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A wild, untamed and beautiful wilderness: Alaska and the Yukon lie at the northernmost tip of the USA, location of the Klondike Gold Rush. Hike alongside and raft on glacial rivers; then while away saloon bar evenings in Tok - the ‘Dog Sled Capital of the World’.
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As you enter Whittier from North America's longest tunnel, you’re greeted by panoramic views of the ocean, mountains and glaciers. As the gateway to Prince William Sound, this is where you will board a Glacier Cruise for an up-close look along the 3-mile face of Columbia Glacier and the epicenter of the Great Alaskan Earthquake of 1964. Watch for eagles, whales, mountain goats, dolphins, and sea lions. Stay overnight in Valdez, the "Switzerland of Alaska."
Leave Valdez, home of the Alyeska Pipeline Terminal, and enjoy views of Bridal Veil Falls, Worthington Glacier and Thompson Pass. Visit the Wrangell-St. Elias Visitor Center and discover why this vast national park equals six Yellowstone National Parks, and rises from the ocean to 18,008 ft. Stay overnight in Tok, the "Dog Sled Capital of the World".
Join the Alaska Highway and follow along the Tetlin National Wildlife Refuge. Skirt the shores of Kluane Lake, once a meeting place for crews constructing the Alaska Highway. Enjoy spectacular vistas of the rugged mountains of Kluane National Park, home to 5,981-metre high Mount Logan, Canada's highest peak. The next two nights are in Whitehorse, capital of the Yukon and the territorial headquarters of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
Follow The Trail of `98 over the same mountains that thousands of determined gold seekers scaled on foot in the dead of winter while heading for the Klondike. From Fraser, your Tour Director will suggest an optional train trip on the narrow-gauge White Pass and Yukon Railway to Skagway (subject to seasonality and weather conditions - otherwise, continue by motorcoach to Skagway). Stroll the wooden sidewalks past charming false-front buildings and colorful saloons.
On the way to Dawson City, encounter the Five Finger Rapids, once referenced in Jack London's novel 'The Call of the Wild'. This was a major obstacle on the Trail of '98, where more than a few prospectors met their end after choosing the wrong channel. Arrive in Dawson City late afternoon - this was the main hub of activity after the first gold strike in the Klondike in 1896. Tonight you have reservations at Diamond Tooth Gertie's, a saloon featuring ragtime music, can-can girls and an old-fashioned casino.
Highlights on your morning sightseeing tour include Bonanza Creek, site of Claim number 1, where the first gold strike was made and Robert Service's cabin where you’ll get a first-hand glimpse into the life of this famous wordsmith, along with genuine Gold Rush era items. Enjoy a photo opportunity at the SS Keno, the last sternwheeler to run between Dawson and Whitehorse. The rest of your day is free to soak up the exciting history of this Gold Rush town on your own pace. Perhaps a return to Diamond Tooth Gerties Saloon is in order?
A full day of magnificent scenery. Have your camera ready for photo opportunities at Dawson Overlook and Top of the World Highway where the motorcoach will re-enter Alaska. Visit one of the last surviving gold rush towns in Alaska before heading west on the Alaska Highway. Stop at an authentic Alaska roadhouse before your evening arrival in Fairbanks.
This morning sightseeing features highlights of Alaska's second-largest city and a visit to the Trans-Alaska Pipeline. Board the Sternwheeler Riverboat 'Discovery III' for a leisurely cruise on the Chena River. See a bush floatplane takeoff alongside the boat, visit the home and kennels of the late four-time Iditarod winner Susan Butcher and see her champion sled dogs in action. Be immersed into the ancient Athabascan Indian culture with an Alaskan Native Guide on a personalised tour of the Chena Indian Village.
Board the world-famous Alaska Railroad for a memorable journey through untamed wilderness. Sit back in comfort and enjoy spectacular scenery through wide windows. Be sure to take advantage of the domed-roof car. The ride ends in Denali National Park Preserve. North America's highest peak, 6,193-metre Denali, formerly known as Mount McKinley dominates the park's six million acres of glacial streams, river valleys and multicoloured tundra. After a short orientation tour of Denali, the afternoon is free to explore on your own.
A free day for independent activities. A hike along the many wilderness trails might be good fun. Also take advantage of several optional outings, including a wildlife tour to seek out grizzly bears, caribou, moose and Dall sheep; a raft trip down the Nenana River or a helicopter ride over the park. Your Tour Director will have plenty of other suggestions.
Enjoy one last look at the outstanding scenery and wildlife of Denali before traveling south toward Anchorage. Stop along the way at the Iditarod Visitor Centre, home of the great dogsled race. Tonight why not have dinner at the unusual Sourdough Mining Company, the perfect finish to a great holiday.
Transfers to the airport for your flight to the UK, or extend your stay in Seattle or on an Alaska cruise.
Visiting and participating in activities in these locations is subject to favourable weather conditions.
Accommodation as stated or similar.
The US Embassy requires travelers to and from Canada to have a valid US Passport. This tour travels to the Yukon Territory, which is part of Canada. Non-US citizens may need a visa.
Operation of the White Pass & Yukon Railway to Skagway is subject to seasonal conditions.
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