Alaska & the Yukon (8360)

12 Day Tour from Anchorage to Anchorage

2019 Tour Details

This Alaska and the Yukon Territory tour features many of the most popular scenic vistas that Alaska and the Yukon Territory have to offer—beginning and ending in Anchorage. Along the way, take a boat to view breathtaking Mears Glacier on Prince William Sound and watch for eagles, whales, dolphins, mountain goats, and more. Between Valdez and Tok, enjoy views of Bridal Veil Falls, Worthington Glacier, and Thompson Pass. Between Tok and Whitehorse, behold spectacular vistas of Kluane National Park’s rugged mountains. Between Dawson City and Fairbanks, delight in the stunning scenery as you motor over the Top of the World Highway.

More magnificent scenery awaits you on your journey aboard the Alaska Railroad between Fairbanks and Denali National Park. Travel through untamed wilderness and delight in viewing the awe-inspiring scenery via wide windows and the domed-roof car. With its six million acres, Denali National Park & Preserve is home to North America’s highest peak and offers majestic landscapes. Your two nights in Denali give you the opportunity to explore on your own or to take optional outings, such as a helicopter ride over the park or a wilderness tour to seek out grizzly bears, moose, and more.

In addition to witnessing breathtaking scenery, this Alaska and Yukon Territory tour offers you a chance to learn about the Klondike Gold Rush. Follow the Trail of ’98 over the same mountains that determined gold seekers traveled in the middle of winter. Visit Skagway, where thousands of hopeful miners came in 1898, and stroll the wooden sidewalks. In Dawson City, see where the first gold strike was made and enjoy the ragtime music, can-can girls, and old-fashioned casino just as the prospectors did over a century ago.

All of this and more await you on this value-minded tour through Alaska and the Yukon Territory!
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 Tour Highlights

VALDEZ
Mears glacier cruise on Prince William Sound
DAWSON CITY
Visit Diamond Tooth Gertie’s Saloon; Claim #1; and the Robert Service Interpretive Centre
FAIRBANKS
Sightseeing; Trans-Alaska Oil Pipeline; Cruise aboard the sternwheeler riverboat Discovery; Tour the Chena Indian Village with Alaskan Native Guides
FAIRBANKS-DENALI NATIONAL PARK
Journey aboard the world famous Alaska Railroad in Adventure Class
DENALI NATIONAL PARK
Stay overnight inside the park
ANCHORAGE
Visit the Iditarod Visitor Center
Notes:

While wildlife in Alaska is often seen, early season (May-early June) and late-season (September) departures offer even greater chances to view wildlife.

The US Embassy requires travelers to and from Canada to have a valid US Passport. This tour travels to the Yukon Territory, which is part of Canada. Non-US citizens may need a visa.

Alaska and the Yukon are blessed with exquisite scenery, fascinating attractions, and an extraordinary amount of daylight in the summer months. We take advantage of these extended daylight hours in this vast territory; therefore, some of the traveling days can be long. However, rest assured there are frequent photo and comfort stops.

Visiting and participating in activities in these locations is subject to favorable weather conditions.

Enjoy the spectacular colors of Alaska & the Yukon on our special fall foliage departures: August 14-28 (if Mother Nature permits).

Transportation:

Transportation:
Journey on the Alaska Railroad from Fairbanks to Denali National Park; private, deluxe, air-conditioned motorcoach while touring.

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

1 continental breakfast

 Itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.

Day 1 ANCHORAGE

Welcome to Anchorage! Your Tour Director is on hand late this afternoon to answer any questions.

Day 2 ANCHORAGE–WHITTIER–VALDEZ

As you enter Whittier from North America’s longest tunnel, the panoramic view of the ocean, mountains, and glaciers greet you. As the gateway to Prince William Sound, this is where you’ll board a GLACIER CRUISE for an up-close look along the 3-mile face of Mears Glacier, and the epicenter of the Great Alaskan Earthquake of 1964. Watch for eagles, whales, mountain goats, dolphins, and sea lions! Overnight in Valdez, the “Switzerland of Alaska.”

BreakfastContinental Breakfast

Day 3 VALDEZ–TOK

Leave Valdez, home of the Alyeska Pipeline Terminal, and enjoy views of Bridal Veil Falls, Worthington Glacier, and Thompson Pass. Visit the Wrangell–St. Elias Visitor Center and discover why this vast national park equals six Yellowstone National Parks, and rises from the ocean to 18,008 feet. Overnight in Tok, the “Dog Sled Capital of the World.”

Day 4 TOK–WHITEHORSE

Join the Alaska Highway and follow along the Tetlin National Wildlife Refuge. Skirt the shores of Kluane Lake, once a meeting place for crews constructing the Alaska Highway. Behold spectacular vistas of the rugged mountains of Kluane National Park, home to 19,551-foot-high Mount Logan, Canada’s highest peak. The next two nights are in Whitehorse, capital of the Yukon and the territorial headquarters of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

Day 5 WHITEHORSE. EXCURSION TO SKAGWAY

Follow the Trail of ‘98 over the same mountains that thousands of determined gold seekers scaled on foot in the dead of winter while heading for the Klondike. From Fraser, your Tour Director will suggest an optional train trip on the narrow-gauge White Pass & Yukon Railway to Skagway. Otherwise, continue by motorcoach to Skagway. Stroll the wooden sidewalks past charming false-front buildings and colorful saloons.

NOTE:
Operation of the White Pass & Yukon Railway to Skagway is subject to seasonal conditions.

Day 6 WHITEHORSE–DAWSON CITY

Head northwest through the town of Carmacks, once an important supply station for gold seekers on their way to the Klondike. A stop at the Five Finger Rapids, a major obstacle to the hordes of fortune seekers that passed this way. Reach Dawson City, the center of excitement after the first gold strike in the Klondike in 1896, which led to the world’s largest gold rush. Tonight, enjoy the high-flying entertainment of DIAMOND TOOTH GERTIE’S SALOON, featuring ragtime music, can-can girls, and an old-fashioned casino.

Day 7 DAWSON CITY

Highlights on your morning sightseeing tour include Bonanza Creek, site of Claim #1, where the first gold strike was made; Robert Service Interpretive Centre, where you’ll get a first-hand glimpse into the life of this famous wordsmith, along with genuine Gold Rush era items. Enjoy a photo opportunity at the SS Keno, the last sternwheeler to run between Dawson and Whitehorse. The rest of your day is free to soak up the exciting history of this Gold Rush town at your own pace. Perhaps a return to Diamond Tooth Gertie’s Saloon is in order?

Day 8 DAWSON CITY–FAIRBANKS

A full day and well worth it, as the scenery is magnificent. Have your camera ready for photo opportunities at Dawson overlook and Top of the World Highway, where the motorcoach will re-enter Alaska. Visit one of the last surviving gold rush towns in Alaska before heading west on the Alaska Highway. Stop at an authentic Alaska roadhouse before your evening arrival in Fairbanks.

Day 9 FAIRBANKS

Morning sightseeing features highlights of Alaska’s second-largest city and a visit to the Trans-Alaska Pipeline. Board the STERNWHEELER RIVERBOAT Discovery III for a leisurely cruise on the Chena River. You will see a bush floatplane take off alongside the boat, visit the home and kennels of the late four-time Iditarod winner, Susan Butcher, and see her champion sled dogs in action. Be immersed into the ancient Athabascan Indian culture when our Alaskan Native Guides take you on a personalized tour of the CHENA INDIAN VILLAGE.

Day 10 FAIRBANKS–ALASKA RAILROAD-DENALI NATIONAL PARK

Board the world-famous ALASKA RAILROAD for a memorable journey through untamed wilderness. Sit back in comfort and enjoy spectacular scenery through wide windows. Be sure to take advantage of the domed-roof car. The ride ends in DENALI NATIONAL PARK & PRESERVE. North America’s highest peak, 20,310-foot Denali, formerly known as Mount McKinley dominates the park’s 6 million acres of glacial streams, river valleys, and multicolored tundra. After a short orientation tour of Denali, the afternoon is free to explore on your own.

Day 11 DENALI NATIONAL PARK

A free day for independent activities. A hike along the many wilderness trails might be good fun. Also take advantage of several optional outings, including a wildlife tour to seek out grizzly bears, caribou, moose, and Dall sheep; a raft trip down the Nenana River; or a helicopter ride over the park. Your Tour Director will have plenty of other suggestions.

Day 12 DENALI NATIONAL PARK–ANCHORAGE

Relish one last look at the outstanding scenery and wildlife of Denali before traveling south toward Anchorage. Stop along the way at the IDITAROD VISITOR CENTER, home of the great dogsled race. The motorcoach continues to Anchorage and the Dimond Centre for guests extending their stay in Alaska. For guests with homebound flights, the trip ends at Anchorage International Airport. However, with possible delays for weather, we strongly suggest that guests do not book flights prior to 5 pm.

 Tour Director

With Cosmos, there’s no better way to get to know your destination than through the eyes of your Tour Director. Averaging over a decade... we’d like you to meet a Tour Director, who is representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.

TODD DIETSCH

Escorting tours for more than 20 years

Born and raised in Anchorage, I love Alaska and cannot imagine living anywhere else. I grew up camping, fishing, and hiking and still enjoy spending time outdoors. I have led tours in Alaska for over 20 years and still enjoy sharing the history, culture, and economics of my home state. I am a teacher during the school year and apply similar lesson plans and organization to each tour. My goal is to share Alaska with every guest as I would share it with a relative. Above all else I want my guests to have fun, but that does not mean that they won¿t learn a lot about Alaska and being an Alaskan while they are enjoying The Land of the Midnight Sun!

Tour Director - TODD DIETSCH

 Accommodations

Anchorage
Valdez
Tok
Whitehorse
Dawson City
Fairbanks
Denali National Park

 Optional Excursions

The following optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These may or may not be offered, and availability is subject to days of operation and seasonality. Please select a departure date to view optional excursions and pricing for a specific date (due to currency fluctuation, pricing shown is subject to change until purchased).

Price Ranges

$ ($50 USD and under)
$$ ($51 - $100 USD)
$$$ ($101 - $150 USD)
$$$$ (Over $150)


Valdez
Whitehorse
Fairbanks
Denali National Park

Valdez

Valdez Flightseeing

Valdez Flightseeing

Enjoy a flightseeing tour that provides beautiful views of the spectacular glaciers and the stunning Chugach Mountains around Valdez. Wildlife, waterfalls and multiple glaciers included!

Price Range: $$$$

Whitehorse

White Pass & Yukon Railroad

White Pass & Yukon Railroad

'Travel back in time and relive the Klondike Gold Rush as you follow the original route of the hopeful stampeders of 1898 in comfort aboard refurbished vintage train cars.

Price Range: $$

Fairbanks

Arctic Circle Air Adventure

Arctic Circle Air Adventure

Fly above the Arctic! This thrilling tour allows a guest to experience the Brooks Range, cross the Arctic Circle and fly the wilderness airways of Alaska's Arctic.

Price Range: $$$$

Alaska Salmon Bake

Alaska Salmon Bake

Operating in historic Pioneer Park, this family owned establishment has been a staple in Fairbanks for over 30 years and provides a wonderful all-you-can-eat Alaskan style meal that is certain to please!

Price Range: $

Golden Heart Revue

Golden Heart Revue

This light-hearted musical comedy about the gold rush and the founding of Fairbanks is filled with songs, stories and laughter. 

Price Range: $

Denali National Park

Denali Park Dinner Theater

Denali Park Dinner Theater

Enjoy a light hearted evening out and get a taste of old-time Alaska at this popular dinner theater performed in an authentic, log cabin in Denali Park Village.

Price Range: $$

Rafting the Nenana River

Rafting the Nenana River

A float trip excursion along the Nenana Rvier travels 11 miles through the Alaska wilderness allowing guests to explore more of the Alaska wilderness.

Price Range: $$

Denali National Park Sightseeing

Denali National Park Sightseeing

Denali National Park is home to North America's highest peak and to some of the most incredible scenery and wildlife in the country! One of the only ways to truly explore the park is along the Denali Park Road, on a guided sightseeing excursion into the heart of the park.

Price Range: $$$$

Flightseeing in Denali

Flightseeing in Denali

Stunning views of the Alaska Range, ancient glaciers, and towering peaks combine to make a flightseeing excursion of Denali a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Choose from a selection of flight experiences, including a more active heli-hiking excursion!

Price Range: $$$$

Denali Wilderness Walking Tour

Denali Wilderness Walking Tour

Enjoy a moderate walk through local terrain narrated by a naturalist local guide.

Price Range: $$$

Sled Dog Kennel Tour

Sled Dog Kennel Tour

Sled dogs play an important cultural role in Alaska's past and present, so during your time in Denali, consider this excursion to meet sled dogs, visit with puppies and see summer training in action.

Price Range: $$

Denali Photography Workshop

Denali Photography Workshop

The Alaska Range provides some of the most spectacular and inspiring scenery on earth. Discover how to use your camera as an instrument while exploring the best of the Parks and Denali Highways.

Price Range: $$$$

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