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Golden Circle Tour (9 Days)

Bike from Haines to Skagway along the historic trade and gold rush routes to the Klondike! 

Cycle 360 miles through some of the most breathtaking scenery in Alaska and Canada.

Cost: $2850 per person (Single supplement $400) **10% discount if booked before 12/15/16**

Duration: 9 days

Distance: 33 - 55 miles/day    Rating: Moderate-Strenuous

Restrictions: Minimum age is 14, passport required


Follow the historic native trade and gold rush routes to the Klondike by bike! 

 
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.  On this ride you pass by three National and Provincial parks that compromise the largest protected wilderness area in the world. 
 
You ride in the footsteps of northern pioneers like the gold rush stampeder of 1898 and the US Army troops who constructed the Alaskan-Canadian Highway (ALCAN) during WW II.  Finally, marvel at the tales and culture of the native people of Southeast Alaska and the Southern Yukon.

You start your ride in the Alaskan town of Haines heading up the Haines Road to the Chilkat Pass in British Columbia Canada.  Breathe in the fresh mountain air and take in the spectacular vista.  You continue to Haines Junction, YT on the border of Kluane Provincial Park, home to some of North America's tallest peaks.  You then turn onto the ALCAN and pedal toward the capital of the Yukon Territory, Whitehorse.  Your journey continues along the Yukon River as you bike south turning onto the Klondike Highway on your way to historic Skagway, AK.

This tour is vehicle supported and combines comfortable wilderness camping with stays at local B&Bs and hotels.  We dine on locally harvested gourmet Alaskan cuisine.  Your local guide informs you about the history and ecology of the region and caters to your needs.  This tour provides a wonderful introduction to life in the north and lets you experience the vast wilderness of Alaska and northern Canada in comfort.  Join us for an unforgettable journey!

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

  • Enjoy an intimate touring environment.
  • A perfect mix of wilderness camping and stays in local lodgings.
  • 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.

Notes: Price includes hybrid touring bike, helmet, camping gear, lodging and meals from day 1 dinner through day 9 breakfast, (except day 6 dinner).  Guests must be confident riding a bicycle with hand brakes.  Helmets are required.  A passport and other necessary immigration documents are required for this trip.  For more information about travel to Alaska and recommended gear see our trip preparation link. 

The following daily itinerary is an outline of our activities. The schedule may vary due to weather and other unforeseen circumstances. Please contact us with any questions.

Interested in making your own schedule and carrying your own gear?  Check out our Self-Guided Golden Circle Trip!

 

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 - 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, 47 miles.
 

Day 3 - 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, 50 miles.
 

Day 4 - 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, 37 miles.

Day 5 - 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, 60 miles.

Day 6 - 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, 54 miles.
 

Day 7 - 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, 55 miles.
 

Day 8 - 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, 55 miles.
 

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.

2017 Dates:

June 10 - June 18

July 21 - July 29 (Cycle of Life Adventures partner trip)

August 5 - August 13 (WomanTours partner trip)

Cost: $2850 per person (Single supplement $400) *Note that tours purchased through WomenTours or Cycle of Life Adventures may be priced differently and include other travel options.

 

2018 Dates:

June 2 - June 10

July 28 - August 5

Cost: $2950 per person (Single supplement $400)

This is a sample of the type of lodging we might use on the tour. For more information about our camping environment see the our camping experience link. 


 

The Mile Zero B&B in Skagway takes its name from the Tlingit word Deishu, meaning the beginning or the end of  the trail. 
The Fort Seward B&B is Haines original B&B opened by the Smith family nearly 30 years ago. 
At the Skagway Inn B&B, host Innkeepers Karl and Rosemary Klupar, provide warm hospitality as they invite you to enjoy their historic Victorian Inn.