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The Grand Prospector Fly Drive Holiday

  • Whitehorse
  • Haines
  • Haines Junction
  • Valdez
  • Anchorage
  • Talkeenta
  • Denali National Park
  • Fairbanks
  • Tok
  • Dawson City
  • 17 nights from
  • £3,699 per person
  • Trip Code: 841

Holiday Overview

The Grand Prospector - a fantastic Canada Fly Drive Holiday

 

The Grand Prospector - combining two of the world's great remaining wildernesses, Yukon & Alaska!. Viewing opportunities exist throughout, from in town sightings to incredible wilderness encounters. Road travellers can find plenty of opportunities to spot bears, moose, elk, bison, and sheep while driving the highways.

The Grand Prospector Fly Drive Holiday includes:

  • Drive through the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve
  • Wildlife and Glacier cruise into Kenai Fjords National Park
  • Denali National Park Blackcountry Tour
  • 18 nights hotel accommodation
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Day 1 - Arrive in Whitehorse

Arrive in Whitehorse and pick up your hire car before driving to the Best Western Gold Rush Inn.

Featured accommodation

Best Western Gold Rush Inn

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Day 2 - Whitehorse to Haines Junction (154km/96 mi)

Depart Whitehorse today for an an easy two hour drive along the historic Alaska Highway to Haines Junction. This town is the only thing not huge in Kluane country with a population of 800 residents, which is fewer than the number of grizzly bears in Kluane National Park. The park is home to Canada’s highest peak and the world’s largest non-polar Icefields that lie behind the façade of mountains that provide the town’s spectacular backdrop. For a truly unforgettable experience, take an air tour over the park. From above some of the planet’s largest glaciers, you’ll get a true sense of the scale and magnificence created by nature.

Featured accommodation

The Raven Hotel

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Day 3 - Haines to Tok (467 km/290 mls)

This morning go on a short hiking trip before driving north along the shores of beautiful Kluane Lake. Stopover at Sheep Mountain and look out for Dall sheep gracing alongside the mountain slopes. Your journey continues on the famous Alaska Highway through endless wilderness areas. Arrive in Tok, often referred to as the “Dog Mushing Capital of Alaska”. Welcome to Alaska.

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Day 4 - Tok to Valdez (407 km/253 mi)

Your journey continues on the Glen Highway, offering an impressive view of the Wrangell Mountains. Stopover at the historic roadhouse in Copper Center and watch native fish wheels at the nearby Copper River, providing an excellent salmon run. Shortly afterwards the Worthington Glacier peeks into view where a boardwalk leads to the toe of the glacier before arriving in Valdez.

Featured accommodation

Best Western Valdez Harbor Inn

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Day 5 - Valdez

Today enjoy a free day in Valdez. Take a cruise into Prince William Sound to Columbia or Meares Glacier on which you also have a chance to see sea lions and even Humpback whales. Or enjoy a guided kayaking or rafting tour (not included).

Featured accommodation

Best Western Valdez Harbor Inn

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Day 6 - Valdez to Sheep Mountain Lodge (309 km/192 mls)

Today you will drive back north on the Richardson Highway with great views of the Wrangell Mountains as you return to Glennallen (weather permitting). Here you follow the Glenn Highway towards Palmer/Anchorage until you reach Sheep Mountain Lodge. The rest of the day is at leisure to enjoy the scenic mountain views or recreational activities in the area. There are over 20 km/12 mi of trails near the Lodge perfect for exploring. Birds and wildflowers abound. Maps are provided in each cabin for self-guided hiking.

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Day 7 - Sheep Mountain Lodge to Anchorage (172 km/ 107 mls)

Drive the Glenn Highway south to Anchorage. Highlights on this part of today’s trip include the Independence Mine in beautiful Hatcher Pass and the many communities in the Mat-Su Valley. This valley contains many farms with the remarkable growing season in Alaska and offers beautiful views of the Chugach Range.

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Day 8 - Anchorage Exploring

The day is at leisure. Explore Alaska’s largest city by yourself and visit the many points of interests. Take a walk on the Coastal Trail along Cook Inlet to Earthquake Park with a magnificent view of the Alaska Mountain Range in the distance. Don’t miss a delicious lunch at one of Anchorage’s top seafood restaurants.

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Day 9 - Anchorage to Talkeetna (181 km / 113 mi)

Drive the Glenn Highway north to Wasilla and on to Talkeetna. Stops can include a visit to the Alaska Native Heritage Centre. Talkeetna serves as a base camp for Mt. McKinley climbers; the community of 857 residents is located at the confluence of the Talkeetna and Susitna Rivers.

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Day 10 - Talkeetna to Denali National Park Entrance (169 km / 105 mi)

Today, explore Denali’s south side or depart early for the drive to Denali National Park. You’ll have as much time as you like to experience the majesty of Denali National Park, take in the sights of the George Parks Highway or arrive at your hotel near the park entrance to take advantage of an optional excursion or a visit to the Denali Visitor Centre.

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Day 11 - Denali National Park Backcountry Tour (Coach/Bush Plane Flight)

This full-day narrated coach trip explores the entire 148km /92mi of the restricted Denali Park Road on your way to the Denali Backcountry Lodge.Your experienced driver-guide will help in the search for bear, moose, caribou, Dall sheep and other wildlife. Lunch is included on this full day journey at the Denali Backcountry Lodge. Return to the park entrance via a flightseeing tour in a small bush plane. If weather permits, you will fly close to Mount McKinley. (Lunch is included today)

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Day 12 - Denali National Park Entrance to Fairbanks (198 km/123 mi)

Short drive via Nenana (Alaska Ice Classics) to Fairbanks. Fairbanks, known as the Golden Heart City of Alaska, is the gateway to the interior and features almost 24 hours of daylight during the summer months. This afternoon you may want to visit the renowned Alaska University Museum featuring Alaska’s best natural history collection

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Day 13 - Fairbanks (Free Day)

In Fairbanks you have the unique chance for an optional day tour to cross the Arctic Circle and to visit the vast interior.

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Day 14 - Fairbanks to Tok (325 km/202 mi)

Heading south, the Richardson Highway passes through stands of White birch and Black spruce, often photogenically close to the Tanana River. Soak up the raw beauty of the drive into the central Alaska Range, often paralleled by the Alaska pipeline.

Featured accommodation

Cleft of the Rock B&B

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Day 15 - Tok to Dawson City (297 km/185 mi)

The Top of the World Highway (please note this is a partly gravel road) brings you through spectacular backcountry and gold mining areas. When the highway reaches its highest elevation incredible views into far-reaching countryside open up. Before you reach Dawson City, you’ll cross the Yukon River by the government-run ferry.

Featured accommodation

Aurora Inn

Enhance your experience

Westmark Inn (Dawson City)

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Day 16 - Dawson City

A full day to visit the various historical sights of Dawson City: SS Keno – the last steamer to run the Yukon River from Whitehorse, the Jack London Interpretive Center with the poets original cabin, the city museum with audio-visual presentations, Dredge #4 – build in 1912 on famous Bonanza Creek, the Grand Palace Theatre – home of the “ Gaslight Follies Show “ and Diamond Tooth Gertie’s Casino with legal gambling tables and “ Can-Can” floor shows. Do not miss the short drive on the Ridge Road to the top of the Midnight Dome with excellent views over Dawson, the Ogilvie Mountains, and the Yukon and Klondike Rivers.

Featured accommodation

Aurora Inn

Enhance your experience

Westmark Inn (Dawson City)

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Day 17 - Dawson City to Whitehorse (532 km/333 mi)

Going south, enjoy the raw beauty of the surrounding landscape. Stopover at the Five Finger Rapids and hike down to the shore of the Yukon River. In late afternoon you will reach Yukon’s capital city, Whitehorse.

Featured accommodation

Best Western Gold Rush Inn

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Day 18 - Fly to UK

After check-out of your hotel your Yukon Self Drive adventure comes to an end.

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