Grand Prospector, Alaska & Yukon

Grand Prospector, Alaska & Yukon

17 Days/16 Nights Roundtrip Anchorage

Price from$4,443

Discover the magic and mystery of Alaska and Canada's Yukon Territory with a self-drive. Visit Anchorage, the magnificent Denali National Park, and cruise across glacier filled Prince William Sound. Along the way you may observe grizzly bears, moose, wolf, whales and enjoy spectacular scenery.

Grand Prospector, Alaska & Yukon map

Day 1: Anchorage > Talkeetna (181 km/113 mi) Drive the Glenn Highway north to Wasilla and on to Talkeetna. Stops can include a visit to the Alaska Native Heritage Centre. Talkeetna serves as a base camp for Mt. McKinley climbers; the community of 857 residents is located at the confluence of the Talkeetna and Susitna Rivers. A turn-of the-20th-century gold-mining centre, the town has retained much of its early Alaskan flavour. Log cabins, a roadhouse and clapboard storefronts line the dirt streets, colourful locals and bush pilots stroll the wooden sidewalks.

Overnight at: Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge - Guest Lodge Room

Day 2: Talkeetna > Denali National Park Entrance (169 km/105 mi) Today, explore Denali's south side or depart early for the drive to Denali National Park. You'll have as much time as you like to experience the majesty of Denali National Park, take in the sights of the George Parks Highway or arrive at your hotel near the park entrance to take advantage of an optional excursion or a visit to the Denali Visitor Centre.

Overnight at: Grande Denali Lodge - Standard Room

Day 3: Denali National Park Backcountry Adventure (Coach / Bush Plane Flight) This full-day narrated coach trip explores the entire 148 km/92 mi of the restricted Denali Park Road on your way to the Denali Back Country Lodge. During your journey to Denali Back Country Lodge, your experienced driver-guide will help in the search for bear, moose, caribou, Dall sheep and other wildlife while pointing out the biology and geology of the area. There are numerous stops for wildlife viewing, photography and to stretch your legs and enjoy complimentary snacks. Lunch is included on this full day journey at the Denali Back Country Lodge and while at the lodge you can take a nature walk or try panning for gold. You will return to the park entrance via a flight seeing tour in a small bush plane. If weather permits, you will fly close to Mount McKinley. (Lunch is included today)

Overnight at: Grande Denali Lodge - Standard Room

Day 4: Denali National Park Entrance > Fairbanks (198 km/123 mi) A short drive via Nenana (Alaska Ice Classics) to Fairbanks. Fairbanks, known as the Golden Heart City of Alaska, is the gateway to the interior and features almost 24 hours of daylight during the summer months. This afternoon you may want to visit the renowned Alaska University Museum featuring Alaska's best natural history collection.

Overnight at: Fairbanks Spring Hill Suites by Marriott - Double Suite

Day 5: Fairbanks In Fairbanks you have the unique chance for an optional day tour to cross the Arctic Circle and to visit the vast interior. Another option is to drive along Chena Hot Springs road (watch out for moose!), go on a hiking trip and visit Chena Hot Springs Resort. Here you can relax in the large heated indoor pool or the natural outdoor rock lake.

Overnight at: Fairbanks Spring Hill Suites by Marriott - Double Suite

Day 6: Fairbanks > Tok (325 km / 202 mi) Heading south, the Richardson Highway passes through stands of White birch and Black spruce, often photogenically close to the Tanana River. Soak up the raw beauty of the drive into the central Alaska Range, often paralleled by the Alaska pipeline. Tok's role in the world has never expanded much beyond being a stop on the road. The town has built an economy of gas stations, gift stores, cafes, and hotels to serve highway travelers.

Overnight at: Cleft of the Rock Bed & Breakfast - Cabin

Day 7: Tok > Dawson City (297 km/185 mi)(B) The Top of the World Highway (please note this is a partly gravel road) brings you through spectacular back country and gold mining areas. When the highway reaches its highest elevation incredible views into far-reaching 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 colour and fame.

Overnight at: Westmark Inn - Standard Room

Day 8: 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. (entrance fees/admission fees not included)

Overnight at: Westmark Inn - Standard Room

Day 9: Dawson City > 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 combination of pioneer values and urban sophistication.

Overnight at: Best Western Gold Rush Inn - Deluxe Room

Day 10: Whitehorse > 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, today's drive offers some spectacular scenery as it descends 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.

Overnight at: Westmark Inn - Standard Room

Day 11: Skagway > Haines (Ferry duration 1 hour) (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 a 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.

Overnight at: Hotel Halsingland - Standard Queen/Double Room

Day 12: Haines > 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 ice-fields in the world. Visit the Sheep Mountain Visitor Centre with its interpretive programs about the flora and fauna. Viewing telescopes are available where you can spot Dall sheep on the mountain slopes.

Overnight at: The Raven Hotel - Standard Room

Day 13: Haines Junction > 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.

Overnight at: Cleft of the Rock Bed & Breakfast - Cabin

Day 14: Tok > Valdez (407 km/253 mi)(B) Your journey continues on the Glen Highway, offering an impressive view of the Wrangell Mountains - Mt. Deborah, Mt. Sanford and Mt. Drum. Once you have reached the Richardson Highway stopover at the historic roadhouse in Copper Center and watch native fish wheels at the nearby Copper River, providing an excellent salmon run. Shortly afterwards the Worthington Glacier peeks into view where a boardwalk leads to the toe of the glacier. Valdez - often called " the Switzerland of Alaska" is a gateway for salmon fishing trips and narrated cruise tours to the magnificent Columbia Glacier. Visit the terminus of the Alaska Pipeline Terminal or enjoy some kayaking or short hiking trips.

Overnight at: Best Western Valdez Harbor Inn - View Room

Day 15: Meares Glacier Cruise (L) Today, you have an opportunity to discover all of what majestic Prince William Sound has to offer "“ amazing glaciers, exciting wildlife and a rich history. In route to Meares Glacier, the captain will travel the shorelines looking for the critters that call the Sound home - sea otters, harbour seals, sea lions, humpback or orca whales, porpoise, eagles, puffins and cormorants. On board the captain will share with you stories about the history of the Sound from early explorers, gold and copper mining, oil shipping, commercial fishing and the 1964 Earthquake. (lunch & afternoon snack served on board)

Overnight at: Best Western Valdez Harbor Inn - View Room

Day 16: Valdez > Sheep Mountain Lodge (309 km/192 mi) Today you will drive back north on the Richardson Highway with great views of the Wrangell Mountains as you return to Glennallen (weather permitting). Here you follow the Glenn Highway towards Palmer / Anchorage until you reach Sheep Mountain Lodge. The rest of the day is at leisure to enjoy the scenic mountain views or recreational activities in the area. There are over 20 km / 12 mi of trails near the Lodge perfect for exploring. Birds and wildflowers abound. Maps are provided in each cabin for self-guided hiking.

Overnight at: Sheep Mountain Lodge - Classic Cabin

Day 17: Sheep Mountain Lodge > Anchorage (172 km/107 mi) Drive the Glenn Highway south to Anchorage. Highlights on today's trip include the Independence Mine in beautiful Hatcher Pass and the many communities in the Mat-Su Valley. This valley contains many farms with the remarkable growing season in Alaska and offers beautiful views of the Chugach Range.

Please note: Tok, Dawson City, Haines, Haines Junction , Valdez, accommodation is the best available in the area and considered lower end of 3 star.

• 16 nights' accommodation • Denali Backcountry Adventure Tour, coach one way and return flight • Alaska Marine Highway Ferry (vehicle and passenger) Skagway > Haines • Meares Glacier cruise (8 1/2 hours) (tour will be replaced with Columbia Glacier Cruise when not operating) • 2 breakfasts, 1 lunch

Pricing (per person) $NZD

Type TWIN SINGLE

2019

3 1/2 star

3 Jun - 7 Jun

8 Jun - 15 Aug

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$4,443

$4,715

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$7,441

$7,985

Departs

2019 Daily except Sunday 3 Jun - 15 Aug

Booking conditions

• Accommodation in Tok, Dawson City, Haines, Haines Junction, Valdez is based on the best available in the area and considered lower end of 3 star

Please refer to World Journeys terms & conditions.

Not included

• Hotel early check in/late check out • Rental Car • Fuel • Road and tunnel tolls • Activities other than specified • Meals other than specified • Gratuities