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Anchorage to Banff

This adventurous overlanding journey is very special and one that will be loved by all outdoor enthusiasts - our fantastic North American trip between Anchorage and Banff through Alaska and western Canada! This journey is packed full of some of the most spectacular National Parks in the world, including Denali, Jasper and Banff to name a few - in which you'll see mighty forests, pristine lakes, colossal glaciers, beautiful alpine mountains and rivers, and hopefully even some grizzly bears. Travelling in our unique converted American school bus, you'll be embarking on one of the planet's great road trips, winding your way through the wilds of Alaska and the forest-covered slopes of Canada's mountain country. You will learn about the Klondike gold rush of Dawson, visit some of the old mining areas scattered throughout the area, and learn about the life and culture of the Ksan Native Americans on an overnight stay. You'll experience camping out in the vast Alaskan wilderness, get plenty of opportunities to trek through the breathtaking landscapes, and have the chance to enjoy some exhilirating outdoor activities such as ice-climbing in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park! This trip ends in the glittering Canadian city of Banff, a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts and just a hop away from Calgary. Join us on this unforgettable overlanding experience - this could definitely be the best trip of your life!

North America

Duration: 24 Days Guaranteed Departure: Yes
For lovers of: Hiking, Canoeing, Equestrian, Parks & Nature Reserves, Local Culture & Cuisine, Community Project , Historical Sites, Trekking, Boating Physical rating: Average
Accommodation standard:   Budget% Traveller Tour Rating: 80.0%  
Your Guide: English speaking Tour code: 158287
Starts: Anchorage, United States Finishes: Banff,
You will visit
  • Anchorage
  • Seward
  • Kenai Fjords National Park
  • Denali National Park
  • Denali Highway
  • Wrangell-St Elias National Park
  • Tok
  • Dawson
  • Whitehorse
  • Watson Lake
  • Stewart
  • Hyder
  • Hazelton
  • En route in British Columbia
  • Jasper
  • Banff

Itinerary

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Day 1: Anchorage

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

Today there will be a welcome meeting at 10:00 hrs. The rest of the day is free for you to explore Anchorage. We stay the night in a centrally located hostel in private rooms.

Please note that many of the options listed below will only be possible for those with extra time in Anchorage 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 Anchorage.

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Day 2-3: Seward

Short drive to Seward where we will camp south of town for 2 nights. On your free day here you will have the opportunity to take a boat trip out into Kenai Fjords National Park.

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Day 4-6: Denali National Park

We drive back past Anchorage and head to Denali National Park, the home of Mount McKinley, where we camp for 3 nights. There is plenty of time for optional activities here as well as an included shuttle bus through the park to the Toklat River, an area with excellent hiking and wildlife viewing opportunities.

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Day 7-8: Denali Highway

We have a short and very scenic drive along the Denali Highway to our lodge.  We will have one night camping by the lodge and another in a wild camp with good wildlife viewing opportunities and hiking possibilities. 

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Day 9-10: Wrangell-St Elias National Park

Drive day to Wrangell-St Elias National Park where we camp for 2 nights. This is the largest national park in the USA and has an abundance of optional activities to partake in such as hiking, historic mine tours, glacier walks or ice climbing.

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Day 11: Tok

A long but scenic drive brings us to our campsite outside Tok where we will stay for the night. 

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Day 12-13: Dawson

Border information:  Exit the USA and enter Canada at Little Gold/Poker Creek

We travel 300kms today along the 'Top of the World Highway' amidst incredible scenery. We enter Canada and the Klondike and head to Dawson City, once a hive of activity for gold prospectors. We will camp right across the Yukion river for 2 nights allowing free time to explore and mabye visit Diamond Tooth Gerties Casino, a real outwest experience!

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Day 14: Dawson

Drive day to Whitehorse, the capital of the Yukon territory. En route we stop by one of the original mining rigs, Dredge No 4. Tonight we camp outside of Whitehorse.

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Day 15: Watson Lake

Short drive from the Yukon into British Colombia where we camp for the night in Watson Lake. This afternoon there will be free time to visit the world famous Signpost Forest or maybe see the show at the Northern Lights Centre. 

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Day 16-17: Stewart

Full day's drive south to Stewart where we will camp for 2 nights. On our full day here we will be driving into Alaska and the Hyder area. We will vist Fish Creek where we will hopefully spot Alaskan brown grizzlies and black bears eating salmon. 

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Day 18: Hazelton

Today will be an all day drive as we make our way towards the Rocky mountains. Will will find somewhere to camp for the night and en route have the chance to stop off in Hazelton to visit the Ksan Indian Village.

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Day 19-20: Jasper

We continue our drive in to the Candian Rockies into Jasper NP with amazing scenery. Here we camp for 2 nights outside Jasper for a variety of activites.

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Day 21: Jasper

Today is a spare day to be used anywhere in the itinerary, depending on the local conditions on your trip.

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Day 22: Jasper

Today we have a scenic drive along the Icefields Parkway, travelling through Jasper NP and Banff NP. We visit the Athabasca Falls en route. We camp for the night in Banff.

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Day 23: Banff

 Today we move into a comfortable hostel for our last night. The rest of the day is free to explore Banff and the nearby area.

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Day 24: Banff

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

Today is the end day for passengers finishing their trip in Banff. Please note there is no accommodation included on the trip tonight - please contact the Dragoman 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.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Take a shuttle bus around Denali National Park to the Toklat River where you have excellent hiking and wildlife viewing opportunities
    • Experience an overnight bushcamp in the Alaskan wilderness
    • Visit one of the original mining rigs, Dredge No 4
    • Visit Fish Creek for a chance to see both Alaskan brown grizzlies and black bears fishing for salmon (the season is usually from mid-July to early September, but the dates vary every year and no sightings can be guaranteed)
    • Visit the Ksan Indian Village in British Columbia to visit the museum and view original totem poles and Indian history
    • Visit the Athabasca Falls near Jasper, among the most powerful and breathtaking falls in the Rocky Mountains
    Tour Staff
    • 2 Dragoman crew and local guides where necessary
    Accomodation
    • 90% Camping - 10% Hotels
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Tour Highlights:
  • Adventure Activities
  • Boating
  • Canoeing
  • Community Project
  • Hiking & Trekking
  • History & Culture
  • Horse Riding
  • Nature & Wildlife
  • Overland Journey
  • R & R


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Ronan C Posted on: 

Both crew were excellent and helped make the trip enjoyable, and were very sociable and hard working.

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John W Posted on: 

The leaders were very helpful and pleasant. I was very happy with their leadership.

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Molly L Posted on: 

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.

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Deborah P Posted on: 

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.

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