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Tour Duration: 15 Days | Tour Price: CAD 6,205.00/person | Tour Season: June - September
Coastal Wilderness Explorer of Yukon and Alaska

We are pleased to announce our 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 travel by commuter aircraft along the scenic Lynn Canal at the top of the Inside Passage to the Klondike Goldrush town of Skagway. Then you’ll board a Goldrush era railway and travel over the coastal mountains to the vast Yukon and Alaska interior where your small group journey continues aboard a comfortable mini-coach with a knowledgeable driver guide. You’ll experience the scenery of 2 vast national parks - Yukon’s Kluane and Alaska’s Wrangell-St. Elias - that make up part of the world’s largest internationally protected area while staying in comfortable tourist-class hotels en route to Alaska’s largest city-by-the-sea, Anchorage 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 Skagway
Bid adieu to new-found friends over breakfast before disembarking the ship. Transfer directly to the Juneau airport for your short flight to Skagway over the Lynn Canal. Transfer to your hotel on arrival. Known as the Gateway to the Klondike, Skagway is part of Klondike National Park and retains much of its original frontier character. The afternoon free to stroll the boardwalks, kick up your heels at a vaudeville show, or sidle up to the bar for a cold one at a Gold Rush era saloon. Hotel: Westmark Skagway Inn
Day 9: Skagway - Whitehorse
ALL ABOARD! the famous White Pass & Yukon Route Railroad. Built in 1899 to transport the thousands of passengers and goods travelling to the Klondike goldfields at Dawson City, Yukon, the White Pass Railroad travels from tidewater to 3000ft (975m) in just 28 miles (45km)! Travelling in period railcars (some original) your route takes you up and over the famous White Pass into northern British Columbia. The narrow gauge railway clings precipitously to the steep mountain sides as it crosses trestle bridges and tunnels before arriving at Fraser, British Columbia. There, you will be met by your Ruby Range Adventure guide, who will take you the remainder of the way into Whitehorse, capital of Canada`s Yukon Territory. Transfer to your hotel and meet your fellow travellers. (Overnight accommodation in Whitehorse).
Day 10: Whitehorse - Kluane National Park
After breakfast you will get a general view of the Yukon’s capital. Part of it may be a visit to the restored sternwheeler MS Klondike next to the Yukon River. The big roundtrip will begin with a first short stage on the Alaska Highway westbound. You will encounter scenic points of interest inviting you to stop before reaching Haines Junction - situated right next to Kluane National Park - early in the afternoon. Kluane National Park not only is Canada’s biggest national park, here you will find apart from a variety of wildlife the largest glacier area of the world outside North and South Pole. Even today, most of this huge national park is still unexplored and pristine. Depending on the weather and the group wishes a guided small hike into the national park can take place. Another possible attraction is a flight with a bush plane to the impressive glaciers within the park or a flight with a helicopter over deserted areas (optional). (Overnight accommodation in Haines Junction).
Day 11: Kluane National Park - Tok
Today we drive along the scenic shore of the huge Lake Kluane. A first stop is planned at the Sheep Mountain Visitor Center. Chances are you will spot some of the scarce snow-white dall sheep on the surrounding mountains. In Tok you may visit a sled dog demonstration. (Overnight accommodation in Tok).
Day 12: Tok - Valdez
The first part of today‰s stretch will lead us via the Glenn Highway along countless rivers, lakes, glaciers and finally the majestic Wrangell-St. Elias National Park. Then we will drive the Richardson Highway southbound to the small seaport of Valdez at the Pacific coast. The crossing of the coastal range via the Thompson Pass is spectacular, with thundering falls right next to the road. Valdez, called little Switzerland by its inhabitants, is enframed by alpine surroundings. The town is also known for the world famous Trans Alaska Pipeline that ends here and the big oil tankers taking a load. (Overnight accommodation in Valdez).
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Day 13: Valdez - Whittier - Seward
Today we travel the Prince William Sound via ferry. Without a doubt this is a highlight among the scenic beauties of Alaska. The route is close to the pacific coast, passing calving glaciers, the Columbia Glacier probably being the most spectacular of them all. Odds are you will spot a variety of wildlife. With a little luck you will be able to take pictures not only of otters and puffins, but of sea lions and even whales, too. Ashore again, the next stop is the Portage Glacier, which is almost accessible by car. (Overnight accommodation in Seward).
Day 14: Seward - Anchorage
A very nice option to start the day is a tour into Kenai Fjords National Park (optional). We drive along the Turnagain Arm into Anchorage. Watch out for Beluga-Whales in this area! This day in Alaska’s biggest city is at your free disposal for sightseeing in and around Anchorage. There are many interesting things to discover: Lakes Hood and Spenard, the largest marine airport. In summer, up to 800 floatplanes, take off and land here daily. Nearby is the aviation museum where you can admire several legendary aircraft. In downtown Anchorage you will find the Art Museum, the Museum of History and Art and of course the typically American shopping malls. Maybe you would like to visit one of the bars or microbreweries, which offer various kinds of beer brewed in the house. For night people, Anchorage still has one or the other surprise to offer. For example a very special dinner at the restaurant “Gwennies”, they not only offer the biggest and best steaks - gold digger style - you may admire the history of the origins of Anchorage there, too. (Overnight accommodation in Anchorage).
Day 15: Anchorage
Anchorage offers you a variety of options on the last day of your trip. On the largest marine airport, Lake Spenard, up to 800 floatplanes take off and land here daily in summer. Nearby is the aviation museum where you can admire several legendary aircraft. He who simply prefers to relax at the end of this long roundtrip with lots of fresh impressions or would like to do a little shopping before returning home still has plenty of time and opportunity to do so. 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

15 Days

Tour Price

Double Room: CAD 6,205.00
Single Room: +CAD 2,995.00
Triple Room: -CAD 985.00
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

  • 6 day land trip from Whitehorse to Anchorage
  • 5 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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