Alaska & The Yukon Full Circle Tour
This comprehensive tour travels with a professional driver guide and small group through Alberta, British Columbia and the Yukon before arriving in Alaska. Each day will offer a change of scenery and experience. See grandiose lakes, mighty rivers, abundant wildlife and immerse yourself in the history of each region and local culture.
Silent icebergs and living glaciers; gliding whales and soaring eagles; mountains crashing into seas. Experience the Magic, live the adventure!
Day 1: Calgary, Alberta Your adventure begins as you arrive in Calgary - Alberta's Cowboy City. Enjoy leisure time at your downtown hotel before starting your tour tomorrow morning.
Overnight: International Hotel
Day 2: Calgary > Grande Prairie, Alberta Meet fellow passengers and your guide this morning at a welcome breakfast. Travel north and pass through Edmonton, a city that maintains its ties to the Klondike past. Watch the beauty unfold through Northern Alberta and see grandiose lakes, mighty rivers, abundant wildlife and untapped wilderness. (B)
Overnight: Service Plus Inn & Suites
Day 3: Grand Prairie > Fort Nelson Travel across the great northern prairie region of Alberta en route to Dawson Creek and stop at Mile "0" of the Alaska Highway. Continue into British Columbia's picturesque Peace Country with its abundance of natural history and agriculture land. (B)
Overnight: Lakeview Hotel
Day 4: Fort Nelson > Watson Lake Journey through peaceful valleys and alpine meadows and arrive for a brief stop at Liard Hot Pools; Canada's most spectacular natural hot springs. Be sure to dip your toes into this natural hot pool. This evening tour the Northern Lights Centre and experience the folklore and the science of the Northern Lights. (B,L)
Overnight: Andreas Hotel
Day 5: Watson Lake > Whitehorse The day begins at world famous Sign Post Forest that gives you a down to earth view of global navigation. Did you bring a sign from your home to put up? Cross the Nisutlin Bay Bridge, longest on the Alaska Highway into Teslin, Yukon. Enjoy the reflections of the glorious mountain ranges in the crystal clear lakes that dot the area en route to Whitehorse, the capital of the Yukon. Your Whitehorse tour includes Miles Canyon, the Fish Ladder and the SS Klondike Sternwheeler National Historic Site. Tonight whoop it up with the vaudeville fun of the famous Whitehorse Frantic Follies. (B)
Overnight: Goldrush Hotel
Day 6: Whitehorse > Dawson City Continue north on the Klondike Highway past Lake Labergem, made famous by Robert Service's poem, "The Cremation of Sam McGee". Stop to view the Carmacks Interpretive River front Boardwalk and the beautiful Five Finger Rapids. Arrive in Dawson City the heart of the Klondike Gold Rush. Tonight visit Diamond Tooth Gertie's Gambling Hall, Canada's oldest and most unique casino featuring can-can girls led by Diamond Tooth Gerties herself. (B,L)
Overnight: Downtown Hotel
Day 7: Dawson City Revisit history today as you experience an enormous Gold Mining Dredge, one of the largest wood hulled, bucket line dredges in North America and pan for your own fortune in gold. This afternoon relax and enjoy a leisurely afternoon. (B)
Overnight: Downtown Hotel
Day 8: Dawson City > Tok North to Alaska! Today you travel over the "Top of the World Highway" and stop at the unique town of "Chicken" named after the state bird - the Ptarmigan that resembles a chicken. Then it's on to the Village of Tok, where the Eagle Trail crosses the Tanana River and sternwheelers once plied the river. (B)
Overnight: Young's Motel
Day 9: Tok > Fairbanks Mail your postcards this morning at North Pole, Alaska as you stop by Santa Claus House. Continue on to Fairbanks, the hub of Alaska's heartland. This afternoon board the Sternwheeler Discovery for a cruise of the Chena and Tanana Rivers. Tonight step back in time and visit Alaskaland for a baked salmon dinner, followed by a musical review at the Palace Theatre and saloon. (B, D)
Overnight: Hampton Inn & Suites
Day 10: Fairbanks > Denali National Park Incredible vistas provide a feast for the eyes today as you travel to Denali National Park & Reserve. The panoramic views of the famed Alaska Range continue to take your breath away as you see Mt Denali. This afternoon, experience a wildlife tour into the heart of Denali National Park. This tour offers a great opportunity to see wildlife including grizzly bears, caribou, moose and even wolves. (B, L)
Overnight: Grande Denali Lodge
Day 11: Denali > Anchorage Your destination today is Alaska's largest city Anchorage. Explore the past and experience the first nations people at the Alaska Native Heritage Centre, Anchorage's premier cultural attraction. Hear the songs and stories and see the dancers. This evening enjoy dinner served inside a Goldmine at the Sourdough Mining Company. (D)
Overnight: Hilton Anchorage
Day 12: Prince William Sound Cruise Today experience one of the tour highlights. cruising the calm and protected waters of Prince William Sound accompanied by a National Forest Interpreter. The vessel hugs the coastline and icebergs glide silently by. Have a chance to see otters, eagles, puffins, sea lions, whales and glacier-wildlife.
Overnight: Hilton Anchorage . (B, L)
Day 13: Anchorage > Tok This morning see stunning vistas as you travel the Glenn Richardson Highway to Gakona Junction, climbing to Mentasta Summit before descending into Tok, where you rejoin the Alaska Highway. (B)
Overnight: Young's Motel
Day 14: Tok > Whitehorse Today depart Tok and travel back into the Yukon to historic Burwash Landing. Travel alongside the magnificent St. Elias Range and Kluane National Park & Reserve, home of Canada's highest mountain. En route, stops are scheduled at Kluane Park Visitor Centre, Kluane Museum of Natural History, and Sheep Mountain Visitor Centre near Haines Junction, home of the Dall sheep. Arrive in Whitehorse for a 2 night stay. (B)
Overnight: Goldrush Hotel
Day 15: Whitehorse > Skagway > Whitehorse Travel west over the White Pass Summit and see some of the most panoramic views of the terrain en route to Skagway. For those who like to "ride the rails" an optional train trip to Skagway will be offered on the White Pass & Yukon Railway, following the historic Chilkoot Trail path of the gold seekers. . You will fall in love with the quaint port village of Skagway nestled into the harbour and full of Klonkike history. At the end of a day wind your way back to Whitehorse and join fellow passengers at a "Farewell to the Yukon" dinner at the hotel. (B, D)
Overnight: Goldrush Hotel
Day 16: Whitehorse > Dease Lake Say goodbye to the Yukon and head back into the Province of British Columbia. Returning over the Nistulin Bay bridge the coach head's south to travel the famous "Stewart-Cassiar Highway". Some of the continent's most inspiring beauty and plentiful wildlife are glimpsed along this route. The communities on this highway provide a contrast of cultures, old and new. A stop is included at Jade City, outlet for the nearby jade mine that provides 90% of the jade in the world. (L)
Overnight: Northway Motor Inn.
Day 17: Dease Lake > Stewart Your continuing journey on the Stewart-Cassiar Highway has you passing through Stikine country; passing through he unspoiled wilderness of Mount Edziza Provincial Park. Your destination is Stewart, well known for its surrounding spectacular glaciers, and also as a thriving industrial port. A special treat tonight is time at Fish Creek and the viewing platforms, where you can see bears in the wild fish for their dinner. (L)
Overnight: King Edward Hotel
Day 18: Stewart > Prince George Believe it or not one of the most scenic drives in North America is still waiting today as you motor through towering coastal mountains, icefields and hanging glaciers with rushing waterfalls tumbling down mountainsides. Journey through Burns Lake and Fraser Lake and follow the beautiful rivers and valleys of north central British Columbia on your way to Prince George.
Overnight: Coast Inn of the North
Day 19: Prince George > Jasper Today enter the great Canadian Rocky Mountains. Stop first at the visitors centre to view the range's highest peak Mount Robson. Arrive in the Rocky Mountain town of Jasper where you visit Maligne Canyon and Pyramid Lake before spending some leisure time in the shops of the town site. This evening take an optional ride up the Jasper Tramway to a point of view that is 2295 meters in the air or a gentle float trip down the sparkling Athabasca River. (B)
Overnight: Crimson Hotel
Day 20: Jasper > Banff Today experience what has been called one of the most spectacular highways in the world: the Icefields Parkway. Our first stop is dramatic Athabasca Falls, before arriving at the Columbia Icefields. This living glacier's waters feed three oceans! Visit the Interpretive Centre and take the Ice Explorer ride to the base of the glacier. Additional stops include beautiful Peyto Lake and Lake Louise, truly one of the most picturesque places in the Rockies. Enjoy a stroll along the shore or visit the Chateau's enticing shops before continuing to Banff, heart of the Rockies and home of Canada's first national park.(B. L)
Overnight: Banff Caribou Lodge
Day 21: Banff > Calgary This morning features an area tour of Banff including Bow Falls, Cascade Gardens and a ride on the Banff Gondola to the top of Sulphur Mountain for a panoramic view of the Banff Townsite below. On the journey back to Calgary spend some quiet time reliving the memories of the sights, the sounds, indeed the magic of Alaska and the Yukon. (B)
• Meals - 17 Breakfasts, 7 lunches, 3 dinners • Escorted coach tour with local Canadian guide • 3 1/2 Star accommodation • Transfers & transport • Sightseeing & entrance fees
Pricing (per person) $NZD
Booking conditions • Some of the hotels in the smaller towns are very basic as the choices of hotels are limited.
• Some of the hotels in the smaller towns are very basic as the choices of hotels are limited.
Not included • Optional Sightseeing
• Optional Sightseeing
Gratuity • Gratuities to your driver/guide are not included and are at your discretion.
• Gratuities to your driver/guide are not included and are at your discretion.