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Program #20504RJ
15 Days | 14 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
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Elevation up to 4127 feet at the Top of the World Highway

Itinerary for Aug 7 — Aug 21, 2013

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Type: Inn

Description: The High Country Inn is only a block away from one of the Yukon’s greatest attractions: the historic and mighty Yukon River as well as being the closest major hotel to the Yukon Territorial Government Offices and the Yukon Tourism Visitor Reception Centre. With incredible views from most rooms, you can gaze out to the flowing rapids and marvel at their white caps in the shape of a horse’s head - the origin of Whitehorse’s name. A few minutes walk away is the National Historic Site of the S.S. Klondike, one of the last surviving paddle-wheelers of the Klondike era – a must see! Along the river, you will find paved walking trails that lead over to another noteworthy site: the longest fish ladder in the world. Located near the damn, this site is a brief 30 minute walk away along some of the most tranquil areas of the river. Walking in the opposite direction, you will arrive in the historic downtown of Whitehorse near the shopping district of Main St. You are bound to come across the local paddlers in their kayaks, anglers, maybe an eagle, and watch the salmon swim by during their annual trek in late summer.

Contact info:
4051-4th Ave
Whitehorse, YK Y1A 1H1 Canada
phone: 800-554-4471
web: www.highcountryinn.yk.ca

Room amenities: Each of the 81 hotel rooms include access to wireless high-speed Internet, cable television, telephones, fans, and complimentary tea or coffee. Non-smoking rooms on non-smoking floors.

Facility amenities: The High Country Inn offers free high-speed wireless Internet, free airport shuttle, close to Yukon River and waterfront hiking trails, exercise facilities, ATM in lobby, 24-hour front desk service, guest laundry, same-day dry-cleaning service, full service restaurant and “The Deck” pub (the Yukon’s largest year round patio).

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Contact hotel for rate
Group rate will not apply to pre and post night reservations. To reserve pre and post nights email reservations@yukonhotels.com. Refer to Booking Code RSBOT3.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Wednesday, August 07 - Welcome to the Yukon!/Orientation/Get Acquainted
Arrive To: Whitehorse

Afternoon: Welcome to an adventure of a lifetime! Alaska and Yukon wonders all await you in your upcoming exploration!

At 6:00 PM, we'll gather for brief introductions before dinner.

Dinner: At the hotel.

Evening: Get ready for the trip as your guide details highlights of your upcoming journey and provides an orientation to the program.

Lodging: High Country Inn

Meals Included: Dinner

Type: Inn

Description: The High Country Inn is only a block away from one of the Yukon’s greatest attractions: the historic and mighty Yukon River as well as being the closest major hotel to the Yukon Territorial Government Offices and the Yukon Tourism Visitor Reception Centre. With incredible views from most rooms, you can gaze out to the flowing rapids and marvel at their white caps in the shape of a horse’s head - the origin of Whitehorse’s name. A few minutes walk away is the National Historic Site of the S.S. Klondike, one of the last surviving paddle-wheelers of the Klondike era – a must see! Along the river, you will find paved walking trails that lead over to another noteworthy site: the longest fish ladder in the world. Located near the damn, this site is a brief 30 minute walk away along some of the most tranquil areas of the river. Walking in the opposite direction, you will arrive in the historic downtown of Whitehorse near the shopping district of Main St. You are bound to come across the local paddlers in their kayaks, anglers, maybe an eagle, and watch the salmon swim by during their annual trek in late summer.

Contact info:
4051-4th Ave
Whitehorse, YK Y1A 1H1 Canada
phone: 800-554-4471
web: www.highcountryinn.yk.ca

Room amenities: Each of the 81 hotel rooms include access to wireless high-speed Internet, cable television, telephones, fans, and complimentary tea or coffee. Non-smoking rooms on non-smoking floors.

Facility amenities: The High Country Inn offers free high-speed wireless Internet, free airport shuttle, close to Yukon River and waterfront hiking trails, exercise facilities, ATM in lobby, 24-hour front desk service, guest laundry, same-day dry-cleaning service, full service restaurant and “The Deck” pub (the Yukon’s largest year round patio).

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Contact hotel for rate
Group rate will not apply to pre and post night reservations. To reserve pre and post nights email reservations@yukonhotels.com. Refer to Booking Code RSBOT3.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Thursday, August 08 - Whitehorse City Tour/SS Klondike/Presentation: Yu...
Whitehorse City Tour/SS Klondike/Presentation: Yukon & Alaska National Parks

Breakfast: At hotel

Morning: Begin the day with a city field trip, learning the history of Whitehorse and its role in present day politics as the capitol of the Yukon.

Each day your study leader will enhance your travels as he explores the geology and the natural and cultural history of each specific area you visit. Discussions abound, anecdotes flow and he 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 is a perfect representative of the city as it reflects an age when Whitehorse served as a major transportation hub for 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.

Lunch: In Whitehorse

Afternoon: Enjoy free time this afternoon to explore the city at your leisure before we head out tomorrow. An option might include a boat trip through Miles Canyon, a dramatic, basalt-walled canyon through which the Yukon River flows.

Dinner: Gather back together for dinner in at the hotel.

Evening: Presentation: Great Parks of the Yukon and Alaska; What Lies Ahead!

Days of presentations may vary.

Lodging: High Country Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Inn

Description: Panoramic views of the majestic St. Elias Mountains & beautiful Kluane National Park.

Contact info:
Junction of the Alaska & Haines Highway
Haines Junction, YK Y0B 1L0 Canada
phone: 867-634-2371
web: www.alcanmotorinn.com

Room amenities: All 23 rooms include fridges, hair dryers, microwaves, irons, in-room coffee and Satellite T.V.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Three: Friday, August 09 - Whitehorse to Haines Junction: Kluane National Pa...
Whitehorse to Haines Junction: Kluane National Park Visitor's Center/Sheep Mountain/Soldier's Summit

Breakfast: At hotel

Morning: Our first day on the Alaska Highway will give you a good indication of the incredible scenic beauty you will encounter day-by-day throughout your travels. Several stops will be made at scenic and historic locations, including a broad view of the 7,000-9,000-ft. peaks of the Kluane Frontal Range as we near Haines Junction, a small community which borders Kluane National Park.

Lunch: In Haines Junction in early afternoon

Afternoon: Start the afternoon with an introduction to Kluane National Park at the Parks Canada Visitor's Center. Then we'll travel to Sheep Mountain in the park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Still largely unexplored and pristine, it hosts a phenomenal variety of wildlife. You'll get to stretch your legs as we take off on a short, very scenic hike to Soldier's Summit, where the Alaska Highway was dedicated in 1942.



Dinner: In Haines Junction

Evening: There will be free time for optional activities, such as a flight on a bush plane to the impressive glaciers within the park or a helicopter flight to deserted areas.

Lodging: Alcan Motor Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Motel

Contact info:
1313 Alaska Hwy
Tok, AK 99780 USA
phone: 907-883-4411
web: www.youngsmotel.com

Room amenities: Satelite T.V., free wifi.

Facility amenities: Free high-speed Internet and onsite restaurant.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Four: Saturday, August 10 - Haines Junction to Tok: Sheep Mountain/Kluane Lak...
Haines Junction to Tok: Sheep Mountain/Kluane Lake/Kluane Museum of Natural History/Lecture

Breakfast: At the hotel

Morning: On our way out of Haines Junction, we'll make another stop at Sheep Mountain, this time to visit the Tachal Dhal Visitor Center. We'll use their spotting scopes to look for some of the many Dall sheep that make the slopes of the mountain their home.

From there, we drive along the scenic shore of vast Kluane Lake, with its spectacular mountain views. Stunning snowy peaks rise on one side, with lower mountains world famous for big game animals on the other. Kluane Park contains 10 of the 20 highest peaks in Canada and, combined with Alaska's Wrangell-St. Elias Park, is the largest internationally-protected area in the world.

The region around Kluane Lake is rich in First Nation history and culture. We'll stop at the tiny Native community of Burwash Landing to visit the Kluane Museum of Natural History. Here you'll find an excellent wildlife exhibit, with dioramas displaying over 70 animals, birds and fish native to the Yukon, as well as displays of Southern Tutchone First Nation clothing, tools and other artifacts.

Lunch: At White River Lodge

Afternoon: Cross the border into Alaska, as you travel northwest to the small community of Tok. Local Native arts and crafts can be found readily here, and we'll stop for the night.



Dinner: In Tok

Evening: Presentation: Alaska Highway and World War II

Lodging: Young's Motel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: At the head of the Azure waters of the Prince William Sound, nestled beneath the Chugach Mountains.

Contact info:
100 Meals Ave
P.O. Box 1297
Valdez, AK 99686 USA
phone: 907-835-4445
web: www.mountainskyhotel.com

Room amenities: 103 spacious rooms and suites include cable TV, free high speed wireless Internet, microwave, refrigerator, alarm clock, coffee maker, hair dryer and iron.

Facility amenities: Downtown location, spa, indoor pool and cardio center, guest laundry and complimentary business / computer center.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Five: Sunday, August 11 - Tok to Valdez: Wrangell-St. Elias National Park/W...
Tok to Valdez: Wrangell-St. Elias National Park/Worthington Glacier/Thompson Pass/Lecture

Breakfast: At hotel

Morning: Everything is big in Alaska!

We thread our winding way through dramatic mountains throughout the morning, with breathtaking views along countless rivers, lakes, glaciers and finally the majestic Wrangell-St. Elias National Park. Four major mountain ranges meet here, and in this high country, land is snow-covered year around resulting in extensive ice fields and glaciers.

Lunch: Picnic lunch

Afternoon: Ready for a little hike? Worthington Glacier is one of the most accessible glaciers in Alaska, passing within a few feet of the parking lot and viewing shelter right off the Richardson Highway. Hike the one-mile Moraine Trail to get up-close to the blue ice. Explore the cracks and pools at the glacier terminus. Climb the Ridge Trail to explore the alpine tundra and drink in a spectacular view of the grand valley.

A few minutes after leaving the Worthington Glacier, we go through Thompson Pass, the snowiest place in Alaska, recording 551.5 inches of snow a year on average. We'll make a stop there for the incredible views, then again in narrow Keystone Canyon at the bottom of the long hill - the waterfalls in the canyon are justifiably famous.

Arrive at Valdez, in its mesmerizing setting, enframed by mountain peaks and nestled along the sea coast. It's also the terminus for the famous Trans Alaska Pipeline. The massive oil tanker loading facilities across the bay from the community are almost as impressive as the peaks that tower above.

Dinner: Restaurant in Valdez

Evening: Presentation: Effects of Climate Change on Wildlife Populations

Lodging: Mountain Sky Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Inn

Description: Overlooking scenic Lake Hood, the Coast International Inn Anchorage is the closest hotel to Ted Stevens International Airport, and is located minutes from business centers, shopping, entertainment and downtown Anchorage, Alaska.

Contact info:
3450 Aviation Avenue
Anchorage, AK 99502 USA
phone: 907-243-2233
web: www.intlinnanchorage.com

Room amenities: All rooms include voice mail and modem access, desk, coffee maker with complimentary coffee and tea, hair dryer, iron and ironing board, cable television with pay per view movies and individual climate control.

Facility amenities: Onsite restaurant and lounge, complimentary airport shuttle service, exercise room (including sauna, bike, stair master, treadmill, rowing machine and universal gym), business center, ice and vending machines on each floor and guest laundry facility.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Six: Monday, August 12 - Valdez to Anchorage: Ferry in Prince William Soun...
Valdez to Anchorage: Ferry in Prince William Sound/ Portage Glacier/ City Tour

Breakfast: On the ferry.

Morning: Head out early today to catch our ferry on the Alaska Marine Highway, traveling through Prince William Sound. Without a doubt, this is a highlight among the scenic beauties of Alaska. The route passes many glaciers, the Columbia Glacier being the largest. Odds are you will spot a variety of wildlife. With a little luck you will be able to take pictures not only of otters and puffins, but also of sea lions and whales.

Lunch: In Whittier

Afternoon: Travel through a series of tunnels beginning in Whittier, a photographer's paradise. The next stop is Portage, where we will view Portage Glacier and explore the well-known Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, a refuge for orphaned and injured wildlife.

We'll then drive along Turnagain Arm to Anchorage. When the tides are right, tidal bores here can reach 6-10 feet in height. Dall sheep are often seen on the cliffs, and beluga whales are occasionally seen as well.

Get an overview of Alaska's largest city on a late afternoon tour of the city.

Dinner: In Anchorage

Evening: Relax and refresh at the hotel

Lodging: The Coast International Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Inn

Description: Overlooking scenic Lake Hood, the Coast International Inn Anchorage is the closest hotel to Ted Stevens International Airport, and is located minutes from business centers, shopping, entertainment and downtown Anchorage, Alaska.

Contact info:
3450 Aviation Avenue
Anchorage, AK 99502 USA
phone: 907-243-2233
web: www.intlinnanchorage.com

Room amenities: All rooms include voice mail and modem access, desk, coffee maker with complimentary coffee and tea, hair dryer, iron and ironing board, cable television with pay per view movies and individual climate control.

Facility amenities: Onsite restaurant and lounge, complimentary airport shuttle service, exercise room (including sauna, bike, stair master, treadmill, rowing machine and universal gym), business center, ice and vending machines on each floor and guest laundry facility.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Seven: Tuesday, August 13 - Anchorage to Seward RoundTrip: Kenai Fjords
Breakfast: At the hotel

Morning: Seward, on the Kenai Peninsula, is our destination today. It is a gem that should not be missed! The Kenai Peninsula is the playground of Alaska, with its cascading waterfalls, crystal clear rivers and snow-capped mountains.

Lunch: In Seward

Afternoon: Head out on a tour vessel to view Kenai Fjords National Park. With its protected marine environment, you'll see an abundance of wildlife and marine birds and animals. Seals, sea lions, sea otters, Dall porpoises, and perhaps an Orca humpback whale, may all be seen. Along the shore, you'll see Sitka and blacktail deer, bald eagles and their huge nests, black bears, as well as a wide variety of marine waterfowl, including murres, puffins, kittiwake and cormorants. Our vessel offers us an excellent view as it noses right into the rookeries.

As the day at Seward closes, you'll head to the toe of the Exit Glacier for a close up look. Then head back into Anchorage again for the evening.

Dinner: En route to Anchorage

Evening: Rest and refresh!

Lodging: The Coast International Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Motel

Description: Located 12 miles from entrance to Denali National Park and Preserve.

Contact info:
249 George Parks Highway
Healy, AK 99743 USA
phone: 907-683-4500
web: www.motelnordhaven.com

Room amenities: All 28 non-smoking rooms are decorated with Alaskan art and include a phone, TV and wireless DSL.

Facility amenities: A comfortable sitting room is furnished with a library of books about Alaska, natural history, and Denali National Park. A computer is available for guest use.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Eight: Wednesday, August 14 - Anchorage to Denali National Park: Matanuska Vall...
Breakfast: At the hotel

Morning: We head north today, from Cook Inlet to Denali National Park. We'll skirt by the Matanuska Valley, famous for the gigantic vegetables that can be grown in glacial soil warmed by the midnight sun.

Stop at Willow to learn about life frontier-style from an Iditarod musher and to get 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!"



Lunch: Restaurant in the quaint village of Talkeetna

Afternoon: The afternoon will bring you to the Visitors Center at Denali National Park and then to your hotel. With time on your own this afternoon, take advantage of any of many possible activities, from hiking and whitewater rafting to ATV tours and flightseeing to Mount McKinley.

Dinner: At the hotel

Evening: Rest and refresh!

Lodging: Motel Nord Haven

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Motel

Description: Located 12 miles from entrance to Denali National Park and Preserve.

Contact info:
249 George Parks Highway
Healy, AK 99743 USA
phone: 907-683-4500
web: www.motelnordhaven.com

Room amenities: All 28 non-smoking rooms are decorated with Alaskan art and include a phone, TV and wireless DSL.

Facility amenities: A comfortable sitting room is furnished with a library of books about Alaska, natural history, and Denali National Park. A computer is available for guest use.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Nine: Thursday, August 15 - Denali National Park/ Incredible Wildlife Field T...
Breakfast: At the hotel

Morning: Without a doubt this is another highlight of your tour . . . . one of the most scenic landscapes in North America. In the morning, head 66 miles into the park on a National Park Service bus - drivers are all extremely knowledgeable about the natural and cultural history of the park and conduct excellent tours.

Lunch: Picnic lunch at Eielson Visitor Center, where on a low pass you get a glimpse of 40-50 miles of Denali National Park.

Afternoon: Get an amazing view of majestic Mount McKinley, 20,320 feet high, the highest mountain in North America (weather permitting). It's also not uncommon to see wildlife on the surrounding hillsides at Eielson, particularly caribou.

Denali National Park is probably the closest you'll get to an African Safari experience in North America, with the incredible variety of wildlife. With a little luck, you will see "The Big Five" - caribou, moose, grizzly bears, Dall sheep and wolves - as well as many of the other 34 species that live in the park.

We'll return to the hotel late afternoon for some time on your own for optional activities.

Dinner: At the hotel

Evening: On own to relax, explore, refresh

Lodging: Motel Nord Haven

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: The Bridgewater Hotel overlooks the Chena River where you can watch canoes and kayaks meander down the slow moving water. Or enjoy the outdoor flower gardens and sitting area while relaxing in the warmth of the midnight sun. The quaint lobby is decorated with Alaskan art and a gift kiosk displays Native arts and crafts. Bridgewater Hotel is within easy walking distance of the Morris Thompson Cultural and Visitors Center and numerous restaurants, Alaskan gift shops, and museums.

Contact info:
723 1st Ave
Fairbanks, AK 99701 USA
phone: 800-528-4916
web: www.fountainheadhotels.com/bridgewater-hotel/index.cfm

Room amenities: Air conditioning, cable TV, complimentary tea and coffee with coffeemaker, hair dryer, iron and ironing board (upon request).

Facility amenities: Complimentary wireless Internet access, Internet kiosk in the lobby, complimentary shuttle service is provided between the airport and Alaska Railroad depot and complimentary trolley service to all hotel guests during the summer season. The trolley follows an around-town route with scheduled stops at Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum, University of Alaska Museum of the North, Pioneer Park, and downtown.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Ten: Friday, August 16 - Denali National Park to Fairbanks: Restored Train...
Denali National Park to Fairbanks: Restored Train Station/ Cruise on Chena River

Breakfast: At the hotel

Morning: Back on the George Parks Highway, stop in Nenana, where the last spike of the Alaska Railroad was driven in 1932. We'll visit the restored train station, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and then the sod-roofed log cabin visitor center.

Fairbanks, about 198 miles south of the Arctic Circle, will be reached early in the afternoon.

Lunch: In Fairbanks on the riverboat.

Afternoon: On you go for a cruise on the Chena River via sternwheeler. Explore a native fishing village, and watch a float plane taking off.



Dinner: Dinner on own to explore local fare in Fairbanks.

Evening: Evening on your own to explore Fairbanks. Perhaps you'd like to take a pleasant stroll along the Chena River!

Lodging: Bridgewater Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Type: Motel

Contact info:
1313 Alaska Hwy
Tok, AK 99780 USA
phone: 907-883-4411
web: www.youngsmotel.com

Room amenities: Satelite T.V., free wifi.

Facility amenities: Free high-speed Internet and onsite restaurant.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Eleven: Saturday, August 17 - Fairbanks to Tok: Museum of the North/Trans-Alask...
Fairbanks to Tok: Museum of the North/Trans-Alaska Pipeline/ Rika's Roadhouse/ Lecture: Native History and Culture

Breakfast: At the hotel

Morning: Explore the magnificent Museum of the North at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, with its research collections containing 1.4 million artifacts and specimens, representing millions of years of biological diversity and thousands of years of cultural traditions in the North.

"Must-sees" are the 2,000 year spectrum of Alaska art, from ancient ivory carvings to contemporary paintings and sculpture; the state?s largest public display of gold; and Blue Babe, a 36,000-year-old mummified steppe bison.

Then on your way southbound, pass innumerable lakes and rivers in this beautiful landscape. We'll make a stop at the impressive bridge that carries the Trans Alaska Pipeline across the Tanana River.



Lunch: At Rika’s Roadhouse, located on the banks of the Tanana River. You'll be transported back in time to "farm days," with the help of their living history impersonators.



Afternoon: In Delta Junction, we'll stop to see the monument that marks the end of the Alaska Highway, Mile 1422.

We then head east on the Alaska Highway to Tok, the "Sled Dog Capital of Alaska."

Dinner: Café in Tok

Evening: Presentation: Native History and Culture

Lodging: Young's Motel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Inn

Description: The newly renovated Westmark Inn Dawson City provides visitors with spacious and comfortable accommodations in the heart of this lively gold rush community. The inn is in the heart of downtown, just blocks from the legendary Diamond Tooth Gertie's gambling hall.

Contact info:
Fifth and Harper Streets
Dawson City, YK Y0B 1G0 Canada
phone: 867-993-5542
web: www.westmarkhotels.com/dawson-city.php

Room amenities: TV, phone, hair dryers and coffee makers.

Facility amenities: Free Internet access in lobby, guest computer, full service dining room, lounge, outdoor deck / courtyard, coin operated guest laundry, and gift shop.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Twelve: Sunday, August 18 - Tok to Dawson City: Spectacular Top of the World ...
Tok to Dawson City: Spectacular Top of the World Highway/Dawson City Ferry/Midnight Dome

Breakfast: At the hotel

Morning: It's going to be an exciting day scenery-wise! The journey continues via the Top of the World Highway, and snakes along rolling mountain domes with a road, much of it unpaved, built on top of them. You've come to the real "frontier of Alaska!"

You cannot get much farther from civilisation than here between Tok and Dawson City. 100-mile views are a photographer's paradise from the Top of the World Highway.

Beyond the timberline, we will pass through beautiful tundra scenery and cross the border from Alaska back into the Yukon at Little Gold Creek. This is the highest crossing between the two coutries.

Lunch: Picnic lunch en route

Afternoon: In the afternoon, ferry across the Yukon River and arrive in Dawson City, a community of 2,000 people which is also a national historic site. You've come to the heart of the 1898 Klondike Gold Rush.

You'll feel like you've taken a step back into history in Dawson City, as the amazing atmosphere of turn-of-the-century excitement of the gold rush remains. The last great adventure of the era took place here, where in a brief period of 6 years, 50,000 people arrived to seek their fortune.

Dinner: At the hotel

Evening: At Midnight Dome, high above Dawson City, watch the midnight sun and the changing colors of the night sky. Remember 18-20 hours of sun will be normal during your travels!

Lodging: Westmark Inn Dawson City

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Inn

Description: The newly renovated Westmark Inn Dawson City provides visitors with spacious and comfortable accommodations in the heart of this lively gold rush community. The inn is in the heart of downtown, just blocks from the legendary Diamond Tooth Gertie's gambling hall.

Contact info:
Fifth and Harper Streets
Dawson City, YK Y0B 1G0 Canada
phone: 867-993-5542
web: www.westmarkhotels.com/dawson-city.php

Room amenities: TV, phone, hair dryers and coffee makers.

Facility amenities: Free Internet access in lobby, guest computer, full service dining room, lounge, outdoor deck / courtyard, coin operated guest laundry, and gift shop.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Thirteen: Monday, August 19 - Dawson City: Dawson City Museum/ Bonanza Creek/ J...
Dawson City: Dawson City Museum/ Bonanza Creek/ Jack London's Cabin/ Diamond Tooth Gerties

Breakfast: At the hotel

Morning: Enjoy a full day in Dawson City. Begin with a field trip exploring the city?s history, gold fields and dredge operation. Explorations of Bonanza Creek and the Jack London cabin are on the agenda.

Lunch: Restaurant in Dawson City

Afternoon: Visiting the remarkable Dawson City Museum is a "must". Afterwards you may want to stroll around town with its lovely buildings, some of them still original, some affectionately restored.

Dinner: At the hotel

Evening: "Diamond Tooth Gerties Casino and Cancan" dance girls are on your entertainment card for the evening.

Lodging: Westmark Inn Dawson City

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Inn

Description: The High Country Inn is only a block away from one of the Yukon’s greatest attractions: the historic and mighty Yukon River as well as being the closest major hotel to the Yukon Territorial Government Offices and the Yukon Tourism Visitor Reception Centre. With incredible views from most rooms, you can gaze out to the flowing rapids and marvel at their white caps in the shape of a horse’s head - the origin of Whitehorse’s name. A few minutes walk away is the National Historic Site of the S.S. Klondike, one of the last surviving paddle-wheelers of the Klondike era – a must see! Along the river, you will find paved walking trails that lead over to another noteworthy site: the longest fish ladder in the world. Located near the damn, this site is a brief 30 minute walk away along some of the most tranquil areas of the river. Walking in the opposite direction, you will arrive in the historic downtown of Whitehorse near the shopping district of Main St. You are bound to come across the local paddlers in their kayaks, anglers, maybe an eagle, and watch the salmon swim by during their annual trek in late summer.

Contact info:
4051-4th Ave
Whitehorse, YK Y1A 1H1 Canada
phone: 800-554-4471
web: www.highcountryinn.yk.ca

Room amenities: Each of the 81 hotel rooms include access to wireless high-speed Internet, cable television, telephones, fans, and complimentary tea or coffee. Non-smoking rooms on non-smoking floors.

Facility amenities: The High Country Inn offers free high-speed wireless Internet, free airport shuttle, close to Yukon River and waterfront hiking trails, exercise facilities, ATM in lobby, 24-hour front desk service, guest laundry, same-day dry-cleaning service, full service restaurant and “The Deck” pub (the Yukon’s largest year round patio).

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Contact hotel for rate
Group rate will not apply to pre and post night reservations. To reserve pre and post nights email reservations@yukonhotels.com. Refer to Booking Code RSBOT3.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Fourteen: Tuesday, August 20 - Dawson City to Whitehorse: Mighty Yukon River/ Fi...
Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: Today, we’ll follow the mighty Yukon River, one of the longest waterways in North America at about 1,988 miles, back to Whitehorse via the Klondike Highway. Meander by Gold Rush-era villages, and stop at a quaint lodge for coffee.

Lunch: Picnic lunch en route

Afternoon: Stop at the infamous Five Finger Rapids, where 4 large towers of rock separate the river into fast-flowing channels, only one of which was reasonably safe for the early sternwheelers.

Dinner: Final dinner in Whitehorse celebrating our adventure!

Evening: Share your personal highlights of the trip, and think about where your next adventure will take you…back to other great sites in the wilds of Alaska or the Yukon we hope!

Lodging: High Country Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Fifteen: Wednesday, August 21 - Farewells/ Departure
Breakfast: At the hotel

Morning: Thanks for coming to the "Land of the Midnight Sun!"

Meals Included: Breakfast


Free Time Opportunities


Whitehorse, Yukon
Copperbelt Railway and Mining MuseumRide into history on a genuine mining locomotive. Discover the pivotal role of copper and rail in Whitehorse history. Open daily June to Sept. Covered picnic and play area. Location: 91928 Alaska Highway, Whitehorse Y1A 5B7 Phone: 1 (867) 667-6198
For additional information, visit: www.yukonrails.com
MacBride Museum of Yukon HistoryYukon adventure starts here! From gold rush fever to the birth of Whitehorse, the MacBride Museum offers a complete view of the people and events that built Canada’s Yukon. Gold panning! Family Fun! Open all year. Location: 1124 First Avenue Whitehorse Y1A 1A4 Phone: 1 (867) 667-2709
For additional information, visit: www.macbridemuseum.com
Old Log Church MuseumExperience Yukon’s spirited history within one of the oldest buildings in Whitehorse. Carry away a sense of the passion of the early pioneers and missionaries who helped shape Yukon’s history. Location: Third Avenue and Elliott Street Whitehorse Y1A 6K8 Phone: 867-668-2555
For additional information, visit: www.oldlogchurchmuseum.ca
Waterfront TrolleyRolling alongside the Yukon River on our 1925 trolley is a delightful way to hear the fascinating stories of Whitehorse and the Yukon River. Open June to September. Location: 1127 First Avenue Whitehorse, YT Y1A 0G5 Phone: (867) 667-6355
For additional information, visit: www.yukonrails.com
Yukon Beringia Interpretive CentreExplore the Ice Age history of the Yukon. Meet Woolly Mammoths and other large extinct animals. Hunt in our spear-throwing range. Enjoy our two films. Guided tours. Open daily May to September. Location: Km 1423 Alaska Highway Whitehorse Y1A 1H2 Phone: 1 (867) 667-8855
For additional information, visit: www.beringia.com
Yukon Transportation MuseumA Moving Experience. True Yukon stories live here. Come and experience big, impressive modes of transportation—dramatic, authentic, and personal stories of Yukon ingenuity and self-sufficiency. Location: Beside the Whitehorse Airport, 30 Electra Crescent Whitehorse Y1A 6E6 Phone: (867) 668-4792
For additional information, visit: www.goytm.ca
Yukon Wildlife PreserveThe Yukon Wildlife Preserve, located 25 minutes north of Whitehorse, offers visitors self-guided walking and skiing tours, as well as interpretive bus tours, while viewing 10 major species of northern animals in their natural habitat. Location: Km 8 (Mile 5) Takhini Hotsprings Road Whitehorse Y1A 7A2 Phone: 1 (867) 456-7300
For additional information, visit: www.yukonwildlife.ca
Anchorage, AK
Alaska Native Heritage CenterAlaska's premier Alaska Native cultural center. The center shares the heritage of Alaska's 11 major cultures. Visitors experience Alaska Native cultures first-hand through stories, dance and more. Location: 8800 Heritage Center Dr. Anchorage, AK 99504-6100 Phone: 907-330-8000
For additional information, visit: www.alaskanative.net
Anchorage MuseumA world-class museum in downtown Anchorage. The state's largest museum includes the Alaska History Gallery, Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center, science exhibits, shop and full-service restaurant. Location: 625 C St. Anchorage, AK 99501-3544 Phone: 907-929-9201
For additional information, visit: www.anchoragemuseum.org

Important information about your itinerary:
Please know that while we do everything we can to finalize all aspects of our programs well in advance, there are logistics that occasionally must be altered. Our website will reflect the most recent information, and we are committed to providing you with final program details no later than eight weeks prior to the start of programs outside the U.S. and three weeks prior to the start of programs within the U.S. If you ever have questions about your program, please don't hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to assist you.

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14 nights of accommodations
40 meals: 14 breakfasts, 13 lunches, 13 dinners
11 Expert-led lectures
30 Field trips
5 Hands-on experiences

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