Frankfurt and Whitehorse, Fairbanks or Anchorage. You can fly to the Yukon Territory (Whitehorse) from Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton with Air Canada.

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Do you offer Railroad Tours between Canada and Alaska
No, because there is no railroad access or any connection between Canada and Alaska.

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How about traveling by Ferry
Bellingham (USA) and Prince Rupert (Canada) are the main gateways for Alaska Marine Highway Ferry trips throughout the extremely scenic Inside Passage in Southeast Alaska. Port of calls are: Ketchikan, Wrangell, Juneau, Sidka, the Glacier Bay, Skagway and Haines. If you plan to travel to Alaska by ferry please check our Ferry Reservation Website for departures, fares, rates and reservations.

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Do you have any Tours or Transportation between Alaska and the Yukon Territory (Canada)
Unfortunately not, but we offer a limited number of self drive tours, escorted one-way motorcoach and van tours from Anchorage to Whitehorse or -VS- from 07-10 days. Please check our website for more information.

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