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Alaska and Yukon Explorer/Hotel-Hiking Tour (14 Days)

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 14 day(s)
Group Size: 6 - 12 people
Destination(s): Yukon   Alaska  
Specialty Categories: Hiking & Trekking   National Parks  
Season: June - September
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 3725 Canadian Dollar (CAD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 5630 Canadian Dollar (CAD)

In this hiking tour you will experience the spectacular landscapes and National Parks of Alaska and the Yukon. Follow the trails of the old gold diggers and explorers. You will experience the massive mountain ranges and glaciers of the Northern American Continent. Your guide will lead you through wild and untouched territory where you can watch bears, wolves and caribous. Hike with a small group through the Denali National Park with its exciting wildlife. Only on foot can we experience the rugged beauty of this fascinating part of the Yukon and Alaska.

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrival in Whitehorse. Individual arrival in Whitehorse, at the airport you will be met by our local tour guide and transferred to the hotel where we will meet the rest of the group (Whitehorse, overnight in hotel).

Day 2: Whitehorse - Skagway. After breakfast we will explore the capital of the Yukon and then start on the first part of our trip driving south to Skagway / Alaska on the Klondike Highway. We will stop at the Carcross desert - the smallest desert in the world-and will admire the beauty of Lake Emerald, which is also called the Rainbow Lake by the locals because of its sensational watercolours. After that we will hike for the first time to Mountain Montana, where we will watch some animals and look out to the Lakes Nares and Bennet. Then continue our drive to Skagway, where we will stop for the night (Skagway, overnight in hotel).

Day 3: Skagway - Haines Junction. Skagway - once the gate to the greatest gold rush of all time! The Chilkoot Trail was once the way leading to the gold rivers. Later that afternoon we will aboard the ferry which will lead us through the Lynn Fjords. Arriving at the harbour of Haines we will continue to drive to Haines Junction. Shortly after leaving the pacific coast we will pass the Valley of the Bald Eagles. The Haines Road offers plenty of opportunities to see the breathtaking view of the mountains. Passing the Lakes Dezedash and Kathleen we arrive at Haines Junction (Haines Junction, overnight in hotel).

Day 4: Haines Junction - Kluane National Park
Today we will spend all day hiking through the Kluane National Park which is the largest national park Canada‰s. In its original pristine setting. We will hike on one of many trails leading to Sheep Mountain with the view to Kluane Lake (Haines Junction, overnight in hotel).

Day 5: Haines Junction - Whitehorse. We will spend the morning hiking another trail in the Kluane National Park called the Auriol Trail which will take about 4 hours. Haines Junction also offers a great variety of optional activities. How about a helicopter flight over the glaciers of the park? In the early evening we will continue on the two hour drive to Whitehorse via the Alaska Highway. On our way there we will stop at an Indian Village called Champagne and at a dog musher who breeds huskies (Whitehorse, overnight in hotel).

Day 6: Whitehorse - Dawson City. On our way to Dawson City we will stop at the Beringia Centre, a museum featuring prehistoric facts about the ice ages. On our journey to Dawson City we will travel parallel to the Yukon River, which is with 3200km one of the longest rivers in North America. Dawson City offers a wide variety of historic sites which are easily accessible on foot. At the end of the day we will visit the Diamond Tooth Casino featuring the Cancan-Dance girls (Dawson City, overnight in hotel).

Day 7: Dempster Highway. After getting up real early we will drive up the Dempster Highway which is 730 km long and is the only connection to the peak of Inuvik at the Polar Sea. We will start our hike at the foot of the Tombstone Mountains; this will lead us into the tundra of this mountain range, where every season has its unique attraction (Dawson City, overnight in hotel).

Day 8: Dawson City - Tok. Today we will leave the Klondike and continue on a ferry over the Yukon River on to the " Top of the World Highway", one of the most beautiful and spectacular high roads of North America. We will cross the highest borderline between Canada and the US at Little Gold Creek. During this drive we will have many opportunities for short hikes along the way (Tok, overnight in hotel).

Day 9: Tok – Denali National Park. Today takes us further west, first along the famous Alaska Highway, built to aid the Pacific Front during WWII, then along the incredibly scenic Denali Highway. The Denali Highway offers an almost cinematic wilderness panorama. The route takes us through a vast glacial floodplain; the road in fact is built on glacial eskers as it travels to the border of Denali National Park. This is one of the most remote regions in the north; few Alaskans have ever traveled this route.

In the evening there is the option to participate to participate in a scenic one hour glacier flight that will provide a chance to view Mt. Denali, North America’s tallest peak (over 6000 m) in good weather (overnight accommodation in the vicinity of the park).

Day 10: Denali National park. Without question, today will be a highlight of your trip. A national park shuttle bus takes us deep into one of the most scenic landscapes in North America. In good weather you can see majestic Mt. Denali; at 6193 meters it is the highest mountain in the USA. The wildlife in Denali is very impressive. With a little luck you will see all the wildlife on your list including wolves, Dall sheep, moose, caribou and even the mighty grizzly bear.

Smaller animals such as fox and coyotes are often spotted on their forays while golden eagles and other birds of prey soar overhead. This is the Alaska of your dreams, (overnight accommodation in the vicinity of the park).

Day 11: Denali National Park - Seward. Today we say goodbye to Denali and travel along the George Parks Highway through the interior to Anchorage. There, we join the Seward Highway and travel along scenic Turnagain Arm; named by Captain Cook after yet another unsuccessful attempt to find the Northwest Passage. The spectacular tides, among the highest in the world, attract the all-white beluga whales who hunt salmon in the murky waters.

In Portage, we'll visit one of Alaskas drive-in; glaciers before continuing along the Kenai Peninsula. Cascading waterfalls, crystal clear streams, emerald pine forests and snow-capped mountains appear around every corner (overnight accommodation in Seward).

Day 12: Seward. Today we’ll plan a hike in the Seward area. The Exit Glacier is one of our favourite hiking locations in the beautiful area around Seward. We also have some attractive optional tours to chose from including a 6 hour marine life viewing cruise in Kenai Fjords National Park. The all-marine national park is teeming with wildlife including seals, sea lions, sea otters, as well as orca (killer) and humpback whales. Seabirds abound, including bald eagles, kittiwakes and the loveable puffins.

Moose and black bears are often spotted along the shorelines. A tour highlight is the tidewater Bear Glacier; the calving ice sending up huge waves as the ancient ice crashing into the ocean. Also well worth the visit is the Alaska SeaLife Center, a salt water aquarium, that is home to sea lions, sea otters and puffins (overnight accommodation in Seward).

Day 13: Seward – Anchorage. Today the journey takes us back along the Kenai Peninsula to the scenic Turnagain Arm, named after one of his many failed attempts to find the Northwest Passage. Keep an eye open for the white beluga whales, which can often be seen here frolicking in the shallow waters! The afternoon is free for optional sightseeing and touring in Anchorage, the largest city in Alaska. There are many interesting things to discover including Lake Hood, which is home to the largest float plane base in the world.

Each day, some 800 float planes take off and land from this location in central Anchorage! Nearby is the Aviation Museum, where many legendary bush aircraft are on display. Downtown Anchorage offers excellent souvenir shopping at several American-style “malls”. Or if shopping is not your idea of a fun activity on holiday, how about a visit to one of the many pubs and locally crafted “micro” breweries?! (Overnight accommodation in Anchorage).

Day 14: Departure Anchorage. Transfer to airport or connecting program.

Airfare is not included in the tour price.

- Moderate hikes with light day pack, courses and activities are suitable for beginners and include necessary equipment and safety gear.

Hiking Details:
- Hiking time around 2-5 hours
- Hiking length around 6-14 km
- Hiking altitude around 50-550 m.

Price Includes:
- Expert guidance on the entire trip
- Air-conditioned Maxi Van (capacity 15 seats)
- Guided daily hiking trips
- Ferry trip on the Lynn fjord
- Day-trip into Denali National Park
- Entrance fees for national parks
- Admissions as of itinerary
- Fee for U.S.A. visitor visa
- 13 nights accommodation in superior middle class double rooms
- Airport shuttle.

Price Excludes:
- Meals and beverages
- Personal extras
- Optional tours
- Gratuity.