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21 Days / 20 Nights
20 nights accommodation including taxes, transportation by air-conditioned touring coach, services of a driver/guide, meals as indicated, sightseeing and admissions as indicated, porterage, local taxes.
May 26 - Aug 25
Culture & Heritage
Canada’s North and Alaska hold a wonderful fascination. The Alaska Highway was built in 1942 and opened the North for modern day adventurers. Stunning vistas, friendly towns and cities, plenty of history with a good supply of adventure is included on this journey to the Yukon and Alaska.
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Explore the incredible landscape of Whitehorse, capital of the Yukon this city is full of character. Enjoy a tour of the SS Klondike National Historic Site before taking in the infamous ‘Frantic Follies’.
Cruise through the glacier-carved fjords of Prince William Sound. You'll be sure to view some amazing wildlife and if you're lucky you'll spot humpback whales, porpoises or Orcas.
View the magnificent Mt. McKinley; the tallest mountain in North America from the picturesque Denali National Park.
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Your adventure begins as you arrive in Calgary, Alberta's Cowboy City. On arrival you'll transfer to your downtown hotel and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure before starting your trip tomorrow. At 6.30pm make your way to the hotel lobby to meet your guide. (B)
Meet fellow passengers and your guide this morning at a welcome breakfast. Travel north and pass through Edmonton, a city that maintains its ties to the Klondike past and the Capital of the Province of Alberta. Watch the beauty unfold through Northern Alberta and see grandiose lakes, mighty rivers, abundant wildlife and untapped wilderness. (B)
Travel through the great northern prairie region of Alberta en route to Dawson Creek and stop at Mile O of the Alaska Highway. Continue into British Columbia's picturesque Peace Country with its abundance of natural history and agriculture land. (B)
Journey through peaceful valleys and alpine meadows and arrive for a brief stop at Liard Hot Pools; Canada's most spectacular natural hot springs. Be sure to dip your toes into these natural hot pool. This evening, tour the Northern Lights Centre and experience the folklore and the science of the Northern Lights. (B, L)
The day begins at world famous Sign Post Forest that gives you a down to earth view of global navigations. Did you bring a sign from your home to put up? Cross the Nisutlin Bay Bridge, longest on the Alaska Highway, into Teslin, Yukon. Enjoy the reflections of the glorious mountain ranges in the crystal clear lakes that dot the area en route to Whitehorse, the capital of the Yukon. Your Whitehorse tour includes Miles Canyon, the Fish Ladder and the SS Klondike Sternwheeler National Historic Site. Tonight whoop it up with the vaudeville fun of the famous Whitehorse Frantic Follies. (B)
Travel north on the Klondike Highway past Lake Laberge, made famous by Robert Service's poem, "The Cremation of Sam McGee". Stop to view the Carmacks Interpretive River Front Boardwalk and the beautiful Five Finger Rapids. Arrive in Dawson City, the heart of the world famous Klondike Gold Rush. Tonight visit Diamond Tooth Gerties Gambling Hall, Canada's oldest and most unique casino featuring live can-can girls led by Diamond Tooth Gertie herself. (B, L)
Revisit history today as you experience an enormous gold mining dredge, one of the biggest wood hulled, bucket line dredges in North America and pan for your own fortune. This afternoon relax and enjoy a leisurely afternoon as you relive gold rush crazed Dawson City and explore the boardwalk shops of this historic town. (B)
North to Alaska! Today you travel over the "Top of the World Highway" and stop at the unique town of "Chicken" named after the state bird - the Ptarmigan that resembles a chicken. Then it's on to the village of Tok, where the Eagle Trail crosses the Tanana River and sternwheelers once plied the river. (B)
Mail your postcards this morning at North Pole, Alaska as you stop by Santa Claus' House. Continue on to Fairbanks, the hub of Alaska's heartland. This afternoon enjoy a cruise of the Chena and Tanana Rivers aboard a sternwheeler known as Discovery. You will see a bush plane taking off from a bush style runway, witness the wedding of the rivers, and gain insight into the ancient Athabascan Indian culture on a personalised tour of the Chena Indian Village. Tonight, step back in time and visit Alaskaland for a delicious baked salmon dinner, followed by a musical revue at the Palace Theatre and Saloon. (D)
Incredible vistas provide a feast for the eyes today on your journey through the town of Nenana to Denali National Park and Reserve. The panoramic views of the famed Alaska Range continue to take your breath away as you see Mt McKinley - North America's highest peak. This afternoon, experience a wildlife tour into the heart of Denali National Park. This trip offers a great opportunity to see wildlife in the park, in particular, grizzly bears, caribou, moose and even wolves. Return to Denali early evening. (L)
Your destination today is Alaska's largest city Anchorage. Explore the past and experience the first people at the Alaska Native Heritage Centre, Anchorage's premier cultural attraction. Hear the songs and stories and see the dancers. This evening enjoy dinner served inside a goldmine at the Sourdough Mining Company, and listen to the tall tales of storyteller Dusty Sourdough. (D)
Today experience one of the trips highlights, cruising the calm and protected waters of Prince William Sound accompanied by a National Forest Interpreter. The vessel hugs the coastline and icebergs glide silently by. Pulling into a bay, the vessel floats right up to a 1700-foot high active tidewater glacier, a river of ice. See otters, eagles, puffins, sea lions, whales and glacier-wildlife. Delicious on board lunch included prime rib and salmon. This is wild and dramatic Alaska up close. (L)
This morning, see stunning vistas as you travel the Richardson Highway to Gakona Junction, climbing to Mentasta Summit before descending into Tok, where you rejoin the Alaska Highway. (B)
Today depart Tok and travel back into the Yukon to the historic Burwash Landing. Travel alongside the magnificent St. Elias Range and Kluane National Park and Reserve, home of Canada's highest mountain. En route, stops are scheduled at Kluane Park Visitor Centre, Kluane Museum of National History and Sheep Mountain Visitor Centre near Haines Junction, home of the Dall sheep. Arrive Whitehorse and settle in for a two night stay. (B)
Travel west over the White Pass Summit and see some of the most panoramic views of the terrain en route to Skagway. For those who like to ride the rails, an optional train trip to Skagway is offered on the White Pass and Yukon Railway, following the historic Chilkoot Trail, path of the gold seekers. You will fall in love with the quaint port village of Skagway, nestled into the harbour and full of Klondike history. At the end of the day wind your way back to Whitehorse and join fellow passengers at a Farewell go the Yukon dinner at the hotel. (B, D)
Say goodbye to the Yukon and head back into the Province of British Columbia. Returning over the Nisutlin Bay Bridge, the coach heads south to travel the famous Stewart-Cassiar Highway. Some of the continent's most inspiring beauty and plentiful wildlife are glimpsed along this route. The communities on this highway provide a contrast of cultures, old and new. You'll never forget your stop Jade City, outlet for the nearby jade mine that provides 90% of the jade in the world. (L)
Your continuing journey on the Stewart-Cassiar Highway takes you through Stikine country, passing through the unspoiled wilderness of Mount Edziza Provincial Park. Your destination is Stewart, well known for its surrounding spectacular glaciers and also as a thriving industrial port. A special treat tonight is time at Fish Creek and the viewing platforms, where you can see bears in the wild fish for their dinner. (L)
Believe it or not one of the most scenic drives in North America is still waiting today as you motor through towering coastal mountains, ice-fields and hanging glaciers with rushing waterfalls tumbling down mountainsides. Journey through Burns Lake and Fraser Lake and follow the beautiful rivers and valleys of north central British Columbia on your way to Prince George.
Today enter the great Canadian Rocky Mountains. Stop first at the visitor centre to view the range's highest peak, Mount Robson. Arrive in the Rocky Mountain town of Jasper, where you visit Maligne Canyon and Pyramid Lake before spending some leisure time in the shops of the town site. This evening take an optional ride up the Jasper Tramway to a point of view that is 2295 metres in the air or a gentle float trip down the sparkling Athabasca River.
Today experience what has been called on of the most spectacular highways in the world: the Ice-fields Parkway. Our first stop is the dramatic Athabasca Falls, before arriving at the Columbia Ice-fields. This living glacier's waters feed three oceans! Visit the Interpretive Centre and take the Ice Explorer ride to the base of the glacier. Additional stops include beautiful Peyto Lake and Lake Louise, truly one of the most picturesque places in the Rockies. Enjoy a stroll along the shore or visit the Chateau's enticing shops before continuing to Banff, heart of the Rockies and home of Canada's first national park. (L)
This morning features an area tour of Banff including Bow Falls, Cascade Gardens and a ride on the Banff Gondola to the top of Sulphur Mountain for a panoramic view of the Banff Town site below. On the journey back to Calgary spend some quiet time reliving the memories of the sights, the sounds, indeed the magic of Alaska and the Yukon. A transfer to a downtown hotel or the Calgary International Airport is included. (B)
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