Explore the untamed wilderness of Denali National Park to spot the Big 5 - wolves, dall sheep, moose, caribou and grizzly bears; visit the Alaska Dog Mushing Museum and learn more about the region's long tradition of dog-sledding; travel the Dempster Highway to Dawson City and Whitehorse with a stop by the mighty Yukon River. This small group trip showcases the highlights of Alaska and the Yukon.
 

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The wildlife and wilderness of Denali National Park

The scenic beauty of the Tombstone Mountains

The Gold Rush town of Dawson City

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Day 1

Anchorage

Welcome to Alaska! We'll meet you at the airport and transfer you to the hotel. Spend the rest of the day exploring the city, before this evening's pre-departure meeting. 

Day 2

Anchorage - Denali National Park

Depart Alaska’s largest city and travel north towards Denali National Park. The breathtaking landscape offers constantly changing panoramic views of distant glaciers.

Late this afternoon, there is the option to choose a one-hour glacier flight to Denali, North America's tallest mountain.  

Day 3

Denali National Park

In the morning head out on a Denali wildlife tour deep into one of the most scenic landscapes in North America. Weather permitting you will get to see majestic Denali, and with a little luck you may also see Denali’s Big Five - wolves, Dall sheep, moose, caribou and grizzly bears. 

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Day 4

Denali National Park - Fairbanks

Heading further north the afternoon is free to explore Fairbanks, a unique northern town about 320 kilometers south of the Arctic Circle. Perhaps visit the Alaska Dog Mushing Museum or take a sternwheeler cruise on the Chena River. 

Day 5

Fairbanks - Dawson City

Travel south past innumerable lakes and rivers and through quirky towns like Chicken and Action Wade Camp. Beyond the timberline, pass through beautiful tundra scenery and cross the border at Little Gold Creek, the checkpoint with the highest elevation between Canada and the U.S.A. In the late afternoon, cross the Yukon River by ferry to reach Dawson City. 

Day 6

Dawson City

This legendary boomtown was epicentre of the famous Klondike gold rush of 1898, and gold still animates the place. Immerse yourself in Dawson’s history, and try your luck panning the creeks yourself.. Here you can go back in time, visit the Jack London cabin or go to the Dawson City museum. You’ll also want to take some time to simply stroll around the town, with its garish Gold Rush architecture and friendly locals.

In the evening, turn-of-the-century style, can-can girls kick up their skirts for an evening of entertainment at Diamond Tooth Gertie’s Gambling Hall.

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Day 7

Dempster Highway

Start early for the drive up the Dempster Highway, the only connection to the remote town of Inuvik and the Arctic Ocean. We will go as far as Tombstone Territorial Park, where dark and rugged mountains give the region its name and the vast arctic tundra begins.

Back in Dawson City we will drive up the Midnight Dome and enjoy the beautiful vistas.

Day 8

Dawson City - Whitehorse

As you travel to Whitehorse, you will see the Yukon River, one of the longest in North America. Stop to visit the Five Finger Rapids - mighty rapids that posed a threat to the many sternwheelers navigating the Yukon in the past.  We'll also stop to stretch our legs at some of the old post offices, roadhouses and villages that give the area its unique northern character.

Late afternoon we will arrive in Whitehorse. There, we have the opportunity to visit Miles Canyon. The most dramatic natural feature, where the Yukon River has cut its way down through a flow of basaltic lava.

Day 9

Whitehorse

Enjoy some free time in Whitehorse before transferring to airport to end your trip.
 

NOTE: A similar trip operates in reverse.

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