Project Description

Overview

The Great Yukon & Alaska Discovery

August 1 – 16, 2018
16 –  Day Tour

This is one of the most complete itineraries that offers incredible Yukon and Alaska scenery.   The secret to this tour is the amazing visit to Dawson City and travelling the Top of the World highway!

 

Itinerary Details

Day 1  Flight from Ottawa to Edmonton, AB

This evening, meet your tour director and travelling companions at a welcome dinner (D)

Day 2  Fort St. John, BC

This morning we travel west across Alberta’s foothill country travelling through Whitecourt, Valleyview and Grand Prairie to Dawson Creek, BC at mile zero of the Alaska Highway. Be sure to get your photo taken at the Mile Zero signpost. (B)

Day 3  Muncho Lake, BC 

We gradually leave southern civilization behind as we travel along the highway through Fort St. John and Fort Nelson to Muncho Lake.  The Alaska Highway was the project started during the height of World War ll fearing impending attack the crews worked simultaneously between Dawson Creek and Fairbanks, joining up to complete the project in 9 months.  Our journey continues north through the mountainous region by Muncho Lake Provincial Park. (B,D)

Day 4  Whitehorse, YK

This morning there will be time for a dip in the naturally heated waters of Laird Hot Springs before continuing to Watson Lake, an important part of the Alaska Highway.  Just north of here was where the north and south construction crews met the crews to complete the legs of the highway. Another of Watson Lake’s claim is the Signpost Forest bring your town sign to add to the forest. On to Whitehorse, the capital of the Yukon Territory.(B)

 

Day 5   Whitehorse, YK

A visit to Skagway, Alaska where you will take the fabulous White Pass and Yukon Rail passing canyons, waterfalls and through the mountains to Lynn Canal on the Alaska Inside passage route.  This evening is free to enjoy Whitehorse.  (B)

 

Day 6  Dawson City, YK

Following the route of the old prospectors of the Klondike Goldrush you will drive to Dawson City a national historic treasure for the next two nights. You will see preserved buildings from the gold rush period making you feel like you’ve travelled back in time. (B)

Day 7   Gold Panning

Today you will take a Gold Panning tour and learn about the history of the gold rush, the original gold panning techniques as well as more large-scale methods.  The afternoon on your own. Tonight, Diamond Tooth Gertie is your emcee for the can-can show display of top-notch Klondike themed song and dance.  (B)

Day 8   Fairbanks, AK

The drive to Fairbanks takes you to the Top of the World and back.  This highway gives you a sense of the vastness of the land. Travelling through unique little settlements like Chicken and Tok your day finishes at the northern terminus of the Alaska Highway at Fairbanks.  (B)

Day 9  Fairbanks, AK

Today, relive some of the Sternwheelers experience on the Riverboat Discovery Cruise.  A stop at the interpretive site offers a glimpse into Alaska of old as well as a chance to see a dog sled demonstration.  Today will also include a short city tour of Fairbanks and later we visit Alaskaland for a delicious barbecue buffet dinner and  Vaudeville Show. (B,D)

Day 10  Anchorage, AK

Today you will pass Denali National Park and Mt. McKinley, the highest mountain on the continent (renamed Mt. Denali in 2015).  Later we arrive in Anchorage, the largest city north of the 60th parallel.  A completely modern looking city it offers the best shopping and dining opportunities of the tour. We spend two nights here. (B)

Day 11 Anchorage, AK

A short city tour will acquaint you with the highlights of Anchorage.  This afternoon is free for you to explore Anchorage on your own.  (B)

Day 12  Valdez, AK

From Anchorage, we make our way to Valdez through the mountains for a two-night stay!  Due to its picturesque mountain setting, Valdez has often been compared to Switzerland. (B,D)

Day 13  Valdez, AK

A relaxing morning as we first visit the Valdez Museum that depicts the cultural development of this remote community.  Later in the morning we board the famous Stan Stephens Boat Cruise for an all day cruise where you first cross a portion of beautiful Prince William Sound on your way to view the Columbia Glacier up close!  This is a unique experience of history as the glacier is retreating into the mountains!      (B)

Day 14  Tok, AK

A very scenic drive today as we depart Valdez by motor coach and make our way through the Chugach and Wrangell Mountains.  There will be picture stops.  We make our way to Tok by late afternoon.    (B)

Day 15  Whitehorse, YK

Once again we will be travelling the Alaska Highway on our way to Whitehorse.  We follow the boundary of Kluane National Park Reserve and Wildlife Sanctuary, home to the last major protected herds of Dall Sheep.  We visit Burwash Landing Wildlife Museum before continuing to Whitehorse for our final night.    (B)

Day 16  Return Flight Home

Our far north experience comes to an end with a few final pictures before we board the airplane and return to Ottawa   (B)

Inclusions and Costs

Inclusions

  • Roundtrip flights Ottawa to Edmonton and home from Whitehorse
  • Relaxing Motor Coach Transportation
  • Fifteen nights accommodation
  • Taxes and US exchange
  • Luggage handling – one per person
  • 15 Breakfasts – some Continental
  • Welcome Dinner
  • Dinner in Muncho Lake
  • Alaska Salmon Bake & Show at Alaskaland
  • Laird Hot Spring Visit
  • White Pass and Yukon Rail
  • Gold Panning Tour, Dawson City
  • Fairbanks City Tour
  • Anchorage City Tour
  • Dinner in Valdez
  • Diamond Tooth Gertie Show
  • Stan Stephens Columbia Glacier Cruise
  • Riverboat Discovery Cruise
  • Admission to Burwash Landing Museum
  • Services of a Tour Director

 

Cost Per Person

  • Double           $ 6,779  (HST Incl. $342.08)
  • Triple             $ 6,219  (HST Incl. $331.63)
  • Single            $ 8,499  (HST Incl. $375.85)

 

Tour Operated by a Jolly Tours Preferred Partner

Deposit $ 1000 pp upon registration