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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13 days from

£2,960

per person, for 2 people

Based on departing 17/05/2017 from London Heathrow Airport

View Dates
  • Fairbanks Fairbanks
  • Alaska Railroad, Denali National Park Alaska Railroad, Denali National Park
  • Mount McKinley, Denali National Park Mount McKinley, Denali National Park
  • Denali National Park Denali National Park
  • Sternwheeler Discovery, Fairbanks Sternwheeler Discovery, Fairbanks
  • Sea lions, Prince William Sound Sea lions, Prince William Sound
  • Bald eagles, Alaska Bald eagles, Alaska
  • Dawson City Dawson City
  • Prince William Sound Prince William Sound
  • An Alaskan seal An Alaskan seal
  • White Pass Yukon Train at Skagway 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 epicentre 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 River. 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-feet Mount Denali (Formally 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.

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.

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
  • Fairbanks:Bridgewater
  • Denali NP:Denali Bluffs
  • NOTE:Accommodation as stated or similar
  • Anchorage:Ramada Downtown Anchorage
  • Valdez:Mountain Sky Hotel
  • Tok:Tok Lodge
  • Whitehorse:High Country Inn

What's Included

  • VIP Private Home Pick-up Service (Terms & Conditions apply)
  • Return flights UK - Anchorage - UK
  • Accommodation on tour in a twin room with private facilities
  • Services of a Tour Director on tour
  • Porterage
  • Transfers between the overseas airports and hotels
  • All local and airport taxes/service charges
  • Single share option

Holiday Highlights

  • Cruise College and Harriman Fjords
  • Sternwheeler Discovery cruise
  • Alaska Railroad - train journey
  • Iditarod Headquarters
  • Denali National Park
  • Mount McKinley

Why Book With Archers Holidays?

  • We've been part of the same family-owned company for 85 years
  • Great value holidays with no hidden costs
  • We have more touring holidays in North America and Europe than any other operator
  • Our expert Tour Directors have a 96% customer satisfaction score
  • Your holiday is fully protected through ABTA and ATOL
  • Private airport transfer included in your holiday
  • Great for single travellers
  • Save £50pp on your second holiday
Itinerary Map

DAY 1 : UK - Anchorage.

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

DAY 2 : Anchorage - Whittier - Valdez.

Enter Whittier from North America's longest tunnel, the panoramic view of the ocean, mountains and glaciers greet you. At the gateway to Prince William Sound board a Glacier Cruise for an up-close look along the 3-mile face of Columbia Glacier, where towering ice peaks meet the ocean. Navigate floating icebergs and waterfall swells, and keep an eye out for breaching whales and bald eagles above. Stay in Valdez - the 'Switzerland of Alaska'.

DAY 3 : Valdez - Tok.

Leave Valdez, home of the Alyeska Pipeline terminal. Take in impressive views of the Bridal Veil Falls, the Worthington Glacier and the Thompson Pass. Visit the Wrangell – St Elias visitor Centre and discover why this vast national park equals six Yellowstone National Parks and rises from the ocean to 18,008 ft. Overnight in Tok, the "Dog Sled Capital of the World."

DAY 4 : Tok - Whitehorse.

Join the Alaskan highway and head out to the Tetlin National Wildlife Refuge. Today’s eye-catching scenery includes dramatic views of the 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.

Strike out into Klondike Gold Rush territory and follow in the footsteps of thousands of gold seekers who braved these treacherous passes in the dead of winter. Take an 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, to wander its colourful saloons, railroad houses and other gold rush remnants. Return to Whitehorse in late afternoon.

DAY 6 : Whitehorse - Dawson City.

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.

DAY 7 : Dawson City.

Highlights on this morning's sightseeing tour include Bonanza Creek, site of Claim #1, where the first gold strike was made, Robert Service's cabin there is 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.

DAY 8 : Dawson City - Fairbanks.

A full day of thrilling views and sights along the way. Travel over the 'Top of the World Highway' and re-enter Alaska. Pass through the village of Chicken – so named as residents couldn’t agree on the spelling of the original name, Ptarmigan, and then on to the Alaska Highway to view the Trans-Alaska Pipeline at Delta Junction.

DAY 9 : 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.

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

Board the world famous Alaska Railroad and journey through this rugged and memorable landscape. With its domed roof car and wide windows, you won't be short of places to enjoy the best views. Today's ride ends in Denali National Park, dominated by North America's highest peak, 20,320-feet Mount Denali (Formally McKinley). After a short orientation tour of Denali the afternoon is free.

DAY 11 : Denali National Park.

Today is a free day to hike through the spruce forests and icy tundra of this impressive 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.

Take one last look at the outstanding scenery and wildlife of Denali before heading towards Anchorage with a stop at the Iditarod headquarters, home of the great dog-sled race.

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.

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
  • Fairbanks:Bridgewater
  • Denali NP:Denali Bluffs
  • NOTE:Accommodation as stated or similar
  • Anchorage:Ramada Downtown Anchorage
  • Valdez:Mountain Sky Hotel
  • Tok:Tok Lodge
  • Whitehorse:High Country Inn

What's Included

  • VIP private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Accommodation
  • Services of a Tour Director
  • Porterage
  • Transfers
  • All local and airport taxes/service charges
  • Single share option

Holiday Highlights

  • See the Columbia Glacier up close on a boat tour of Prince William Sound.
  • Overnight stay in Tok the ‘Dog Sled Capital of the World’.
  • Dawson City site of the first Klondike Gold Rush strike.
  • Cruise along the Chena River aboard the Sternwheeler Discovery.
  • Denali National Park Hike through spruce forests and raft down the Nenana River.
  • Alaska Railroad. Ride this world famous railway for views of North America's highest peak, 20,320-feet Mount Denali.

Why Book With Archers Holidays?

  • We've been part of the same family-owned company for 85 years
  • Great value holidays with no hidden costs
  • We have more touring holidays in North America and Europe than any other operator
  • Our expert Tour Directors have a 96% customer satisfaction score
  • Your holiday is fully protected through ABTA and ATOL
  • Private airport transfer included in your holiday
  • Great for single travellers
  • Save £50pp on your second holiday

Our Customers Rate this holiday 100% (2 reviews)

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22-Jul-2016

The scenery and itinerary were fantastic. My holiday was spoilt because my suitcase was left in London by Delta airlines. It took 7 days for it to reach me as we were in remote areas and out of cell reception. Also the tour director was reactive n...

22-Jul-2016

A wonderful holiday with an excellent tour manager and driver

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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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