Below is the sample itinerary with included and optional tours. Please note that we offer three levels of tour packages (see pricing for more explanation), each stop notates what is included in that stop. Bronze is our base tour, Silver adds a few more tours, while the Gold is everything plus extra. All of our packages exceed ALL other caravan companies so please take a minute to compare what you are getting side by side. We hope to help you live the history of Alaska through getting out by plane, train, boat, and helicopter.
This is a sample of our Summer Itinerary. The spring caravan will start at the bottom (Banff,BC) and work up to end at the top (Dawson Creek). Our goal is to put together a route that maximizes our stops with local events such as 4th of July (Spring tour), best places to see the Northern Lights (for Summer tour only), etc. This means that we may reverse direction in Alaska or start/end at different points but the amount of days and driving miles will stay the same. This is not a “cookie cutter” tour, our goal is to give you the best trip that is possible!
**Every person who is booked on the tour will be given a tour calendar that will have accurate dates with drive days and stops, tours booked for that person, free days, addresses so you can have items mailed to you during your trip, and what your fellow travelers are doing on that date (great for friends wanting to do some tours together).
Day 1 & 2 Dawson Creek. Meet at RV Park for vehicle inspection and final prep. Welcome dinner and photo ops at the famous Mile marker 0 of the Alaska Hwy. Explore Dawson Creek. The tour includes two nights but you may come earlier if you would like more time to explore the area. (Photo at Mile 0 on the Alaskan Hwy, Meet and Greet)
+Celebratory Dinner (included)
Day 3 Drive to Fort Nelson (283 miles)
Day 4 Drive to Liard Hot Springs (194 miles)- arrive and get ready to enjoy a soak in one of the best hot springs to be found. You will have the option of staying in the park next to springs (dry camp) or across the street in campground.
+ Entry to Hot Springs included in all packages
Day 5 Drive to Watson Lake (135 miles)- this is where you will post your sign (optional) in the sign forest and if you would like take in a show on the Northern Lights (optional).
Day 6 & 7 Drive to Whitehorse (275 miles) -we will be spending 11/2 days here as this town is a great place to unhook the towed and explore. Skagway is a 109 mile scenic drive or if you want to drive a bit farther you can visit Haines.
+Train Ride included in all packages but option to upgrade to catamaran trip to Juneau
Day 8 Drive past Destruction Bay (249 miles) -this is a long day of driving. This section of road requires driving slow, as in 40 mph in most places unless you want to spend most of your trip in the repair shop.
Day 9 & 10 Drive to Tok, AK (142 miles)- Another day of slower driving but with the wildlife and scenery you won’t mind. Cross the border in Alaska and then once we get settled in for the night it is time for a great dinner on us! Spend the free day driving to Chicken, AK or relaxing at the campground. This is also a great place to wash the road grime from Canada off of your rig.
+ALL Caravan members to enjoy the Celebratory Dinner (included)
Day 11-13 Drive to Valdez, AK (248 miles) Often one of the most popular drive days, this day will take you past a glacier that almost touches the road, past the famous pipeline that you can follow as you go, and past several waterfalls that splash onto the road and make great photo ops.
+All Packages will enjoy a trip out to see a very active (calving) glacier and hopefully a whale or two while learning more about the history of Valdez and the oil spill. (Included)
Day 14 & 15 Drive to Tolson, AK (128 miles)
+ All Packages include a scenic flight to McCarthy, AK and back with time to explore Kennicott, AK in the beautiful Wrangell National Park. This unique tour will allow you to see Alaska from the air, fly over glaciers, and spend the day enjoying these two towns before comfortably flying back. (Included) ***This flight may be substituted with a flight out of Talkeetna that will go out to Denali and land on a glacier.***
Day 16 & 17 Drive to Portage, AK (224 miles) You will pass through Anchorage on this short drive day, a perfect time to stock up on groceries, fishing supplies, hiking supplies, etc. Also several museums that make great short stops on the way. Those on Gold tours will need to plan on leaving early as they have a Helicopter ride that afternoon out of Girdwood (option to do same tour in Seward to leave this day open for other adventures)
***Gold-See Turnagain Arm and surrounding area while taking a helicopter up to land on a glacier then be met by a team of dogs to enjoy a ride around the glacier with dog power. (Included)
Optional Tours to add: spend the day gold panning on a active mining claim, enjoy a tunnel trip to Whittier, take the tram up to see the top of the mountain.
Day 18-20 Drive to Cooper Landing (65 miles) This is a very scenic & short drive ending at one of the prettiest rivers we will see from the road. In Cooper Landing there are many options to spend your free days. Try your hand at catching a salmon or rainbow trout, float down the river and see wildlife, go gold panning (the real thing not the salted version), go on a hike, or just sit by the river and relax. Also a great place to stage from for a fly out salmon trip.
Day 21-26 Drive to Homer, AK (128 miles) You will have 5 ½ days in Homer to explore,relax, and enjoy the beauty from your oceanfront site on the famous Homer Spit. Walk to all of the shops and restaurants or jump in your tow and explore Old Homer.
*Bronze- Choose between a Wildlife Cruise over to Seldovia for a day of easy exploring or take a water taxi over to hike (easy to moderate depending on amount of rain) to a Glacier fed lake. (Included)
**Silver- Choose between same tours as Bronze and then Fly over to walk among the Bears (safe and amazing experience) (included)
***Gold- Wildlife Cruise to Seldovia, water taxi to Glacier Lake hike, Salmon Fishing charter, and Fly over to walk among the Bears. (Included)
+Celebratory Dinner (included)
Optional Tours to Add: kayak, ranger lead walk (all day trip), helicopter to a volcano, horseback riding, ATV tour, Fly out fishing tour, salmon float trip tour (optional)
Day 27-33 Drive to Seward, AK (170 miles) You will have 6 ½ days to explore Seward and the surrounding area as well as relax. This town is loaded with history and exciting adventures, many of which are included.
*Bronze- enjoy a ¾ day cruise out to a Glacier with wildlife (otter, whale, sea lion seals, puffins, and more) that also includes a ranger on board to narrate and a really great Salmon & Prime Rib lunch. (Included)
**Silver- enjoy ¾ day cruise (see Bronze), Take a Behind the Scenes tour of the Sea Life Center (choose between several different tours such as Pacific Octopus, Puffin, Sea Otter, etc), spend the day fishing for Halibut and Rock Fish. (Included)
***Gold-all the tours of Silver plus another Helicopter tour out to land on a Glacier (included)
+Celebratory Dinner (included)
Optional to add: fishing trips, guided hike up Exit Glacier, Orca cruise, kennel tour, scenic flight, train trip to anchorage and back (overnight stay), horseback ride on the beach, or kayak trip. (Optional)
Day 34-37 Drive to Palmer, AK (161 miles) Just a short drive to Anchorage but out of the hustle of the city will allow you to stock up and enjoy several activities.
+All Packages include a tour of a working Musk Ox farm and a Caribou Farm where you will get to get up close and personal with the animals. (Included)
+All Summer Tour Packages include a day pass to the Alaska State Fair, an iconic experience where you will see vegetable that you have to see to believe. Step back to a simpler time. (Included)
Optional to add: round of golf, horseback riding, ATV to a glacier, Zipline, Alaska Heritage Museum (optional)
+Celebratory Dinner (included)
Day 38-40 Drive to Talkeetna, AK (76 miles).
This Alaskan town is a favorite of many and a great spot to get back into the backcountry.
* Bronze-Enjoy the Wilderness Jet boat tour and village (included)
**Silver and***Gold- go deep up the Devils Canyon to a class 5+ rapids in the safe & dry glass jet boat. This trip will leave you talking! (included)
**This is where you will do a Flight to Denali with a glacier landing if you do not do the flight to McCarthy**
Optional Tours to add: Flight to Denali, ATV tour, Zipline, Fishing (optional)
Day 41-44 Drive to Denali (154 miles)
+ All members enjoy a Backcountry Bus Tour with Buffet Lunch (included)
+ All members enjoy a tour of a working mushing kennel (included)
Optional Tours to add: Fly to a Glacier or around Denali, Zipline, Whitewater Rafting, Horseback riding, Ranger lead hikes, Helicopter Tour, Off-road Denali adventure
Day 45-48 Drive to Fairbanks, AK (116 miles) -This is a great place to explore and to stock up on supplies.
*Bronze- Gold Dredge, Museum of the North & Fountainhead Museum (included)
**Silver-Gold Dredge, Riverboat Tour, Fountainhead Museum, & Museum of the North (included)
***Gold-All Silver tours included PLUS a soak & couples massage in Chena Hot Springs to work out the kinks from the drive to Alaska (included)
Optional Tour to add: Flight to Arctic Circle (optional)
Day 49 drive to Tok (206 miles)
This will be our last night in Alaska and the beginning of your journey back to the lower 48.
Day 50 drive to Destruction Bay (225 miles)
Day 51-53 drive to Skagway (270 miles) This drive day will take you back into Alaska. Once in Skagway we will be parking downtown so you can walk to most events.
+All packages will go up on the White Pass Summit Train Ride
Optional Tours to add: fishing, hiking, bicycle rentals, kayaks, suspension bridge, zipline, blow your own glass sculpture, take the catamaran ferry to the State Capital of Juneau.
Day 54 drive to start of Cassiar Hwy (305 miles)- today we will pass through Teslin, great place for lunch.
Day 56 drive to Iskut, BC (198 miles)
This will begin the two days of no cell service (none) but remember we have Satellite phones so we can still be reached and reach out in emergencies. Along the way you will want to stop in Jade City.
Day 56 drive to Hyder, AK (195 miles) This stop is always popular as this town is famous for the stream of feeding bears. Every year dozens of both black and brown bears come to town to feed on the spawning salmon and you can safely watch from a specially built deck above the stream.
Day 57 drive to Houston, BC (256 miles)
Day 58 drive to Prince George (190 miles)
***for those exiting through WA state this will be our last day together.***
Day 59 & 60 drive to Jasper. (275 miles)
Here you will be able to enjoy the upper part of the Jasper National Park, see the elk roaming through the roads, and relax.
Optional Tour: Icefield Parkway Explorer and Sky Walk, ATV, Bus Tour, White Water Rafting, Horseback riding, Hot Springs (optional)
Day 61 & 62 drive to Banff (224 miles)
Enjoy the drive down and then spend a full day exploring before our last night together (unless you added nights at the park when you booked the caravan)
***Bon Voyage Party***
Day 63 -will need to either check out by 11am or can extend your stay (with advance notice or based on availability)
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This page shows a sample of the drive days and mileage as well as how many days will be spent at each stop. **This schedule is subject to some adjustments as needed**
All 62 nights of camping are in campgrounds with a minimum of 30amp service and the majority of our nights will be on FHU. Many of our campgrounds in Alaska do offer 50 amp service and we try to assign those in a fair way but they are not guaranteed. We strive to stay at the top campgrounds in each of our stops and because we keep our groups small we get to stay in some of the more private areas.
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