Alaska & the Yukon

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Alaska & the Yukon

A fascinating journey by road, rail and sea to the 'Top of the World'. Visit gold rush towns and marvel at the unspoiled wilderness.

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  • Fairbanks
  • Alaska Railroad, Denali National Park
  • Mount McKinley, Denali National Park
  • Denali National Park
  • Sternwheeler Discovery, Fairbanks
  • Sea lions, Prince William Sound
  • Bald eagles, Alaska
  • Dawson City
  • Prince William Sound
  • An Alaskan seal
  • White Pass Yukon Train at Skagway

Itinerary Map

DAY 1 : UK - Anchorage.

Fly to Anchorage where you will transfer to your hotel for one night.

DAY 2 : Anchorage - Valdez.

Today get a closer look at the playful life of Prince William Sound, the 3-mile face of Columbia Glacier, and the epicenter of the 1964 Earthquake from the deck of a sightseeing boat. Keep your eyes open for eagles, whales, mountain goats, dolphins and sea lions. Overnight in the "Switzerland of Alaska" — Valdez.

DAY 3 : Valdez - Tok.

Leave Valdez, home of the Alyeska Pipeline Terminal. On today's journey, enjoy views of Bridal Veil Falls, Worthington Glacier, and Thompson Pass. Overnight in Tok, the "Dog Sled Capital of the World."

DAY 4 : Tok - Whitehorse.

Join the Alaska Highway and follow the Tetlin National Wildlife Refuge. Behold the spectacular views of Kluane National Park, home to 19,625-feet high Mount Logan, Canada's highest peak. Spend two nights in Whitehorse, the territorial headquarters of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

DAY 5 : Whitehorse - Skagway - Whitehorse.

Follow the Trail of '98 over the mountains that thousands of gold seekers scaled on foot in the dead of winter, heading for the Klondike. Perhaps, take the optional excursion on the White Pass & Yukon Railway to Skagway (subject to seasonality and weather conditions); otherwise continue by coach through the mountains to Skagway. Stroll the wooden sidewalks past charming false-front buildings and colourful saloons. Return to Whitehorse in late afternoon.

DAY 6 : Whitehorse - Dawson City.

Stop at the Five Finger Rapids, a major obstacle on the Trail of '98. Late this afternoon reach Dawson City, the main centre 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.

DAY 7 : Dawson City.

Highlights on your morning tour of this gold rush town include Bonanza Creek, where the first gold strike was made, Robert Service's cabin and the SS Keno, the last sternwheeler to run between Dawson and Whitehorse. This afternoon you could 'strike it rich' at gold panning.

DAY 8 : Dawson City - Fairbanks.

A long day and well worth it as the scenery is overwhelming. Travel over the 'Top of the World Highway' and re-enter Alaska. Pass through the village of Chicken and along the Alaska Highway to view the Trans-Alaska Pipeline at Delta Junction. Evening arrival in Fairbanks, Alaska's second-largest city.

DAY 9 : Fairbanks.

Board the Sternwheeler Discovery for a leisurely cruise on the Chena and Tanana Rivers. Listen as the ship's guides discuss the region's wildlife, history and customs. This evening why not join an optional outing to Alaskaland, a pioneer theme park where there is a taste of just about everything in Alaska?

DAY 10 : Fairbanks - Alaska Railroad - Denali National Park.

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. Today's ride ends in Denali National Park, dominated by North America's highest peak, 20,320-foot Mount McKinley. The afternoon is free.

DAY 11 : Denali National Park.

A free day to hike through this stunning National Park, or to take advantage of several optional outings, including a wildlife tour, a raft trip down the Nenana River or a helicopter ride over the park.

DAY 12 : Denali National Park - Anchorage.

Head towards Anchorage with a stop at the Iditarod headquarters, home of the great dog-sled race. Tonight why not have dinner at the unusual Sourdough Mining Company, the perfect finish to a great holiday?

DAY 13 : Anchorage - UK.

Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK, or extend your stay in Seattle or on an Alaska cruise.

DAY 14 : Home landing in the UK.

Maximum elevation on this tour is 4,470 ft.

Note: Alaska and the Yukon are blessed with exquisite scenery, fascinating attractions, and an extraordinary amount of daylight in the summer months. We take advantage of the extended light in this vast territory, and as a result, some of the travelling days can be long. However, rest assured there are frequent photo and comfort stops. Visiting and participating in activities in these locations is subject to favourable weather conditions.

Hotels on Tour

  • Dawson City:Triple J or Eldorado
  • Fairbanks:Bridgewater
  • Denali NP:Denali Bluffs
  • Anchorage:Ramada Downtown
  • Valdez:Mountain Sky Hotel
  • Tok:Tok Lodge
  • Whitehorse:High Country Inn

What's Included

  • Flights
  • Accommodation on tour
  • Services of a tour director
  • Porterage
  • Transfers
  • All local and airport taxes/service charges
  • Single share option

Holiday highlights

  • Prince William Sound Cruise to College and Harriman Fjords
  • Fairbanks Sternwheeler Discovery sightseeing cruise
  • Alaska Railroad Wilderness train journey
  • Iditarod Headquarters Home of the great sled race
  • Denali National Park

Why Book With Archers Holidays?

  • Greater flexibility, with tailor made options
  • Expert staff both at home and overseas
  • UK Call Centre

We love to hear from you and all your experiences whilst you’ve been travelling with us and to be able to share your experiences with other travellers. Below we’ve published the letters and emails we’ve received, if you’d like to add your own experience please email us at

Alaska & the Yukon

Dave Bradley 26/06/2015

Both Alaska and the Yukon have always had a fascination for me and so this tour was a natural for me. I returned from the tour three days ago and having just about got over jetlag. want to share my thoughts.

it was, quite simply a superb tour and fully lived up to expectations. We started off in Anchorage and travelled via Whittier and the incredible Prince William Sound to Valdez. From here we motored up to Tok (pronounced Toke) and then via the famed and rather spectacular Alaska Highway into the Yukon to its capital city Whitehorse. This was our base for the White pass Railroad to Skagway. Surely one of the most breath-taking train rides in the world.

I could have done with an extra day in Whitehorse- lots to do and see there- but from there we travelled along the Klondike Highway to Dawson City. If the Yukon is iconic the Dawson City is its crown. it just needs to be seen to be believed. We had a full day here and then we went on the Top of the World Highway. A truly amazingly scenic road and we stopped right at the top of it- oh what views. Once across the border we stopped at the amusingly named village of Chicken (yes, I bought the t-shirt) before a two night stay in Fairbanks. There was plenty in store for us here.

This was followed by a ride on the Alaska Railroad in the upper deck with domed windows- four hours of joy- to Denali National Park. This place is very scenic indeed and there are so many options here. I took a narrated bus tour for 92 miles to the end of the park. We travelled along an unpaved road that clings to the side of the mountain with vertiginous drops in many places and unforgettable.

The tour ended back in Anchorage.

The itinary was just about perfect and our guide Kip and driver Maurice were excellent. Yes, there were some early starts and long drives but it was well worth it.

I rate this tour very highly indeed.

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