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Wilds of Alaska & Western Canada Banff - Anchorage

Trip Overview

This 24 day overland tour journeys from Banff to Anchorage through Canada , USA
24 DAYS THROUGH Canada , USA
RATING:
of 14 reviews
PRICE FROM:
Was: $2,700 USD + 840 KITTY USD
Now: $2,295 (USD) + 840 KITTY (USD)
DURATION:
24 days
TRANSPORT:
US style school bus, Boat
CREW:
2 Dragoman crew, Local guides where necessary
ACCOM:
85%
15%
MEALS:
20 BF / Lunch / Dinner
PHYSICAL CHALLENGE:
LIFESTYLE CHALLENGE:
TRIP CODE:
ZAL
DEPOSIT:
$700 USD

Highlights

  Wander around the parks and museums in Anchorage

  Visit Kenai Fjords National Park and see the massive Exit Glacier

  Explore and hike in Denali National Park

  Boat trip and night out in the wilds of the Alaskan Wilderness

  Explore Wrangell-St Elias National Park

  Travel the Top of the World Highway to Dawson City

  Follow the footsteps of gold prospectors in Yukon at Klondike

  Visit Whitehorse and Drege No. 4, gold mining rig

  Drop by the famous 'sign post' forest

  Hope to spot Alaskan grizzlies at Fish Creek, near Hyder

  Visit the Ksan Indian Village

  Hike and explore the forest and hills of Jasper National Park

  Explore scenic Banff National Park and Lake Louise

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Itinerary

Day 1 - Banff ( 3rd Jul 2019 )

Border information: If you are joining in Banff, you will most likely enter Canada at Calgary International Airport (IATA code: YYC).

There will be an important group meeting at 18:00 at the joining hotel - please look out at the hotel reception for a note from your leader with more details about this important meeting.

The rest of the day is free to explore Banff and its stunning surroundings. Please note that many of the options listed below will only be possible for those with extra time in Banff before the start of your trip with us - please contact the Sales team if you would like to book pre-tour accommodation with us to have extra time exploring Banff.

In Banff we will stay in dormitory rooms in a centrally-located hostel.

NB: At certain times of the year, due to public holidays and the volume of tourists we may opt to camp in Banff

Day 2-3 - Banff ( 4th Jul 2019 to 5th Jul 2019 )

We will have two full days to explore the town of Banff, the spectacular Banff National Park, and take part in the myriad of optional activities available here.

 

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Explore the wonderfully-scenic Banff National Park and see its famous lakes and walking trails

Included in Kitty
Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Take the gondola up to the fantastic viewpoint on Sulphur Mountain that looks out over Banff

CAD 40

Relax in the sulphuric hot springs near Banff

CAD 8

Head out on a horse riding trip through the mountains and forests near Banff

CAD 100

Hire mountain bikes in Banff to explore some of the area's numerous biking trails

CAD 20

Head out on an incredible white water rafting experience on the Kananashin or Kicking Horse River near Banff

CAD 100
Day 4 - Jasper, Banff ( 6th Jul 2019 )

Today we have a scenic drive along the Icefields Parkway to the town of Jasper, travelling through both Banff and Jasper National Parks. En route we will have an included visit to Lake Louise and the Athabasca Falls.

In Jasper we will camp at a well-equipped campsite.

Estimated Drive Time - 8-9 hours (please note that all drive times given here are the approximate number of hours that the truck will be in motion only, and does not include any time taken for coffee or lunch stops, border crossings, photo stops, activities en route, comfort breaks, shopping stops, toilet stops, etc. The times given are approximate estimates only and whilst given with the best of intentions, the drive times are heavily dependent on traffic, road conditions, weather, police roadblocks, and many other factors - flexibility is essential on any overland trip!).

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Visit the Athabasca Falls near Jasper, among the most powerful and breathtaking falls in the Rocky Mountains

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Visit the scenic and colourful Lake Louise near Banff

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Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Drive past the mighty Athabasca Glacier, part of the vast Columbia Ice Field between Banff and Jasper

Free
Day 5 - Jasper ( 7th Jul 2019 )

Today we will have a free day to explore the stunning Jasper National Park or take part in optional activities such as hiking, rafting, biking, or taking the Skytram up the near Whistlers' Mountain.

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Take the fantastic Skytram up Whistler's Mountain to take in the spectacular views over Jasper

CAD 40

Hire mountain bikes to explore some of the awesome biking trails around Jasper

CAD 32

Visit Maligne Canyon, one of the most spectacular gorges in the Canadian Rockies

USD 5

Head out hiking in the forests and hills of the Canadian Rockies in Jasper National Park

Free

Explore the wonderful scenery of Jasper on horseback

CAD 80
Day 6 - Burns Lake ( 8th Jul 2019 )

Today we will drive away from the Rocky Mountains to stay at the area of Burns Lake.

We will camp at a well-equipped campsite.

Estimated Drive Time - 9-10 hours.

Day 7 - Hazelton, Stewart ( 9th Jul 2019 )

Today we will drive to the town of Hazelton and have an included tour of the historical Ksan Indian Village to learn all about the life and history of the Gitxsan people. After our visit we will continue our drive to the town of Stewart.

In Stewart we will camp at a well-equipped campsite.

Estimated Drive Time - 7-8 hours.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Visit the Ksan Indian Historical Village in British Columbia to learn all about the history and culture of the Gitxsan people

Included in Kitty
Day 8 - Stewart, Hyder ( 10th Jul 2019 )

On the following day we will have an included day trip over the border to Alaska and the 'ghost town' of Hyder. Here we will visit the Fish Creek Observation Site where we will hopefully spot Alaskan brown grizzlies or black bears fishing for salmon. We will also visit the huge Salmon Glacier before returning to Stewart for the night.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Visit Fish Creek for a chance to see Alaskan Grizzly Bears fishing for salmon (the season is usually from mid-July to early September, but please note that the dates vary every year and sightings can never be guaranteed)

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View the colossal Salmon Glacier from Hyder, at the southern tip of Alaska

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Day 9 - Boya Lake ( 11th Jul 2019 )

Today we will drive through the countryside of British Columbia to the Boya Lake area.

We will camp at a well-equipped campsite.

Estimated Drive Time - 8-9 hours.

Depending on the timing of the drive we may opt to stay at Dease Lake or Watson Lake.

Day 10 - Watson Lake, Whitehorse ( 12th Jul 2019 )

Today we will have an included visit to the fascinating Sign Post Forest in Watson Lake before continuing our journey into the province of Yukon and its capital of Whitehorse.

In Whitehorse we will camp at a well-equipped campsite.

Estimate Drive Time - 4-5 hours.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Visit the famous Signpost Forest near Watson Lake, and perhaps make your own sign to add to the collection!

Included in Kitty
Day 11-12 - Dawson ( 13th Jul 2019 to 14th Jul 2019 )

Today we will drive through the Yukon province to the famous Klondike area and the city of Dawson, once a hive of activity for gold prospectors. En route we will stop for a tour of one of the incredible original mobile mining rigs near Dawson, Dredge No. 4.

Estimated Drive Time - 7-8 hours.

On the following day we will have free time to explore the area and take part in optional activities such as taking a tour of the old gold mines, trekking up the nearby Midnight Dome, or taking in a can-can show at the Diamond Tooth Gertie's Gambling Hall!

In Dawson we will camp in a well-equipped campsite just across the Yukon River from the town.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Visit the famous Dredge No. 4, a massive mobile gold-mining rig built in 1912

Included in Kitty
Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Enjoy a Klondike-themed cabaret show at Diamond Tooth Gertie's Gambling Hall in Dawson City

CAD 12

Learn all about the fascinating history of the Klondike Gold Rush on a guided tour of some the area's old gold fields

CAD 55

Trek up the Midnight Dome near Dawson for fantastic views of the Yukon River and Klondike Valley

Free
Day 13 - Tok ( 15th Jul 2019 )

Border information: Exit Canada at Little Gold Creek, enter the USA at Pokar Creek.

Today we will travel along the spectacular 'Top of the World Highway' to cross into Alaska at North America's northernmost border. We will drive as far as the small town of Tok.

In Tok we will stay in a well-equipped campsite.

Estimated Drive Time - 7-8 hours.

Day 14-15 - McCarthy, Wrangell-St Elias National Park ( 16th Jul 2019 to 17th Jul 2019 )

Today we will drive to the historic remote outpost of McCarthy, once a thriving copper mining town and the gateway town to the stunning Wrangell-St Elias National Park.

Estimated Drive Time - 7-8 hours.

On the following day we will have free time to explore Wrangell-St Elias National Park and the historic towns of McCarthy and Kennicott. We will have the chance to take part in an abundance of optional activities such as hiking, historic mine tours, scenic flights, glacier walks and ice climbing.

In McCarthy we will camp in a very basic campsite.

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Explore the stunning mountains of Wrangell-St. Elias National Park on various trekking routes

USD 80

Take a breathtaking scenic flight around Wrangell-St Elias National Park, its mountains, glaciers and icefalls

USD 120

Head out onto the Root Glacier for a day of ice-trekking and ice-climbing

USD 125

Take a guided tour of the historic mill town of Kennicott, frozen in time from when it was abandoned in 1938

USD 30

Take a kayaking trip to the base of Kennicott Glacier, taking in the spectacular views of Mt. Blackburn and the Stairway Icefall

USD 95
Day 16-17 - Denali Highway ( 18th Jul 2019 to 19th Jul 2019 )

Today we have a drive to our lodge along the Denali Highway, located in an area popular with wildlife spotters and fishermen.

Tonight we will camp at a well equipped camp site.

Estimated Drive Time - 7-8 hours.

On the following day we will head out along the river on boats to an area deep in the Alaskan wilderness, where we will be able to head out on a trek to a nearby glaicer, explore the surrounding wilderness, and then wild camp for the night.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Head deep into the Alaskan wilderness by motorised canoe for an incredible remote overnight bushcamp

Included in Kitty
Day 18-20 - Denali National Park ( 20th Jul 2019 to 22nd Jul 2019 )

Today we will travel back downstream from our wilderness camp to rejoin our bus. We will then drive to Denali National Park, the home of Denali, the highest mountain in North America.

Estimated Drive Time - 3-4 hours.

On the following day we will have an included trip into Denali National Park. We will take a shuttle bus through the park to the area of Eielson Visitor Centre, where we will be able to explore and enjoy some excellent hiking and wildlife viewing opportunities. 

On the following day we will have a free day in the National Park or take part in some of the many optional activities available here.

In Denali National Park we will camp in a well-equipped campsite.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Explore Denali National Park by taking a shuttle bus to the Toklat River, an area with excellent hiking and wildlife viewing opportunities

Included in Kitty
Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Head on a 2-hour scenic flight around the glaciers and mountains of Denali National Park, including unparalleled views of Denali, North America's highest mountain

USD 500

Head on an excellent white-water rafting trip on the Nenana River in Denali National Park

USD 100

Head out for a fun quad-biking trip through Denali National Park

USD 115

Take a mountain biking tour around the trails and old mining roads of Denali National Park, getting wonderful views of the Alaskan wilderness

USD 57
Day 21-22 - Seward, Kenai Fjords National Park ( 23rd Jul 2019 to 24th Jul 2019 )

Today we will drive to the town of Seward on Alaska's southern coast.

Estimated Drive Time - 7-8 hours.

On the following day you will have free time to explore Seward and take part in optional activities such as a boat trip to the nearby Kenai Fjords National Park.

In Seward we will camp near the shore.

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Head on a 6-hour boat trip in the Kenai Fjords National Park, viewing the abundant wildlife, alpine and tidewater glaciers, rugged fjords and breathtaking scenery

USD 154

Visit the massive Exit Glacier in the Kenai Fjords National Park, one of the largest and most accessible glaciers in Alaska

Free

Trek along one of the challenging alpine trails in the mountains surrounding Seward

Free

Kayak out along the rugged Alaskan coastline near Seward

USD 68

Head out on a mountain biking trip along the coastline or trails near Seward

USD 65
Day 23 - Anchorage ( 25th Jul 2019 )

Today our journey ends with a short drive to the city of Anchorage, possibly via a short detour to the Portage Glacier. We will have free time to explore and relax on arrival.

In Anchorage we will stay in private rooms in a centrally-located hostel.

Estimated Drive Time - 3-4 hours.

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Visit some of Anchorage's fantastic museums, such as the Alaskan Native Heritage Centre which showcases the area's indigenous cultures, the world-class Anchorage Museum, and the fascinating Aviation Heritage Museum

USD 15

Explore some of Anchorage's famous parks, which are full of scenery and walking opportunities 

Free
Day 24 - Anchorage ( 26th Jul 2019 )

Border information: If you are leaving in Anchorage, you will most likely exit the USA at Anchorage Ted Stevens International Airport (IATA code: ANC).

Today is the end day for passengers finishing their trip in Anchorage. Please note there is no accommodation included on the trip tonight - please contact the Sales Team if you are interested in booking extra nights of accommodation in order to fully explore and take part in some of the optional activities listed below.

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Departing: 3 Jul 2019
Returning: 26 Jul 2019
Duration: 24 days
Route: Banff - Anchorage
$2,295 USD + $840 Kitty (USD)
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Departing: 31 Jul 2019
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Departing: 17 Jun 2020
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Departing: 22 Jul 2020
Returning: 14 Aug 2020
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Route: Anchorage - Banff
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REVIEWS FROM OUR PASSENGERS

Great experience! Not just the destination, but the journey you got with dragoman. Enjoyed all of the trip
Jeroen V
I loved it - it's a relaxed but essentially very organised means of travelling to places that are not really possible as a solo traveller.
Hilary Q
Amazing trip, wonderfull crew, fantastic group!!!
Maria H
Really enjoyed visiting places I'd never have managed to get to on my own eg. Wrangell St Elias National Park where we walked up to the edge of the glacier having just walked through beautiful woodland.
Hilary Q
It was all pretty awesome, but particularly enjoyed Denali National Park
Claire T
It was fantastic- loved every minute.
Natalie B
Overall a fantastic trip. Stunning scenery, a wide variety of optional activities to chose from
George S
The National Parks were stunning and the campsites were great. Amazing to have Denali Park included in the kitty
Natalie B
A brilliant first Dragoman trip!
Jennifer N
My overall experience with dragoman was fantastic. it was my first camping overlanding trip and I honestly loved everything about it!
Emily K
Both crew were excellent and helped make the trip enjoyable, and were very sociable and hard working.
Ronan C
The leaders were very helpful and pleasant. I was very happy with their leadership.
John W
Lou was a perfect introduction to my experience with Dragoman crew. She knew how to handle all the different passengers on Betsy, especially particularly difficult passengers that didn’t make a tour leader’s life very easy. She’d always maintain a professional manner. All the while, she was more of a friend than a tour leader, and seemed to have fun along with the passengers, which was preferred rather than a “No, I’m working” attitude.
Molly L
Both Lou and Seb worked very hard throughout this leg and the following on what was an extremely fast paced journey with a very diverse set of passengers. I would have no hesitation in going on further trips with either of them as leader or driver.
Deborah P