Follow in the footsteps of the prospectors, trappers, adventurers and early settlers of Yukon and Alaska and you’ll strike gold. You’ll explore some of North America’s most pristine and remote wildernesses. You’ll be surrounded by strikingly beautiful scenery, and you’ll follow wildlife tracks and ancient hunting and trading routes. And, of course, you’ll glimpse the crazy days of the old Gold Rush.
Meet your expert tour guide at Anchorage Airport and check into your hotel with your fellow travellers. The tour then takes you along the George Parks Highway to Denali National Park for your first wildlife excursion on the trail of wolves, grizzly bears, moose, caribou and dall sheep.
Stay: One night in Anchorage and two nights close to the park.
Begin to understand the traditions of the region, with a trip to the Alaska Dog Mushing Museum, followed by a different form of historic transport – a cruise on a sternwheeler along the Chena River. You can also experience the Gold Rush Show at Malamute Saloon.
Stay: One night in Fisher’s Loft Inn.
Scenic lakes and rivers
Fill your day by touring through countryside punctuated with meandering rivers and placid lakes – a real test for your skills as a photographer and the capabilities of your camera.
Stay: One night in Fairbanks.
Follow the aptly named Top of the World Highway to the Yukon River for your crossing by ferry. On the opposite side you’ll have the chance to explore Jack London’s Cabin as well as a fascinating Gold Diggers’ Museum and the famous (infamous) Diamond Gerties Casino.
Stay: Two nights in (TBA).
Now the Yukon really starts to reveal itself. Your tour takes you along the Klondike Highway, following the meanderings of the mighty Yukon River. You’ll stop to view Five Finger Rapids and any number of tiny villages – their roadhouses and post offices evocative of the notorious Gold Rush era of over 100 years ago. Interesting sights include the world’s longest wooden fish ladder, the SS Klondike – an old sternwheeler – and the Transportation Museum. Trips through Miles Canyon by boat and visits to the seaport of Skagway, an old Gold Rush town, should not be missed.
Stay: Two nights in Whitehorse
Kluane National Park
The frozen area beside Kluane National Park is one of the largest glacial regions on the planet. In fact, only the North and South Poles are bigger. So, unless you are a polar explorer, this is your best chance of experiencing a glacier on a truly grand scale. The immensity of its natural beauty is rivalled only by a trip to the shores of the vast Lake Kluane.
Stay: Two nights in Kluane National Park.
Your destination may be Valdez, but the route is equally as impressive. Your tour takes you through panoramic landscapes of grand glaciers, still lakes and picturesque rivers – all the way to Wrangell-St Elias National Park. Then comes the Richardson Highway to the Pacific Coast and Valdez itself.
Stay: One night in Valdez.
Prince William Sound/Anchorage
The ferry across Prince William Sound is an unforgettable trip. You can expect to see wildlife like whales, sea lions and otters. Puffins abound. But perhaps the most impressive sight will be the mighty calving icebergs, sending great slabs of ice crashing into the freezing waters. Your final day is spent in Anchorage before travelling to the airport for your return flight.
Stay: One night in Anchorage.