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  • Skagway

    Skagway retains the magic of the gold rush era and has rich and colourful history that is readily apparent in its historic false-front shops, restored buildings and turn-of-the-century style.

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    Skagway retains the magic of the gold rush era and has rich and colourful history that is readily apparent in its historic false-front shops, restored buildings and turn-of-the-century style.

    Stroll along Broadway Avenue where historic buildings and locals in period costumes transport visitors back in time. National Park Service rangers lead a free, 45-minute walking tour of Skagway’s historic district five times a day, stopping at buildings like the first cabin built in town, the Mascot Saloon Museum and the Red Onion Saloon, one of Skagway’s most popular watering holes with a provocative and colorful past.

    For the adventurous, Skagway has an excellent trail system that begins just blocks from the downtown area and allows hikers to trek to alpine lakes, waterfalls, even the graves of Skagway’s most notorious residents, Soapy Smith and Frank Reid.

    The historic White Pass & Yukon Route railroad provides tours to the top of the mountain pass north of town. Seated in parlour cars, passengers ride up the most spectacular part of the trip viewing scenery such as Glacier Gorge, Dead Horse Gulch and Bridal Veil Falls. At the top they see the White Pass at 2,885 feet, which is also the international boundary between the United States and Canada.

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      Make sure you visit Denali National Park. Private vehicles aren't allowed in the park so either take a day excursion or, better still, stay in one of the lodges within the park.

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  • Silver Trail Explorer

    Begins in and ends in Whitehorse

    12 Days / 11 Nights

    Departures: May to August

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    Your fly drive includes

    • Round trip scheduled flights
    • Fully inclusive 4 wheel drive car hire (conditions apply)
    • Accommodations as stated
    • Ferry crossing from Skagway to Haines
    • Personalised Road Book
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    • Panning For Gold

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    • Dawson City

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    • Dall Sheep, Kluane National Park

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    Whitehorse

    Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to Whitehorse. Upon arrival, collect your rental car and proceed to your hotel.

    Hotel: Best Western Gold Rush Inn

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    Whitehorse

    Today you have time to explore Yukon’s capital, and the pretty region which surrounds it. Why not visit the Yukon Wildlife Preserve? A unique place, it features ten species of northern Canadian mammal. You may also choose to head down to the Yukon River for a kayak or canoe ride.

    Hotel: Best Western Gold Rush Inn

    110Mi/176Km

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    Skagway

    Your journey begins with a drive along the South Klondike Highway, which connects the Yukon with Alaska. Also known as the Skagway to Carcross Road, the highway winds through the subalpine landscape of Tormented Valley to Tutshi Lake, Tagish Lake and the frequently photographed Emerald Lake. Dating back to 1897, Skagway was a lively gold mining town with a booming population of 20,000. Today it is just 800, but has maintained many of its original charms from the gold rush days. Hotel:

    Hotel: Westmark Inn

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    Haines

    Spend the morning in Skagway and explore the old town buildings before taking the afternoon ferry to Haines. Lasting around one hour, this journey offers a spectacularly scenic and relaxing ride along the Lynn Canal, a magnificent fjord. Located in the Valley of the Eagles, Haines is home to almost 4,000 American bald eagles who gather along the Chilkat River during autumn.

    Hotel: Hotel Halsingland

    147Mi/238Km

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    Haines Junction

    The Haines Highway winds from Haines over the Chilkat Pass, which is its highest summit. Pass Klukshu, a native summer fishing camp offering great photo opportunities. Haines Junction, a picturesque mountain village, with quaint restaurants and bakeries, is considered the gateway to Kluane National Park.

    Hotel: The Raven Hotel

    155Mi/250Km

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    06

    Kluane National Park

    Today is a day of adventure. Take the Haines Highway, which climbs from the Chilkat River Valley and skirts the boundaries of Tatshenini-Alesk Provincial Park in British Columbia before arriving at Kluane National Park. Part of the largest contiguous area of protected wilderness on earth, it is home to a myriad of wildlife. It’s also where you find Canada's highest peak and the world's largest non-polar icefields.

    Hotel: The Raven Hotel

    290Mi/467Km

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    Tok

    This morning you drive north along the shores of beautiful Kluane Lake. We suggest a stopover at Sheep Mountain to see the Dall sheep grazing on the slopes. Your journey continues along the famous Alaska Highway before arriving in Tok, which is often referred to as the Dog Mushing Capital of Alaska.

    Hotel: Cleft of the Rock Bed & Breakfast

    185Mi/297Km

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    08

    Dawson City

    The Top of the World Highway takes you through spectacular backcountry and gold mining areas. After crossing the Yukon River you arrive into Dawson City. The legendary Gold Rush of 1898 brought thousands of hopeful gold seekers to Dawson City. Now a National Historic Site, the city is reminiscent of a bygone era.

    Hotel: Aurora Inn

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    Dawson City

    We’ve allowed two full days to explore the historical sights of Dawson City. Depending on your interests you might like to visit Dredge No 4, a giant gold digging machine or SS Keno, the last steamer ship to run the Yukon River from Whitehorse. The Grand Palace Theatre is home to the Gaslight Follies Show and there's Diamond Tooth Gertie's Casino, featuring gambling tables and can-can shows.

    Hotel: Aurora Inn

    333Mi/532Km

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    Whitehorse

    Heading south, enjoy the raw beauty of the surrounding landscape. Stop at Five Finger Rapids and hike down to the shore of the Yukon River.

    Hotel: Best Western Gold Rush Inn

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    12

    Journey home

    This morning take the short ride back to Whitehorse Airport, return your rental car and check-in for your flight back to the UK.

    Prices

    From £2059 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms in low season. Other prices available on request.

    Please note that due to the remote locations visited, some accommodation is below the standard that we would normally recommend. Additional car hire restrictions apply within the Yukon and Alaska, call for full details.

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  • Grand Alaska

    Begins in Anchorage, Alaska and ends in Vancouver, British Columbia

    16 Days / 15 Nights

    Departures: May, June, July, August and September

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    Your escorted tour includes

    • Round trip scheduled flights
    • Accommodation for 15 nights as specified
    • 14 breakfasts, 13 lunches and 14 dinners
    • Air-conditioned motorcoach transportation
    • Services of a Tauck Tour Director
    • 7 night Alaska cruise
    • Classic tour
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    Day
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    Arrive Anchorage

    Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to Anchorage. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel for the evening, located in Anchorage.

    Hotel: Hotel Captain Cook (Dinner included)

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    Anchorage

    Today you are free to explore the vibrant, modern city of Anchorage before returning to the hotel to meet your travelling companions for a welcome reception and dinner.


    Hotel: Hotel Captain Cook (Dinner included)

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    Talkeetna & Denali

    Following a brief tour of Anchorage, you'll learn about the lifestyles, traditions, and crafts of Alaska's indigenous tribes on a visit to the Anchorage Museum; hundreds of artifacts share the enduring cultures and histories of people from across the circumpolar North. Next it is on to Lake Lucille to board a floatplane which offers aerial sightseeing en route to Talkeetna, near the base of Mount McKinley. The next two nights are at Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge in Trapper Creek.

    Hotel: Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

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    Trapper Creek

    Begin the day with a visit to the private homestead of Joanne Porterfield, nestled in the Alaska wilderness. Located in Trapper Creek, her family gardens and farm have flourished here in the shadow of Denali for more than four decades. Next, take a jet boat cruise into untamed wildlands, where the views of Denali are made richer by the insights of a trained naturalist. Returning to the lodge late afternoon, you'll enjoy dinner and an evening at leisure.

    Hotel: Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

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    Denali National Park

    Today's rail journey takes you from Talkeetna to Denali National Park, where you'll visit the Husky Homestead and meet a former Iditarod champion. Dinner is in your choice of restaurant at Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge.

    Hotel: Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

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    Denali National Park

    A highlight of any Alaska travel experience is a visit to Denali National Park, a six-million-acre UNESCO Biosphere Reserve dominated by North America’s highest mountain – 20,320 ft Denali. Look for grizzly bears, moose, caribou, Dall sheep and other Denali denizens on a Tundra Wilderness Tour accompanied by a local guide. There may be time for some free exploring before enjoying a fun Denali dinner show featuring tales told through music.

    Hotel: Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

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    07

    Copper Centre

    Depart Denali this morning, travelling through high alpine country with views of the Alaska Range peaks, to your wilderness lodge in the small town of Copper Center - considered the gateway to Wrangell-St. Elias National Park. A regional favourite, Alaskan Salmon is on tonight's menu for dinner.

    Hotel: Copper River Princess Wilderness Lodge (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

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    08

    Wrangell-St. Elias National Park

    On a private tour you'll discover Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, which is home to more glaciers and mountains above 16,000 feet than any spot in North America, and part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Today you’ll also view the Trans-Alaska Pipeline, which transports crude oil from wells at Prudhoe Bay in the north to the port city of Valdez. Back at the lodge there is time to walk one of the hiking trails or perhaps go whitewater rafting before dinner.

    Hotel: Copper River Princess Wilderness Lodge (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

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    09

    Valdez & Whittier

    This morning it's a drive through the Chugach Mountains where the plants and wildlife are amazing, followed by a stop at Worthing Glacier, before arriving at Valdez. Sea conditions permitting, you'll cross Prince William Sound by private boat to Whittier. Keep watch for whales, seals and soaring eagles as you enjoy the mountain views. Next you board your Princess ship in Whittier to start the 7 night cruise portion of your itinerary.

    Hotel: Aboard your Princess Ship (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

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    10

    At Sea - Hubbard Glacier

    It's a day of scenic cruising as you journey toward Alaska's Hubbard Glacier, arriving mid-afternoon. Known as the Galloping Glacier this is North America's largest tidewater glacier. Soaring 40 storeys high, its blue color is created by the denseness of the ice, which absorbs all colors of the spectrum except blue. Tonight, join the ship's captain for a welcome reception.

    Hotel: Aboard your Princess Ship (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

    Day
    11

    At Sea - Glacier Bay Cruising

    Your inspirational journey continues as you cruise the waters of Glacier Bay, west of Juneau. Your ship cruises along shorelines and islands completely covered by ice some 200 years ago. By the time naturalist John Muir visited the area in 1879, the ice had retreated some 30 miles to form the bay you'll be exploring. Rugged mountains, spruce and hemlock forests, deep fjords, emerald waters and crisp fresh air are the day's companions, possibly along with sea otters, porpoises, seals and bald eagles. Early evening, enjoy the company of your fellow Tauck cruisers at a private cocktail party followed by dinner.

    Hotel: Aboard your Princess Ship (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

    Day
    12

    Skagway & Haines

    On arrival in historic Skagway, the gateway to the Klondlike region, you'll disembark for a tour of the town and a ferry ride to Haines on the Lynn Canal; the deepest and longest fjord in North America. Here you'll begin a quiet rafting trip through the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve, home to world's largest congregation of bald eagles. Next you'll travel back in time on the exciting White Pass & Yukon Route narrow-gauge railway, which was built in 1898 during the gold rush. This vintage rail excursion heads up steep grades, around cliff-hanging turns, and over high bridges.

    Hotel: Aboard your Princess Ship (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

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    13

    Juneau

    Arrive in Alaska's capital city of Juneau, set on a narrow strip of land between the Coast Mountains and the Gastineau Channel, for sightseeing that includes a stop at the Mendenhall Glacier. Gather insights on the traditions of the indigenous Tlingit people of the Pacific Northwest during a private cultural presentation before enjoying your afternoon at leisure. Spend a free afternoon in Juneau where a ticket is included for a scenic gondola ride on the Mt. Roberts Tramway; departing from downtown Juneau and rising 1,800 ft into Mount Roberts.

    Hotel: Aboard your Princess Ship (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

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    14

    Ketchikan

    Today you'll dock in Ketchikan, the ancestral home of the Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian tribes, for an inside look at the role that Tlingit heritage plays in the local culture. See some of the city’s numerous totem poles, and watch local totem carvers at work at Saxman Native Village; catch a performance of traditional Tlingit and Haida dances. You'll also have time to explore this colourful town on your own. Perhaps with a walk along its historic boardwalk lined with eclectic houses and shops or take in the waterfront promenade.

    Hotel: Aboard your Princess Ship (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

    Day
    15

    At Sea - Inside Passage

    Enjoy spectacular views of the fabled Inside Passage from your stateroom, or a variety of decks and lounges, on a full day of cruising amongst the densely forested islands and coastal communities of this renowned waterway. This evening, join your fellow travelling companions for a farewell cocktail party before a delicious dinner.

    Hotel: Aboard your Princess Ship (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

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    16

    Journey Home

    Your cruise itinerary ends in Vancouver, where you disembark the ship and transfer to the airport for your flight back to the UK. Alternatively, you may choose to extend your holiday with a stay in Canada.

    Prices

    From £6065 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms / Inside Cabin in low season. Other prices available on request

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