The program will begin at 4 p.m. with a brief introduction to your fellow travelers before dinner.Dinner: At the hotelEvening: Get ready for the trip as your guide details highlights of your upcoming journey and provides an orientation to the program.Lodging: High Country InnMeals Included: Dinner
Each day your study leader will enhance your travels as they explore the history, geology, natural cultural history, of each particular area with you. Discussions abound, anecdotes flow and your leader will make sure to capitalize on whatever fun event presents itself!
Travel to the restored sternwheeler SS Klondike which sits on the banks of the Yukon River. It’s the perfect representative of the city as it represents an age when Whitehorse served as a major transportation hub of this entire region, and a large fleet of sternwheelers carried miners, traders, and many other people, including tourists, to the Klondike and other mining areas along the Yukon River and its tributaries. An unforgettable stop on our sternwheeler trip, we'll hike through Miles Canyon, a dramatic, basalt-walled canyon through which the Yukon River flows.Lunch: In WhitehorseAfternoon: Our afternoon will feature educational walks through our outdoor classroom: the Yukon Wildlife Preserve, where we will view and learn about Yukon mammals and their environments up close from a wildlife expert at the park. We will be sure to enjoy watching the muskox herd, which is a species that once roamed the Yukon’s ancient grasslands with woolly mammoths. We will also see woodland caribou, moose, and Dall’s sheep, among many other species.
Presentation: Northern Wildlife
Presentation: Great Parks of the Yukon and Alaska: What Lies Ahead!Dinner: Gather back together for dinner at the hotel.Evening: Enjoy free time this evening to explore the city at your leisure before we head out tomorrow.Lodging: High Country InnMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Expect to travel 110 miles, approximately 3 hours via the passenger van/mini-shuttle from Whitehorse to Skagway.Breakfast: At the hotelMorning: Today you’ll experience one of the outstanding highlights of the North! Head out for a 2.5 hour drive through the lovely coastal mountains to Fraser where you’ll catch the White Pass Railway for a spectacular ride to Skagway.
En route stop at the Carcross desert, affectionately called the smallest desert in the world, with its series of northern sand dunes formed by a glacial lake. Admire the beauty of Lake Emerald, the most photographed lake in the Yukon Territory. It’s fabulous intense water colors have earned it the name “Rainbow Lake,” by the locals.
Then off to the Sam McGee trail on Montana Mountain for our first hike, where you’ll have a great lookout to the Lakes Nares and Bennet.
Lunch: Box lunch on the trail.Afternoon: Arrive at Fraser, and put on your adventurer’s cap for the upcoming unforgettable ride to Skagway aboard the “Scenic Railway of the World.” Experience a breathtaking panorama of mountains, glaciers, gorges, waterfalls, tunnels, trestles and historic sites from the comfort of vintage rail cars on the 1.5 hour ride aboard the White Pass & Yukon Railway.
Arrive in Skagway, once the gateway to the greatest gold rush of all time! The Chilkoot Trail was once the way leading to the gold rivers.
Dinner: At the hotelEvening: Tonight is a perfect time for strolling through town. You’ll feel like you went back in time to the Old West as you wander its charming streets.
Lodging: Westmark Inn SkagwayMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Expect to travel 150 miles, by ferry from Skagway to Haines, then approximately 3.5 hours via the passenger van/mini-shuttle from Haines to Haines Junction.Breakfast: At the hotelMorning: Our next hike will be a portion of the Chilkoot Trail, one of the two main routes to the Klondike. Spend approximately three hours exploring the beautiful surroundings for a few miles on this relatively easy part of the trail.Lunch: Picnic LunchAfternoon: An afternoon departure on the ferry will take you 15 miles through the Lynn Canal, the deepest fjord in North America and one of the deepest and longest in the world as well. (The schedule may vary on this day due to ferry departure times.)
As you cruise this regal landscape, you’ll be awed by hanging glaciers, towering waterfalls and majestic mountains. Much coastal marine life is to be seen on our ferry ride also to the harbor of Haines.…eagles, sea lions, whales, kittiwakes, just a few.
Haines is beautifully set, surrounded by green slopes and glaciers, a spectacular sight! In historic Haines, explore the old Fort Seward, the first military base in Alaska, with its turn-of-the-century architecture and Victorian clapboard houses.Dinner: In Haines, AKEvening: Continue on northbound into Canada over the Haines Road to Haines Junction. We will take advantage of the “Midnight Sun” and enjoy the scenery throughout the evening as we do our driving after dinner. Expect a late arrival in Haines Junction.Lodging: Alcan Motor InnMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
We'll head over to Sheep Mountain, home to one of the highest concentration of wild sheep in the Yukon, where you might get a glimpse of Dall Sheep on the lower slopes. Visit the Tachal Dhal Interpretive Center, Sheep Creek Trail and Solider's Summit, where the Alaska Highway was dedicated in 1942.Lunch: Picnic lunchAfternoon: Our featured hike this afternoon is Dezadesh River Trail, which follows the banks of the river through marsh and forest and provides wonderful opportunities for wildlife viewing and birdwatching.
Dinner: In Haines JunctionEvening: Free time on your own for optional activities. Arrangements can be made here in Haines Junction for a flightseeing trip on a bush plane or helicopter to the impressive glaciers within the park. Vistas include Mt. Logan and often Mt. Kennedy and Mt. St. Elias.Lodging: Alcan Motor InnMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
In the late afternoon we will continue on the two hour drive to Whitehorse via the Alaska Highway, stopping at Champagne, a small Native Village.
Dinner: At the hotelEvening: Presentation: Effects of Climate Change on Wildlife PopulationsLodging: High Country InnMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
We'll take a short hike to Five Finger Rapids.
Lunch: Picnic lunch en route to Dawson City.Afternoon: Continue our journey, meandering by Gold Rush-era villages. Stop at a quaint lodge for coffee en route.
Explore the cabin of Jack London, author of "White Fang" and "The Call of the Wild", combing through memorabilia and listening to a presentation by a caretaker of the historic site.
Arrive late afternoon in Dawson City. Before dinner, you may want to stroll around town with its lovely buildings, some of them still original, some affectionately restored.
Dinner: On your own in Dawson City to explore local fare.Evening: "Diamond Tooth Gerties Casino and Cancan" dance girls are on your entertainment card for the evening.
Lodging: Westmark Inn Dawson CityMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Expect to travel 140 miles, approximately 3.5 hrs via passenger van/mini-shuttle.Breakfast: At the hotelMorning: Today gives us many opportunities to study the natural history of this magnificent land. An early start from Dawson City gets us on the road up the Dempster Highway.
After a scenic 1.5 hr ride, start your hike at the foot of the Tombstone Mountains, named thus because their rectangular shape resembles grave stones. The Yukon may encompass more undiscovered wonders than any other part of Canada, and the rugged Tombstone Range is among the territory’s crown jewels.
Lunch: Picnic lunch on trailAfternoon: Continue our exploration of this fascinating mountain range. This area was not glaciated during the last ice age, and these mountains are some of the newest on the continent as evidenced by their sharp peaks.Dinner: At the hotelEvening: Free timeLodging: Westmark Inn Dawson CityMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
People still dig for gold in this historical town located where the Klondike flows into the Yukon River. See the site where gold was discovered. Billions of dollars of gold were taken out of the river here! Exploration of Bonanza Creek, and the Jack London cabin are also on the agenda.
Lunch: In Dawson CityAfternoon: Ferry across the Yukon River this afternoon as we leave the Klondike and head on to some of the most beautiful and spectacular high roads of North America. Beyond the timberline, pass through beautiful tundra scenery and cross the highest borderline between Canada and the U.S. at Little Gold Creek. Stop for short hikes along the way.
Travel on to the " Top of the World Highway", which snakes along rolling mountain domes with a road, sometimes partially gravel, built on top of them. You’ve come to the real “frontier of Alaska!” You cannot get much further from civilisation than here between Dawson City and Tok. 100-mile views are a photographer’s paradise from the Top of the World Highway.
Presentation: Alaska Highway and WWII
Dinner: In TokEvening: Free evening.Lodging: Young's MotelMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Denali National Park is filled with variety of wildlife. With a little luck you will see all the wildlife on your list including wolves, Dall sheep, moose, caribou, and even the mighty grizzly bear. Smaller animals such as fox and coyotes are often spotted on their forays while golden eagles and other birds of prey soar overhead.
This is the Alaska of your dreams!
Admire Wonder Lake, the largest lake in the surroundings, located approximately in the middle of the park, where one often finds a variety of wildlife.
Drive to the Murie Center for a guided hike and presentation before returning to the hotel in time for dinner.
Dinner: Near Denali National ParkEvening: On own to relax, explore, refreshLodging: Motel Nord HavenMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Travel along the scenic Turnagain Arm, named by Captain Cook after yet another unsuccessful attempt to find the Northwest Passage. The spectacular tides, among the highest in the world, attract the all-white beluga whales who hunt salmon in the murky waters.
Lunch: En route to SewardAfternoon: Stop at Willow to learn about life frontier-style from four-time Iditarod champion musher Martin Buser and spend some one-on-one time with his 75 sled dogs. You'll gain greater insight into how a large kennel works and the sport of dog sledding, as well as have the chance to see him hook up a team. As the dogs take off, you'll understand clearly that they "live to run!".
Continuing onward to Seward, cascading waterfalls, crystal clear streams, emerald pine forests and snow-capped mountains appear around every corner!
Dinner: In SewardLodging: Breeze InnMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Dinner: At the hotelEvening: Presention: Land of the Midnight SunLodging: Breeze InnMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Transfer to the airport by hotel shuttle.
Thanks for joining our adventure!Meals Included: Breakfast