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Tour Duration: 16 Days | Tour Price: CAD 7,145.00/person | Tour Season: May - September
Coastal Highlights Explorer of Yukon and Alaska

Small group specialty tour operator, Ruby Range Adventure, is pleased to announce its newest tour, the Coastal Wilderness Explorer. Combining the best of coastal and interior Alaska and Canada’s Yukon, our new Coastal Wilderness Explorer takes you from the remote coves of Alaska’s Inside Passage to the wild interior of Alaska and Canada’s Yukon!

Our tour begins with an 8 day small ship cruise aboard the recently re-furbished Wilderness Adventurer or Wilderness Explorer vessels (max 76 passenger) as they travel the remote and rugged coastline from Ketchikan to Juneau. Pristine wilderness, mind-blowing natural wonder, humpback whales and other untamed wildlife are found at every turn. Our small ships allow you to frequently disembark the ship to hike wild and woolly places (“skookum” to locals) or kayak along shore looking for bears and near 10,000-year-old glaciers.

At Juneau, you’ll disembark the ship and take a short 1 hour flight to Anchorage - Alaska’s largest and most cosmopolitan city - where your small group overland journey continues aboard a comfortable mini-coach with a knowledgeable driver guide. Our route takes us from Cook Inlet, over the coastal mountains and into the vast Alaskan interior. We will visit Alaska’s most famous national park, home of the ‘great one’, Mt. Denali. At over 20,000 feet (6000 meters) its North America’s tallest peak. There we will travel deep into the heart of the park on a wildlife viewing tour that will provide close up views of grizzly and black bears, moose, caribou, Dall sheep and bald and golden eagles. Our route continues northward to Fairbanks, Alaska’s 2nd largest city. Then well travel the well-named Top of the World Highway to Dawson City, in the heart of the Yukon and home of the Klondike Goldrush, the greatest in history. A final push south through the sprawling Yukon interior brings us to the charming riverside city of Whitehorse, the Yukon’s capital, where your journey ends.

Itinerary

Day 1: Flights to Ketchikan — Embark cruise vessel
Welcome aboard! Meet your crew, get settled in, and keep watch for eagles as we cruise through the Tongass Narrows out of Ketchikan.
Day 2: Tongass National Forest / El Capitan Passage
Wake in El Capitan Passage surrounded by breathtaking Tongass National Forest—the largest national forest in the US. Take a “wild” Alaska hike winding through high forest on an old logging trail. Trek up to El Capitan Cave, where 400,000-year-old bones have been found. And cap off your day noshing on locally harvested oysters as a resident family tells of life in the Alaskan outback.
Day 3: Klawock Native Village
Discover living history in Klawock—one of the most authentic Tlingit villages in Alaska. Learn the importance of carving, gaze up at totem poles coloring the town, and hear their stories. Visit the carvers' shed where the art of carving and restoring totems is passed on. Explore the area on foot keeping an eye out for bears, eagles, sea birds, and whales.
Day 4: Baranof Island / Port Walter
An active day is in store on the smallest of Alaska's ABC islands. Take to the water kayaking, snorkeling, and riding the skiff. Or push your limits with a rigorous hike in Alaska’s back reaches on wilderness trails. Along the southeastern side of Baranof Island, explore the former herring community of Port Walter, the rainiest place in all of Alaska, or hike to a mountain lake.
Day 5: Patterson Bay
Lush forest, spectacular views, 4000-foot vertical walls, and 2000-foot waterfalls highlight Baranof Island’s waterfall coast. Slip into the waters of Patterson Bay to explore by skiff or paddle a kayak keeping watch along the coastline for birds, wolves, and black bears. Gear up for snorkeling or guided hikes. This evening, toast another day of amazing adventure with a cold microbrew or cocktail.
Day 6: The Brothers Islands / Frederick Sound
There’ll be plenty of wildlife viewing today. The Brothers, a pair of islands in Frederick Sound, are home to some of Alaska’s most abundant wildlife and the area is the summer feeding ground for the largest concentration of humpback whales in the northern hemisphere. Keep watch for frolicking orca, humpbacks, and sea lions. Tonight, anchor in Holkham Bay and listen for the song of the whales.
Day 7: Endicott Arm / Ford’s Terror Wilderness
Snow covered mountains, glowing blues, and the white thunder of calving ice take your breath away at the face of Dawes Glacier. As you glide through Endicott Arm you’ll likely find a few seals taking respite on the glaciers smaller “bergy bits.” Tides permitting, explore the narrow passage of Ford’s Terror and admire the magnificent domes, hanging valleys, and pristine wilderness that surround it. Join the Captain for a farewell toast during dinner.
Day 8: Juneau — Disembark, flight to Anchorage
Bid adieu to new-found friends over breakfast before disembarking the ship. Welcome to Alaska. At the airport, you will be welcomed by your tour-guide. Transfer to the hotel. Meeting to get acquainted with your fellow travellers. (Overnight accommodation in Anchorage).
Day 9: Anchorage - Denali National Park
After breakfast we leave Alaska’s largest city. Via the George Parks Highway we travel northbound towards Denali National Park. The breathtaking landscape offers constantly changing panoramic views with distant glaciers and beaver dams in the nearby river. Late afternoon, there is the opportunity for a one-hour glacier flight to Mount McKinley for all those who would like to go for it (optional). This is a very recommendable adventure, in particular when the weather is fine. (Overnight accommodation close to the park).
Day 10: Denali National Park
Without a doubt this is one of the highlights of Alaska. In the morning we will go on a Denali wildlife tour. A park owned shuttle bus takes us deep into one of the most scenic landscapes in the North America. Weather permitting you will get to see majestic Mount McKinley, 6193 meters high, the highest mountain in the U.S.A. The variety of wildlife is very impressive, too. With a little luck you will see wolves, dall sheep, moose, caribou and grizzly bears. Admire Wonder Lake, the largest lake in the surroundings, located approximately in the middle of the park. Here in particular you will find lots of wildlife. (Overnight accommodation close to the park).
Day 11: Denali National Park - Fairbanks
Back on the George Parks Highway, we will stop in Nenana to visit the Alaska Railroad Museum. Fairbanks will be reached early in the afternoon. The remainder of the day is reserved for the places of interest in and around this town located about 320 km south of the Arctic Circle. Perhaps you would like to visit the Alaska Dog Mushing Museum, or treat yourself with the local delicacies in one of the numerous restaurants. You really should try the king crabs! And there is more. Particularly recommendable is a sternwheeler cruise on the Chena River, the Crown of Light show, a photo symphony covering the aurora borealis, or the Gold Rush show at the Malemute Saloon (optional). (Overnight accommodation in Fairbanks).
Day 12: Fairbanks - Dawson City
After strolling through downtown Fairbanks in the morning we are on our way southbound passing innumerable lakes and rivers in this beautiful landscape. Today we are going to see the Trans-Alaska Pipeline again, crossing the Tanana River right next to the highway. In Delta Junction we meet the Alaska Highway and visit the local visitor center. The journey continues via the Top of the World Highway. Beyond the timberline we will pass through beautiful tundra scenery and cross the border at Little Gold Creek, which is the checkpoint with the highest elevation between Canada and the U.S.A. On this stretch villages with strange sounding names like Chicken, Action Wade Camp are to be seen until in the afternoon we will cross the Yukon River by ferry to reach Dawson City. (Overnight accommodation in Dawson City).
Grizzly Bears in Denali NPGrizzly Bears in Denali NP
Day 13: Dawson City
People still dig for gold in this historical town located where the Klondike flows into the Yukon River. You may try your luck panning for gold yourself. A visit to Bonanza Creek, the Jack London cabin, and the Midnight Dome, Dawson City’s very own mountain, are on the agenda, as is the remarkable Gold Diggers Museum. You may want to stroll around town with its nice buildings, some of them still original, some affectionately restored. The Palace Grand Theatre - offering musical entertainment, turn-of-the-century style - is another option. Diamond Tooth Gerties Casino and Cancan – dance girls will entertain us in the evening. (Overnight accommodation in Dawson City).
Day 14: Dempster Highway
After getting up real early we will drive up the Dempster Highway which is the only connection to the remote town of Inuvik at the Polar Sea. We will discover the Tombstone Mountains; this will lead us into the tundra of this mountain range, where every season has its unique attraction. (Overnight accommodation in Dawson City).
Day 15: Dawson City - Whitehorse
Today it is back to Whitehorse via the Klondike Highway. You will repeatedly see the mighty Yukon River, about 3200 km long and thus one of the longest waterways in North America. Of course there is a stop to visit the infamous Five Finger Rapids - mighty rapids posing a threat to many sternwheelers navigating the Yukon in the past. Old post offices, roadhouses and small villages constantly bring back to mind the gold rush era 100 years ago. (Overnight accommodation in Whitehorse).
Day 16: Whitehorse
Transfer to airport or connecting program.



(Due to the nature of this tour last-minute changes to the itinerary are a possibility and are left up to the discretion of the guide.)



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Details

Tour Duration

16 Days

Tour Price

Double Room: CAD 7,145.00
Single Room: +CAD 3,205.00
Triple Room: -CAD 1,250.00
All Rates per person (+ GST)

Group Size

6 - 9 participants per tour (Maxi Van)
10 - 20 participants per tour (Midsize Coach)



Included at sea

  • 8 day sea program from Ketchikan to Whitehorse
  • private cabin accommodation, a crew to guest ratio of 1-to-3
  • a wellness program offering yoga classes, massage, and healthy meals (most meals are served buffet-style)
  • nearly all adventure activities and equipment use is included in your fare
  • and the education, instruction provided by our experienced team of Expedition Leaders and Guides are yours to enjoy at large. In addition to your base fare, charges do apply for: spirits, wine and microbrews are a la carte (paying only for what you consume)
  • massages
  • snorkel gear and wetsuits
  • port charges, taxes, fees and gratuities.

Included on land

  • 9 day land trip from Whitehorse to Anchorage
  • 8 nights accommodation in superior middle class double rooms
  • The entire tour individually guided and interpreted
  • All overland transportation
  • Air-conditioned Maxi Van (capacity 15 seats) or comfortable air-conditioned Midsize Coach
  • Prince William Sound ferry
  • Entrance fees for national parks
  • Guided hike in Kluane NP
  • Airport Transfers


Not included

  • Meals and beverages
  • Personal extras
  • Optional tours
  • Gratuity


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