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Destinations Show, Olympia

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Don’t forget we will be at Destinations Show at Olympia, London, on February 02, 03, 04 and 05. Find us on Stand AC32 which we are sharing with the American company Uncruise Adventures. Most of the team will be there over the 4 days and would love to see a friendly face or two. This is one of the biggest travel shows in the U.K and a great place to find new destinations and experiences that would suit you. If you have a particular place in mind for your holiday next year (or the year after) give us a call to book an appointment with our team expert for that part of the world. However we will be very pleased to see you as and when you are free.

For your free tickets to Destinations Show, please go to: http://www.destinationsshow.com/london/form/registration  and then type in MSC97 in the appropriate place.

We look forward to seeing you at either event.

Favourite Road Trips

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Looking for inspiration? Here are just a few ideas based on some of our favourite road trips. This selection will give you a taste of the possibilites; whether your interest lies in wildlife, photography, spectacular scenery, geology, history of you are planning a family adventure, let us help you plan the perfect trip.

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Rhythm and Roots

…a musical discovery tour. Trace the roots of American music and experience the unique cultural landscapes that gave birth to the Blues, Country and Rock-n-Roll.


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The Skyline Drive & The Blue Ridge Parkway

…follow the Appalachians from the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia to the Great Smoky National Park in North Carolina; this relaxed and easy drive offers endless hiking trails, blue-grass music, spectacular mountain vistas, wildflowers, sparkling waterfalls, black bear and the brilliant fall foliage that is any match for New England…


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The Grand Circle

This exhilarating route is surely one of the most spectacular road trips in the US. Allow at least 10 days to ensure you have time to explore the wealth of National Parks – Bryce, Zion, Arches, Canyonlands, Monument Valley and the Grand Canyon to name just at few. The names evoke the scenery and the wilderness you will encounter and remember for ever. With so much to see along the way it is difficult to know where to start and what to include – here is one suggestion, beginning and ending in Las Vegas…


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The Pacific Coast from Seattle to LA

Follow the dramatic Pacific Coast Highway – a 1500 mile trip which takes you through Washington, Oregon and California. Rain forests, endless beaches, lighthouses, estuaries teaming with diverse wildlife, giant redwood forests, interspersed by vibrant and cosmopolitan cities – this route has just about everything. Although you can do the journey in a few days we would suggest you take your time to fully enjoy the trip. Here’s one suggestion..


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The East Coast from Washington DC to Florida

Take a drive down the USA’s Atlantic Coast and on the way discover beautiful beaches, a rich and interesting history, warm and genuine hospitality, charming towns and cities and an abundance of wonderful wildlife.


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The Wild West

…from the Badlands of South Dakota to Yellowstone; this drive will take you through some of the most wild and beautiful landscapes imaginable. Mount Rushmore, Crazy Horse, the Bighorn Mountains and Cody before entering the spectacular scenery of Yellowstone National Park, with its legendary geyser basins, hot springs and assorted geothermal oddities, not to mention its stunning wildlife.


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Alaskan Adventure

Explore Alaska’s stunning landscapes – rugged mountains, alpine meadows, crystal lakes, glaciers, diverse and abundant wildlife. With more scenic highways that any other US state, this is the ultimate driving destination. Incorporate Alaska’s Marine Highway, where whales, rare birds, sea-otters and sea lions can be viewed from the deck, to make this a truly memorable trip.


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From San Francisco to Vegas

Your journey starts in one of world’s truly great cities before heading south along the Pacific Coast Highway. Then drive across the Sierra Nevada Mountains, through the weird and wonderful Death Valley to the city of sin, Vegas …

 


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Route 66

No list of road trips is complete without the Great Mother Road, Route 66. Much of the original route has now been bypassed by the interstates but many stretches are still driveable and accessible. During the thirties, thousands travelled west to California, to escape poverty in the dust bowls. Motels, diners, neon lights, museums, kitsch and other nostalgic reminders of a different era…


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The Golden Circle – a Taste of Yukon and Alaska

Here we suggest a spectacular mountain self-drive journey which offers a taste of Alaska and Yukon. Drive through dramatic rocky landscapes, past deep blue lakes and experience the excitement of the Klondike Gold Rush. This is a trip for adventurers with opportunities for canoeing, Kayaking, hiking and superb wildlife viewing…


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Winter in Alaska

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Without a doubt, a good display of Aurora Borealis is one of the most magical sights ever. The eerie lights in the northern skies float and dance rather like a voile curtain on a summer breeze. 

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Winter in Alaska

Without a doubt, a good display of Aurora Borealis is one of the most magical sights ever.  The eerie lights in the northern skies float and dance rather like a voile curtain on a summer breeze.  Sound romantic?  It is and once seen, never forgotten.  The following idea is a short itinerary aimed at getting you to the right place to have a good chance of seeing this natural phenomena – but if you have a little more time available, consider extending the holiday by a few days.

Day 1: London to Seattle
Day 2: Fairbanks
Day 3: Coldfoot
Day 5: Fairbanks
Day 6: Anchorage
Day 7 – Anchorage to London

Description

Description

In this itinerary we offer the opportunity to visit the Winter Wonderland of Alaska, with the added expectation of viewing the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights). As with all our holiday ideas, there are many ways that one can vary the itinerary. The following is a sample outline, which can be amended or adjusted to suit your personal wishes and budget.  For keen skiers, Alaska offers several ski opportunities, both on groomed piste at the resort of Alyeska and off piste by helicopter or snow-cat into the Chugach Mountains

Day 1: London to Seattle
Fly from London Heathrow to Seattle. Whilst it is possible to continue your journey to Alaska today, we suggest an overnight break in Seattle. Seattle is a delightful city in its own right and a couple of nights here either at the beginning or end of your holidaywould be well worth considering.
One night Seattle

Day 2: Fairbanks
Fly from Seattle to Fairbanks. Fairbanks is the second largest city in Alaska and is the gateway to Alaska’s Arctic. The city has a long and colourful history dating back to the late 1800’s and discovery of gold. There is an opportunity here to add in a couple of nights at Chena Hot Springs – these hot springs are well developed and visitors can enjoy the hot springs in hot pools and swimming pools.
One night Fairbanks.

Day 3: Coldfoot
Fly north, into Alaska’s Arctic, above the Arctic Circle to rustic Coldfoot. Arrive in time to enjoy lunch at the Trucker’s Café and get settled into your overnight accommodation. Choose to join an optional aurora viewing expedition to nearby Wiseman. Coldfoot was originally names Slate Creek and was founded around 1898 when thousands of stampeders came to the area in search of gold. At this time, Coldfoot was a well established town. Today, Coldfoot consists of a few buildings and services and provides a welcome break for the Dalton Highway traveller.
Select from a variety of optional tours which include an excursion along the Dalton Highway into the Brooks Mountain Range, as far north as Atigun Pass (weather permitting); a two-hour dog sledding experience with a local musher and additional aurora viewing in Wiseman.
Optional tours from Coldfoot:

  • Arctic Mountain Safari: Enjoy an afternoon exploring the Brooks Mountain range on a drive north from Coldfoot on the Dalton Highway as far north as Atigun Pass (weather permitting).
  • Arctic Village Aurora: Enjoy an evening tour to historic Wiseman for a unique cabin visit and an opportunity to enjoy the solitude of the Brooks Mountain Range as you scan the northern sky for Northern Lights.
  • Dog Sledding Adventures: Enjoy an experience with real Alaskan sled dogs. Learn what it takes to have a dog team in Alaska and enjoy a 30 minute ride.

Two nights Coldfoot.

Day 5: Fairbanks
Return to Fairbanks on a guided ground tour in the personalized comfort of a tour vans. Appreciate the low light on the horizon as it shines on the windswept arctic tundra. Cross the Arctic Circle in ceremonious fashion and receive an official Arctic Circle Adventure Certificate. Traverse the frozen Yukon River and enjoy the snow-sculpted forest as you make your way back into Fairbanks.
One night Fairbanks

Day 6: Anchorage
One of the most delightful and leisurely ways to travel anywhere in the world is by rail, and Alaska is no exception. In the winter months, the Alaska Railroad offers a limited service on this popular route. The train leave Fairbanks at 08.30, arriving into Anchorage almost 12 hours later. For the winter sports enthusiast, the ski slopes of Alyeska are not far away, and a few days downhill skiing could easily be added here. Whilst the skiing is not extensive, some of it is challenging, with some good runs for all grades of skier.
One night Anchorage

Day 7 – Anchorage to London

Vertical Aurora  w lit Yurt (Chena Hot Springs Resort)

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Winter

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Little Gems

Little Gems

On the first weekend of March every year, Main Street, Anchorage is transformed into a snowy trail, awaiting the ceremonial start of the annual Iditarod Sled Dog Race.  This 1100 mile race across the icy wastes of interior Alaska is the ultimate test of man and beast and without the aid of satellite navigation, teams of one man and 16 dogs set off towards Nome on the Iditarod Trail.  This is an extraordinary site and you could be there! 

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‘I had heard about the legendary Northern Lights as a child, but never imagined I would ever get to see it myself.  Thank you to Experience Holidays for bringing my dream to life.  No photo can do justice – I could do nothing but lie on the ground and gaze around me!’

Alaskan Adventure

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A truly beautiful route through Alaska. Explore Alaska’s stunning landscapes – rugged mountains, alpine meadows, crystal lakes, glaciers, diverse and abundant wildlife.

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Alaskan Adventure

Explore Alaska’s stunning landscapes – rugged mountains, alpine meadows, crystal lakes, glaciers, diverse and abundant wildlife. With more scenic highways that any other US state, this is the ultimate driving destination. Incorporate Alaska’s Marine Highway, where whales, rare birds, sea-otters and sea lions can be viewed from the deck, to make this a truly memorable trip.

Day 1: Arrive Anchorage
Day 3: Knik River
Day 5: Talkeetna
Day 6: Denali
Day 8: Fairbanks
Day 10: Valdez
Day 12: Seward
Day 14: Homer
Day 16: Anchorage
Day 17: Depart Anchorage

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Description

Explore Alaska’s stunning landscapes – rugged mountains, alpine meadows, crystal lakes, glaciers, diverse and abundant wildlife. With more scenic highways that any other US state, this is the ultimate driving destination. Incorporate Alaska’s Marine Highway, where whales, rare birds, sea-otters and sea lions can be viewed from the deck, to make this a truly memorable trip.

Day 1: Arrive Anchorage
Arrive in Anchorage, Alaska’s largest city; at least 2 nights here to relax after your flights and explore the city. Hire a bike and cycle along the coastal trail; with views of Cook Inlet and six mountain ranges, the odd moose is often spotted along the way. Find out about Alaska’s indigenous people at the wonderful Alaska Native Heritage Centre.
Anchorage 2 nights

Day 3: Knik River
Pick up your hire car and drive the short distance into the wild and beautiful Mat-Su Valley. Spend at least 2 nights in the spectacular wilderness setting of Knik River Lodge. Glacier treks, dog sledding, air boat and helicopter tours of the magnificent Knik Glacier are on offer here.
2 nights Knik River Lodge

Day 5: Talkeetna
Continue up the Parks Highway. For unsurpassed views of Mt Mckinley, a night (or two) at Talkeetna is highly recommended. From here take a spectacular flight seeing tour or enjoy a jet-boat wilderness adventure along the river. Along the way look out for bald eagles, beavers or moose then visit a replicated native Alaskan encampment to learn about the indigenous culture.
1 night Talkeetna

Day 6: Denali
Spend a couple of days in Denali; if possible, get out to the Back Country Lodges for a true wilderness experience. Or stay near the entrance and take a full day guided tour into the park. Sweeping landscapes and incredible wildlife including bears, wolves, caribou and moose are often spotted.
Denali 2 nights

Day 8: Fairbanks
Continue on to Fairbanks, the gateway to the Arctic. For a great insight into the Aurora Borealis, visit the museum at the University of Alaska. If budget allows, consider taking a day trip by air and road to Coldfoot in the Arctic Circle – a chance to experience the Tundra. You might also consider either a day trip, or possibly an overnight stay at Chena Hot Springs.
Fairbanks 2 nights

Day 10: Valdez
Drive the scenic Richardson Highway from Fairbanks to Valdez. Two nights here with the opportunity to take a cruise into Prince William Sound by ship or sea Kayak.
Valdez 2 nights
(For a great adventure, add on 2 days in Wrangell-St Elias National Park. Visit the historical mining towns of McCarthy & Kennicott)

Day 12: Seward
Relaxing cruise on the Alaska Marine Highway from Valdez to Whittier, then drive to Seward on the Kenai Peninsular for a two night stay. Seward is located on the beautiful Resurrection Bay, backed by abrupt mountain slopes often topped with snow. The town is gateway to the Kenai Fjords National Park, one of Alaska’s treasures with abundant wildlife and spectacular glacial scenery. Marine wildlife thrives in the Fjords – sightings of orca and humpback whales, sea otters and sea birds are common.
Seward 2 nights

Day 14: Homer
Then on to Homer on the western side of the Kenai Peninsula for a two night stay. Homer has a picturesque setting, mild climate and great halibut fishing. It is also home to a large artist community, with handcrafted art available in the local shops and galleries.
Homer 2 nights
Across the water from Homer is Hallo Bay, an excellent place from which to see brown bears in the wild. If your time and budget allows, there is a day trip by light aircraft that takes you over, with an expert guide.

Day 16: Anchorage
Back to Anchorage along the Cook Inlet (Turnagain Arm) – pods of Beluga Whales are often spotted here. A stop off for coffee at Mount Alyeska, Alaska’s premier ski resort, is well worthwhile – a trip up on the lift offers wonderful views on a clear day.
Anchorage 1 night

Day 17: Depart Anchorage

Flightseeing Mt Mckinley

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Denali Wonder Lake

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Knik River Lodge Helicoptor Tours

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Prince William Sound

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Moose

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***For some of the world’s best Halibut fishing, visit the little town of Homer***

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Alaska: Kenai Peninsula

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Travel this region just south of Anchorage on this itinerary.

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Alaska: Kenai Peninsula

Welcome to the Kenai Peninsula, in the south central region located just south of Anchorage and known as Alaska’s Playground. This short itinerary is suitable as an add on to your Winter Northern Lights experience.

Day 1: Anchorage
Day 3: Girdwood
Day 4: Seward
Day 6: Kenai/Soldotna
Day 8: Anchorage

Description

Description

Welcome to the Kenai Peninsula, in the south central region located just south of Anchorage and known as Alaska’s Playground. This short itinerary is suitable as an add on to your Winter Northern Lights experience.

Day 1: Anchorage
Fly to Anchorage, pick up a car on arrival and stay 2 nights in the State’s largest city.
Anchorage 2 nights

Day 3: Girdwood
Drive south for about 40 miles to the small mountain community of Girdwood – home to the biggest downhill ski resort in Alaska – for an overnight stay at the Alyeska Resort.
Alyeska 1 night

Day 4: Seward
Your next destination is the seaside village of Seward – one of Alaska’s oldest and most scenic communities, located on beautiful Resurrection Bay – for a two night stay.
Depending on your arrival time in Seward, you might like to join a 2½-hr winter glacier and wildlife cruise of Resurrection Bay. Enjoy a hot lunch while watching for marine wildlife, such as Steller sea lions, sea otters, mountain goats, bald eagles and even possibly a whale. You will also see Bear Glacier, a massive river of ice flowing from Harding Ice Field located in Kenai Fjords National Park. Free passes to the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Centre are included – so you can see moose, bears, musk oxen, and other local wildlife up close.

Day 6: Kenai/Soldotna
Today’s drive takes you over to the Kenai Peninsula, where the Kenai River meets the Cook Inlet for a 2-night stay in Soldotna, the central hub of the Kenai Peninsula.

Activities here include:

  • Snow machining/mobiling and cross country skiing
  • The lakes near Soldotna provide excellent ice fishing and Cook Inlet is known for excellent winter king salmon fishing.
  • Clamming is also still an option on milder days.
  • Dog sled tours and rides and hockey/ice-skating are also local attractions.
    • In nearby Sterling, visit Iditarod musher Mitch Seavey’s winter kennel for a kennel tour and dog sled ride.

Day 8: Anchorage
Return to Anchorage today for an overnight stay before your flight home

Katchemak Bay - kayaking (1)

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Aialak Glacier - near Seward

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Little Gems

 ***If you have visited a musher’s kennels, think about returning to Alaska on the first weekend of March for the ceremonial and official starts of the 1100 mile Iditarod Sled Dog Race.  This truly is a test of man and beast against the elements on this gruelling race across the icy wastes of interior Alaska to Nome***

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Alaska by road, rail and ferry

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The State of Alaska is the largest in the United States, and this itinerary offers an adventure into this vast and wonderful wilderness. Having few paved roads, the route follows a loop using road, rail and ferry. Start and finish in Anchorage on this adventure in Alaska.

Summary

Alaska by road, rail and ferry

The State of Alaska is the largest in the United States, and this itinerary offers an adventure into this vast and wonderful wilderness. Having few paved roads, the route follows a loop using road, rail and ferry.

Day 1: Anchorage
Day 3: Homer (Kenai Peninsula)
Day 6: Homer to Seward
Day 9: Valdez
Day 10: Copper Centre
Day 12: Fairbanks
Day 14: Denali
Day 16: Anchorage
Day 17: Depart Anchorage

Description

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The State of Alaska is the largest in the United States, and this itinerary offers an adventure into this vast and wonderful wilderness. Having few paved roads, the route follows a loop using road, rail and ferry.

Day 1: Anchorage
Fly to Anchorage for a two night stay.
2 nights in Anchorage.

Day 3: Homer (Kenai Peninsula)
Drive along the Cook Inlet – pods of Beluga Whales are often spotted here. A stop off at Mount Alyeska is well worthwhile. Then drive on to Homer on the Kenai Peninsula. Homer has great halibut fishing.
3 nights in Homer.

Day 6: Homer to Seward
Follow the Peninsula northeast today to Seward. Seward is located on the beautiful Resurrection Bay and is the gateway to the Kenai Fjords National Park. The Alaska Sealife Centre is a major attraction here.
3 nights in Seward

Day 9: Valdez
Drive through the Toll Tunnel before arriving at the little port of Whittier. From here, take the ferry across beautiful Prince William Sound to Valdez.
1 night in Valdez

Day 10: Copper Centre
Drive to Copper Centre, 14 miles south of Glenallen on the old Richardson Highway. The Wrangell Mountains are to the east.
2 nights in Copper Centre

Day 12: Fairbanks
Follow the Richardson Highway, bringing you to Fairbanks and the gateway to the Arctic Circle.
2 nights in Fairbanks

Day 14: Denali
Take the train this morning to Denali. Denali National Park has North America’s highest mountain – Mount McKinley. Stay either outside the Park, or take the transfer to Kantishna and have two or three nights at the Denali Back Country Lodge.
2 nights

Day 16: Anchorage
Take the train south to Anchorage for an overnight stay.
1 night in Anchorage

Day 17: Depart Anchorage
Return home or perhaps join an Inside Passage cruise southbound to Vancouver.

Denali Wonder Lake

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Katchemak Bay - kayaking

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Alaska coast

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Little Gems

Little Gems

***This is the land of the mid-night sun.  Plan your journey for mid-summer and take a light aircraft flight into the Arctic Circle to experience 24 hour daylight***

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Region: Alaska

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Alaska, whilst part of the USA, is a unique destination, with a mind and feel of its own. Towering cliffs of glacial ice, tens of thousands of years old, snow-capped mountains, thickly forested slopes and deep fjords, make this a distinctly different experience. Many areas provide havens for wildlife – bald eagles, Humpback, Beluga or Orca whales and seals are frequently spotted together with bears and other land and water based creatures. Re-discover the Goldrush era, or simply marvel at the determination of the hardy souls that first settled this wondrous land. Whatever your choice of travel whatever the boundaries of your comfort zone, call our experts for advice and guidance.

To view some of our most popular Alaska itinerary ideas click on the link on the right

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Denali National Park  Alaska

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Morning Glacier Bay Alaska

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Yukon Highlights

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In this self-drive itinerary we introduce you to the fascinating land that is Canada’s Yukon before dipping into Alaska’s south-west corner.

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Yukon Highlights

Day 1: Vancouver
Day 2: Whitehorse
Day 4: Dawson City
Day 6: Beaver Creek
Day 7: Haines Junction
Day 8: Haines
Day 10: Skagway
Day 11: Johnson’s Crossing
Day 13 : Whitehorse
Day 14: Depart Whitehorse

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Day 1: Vancouver
Fly to Vancouver, British Columbia for an overnight stay to explore the many attractions of this vibrant city.
One night Vancouver

Day 2: Whitehorse
Fly to Yukon’s capital, Whitehorse. Explore the many attractions including great museums, fine dining, a hot springs and great shopping. Visit the S.S Klondike, the largest sternwheeler to ply the Yukon River and a Parks Canada National Historic Site. Take a trip to the Yukon Wildlife Preserve to watch and photograph the wildlife in their natural preserve – including woodland caribou, moose, elk and Dall’s sheep amongst others.
Two nights Whitehorse

Day 4: Dawson City
Collect your hire car this morning and drive to Dawson City, a vibrant mining, cultural and tourism centre, and the home of the Klondike Gold Rush of 1898, and today a National Historic Site. Explore the Klondike goldfields to get a taste of the gold fever that gripped North America a century ago, pan for gold on Bonanza Creek – where the gold was originally discovered back in 1896 – at the free claim owned by the Klondike Visitors Association. And – if you’re feeling lucky – visit Diamond Tooth Gertie’s Gambling Hall and try your luck at roulette or blackjack.
Two nights Dawson City

Day 6: Beaver Creek
A full day’s drive today – a free ferry takes you across the Yukon River to the winding, scenic ‘Top of the World’ Highway. This ridge-top road crosses into Alaska and joins the Taylor Highway before joining up with the Alaska Highway at Tetlin Junction.  
One night Beaver Creek

Day 7: Haines Junction
Leave Beaver Creek today, crossing the White River – named after the milky sediments it carries – past the Kluane Wilderness Village and Burwash Landing – a small first Nation Community on the shores of the Kluane Lake.
One night Haines Junction

Day 8: Haines
Travel down into Alaska today to your next destination – Haines – situated at the northern end of America’s longest fjord, sharing a border with 20 million acres of protected wilderness. Haines is a picturesque fishing village located on a finger of land between the Chilkat and Chilkoot inlets on the Lynn Canal.
Two nights Haines

Day 10: Skagway
Travel on the Alaska Marine Highway today for the 1-hour journey to Skagway. This is the State run ferry service that provides a much needed link with the outside world to many communities otherwise cut off the rest of the world.
One night Skagway

Day 11: Johnson’s Crossing
Your journey takes you back into the Yukon today – crossing the Teslin River on route to your next stop at Johnson’s Crossing, in the Southern Lakes region.
Two nights Johnson’s Crossing

Day 13 : Whitehorse
Today’s drive will take you back to the capital city.
One night Whitehorse

Day 14: Depart Whitehorse

All photographs by kind permission Yukon Tourism

caribou crossing

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Kluane1

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Northern Lights Yukon

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Little Gems

Little Gems

For hen lovers, the long drive between Dawson City and Beaver Creek (nearly 9 hours) may be a step too far, however, you could break the journey at Chicken, Alaska, population in single digits and limited accommodation – but would be great to get the t-shirt!!

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Alaska Highlights

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Picture courtesy of Helen Wibley.  This itinerary is just one idea for exploring some of the most incredible places in Alaska:  it covers several of the main places of interest and is intended to offer an insight into the numerous possibilities.

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Alaska Highlights

The itinerary is just one idea for exploring some of the most incredible places in Alaska: it covers several of the main places of interest and is intended to offer an insight into the numerous possibilities. Flights are used to connect the various towns; there are few roads, particularly in the South East. Alternatively you may use the State run ferry service, the Alaska Marine Highway, to travel between the towns. This ferry system provides a much needed link with the outside world for the many communities dotted along the stunning coastline. The ferry visits numerous little ports not served by the bigger cruise ships. Hundreds of small islands are waiting to be discovered by the slightly more intrepid traveller.

Day 1: Gustavus
Day 4: Skagway
Day 6: Haines
Day 8: Juneau
Day 9: Denali
Day 12: Anchorage
Day 14: Depart Anchorage

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Description

The itinerary is just one idea for exploring some of the most incredible places in Alaska: it covers several of the main places of interest and is intended to offer an insight into the numerous possibilities. Flights are used to connect the various towns; there are few roads, particularly in the South East. Alternatively you may use the State run ferry service, the Alaska Marine Highway, to travel between the towns. This ferry system provides a much needed link with the outside world for the many communities dotted along the stunning coastline. The ferry visits numerous little ports not served by the bigger cruise ships. Hundreds of small islands are waiting to be discovered by the slightly more intrepid traveller.

Day 1: Gustavus
There are daily flights into Gustavus from Seattle via Juneau. From Gustavus you have access to the spectacular Glacier Bay National Park. Thirteen glaciers flow from surrounding mountains into the waters of Glacier Bay and a day’s cruise around the bay is a must. Other tours include sea-kayaking, whale-watching and fishing.
Three nights Gustavus

Day 4: Skagway
Short flight to Skagway where the history of the 1898 Klondike Gold Rush is evident. See the famous Red Onion Saloon and the Alaska Brotherhood Hall. Take a morning excursion on the famous White Pass and Yukon Railroad to White Pass Summit. Construction on the railroad commenced in May 1898 and against all odds the track was built through the rugged but beautiful terrain of the Coastal Mountains – the lure of gold!
Two nights Skagway

Day 6: Haines
Travel by waterbus along the Lynn Canal (America’s longest fjord) to Haines. Here nature lovers will find abundant and varied bird populations, wildlife coastal rain forests and wildflower meadows. Take a half day float rafting excursion to the Chilkat Valley near Haines to see the world’s largest concentration of Bald Eagles. Grizzly and black bears and wolves can also be seen on the river banks.
Two nights Haines

Day 8: Juneau
Short flight to Juneau, the State capital of Alaska and accessible only by air or sea. Take a trolley tour of the city, see the still active Russian Orthodox onion-domed Church, ride the Mount Roberts cable car for panoramic views of the Channel.
One night Juneau

Day 9: Denali
Fly to Anchorage the commercial centre and the largest city in Alaska. Pick up your car on arrival and drive north to Denali National Park. (If you prefer not to drive travel by rail or bus up to Denali). Take a full day tour into this park where you may view bears, wolves, caribou, moose… Or take a flight seeing tour over Mount Mckinley, North America’s highest mountain.
Three nights Denali

Day 12: Anchorage
Return to Anchorage. From here take a day cruise excursion through Kenai Fjords National Park you will have the chance to see whales, seals, sea otters and sea lions. Alternatively take a full day bear viewing flight safari or extend your stay to include an overnight excursion to see the grizzly bears of the Katmai National Park,
Two nights Anchorage

Day 14: Depart Anchorage

Alaska coast

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Denali Highway1

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glacier

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Flightseeing Mt Mckinley

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Little Gems

To the north of the little town of Haines, the Lutak Inlet leads through to the Chilkoot River and here, from the the side of road, one can have wonderful views of bears feeding on the spawning salmon.  Watch as the various families interact with each other , cubs playing close to their mothers and youths watching from a distance.  Ask us to advise on specialist tours with experienced guides as a wonderful addition to your holiday

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Alaska Holidays

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Holidays in Alaska are usually marked by two things, the spectacular and the surreal. From Glacier Bay National Park to Alaska cruises where Humpback, Beluga and Orca whales can be freely seen against the awe inspiring backdrop of Alaska and the cold blue of the Bering Sea, Alaska holidays are simply magical. The only question, is where exactly is best to spend holidays in Alaska? In Alaska’s wildlife and scenery abundant great interior? Or in places like Denali National Park, where Alaska holidays can be spent in luxurious comfort whilst staying right in the heart of grizzly bear country?

Thankfully, with Experience Holidays there isn’t any need to limit yourself. In fact, with Experience Holidays’ tailor made holidays to Alaska, intrepid explorers can experience everything from Alaska by rail, road and ferry, to Aurora Borealis experience centred adventures to the Arctic Circle itself. Holidays in Alaska after all, offer people the chance to sample some of the world’s most spectacular scenery and wildlife in a way that most people only ever dream about. In this case, why limit yourself?

From Alaska cruises to tailor made holidays to Alaska which incorporate fjord water bus journeys and self drive tours through wolf, bear, caribou and bald eagle punctuated national parkland, Experience Holidays is proud to offer the most comprehensive range of Alaska holidays that you will find advertised anywhere. Even better, all of Experience Holidays Alaska holidays are fully adaptable to you and your specific holiday requirements.

In fact, Experience Holidays’ tailor made holidays to Alaska give adventurers just like you the option not just to pick and choose where in Alaska you might want to visit, but the choice of either driving yourself to where you want to go, or your being transported by scenic flight to your next port of call.

The only question then, is how do you want to experience Alaska? Not quite sure yet? Maybe we can help. If therefore, you would like more information on what could be your next tailor made holiday to Alaska, contact Experience Holidays today by clicking here

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