Alaska | Yukon Territory Small Group Van Tours from Whitehorse

Alaska | Yukon: Individual Van Group Tours from Whitehorse

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Our most popular small group luxury van tours offering the very best of Canada’s Yukon and Alaska. Departing from Whitehorse, the Yukon’s capital, our classic roundtrip tour travels through some of North America’s most pristine wilderness landscapes, spectacular scenery communities on modern highways following ancient wildlife corridors, historic First Nations trading routes and Gold Rush trails. Along the way, you will experience a vast array of impressive mountain ranges, cascading glaciers, First Nations culture and unique Gold Rush history. Our tour visits three of the North’s most famous national parks, including Yukon’s Kluane - home to Canada’s tallest mountain and the world’s largest ice-field (non-polar); Denali, North America’s premier wildlife viewing location and home to the tallest mountain on the continent; and guests can join an optional tour to the all-marine Kenai Fjords National Park, which offers North’s premier marine life viewing. All this and more awaits you in the Land of the Midnight Sun!

Day 1: Whitehorse

Individual journey of the participants to Whitehorse. Welcome to Canada's Yukon. At the airport, you will be welcomed by your tour-guide. Transfer to the hotel. Meeting with your fellow travellers. Overnight: Whitehorse

Day 2: Whitehorse - Haines Junction

After breakfast you will get a general view of the Yukon's capital. Part of it may be a visit to the restored sternwheeler MS Klondike next to the Yukon River. The big roundtrip will begin with a first short stage on the Alaska Highway westbound. You will encounter scenic points of interest inviting you to stop before reaching Haines Junction - situated right next to Kluane National Park - early in the afternoon. Kluane National Park not only is Canada's biggest national park, here you will find apart from a variety of wildlife the largest glacier area of the world outside North and South Pole. Even today, most of this huge national park is still unexplored and pristine. Depending on the weather and the group wishes a guided small hike into the national park can take place. Another possible attraction is a flight with a bush plane to the impressive glaciers within the park or a flight with a helicopter over deserted areas (optional). Overnight: Haines Junction

Day 3: Haines Junction - Tok

Today we drive along the scenic shore of the huge Lake Kluane. A first stop is planned at the Sheep Mountain Visitor Center. Chances are you will spot some of the scarce snow-white dall sheep on the surrounding mountains. In Tok you may visit a sled dog demonstration. Overnight: Tok

Day 4:  Tok - Valdez

The first part of today‰s stretch will lead us via the Glenn Highway along countless rivers, lakes, glaciers and finally the majestic Wrangell-St. Elias National Park. Then we will drive the Richardson Highway southbound to the small seaport of Valdez at the Pacific coast. The crossing of the coastal range via the Thompson Pass is spectacular, with thundering falls right next to the road. Valdez, called little Switzerland by its inhabitants, is enframed by alpine surroundings. The town is also known for the world famous Trans Alaska Pipeline that ends here and the big oil tankers taking a load. Overnight: Valdez

Day 5:  Valdez - Whittier - Anchorage

Today we travel the Prince William Sound via ferry. Without a doubt this is a highlight among the scenic beauties of Alaska. The route is close to the Pacific coast, passing calving glaciers, the Columbia Glacier probably being the most spectacular of them all. Odds are you will spot a variety of wildlife. With a little luck you will be able to take pictures not only of otters and puffins, but of sea lions and even whales, too. Ashore again, the next stop is the Portage Glacier, which is almost accessible by car. Concluding this eventful stage, we drive along the Turnagain Arm into Anchorage. The tidal wave rolling into Turnagain Arm twice a day is said to be spectacular.. Overnight: Anchorage

Day 6: Anchorage

This day in Alaska's biggest city is at your free disposal for sightseeing in and around Anchorage. There are many interesting things to discover: Lakes Hood and Spenard, the largest marine airport. In summer, up to 800 floatplanes take off and land here daily. Nearby is the aviation museum where you can admire several legendary aircraft. In downtown Anchorage you will find the Art Museum, the Museum of History and Art and of course the typically American shopping malls. Maybe you would like to visit one of the bars or microbreweries which offer various kinds of beer brewed in the house. For night people, Anchorage still has one or the other surprise to offer. For example a very special dinner at the restaurant "Gwennies", they not only offer the biggest and best steaks - gold digger style - you may admire the history of the origins of Anchorage there, too. Another very nice option to spend the day is a trip south to Seward including a tour into Kenai Fjords National Park (optional). Overnight: Anchorage

Day 7: Anchorage - Denali National Park

Today we leave the Pacific coast region and its particular climate. Via the George Parks Highway we travel northbound towards Denali National Park. The breathtaking landscape offers constantly changing panoramic views with distant glaciers and beaver dams in the nearby river. Late afternoon, there is the opportunity for a one hour glacier flight to Mount McKinley for all those who would like to go for it (optional). This is a very recommendable adventure, in particular when the weather is fine. Overnight: Denali National Park

Day 8: Denali National Park

Without a doubt this is another highlight of this tour. In the morning we will go on a Denali wildlife tour. A park owned shuttle bus takes us deep into one of the most scenic landscapes in North America. Weather permitting you will get to see majestic Mount McKinley, 6193 meters high, the highest mountain in the U.S.A.. The variety of wildlife is very impressive, too. With a little luck you will see wolves, dall sheep, moose, caribou and grizzly bears. Admire Wonder Lake, the largest lake in the surroundings, located approximately in the middle of the park. Here in particular you will find lots of wildlife. Overnight: Denali National Park

Day 9: Denali National Park - Fairbanks

Back on the George Parks Highway, we will stop in Nenana to visit the Alaska Railroad Museum. Fairbanks will be reached early in the afternoon. The remainder of the day is reserved for the places of interest in and around this town located about 320 km south of the Arctic Circle. Perhaps you would like to visit the Alaska Dog Mushing Museum, or treat yourself with the local delicacies in one of the numerous restaurants. You really should try the king crabs! And there is more. Particularly recommendable is a sternwheeler cruise on the Chena River, the Crown of Light show, a photo symphony covering the aurora borealis, or the Gold Rush show at the Malemute Saloon (optional).Denali, the “Great One”, is the name Athabascan people gave the massive peak that crowns the 600-mile-long Alaska Range. Denali National Park and Preserve was created 1980 from the former Mt Mc.Kinley National Park. At over 6 million acres, the park is larger than the State of Massachusetts. It exemplifies interior Alaska’s character as one of the world’s last great frontiers for wilderness adventure and it remains largely wild and unspoiled, as the Athabascan knew it. Early (pre-reserved time) Tundra Wildlife Tour departure - the park road is closed for private vehicles - for a wildlife observation and sightseeing tour within the shadows of Mt. McKinley - with 20.320 ft. the highest mountain in North America. The views are just spectacular. Watch for grizzly bears, moose, caribou, wolf, lynx, wolverine and fox roaming throughout the park or observe one of the 150 different bird species which inherit the Denali National Park area. The afternoon is reserved for an enchantingly scenic ride aboard some luxury railcars to Fairbanks. Take in the views as you opt for fine Alaska-inspired cuisine in the elegant dining room. Or save room for a hearty dinner at the Alaska Salmon Bake in Pioneer Park, one option for frontier flavor. Overnight Denali National Park

Day 10: Fairbanks - Tok

After strolling through downtown Fairbanks in the morning we are on our way southbound passing innumerable lakes and rivers in this beautiful landscape. Today we are going to see the Trans-Alaska Pipeline again, crossing the Tanana River right next to the highway. In Delta Junction we meet the Alaska Highway and visit the local visitor center. Overnight: Tok

Day 11: Tok - Dawson City

The journey continues via the Top of the World Highway. Beyond the timberline we will pass through beautiful tundra scenery and cross the border at Little Gold Creek, which is the checkpoint with the highest elevation between Canada and the U.S.A.. On this stretch villages with strange sounding names like Chicken, Action Wade Camp are to be seen until in the afternoon we will cross the Yukon River by ferry to reach Dawson City. Overnight: Dawson City

Day 12: Dawson City

Today is free for optional tours. Explore on your own or choose optional tours including a self-drive Jeep tour, river rafting, city tour or a motor coach journey to Tombstone Territorial Park where you can take a guided hike or naturalist excursion. Diamond Tooth Gertie's Gambling Hall: A real Klondike Gold Rush-style gambling hall featuring Texas Hold'em poker, Blackjack and other table games plus slot machines. Live entertainment features Diamond Tooth Gertie and her Can-Can Girls. Licensed bar and snack bar. Doors open at 7:00 PM nightly. Shows at 8:30 PM, 10:30 PM and 12:30 AM Jack London's Cabin: An interpretative center featuring the life of famed American author Jack London during his time in the Klondike. Open 10 - 6 daily with live presentations. Located on Eighth Avenue near Robert Service Cabin. Dawson City Museum: At Fifth Ave. and Church St. in the old Administration Building, is open daily from 10am to 6pm and features an interesting display of early-day relics. Special features include Dempster slide show, silent movies and historical films. Minto Park, located next to the museum, has a collection of old locomotives, including an old diamond stacker used in early mining operations in the Klondike district. The Palace Grand Theatre: Originally built in 1898 by impresario and gold seeker, Arizona Charlie Meadows. It has been fully restored and is a National Historic Site. It can be found at King Street and Third Avenue.Tours are conducted daily. Gold Dredge No 4: Is the biggest wooden hull, bucket-line gold dredge in North America It rests on Claim No. 17 on Bonanza Creek, 10 miles from Downtown Dawson City on Bonanza Creek Road. Maintained by Parks Canada, the giant dredge offers visitors tours daily.  Walking tours of the Historic Downtown Area: Are scheduled during the summer months, from the Visitor Reception Centre. Walking tours of the Government Reserve including the N.W.M. Police buildings, old churches in the area and Commissioner's residence. Leaves twice daily from the Commissioner's Residence. Overnight: Dawson City.

Day 13: Dawson City - Whitehorse

Travel along the beautiful Klondike Highway. After lunch in Minto, you’ll arrive in Whitehorse, capital city of the Yukon Territory. This evening, take in the hilarious Frantic Follies Revue. Whitehorse, the capital of Canada’s Yukon Territory, is a major stopover point along the Alaska Highway. From historical sites, to live entertainment and beautiful scenery, Whitehorse is a must stop on your vacation. The 20 hours of daily summer sunshine allow you plenty of time to enjoy yourself.  Whitehorse is laid out on a level river shelf of land bordering a wide bend in the Yukon River. The town is 914 Miles northwest of Dawson Creek, British Columbia; 609 Miles from Fairbanks; and 724 Miles from Anchorage. Over half of the Yukon’s residents live in Whitehorse. The town has a year-round population of approximately 23,000. A library, theatres, two newspapers, and one television station serve the city. Overnight: Whitehorse.

Day 14: Whitehorse

Yukon's capital offers you a variety of options on the last day of your trip, for example excursions into the surroundings of Whitehorse or a final visit to some local places of interest like the longest wooden fish ladder of the world or the Transportation Museum. Equally recommendable is a boat trip through Miles Canyon at the headwaters of the Yukon Rivers. He who simply prefers to relax at the end of this long roundtrip with lots of fresh impressions or would like to do a little shopping before returning home still has plenty of time and opportunity to do so. A very nice way to spend the day is an excursion to the old gold rush town and seaport Skagway, Alaska with the opportunity to take a spectacular train ride over the infamous White Pass (optional). Transfer to airport or connecting program.

Tour Includes

  • 13 Nights Hotel Accommodation
  • Alaska & Yukon Hotel and State Taxes
  • Maxi Van Transportation with 15 Seats
  • Guided Hike within Kluane National Park
  • National Park Entrance Fee
  • Denali Sightseeing & Wildlife Tour
  • Airport, Hotel Transfers
  • Entrance Fee "Diamond Tooth Gerties"
  • Entrance Fee Dawson City Museum
  • Fee USA Visitor Visa
  • Tour Documentation
  • Guide & Driver Service
  • 6-9 Participants per Tour
  • Other Sightseeing Tours as indicated
  • Prince William Sound Ferry Transportation
  • Tour Documentation

Rates per Person in CAD $ from | to Whitehorse

Tour Number | TA-VT01 | Departure Dates on Request
Single Double Triple Quad

All Departures from June - September

$3530.00

$3700.00

$3400.00

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