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Alaska & Yukon Highlights Self / Fly Drive – Anchorage, Denali, Dawson City


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Total 14 nights

Day 1
Arrival Anchorage, AK

Depart London Heathrow 15:10 - Arrive Seattle 16:40
Journey Time 9 hours 30 minutes
Depart Seattle 19:00 - Arrive Anchorage 21:37

Journey Time 3 hours 37 minutes
(Please note: Flight times are subject to change)

We do not recommend collection of your rental car at the airport on arrival. A hotel shuttle may be available, otherwise take one of the metered cabs (payable by yourselves locally) from the airport to your Anchorage hotel. Get a good night's sleep and be ready for tomorrow!

Overnight - Anchorage, AK

Day 2
Anchorage to Denali National Park, AK - 237 miles

This morning you will collect your rental car from a convenient downtown location rather than having to go back out to the airport, as is the case with many rental companies. Please ask about the additional cost for the in-car satellite navigation that will guide you along your route, many of our clients say Sat Nav - be it your own unit or a rented one - is an invaluable addition to any fly drive holiday and we would have to agree.

Drive the Glenn Highway north to Wasilla. Interesting stops along the Glenn Highway might be the Alaska Native Heritage Center and the Eklutna Indian Village. In Wasilla you continue on the Parks Highway north towards Denali National Park. You drive through the Matanuska-Susitna Valley and Denali State Park. Possible side trip to the small gold mining community Talkeetna, famous for its special charm is available (not included).

Overnight - Park entrance of Denali National Park, AK 

Day 3
Denali National Park, AK

This morning enjoy a 6-8-hour bus tour into Denali National Park (approx. 53 miles/88km into the park, snack included). The park is inhabited by many different animal species. With some luck you may see bears, caribou, moose, sheep, wolves and a variety of birds. Mt. McKinley can be seen if the weather is clear today. (In shoulder seasons the duration of the bus tour will be shorter due to weather/ road conditions!)

The rest of the da
y is at your leisure. You can enjoy one of the optional activities at the park entrance area such as water rafting (not included).

Overnight - Park entrance of Denali National Park, AK

Day 4
Denali National Park to Fairbanks, AK - 125 miles

This morning continue driving on the Parks Highway north to Fairbanks. Accompanied by incredible forest and mountain landscape you drive through the communities Healy, Nenana and by the community Ester, an old mining camp. In Fairbanks visit the University of Alaska Museum of the North or enjoy a sternwheeler riverboat tour (not included).

Overnight - Fairbanks, AK

Day 5
Fairbanks to Tok, AK - 206 miles

Follow the Richardson & Alaska Highways east toward Tok. Just outside of Fairbanks you drive by North Pole, the home of North America's Santa Claus.

Overnight - Tok, AK

Day 6
Tok to Dawson City, YT - 185 miles

The Top of the World Highway (partly gravel road!) brings you through spectacular backcountry and gold mining areas. When the highway reaches its highest elevation incredible views into far reaching countryside open up. Before you reach Dawson City, you cross the Yukon River by state ferry. With arrival into historic gold rush town, Dawson City, you might feel you just landed in a different century - like entering a real life Wild West movie set. It is a well preserved, authentic frontier town lined with brightly coloured buildings and wooden boardwalks – tucked away in the Yukon wilderness. Today, Dawson City is in many ways just as it was at the height of the Gold Rush in 1898. It has been lovingly restored and is populated by colourful friendly characters ensuring that the memories of those fortune-seekers will never be forgotten and that visitors today have fun.

During the Gold Rush, Dawson was home to a wide assortment of casinos, beer halls and brothels — This evening be sure to visit the ever popular historic ‘Diamond Tooth Gerties’ gambling hall where you can play blackjack and take in a show.

Overnight - Dawson City, YT

Day 7
Dawson City, YT

Spend today exploring the Klondike goldfields and enjoy the old Gold Rush atmosphere of Dawson City. Or take a drive up to Tombstone Territorial Park (approx 1.5 hours from Dawson City) and experience the start of the scenic Dempster Highway – Canada’s only all season public road to cross the Arctic Circle. The Dempster Highway runs north through Tombstone, making wildlife, birds and tundra walks accessible to even roadside explorers. Stop at Tombstone Interpretive centre and again at a vista point overlooking the North Klondike River valley where the jagged peaks of the Tombstone mountain range dominate the landscape.

Overnight - Dawson City 

Day 8
Dawson City to Whitehorse, YT - 333 miles

Today you travel the Klondike Highway east to Yukon's capital city, Whitehorse.

Although a city, Whitehorse has a population of just 25,000 people and therefore has more the feeling of a town. It is set on a grid system (downtown is approx. 8 blocks by 18) with a classic main street and with the Yukon River flowing right through it, surrounded by endless mountains, lakes and boreal forest it is easy to see why it’s known as the Wilderness City.

Whitehorse was named by the gold miners in the late 1800’s who thought the rapids at nearby Miles Canyon looked like manes of charging white horses (the river has since been dammed – in the 1950’s).

Nicola Harwood (Product Manager at Complete North America) - "We visited ner is at a great new restaurant in town called ‘Antoinettes’ – which specialises in fresh local produce served with a Caribbean twist where locals and tourists together enjoy the warm, friendly atmosphere created by our colourful hostess Antoinette".

Overnight - Whitehorse, YT

Day 9
Whitehorse to Skagway to Haines, AK - Drive 109 miles then 1 hour ferry Skagway to Haines

Enjoy another spectacular drive today. Highlights include Emerald Lake, Carcross desert and the small community of Carcross. Later you will reach the highest elevation of the highway which is White Pass. Hundreds of stampeders climbed over this pass from Skagway to reach the promising Klondike gold fields in the late 1890s. Enjoy walking through Skagway's historic downtown and optional excursions. Later today take the Alaska Marine Highway ferry to Haines**.

** Please Note: The ferry schedule is subject to change. Ferry may not operate daily and departure times can vary! There is a possibility that clients drive from Whitehorse to Skagway on day 9, overnight in Skagway on day 9 and take the ferry to Haines in the morning of day 10!

Overnight - Haines, AK

Day 10
Haines to Haines Juntion / Kluane National Park, YT - 146 miles

Take some more time to visit Haines and learn about its history. One of the unique areas near Haines is the Chilkat Valley and Bald eagle preserve. Especially in the fall and winter time, hundreds of bald eagles come to this valley.

Today's drive takes you through this area and further north along the perimeter of Kluane National Park. Weather permitting you can enjoy impressive mountain scenery. In Haines Junction is the head quarter of the Kluane National Park. Please note that the park is not accessible by road. The best way to see parts of this park, including it's magnificent glaciers, is with a flightseeing tour which is available from Haines Junction (highly recommended - not included).

Overnight - Haines Junction, YT

Day 11
Haines Junction to Tok, AK -  297 miles

Today is a full day of scenic driving. Just past Haines Junction you will drive along the shoreline of the longest lake in the Yukon, Kluane Lake. After crossing the US border you can see the protected lands of Tetlin National Wildlife Refuge.

 Overnight - Tok, AK

Day 12
Tok to Wasilla/Palmer area, AK - 298 miles

Travel the Tok Cutoff through mountain and forest landscape to Glennallen, then continue on
the scenic Glenn Highway to Wasilla. Highlights of the latter part of today's route are the Matanuska Glacier and Matanuska River Valley. Guided glacier hikes and rafting tours are available. When you reach Palmer, visit the Musk Ox Farm or take a hike in the hidden but beautiful Hatcher Pass Area.

Overnight - Wasilla, AK

Day 13
Wasilla to Seward, AK - 167 miles

Drive the Glenn Highway south to Anchorage and continue on the Seward Highway. Outside of Anchorage travel along the scenic Turnagain Arm. Turnagain Arm is known for its tides and sometimes you can see Beluga whales or Dall Sheep along the highway. A great stop for lunch is the Alyeska Ski Resort/Girdwood. Here you can take the tram up Mt Alyeska. Another interesting stop might be Portage Glacier and its interesting visitor center. In Seward you might want to visit Exit Glacier and the Alaska SeaLife Centre.

Overnight - Seward, AK

Day 14
Seward to Anchorage, AK - 127 miles

This morning you have the possibility to take a wildlife and glacier cruise into scenic Kenai Fjords National Park. Then drive the Seward Highway back to Anchorage.

 Overnight - Anchorage, AK

Day 15
Depart for UK

Return car to Anchorage car rental station.

Depart Anchorage - 11:30 Arrive Seattle - 15:50
Journey Time - 3 hours 20 minutes
Depart Seattle - 18:45 Arrive Heathrow - 11:50*

Journey Time - 9 hours 5 minutes
* = Next Day Arrival

(Please note: Flight times are subject to change)

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Our flagship Alaska programme is ideal for first time visitors to this region giving a flavour of the major highlights. Visit some of the most spectacular and unspoilt National Parks in North America such as Denali, Kluane and Kenai Fjords National Parks. Drive some of the most amazing highways in the world such as The 'Top of The World' Highway and the Klondike Highway. Learn about the rich American native history in Alaska and experience the Gold Rush towns of Fairbanks, Dawson City and Skagway. Along the way you have the chance to see wonderful wildlife including Grizzly Bears, Moose and Killer Whales.

Alaska is quite unique and rightly so appeals to many of us for its rugged unspoilt beauty and abundance of wildlife that we very rarely see in our lifetimes. This itinerary gives you the best chance to savour all of this and as we have included details of recommended excursions, be sure to check the details on these as you read through this wonderful itinerary.

Please do remember we can work on any number of variations of this itinerary to suit your own individual requirements, the possibilities are endless… Why not break your journey in Seattle for a night or two before flying up to Anchorage to start your Alaskan adventure? Your overall airfare won't increase - you just pay for your Seattle accommodation. Please just give us a call on 0115 9610590 or drop us a line - tell us what you'd like and we'll do the rest!


The accommodation used is of a tourist-moderate class. For the most part they are clean functional motor lodges which are very typical for Alaska and the Yukon where many regions are quite remote and undeveloped. The emphasis of this itinerary is very much outdoors, driving through stunning scenery and getting out experiencing things first hand, so basic clean comfortable places to overnight are ideal.

We do also offer an upgraded accommodation option on this itinerary (Moderate Class to First Class) though please note that not all places in Alaska/Yukon offer a wide range and upgraded accommodation. Accommodation might still be considered on the lower end, yet we always try to book the best hotel/accommodation available!

We're able to offer a flexible approach when selecting your accommodation, so if you would like something specific, or maybe a touch of luxury please speak to a member of our team who will happily offer advice and suggestions.

Sometimes the accommodations named in an itinerary are not available at the time of the booking. Under these circumstances, Complete North America will book alternative accommodations of a similar standard. Such changes will be confirmed to you in writing at the time of booking confirmation. If you are not completely happy with the alternative properties we will happily discuss all other possibilities with you.

Financial Protection

By booking this complete package with Complete North America you benefit from reduced rates on flights, accommodation and car rental along with complete financial protection. Package holidays are sold by Complete North America Limited as a member of the Hays Travel Independence Group. All payments will be handled by Hays Travel Limited and will be financially protected by the Civil Aviation Authority under Hays Travel Limited's ATOL Number 10531. The ATOL scheme ensures that you will not lose the money you have paid over and will not be stranded abroad should the ATOL holder fail.

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Note: ‘From’ prices are per person based on 2 people sharing one room travelling in low season and are subject to availability. Click the 'Quick Enquiry' tab above or call us today on 0115 9610590 for an instant price based on your specific travel dates / travel party requirements

 Hotel CategoryTourist/Moderate ClassModerate/First Class
No. of nights Prices From... £2899£3199
1 Anchorage, AKRamada AnchorageSheraton Hotel
2Denali, AKDenali Grizzly Bear ResortGrande Denali Lodge
1Fairbanks, AKRiver's Edge ResortPikes Waterfront Hotel
1Tok, AKYoung's MotelWestmark Inn Tok
2Dawson City, YTAurora InnWestmark Inn
1Whitehorse, YT  Westmark WhitehorseWestmark Whitehorse
1Haines, AKHalsinglandHalsingland
1 Haines Junction, YTAlcan Motor InnThe Raven
1Tok, AKYoung's MotelWestmark Inn Tok
1 Wasilla/Palmer area, AKAlaska Garden GateBest Western Lake Lucille
1 Seward, AKSeward Windsong LodgeSeward Windsong Lodge
1Anchorage, AKRamada AnchorageSheraton Hotel


'Alaska & Yukon Highlights' inclusions:

  • Scheduled flights
  • UK & US Airport taxes
  • Accommodation - 14 nights as mentioned or similar.
  • Compact car rental based on Avis - 14 days rental with Unlimited Mileage, LDW, taxes (car pick up on day 2)
  • Bus tour into Denali National Park with snack
  • Alaska Marine Highway Ferry Skagway to Haines (passengers and car space)**
  • Comprehensive travel documentation and information package and daily driving descriptions (deposited at the first hotel in Anchorage).
  • ** The following information is needed, for each passenger travelling, in order to make confirmed ferry reservations:
  • 1) Full names per passports (including middle name) -
  • 2) Gender (male/female)
  • 3) Dates of birth (not age)
  • 4) Citizenship

Special notice:

In order to book this partiucular programme we will ask for an initial £250 per person deposit payment (as usual). Once all of your travel componets are in place we will then need to ask for a further non-refundable £600 per person - to secure your US Domestic flights between Seattle & Anchorage.

Extra Fees

Some hotels now charge an in house daily 'resort fe
e' which covers things like WiFi, local shuttle service, business & fitness centres, steam room etc. irrespective of if any/all of these services are used. Hotels may also charge for parking be that self parking or valet parking. Where applicable, such fees are not included in your prepaid cost and payable by yourselves directly to hotel at check out.


Please do remember we can work on any number of variations of this itinerary to suit your own individual requirements, the possibilities are endless… Please just give us a call on 0115 9610590 or drop us a line - tell us what you'd like and we'll do the rest!

Hotel Availability

Sometimes the hotels named in this itinerary are not available at the time of booking. Under these circumstances Complete North America will book alternative accommodation of a similar standard. Such changes will be confirmed in writing to you at the time of booking confirmation. If you are not completely happy with the alternative hotel we will happily discuss other possibilities with you in the same location.


You might be surprised to learn that parts of Alaska and the Yukon can be really quite warm in summer. Winters are severe but Mid-June through mid-August is usually the warmest time of year, especially in the Interior, where temperatures can reach well above 80°F / 27°C; it is not uncommon to see temperatures reach 90°F / 33° C in Fairbanks. However, it is important to note that evening temperatures can still be cool in the summer.

The southern coastal regions of Alaska can be wet and cloudy at any time of year. Average summer temperatures range from 40°F to 60°F (4° - 15°C).

In general, Alaska and Western Canada temperatures average above 50°F / 10°C for at least four months of the year (mid-May through mid-Sep), and with the exceptionally long sunlight hours this is why we offer this program between May – September however as your travels will take you through varying elevations temperatures could change quite rapidly and for this reason we suggest you take layered clothing so that you can adapt quickly to the changing conditions.

What to pack / what to wear?

The general rule for Alaska in casual, comfortable clothing that can be worn in layers. The first layershould be something thin and next to the skin (try to avoid cotton). The second layer adds warmth and allows you the optoion of removing it if it gets warmer (mostly fleece or similar). The third layer should protect you against rain and wind if necessary. For day cruises into Prince William Sound and Kenai Fjords National Park, for example, we recommend an extra layer including a scarf, hat and gloves, as it can be chilly on the boats. Comfortable walking shoes or water repellent hiking boots are also important. A day pack is a particularly useful item to bring. Other personal items we suggest are: small flashlight, hair dryer (most hotels rooms do not have them), insect repellent, binoculars, adequate supply of prescription medication, photographic film and camera. You will find a duffel bag or soft-sided luggage is the most practical for Alaskan style of traveling, particularly when in small planes and boats. Restricting yourself to one piece of luggage is recommended.

Best days to travel, seat assignments, special requests and flight upgrades

British Airways operate non-stop flights daily to Seattle, with regular connecting flights to/from Anchorage, so subject to availability you can select the travel date that best suits you. Should you wish to fly with an alternative carrier we would also be happy to prepare a quote for you. Where available we will be delighted to take care of any special meal requests on your flights (vegetarian, child meals etc) – please discuss with us at the time of booking. We have exceptional deals on upgrades with British Airways to World Traveller Plus, Club World and FIRST. We have discounted prices for British Airways regional flights to Heathrow, please ask for details and if you are flying from Northern Ireland or Republic of Ireland.

Ready to Book?

Call our booking line on 0115 961 0590 (Mon-Fri. 09.00-18.00 or Sat 10.00-17.00) or email us.
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