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Alaska and Yukon Golden Circle tour

Summary

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Bike from Haines to Skagway along the historic native trade route to the interior and the gold rush route to the Klondike! While Haines and Skagway are only fifteen miles apart by water, the bike route travels three hundred and sixty miles through some of the most breathtaking scenery in Alaska and Canada. Enjoy an intimate touring environment, with spectacular scenery that includes the coastal climate of Alaska as well as the interior climate of the Yukon Territory. A combination of history and scenic splendor as you follow routes used by Native Americans and the Klondike Gold Rush stampeder.

Recreational
9 days
579 km / 360 mi
$ 2,950.-
  • Bike through three National and Provincial parks that compromise the largest protected wilderness area in the world.
  • A perfect mix of wilderness camping and stays in local lodgings.
  • Retrace the historic gold rush routes, and learn about the culture of the native people that have inhabited the region for millennia.
  • Beautiful northern landscapes from coastal rainforest to alpine tundra.
  • Great dining options incorporating local Alaskan seafood.
  • Guides prepare meals at camp. All food is provided with the exception of the night in Whitehorse, Yukon, where guests can sample local restaurants.
  • Small groups and local guides help give you a feel for life in the North.
  • Moderate to challenging difficulty level; riding averages about 50 miles/day.
  • Extra camping information:

    Camping is an integral part of traveling through wild places. Our remote routes in Alaska and the Yukon lack accommodations and services. Our sag wagon and trailer carries all the camping amenities you need. These include waterproof tents, warm sleeping bags, thick sleeping pads, pillows, bug tents, and comfortable camp chairs. Camping does not mean a lack of hygiene either. We even carry with us a portable toilet and shower! When your day in the saddle is done, you dine in a screened tent and enjoy delicious meals such as local salmon prepared by your trip leader.

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Details

Type
Recreational
Duration
9 days
Level
Easy = untrained, normal physical condition
Moderate = regular cyclist, good condition
Challenging = experienced, well trained
Moderate
Support
Guided = with cycling guide(s) - support van
Self Guided = individual - directions+maps
Guided
Daily distance
60-80 km / 37-50 mi
Total distance
579 km / 360 mi
Lodging
Deluxe = 4-5 star hotel or excellent B&B
Basic = 1-2 star hotel/motel or B&B
Camping = tent, sports hall or campus
Basic hotel, full board
Luggage transport
Daily luggage transfers
Bicycle
Included
Dates
01 Jun 2019 - 09 Jun 2019
27 Jul 2019 - 04 Aug 2019
Start
Haines, AK
Finish
Skagway, AK
Airport at start
Juneau, AK airport.
Airport at finish
Juneau, AK airport.

Prices

Price per person
The tour price per person
$ 2,950.-
tour price 2018
extra supplement tour price 2018
$ 100.-
Optional
Single supplement
If you travel alone a single supplement is charged. With some group tours you can avoid a single supplement by sharing a room with another rider.
$ 680.-

Itinerary

Day 1:

Travel to Haines Alaska on the State ferry or by small plane from Juneau for the start of your tour. After checking into your room, we will fit you to a bicycle at our shop. The afternoon is free to explore the coastal community of Haines. We meet for an orientation in the late afternoon, followed by dinner at one of our fine restaurants. The night is spent at a B&B.

Day 2:

47 miles
You mount your bike in the morning and cycle along a glacial-fed river through the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve. You pass through Canadian Customs and camp in the Tatshenshini/Alsek Provincial Park by the banks of the Klehini River in British Columbia.

Day 3:

50 miles
You gradually wind your way up the Chilkat Pass breaking out above tree line. Just fifty miles from the coast, the scenery changes from rain forest to alpine tundra. The evening is spent camping at Million Dollar Falls in the Yukon Territory.

Day 4:

37 miles
Today you bike through Kluane National Park, a land of majestic mountains, expansive lakes and open vistas. The night is spent at a quaint and rustic B&B near Haines Junction YT.

Day 5:

60 miles
You bike into Haines Junction where the Haines Road joins the Alaska/Canada Highway. You head east on the ALCAN over rolling hills. You camp at a native cultural site near the historic trading post of Champagne.

Day 6:

54 miles
You continue southeast towards the Yukon River, crossing several tributaries as you pedal into Whitehorse.  The capitol of the Yukon Territory is a city of 25,000 hardy folks living on the banks of the mighty Yukon River. You are on your own for the evening and the meal of your choice for dinner. The night is spent in a hotel.

Day 7: 

55 miles
You bike southeast on the ALCAN for a short distance then turn south on the Klondike Highway. The coastal mountains beckon as you pass through the small community of Carcross. You skirt the massive headwater lakes of the Yukon River. 
You camp along the lakeshore.

Day 8: 

55 miles
After leaving the Yukon and reentering British Columbia, the coastal mountains rise around you as you bike towards the historic White Pass to take you to the coast. A narrow gap leads you to a thrilling fifteen mile descent to the coastal town of Skagway, Alaska. You relax at your B&B while enjoying the sights and sounds of this colorful town and your memories of biking the Golden Circle.

Day 9:

You enjoy a farewell breakfast together at the Mile Zero B&B. Following breakfast you may choose to explore historic Skagway on your own, travel home or extend your vacation either regionally or statewide.

Map & Routes

Map
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Bicycle

Recreational hybrid touring bikes with trunk bags provided. Cost of bike rental is included in tour rate; guests may also bring their own bike.
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