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Alaska, Yukon & Arctic Circle

Introduction

This document contains essential information that you need to prepare for, as well as information you will need during your holiday with Peregrine.

We ask that you read it carefully and that you take the document with you on your holiday. It contains information on visas, vaccinations, spending money, etc, as well as a detailed, day by day itinerary of your trip.


Your Trip

What's Included

Transport

Not Included

Optional Extras

We have chosen a selection of some great optional activities to enhance your travel experience. You will need to cover any additional costs yourself. The below list is not exhaustive and should be used as a guide only. Prices are approximate and are for entrance only and don’t include transport to and from the sites or local guides unless indicated. All activities are subject to availability and it may not be possible to do all the activities listed in the time available at each destination.
Where activities are considered medium or high risk, we work with operators whose safety and credentials we have sighted and assessed. This means that it is possible that you may find the same activity cheaper with another operator on the ground, however we cannot vouch for the safety or quality of that operator. Activities not listed below have not been assessed by us and as such our staff and leaders are unable to assist you with booking these activities. The decision to partake in any activity not listed is at your own discretion and risk.


Preparing to Travel

Visas and Permits

Canada

At the time of writing, Australians, Americans, British, New Zealanders and most European nationals do not require a visa for Canada. For all other nationalities please reconfirm your visa requirements with your travel agent.

United States

The Visa Waiver Program (VWP) enables nationals of certain countries, including Australia, New Zealand and the U.K. to travel to the United States for tourism or business for stays of 90 days or less without obtaining a visa, if certain requirements are met. Under the VWP, time spent in Canada, Mexico and adjacent islands counts towards the maximum of 90 days stay allowed under the program. You will be required to complete an online visa waiver prior to travelling (at a cost of US$14). This can be done at: https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov/esta/ For all other nationalities please reconfirm your visa requirements with your travel agent.

Government travel advice

Many governments publish up-to-date travel advice for countries around the world. Information is gleaned from both local and international sources as well as ‘friendly’ governments, and the notices are often on the cautious side. Sometimes there will be conflicting information. For example, the Australian, UK and Canadian governments may agree on the nature of the advice; however, frequently they do not. And sometimes the views expressed by a particular government can be coloured by political considerations. We will monitor these travel advisories closely and may alter itineraries or cancel trips as a result. However, it is also your responsibility to stay informed and form a balanced view. We recommend that you visit the websites or contact the departments listed below. Unless otherwise stated, it is not normally the intention of the relevant government travel advice to dissuade you from travelling. Rather, it is to inform you of where and when you should exercise caution to avoid problems. Please also note that, as a responsible tour operator, we maintain constant links with our ground operators and your safety - at all times - is our paramount concern. You can check your government's latest travel advice at one of the links below:

Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade 

UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office

Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade

U.S. Department of State

New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Passport

Please ensure that you have a current passport well before travelling. It also needs an accurate photo and should be valid for at least six months after you are scheduled to return home. Also check that your airline tickets are in exactly the same name as your passport.

Insurance

Every Peregrine traveller is required to have comprehensive travel insurance. This covers you for medical costs associated with hospitalisation, emergency travel and repatriation back to your home country. You can arrange your own insurance or we can recommend a policy for you. Remember to bring a copy of your insurance policy with you so your tour leader/guide can record the details at the pre-tour briefing. If you arrive at your destination without travel insurance, you'll need to organise this before you can continue on your Peregrine journey.

Medical preparation

Apart from having travel insurance and being in generally good health, some pre-holiday health preparation is advised. We strongly recommend you visit your doctor to discuss health requirements for your trip. They will advise you regarding the appropriate inoculations and in some places anti-malarial medication may also be required. Some vaccines need to be administered a few weeks before departure so allow plenty of time. Obtain a certificate of vaccination and carry this with you on this trip. A dental checkup is also highly recommended before departure.

Copies of key documents

We recommend that you photocopy the main pages of your passport, your airline ticket, itinerary, insurance policy and credit cards. Keep one set of photocopies with you, separate from the originals. Leave one set of copies at home with family or friends. It is also worth taking some extra passport photos with you.

What to take

General Packing List

Clothing
You must bring your own sleeping bag for this tour.

Besides your essential clothes, here’s a checklist of other items you should take:

• Waterproof jacket
• Warm sweater / fleece
• Casual ‘evening out’ clothes
• Hiking shoes / boots
• Comfortable day shoes
• Sandals or flip-flops
• Warm hat / gloves
• Swim wear
• Sun hat / sunglasses
• Camera / binoculars
• Small flashlight / torch
• Suncreen / insect repellent (20% DEET)
• Travel power adaptor (optional)
• Toiletries / personal medicine

LUGGAGE RESTRICTIONS:
All luggage is carried in trailers or inside the vehicle so please don't bring more than one medium sized bag, backpack or suitcase (20kg maximum) per person, plus a sleeping bag where required on your trip. Your suitcase/rucksack may get some rough handling, so make sure it's a tough one. A small daypack and camera may also be carried inside the vehicle.
CLIMATE & CLOTHING:
Keep in mind that our dress tends to be informal. Take a practical selection of clothes for both warm and cool climates to suit the season. You may encounter a wide variety of temperatures en route due to altitude and unforeseen weather conditions - so be prepared! Make sure to pack a warm fleece and a waterproof jacket as well as comfortable walking shoes.
CLOSED-IN SHOES:
If your this trip includes camping and/or national parks we highly recommend that you take a pair of comfortable, closed-in walking shoes. Closed-in shoes will help to protect your feet from cuts and scratches when walking through bush/grass-lands, and will also act as a barrier protection in rare cases against bites or stings from dangerous animals in this environment.
WATER BOTTLE:
Please bring your own water bottle to refill along the way. The sale of bottled water contributes to an enormous environmental problem around the world. In addition to the water in bottles, the production of a 1 litre plastic bottle takes 2 litres of water and 200ml of oil. A large proportion end up in limited landfill or discarded in waterways and natural environments.
LAUNDRY:

You will have the opportunity to wash your clothes while on tour. This can often be done at the hotel or in another place in town. Ask your tour leader for local information.


Money Matters

Currency

Canada

The unit of currency is the Canadian dollar (C$ or CAD), made up of 100 cents. Bank notes are found in the following denominations: $5, $10, $20, $50 and $100. Coins come in 5c, 10c, 25c, 50c, $1 and $2 denomination.

United States

The unit of currency is the US dollar (US$ or USD), made up of 100 cents. Bank notes are found in the following denominations: $1, $5, $10, $20, $50 and $100. There is also a rarely-used $2 bill. Coins come in 1c, 5c, 10c (a dime) and 25c (a quarter), as well as the rarely-used 50c and $1 denominations.

Exchange rates

Refer to www.xe.com for current exchange rates.

Accessing Money

Canada

Credit cards are readily accepted just about everywhere and ATMs are common. Travellers cheques are also easily exchanged. Tipping is expected in restaurants and in all areas of the services, hospitality and tourism industry.

United States

Credit cards are readily accepted just about everywhere and ATMs are common. Travellers cheques are also easily exchanged. Tipping is expected in restaurants and in all areas of the services, hospitality and tourism industry.

Spending Money

We recommend you take at least US$35 dollars per day to cover local expenses, but it’s better to bring more than you need rather than run short on tour. Your spending money needs to cover optional activities, personal expenses such as laundry, souvenirs and snacks along the way. We suggest you bring US$150 with you in cash. ATM/cash points are widely available in all major cities and small towns, but may be limited in some off the beaten track destinations. Please ensure that your credit or debit cards have international access and a PIN number to access your funds. Travellers cheques are accepted and can be a safe way to take your funds, but aren’t always the most practical.

Airport Taxes

Canada

Airport taxes in Canada are included in the cost of your international airfare.

United States

Airport taxes in USA are included in the cost of your international airfare.

Tipping

Although it may not be customary in your country, it is normal and expected in North America to tip waiters, bar staff, any type of guide and taxi drivers. Service workers are paid a low wage and depend upon their tips for their livelihood. A minimum of 10% is standard in restaurants. Your tour leader also works long and hard for you. If the leader’s performance meets or exceeds your expectations, we recommend you consider a tip of US$5 per person, per day, in appreciation of the service you receive.


While you are travelling

On arrival

Most of our tours start at our gateway hotels at 7:30 am. There are some exceptions, so please check your vouchers. Make sure you have your bags packed, have eaten breakfast and have checked out of your room before meeting your tour leader in the hotel lobby. You will spend a few minutes filling out paperwork and meeting your fellow travellers before departing the hotel.

Our joining hotel is:

Inlet Tower Hotel & Suites
1200 L Street
Anchorage
Alaska 99501
Tel: 1-907 276-0110
Fax: 1-907 258-4914

Transport from Airport to Hotel:

If transferring from Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport to the hotel, you can catch a taxi for approx. US$15 to US$17.

However, the hotel offers a 24 HOUR FREE SHUTTLE service. Contact the hotel upon arrival using the hotel phone in the baggage claim area, or call the hotel directly. A tip of US$2 per person is recommended.

PRE/POST TOUR ACCOMMODATION:
If you have booked additional accommodation in conjunction with your trip, please note that it is standard policy in the USA for debit and credit cards to be authorized at check-in by hotels for the amount of your stay, plus an amount to cover incidentals. The authorization will hold the funds until check out, at which time the amount actually incurred during the stay will be charged. Authorized amounts can take up to 30 days after departure to be released by your bank or financial institution. If you are unsure at check in as to what your card is being charged for, please ask the staff to explain their policy. Please also clarify with the hotel when you check in or out that all deposits will be refunded as promptly as possible.

A word on drugs

In most countries even the smallest quantity of an illegal substance is considered a very serious offence and can carry lengthy jail terms. Avoid any contact with illegal drugs. Don’t put yourself and others at risk and never carry bags or luggage for other people. Any person found to be carrying or using illegal drugs will be asked to leave the trip immediately without the right to any refund.

Peregrine Adventures and Grand American Adventures

This trip is operated by our partners, Grand American Adventures, a US based company with nearly 40 years experience in adventure travel. They also share our ethos for offering unique holiday adventures. As this is a code-shared departure you can expect there to be both Grand American Adventures and Peregrine travellers on your trip.

In the case of a genuine crisis or emergency, Grand American Adventures can be reached as follows:

Tours commencing in Las Vegas, Los Angeles & San Francisco:
- Toll-Free: 1 (800) 786 - 8735
- Int’l: 001 (707) 523 - 1800

Tours commencing in New York, Boston, Atlanta, Chicago & Houston:
- Toll-Free: 1 (800) 637 - 8931
- Int’l: 001 (973) 989 - 7501

Tours commencing in Seattle, Vancouver & Anchorage:
- Toll-Free: 1 (800) 600 -5343
- Int’l: 001 (206) 878 - 0948

Possible Itinerary Amendments

Our routes have been carefully chosen to include the best night stops and highlights. However, as local and operational conditions may vary and unforeseen circumstances can arise, our stated itinerary should be used as a guideline. All travelling times quoted in the itinerary are also estimates only and can vary substantially due to unscheduled stops and traffic or weather conditions.


Day to Day Itinerary

Alaska, Yukon & Arctic Circle

Trip Length

Trip Code

19 days PNPYK

Maximum Passengers

13 people
Minimum Age
18

Countries Visited

Canada, United States

Start City

End City

Anchorage, Alaska, United States Anchorage, Alaska, United States
Alaska, Yukon & Arctic Circle

Alaska, Yukon and the Arctic Circle – the Last Frontier! Experience the refuges of wilderness on one of our most remote and extreme adventures in North America, encounter the amazing variety of wildlife that live in such places and experience a diverse array of incomparable scenery ranging from tundra, taiga and snow-capped mountains to pristine rivers, ice-blue lakes and glaciers. Denali National Park offers breathtaking wildlife viewing opportunities against the backdrop of Mount McKinley – the highest peak in North America. Dawson City and the Yukon conjure up reminders of the trailblazing days of the pioneers when a journey here was akin to reaching the far ends of the earth. In Inuvik, Canada’s northernmost town, we witness the lifestyle of the hardy Inuit people. This is a journey that is always captivating and often astounding in the way we witness nature at its most raw.

Day 1: Anchorage - Denali National Park

Accommodation: Inlet Tower Hotel & Suites or similar, Anchorage

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Day 2-3: Denali National Park

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Day 4: Alaska Range

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Day 5: Dawson City

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Day 6-7: Inuvik

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Day 8: Dawson City

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Day 9: Whitehorse

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Day 10-11: Kluane National Park

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Day 12: Tok

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Day 13-14: Wrangell-St Elias National Park

Accommodation: MCCarthy Lodge or similar, Wrangell-St Elias NP

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Day 15-16: Valdez

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Day 17-18: Kenai Fjords National Park

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Day 19: Anchorage

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About this information

The information provided here is given in good faith and has been compiled with all reasonable care. However, things change and some of the information may become out of date. Please keep this in mind when you read it and check with us if you want to be sure about something. The document was correct at time of printing, but you can check online for the most up to date version.  If you have any queries, please contact your travel agent or our staff in Australia. We are here to help you!

Your feedback is important

At Peregrine we are always looking for ways to improve our trips and your feedback is invaluable to us and to our tour guides. It tells us what we're doing right, what you believe could be done better and what improvements you feel could help future travellers choose and enjoy Peregrine. At the end of your trip we ask that you to take a few minutes of your time to complete our on-line feedback form. Just go to http://www.peregrineadventures.com/tour-feedback for our easy to fill out questionnaire. We’d love to hear what you have to say!

Last Updated

23 October 2014


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