Highlights Of The Yukon

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Run by: Wexas Travel

Reference number: 104118

From: £2530.00

Holiday overview

Canada's Yukon is a region of mountains, lakes, glaciers and rivers, home to an abundance of wildlife including moose, elk and grizzly bears. But set against this scenic backdrop, visitors will also discover a rich and varied history, much of which is centred round the Klondike Gold Rush of the late 19th century, when an estimated 100,000 prospectors arrived in search of their fortune. This fly-drive holiday begins in Whitehorse, the Yukon's vibrant capital known as the 'Wilderness City'. Then, its a journey of ceaseless beauty across the Yukon's magnificent landscapes, taking in the wildlife of Kluane National Park and hopping across the border to Skagway, an Alaskan city steeped in the history of the Klondike Gold Rush. 

Holiday itinerary

Days 1-2: UK/Whitehorse

Enjoy included airport lounge before your daytime flight to Whitehorse. On arrival, collect your hire car for the short drive to your city-centre hotel. Then, with an included visit to the Yukon Wildlife Preserve – a unique wildlife viewing property set over 700 acres and encompassing various natural habitats – you'll enjoy your first taste of the Yukon's unique wildlife and spectacular natural world.

Stay: Best Western Gold Rush Inn (Standard)

Day 3: Skagway

Take the South Klondike Highway, which connects the Yukon Territory with the Inside Passage ferry system in Alaska. It's also called the Skagway-Carcross Road, a route known for its spectacular scenery as it descends from the White Pass to Skagway. A truly memorable drive, you'll wind your way through the subalpine landscapes of the Tormented Valley to Tutshi Lake and Emerald Lake. The remainder of the day is free to explore Skagway. 

Stay: Westmark Inn (Standard)

Day 4: Haines

Boarding the afternoon ferry to Haines, you’ll head along the Lynn Canal, carved through a pristine fjord with cliffs soaring some 7,000 feet overhead. Haines itself is located in the ‘Valley of the Eagles’ where almost 4,000 American bald eagles gather to hunt and breed.

Stay: Hotel Hasingland (Standard)

Day 5: Haines Junction

The Haines Highway winds over the Chilkat Pass and into the Kluane National Park, one of the largest non-polar icefields on the planet. Here, in the shadow of Canada’s highest peak – the 5,959-metre Mount Logan – you’ll find grizzly bears, grazing Dall sheep and roaming packs of wolves. Stop off to visit the Sheep Mountain Visitor Centre with its interpretive programs about the region's flora and fauna.

Stay: The Raven Hotel 

Day 6: Kluane National Park

Leaving along the Haines Highway, the road climbs from the Chilkat River Valley to the windswept Chilkat Pass. Skirting the boundaries of the British Columbia's Tatshenshini-Alsek Provincial Park, you'll arrive into Haines Junction in Kluane country, gateway to Kluane National Park. This is a region of snow-dusted mountains, vast forests, rushing rivers and sparkling lakes home to Canada’s highest peak and the world’s largest non-polar Icefields.

Stay: The Raven (Standard) 

Day 7: Tok

Enjoy a short national-park hike this morning before heading north along the shores of Kluane Lake and across the border to Tok, whose annual husky race is recognised by mushers the world over.

Stay: Cleft of the Rock B&B

Days 8-10: Dawson City

Follow the Top of the World Highway to Dawson City. Here, you’ll discover what life was like during the Klondike Gold Rush with visits to the historic sternwheel paddler, SS Keno, and the Jack London Interpretive Centre.

Stay: Aurora Inn (Standard)

Day 11: Whitehorse

Wend your way slowly back to Whitehorse for a final night, perhaps heading out to explore the parts of the Yukon's capital you might have missed first time around.

Stay: Best Western Gold Rush Inn  

Days 12-13: Departure

Leave Whitehorse behind as you join your overnight flight to London, arriving home on day 13. 

Holiday pricing

Valid for travel: May - September 2018

Includes:

  • Complimentary UK airport lounge access
  • Return flights from UK to Whitehorse via Vancouver
  • 11 nights accommodation in the Yukon
  • Intermediate car hire for 12 days
  • Admission to the Yukon Wildlife Preserve
  • Alaska Marine Highway Ferry between Skagway & Haines
  • Documentation package and personalised maps


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