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Style: Discovery
Destination: Alaska
Tour Code: PYK

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Trip Overview

Alaska, Yukon and the Arctic Circle - the Last Frontier! Experience the arctic wilderness and indigenous culture on one of our most remote and extreme itineraries. Traverse the untouched Alaskan Range and venture north to experience the remote and resourceful nature of the Dene and Inuvialuit people. From the snow-capped mountains and ice-blue glaciers at Denali, to the swift caribou and elusive grizzlies of Kluane National Park, Alaska holidays are always captivating, often astounding, so come ready to explore this truly great land!

Included Highlights
  • Two days in Denali National Park including shuttles
  • Abundant wildlife viewing
  • Dawson City - Heart of the Klondike Gold Rush
  • Cross the Arctic Circle to Inuvik including return flights
  • Whitehorse - Historic Yukon Capital
  • Kluane National Park lakeside campsite
  • Two nights in Wrangell-St Elias National Park
  • Two nights in Valdez
  • Scenic ferry across Prince William Sound
  • Two nights in Kenai Fjords National Park
  • Scenic walks and hikes
Tour Facts & Features
Accommodation: 13 nights camping with equipment (except sleeping bag), 4 hotel nights in twin share accommodation + 1 multi-share cabin. For your own room & tent request our optional Solo Sleeper (see Dates & Prices tab).
Transport: All transportation by private vehicle
Meals: All meals whilst camping included. All other meals paid locally
Guided: Services of a professional tour leader
Group size: Maximum 13
Age range: 18+ (no upper age limit on this tour)
Wifi: Wi-fi available in some hotels & campsites

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Trip Itinerary

Our routes have been carefully chosen to include the best night stops and highlights. However, as local and operational conditions may vary and unforeseen circumstances can arise, the following itinerary should be used as a guideline.

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Optional Activities (paid locally)

Our optional activities offer the flexibility to do the things you want to and leave out the things you don't. Below are the main optional activities for this trip which can be arranged once you are on tour via your tour leader and paid for locally. Please note all costs are subject to change.

  • Scenic flight - Denali US$525
  • Ice climbing - Wrangell-St Elias US$135
  • Dogsled demonstration - Denali US$Free
  • Aerial tramway - Alyeska Mountain US$$20
  • Scenic cruise - Kenai Fjords US$185
  • Flight to Tuktoyaktuk (Arctic Ocean) CAD$420-$550
  • Gold panning - Dawson City CAD$6
  • Ghost Town tour - Kennecott Copper Mill US$28
  • Mountain biking - Denali US$16-$57
  • Glacier walks - Wrangell-St Elias US$80-$110
  • Scenic flights - Wrangell St-Elias US$110-$255
  • Whitewater rafting - Denali US$87-$117
  • Sea Kayaking - Valdez US$99-$249

Itinerary Update

Please note 2016 departures will be 18 days in duration with a revised itinerary. For 2016 itinerary please click here >

2016 departures only - Arrival day in Anchorage

Please note 2016 departures will be 18 days in duration with a revised itinerary including an arrival night at the beginning of the tour. On this arrival day there will be a meeting at 18.00 with your tour leader and group, the tour will then depart the next day. See itinerary update above for more details.

All 2016 departure dates displayed online have been updated to reflect the inclusion of this arrival day.

Day 1: Anchorage to Denali National Park

The largest city in Alaska with only 250,000 people, Anchorage has gone through quite a change since the earthquake of 1964. Now a bustling city fuelled by the oil boom and tourism, it was not that long ago that Anchorage was the last outpost before heading into the 'Last Frontier'. It is also common place to find bears roaming the outskirts of the city. After leaving Anchorage get stuck straight in to Alaskan life with a stop at Talkeetna to sample the local delicacy, reindeer sausage. Then unspoiled wilderness, abundant wildlife and excellent hiking await you as you travel north to Denali National Park and Preserve for your three-night stay.
Accommodation: Camping with meals included

Day 2-3: Denali National Park

Surrounded by Mount Denali, the tallest mountain peak in North America, Denali offers a vast refuge for a variety of wildlife. Wolves, caribou, and Dall sheep all call Denali home, as does the mighty grizzly bear. A wide range of optional activities are available such as river rafting, scenic flights, and dogsled demonstrations and hiking for all fitness and adventure levels. Did you know that Denali National Park is one of the few American parks, where you are encouraged to get off the beaten track and forge your own trail? Well now you do, so be sure to make the most of this fantastic opportunity.

The following days you are free to explore the pristine backcountry of the park. Take the included Denali shuttle bus, which offers scenic views of the taiga and sub-arctic tundra and offers superb opportunities to view wildlife as well as access to unlimited hiking options. For a real treat (and highly recommended) why not try an optional scenic flight to get a good view of Mount Denali's towering peak. You could even opt for a glacier landing!
Accommodation: Camping with meals included

Day 4: Alaska Range

Follow the old Denali Highway across the foot of the Alaskan Range for a night in rustic cabins, set amongst quiet tundra and lakes. Choose to canoe the beautiful Maclaren River or stretch your legs on the tundra covered hills of the Alaska Range and look out for grazing caribous. This is a birder's paradise with many species often sighted and there is a chance to experience excellent fishing for grayling. The range plays host to North America's tallest peak, Mt Denali and is the perfect setting for people who love to hike or simply be at one with nature.
Accommodation: Cabins (multi share) I Meals at own expense

Day 5: Dawson City

Heading north on the scenic 'Top of the World Highway', you cross into Canada and head into the Yukon Territory before arriving at Dawson City. This town of just over 1300 people was founded in 1897 and named after a Canadian geologist, George Dawson. The wooden shop-fronts lining the downtown area give it a real frontier feel and the town looks like it has come straight out of a movie set from the 1800's. Dawson City featured in the writings of Jack London, famous for his novel, 'The Call of the Wild'. You can't visit Dawson City without a visit to an iconic Diamond Tooth Gerties, one of Canada's oldest and friendliest gambling halls. Try your luck at Blackjack, roulette or one of the many slot machines whilst enjoying a song and dance from one of the dancing Gold Rush Gals, this is an experience like no other.
Accommodation: Camping with meals included

Day 6-7: Inuvik

This morning be prepared for some remote and sparse facilities as you fly to Inuvik to experience first-hand the lifestyle and cultures of the Dene, Metis and Inuvialuit peoples who inhabit this frontier town. Located on the Mackenzie Delta, the name 'Inuvik' means 'Place of Man'. With a population that fluctuates around 3000, this is the administrative capital and a unique place to visit, largely because of its primarily indigenous population. There is the unique domed `Our Lady of Victory Church', which is often referred to as 'Igloo Church' and is the most photographed building in the Inuvik. In your free time you can take an optional flight to the town of Tuktoyaktuk on the coast of the Arctic Ocean to gain a unique insight into this remote and hardy community.
Accommodation: Hotel included. Meals paid locally

Day 8: Dawson City

Wake up to your last `sunrise' north of the Arctic circle before boarding your return flight south, back to Dawson City. Here you'll have another chance to sample the legendary Sour-Toe cocktail, we'll let you Google that one or try your hand at gold panning after an enjoyable hike up to Midnight Dome a great look out over the city and a place people have been visiting for years to watch the midnight sun and the changing colours of the night sky.
Accommodation: Camping with meals included

Day 9: Whitehorse

You follow the trail of the original Sourdough miners along the Yukon River to Whitehorse and wander the streets of this old frontier capital. Surrounded by pristine lakes, mountains and the Yukon River, there is no surprise why Whitehorse is known as `The Wilderness City'. With a vibrant urban lifestyle, this Yukon city offers the best of both worlds to anyone who ventures this far.
Accommodation: Camping with meals included

Day 10-11: Kluane National Park

The Yukon's premier national park, Kluane, beckons you next with a lovely waterside campsite along the shoreline of Lake Kluane. This park is full of mountains and glaciers that include Mount Logan (5959 metres or 19,550 feet) - the highest mountain in Canada. There have been over 100 species of birds recorded in the park including the bald eagle and the rock ptarmigan. You have time to enjoy the splendour of this park, with optional hiking up Sheep Mountain or relaxing by the lake and soaking up the serene beauty.
Accommodation: Camping with meals included

Day 12: Tok

Tok is an outdoor person's paradise and making it this far north is definitely a feat in itself. Situated on the Alaskan Highway in between the Tanana River and the Alaska Range, Tok's silent plains make it easy to be at one with nature. Just north of Tok is Forty Mile County an incredible area that inspired the likes of Jack London and the Wrangell mountain range to the south, which makes this one epic area of pure wilderness, so make sure you embrace the hiking, fishing and bird watching that is readily available here.
Tok is also famous for the world famous Pancake Toss competition that takes place at the Sourdough campground. If you manage to toss the pancake into a bucket, you could win a hearty pancake breakfast the next morning!
Accommodation: Camping with meals included

Day 13-14: Wrangell-St.Elias National Park

You travel on to Wrangell-St Elias National Park and spend two nights at Ma Johnson's historic rustic hotel in the 'bush town' of McCarthy. This hotel is a living museum with original artifacts from when the property was first built. The rooms are basic with limited facilities but the lodge is a wonderful place to disconnect, relax and enjoy the scenery.

Bordering Canada's Yukon Territory, Wrangell-St Elias National Park is the largest in the country, containing glaciers five times the size of Manhattan and nine of the sixteen highest peaks in North America! You'll have plenty of time to explore the historic abandoned copper mining town of Kennecott or hike along the Kennecott and Root Glaciers. Optional activities available include ice climbing, hiking, sightseeing and glacier walking or taking a scenic flight past the towering mountains and endless glaciers to experience this vast and rugged wilderness.
Accommodation: Hotel included. Meals paid locally

Day 15-16: Valdez

Valdez (pronounced 'Val-dees') is tucked away at the end of a glacier-carved fjord and called the 'Switzerland of Alaska' due to its surrounding snow-capped mountains. This is the most northerly ice-free port in the Western Hemisphere and the terminus of the Alaskan Pipeline that stretches 1300 kilometres (over 800 miles) to Prudhoe Bay. Enjoy a free day here and a memorable optional activity is kayaking to the foot of either the Shoup Glacier or the larger Columbia Glacier. The Shoup Glacier excursion is a shorter one, but both offer amazing once-in-a-lifetime experiences.
Accommodation: Camping with meals included

Day 17-18: Kenai Fjords National Park

You board the Valdez to Whittier ferry across Prince William Sound where orcas and humpback whales have been spotted on previous trips. You'll be greeted by ever more stunning scenery as you pass by the immense Columbia Glacier en route to the colourful fishing village of Seward, the gateway to Kenai Fjords National Park. Optional activities include hiking to views of Exit Glacier, fishing the waters of Resurrection Bay or enjoying an amazing boat tour of Kenai Fjords National Park.

Located on the south-eastern side of the Kenai Peninsula, this park covers more than 600,000 acres (2400 square kilometres). You will enjoy spectacular views of this rugged coastline and the Kenai Mountains. This is the perfect opportunity for an optional boat cruise to view sea mammals, including pods of orcas. You can also enjoy premier bird watching opportunities and a visit to a tidewater glacier to experience the sights and sounds of icebergs being calved into the sea which are all part of this perfect day out.
Accommodation: Camping with meals included

Day 19: Kenai Fjords National Park to Anchorage

You journey north along the Kenai Peninsula returning to Anchorage in the afternoon where your Alaska Yukon adventure comes to an end. If you're not flying out tonight, it's the perfect opportunity for a farewell dinner and a fine Alaskan brew.

This tour ends at our gateway hotel at approximately 17:00 hrs. We can book you post-tour accommodation at our gateway hotel if required. If you are planning to fly tonight, please do not book a flight that departs before 21:00 hrs.

Tour Notes

Alaskan trips pass through rugged terrain and isolated areas. Many areas/campgrounds will only have basic/ rustic facilities and little nightlife.

Special Departures

If you want to make sure you're right in the heart of the action at the absolute best time to be there, then why not book one of our Special Departures.

4th July special departures

Celebrate the 4th of July in Wrangell-St Elias National Park

One of the most celebrated occasions in the US, enjoy the festivities of Independence Day while in Wrangell-St Elias National Park on the Alaska, Yukon & Arctic Circle tour.

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Solo Sleepers   Optional Solo Sleeper

There are no forced supplements for single travellers. Accommodation is based on twin-share, so if you're travelling on your own, you'll share with a fellow passenger of the same sex. However, if you would prefer your own space our Solo Sleeper Option can be requested from per person. This will guarantee you your own room & tent for every night of the tour excluding the cabin stay at MaClaren Lodge. The number of single rooms & tents we can offer is limited, so it's best to book early. Simply select the "Solo Sleepers" check box on the booking form or request over the phone.

Important Notes

We highly recommend you book this trip at least 90 days prior to departure. Reservations received within 90 days will be on request and subject to flight availability.

This tour is run in conjunction with our trusted sister company and there are no age restrictions, so travellers will be a mixture of ages from 18+.

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Private Departures

Why not arrange your own Grand American Adventures departure? For groups of 8 or more, we can offer private departures on any of our published itineraries enabling friends, families or organizations to enjoy our style of travel at special rates. Although tours will run as per our standard itinerary shown here, slight modifications may be considered and dates can be chosen to suit your needs. (Subject to seasonal/operational restrictions). So contact us today and start planning your own adventure.

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Tour Extras

We've offer a whole range of travel extras with everything from city sightseeing, additional hotel nights, insurance and more so you can organise everything you'll need for your trip in one easy place

Hotels Before and After your trip

Tours begin and end at designated hotels in the departure and arrival cities, starting at 7.30am (check your tour voucher for exact details) and finishing at around 5pm, so it's a great idea to book a room for the night before and after your tour. You can book hotels either online when you book your tour or by call our sales team.

Anchorage Inlet Tower Hotel & Suites

A centrally located hotel with large rooms that include Wi-Fi and refrigerator. Also gym, restaurant and free shuttle service within 5 miles.

  • Twin share:  per person per night
      Matched with another traveller of the same sex.
    Full room:  per room per night
      Single or double room for travellers on the same booking.

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At Grand American Adventures we believe that your safety and enjoyment are the most important parts of your holiday.

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Before you join your Grand American Adventures tour you MUST be covered by insurance that includes adequate coverage for baggage, medical expenses and the cost of repatriation. We can offer you a comprehensive travel insurance policy which is completely tailored for your trip and is specially designed to include all the activities listed.

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Alaskan Bear Viewing Extensions

Want even more adventure? We offer wild Alaskan bear viewing tours, available before or after your trip.

Bear viewing extension

View Alaska black and brown bears in their natural habitat on a guided bear watching trip at either Redoubt Bay Lodge or Lake Clark National Park.

Contact us on 0208 682 8921 or click below for further details.

> Read more about bear viewing at Redoubt Bay

> Read more about bear viewing at Lake Clark National Park

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