AVYK ALASKA & YUKON EXPLORER TOUR

Whitehorse, Dawson City, Denali, & Prince William Sound,

AVYK ALASKA & YUKON EXPLORER TOUR
TOUR HIGHLIGHTS:

SS Klondike National Historic Site; Carmacks Boardwalk; Diamond Tooth Gerties; Gold Mining Dredge; Top of the World Highway; Palace Grand Theatre; Sternwheeler Discovery Cruise; Chena Native Village; Denali National Park; Alaska Native Heritage Center; Prince William Sound Cruise; Kluane National Park Reserve; Kluane Museum of Natural History

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Dates & Prices


Prices below are per person, twin-sharing costs in US Dollars (USD). Pricing does not include airfare to/from the tour and any applicable taxes. For single supplement rates and taxes (if any), please refer to the entries under the blue box below.


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How do I make a reservation? How and when do I pay?

The easiest way to make a reservation is to contact us by telephone. You can also book online through our website.

A non-refundable $500 deposit is payable at the time of booking; if a reservation is made within 60 days, full payment is required. Some trips require a larger deposit. If international airline bookings require a non-refundable payment in order to secure space or the lowest available fare, we will require an increase in deposit equal to the cost of the ticket(s).

Early enrolment is always encouraged as group size is limited and some trips require greater preparation time.

Once we have received your deposit, we will confirm your space and send you a confirmation package containing your trip itinerary, any visa/travel permit related documents, invoice, clothing and equipment recommendations, general information on your destination(s), and forms for you to complete, sign and return to us. Your air e-tickets (if applicable), final hotel list, final trip itinerary, and instructions on how to join your tour, will be sent approximately 2-3 weeks prior to departure.

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I am a single who prefers my own room. What is a single supplement?

All of our tours have a single supplement for those who want to be guaranteed their own room at each location.

This supplement is a reflection of the fact that most hotels around the world do not discount the regular twin-share rate for a room by 50% for only one person occupying a room. Most hotels will give a break on the price, but usually in the range of 25-30% of the twin-share rate. This difference, multiplied by each night, amounts to the single supplement.

The conventional amount can also vary from country to country and some destinations are more expensive than others for single occupancy. In order to be "single friendly," the supplements we apply are not a profit centre for us and we do our best to keep them as reasonable as possible.

On most tours we limit the number of singles available, not to be punitive, but rather because many hotels allow for only a limited number of singles; some smaller hotels at remote locations also have a limited number of single rooms available.

Please note that most single rooms around the world are smaller than twin-share rooms and will likely have only one bed.

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What about cancellations, refunds, and transfers?

Should you need to cancel your trip, you must notify us in writing, by letter, e-mail, or by fax immediately. Deposits are non-refundable, though if you cancel more than 90 days prior to tour departure date, the deposit is transferable to any other tour taken within 12 months of the original tour start date, minus a per person transfer fee (some tours have a 100% nonrefundable/ nontransferable deposit; you will be informed of this at the time of booking). Less than 90 days prior to departure, all monies paid are 100% non-refundable, nontransferable. Name changes are not permitted.

Insurable risks may be covered under trip cancellation insurance policies, if purchased. We will not grant partial refunds for any unused trip arrangements—voluntarily missed meals, sightseeing, transport, etc—after the trip has commenced, or any refunds to trip members who do not complete any portion of the itinerary for whatever reason.

All air tickets are non-refundable and valid only for the flight(s) indicated. We may cancel departures if forced to do so by circumstances such as war, civil or political unrest or what is commonly referred to as force majeure. In these instances we will refund all passengers in full if cancellation takes place more than 60 days prior to tour start date.

If cancellation occurs within the 60 day period, we will offer to postpone your trip to another departure of the same tour code within 12 months of the original tour start date; or, if circumstances do not permit, an alternative will be offered at that time. We will not be responsible for costs associated with re-issuance or extension of visas, airline change fees, or for any compensation. We strongly recommend that all travellers purchase trip cancellation insurance, either through Adventures Abroad or elsewhere, as this may provide coverage under such circumstances.

If we cancel your tour due to insufficient enrolment, we will endeavour to find an alternative tour for you. If this is not acceptable, all monies paid will be refunded in full and will constitute full settlement. We will not be responsible for any expenses incurred, such as visas, vaccinations, independently purchase airfare, or any compensation. Notice of cancellation due to insufficient enrolment in any program will be given approximately 60 days prior to departure.

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Do you have a shared accommodation program?

Yes! If you are single traveller and are willing to share, we will do our best to pair you with a same-gender roommate. On most of our tours, if we fail to pair you, we will absorb the single supplement fee and you will default to a single room at no extra charge. At some destinations, however, where single rooms are not significantly discounted, or not at all, we may apply a "mandatory" single in the event that we cannot find you a share partner. This is usually 50% of the usual supplement, but can be as much as 100%. If applicable, this proviso will be noted on each tour page on this website, on your invoice, and in our tour date/price book (available for download under "Resources").

Select a date below to reserve your spot:

Start DateEnd DatePriceMore Info
Sat 05 Jun 2021Wed 16 Jun 2021 $4580 USD
Sat 24 Jul 2021Wed 04 Aug 2021 $4580 USD
Sat 04 Jun 2022Wed 15 Jun 2022 $4580 USD
Sat 23 Jul 2022Wed 03 Aug 2022 $4580 USD

A 3.5% 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: $1164 USD (number of singles limited).


Tour Overview


Regions visited: North America
Countries visited: Canada and United States


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What is the maximum number of participants on a trip?

Most of our tours carry a maximum of 18 participants; some tours (ie hiking tours) top out at 16. In the event that we do not achieve our minimum complement by our 60-day deadline, we may offer group members the option of paying a "small-group surcharge" as an alternative to cancellation. If all group members agree, we will confirm the trip at existing numbers; this surcharge is refundable in the event that we ultimately achieve our regular minimum. If the small group surcharge is not accepted, we will offer a refund of your deposit or a different trip of your choice.

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Can I extend my tour either at the beginning or end? What about stopovers?

Yes, you can extend your tour either at the beginning or the end and we can book accommodation in our tour hotel. Stopovers are often permitted, depending on air routing. Stopovers usually carry a "stopover" fee levied by the airline.

Full Itinerary


Day 1 Arrive in Whitehorse, YT
Today we arrive into Whitehorse, the capital city of the Yukon. Hugged by the banks of the Yukon River and surrounded by the peaks of Grey Mountain, Haeckel Hill, and Golden Horn Mountain, Whitehorse is the Yukon’s most cosmopolitan community. Few cities in the world offer such rich access to pristine wilderness, yet still provide all the amenities of a modern metropolis.

Overnight in Whitehorse.

Included Meal(s): Dinner

Day 2 Whitehorse - Dawson City, YT
This morning we visit some of the local highlights, including Miles Canyon. Miles Canyon, perhaps the most dramatic natural feature near Whitehorse, is where the Yukon River has cut its way down through a flow of basaltic lava. The Whitehorse Fish Ladder and Dam is the world’s longest wooden fish ladder - which helps migrating Chinook (aka king) salmon on the final leg of their epic journey. For the first half of the twentieth century, the sternwheelers of the British Yukon Navigation Company plied the upper Yukon River between Whitehorse and Dawson City. The S.S. Klondike was the largest of the fleet. Sitting proudly on the banks of the Yukon River in Whitehorse, she has been meticulously restored and refurnished, paying tribute to an era before roads, when riverboats and rail linked the Yukon to the outside world.

We then head north on the peaceful Klondike Highway! This picturesque highway offers us plenty of wildlife viewing opportunities along the way, and our route takes us past the stunning Lake Laberge. At the Carmacks Interpretive Riverfront Boardwalk we will take in the scenery, stretch our legs and enjoy the views of the beautiful Five Finger Rapids. We later arrive in Dawson City - once the capital city of Yukon. Today Dawson City is an eclectic and vibrant northern community on the banks of the Yukon River.

This afternoon we will enjoy the sights of this enticing town steeped with Klondike Gold Rush history, featuring streets lined with vibrantly coloured store fronts. A base during the 19th-century Klondike Gold Rush, the town has several preserved frontier-style buildings. Many of these are found in the Dawson Historical Complex. Tonight, we will visit Diamond Tooth Gertie’s Gambling Hall, Canada’s oldest casino featuring Dawson City’s famous can-can girls.

Overnight in Dawson City.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 3 Dawson City, YT
Dawson City boasts a mixture of First Nations Heritage and Gold Rush History blended with an active Gold Mining and Tourism Industry as well as a thriving Arts scene

Today we will visit the enormous Gold Mining Dredge, one of the largest wood hulled dredges in North America. At the peak of corporate mining, a dozen dredges, churned through the creeks. Dredging continued in the Klondike until 1966, when the last of the Yukon Consolidated Gold Company's dredges shut down. Dredge No. 4 represents the many decades of corporate mining in the Canadian mid-north through the 20th century. Dredge No. 4 is commemorated because it represents the importance of dredging operations in the Yukon between 1899 and 1966.

This afternoon you will have some free time to explore Dawson City on your own.

Overnight in Dawson City.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 4 Dawson City, Yukon - Tok, Alaska
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. While most roads traveling through mountains wander through lower elevations highway winds along the top of the mountain range for a truly breathtaking drive, connecting Dawson City, Yukon to Tok, Alaska. It only takes a few miles climbing out of Dawson City to realize where the name of this road comes from.

After our scenic route we will arrive in Tok, the trade center for several Athabascan Native villages. In the region around Tok one will see both wild and domestic flower gardens, log homes with sod and wild flower roofs, old fish wheels, historic mining equipment and log caches. This will be our home for the evening.

Overnight in Tok.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner

Day 5 Tok - Fairbanks, AK
Our destination today is Fairbanks. En-route we will make a short visit to the small Alaskan city of North Pole – an iconic and charming location. We then continue on to Fairbanks. Here there are serious mountain ranges, pristine rivers and lakes, abundant wildlife and a certain poignant solitude that is found in few places on earth. Locals embrace the natural world and have created a vibrant river city in the far north.

Fairbanks is known for its captivating sunrises and rich Alaskan Native culture. This afternoon we will board the Sternwheeler Discovery for an unforgettable cruise of the Chena and Tanana Rivers. During our river journey we will learn about the ancient Athabascan Indian culture as we tour the Chena Native Village.

Tonight we will enjoy a delicious baked salmon dinner, followed by an entertaining musical show at the Palace Theatre and Saloon.

Overnight in Fairbanks.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner

Day 6 Fairbanks - Denali, AK
Today we will explore the rugged wilderness of Denali National Park & Reserve. Here we will marvel at the panoramic views of the famed Alaska Mountain Range including famous Mount Denali – North America’s highest peak.

Denali is six million acres of wild land, bisected by one ribbon of road. Travellers along it see the relatively low-elevation taiga forest give way to high alpine tundra and snowy mountains, culminating in North America's tallest peak at 20,310'. Wild animals large and small roam unfenced lands, living as they have for ages. Solitude, tranquility and wilderness await.

This afternoon we embark on a wildlife tour through the heart of Denali National Park. Be sure to keep an eye out for wildlife as this tour offers a great opportunity to see grizzly bears, moose, and wolves.

Overnight at Denali.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Lunch

Day 7 Denali - Anchorage, AK
Our 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.

Anchorage might appear at first glance to be a typical city, but upon closer exploration one discovers that the city’s 300,000 human residents share their space with an estimated 1,500 moose, not to mention bald eagles, bears, and beavers. King and silver salmon fill Ship Creek all summer long, drawing anglers to one of the world’s only urban salmon fisheries. The Alaska Railroad’s largest passenger depot is at the center of train travel, as it has been for more than a century. For access to spots beyond the reach of road or rail, a bustling seaplane base at Lake Hood has planes casting off from docks near hotels and homes.

We will discover the enticing history of Alaska at Anchorage’s famed cultural attraction, the Alaska Native Heritage Centre.

Overnight in Anchorage.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner

Day 8 Prince William Sound Cruise
Today embark on a Kenai Fjords Cruise and explore the protected waters Resurrection Bay. We experience up-close encounters with wildlife our ship is is guided 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 will enjoy a delicious lunch on board the ship.

Overnight in Anchorage.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Lunch

Day 9 Anchorage - Tok
This morning we will witness more stunning landscapes as we travel the Richardson Highway. The Richardson Highway (Alaska’s oldest!) connects Valdez (mile 0) and Fairbanks (mile 364), and the drive will take us through the spectacular and narrow Keystone Canyon and across the Thompson Pass.

We pass by lakes, canyons and glaciers as we wind along the highway to Gakona Junction. The highway will take us to Mentasta Summit before descending into Tok, the trading hub for nearby villages. Here we rejoin the Alaska Highway.

Overnight in Tok.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner

Day 10 Tok, AK - Whitehorse, YT
Today depart Tok and travel back into the Yukon. The scenic highway travels alongside the dramatically beautiful Kluane National Park & Reserve, home of Canada’s highest mountain, Mount Logan (5,959 m). Kluane National Park and Reserve covers 21,980 square kilometres. It's a land of mountains, icefields and valleys with a diverse plant and wildlife species. Established in 1976, Kluane abuts three other protected areas: Wrangell-St. Elias and Glacier Bay national parks in Alaska, and British Columbia's Tatshenshini-Alsek Park. Together these parks form the largest UNESCO World Heritage Site.

We will stop at Kluane Park Visitor Centre with its award-winning digital exhibits, engaging exhibit panels, and cultural artefacts that will introduce us to the fascinating world of Kluane National Park and Reserve. We will also make a visit to the Kluane Museum of Natural History and the Sheep Mountain Visitor Centre where we can catch a glimpse of the Dall sheep before arriving in Whitehorse.

Overnight in Whitehorse.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner

Day 11 Day Trip to Skagway, AK
Today we travel southwest to Skagway along the same route that, long ago, thousands of people journeyed in search of their own gold fortune.

We will ride on Yukon’s iconic railways, on a train journey to Skagway on the White Pass & Yukon Railway. The railroad winds around mountains and follows the historic Chilkoot Trail, the original Klondike trail. Built in 1898 during the Klondike Gold Rush, the White Pass & Yukon Route is a marvel of engineering despite the harsh weather and challenging geography faced by thousands of railroad construction workers. Sit back, relax and enjoy the views and historic commentary from the comfort of our vintage passenger coaches on “The Scenic Railway of the World”.

You will likely fall in love with the quaint port village of Skagway, nestled into the harbour and full of gold rush history. After some time here to explore we will then travel back to Whitehorse.

Overnight: Best Western Gold Rush Inn

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner

Day 12 Depart Whitehorse, YT
Today after breakfast, say goodbye to the Yukon and your new friends before you return home.
Included Meal(s): Breakfast

Tour Map


*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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Triple J Hotel

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

This low-key hotel is a 1-minute walk from the Diamond Tooth Gerties Gambling Hall and a 4-minute walk from Palace
... Theatre. Set across the main building and an annex, the subdued rooms offer free Wi-Fi, cable TV and coffeemakers.
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Pike’s Waterfront Lodge

Rating: 3 Star Accommodation3 Star Accommodation3 Star Accommodation
Location: Fairbanks
Country: United States

On the banks of the Chena River, this casual hotel features unassuming rooms with old-school furnishings offer flat-screen TVs, and
... have free Wi-Fi.
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Denali Bluffs

Rating: 2 Star Accommodation2 Star Accommodation
Location: Denali National Park And Preserve
Country: United States

Outdoor adventure and true Alaskan hospitality await you at the Denali Bluffs Hotel in the gentle lower slopes of Sugarloaf
... Ideally located, guests are close to area attractions, and surrounded by wilderness splendor.
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Hilton Anchorage

Rating: 3 Star Accommodation3 Star Accommodation3 Star Accommodation
Location: Anchorage
Country: United States

This modern downtown hotel is an 8-minute walk to the Anchorage Museum. All rooms (some with mountain or water views)
... contemporary decor and custom-designed beds, plus desks, 37-inch flat-screen TVs and WiFi (fee).
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Trip Information


Inclusions

Breakfast daily & most dinners, some lunches (hotels & local restaurants) as listed in tour itinerary. All transport, accommodation, sightseeing and entrance fees for sites noted as 'visited' in the detailed itinerary. Gratuities for local guides, drivers, restaurant staff, porters (if available). Airport transfers for land & air customers and for early arriving/late departing land & air customers who book their extra hotel nights through us.

Exclusions

Airfare to/from the tour. Tour Leader gratuities, lunches, drinks, personal items (phone, laundry, etc), domestic and international air taxes (if applicable), any excursions referenced as 'optional'. Airport transfers for Land Only customers. Optional trip cancellation insurance. Our post-reservation trip notes offer further guidance on optional meal costs and shopping.

A 3.5% 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. These amounts will be listed separately on your invoice. This amount is prorated to account for time spent in the USA.

A new fee is now being charged at the Alaska Border for anyone who is NOT an American or Canadian citizen. This fee is $8.00 US per person, and it MUST be paid in cash. You will be responsible for paying this fee yourself at the border crossing.

Seasonality and Weather

From May through September, visitors can expect pleasantly warm, long days as well as cool, comfortable nights. Alaska's coastal regions can experience some wet weather, as all coastal locations do, so be prepared for both sun and slight showers. You will be amazed at the number of hours of daylight that the northern towns of Fairbanks and Dawson City receive 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, brilliant blue skies, and snow-capped mountain peaks!

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.

Am I suitable for this tour? Please refer to our self-assessment form.

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.

Click on "Map & Hotels" tab for more information.

Staff and Support

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

Group Size

Maximum 18 plus Tour Leader

AVYK TRIP DETAILS

DURATION12 days

TOUR STARTWhitehorse

TOUR ENDWhitehorse

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