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13 DAY ALASKA AND THE YUKON EXPLORER

CODE
AYEX
STARTING FROM
$7,930 USD
PLACES VISITED
Whitehorse, Tok, Fairbanks, Denali, Anchorage, Dawson...
EXPLORE THE YUKON AND ALASKA
Travel with a small group (Max 20 passengers) through the pristine wilderness of the Yukon and Alaska. Experience gold rush history firsthand, and take in stunning views of grandiose lakes, mighty rivers, and abundant wildlife.
Start Location: Whitehorse End Location: Anchorage
TOP HIGHLIGHTS
  • Kluane Museum of Natural History
  • Kluane National Park Reserve
  • Kenai Fjords Cruise
  • SS Klondike National Historic Site
  • Five Finger Rapids
  • Carmacks Boardwalk
  • Diamond Tooth Gerties
  • Gold Mining Dredge
  • Top of the World Highway
  • Alaska Land
  • Sternwheeler Discovery Cruise
  • Palace Grand Theatre
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ITINERARY
Day 1: Arrive in Whitehorse, YT

Welcome to Whitehorse, named the Wilderness City and the capital of the Yukon Territory, located on the banks of the Yukon River north of the 60th Parallel. Your arrival transfer to the hotel will be coordinated by us and upon arrival; you will be greeted by the Anderson Vacations’ Tour Leader. Tonight, we’ll get together for a welcome dinner and tour briefing to get better acquainted with our Tour Director and fellow travelers and to prepare us for the adventures to follow.
Overnight: Whitehorse
Meals: Dinner
Day 2: Whitehorse - Sightseeing Day

An easy start followed by a guided walking tour of some of the city highlights. The capital of the Yukon Territory, Whitehorse, offers a charming inside view of the history of the North. We visit the Visitor Centre to learn about the different regions of the Yukon, the SS Klondike paddle wheeler boat, a restored relics from the Gold Rush days. To finish with an inspiration of the North, we will have a guided tour through the MacBride Museum. Whitehorse has great shops, galleries, and museums that are open all year. During free time, you can stroll down Main Street and spend time with the locals in the lively cafés and interesting stores. Keep an eye out for local culinary products - you will be surprised at the food scene here. There will be time this afternoon to take a walk along the scenic riverfront pathway and enjoy the long hours of daylight that the northern location brings.
Overnight: Whitehorse
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3: Whitehorse, YT – Kluane Day Trip

This morning we travel to the Long-Ago Peoples Indigenous Place in Champagne and have an informative 2 hours of learning about the traditional lifestyles of the Southern Tutchone people. We then continue to Haines Junction at the edge of the magnificent Kluane National Park, which was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979. We will stop at Kluane National Park Visitor Centre and the connected Da Ku Indigenous Cultural Centre. Return to Whitehorse in the evening.
Overnight: Whitehorse
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 4: Whitehorse to Dawson City, YT

Continue north on the peaceful Klondike Highway and pass stunning Lake Laberge. This picturesque highway offers plenty of wildlife viewing opportunities along the way. Take in the scenery with a stop to stretch your legs at the Carmacks Interpretive River Front Boardwalk, as well as an opportunity to enjoy the views of the beautiful Five Finger Rapids. Arrive in what was once the capital city of Yukon- Dawson City. Enjoy the sights of this enticing town steeped with Klondike Gold Rush history, featuring streets lined with vibrantly colored storefronts. Tonight, we visit the Diamond Tooth Gertie’s Gambling Hall, Canada’s oldest casino featuring Dawson City’s famous can-can girls.
Overnight: Dawson City
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5: Dawson City, YT

Recreate history today as you experience an enormous Gold Mining Dredge, one of the largest wood-hulled dredges in North America. Try your own hand at panning for your own fortune in gold. This afternoon relax and enjoy a leisurely afternoon as you explore the boardwalk shops of this town and marvel at the gold-crazed frenzy of Dawson City’s past.
Overnight: Dawson City
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 6: Dawson City – Tombstone Park, YT

Today we experience the Dempster Highway and Tombstone Territorial Park! Travel and venture into the Tombstone Territorial Park. En route to the park, our expert local guide will share local history and tell us about the changing landscape of the area. We will make frequent photo stops on the Dempster, and you will see some of the most amazing landscapes the Yukon has to offer. We will stop at the Tombstone Interpretive Centre where you will have the opportunity to unwind while wandering through the exhibits and have a chance to talk with park rangers. For those interested in a short one-hour guided flat terrain hike along the North Klondike River, our local guide will escort us and explain facts about this seldom visited and remote corner of the North American continent.
Overnight: Dawson City
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 7: Dawson City – Tok, AK

Today, we travel over the Top of the World Highway, an unforgettably breathtaking highway winding along the tops of mountains with panoramic views of Alaska and the Yukon. Stop at the unique small town of Chicken named after the state bird – the Ptarmigan. Continue on Tok, the trade center for several Athabascan Native villages and where we stay for the evening.
Overnight: Tok
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 8: Tok – Fairbanks, AK

Journey to the North Pole, Alaska, today. Mail your postcards from this iconic and charming town and pay a visit to Santa Claus’ house. We continue on to Fairbanks, affectionately known for its pristine lakes, captivating sunrises, and rich Alaskan Native culture. Board the Sternwheeler Discovery this afternoon for an unforgettable cruise of the Chena and Tanana Rivers where you will learn about ancient Athabascan Indian culture on a personalized tour of the Chena Native Village. Tonight, visit Alaskaland for a delicious baked salmon dinner, followed by an entertaining musical show at the Palace Theatre and Saloon.
Overnight: Fairbanks
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 9: Fairbanks – Denali, AK

At 65 degrees north latitude, the sky takes on a capricious life of its own—a canvas for the aurora borealis in spring and fall, the midnight sun in midsummer, and sunsets and sunrises that last forever. Locals embrace the natural world and have created a vibrant river city in the far north. In Fairbanks, you are at such a remote locale and still enjoy the amenities of a charming downtown, a thriving arts community, rich Alaska Native culture, authentic Alaskan activities, and attractions. We have some time this morning to relax and enjoy this town before driving a short distance to Denali.
Overnight: Denali
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 10: Denali, AK

Today, explore the rugged wilderness of Denali National Park & Reserve. Marvel at panoramic views of the famed Alaska Mountain Range including the famous Mount Denali – North America’s highest peak. This afternoon embark on a wildlife tour through the heart of Denali National Park. Keep an eye out for wildlife as this tour offers a great opportunity to see animals including grizzly bears, moose, and wolves.
Overnight: Denali
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 11: Denali – Anchorage, AK

Your destination today is Alaska’s largest city, Anchorage. Set amid the coastal Chugach Mountains and located on the beautiful Cook Inlet, Anchorage is a stunning urban enclave surrounded by wilderness. Explore the enticing history of Alaska at Anchorage’s famed cultural attraction, Alaska Native Heritage Centre.
Overnight: Anchorage
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 12: Kenai Fjords Cruise

Today embark on a Kenai Fjords Cruise, as we explore the protected waters of Resurrection Bay. We experience up-close encounters with wildlife as we guide our ship along massive bird rookeries and sea lion colonies, stopping along the route to view passing whales and otters. Keep watch for eagles, puffins, sea lions, whales, and other wildlife that call the area home. We enjoy a delicious lunch of prime rib and salmon onboard the ship.
Overnight: Anchorage
Meals: Breakfast
Day 13: Depart Anchorage, AK

Our Alaska and the Yukon adventure has come to an end. Following breakfast, individual transfers to the airport are arranged for the return flights home.
Meals: Breakfast
DATES & PRICES
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Thu, 22 Jun 2023
Tue, 04 Jul 2023
$7,930 USD
$1,950 USD
$500 USD
Sun, 16 Jul 2023
Fri, 28 Jul 2023
$7,930 USD
$1,950 USD
$500 USD

Applicable taxes vary depending on travel destination and are not included. Please ask your sales agent what extra taxes will be payable for your tour.
WHAT'S INCLUDED
  • 12 nights of accommodation (3.5-4 star)
  • Professional tour leader
  • Transportation on deluxe motorcoach
  • Roundtrip airport transfers in Whitehorse
  • 24 meals: 12 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 9 dinners
EXCLUSIONS
  • 3.5% provincial tax on top of tour base rate
  • Gratuities to driver (Recommend $3-$4 per person per day)
  • Gratuities to guide (Recommend $5-$7 per person per day)
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Meals not listed
  • Attractions not listed
  • Credit card payment fees, where applicable
  • Airfare — domestic and international (Unless Specified)
  • Travel insurance (Strongly recommended, ask us for a quote!)
  • Optional: choose to travel by train on the historic White Pass Railroad enroute to Skagway on day 11, return to Whitehorse on coach.

Why Take An Anderson Tour?

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Space To Breathe We never max out buses even if we use the same size bus as the competition.
All Inclusive No hidden expenses along the way. Competitors offer activities as an extra - we don't

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Tour Questions

What is the maximum number of travellers in a group?

Anderson Vacations specializes in Small Group Fully Escorted tours. If the tour is classified as a ‘Classic Tour’ up to 24 persons may join the tour although tours commonly travel with anywhere between 18 to 24 travellers. If the tour is classified as a 'Tour of Distinction’ only up to 18 persons may join the tour and many 'Tours of Distinction' travel with 12 to 18 travellers.

What are Guaranteed Departures?

After dreaming about travel to an exciting destination, arranging for time off work, booking your flights the last thing you need is for your trip to be cancelled. Anderson vacation's pre-Guaranteed tours take the uncertainty away from planning your travel and give you peace of mind to book our tours. Pre-Guaranteed Tours are group tours that we have already confirmed as certain to travel on the specified date. All 'Guaranteed Tours' will travel except in the event of a natural disaster or a catastrophic event that is beyond our control. They may already have the minimum number of people booked or else are tours that are known to be popular. Only select departures of tours are 'pre-Guaranteed'.

What happens if I book on a tour that is not Guaranteed?

We pride ourselves on providing “a small shared group experience.” In the event that we have fewer than ten participants on a tour we will offer a “small-group surcharge” to ensure that the tour runs as scheduled. This fee, which is up to 15% of the “land” portion of the tour, will be offered to you as an option to continue with the trip. This fee will cover the costs associated with handling a smaller group.

What is the average age of passengers for this tour?

Our tours are suitable for all age demographics. The average age of travelers is typically 45+.

How physically demanding is this tour? Are you able to accommodate people with mobility restrictions/limitations?

Some tours are mainly coach based and may not be physically demanding while others may require walking inclines or on rough surfaces to access interesting locations. Please check with us and your booking agent carefully and discuss your mobility restrictions before completing any tour booking to ensure this style of travel is right for you.

Can you accommodate passengers with dietary restrictions (food allergies, vegan, vegetarian etc.)?

Yes, we do accommodate dietary restrictions (within reason) such as, food allergies, vegan, vegetarian, etc. There are many meals included on our fully escorted tours. Please inform us of any dietary restrictions at the time of booking so we can ensure there are alternative meal choices.
Booking & Flight Questions

Do you arrange airport transfers?

Yes, we can assist you with airport transfers for you in most locations at a reasonable extra cost. Several tours have airport transfers already included. Please contact us for more details.

Can you assist with booking additional accommodation?

Yes, we can certainly assist with booking additional nights of hotel accommodation for you before and after your fully escorted tour. This is available upon request and subject to availability. Please inquire for further information and prices.

How much luggage should I bring?

Each passenger may bring one large suitcase and one carry-on bag. The weight limit for baggage is 20 kilograms or about 40 pounds. Baggage handling is provided at the hotels in our tour packages but there may be places where you will be required to wheel in your bags for quicker access. Be sure to advise our reservations staff if you will be bringing additional items such as a cane, walker, or wheelchair. You may also bring one small soft-sided carry-on bag, which should easily fit into the overhead shelf of a coach. Each person is responsible for his/her own carryon luggage. Remember to check your airline baggage restrictions if you are flying, as they may differ from Anderson Vacations guidelines.

I am a solo traveller. Is there a single surcharge?

There are options for single travelers to join most tours. Solo travellers can choose to pay a Single Supplement and have their own room throughout the tour. For those willing to share with a co-traveller of the same gender, we have a Twin Share option that is offered for most tours where you share a hotel room with another same gender traveller. In this case, you will not be charged for Single Supplement.

Is it possible to book a triple share accommodation?

Yes, it is possible to book triple share accommodations on select trips. Please inquire or contact us regarding this option, as prices and availability vary from tour to tour.

Can we book this tour with our exclusive group?

Yes, you can! Anderson Vacations works with many private groups and helps to customize a tour to traveller’s needs. Please contact us for more details.

Are gratuities included in the tour cost?

For convenience, gratuities for local guides and meals that are specified in the itinerary are included in the tour price. For meals not included in your tour package please remember that it is customary to tip your server 10-20% in North America. Gratuities for your Coach Driver (where appropriate) and Tour Director are entirely at your discretion. We recommend about CDN $5.00 per person, per day, for your Driver and CDN$7.00 per person, per day for your Tour Leader.
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Seasoned Tour Guides Get a deeper understanding with storytelling tailored to your interests.
Space To Breathe We never max out buses even if we use the same size bus as the competition.
All Inclusive No hidden expenses along the way. Competitors offer activities as an extra - we don't
CLASSIC TOURS

The style our travellers have enjoyed for over 20 years, these tours feature inclusive itineraries to popular destinations including the 'must see' sites and attractions. Led by an expert Tour Leader, you will enjoy comfortable accommodation, and coach transport throughout the journey.

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TOURS OF DISTINCTION

These tours are defined by their incomparably unique itineraries, featuring 'off the beaten path' destinations and immersive experiences. An intimate group size allows us to stay in smaller, centrally located, unique and boutique style inns, lodges and hotels, utilize traditional local transportation and dive deep into each destination's local culture and traditions.

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INDEPENDENT TRAVEL

These tours are defined by their incomparably unique itineraries, featuring 'off the beaten path' destinations and immersive experiences. An intimate group size allows us to stay in smaller, centrally located, unique and boutique style inns, lodges and hotels, utilize traditional local transportation and dive deep into each destination's local culture and traditions.

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INDEPENDENT TRIPS

These tours are defined by their incomparably unique itineraries, featuring 'off the beaten path' destinations and immersive experiences. An intimate group size allows us to stay in smaller, centrally located, unique and boutique style inns, lodges and hotels, utilize traditional local transportation and dive deep into each destination's local culture and traditions.

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