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.
Lunch: In WhitehorseAfternoon: Enjoy free time this afternoon to explore the city at your leisure before we head out tomorrow. Options 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 at the hotel.Evening: Our experts prepare you for the wealth to be found in the great National Parks of the Yukon and Alaska in this evening's presentation.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, approximately 3.5 hours via the passenger van/mini-shuttle from Skagway 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: In SkagwayAfternoon: 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 harbour 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 it’s 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.Lodging: Alcan Motor InnMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lunch: Picnic lunch en route to Dawson City.Afternoon: Continue our journey, meandering by Gold Rush-era villages and arrive just before dinner in Dawson City. Stop at a quaint lodge for coffee en route.
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.
Dinner: In TokEvening: Lecture: Native History and CultureLodging: 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 lot of variety of wildlife.
Back to the hotel late afternoon and some time on your own for optional activities.
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.
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: TBDLodging: Breeze InnMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Transfer to the airport by hotel shuttle.
Thanks for joining our adventure!Meals Included: Breakfast