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Highlights of the Yukon
Depart from Whitehorse (Tour Code: SD108) Daily, except select dates Please note, 2020 Alaska Marine Highway ferry schedule is pending updates; package departure dates are subject to change
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10 May - 09 Sep, 2020
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Home of the Klondike Gold Rush, Canada's tallest mountains and the world's largest non-polar ice fields, the Yukon is best explored on this 12-day circle tour out of Whitehorse.
From the "Land of the Midnight Sun" to wildlife preserves, National Parks and the historical sights of Dawson City, get ready to fall in love with Canada's north.
Itinerary at a Glance
The below itinerary is only a suggestion, we offer tailor-made personal service and solutions to help you plan your perfect vacation.
Day 1 Whitehorse Welcome to the “Land of the Midnight Sun”. Whitehorse is the capital of the Yukon Territory and at 24,000 people is the largest city in Canada’s North. Everything about the Yukon is big, even the log skyscraper in town. After checking in to your hotel, take some time to explore the city and get a feel of what’s in store.
Day 2 Whitehorse (Yukon Wildlife Preserve) Time to explore the region and take advantage of all that Whitehorse has to offer. Visit the Yukon Wildlife Preserve (included), this unique wildlife viewing property featuring 10 species of northern Canadian mammals in their natural environment. Encompassing over 700 acres with various natural habitats, the Yukon Wildlife Preserve offers unparalleled wildlife viewing and photo opportunities.
Day 3 Whitehorse to Skagway (176 km / 110 mi) Today travel the South Klondike Highway which connects the Yukon Territory with the Inside Passage ferry system in Alaska. Also known as the Skagway - Carcross Road, todays drive offers some spectacular scenery as it descend from the White Pass to Skagway. The highway winds through the subalpine landscape of Tormented Valley to Tutshi Lake, Tagish Lake and the much photographed Emerald Lake. The rest of the day is free to explore the Skagway area.
Day 4 Skagway to Haines (Ferry duration 1 hr) / (Driving 8 km / 5 mi) Spend the morning in Skagway and explore the old town buildings. Take the afternoon Alaska Ferry to Haines. It is a spectacularly scenic and relaxing ferry ride along the Lynn Canal, a fjord that is as beautiful and pristine as any in the world. Fjord walls steeply rise from sea level to 7,000 feet. Arrive in Haines, located in the Valley of the Eagles. Almost 4,000 American bald eagles gather along an 8 km stretch of the Chilkat River near Haines and Klukwan each fall. Attracted by a late run of salmon, eagles come from all over Alaska, British Columbia and as far away as the state of Washington. Starting in October, hundreds and hundreds of eagles can be seen along sand bars or in nearby cottonwood trees.
Day 5 Haines to Haines Junction (238 km / 147 mi) The Haines Highway winds from Haines over the Chilkat Pass - the highest summit on this highway. Pass Klukshu, a native summer fishing camp offering great photo opportunities. Drive through the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve before arriving at Kluane National Park. The Kluane area covers the largest non-polar icefields in the world. Visit the Sheep Mountain Visitor Center with its interpretive programs about the flora and fauna. Viewing telescopes are available where you can spot Dall sheep on the mountain slopes.
Day 6 Kluane National Park (250 km / 155 mi) Leaving along the Haines Highway, the road climbs from the Chilkat River Valley to the windswept Chikat Pass. You skirt the boundaries of the Tatshenini-Alesk Provincial Park of British Columbia and Kluane National Park in the Yukon, part of the largest contiguous area of protected wilderness on earth, and a United Nations World Heritage Site. Haines junction is the only thing not huge in Kluane country, home to 800 residents, which is fewer than the number of grizzly bears in Kluane National Park. This is home to Canada’s highest peak and the world’s largest non-polar Icefields that lie behind the façade of mountains that provide the town’s spectacular backdrop.
Day 7 Haines Junction to Tok (467 km / 290 mi) This morning go on a short hiking trip before driving north along the shores of beautiful Kluane Lake. Stopover at Sheep Mountain and look out for Dall sheep gracing alongside the mountain slopes. Your journey continues on the famous Alaska Highway through endless wilderness areas. Arrive in Tok, often referred to as the “Dog Mushing Capital of Alaska”. Welcome back to Alaska.
Day 8 Tok to Dawson City (297 km / 185 mi) The Top of the World Highway (please note this is a partly gravel road) brings you through spectacular backcountry and gold mining areas. When the highway reaches its highest elevation incredible views into farreaching countryside open up. Before you reach Dawson City, you’ll cross the Yukon River by the government-run ferry. With your arrival in Dawson City you might feel you just landed in a different century. Experience the old Klondike in its well-kept color and fame.
Days 9 & 10 Dawson City A full day to visit the various historical sights of Dawson City: SS Keno – the last steamer to run the Yukon River from Whitehorse, the Jack London Interpretive Center with the poets original cabin, the city museum with audiovisual presentations, Dredge #4 – build in 1912 on famous Bonanza Creek, the Grand Palace Theatre – home of the “ Gaslight Follies Show “ and Diamond Tooth Gertie’s Casino with legal gambling tables and “ Can- Can” floor shows. Do not miss the short drive on the Ridge Road to the top of the Midnight Dome with excellent views over Dawson, the Ogilvie Mountains, and the Yukon and Klondike Rivers.
Day 11 Dawson City to Whitehorse (532 km / 333 mi) Going south, enjoy the raw beauty of the surrounding landscape. Stopover at the Five Finger Rapids and hike down to the shore of the Yukon River. In late afternoon you will reach Yukon’s capital city, Whitehorse - a city with a unique combination of pioneer values and urban sophistication.
Day 12 Whitehorse After check-out of your hotel your Yukon Self Drive adventure comes to an end.
- Accommodation including taxes for 11 nights
- Admission to Yukon Wildlife Preserve (operates daily mid-May to end of Sep, price for non operating dates will be adjusted at time of booking)
- Alaska Marine Highway Ferry (vehicle & passengers) between Skagway & Haines
- Travel Documentation
- Rental Car
- Road and Tunnel Tolls
Hotel Information (Moderate Grade)
- Whitehorse - Best Western Gold Rush Inn (Deluxe Room)
- Skagway - Westmark Inn (Standard Room)
- Haines - Hotel Halsingland (Standard Queen Double Room)
- Haines Junction - The Raven Hotel (Standard Room) (Continental Breakfast Included)
- Tok - Cleft of the Rock Bed & Breakfast (Cabin) (Breakfast Included)
- Dawson City - Aurora Inn (Standard Room)
Tok, Dawson City, Haines, Haines Junction accommodation is the best available in the area and considered lower end of 3 star.