Sunday, August 18 to Friday, September 6, 2019
Options: This tour will be offering a Land only package that would return via Anchorage, Alaska OR the option to do the complete 20 day tour including the southbound cruise returning from Vancouver, B.C.
Highlights include: Watson Lake, Whitehorse, Dawson City, Top of the World Highway, Fairbanks, Denali National Park, Anchorage, Hubbard Glacier, Juneau, Skagway, journey aboard the “Scenic Railway of the World” to the White Pass Summit, Icy Strait Point, Ketchikan, Inside Passage & Vancouver, British Columbia
Day 1: Sun., Aug. 18–Today is a travel day from Home to Pearson International Airport to Edmonton. The tour will depart from Orillia at 6:00a.m., Barrie, Bayfield Mall behind Canadian Tire Store at 6:30a.m. & the Tour Office at 7:00a.m. for our shuttle to Pearson International Airport. (Overnight parking is available at our Tour Office) A shuttle van service is available with a minimum of 6 customers from the Collingwood, Stayner & Wasaga Beach area upon request and transferred to meet the coach in Barrie. We will fly on Air Canada departing at 10:00a.m. from Toronto arriving into Edmonton, Alberta at 12:05p.m.. We will be transferred to our Edmonton Hotel by our motor coach carrier that will be with us for the entire tour. The afternoon is yours to enjoy at your leisure, perhaps visit the Famous West Edmonton Mall. A Get Acquainted Welcome Dinner is planned for this evening. (D)
Day 2: Mon., Aug. 19–Fort St. John, B.C. Today’s journey takes us to Fort St. John, B.C. We will visit Dawson Creek, B.C. and mile Zero on the Alaskan Hwy. (B)
Day 3: Tues., Aug. 20 –Muncho Lake: Today’s scenic driving tour will take us through the mountainous region by Muncho Lake Provincial Park. Dinner tonight is included. Overnight at Northern Rockies Lodge. (B &D)
Day 4: Wed., Aug. 21–Watson Lake: Be sure to pack your bathing suit as we will be stopping at the Laird Hot Springs! Then it’s off to Watson Lake, keeping an eye out for Wood Bison. We will make a stop at the famous Signpost Forest in Watson Lake. A welcome dinner will conclude our day. Overnight: Andrea’s Hotel, Watson Lake. (B & D)
Day 5: Thurs., Aug. 22 – Whitehorse: This afternoon we will reach Whitehorse, the Capital City of the Yukon our home for the next 2 nights. We will visit the McBride Museum of Yukon History and learn about the local history and folklore of Sam Magee. Overnight: The Coast High Country Inn. (B & D)
Day 6: Fri., Aug. 23 –Whitehorse: Today we will explore the town, starting with a visit to the Whitehorse Fish Ladder. It is the world’s longest wooden fish ladder that helps migrating Chinook salmon on the final leg of their journey. Then it is onto the Yukon Beringia Interpretive Centre, S.S. Klondike Paddle wheeler & photo stops. The balance of the day is free. You might choose to ride the train along the waterfront, go shopping, hike one of the great trails along the Yukon River, explore the town or perhaps just relax with a good book. (B & D)
Day 7: Sat., Aug. 24–Dawson City: Following the same basic route as the old prospectors of the Klondike Gold rush you will drive to Dawson City our home for the next two nights. We will make photo stops and meal breaks along the way, stopping at Braeburn for cinnamon buns in the morning, Five Finger Rapids at noon and Moose Creek Lodge in the afternoon. Dawson City is a national historic treasure. The old buildings have been preserved from the gold rush period at the turn of the 20th century, making you feel like you’ve travelled back to those colorful times. Overnight: Westmark Inn (B & D)
Day 8: Sun., Aug. 25–Dawson City: Today you will take a Gold Panning tour and learn all about the history of the gold rush, gold panning techniques as well as more large scale methods of prizing the shiny metal out of the earth. The afternoon can be enjoyed on your own. You may want to see Pierre Burton’s homestead, visit the Robert Service Cabin or Diamond Tooth Gertie’s, visit the quaint shops or just relax in this peaceful village setting. (B)
Day 9: Mon., Aug. 26–Fairbanks: The drive to Fairbanks takes you to the Top of the World and back. This highway gives you sense of the vastness of the land. We will enter Alaska at Poker Creek, travelling through unique settlements like Chicken and Tok as we make our way to the northern terminus of the Alaska Highway in Fairbanks. Overnight: Bear Lodge at the Wedgewood Resort (B & L)
Day 10: Tues., Aug. 27–Fairbanks: Sternwheelers once serviced the gold seekers in Dawson by navigating the Yukon River all the way through Alaska from the Bering Sea. Today, you can relive some of that experience on the Riverboat Discovery Cruise. You’ll see a wonderful interpretive site depicting Alaska of old as well as have a chance to see a dog sled demonstration. This afternoon will be free time at the resort to explore the Antique Auto Museum, walk the trails or visit the Wedgewood Wildlife Sanctuary is a beautiful, 75-acre refuge that provides habitat for a variety of Interior Alaska’s wildlife, located next to Wedgewood Resort. This evening we will visit Pioneer Park to enjoy a Salmon BBQ dinner and Vaudeville show. (B & D)
Day 11: Wed., Aug. 28–Denali Park/Denali: This morning we’ll enjoy a late checkout from our hotel. We will travel through Denali National Park with hopes of viewing Mt. McKinley, the highest mountain on the continent, as we make our way to the Denali Interpretative Centre. This afternoon we’ll check in to the Denali Bluffs Hotel for our overnight stay. (B)
Day 12: Thurs., Aug. 29–Denali Park/Anchorage: This morning will be an early rise as we booked for a Natural History Tour of Denali Park which will take us to Mile 17 within the park limits with hopes of viewing wildlife in their natural habitat. This afternoon we’ll travel to Anchorage, the largest city north of the 60th parallel and check into the Holiday Inn Express. (L)
For Land & Cruise passengers:
Day 13: Fri., Aug. 30–Anchorage/Seward: Following breakfast we’ll experience a guided city tour. There will be some free time for shopping and lunch in the downtown core. Then we will travel along the picturesque route to Seward. In the late afternoon we will board the Radiance of the Seas/Royal Caribbean International cruise ship for our amazing southbound cruise. (B & D)
For Land Only passengers:
Day 13: Fri., Aug. 30–Anchorage/Home: Following breakfast we’ll experience a guided city tour.
Those passengers who have chosen to do the Land Only Portion will be transferred to the Anchorage Airport at noon. Your flight schedule is with Air Canada departing at 3:45p.m. arriving into Vancouver at 7:55p.m. You will then take a connecting flight at 10:35p.m. and fly overnight to Pearson International Airport, Toronto arriving at 6:00a.m. You will be met by your Hammond shuttle van to return you to the Tour Office, Barrie and Orillia. (B)
Day 14: Sat., Aug. 31– Hubbard Glacier, Alaska: Stretching over 90 miles long and covering over 1,350 square miles in area, Hubbard Glacier is the largest tidewater glacier in North America. It is also one of the most impressive, a 300-foot wall of ice rising sheer & jagged from the ocean. (arrive 2:00pm/ depart 6:00pm) (B, L & D)
Day 15: Sun., Sept. 1–Juneau, Alaska: Accessible only by air or sea, Alaska’s capital is surprisingly urban and cultured for such a remote destination. When you arrive by sea, you will be greeted dockside by numerous flags and an abundance of summer flowers. For further insight into the Inuit culture and crafts, visit the museum. (arrive 8:00am/depart 9:00pm) (B, L & D)
Day 16: Mon., Sept. 2 –Skagway, Alaska: Skagway was born during the great Klondike gold rush. Those were the days when Skagway had 80 saloons and was known as “the roughest town on earth”. This afternoon our tour group will experience an unforgettable journey aboard the “Scenic Railway of the World” to the White Pass Summit. We begin our excursion as we board the train in Skagway and travel 20 miles from tidewater, to the Summit of the White Pass – a 2,865 foot elevation! We will return to the town by bus, making photo stops enroute. (arrive 7:00am/depart 8:30pm) (B, L & D)
Day 17: Tues., Sept. 3 –Icy Strait Point, Alaska: Icy Strait Point, established in 1912 is a new port of call for cruise lines and enthusiasts of the real Alaska. Icy Strait Point opens its untouched, pristine lands to visitors. Hosting only one ship at a time, it provides guests with rich wildlife tours and authentic native Tlingit culture. This port requires that we arrive by tender. (arrive 7:00am/depart 4:00pm) (B, L & D)
Day 18: Wed., Sept. 4–Ketchikan, Alaska: Ketchikan is the salmon capital of the world. The canneries are busy and the stream below Creek Street’s rustic boardwalk bustles with life. Visit the ancient grove of Totem Bight, the largest collection of authentic totem poles anywhere. (arrive 9:00am/depart 6:00pm) (B, L & D)
Day 19: Thurs., Sept. 5 –Inside Passage: Stretching from the Canadian border in the south, to the start of the Gulf of Alaska in the north, the Inside Passage runs through the area known as Southeast Alaska, just below Glacier Bay National Park. (B, L & D)
Day 20: Fri., Sept. 6 –Vancouver, British Columbia to Home: We will arrive in port at 7:00am. Following breakfast and departure from the ship we will board our coach and enjoy a guided city tour of Vancouver. You will discover why this is one of Canada’s most popular destinations. During your tour there will be a quick lunch stop at Granville Island. Immediately following lunch we will head to the Vancouver Airport for our return flight at 3:00p.m. to Pearson International Airport arriving at 10:30p.m. Our Hammond coach will meet us and return us to our original departure points. (B)
Complete 20 day tour includes: transfer by motor coach to Pearson International Airport, return flights on Air Canada, baggage fee for one large suitcase per person is included per flight, motor coach transportation with Hamilton Tours director, 12 nights hotel accommodation, 7 night southbound cruise, baggage handling, 18 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 14 evening dinners, 2 National Park passes, 1 boat cruise in Fairbanks, White Pass & Yukon Route Train Trip, attractions and guided tours as listed in the itinerary, Royal Caribbean 7 night Southbound Cruise, port charges & taxes of $274.00 per person & HST on the Canadian portion only. Not included in pricing: onboard ship gratuities & optional side trips while in port.
Travel Insurance is available through our office at the time of booking at an additional charge.
13 Day: Cost per person based on Land Portion Travel only with return airfare: (excludes Southbound Cruise, Port charges, Skagway Train and 1 dinner)
Twin $6725.00 & Single $8200.00 **The return airfare from Anchorage is significantly higher, therefore a group of 10 choosing this option is required to guarantee these rates**
20 day:Cost per person based on Land & Cruise with inside cabins:
Twin $7465.00 & Single $9850.00 (Inventory 2 cabins guaranteed until Feb. 20)
20 day:Cost per person based on Land & Cruise outside, ocean view cabins:
Twin $7875.00 & Single $10,460.00 (Inventory 3 cabins guaranteed until Feb. 20)
20 Day:Cost per person based on Land & Cruise outside, cabins with balcony:
Twin $8775.00 & Single $12,270.00 (Inventory 10 cabins guaranteed until Feb. 20)
A Valid Canadian Passport is required for this tour. You will be required to provide a photo copy of your passport at the time of booking.
An initial deposit of $1000.00 is required at time of booking.
A second deposit of $2000.00 is due on March 1, 2019
A third deposit of $3000.00 is due on May 1, 2019.
The balance is due in full by June 10, 2019