2017 Fall Alaska & Yukon Explorer

4 Aug - 25 Aug 2017
Trip Code:    GCE7

Giving you a great opportunity to discover the magnificence of Interior Alaska as well as the Inside Passage, this 22 day tour begins in Vancouver then heads ‘north to Alaska’ to Anchorage. You’ll travel north to Denali, Fairbanks, across into Canada into The Yukon to Dawson City, then south through Whitehorse, and back into Alaska to the spectacular Inside Passage. Travelling on an Alaska Marine Highway Ferry, you’ll meet the locals and spend time in the picturesque towns of Haines and Wrangell before sailing south and ending the tour in Canada.

The Explorer Tour is part of the Fall Adventurer Tour. You depart the group in Prince Rupert to head home.

Tour Inclusions:

Accommodation in clean and comfortable hotels with private facilities, meals as indicated (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner), Anchorage City Tour, Denali Tundra Wilderness Tour, Riverboat Discovery Tour, Dawson City Discovery Claim, White Pass & Yukon Summit Tour, Haines to Skagway fast ferry, AnAn Bear Viewing, Stikine River Cruise, Alaska Marine Highway fares & cabins, travel on luxury motor coach.

PRICES
Land arrangements
including twin share
$8,100
Internal Air Travel$1,200
TRIP TOTAL$9,300
Fri
4
Aug

Vancouver

On arrival we transfer to our hotel. Sandman Signature Airport Hotel (1 night)

Sat
5
Aug

Vancouver to Anchorage

Today we take a flight to Anchorage, the largest city in Alaska. Springhill Suites University Lake (2 nights)

Sun
6
Aug

Anchorage - Day Tour

In the morning we head south along Turnagain Arm to Girdwood. Along the way, keep your eyes peeled for beluga whales, bald eagles and other wildlife. Enjoy stops at Portage Glacier, Begich Boggs Visitors Center, Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center and Alyeska Resort. In the afternoon, we return to Anchorage and explore the downtown area.

Meals included: Breakfast
Mon
7
Aug

Anchorage to Denali

We board our luxury motor coach and drive through interior Alaska to Denali National Park. The afternoon is free to explore. Denali Grizzly Resort (2 nights)

Meals included: Breakfast
Tue
8
Aug

Denali - Tundra Wilderness Tour

Today we join the Tundra Wilderness Tour taking us into the Denali National Park and Preserve. Our tour provides an opportunity to view the magnificent scenery that makes this wilderness region so famous. During the tour we keep a close watch for wildlife such as bears, moose, wolves, caribou and Dall Sheep.

Meals included: Breakfast
Wed
9
Aug

Denali to Fairbanks

We board our luxury motor coach this morning for a journey through the heart of Alaska to Fairbanks, Alaska's largest interior city. Bridgewater Hotel (2 nights)

Thu
10
Aug

Fairbanks - Riverboat Discovery Cruise

In the morning we board the Riverboat Discovery for a cruise down the lovely Chena River. This tour includes a visit to a recreated Chena Indian Village and demonstration of dog sledding. The afternoon is free to explore Fairbanks.

Fri
11
Aug

Fairbanks to Dawson City

We drive along the Top of the World Highway en-route to Dawson City. Along the way we make stops at Rika’s Roadhouse, Tok and Chicken. Eldorado Hotel (2 nights)

Sat
12
Aug

Dawson City - Discovery Claim

In the morning we visit the Discovery Claim, home to the richest placer gold strike in history. The remainder of the day is free to explore the town, which has been declared a national historic site.

Sun
13
Aug

Dawson City to Whitehorse

We drive south along the Klondike Highway through ranchlands and the beautiful expanses of the Yukon River Valley to Whitehorse. Best Western Gold Rush Inn (1 night)

Mon
14
Aug

Whitehorse to Haines

On our luxury motor coach, we travel along the Alaska Highway before joining the scenic Haines Highway through to Haines. Captains Choice (3 nights)

Tue
15
Aug

Haines - day at leisure

Originally a Russian and Native American trading post, this town provides beautiful views of the Chilkat Mountains and Lynn Canal, North America’s deepest fjord. Haines has retained its local identity as a quiet South East Alaskan town.

Meals included: Breakfast
Wed
16
Aug

Haines - White Pass and Yukon Summit Tour

In the morning we travel by water taxi to Skagway. We have time to explore this well preserved frontier town before taking a ride on the White Pass & Yukon Railroad. Built during the days of the Klondike Goldrush, this is one of the most colourful and interesting rail trips in North America, both from a scenic and historic viewpoint. We view glaciers, mountains, gorges, waterfalls and historic sites. We return to Haines by water taxi in the afternoon.

Meals included: Breakfast
Thu
17
Aug

Haines to Inside Passage

We board an Alaska Marine Highway System (AMHS) ferry for the overnight journey to Wrangell. Local residents use the ferries for transport between the towns along the Inside Passage. The facilities include observation decks and a dining room. On-board cabin with private facilities (1 night)

Meals included: Breakfast
Fri
18
Aug

Inside Passage to Wrangell

Early morning arrival into Wrangell. The remainder of the day is free to explore the town including Petroglyph Beach, Chief Shakes House, Rainbow Falls and the local museum. Stikine Inn (3 nights)

Sat
19
Aug

Wrangell - AnAn Bear Observatory

We will visit AnAn where we have the opportunity to safely photograph black and brown bears in the wild. We start the tour with a beautiful one hour boat ride to AnAn. On arrival we walk through lush rainforest to the bear viewing platforms. We are accompanied by experienced local guides throughout the tour.

Meals included: Breakfast
Sun
20
Aug

Wrangell - Stikine River Cruise

This morning we take a jetboat ride through the lower reaches of the Stikine River. This pristine wilderness features glaciers and possible sightings of bears, moose and eagles.

Meals included: Breakfast
Mon
21
Aug

Wrangell to Inside Passage

The morning is at leisure. In the afternoon we board an AMHS ferry for our overnight voyage to Prince Rupert. On-board cabin with private facilities (1 night)

Meals included: Breakfast
Tue
22
Aug

Inside Passage to Prince Rupert

We arrive into Prince Rupert in the morning. In the afternoon you might like to explore the Cow Bay waterfront area. Pacific Inn (1 night)

Wed
23
Aug

Prince Rupert to Vancouver to In Flight

After a light breakfast, fly to Vancouver to join your connecting flight home.

Thu
24
Aug

In Flight

Fri
25
Aug

Arrive back in Australia

Tour Notes & Options

Prices based on twin share accommodation, please contact us for single pricing.

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