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Ultimate Alaska & the Yukon Escorted Coach Tour from Anchorage

Get ready for an incredible adventure to Alaska and the Yukon. Experience an epic train ride on the Alaska Railroad with stunning scenery and wildlife views, including Denali. Discover frontier life in an Athabascan village. Visit the lively Diamond Tooth Gertie's saloon in Dawson City to relive the Yukon Gold Rush. Walk in the footsteps of historic figures like George Carmack and Robert Service. Marvel at the Five Finger Rapids on the Yukon River. Get up close with Alaskan sled dogs and their trainers, and much more.

Ultimate Alaska & the Yukon Escorted Coach Tour from Anchorage

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DEPARTURE DATE: August 20, 2024
Countries Visited: United States

OVERVIEW

If you live by the motto, “Go big or go home,” it doesn’t get any bigger than this grand tour of Alaska and the Yukon Territory. Where else can you see bears the size of buffalo, glaciers the size of states, and national parks the size of nations? In this great expanse of pure wilderness, the majestic mountains, never-ending landscapes, and supersize wildlife of the 49th state are waiting to transport you to another state of mind. Big sights are accented by even bigger experiences as you board the Alaska Railroad to the tallest peak in North America, the sternwheeler Discovery for a Fairbanks river cruise, and a small ship to witness the dominating glaciers and playful whales of Prince William Sound. You’ll also follow the tracks of caribou and moose in the 6-million-acre Denali National Park, trace the trail of gold seekers during the Klondike Gold Rush, and follow in the paw steps of Alaska’s famous dogsledding huskies.

Trip Highlights:

EPIC RIDE Board the Alaska Railroad train for spectacular views through its panoramic windows designed for soaking in the stunning scenery on this full-day journey that truly showcases America’s 49th state. Keep an eye out for views of Denali (formerly known as Mount McKinley)—as well as wildlife along the way!

CULTURAL GEMS Experience frontier living in an Athabascan village on the Chena River. Here in the Alaskan forests, cabins are made of spruce logs, and the old ways of living with the land are beautifully preserved in the heritage of the Athabascan Native culture. Learn about traditions and survival in an unforgiving yet beautiful environment, where generations of Athabascans skillfully survived for over 10,000 years, ultimately adapting to village life and Western culture in the past century.

CULTURAL GEM Get a rush of nostalgia for the old frontier with casino games, nostalgic tunes, and can-can shows at Dawson City’s rip-roaring Diamond Tooth Gertie’s saloon to relive the days of the Gold Rush, prospectors, barkeeps, and piano players in the Wild West.

LEGENDARY LIVES Walk in the footsteps of historic figures of the Yukon Gold rush. Stand in the spot where George Carmack and Skookum Jim discovered the first shiny glimpse of gold in Bonanza Creek in 1896 to stake the first Gold rush Claim in the Yukon. Enter the humble cabin (now a historic site) where bank teller and famed poet Robert Service penned some of the Yukon Territories’ most famous ballads and poems. See the artifacts belonging to this legendary “Bard of the Yukon.”

NATURAL WONDERS Marvel at the sight of The Five Finger Rapids on the Yukon River. Here, four islands divide the river into five narrow channels of which only the eastern is passable. The Five Finger Rapids is mentioned in Jack London's novel The Call of the Wild and posed a significant challenge to the throng of fortune seekers on the hunt for gold.

CULTURE & TRADITION Get up close and personal to Alaska’s amazing sled dogs and their trainers at Muktuk Adventures. Learn about the training and care of the Alaskan champions and the spirit needed to race in world-famous Iditarod and Yukon Quest competitions. An experience that leads the pack!

WILDERNESS TREASURES On your way to Alaska’s dogsledding town of Tok, you’ll drive along the mountains of Kluane National Park and Reserve in the southwest of the Canadian Yukon. Witness a vast wilderness of ice fields, forests, and towering peaks, including Canada’s highest summit, Mount Logan. Here, spectacular sights created by the glacier-fed Alsek River are home to grizzly bears, Dall sheep and more than 100 bird species.

NATURAL WONDERS Located near the head of a deep fjord in Prince William Sound, Valdez is a mix of tidewater glaciers, rainforests, majestic mountains, and wildlife on land and sea. Orcas and humpback whales, otters, sea lions, and birds are among the many animals you might spy from this spectacular seaport.

CULTURE & TRADITIONS Go further with a scenic cruise on the spectacular Prince William Sound. Cruise along the 3-mile face of Columbia Glacier with a watchful eye out for wildlife, including seals, sea otters, birds, and even whales!

Travel Dates & Pricing

TRAVEL DATEPRICETYPE
August 20, 2024from $7,673 CADPer Person

What's Included

  • 12 night escorted coach tour round trip from Anchorage
  • 12 night accommodation
  • 12 breakfast, 3 lunch, 3 dinner
  • Included highlights and choice excursions
  • Taxes

Itinerary

DAYDATEPLACE
1Tue Aug 20ANCHORAGE, ALASKA
2Wed Aug 21ANCHORAGE–WASILLA–TALKEETNA–ALASKA RAILROAD–DENALI NATIONAL PARK
3Thu Aug 22DENALI NATIONAL PARK
4Fri Aug 23DENALI NATIONAL PARK–FAIRBANKS
5Sat Aug 24FAIRBANKS
6Sun Aug 25FAIRBANKS–DAWSON CITY, YUKON
7Mon Aug 26DAWSON CITY
8Tue Aug 27DAWSON CITY–WHITEHORSE
9Wed Aug 28WHITEHORSE
10Thu Aug 29WHITEHORSE–TOK, ALASKA
11Fri Aug 30TOK–VALDEZ
12Sat Aug 31VALDEZ–WHITTIER–ANCHORAGE
13Sun Sep 1ANCHORAGE

DAY 1 – ARRIVE IN ANCHORAGE, ALASKA

Welcome to Alaska!
Meet your Tour Director between 3 pm and 7 pm in the hotel reception area.

DAY 2 – ANCHORAGE–WASILLA–TALKEETNA–ALASKA RAILROAD–DENALI NATIONAL PARK

Riding the Rails

Travel north into the majestic wilds of Alaska and visit the Iditarod Headquarters, home of the world-famous dogsled race. Continue to Talkeetna, the starting point for climbers attempting to summit Denali (formerly known as Mount McKinley), the highest peak in North America at 20,320 feet. Board the historic Alaska Railroad for a scenic trip to Denali National Park. Tonight, enjoy a Globus Local Favorite private presentation by a Local Naturalist at the Murie Science & Learning Center followed by dinner.

Breakfast
Dinner

DAY 3 – DENALI NATIONAL PARK

Wilderness Wonders

Journey into the 6-million-acre Denali National Park with a Naturalist Driver Guide on the Tundra Wilderness tour exploring the majestic wilderness. Your late afternoon and evening are free for optional adventures such as float trips, a dogsled demonstration, a helicopter ride over the park, or a delicious dinner and rollicking musical comedy performed in a camp house reminiscent of the Gold Rush era.

Breakfast
Lunch

DAY 4 – DENALI NATIONAL PARK–FAIRBANKS

Bites & Brews
This morning, spend a little more time marveling at the wonder of Denali National Park. Then, enjoy a friendly atmosphere during lunch at the Globus Local Favorite 49th State Brewery to taste some local specialties and play Alaska lawn-games. Travel into the heart of Alaska to Fairbanks, where the remainder of the day is at leisure.

Breakfast
Lunch

DAY 5 – FAIRBANKS

Native American Traditions
Start the day by boarding the sternwheeler Discovery for a cruise on the Chena River, with a stop at a recreated Chena Indian Village to learn about Athabascan Native culture. Later, during a city tour, visit the University of Alaska–Fairbanks Museum and a stop at the Trans-Alaska Oil Pipeline.

Breakfast

DAY 6 – FAIRBANKS–DAWSON CITY, YUKON

Goldminers & Old Timers
Continuing the journey into Gold Rush history, motor over the Top of the World Highway and enter Canada’s Yukon Territory. Passing through the village of Chicken, today promises to be filled with breathtaking scenery. Tonight, you have reservations at Diamond Tooth Gerties, featuring ragtime music, can-can girls, and an old-fashioned casino.

Breakfast

DAY 7 – DAWSON CITY

There’s Gold in the Yukon!
Step back in time at the site of Klondike Gold Rush Claim #1, where the first gold strike was made. Continue to the Robert Service Interpretive Center to learn of the numerous poems and ballads he composed while exploring this remote area. The remainder of the day is at leisure. Your Tour Director will have suggestions for additional sightseeing, shopping, and dining.

Breakfast

DAY 8 – DAWSON CITY–WHITEHORSE

Roaring Rapids & Rip-Roaring Times Trace the trail of the gold seekers on their way to the Klondike. View the Five Finger Rapids, which once posed a major obstacle to the hordes of fortune seekers stampeding into the Yukon. Your day concludes in Whitehorse, capital of the Yukon, for a free evening.

Breakfast

DAY 9 – WHITEHORSE

A Dog’s Life
A city tour stops at the Yukon Beringia Interpretive Centre, where you can meet the Ice Age giant mammals that once ruled the ancient subcontinent. See the historic SS Klondike Riverboat and learn about its importance on the Yukon River in the Gold Rush days. Later, head to Whitehorse’s premier dogsled facility, Globus Local Favorite Muktuk Adventures, where you will personally meet the huskies and their trainers. Afterward, enjoy a special Taste of the Yukon dinner.

Breakfast
Dinner

DAY 10 – WHITEHORSE–TOK, ALASKA

Depart the Yukon Territories and head to Alaska along the rugged mountains of Kluane National Park, home to 19,625-foot Mount Logan, Canada’s highest peak. Continue on the Alaska Highway to Tok, the “Dog Sled Capital of the World.”

Breakfast

DAY 11 – TOK–VALDEZ

Sights on the Sound
Head to Alaska’s northernmost ice-free port, Valdez, home of the Alyeska Pipeline Terminal. As you travel toward some of the highest coastal mountains in the world, enjoy views of Thompson Pass, Worthington Glacier, and Bridal Veil Falls before arriving in the “Switzerland of Alaska”— Valdez. Visit the Valdez Museum to learn of the areas Native Culture, early explorers, the 1898 Gold Rush, and the 1964 Good Friday Earthquake. Free time this evening.

Breakfast

DAY 12 – VALDEZ–WHITTIER–ANCHORAGE

True Fish Stories
Board a boat today and get a closer look at the Trans-Alaska Pipeline Terminal, the many massive glaciers, and the playful sea life of Prince William Sound. Keep your eyes open for eagles, whales, mountain goats, dolphins, and sea lions! Continue to Anchorage for a farewell dinner.

Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner

DAY 13 – ANCHORAGE

Safe travels until we meet again!
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

Breakfast

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