Yukon and Alaska - the great loop

Description

Discover Dawson City, where you will experience the fever of the Gold Rush, Tombstone Territorial Park with its rugged mountains and bright green alpines. Head south to get a glimpse at the suspended glaciers and maybe even bears and whales in the fjords of Haines, Alaska! On your way down you will enjoy a flight over the biggest non polar icefield in the world in Kluane National Park!

dates :June to September 2019
Group size :2 to 6
duration :14 days
difficulty :easy
Price :contact us
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Day after day

Day 0: Upon your arrival at Whitehorse airport you pick up your rental car and drive down to your accommodation for the night. Depending on your time of arrival, you may have time to visit Whitehorse on foot, right from your hotel!
Night in a hotel in Whitehorse

Day 1: Today you travel 500 km on the Klondike and Dempster Highways. Along the way you experience some typical Yukon landscapes and see the Five Finger Rapids on the Yukon river which is one of the many obstacles prospectors had to go through on their way to Dawson City in 1898. Your destination, Bensen Creek Lodge, a rustic lodge situated in the heart of the boreal forest, far from civilisation, 20 km south of the Tombstone Territorial Park border. There, you experience the legendary warm welcome of northern Canada, and enjoy a warm evening by the fire!
Night in a cabin. D

Day 2 and 3: You have two days to enjoy the heart of Tombstone Territorial Park for a day hike! This park is sometimes referred to as the Patagonia of the north and you will understand why when you will see its rugged mountains! Make sure you stop by the visitor center, it's a great place to learn a bit more about the cultural and natural history of the park. During these two days you can also decide to drive along the Dempster highway and look for wildlife or simply enjoy some relaxing time at the lodge.
Nights in a cabin. B – L – D

Day 4: A short drive, 70 km, from the lodge takes you to Dawson City, small town situated along the Yukon Rive. This is where between 30000 and 40000 people gathered in 1898 to look for gold in the creeks around town. Today, Dawson still has dirt and gravel strewn streets, wooden sidewalks and colorful people! You have the day to discover its atypical atmosphere and travel back in time by visiting Dawson City Museum, the dredge #4, Dänojà Zho Cultural Center and Jack London’s cabin!
Night in a hotel. B

Day 5: Leave Dawson behind as you cross the Yukon River and start your drive on the Top of the World Highway. From this dirt road which runs at the top of the hills, the view on the surrounding mountains and rivers are astonishing! About half-way between Dawson and your final destination, Tok, you cross the US border. You follow the road, called Taylor Highway on the US side, until will reach Tok where you will spend the night.
Night in a B&B in Tok.

Day 6: You keep driving south today, on the Alaska Highway, all the way to Haines Junction. On your way, after crossing the border back into Canada, you drive by small Yukon communities such as Beaver Creek, Burwash Landing and Destruction Bay. You also drive along Yukon’s largest lake, Kluane Lake, for about 70 kilometers. As you reach Haines Junctionyou can stop at the Da Ku cultural center where you can check out the permanent exhibit on Aishihik and Champagne First Nations and on Kluane National Park. At the end of the day you head towards Kathleen lake where you will be spending your next three nights in a cozy cabin.
Night in a B&B in Haines Junction

Day 7: You have the day to hike in the park they are numerous hikes you just have to pick the level of difficulty! On the way you take the time to check out track from grizzly bears, moose or even wolves.
Night in a B&B in Haines Junction

Day 8: Today you get a bird’s eye view as you go on a flightseeing tour over the largest icefield in the world outside the polar caps, all the way to the foot of Mount Logan itself!
Night in a B&B in Haines Junction

Day 9: You head south on the Haines road, and discover gorgeous mountains and wide valleys as you get higher in the Coast Mountains. Once in Haines, you take the time to check out Chilkat State Park and its awesome views on the Rainbow and Davidson Glaciers. Drive to the end of the road at the Chilkoot State Park where, when the time is right, locals gather and fish for salmon in the lake as well as in the river. Haines is a great place for wildlife watching, as grizzly bears can be seen on the shores of the Chilkoot River while whales and other sea mammals can be spotted anywhere around Haines peninsula!
Night in a B&B in Haines

Day 10: In order to get a better view of your surroundings, you hike up the central mountain of Haines peninsula, where you will enjoy a 360° view on the fjord, the mountains and the glaciers... On your way, you walk through the unique atmosphere of the northern coastal rainforests.
Night in a B&B in Haines

Day 11: Today you go on a day cruise to Juneau, capital of Alaska. On the way you have time to watch for whales, sea lions, seals, bald eagle or even orcas! You then have a few hours to visit Juneau before taking a short bus ride to see Mendenhall glacier, an impressive sight!
Night in a B&B in Haines

Day 12: In late morning you get on the ferry to go to Skagway, an hour away. Skagway is where thousands of prospectors coming from Seattle set foot in the north before crossing the Chilkoot pass and floating down the Yukon river to Dawson City. After a lunch in the 1898 looking town of Skagway, you visit the abandoned village of Dyea, starting point of the famous Chilkoot trail.
Night in a B&B in Skagway

Day 13: You drive up the Klondike highway towards Carcross, in the Yukon. The road winds as it crosses the Coast mountains and takes you to the network of lakes which constitutes the Yukon river headwaters. In less than 2 hours you drive through a gorgeous diversity of landscapes before reaching Carcross. You can visit the small village, build on the shore of Bennett Lake where the 1898 prospectors started their float down the Yukon River. Shortly after the village you can stop again for a short walk in Carcross desert, a series of sand dunes considered to be the smallest desert in the world. Later in the afternoon you finish the drive on the Klondike highway to Whitehorse.
Night in a hotel in Whitehorse

Day 14: You drive back to the airport with your car and leave it there before flying back home!

Please make sure that you meet all the requirements to cross the US and Canadian borders. Feel free to ask us if you want more information regarding border crossing.

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Included

  • Car rental (SUV) for the whole duration of the trip (unlimited km)
  • Meals as specified in the itinerary above
  • Nights (based on double occupancy) as specified in the itinerary above
  • Flightseeing tour in Kluane National Park
  • Ferry transportation (Haines - Skagway)
  • Day excursion in Juneau

not included

  • Activities in Dawson city
  • Fuel for the rental car
  • US custom fees
  • Gratuities
  • International flights

photos

  • Travel Yukon
  • Yukon Wild
  • Wilderness Tourism Association of the Yukon
  • Receptive Travel
  • Lauriers de la PME 2016