Self-Drive or Escorted Tours to Yukon and Alaska "”Hotel, Rental Car, Excursions and Airfare All Included from $1,939

The Yukon, Canada 's "True North," calls out to travelers imbued with a true spirit of adventure. Home to only about 30,000 people, it is a territory larger than the state of Texas. Appropriately, it is ideal for larger-than-life adventures.

Bike through picturesque northern forests on one of many renowned mountain bike trails, or ride the rapids of some of the most exhilarating rafting rivers in the world. If you prefer your adventures a little calmer, you can hike to the secluded mountain meadows of the backcountry or paddle through the emerald waters of glacial lakes.

Whether it is enjoying the dazzling "Northern Lights""”nature's own spectacular sky show"”or reeling in hefty Sockeye salmon, you'll find countless adventures awaiting. Ready to provide these opportunities are value-priced travel vacations offered by Maxxim Vacations, one of Canada 's most respected travel companies.

Two interesting ways of experiencing the North Country of the Yukon and Alaska are via a self-drive vacation or by joining an escorted motorcoach tour. Both will introduce you to a land that combines beautiful scenery, friendly communities and memorable attractions. From gold panning to glaciers, you can experience the Yukon and Alaska in one magnificent loop.

The wilderness city of Whitehouse , Yukon 's capital, offers character, color and contrast. Further north is Dawson City , an historic and colorful town bursting with heritage sites and attractions. Tour the Klondike gold fields and sense the fever that gripped Dawson a century ago.

You'll see how aptly named is the "Top of the World Highway " as you travel this winding ridge-top road crossing over from Yukon to Alaska . View the dramatic rocky landscape as a spectacular mountain route takes you through picturesque towns lined with aquamarine lakes and lofty peaks that reach skyward.

If you're especially adventurous, the " Yukon & Alaska Adventure" offers seven-or 11-night independent trips. A seven-night itinerary includes Whitehorse , Dawson City , Beaver Creek and Haines Junction. An 11-night itinerary adds Skagway as a second Alaskan destination and provides extra time for exploring.

Priced from $1,939 (Canadian) for seven days and $2,479 for 11 days (per person, based on double occupancy), this package includes round-trip airfare between Los Angeles and Whitehorse, seven- or 11-day midsize car rental with unlimited mileage and seven or 11 nights' accommodations at selected hotels, b&bs and country inns. Also included are Whitehorse City Tour, Beaver Creek Dinner Theatre and admission to Frantic Follies Vaudeville Revue, Diamond Tooth Gerties Gambling Hall and to the Whitepass Summit Railroad Excursion.

Packages with New York or Boston departures are $2,059/$2,599, with Chicago and Atlanta departures $2,159/$2,699, and Miami departure $2,349/$2,899. (All prices in Canadian dollars, approximately at par with the U.S. dollar)

For those wishing to enjoy this startlingly beautiful and ever-fascinating territory without the hassle of driving, the " Alaska & Yukon : Explorer Tour" offers an 11-night itinerary with accommodations in 3-1/2-star properties. It also provides 11 meals"”six breakfasts, two lunches and three dinners.

Guided transportation is provided each day with the services of a professional tour director. The list of adventures included in this package is comprehensive and the experiences they provide help travelers get the most out of their visits. Included are:
Riverboat Discovery, Chena Indian Village, City Tour of Anchorage, Alaska Native Heritage Centre, Alaskaland Dinner Theatre, Tundra Wildlife Tour, Sourdough Mining Company, Prince William Sound Cruise, Wildlife Viewing/Whale Watching, Klukshu Village, Kluane Wilderness Village, Train Trip to Skagway.

Other highlights included as part of the package are: Whitehorse City Tour, SS Klondike, World's Longest Wooden Fish Ladder, Nisutlin Bay Bridge , Yukon Beringia Centre, Frantic Follies, Carmacks Interpretive Boardwalk, Diamond Tooth Gerties, Gold Panning, Palace Grande Theatre, University of Alaska Museum and Santa Claus House.

Cost of this 11-day fully guided adventure vacation (including round-trip airfare to Whitehorse , Yukon ) is $4,099 per person (based on double occupancy) with Los Angeles departure. Package price based on Boston or New York departure is $4,229; Chicago departure $4,309; Atlanta departure $4,329; and Miami departure $4,519 (prices in Canadian dollars).

Departure dates for 2008 are June 7 & 21, July 12 and August 2 & 23. Note: Packages do not include federal or provincial taxes, airline-imposed taxes and surcharges, departure taxes and transportation fees. Trip cancellation and car rental insurance are extra.

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