Alaska and the Yukon
Tour length: 20 days
Price per person (based on double occupancy): starting at $3,643
Valid: June 1 to August 31, 2023
Combine the best of both worlds! Travel for nearly 3 weeks through spectacular wilderness as you visit the most popular regions of Alaska. Then, pair with experiences across the border in Canada’s Yukon Territory.
Highlights include: a trip into the backcountry of Denali National Park, traveling along the “Top of the World” Highway and a stay in the Yukon’s capital city. From activities like sailing on a wildlife and glacier cruise through Kenai Fjords to scenic flights above Wrangell St. Elias National Park, you’ll delight in a relaxed pace with flexible schedules catered to those with extended time to explore.
Day 1 – Anchorage
Arrive in Anchorage where you will pick up your rental car and drive to your arrival hotel. A Milepost Travel Guide will be delivered to your first hotel along with your travel documents.
Day 2 – Anchorage/Denali
Exploration begins today as you head north along the Glenn and Parks Highways to Denali (approx. 5 hours, 237 miles, 381 km). Stretch your legs en route in Wasilla, home of the Iditarod Sled Dog Race, or Talkeetna, the expedition starting point for climbing Denali – North America’s tallest peak. Overnight at the Denali Park entrance.
Day 3 – Denali
This morning, embark on the Tundra Wilderness Tour, a 5–5.5 hour excursion into the park with a certified driver-naturalist. This tour will guide you along the spectacular road corridor, promising different experiences every day, as Denali’s wildlife moves at its own pace and according to the seasons. Travel to the Murie Cabin near the East Fork River (Mile 43) to experience where Adolf Murie lived while conducting his famous research inside what was then known as Mount McKinley National Park!
Day 4 – Denali/Fairbanks
Continue your adventure to Alaska’s Golden Heart City, Fairbanks (approximately 3 hours, 125 miles, 201 km). Perhaps, have a look at the Museum of the North, hop on an authentic sternwheeler cruise along the Chena River or enjoy a delicious, grilled salmon bake dinner at Pioneer Park. Overnight in Fairbanks.
Day 5 – Fairbanks/Tok
Journey south along the scenic Richardson and Alaska Highways, all the way to the quaint community of Tok, Alaska. (Approximately 5.5 hours, 206 miles, 331 km). Overnight in Tok.
Day 6 – Tok/Dawson City
Leave Tok today for a crossing at the Canadian border en route to Dawson City (approximately 3.5 hours, 150 miles, 241 km) along the famous “Top of the World” Highway. Overnight in Dawson City.
Day 7 – Dawson City
Experience the attractions of Dawson City with a free day to enjoy optional tours. Choose from activities such as gold panning or a visit to Diamond Tooth Gertie’s. Overnight in Dawson City.
Day 8 – Dawson City/Whitehorse
Embark along the Klondike Highway to Whitehorse (approximately 7.5 hours, 327 miles, 526 km). After your road trip, relax this evening in the Yukon’s Capital city. Overnight in Whitehorse.
Day 9 – Whitehorse/Haines Junction
Continue your journey with a drive to Haines Junction, gateway to Yukon’s Kluane National Park (approximately 2.5 hours, 100 miles, 161 km). Overnight in Haines Junction.
Day 10 – Haines Junction
Visit to the Kluane National Park Visitors Center this morning and learn what the Park has to offer. Afterwards, the remainder of the day is free for outdoor activities and sightseeing at your leisure. Overnight in Haines Junction.
Day 11 – Haines Junction/Tok
Travel the Alaska Highway north to Tok (approximately 6.5 hours, 297 miles, 477 km). En route you may wish to make a rest stop at the beautiful lookouts found at Kluane Lake or Beaver Creek. Welcome back to Alaska! Overnight in Tok.
Day 12 – Tok/Chitina
Leave Tok and make your way to Chitina, gateway to Wrangell-St. Elias National Park (approximately 4 hours, 204 miles, 328 km). Overnight in Chitina.
Day 13 – Chitina/Kennicott
Board a scenic flight to McCarthy at the Chitina airport this morning. Soak in the breathtaking mountain views from a birds eye, aerial perspective. Land in McCarthy and transfer to Kennicott for your overnight.
Day 14 – Kennicott
Your day is open to explore Kennicott and the Park however you’d like. Opt to take a historic tour of the Mill building or if you’re feeling more adventurous, you can join a guided glacier trek. Overnight in Kennicott.
Day 15 – Kennicott/Valdez
Bid farewell to Kennicott and McCarthy as you board your return flight to Chitina. Pick up your vehicle (not included in price) and drive south on the Richardson Hwy. Pass through scenic Thompson Pass on your way to the community of Valdez, located on the shores of Prince William Sound (approximately 2 1/2 hours, 116 miles, 187 km). En route, you’ll have a chance to catch a glimpse of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline and Worthington Glacier. Overnight in Valdez.
Day 16 – Valdez/Whittier/Seward
Drive your vehicle right onto the Alaska Marine Highway for your crossing to Whittier. Ferry through Prince William Sound, famous for towering glaciers and abundant marine life. Upon arrival drive through the Anton Anderson Memorial Tunnel, North America’s longest tunnel. Continue to the seaside community of Seward (approximately 2.5 hours, 90 miles, 145 km). Overnight in Seward.
Day 17 – Seward
Experience Kenai Fjords National Park by boat today. Your six-hour cruise includes lunch on board and offers opportunities to view tidewater glaciers and a variety of marine wildlife including humpback whales, orcas, sea lions, sea otters, puffins, and more! Your evening is free for an optional visit to the Alaska SeaLife Center or perhaps an Exit Glacier hike. Overnight in Seward.
Day 18 – Seward/Anchorage
We saved the best for last! This final stretch of road on your journey is recognized as one of the most scenic in all of North America. Take your time, stopping for photo opportunities or hikes along the way. Overnight in Anchorage.
Day 19 – Anchorage
As your Alaska adventure comes to a finish, pack in any . Anchorage is a jumping off point for sightseeing excursions such as bear viewing, flightseeing, fishing and hiking. If you decide to stay in town, there are many wonderful gift shops, Alaskan art galleries, museums, fine dining and endless hiking trails. You may also pick up a bicycle rental in downtown and explore the Coastal Trail. Your last night is in Anchorage.
Day 20 – Anchorage Departure
Return your rental car. End of tour.
– Rental car is not included in total price.
– Hotel category is standard 3-star. All rooms feature private bath.
– Meals are not included unless noted above.