Discover Klondike tales, ethereal frontier landscapes and the continent's highest peaks on this mesmerising journey through Alaska and Canada's Yukon territory including Denali National Park. Take a cruise to bring you closer to Alaska's natural wonders-from calving glaciers to breaching humpback whales.
CRUISE Prince William Sound with its dense concentration of glaciers and waterfalls
ICONIC TRAIN journey through Alaska's wilderness aboard the Alaska Railroad
VIEW Worthington Glacier, Top of the World Highway, Dempster Highway, Alaska Highway, Yukon River, Klondike Goldfields, Mt. Logan, Mt. Denali, Alaska Range
VISIT Anchorage, Valdez, Wrangell St. Elias National Park, Chicken, Dawson City, Tombstone Territorial Park, Whitehorse, Skagway, Yukon Wildlife Preserve, Denali National Park, Kluane National Park and Reserve, Yukon Beringia Interpretive Center, SS Klondike Sternwheeler, Tok
First Class Travel Highlights:
Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals
Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
Cherry-picked hotels all tried and trusted
Optional Experiences and free time
All porterage and local charges included
Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
An expert Travel Director and separate Driver
All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
Airport transfers on the first and last day of your guided holiday
VIP entry to many sights
Anchorage stands as proud gateway to the wilderness of Alaska and it is your launch pad to a rugged adventure that will take you to the Yukon and back again. This evening, you'll join your Travel Director and fellow expeditioners for a Welcome Reception at 6 p.m. at your hotel.
Anchorage – Matanuska Susitna Valley – Valdez (2 Nights)
Today, we slice through the natural splendour of Alaska's Matanuska Susitna Valley, driving along scenic country roads and past towns bathed in sunlight all day and night in summer. Bound for the Switzerland of Alaska, we'll stop at Worthington Glacier easily accessed along Thompson Pass, which holds the distinction of being Alaska's snowiest place. Arriving in Valdez, we'll enjoy an evening at leisure to explore this 'Little Switzerland' against the backdrop of the mighty Chugach Mountains.
Prince William Sound – Valdez
Delve into the rich heritage of Valdez, the Copper River Valley and Prince William Sound, from the days when Native Alaskans first occupied the area to present day. Discover the city's role in the area's fur trading, salmon canning and mining eras during your morning's visit to the Valdez Museum. Then, board a glacier and wildlife cruise for your journey through the icy grips of Prince William Sound with the densest concentration of tidewater glaciers in the world. Keep a keen eye out for seals, sea lions, otters, whales and puffins as you journey past towering ice cliffs throughout your half-day exploration which includes lunch on the boat.
Valdez – Chicken, Alaska – Dawson City, Canada (3 Nights)
Contemplate a protected wilderness larger than any other in the United States with a view of Wrangell St. Elias National Park. Journey into the clouds, winding along the Top of the World Highway bound for the Yukon. Stop in Chicken, Alaska, an Alaskan Frontier town with a colourful Gold Rush history before crossing the border into Yukon Territory. This evening, the colourful frilly skirts of Diamond Tooth Gerties' cancan girls take centre stage as you enjoy a foot-tapping Klondike performance. (Important Note: All guests must have a valid passport to travel into Canada's Yukon Territory from Alaska.)
Dawson City Sightseeing
Spend a leisurely day exploring the Gold Rush heritage of Dawson City. Take a step back in time, walking in the footsteps of hopeful prospectors as they trudged to Discovery Claim #1, the site where Gold was first discovered marking the beginning of the Klondike Gold Rush. Tame Lady Luck and pan for gold yourself, then visit a historic gold dredge seeing first-hand how it altered the landscape in its pursuit for gold. This afternoon, you'll meet a gold miner and Local Specialist to gain insights into the past and present value of gold and its influence on the region.
Tombstone Territorial Park
We journey deep into the Yukon wilderness today and make our way to the Tombstone Territorial Park, winding our way along the Dempster Highway towards the Arctic Circle and through the traditional lands of the Gwich'in First Nations. We begin our encounter with Tombstone Interpretive Center where we will get to enjoy the park's wildlife and tundra before we continue along our scenic drive past rugged peaks and landscapes forged by frost. We return to Dawson City where we'll stay overnight.
Dawson City – Klondike Highway – Whitehorse (3 Nights)
Trace the steps of famous Klondike Gold Rush prospectors, journeying south following the Klondike Highway. Learn about the colourful characters who embarked on a frenzied journey to seek their fortune in this unforgiving wilderness before arriving in the Yukon capital of Whitehorse where we'll spend the next three nights surrounded by the peaks of Grey Mountain, Haeckel Hill and Golden Horn.
Immerse yourself in the intoxicating stories of the 1890s Yukon Gold Rush as you journey to the port community of Skagway, Alaska. Consider joining an optional tour and ride the narrow-gauge White Pass Railroad, which once ferried prospectors into the Klondike goldfields. We return to Whitehorse later.
We'll spend a leisurely day exploring Whitehorse together. Meet your local guide for the SS Klondike Sternwheeler, one of the old ferries that used to run along the Yukon River. Next is a visit to the Yukon Beringia Interpretive Center where you'll learn about Alaska's First Peoples. We'll journey to the Yukon Wildlife Preserve this afternoon to see if we can spot any of its resident moose, bison, elk and foxes. This evening, we'll enjoy a memorable BBQ Regional Meal in the midst of this wilderness before returning to Whitehorse.
Whitehorse – Tok
Return to Alaska today, skirting the snowcapped Saint Elias peaks, along the Alaska Highway, en route to Tok, where we'll stay tonight. Driving beneath the towering peaks of the Kluane Front Range look for Look for Mt. Logan, the tallest peak in the Yukon Territory, located in Kluane National Park.
Tok – Denali Highway – Denali National Park (2 Nights)
Admire the epic mountain and glacier backdrop of one of the world's most scenic drives as you journey along the Denali Highway en route to Denali National Park. See the snow-capped Eastern Alaska Range and Mt. Denali before arriving in a true wilderness that is home to North America's tallest peak.
Denali National Park
Tune into your unfettered surrounds - a free day to connect with Denali on your terms. Be present amidst the sounds of Snow Buntings and Gray Jays, hike through the wilderness or consider a whitewater rafting adventure. Today is yours to indulge in the contemplative solitude offered by this national park. This evening, we'll join our Travel Director and fellow expeditioners for a memorable Farewell Dinner.
Denali National Park – Talkeetna – Anchorage
Enjoy a morning at leisure to Denali before boarding a Deluxe Dome Rail car for a scenic Alaska Railroad journey through valley landscapes to the frontier town of Talkeetna. Transfer to your deluxe motorcoach bound for Anchorage, where we'll stay overnight.
Anchorage – Whittier – Cruise (7 Nights)
Bid farewell to your Travel Director as you board your Holland America Line cruise ship and set sail.
Enjoy the facilities on board ship today during this day at sea and keep your eyes open for abundant wildlife and maybe even one of the 40-ton humpback whales.
Scenic Cruising – Glacier Bay National Park
Watch as Glacier Bay National Park's immense glaciers, towering peaks and icy rivers pass you by.
Cruising – Haines
Haines is home to autumn's Alaska Bald Eagle Festival and lies alongside the longest fjord in the U.S. Visit the quaint downtown.
Cruising – Juneau
Stroll Juneau's picturesque streets, stopping in eclectic shops and saloons from the Gold Rush era. Perhaps embark on an optional trip on the Mount Roberts Tramway for exhilarating views of the harbour and nearby mountains.
Cruising – Ketchikan
Check out the world's largest collection of standing totem poles, intricately carved with native designs. Perhaps take an optional guided tour through town or a floatplane flightseeing trip.
Cruise the Inside Passage
Revel in the scenery as you slowly glide past a maze of bays, glacier-carved fjords and waterways protected from the open sea by rugged, isolated islands.
Sail into Vancouver Harbour early this morning. After disembarking, take your transfer to Vancouver International Airport or to the hotel if you wish to extend your stay.