Tour Planning ... Alaska Highway

Day 1
Arrive Calgary International Airport. Airport greeting and hotel check-in. City
tour and welcome dinner banquet.
Overnight Calgary (D)

Day 2
Our Incredible tour begins with an early morning departure for the town of Grande Prairie. We travel north through Edmonton and into the gentle rolling hills and northern farmland in the scenic province of Alberta.
Overnight Grande Prairie. (BLD)

Day 3
Today its away we go to the historic town of Fort Nelson, British Columbia. The North West Company built Rock Mountain Fort on the Peace River near here in 1794, making it the oldest European settlements in the province. This area has an interesting First Nations history and at nearby Charlie Lake archaeologists recently uncovered artifacts of the Paleo-Indians who lived here over 10,000 years ago. Along the way we stop in Dawson Creek. This is the beginning (mile 1) of the Alaska Highway. Tourists travel far and wide to have their picture taken by this famous marker. Located in downtown Dawson Creek, this post symbolizes the beginning of the Alaska Highway.
Overnight Fort Nelson (BLD)

Day 4
From Fort Nelson we now make our way along the Alaska Highway to Watson Lake in the Yukon Territories. The 525 km (326 mile) stretch of Highway from Fort Nelson to Watson Lake is surely the most scenic along the Alaska Highway. Travel past clear lakes, rushing rivers, extreme canyons and the northern Rocky Mountains. Numerous unique rock formations, extreme wilderness, wildflowers and wildlife ranging from rare stone ram, black bears, grizzlies, deer, caribou, elk and wolves make this a beautiful journey. This northern route passes through vegetation from muskeg to hot springs. If you drive the Alaska Highway and don't spend some time in the pools at Liard Hot Springs, you've missed one of Mother Nature's most sublime gifts to Northerners.
Wonderful in the summer, the springs are beautiful beyond description. Your coach will take you to the hot springs to spend a few hours in utter relaxation.
Overnight Watson Lake (BLD)

Day 5
Today's destination is Whitehorse. A leisurely trip today as we stop along the way to just enjoy nature at it's finest. In Whitehorse we stop to visit the paddlewheeler the SS Klondike. This has to be one of the most famous sights in Whitehorse. In both winter and summer the Sternwheeler stands to remind us of a bygone era. She' s beautiful whichever way you view her, especially from inside! We're taking a guided tour to learn more about this grand old lady, and her role in the history of the Klondike. Due to the fact that the days are very long in the True North there will be plenty of time this evening to explore this historic town on your own.
Overnight Whitehorse (BLD)

Day 6/7
Away we go now to the most famous town in Canada's history. Dawson City. No visit to the North is complete without a stop in Dawson City, the Yukon's City of the Century for 2002.
One hundred and four years ago Dawson City was the heart of the great Klondike Gold Rush. More than 30,000 people transformed an Indian fish camp and moose pasture at the confluence of the Yukon and Klondike Rivers into the largest city in Canada west of Winnipeg and north of Seattle. Just over a century later Dawson City still celebrates its colorful past, yet in many respects nothing has changed.
The gold mining industry still flourishes here, and people still flock here from all over the world - drawn less by the gold than the adventure of getting here, and the excitement of seeing where it all happened. We spend two nights here as the attractions, events, scenery, and history are too awesome to pass by without exploring. Some of the attractions we will see are: Diamond Tooth Gerties, Gaslight Follies, Palace Grand Theatre to mention just a few. Overnight Dawson City (BLD)

Day 8
This morning we travel into the United States of America. Tok is the first major community you will encounter upon entering Alaska.
Located 205 miles southeast of Fairbanks. Tok is an unincorporated community with a population of approximately 1319 humanoids and almost that many K-9 s. From Tok there are incredible views of the Alaska Mountain Range with it's numerous mighty icecaps.
Overnight Tok (BLD)

Day 9
Fairbanks Alaska here we come. Land of the Midnight Sun. From late May until early August, Fairbanks has 24 hours of daylight and temperatures in the 70s and 80s (20s C). As we travel to Fairbanks we take in more incredible scenery and stop for photo opportunities. We travel to North Pole Alaska and visit Santa Claus House, the original home of the Legendary Santa Claus, complete with his workshop and elves.
Overnight Fairbanks (BLD)

Day 10
Today our tour takes us on an unforgettable three and a half hour cruise into the history of Interior Alaska, aboard the authentic sternwheeler Riverboat Discovery III.
The highlight of the cruise is a one-hour stop at the Chena Indian Village.
Alaskan Native guides will take you on a guided tour. You'll see an Athabascan Indian village with cabins made of spruce logs, a cache used for storing supplies, and fur pelts. Our guides will explain how the wolf, fox, martin, and beaver were used to provide food and protection in the harsh Arctic climate. You'll visit the home of renowned Athabascan beadwork artist Dixie Alexander and see the garments she's sewn from animal hides. She'll let you see her latest projects, and when one of our guides models a Yupik Eskimo winter parka, you will want to have your camera ready. To the side of Dixie's cabin are hides of the largest game animals in the Interior--moose, bear, and caribou. You'll learn how Athabascan Indians called animals, how they tanned the hides, and how they preserved them. This afternoon we drive to the world famous Denali National Park where we overnight and rest up for an exciting day ahead of us.
Overnight Denali (BLD)

Day 11
Denali National Park is home to Mt. McKinley, often called Denali, which is 20,320 feet. "Some of the most spectacular landscapes and wildlife habitats in the world" are here. Denali's 6.1 million acres is rich with wildlife. Bald eagles, grizzly bears, moose, Dall sheep, and caribou are plentiful throughout the park. Moose and grizzly bear encounters are possible and rather common even in the improved sections of the park. Have your cameras ready and lots of film. This evening we travel further south to the city of Anchorage.
Overnight Anchorage (BLD)

Day 12
Welcome to Anchorage. Anchorage sits at the base of the Chugach Mountains along the coast of Cook Inlet in South-central Alaska. It is as far north as Helsinki, Finland and as west as Honolulu, Hawaii. There are approximately 100,000 glaciers in Alaska.
Portage Glacier, just 45 miles (72 km) south of downtown Anchorage, is one of the most visited attractions in all of Alaska. Today is a day of rest and relaxation and is your free day to explore Anchorage or to just rest up from the long trip. Your coach is available for your use in the event there is a special place you would like to travel to in the local area.
Overnight Anchorage (B)

Day 13
Today we pamper ourselves at the AAA four diamond rated Alyeska Prince Hotel. Located 42 miles southwest of Anchorage at the gateway to Prince William Sound, Alyeska Resort features, spectacular dining and a 60 passenger aerial tramway. Experience the adventure and beauty of the last frontier.
We take the 26 Glacier Cruise and ride in comfort aboard the newest, most luxurious high-speed catamaran in Alaska. See magnificent calving tidewater glaciers while watching for sea otters, seals, whales and bird life that inhabit Prince William Sound. The 26 Glacier Cruise travels over 135 miles into Prince William Sound where you will see 26 "named glaciers" and many more unnamed.
We get within 400 to 500 feet from face of these towering walls of ice and turn off the engines so you can "hear" the glaciers move as well as see the brilliant blues in the ice. Glacier calving is normally seen during each cruise.
Overnight Prince William Sound (BLD)

Day 14
As we depart from Prince William Sound and Anchorage more incredible scenery continues to fascinate as you drive through Alaska's great farming country in the Matanuska Valley to Glenallen. Skirt along the Wrangell St. Elias National Park on the Glenn Highway to overnight at our stopover point of Tok Junction.
Overnight in Tok (BLD)

Day 15
Today is a leisurely drive to Haines Junction in the Yukon Territories. Set against the spectacular backdrop of Canada's highest mountains, Haines Junction is a popular holiday destination for Yukoners as well as tourists. The community is located at the junction of the Alaska Highway and the Haines Road, 158 kilometers west of Whitehorse. The scenery along the way is very spectacular.
We depart Tok for Beaver Creek and Burwash Landing - Stop along the way at the Kluane Wilderness Village. In Burwash Landing visit the Kluane Museum of Natural History. Along the highway stop at Sheep Mountain Visitor Centre. View Dall Sheep through the spotting scopes located at the centre. Continue on to Haines Junction.
Overnight Haines Junction (BLD)

Day 16
Drive to Whitehorse. Some of the scenic sights include the icefield ranges interpretive sign and the Canyon Creek Bridge, originally build in 1920 and then reconstructed in 1942. A short side trip on the Kusawa Lake Road takes you to scenic Kusawa Lake. Stop in for a tour of "Long ago Peoples Places" tea and bannock served. Continue on to Whitehorse. From White horse we travel a short ways north to Takhini Hot Springs and unwind in a beautiful outdoor mountain setting at the Hot Springs pools. This evening it's entertainment of the Yukon kind as we go to the Frantic Follies.
Overnight Whitehorse. (BLD)

Day 17
It's the Klondike Highway to Skagway via Emerald Lake. The lake's gem-like
color comes from blue-green light waves reflecting off the white sediment layer
(decomposed shells mixed with clay) on the bottom. Blue-green lakes are characterized
by low oxygen levels and do not foster plant or fish life. We stop at the Carcross Desert. Affectionately called the world's smallest desert, this is really the sandy bottom of an old lakebed Carcross.
A charming town of period log buildings and white sand beaches. Thousands of stampeders landed here after their trip from Bennett City.
We visit the old Whitepass Railway Station, now used as an interpretive center.
Continue on to Fraser - the Canadian Border Crossing - Board the Whitepass Train for the trip into Skagway. Absolutely magnificent scenery all the way, rugged, snowcapped mountain ranges, streams, waterfalls, and lakes. Your coach will meet you in Skagway.
Overnight Skagway (BLD)

Day 18
Today we board the Alaska Marine Highway Ferry for an overnight sailing to Prince Rupert. Modest cabins are guaranteed on the ferry; some quad sharing. Although not a cruise ship in the general sense, the ferry experience is both pleasant and exciting as the ship calls at various communities along Alaska's coast. Depending on the time available you may be able to disembark at some of these ports for a brief visit. Be sure to take in the lectures given onboard the ferry by National Parks guides along the way. Very interesting.
Overnight on Alaska Marine Highway Ferry (B)

Day 19
Upon your arrival in Prince Rupert your coach will transfer you to your hotel and the rest of the day is yours to explore this beautiful fishing village and shop for bargains and souvenirs. A delightful Seafood Dinner is on the menu for tonight.
Overnight Prince Rupert (D)

Day 20
Today we leave the lush coastland and travel to the lumber city of Prince George. British Columbia's fourth largest city. We travel along the scenic routes through the gentle coastal mountains into the timber rich lands of which Prince George inhabits.
Overnight Prince George (BLD)

Day 21
It's a short drive for us today as we head for Jasper National Park. Established in 1907, Jasper National Park is the largest national park in the Canadian Rockies with 10,878 square kilometers of mountain wilderness.
Jasper is also the wildest of the mountain parks, and contains a superb backcountry trail system as well as the world famous Columbia Icefields. It is internationally renowned for wildlife viewing, and is home to some of North America's rarest animals, including healthy populations of grizzly bears, moose, caribou and wolves. This afternoon we board the Jasper Skytram and travel to the top of the world where they say one can see for a thousand miles. The experience of being gently transported into Jasper National Park's alpine tundra will captivate all ages, you will discover views unsurpassed in the Canadian Rockies. Gaze over six mountain ranges, glacial-fed lakes, meandering rivers, and the scenic Jasper Townsite. Witness the snow-capped splendor of Mt. Robson, the highest mountain in the Canadian Rockies. At 3,954 meters (over 12,000 feet) above sea level, you will truly expand your horizons.(up-top restaurant & gift shop, hiking etc.)
Time will be allowed for a nice hike along some of the finest and most scenic gentle hiking trails in the Rockies. This afternoon its on to another Jewel, Maligne Lake for a breathtaking 1 1/2 hour Boat Cruise to Spirit Island.
This lake is very famous and one of the most photographed in the world. It is said that a beautiful Indian Princess is buried there. She died from a broken heart after her warrior husband was killed in a battle. There are claims that she sometimes roams the island appearing out of the mist as if searching for her lover. Evening free to hike and explore around the town of Jasper.
Overnight Jasper (BLD)

Day 22
Today we head south through the valley of the glaciers. The "Icefield Parkway". Now get ready to get lost in a sea of ice and an ocean of mountains as we visit another of Canada's Jewels and board the Snow-Coach and travel to the top of the only glacier in the world that is accessible by road. The Athabasca Glacier. Make sure you bring a warm jacket and sunglasses. After the Snow-Coach we pose for a Group Photo with the glacier in the background. Our next stop is Peyto Lake, chosen by Kodak because of its unbelievable colors. You won't believe the colors are real.
We pay a visit to Lake Louise with its grandeur hotel the "Chateau Lake Louise", and more breathtaking views of the Great Canadian Rocky Mountains. It is Canada's "Diamond in the Wilderness," set amid grandiose walls of ice and sheets of rock in the Canadian Rocky Mountains, shimmering like an emerald jewel. Each year more than two million visitors pay homage to the grandiose setting at the shores of Lake Louise, sightseeing, photographing, dining, hiking, climbing and canoeing. Now it's on to the most famous tourist town in the world: Banff. Situated in Banff National Park. . A 'must' to see while in Banff is the legendary and world famous Banff Springs Hotel with its 'castle-like' appearance and also famous for its multi-million dollar 'hot spring' pools and saunas. Some time will be given to shopping before we return to our hotel and end our 'Alaska Highway' tour in Calgary.
Overnight Calgary (BLD)