ALASKA YUKON EXPLORER

Alaska, Yukon and the Arctic Circle - the Last Frontier! Refuges of wilderness, wildlife and a diverse array of incomparable scenery; tundra and taiga, snow-capped mountains, pristine rivers, ice-blue lakes and glaciers. Alaska holidays are always captivating, often astounding, so come ready to explore this truly great land!

Itinerary

Day 1, Anchorage to Denali National Park

Journey north from Anchorage for two full days in Denali National Park - "The Great One". Abundant wildlife, excellent hiking and unspoiled wilderness, ensure the perfect start to an unforgettable journey. Accommodation: Cabins included. Meals paid locally.

Day 2-3, Denali National Park

Home to Mt. McKinley, the tallest peak in North America, grizzly bears, caribou, Dall sheep, marmots and wolves all roam the park. Activities such as river rafting, dog sled demonstrations and nature trail walks are available. The following two days are free to explore the backcountry, which offers scenic views of the taiga and sub-arctic tundra. There are superb opportunities to view wildlife, and access to limitless hiking options for all fitness and adventure levels. Experience the true grandeur of Mt McKinley on an optional helicopter flight. Accommodation: Cabins included. Meals paid locally.

Day 4-5, Alaska Range and Dawson City

Choose to canoe the beautiful MacClaren River or stretch your legs on the tundra covered hills of the Alaska Range. Heading north on the scenic "Top of the World Highway" we head into the Yukon Territory and arrive at Dawson City. We camp at the banks of the mighty Yukon River and gamble at Diamond Tooth Gertie's Saloon. Accommodation: Camping with meals included

Day 6, Yukon

It's still further north into Canada's Northwest Territories and across the Arctic Circle to Inuvik. Accommodation: Camping with meals included

Day 7-8, Inuvik

Canada's northernmost town! Be prepared for some remote and sparse facilities, as we experience first hand, the lifestyle and cultures of the Dene, Metis and Inuvialuit peoples in this frontier town. Take an optional flight to the town of Tuktoyaktuk on the coast of the Arctic Ocean to gain a unique insight into this remote and hardy community. Accommodation: Camping with meals included

Day 9, Yukon

Return south along the scenic Demspter Highway. Accommodation: Camping with meals included

Day 10, Dawson City

Sample the legendary Sour-Toe cocktail, try your hand at gold panning or hike up to Midnight Dome. Accommodation: Camping with meals included

Day 11, Whitehorse

Follow the trail of the original Sourdough miners along the Yukon River to Whitehorse and wander the streets of this old frontier capital. Why not go for a horseback riding with the gang at Sky High Ranch (optional). Accommodation: Camping with meals included

Day 12-13, Kluane National Park

The Yukon's premier National Park, Kluane, beckons next with a lovely waterside campsite along the shoreline of Lake Kluane. Hike up Sheep Mountain or relax by the lake, soaking up the serene beauty. Accommodation: Camping with meals included

Day 14, Tok

The small community of Tok sits at 1600 feet high in the mountains and is home to the first Alaskan Highway, built in the 1940's. This is the home of the world famous Pancake Toss competition, with a chance to win a hearty pancake breakfast. Accommodation: Camping with meals included

Day 15-16, Wrangell St.Elias National Park

On to America's largest National Park, Wrangell-St. Elias. With two nights at our wonderfully eclectic ranch in the "bush town" of McCarthy, you will have plenty of time to explore the abandoned copper mining town of Kennicott. Hike along the Kennicott and Root glaciers, try your hand at ice-climbing or take a scenic flight past the towering mountains and endless glaciers to experience this vast and rugged wilderness. Accommodation: Lodge included. Meals paid locally

Day 17-18, Valdez

Tucked away at the end of a glacier-carved fjord, Valdez is the most northerly ice-free port in the Western Hemisphere and the terminus of the Alaskan Pipeline. Choose to sea kayak amongst the Columbia Glacier icebergs, an opportunity not to be missed! Accommodation: Camping with meals included

Day 19, Kenai Fjords National Park

Board the Valdez to Whittier Ferry across Prince William Sound, where we are greeted with more stunning scenery as we pass by the immense Columbia Glacier. Accommodation: Cabins included. Meals paid locally.

Day 20, Kenai Fjords National Park

Embark on an incredible full-day scenic cruise (optional) to the Kenai Fjords National Park; gliding past calving glaciers, numerous sea bird colonies and perhaps a pod of orcas hunting for salmon. Accommodation: Cabins included. Meals paid locally.

Day 21, Kenai Fjords National Park to Anchorage

We journey north along the Kenai Peninsula returning to Anchorage in the afternoon. Our Alaska Yukon adventure comes to an end but if you're not flying out tonight, it's the perfect opportunity for a farewell dinner and a fine Alaskan brew. Tour ends at approx 17:00 hrs in Anchorage on day 21.

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