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Yukon & Alaska Discovery

Private Travel | General interest | Self-drive 12 Days & 11 Nights Lead-in price: £1545

Combine the scenic and cultural highlights of the Yukon and Alaska on this self-drive itinerary. Marvel at breathtaking landscapes, keep an eye out for local wildlife and learn about the indigenous culture.

The Cox & Kings signature experiences

  • Visit the Kluane National Park
  • Travel along the scenic Haines Highway
  • Drive over the spectacular Chilkat Pass
  • Spectacular scenery while driving through Yukon & Alaska
  • Stay in 3- & 4-star accommodation
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Standard Private Tour in brief

Day 1: Whitehorse

Arrive into Whitehorse and collect your hire car from the airport. Make your way to the Best Western Gold Rush Inn for 2 nights. (N)

Day 2: Whitehorse

Day at leisure to explore the city. Visit the Yukon Wildlife Preserve, where 10 species of northern Canadian mammals can be viewed in their natural habitats. (N)

Day 3: Skagway

Travel south on the South Klondike Highway, which connects the Yukon territory with the Inside Passage ferry system in Alaska. The descent from the White Pass to Skagway offers some spectacular scenery, passing the subalpine landscape of Tormented Valley and Emerald Lake. On arrival, stay 1 night at the Westmark Inn. (N)

Day 4: Skagway • Haines

Morning at leisure to explore Skagway. Take an afternoon scenic ferry ride along the Lynn Canal fjord to Haines. Haines is located in the Valley of Eagles, where almost 4,000 American bald eagles gather along an 8-km stretch of the Chilkat river each fall, attracted by the late run of salmon. Stay at the Hotel Halsingland for 1 night. (N)

Day 5: Haines • Haines Junction

Drive through the Chilkat Pass – the highest summit on the Haines Highway. Pass Klukshu and drive through Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve before arriving at Kluane National Park. The Kluane area covers the largest non-polar icefields in the world. Stay at the Raven Hotel for 2 nights. (N)

Day 6: Kluane National Park

Today we recommend visiting Kluane National Park, part of the largest contiguous area of protected wilderness on earth. (B)

Day 7: Haines Junction • Tok

This morning, go on a hiking trip before you drive north along the shores of the beautiful Kluane lake. Continue on the famous Alaska Highway through myriad wilderness areas. Arrive in Tok and stay overnight at Cleft of the Rock Bed & Breakfast. (B)

Day 8: Dawson City

Drive along the Top of the World Highway (please note this is a partly gravel road), taking you through gold-mining areas and the Canadian backcountry. Cross the Yukon river by ferry before arriving in Dawson City. Stay at the Aurora Inn for 3 nights. (N)

Days 9-10: Dawson City

Two full days exploring the historical sights of Dawson City. We recommend seeing SS Keno, the last paddle steamer to run the Yukon river from Whitehorse; the Jack London Interpretive Centre; the Grand Palace Theatre; and taking a short drive on the Ridge Road to the top of Midnight Dome, which offers excellent views over Dawson, the Ogilvie Mountains, and the Yukon and Klondike rivers. (N)

Day 11: Whitehorse

En route to Whitehorse, stop at the Five Finger Rapids and hike down to the shore of the Yukon river. Arrive in Whitehorse in the late afternoon and check in to the Best Western Gold Rush Inn for 1 night. (N)

Day 12: Onward travel

Return your hire car at the airport and fly home, or continue your holiday in Canada. (N)

Meal basis:

As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.

Important information Standard tour

This tour is based in 3- and 4-star accommodation.


International and internal flights are not included with this itinerary. For flight options and prices, please speak to your Cox & Kings travel consultant.

Driving times:

Please note that this itinerary includes a number of long drives.

Tailor-made travel:

For a price quote based on alternative accommodation standards, to discuss flight options or to tailor this itinerary, please call to speak with a Cox & Kings consultant or enquire online.

Standard private tour accommodation

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Flexible Prices & Itineraries
For a quote based on alternative accommodation standards or flight options, or to tailor this itinerary, please call 020 7873 5000 or send an email enquiry

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Additional Information

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Prices above are per person in pounds sterling (£), based on two people sharing a twin-room. The prices which were valid at the time of publication, may be subject to change, particularly as a result of variable flight costs. You will be informed of any such changes prior to booking.

  • • 3- & 4-star accommodation
    • 12 days' car hire based on an Intermediate Automatic (Volkswagen Golf or similar, including GPS)
    • Guided excursions as specified