AVAC INUIT LANDS & THE ROAD TO THE ARCTIC TOUR

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TOUR HIGHLIGHTS:

Whitehorse; Dawson City; Drive on the Iconic Dempster Highway crossing the Arctic Circle; Amongst the First to Drive the Mackenzie Valley Highway to the Arctic Ocean; Visit a Traditional Inuit Whaling Camp on the Mackenzie River Delta Inuvik; Tuktoyaktuk; See the Midnight Sun; Spend Time in Inuit Homes

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Dates & Prices

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Prices are in US Dollars (USD), before taxes (see note below, if applicable) - All pricing reflects twin-sharing, per-person pricing for the TOUR AND INTERNAL FLIGHTS ONLY; however, we can book flights from your home airport to join the tour for an added cost. Contact us for a no obligation quote.


Start DateEnd DatePriceMore Info
Fri 15 Jun 2018Fri 22 Jun 2018 $6410 USD$6280 USD Discounted

A 5% Canadian tax (GST) will be levied on the land price and single supplement (if chosen), and any extra nights (if requested), and is not included in tour price.

Optional Single Supplement: $405 USD (number of singles limited).


Tour Overview


This tour has been designed by, and will be operated by, our partners at Anderson Vacations based in Calgary, Canada.

Anderson Vacations joined the Adventures Abroad family of companies in 2016 after 25+ years of offering quality touring experiences in Canada, Alaska, and the South Pacific. Adventures Abroad is delighted and proud to partner with AV in bringing AA travellers, old and new, a range of spectacular North American itineraries--from Eastern Canada, the far north and Alaska, British Columbia, and everywhere in between. The booking process and pre-trip service model remains the same--it's just like booking and travelling on an AA tour, with flights, insurance, one-stop-shopping, and all the consumer protection affiliations that protect your investment. The only difference is that you will be travelling with the fine folks at Anderson and other travellers from around the globe who may or may not have booked their trip through Adventures Abroad. Overall, the concept and philosophy are the same, with some small differences in inclusions and group size as noted under the "Trip Information" tab on this page. If you're looking for an adventure but not necessarily "abroad," let Anderson Vacations show you why they have become an industry leader offering sensational journeys right here in our own back yard.

Regions visited: North America
Countries visited: Canada


Full Itinerary

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Day 1 Arrive in Whitehorse, Yukon Territory
Welcome to Whitehorse, named the Wilderness City, nestled on the banks of the famous Yukon River surrounded by mountains and pristine lakes. Tonight enjoy a get acquainted dinner with your tour group.

Overnight in Whitehorse.

Included Meal(s): Dinner

Day 2 Whitehorse
Whitehorse has great shops, galleries and museums that are open all year. Take a stroll down Main Street or spend time with the locals in the lively cafés. Keep an eye out for local food and drink products – you may be surprised at the culinary scene up here!

The capital of the Yukon, Whitehorse, offers a charming inside to the history of the North. We visit the Visitor Centre to learn about the different regions of the Yukon, the SS Klondike-a paddle wheeler ship and the Old Log Church, both restored relics from the Gold Rush days. We also see the world’s longest wooden fish ladder and a Log Skyscraper. To finish with an inspiration of the North we will have a guided tour through the MacBride Museum.

Overnight in Whitehorse.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner

Day 2

Day 3 Whitehorse
We start our day at the interesting Indigenous Cultural centre situated on the banks of the Yukon River where the Kwanlin Dün First Nation people celebrate their heritage and way of life.

On our June departure, we will visit the magnificent Kluane National Park, which was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979. We will stop at Sheep Mountain hoping to spot local Dall sheep in their natural environment. We will also learn about the glacial fields in the Kluane National Park at the Park Visitor Centre.

Overnight in Whitehorse.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner

Day 4 Whitehorse - Dawson City
Dawson City is an eclectic and vibrant northern community on the banks of the Yukon River, possibly soon to be a UNESCO World Heritage Site (in review currently). It is a mix of First Nations heritage and Gold Rush history blended with an active gold mining industry as well as a thriving arts scene. Dawson’s history includes Beringia, the Ice Age period which formed this unique landscape, the Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in indigenous people who have called this place home for centuries, as well as the Klondike Gold Rush, that put this town on the map worldwide. Dawson today is a colourful community that still has the look and feel of a wild-west town, with personalities to boot. Miners, artists, wanderers, and the First Nations all call this place home.

Overnight in Dawson.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner

Day 5 Dawson City - Eagle Plains, YT
This morning we depart for our drive to Eagle Plains on the iconic Dempster Highway over the tundra, through the Richardson Mountains and Tombstone Park. The 7 hour long drive takes us to breathtaking views of the Richardson Mountains, through rolling hills of tundra and small lakes. Due to the open nature of the Arctic tundra, this drive is the best chance to see local wildlife such as eagles, wolves, moose, caribou and grizzly bears.

Overnight Eagle Plains.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 6 Eagle Plains - Inuvik, NWT
We continue our drive to the town of Inuvik (approx. 6.5 hours) within the Arctic Circle. We pass the quaint community of T’siigehtchic and make two ferry crossings on our way to the famous Arctic Circle Monument. We stop at the famous Monument before continuing onwards to Inuvik for stay at the comfortable Mackenzie Hotel.

We have planned a cultural evening with local Inuit elders this day to listen to traditional tales and learn about the Arctic way of life here in the Far North.

Overnight Inuvik.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 7 Inuvik & Mackenzie Valley Highway to the Arctic Ocean
Today we drive on the recently built Mackenzie Valley Highway to the Arctic Ocean. We will be amongst the first visitors to travel on this road from Inuvik to the community of Tuktoyaktuk on the Arctic Ocean. This experience is exclusive and a ‘one off’ as we drive on Canada’s only road to the Arctic Ocean. The locals refer to Tuktoyaktuk as ‘Tuk’, and here, hosted by the local Inuit, we will experience and learn the ways of life of the people who also call it ’home’.

Our local Inuit guide will share stories and history of the area, and point out local landmarks and other points of interest including the Lady of Lourdes Schooner, Traditional sod house, local churches, Distant Early Warning Site and the Trans Canada Trailhead site. We will visit a pingo, also a national landmark where your guide will explain how these amazing natural formations are formed. Then it is out onto the Arctic Ocean to dip our toes and to experience the vastness of the Beaufort Sea where we hear stories of how the local people survive in this northern environment.

This afternoon, we board comfortable boats for a cruise through the Mackenzie River Delta back to Inuvik stopping at an active Inuit whaling station to learn about how the Inuit do their traditional annual whale hunt to provide a sustainable food source.

Overnight Inuvik.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 8 Inuvik - Whitehorse - Departure
We have the morning free to explore this northern community before boarding our mid-day flight back to Whitehorse and then connecting onwards to home.

Please do not book flights departing Whitehorse prior to 4:00pm on Day 8.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast

Tour Map

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*The red tour trail on the map does not represent the actual travel path.


Hotel List


The following is a list of sample hotels at some locations included on this tour. The hotels shown here are meant to provide a general sense of the standard of hotel we usually aim for; they are not necessarily confirmed for your chosen departure.


Gold Rush Inn

Rating: 3 Star Accommodation3 Star Accommodation3 Star Accommodation
Location: Whitehorse
Country: Canada

This traditional hotel in downtown Whitehorse is a 13-minute walk from S.S. Klondike National Historic Site. Relaxed rooms and suites
... with TVs, coffeemakers, minifridges and microwaves
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Downtown Hotel

Rating: 3 Star Accommodation3 Star Accommodation3 Star Accommodation
Location: Dawson
Country: Canada

The Downtown Hotel is a hotel at Second Avenue and Queen Street in Dawson City, Yukon, Canada. It contains 34
... The hotel has earned notoriety for serving a drink called the Sourtoe Cocktail, which features a real mummified human toe.
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Trip Information

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Inclusions

This tour has been designed by, and will be operated by, our partners at Anderson Vacations based in Calgary, Canada.

"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.

Expert Tour Leader
Maximum 21 passengers
Unique inns & 3-4 Star boutique hotels
Mini coach & comfortable local transport
Variety of ‘off the beaten path’ experiences
Breakfast and dinner daily and most gratuities included (Tour Leader Gratuities excluded)
Daily dining in unique local restaurants

Economy class airfare between Whitehorse and Dawson City, economy class airfare between Inuvik and Whitehorse are included.

Airport transfers for all travellers regardless of whether or not you have booked your air through us (this is an exception to our usual policies pertaining to transfers). Early arrivals/late departures will also receive transfers so long as they book their extra accommodation at the group hotel through us.

Exclusions

The customary "end of trip" gratuity for the Tour Leader is not included in your tour price.

Airfare to the start point / from the end point is not included; contact us for a quote or you may book your own once our tour is "guaranteed." Travel Insurance is not included - call us for a quotation (or you may purchase your own).

A 5% Canadian tax (GST) will be levied on the land price and single supplement (if chosen), and any extra nights (if requested), and is not included in tour price.

Seasonality and Weather

From May through September, visitors can expect pleasantly warm, long days as well as cool/cold nights. That said, weather here is highly-changeable and one can expect cold winds and the possibility of showers at any time, though this is, on average, the drier time of year. Rain becomes increasingly unlikely the farther north we go.

You will be amazed at the number of hours of daylight that the north receives in June – up to 22 hours per day! And with these extra hours of sunlight, we are treated to an amazing array of special bonuses – an abundance of wildflowers and brilliant blue skies!

Transport and Travel Conditions

Ground transport provided by deluxe touring coach.

This is a busy tour, but not strenuous. One must be prepared for some early starts and full (scenic!!) travelling days. Roads are excellent, but some slow and winding sections should be expected. On of the big treats of this trip -- be among the first to drive the Mackenzie Valley Highway to the Arctic Ocean!

Accommodation

All accommodation is no less than 3-star standard. We always receive great reviews about the hotels' cleanliness, service, accessibility, and convenience/location. In two locations, we are limited to the accommodation and select the best that is available. Preferred hotel names are noted in the detailed itinerary.

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Staff and Support

Tour Leader throughout, driver/s, local guides as necessary/appropriate.

Group Size

Maximum 21 plus Tour Leader