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Yes! Yukon Self / Fly Drive – Whitehorse, Dawson City, Tok, Alaska, Kluane

 

Just Yukon 450 px

Total 13 nights


Day 1
Arrive Whitehorse

Depart London Heathrow 10:05 - Arrive Vancouver 11:35
Journey Time 9 hours 30 minutes
 
Depart Vancouver 18:55 - Arrive Whitehorse 21:20
Journey Time 2 hours 25 minutes
 
(Please note: Flight times are subject to change)

Upon arrival in Whitehorse collect your rental car. The rest of the day is free to explore Yukon’s capital on your own. The ‘Wilderness City’ sits on the banks of the Yukon River and is intersected by the Alaska and Klondike Highways. As well as having a pristine wilderness on its doorstep, it’s also home to a vibrant arts community, great restaurants, buzzing coffee houses, galleries and museums.

Overnight - Whitehorse


Day 2
Whitehorse

Join a hike along the shores of the impressive Yukon River through beautiful Miles Canyon. On this easy, non-paved interpretive walk, your local guide will point out important areas during the Klondike Gold Rush and share colourful stories of Yukon’s past and present. Discover interesting facts of Yukon's natural history and learn the importance of the many plants and wildlife.

Overnight - Whitehorse


Day 3
Whitehorse to Mayo
406 km

Travel north to the Silver Trail to explore a sensational landscape in this remote part of the Yukon. On the way to Mayo you will catch glimpses of the Stewart River and several pullouts allow for spectacular views of glaciated terrain. A visit to the historic towns of Elsa and Keno is also recommended. Keno City is a modern day mining town with historic past. It was once the hub of the largest silver producing region in the world. Modern mining equipment sits beside historic log cabins and false fronted buildings. While you are in Keno, be sure to travel up the mountainside to the Keno Signpost. Stunning vistas await!

Overnight - Mayo


Day 4
Mayo to Dawson City
230 km

This morning leave Mayo and continue your journey north along the Klondike Highway. On this scenic drive, you’ll feel the grit, heartache and golden dreams of the Klondike Gold Rush when you reach Dawson City. This authentic gold rush town is bursting with historic sites and engaging attractions. The Dawson City Museum (not included) is the place to begin your exploration of Dawson, the gold rush and Yukon’s First People and explorers.

Overnight - Dawson City


Day 5
Dawson City

To really experience the historical quest for gold in the Klondike, a trip to Dawson City wouldn't be complete without seeing a gold mine and finding gold, using the oldest method in the world - gold panning. Today, join the tour of the operating placer gold - learn the processes, from staking a claim to selling the gold and all that's between; compare the historical methods to the modern technologies and hear the stories about life in the Klondike goldfields. The rest of the day is free to explore the former capital of Yukon on your own. Optional activities and attractions include the Jack London Museum – a cabin where the author of Call of the Wild and White Fang lived during the Klondike Gold Rush, city tour with a costumed guide or an audio tour (activities not included).

Overnight - Dawson City


Day 6
Dawson City to Tok, Alaska
296 km + ferry

After the bustle of Dawson, take the free ferry across the Yukon River to the Top of the World Highway, and enjoy expansive views along this winding ridge-top road before crossing into Alaska.

Overnight - Tok


Day 7
Tok to Kluane National Park
467 km

Today drive back to the Yukon. Travelling south on the Alaska Highway, you’ll parallel the majestic outer rim of Kluane National Park and Reserve of Canada. Watch for moose, grizzly bears and Dall sheep on your scenic drive in Yukon down the Kluane Parkway. Haines Junction is the perfect base for excursions like glacier flightseeing, hiking, canoeing and river rafting.

Overnight - Kluane National Park


Day 8
Kluane National Park

Take a flight (included) over the icy heart of Kluane National Park & Reserve and its majestic peaks - this is a unique opportunity to travel the most spectacular section of the mighty Kaskawulsh and South Arm Glaciers; Pinnacle Pick and Mount Kennedy are in the foreground. From 10,000 feet, the spectacle seems to extend forever. The rest of the day is free to explore the wild beauty of an unspoiled Canadian landscape: mountains, lakes, rivers and forests that have been home to Southern Tutchone people for thousands of years.

Overnight - Kluane National Park


Day 9
Kluane National Park to Haines, Alaska
238 km

Today’s route takes you along one of the Yukon’s best kept secrets, the stunning Haines Highway. Bordering Kluane National Park and Tatshenshini-Alsek Provincial Park in British Columbia, this route travels over the magnificent coastal mountains via the 3200ft Chilkat Pass before dropping dramatically to the Alaskan coast. With more than 3000 nesting pairs of bald eagles, Haines boasts the highest concentrations of bald eagles in North America and the Bald Eagle Preserve is an excellent place to view them up close.

Overnight - Haines


Day 10
Haines

Enjoy a day touring at your leisure in Haines area with your rental car. The history and culture of Haines is truly fascinating. From the Dalton Trail and Historic Fort Seward to the Presbyterian Mission that founded the town site of Haines, if you’re a history buff the past comes alive at the Sheldon Museum & Cultural Center. The strong cultural ties of the area are also of great interest. You can see native carvers and artists at Alaska Indian Arts or head out to the village of Klukwan and visit their cultural museum. For a different experience, visit The Hammer Museum, the only one of its kind in North America (activities and admissions not included).

Overnight - Haines


Day 11
Haines to Skagway, Alaska
9 km + ferry

A short ferry ride (included) from Haines takes you up the Lynn Canal to Skagway, known as the gateway to the Klondike Gold Rush. Stroll the boardwalks among the charming false-fronted buildings of Skagway.

Overnight - Skagway


Day 12
White Pass & Yukon Route

Today take an unforgettable journey aboard “The Scenic Railway of the World” to the White Pass Summit. Begin your excursion as you board the train in Skagway and travel 20 miles from tidewater, to the Summit of the White Pass – a 2,865 foot elevation! Relax in vintage passenger coaches as you retrace the original route to the White Pass Summit, passing Bridal Veil Falls, Inspiration Point and Dead Horse Gulch. Enjoy a breathtaking panorama of mountains, glaciers, gorges, waterfalls, tunnels, trestles and historic sites. See the original Klondike Trail of ‘98 worn into the rocks, a permanent tribute to the thousands of souls who passed this way in search of fortune.

Overnight - Skagway


Day 13
Skagway to Whitehorse
176 km

Depart the Klondike Highway to Whitehorse. Carcross, with its many historic gold rush period buildings, totem poles and buildings painted with large First Nations inspired motifs is a photographers delight! Enjoy a meal of salmon, elk or arctic char during your final night in the Yukon’s capital. Shop, sightsee or explore before returning home the next day.

Overnight - Whitehorse


Day 14
Depart Whitehorse

Drop off your rental vehicle at Whitehorse Airport, where your vacation ends.

Depart Whitehorse 13:55 - Arrive Vancouver 16:15
Journey Time 2 hours 20 minutes
 
Depart Vancouver 18:15 - Arrive London Heathrow 11:25*
Journey Time 9 hours 10 minutes

*Arrival next day

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Introduction

Our flagship Yukon 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 scenery in North America, drive some of the most amazing highways and visit some amazing national parks. Learn about the rich American native history in Alaska and experience the beautiful towns of Tok, Dawson City and Haines. Along the way you have the chance to see wonderful wildlife including Grizzly Bears, Moose and Killer Whales.

Yukon and 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 Vancouver for a night or two before flying up to Whitehorse to start your Yukon and Alaskan adventure? Your overall airfare won't increase - you just pay for your Vancouver 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!

Accommodation

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'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

No. of nights Prices From... £3099
2  Whitehorse, YT Sundog Retreat
1 Mayo, YT North Star Motel
2 Dawson City, YT Aurora Inn
1 Tok, AK Cleft of the Rock Bed & Breakfast
2 Kluane National Park, YT The Raven Hotel
2 Haines, AK   Lynn View Lodge
2 Skagway, AK Chilkoot Trail Outpost
1 Whitehorse, YT Best Western Gold Rush Inn

'Yes! Yukon' inclusions:

  • Scheduled flights
  • UK & US Airport taxes
  • Accommodation - 13 nights as mentioned or similar.
  • 14 days Standard SUV car hire, including 200 km per day, LDW ($1,500 deductible), Third Party Liability insurance coverage, 1 additional driver, airport contract fees
  • Miles Canyon Nature Hike (minimum age 6 years)
  • Gold Bottom Mine Tour
  • 60-min Kluane Glacier Flightseeing Tour
  • Ferry fees for vehicle and passengers, Haines to Skagway
  • White Pass & Yukon Route Rail Excursion
  • Exclusive travel documentation package including personalised maps, itinerary and drving directions

Extra Fees

Some hotels now charge an in house daily 'resort fee' 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.

Amendments

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.

Weather

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.

In general, Western Canada and Alaska 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.

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

British Airways operate non-stop flights daily to Vancouver, with regular connecting flights to/from Whitehorse, 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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