Yukon Quest Dog Sled Race: February 5 2018 Cheer On the Racers and Drive Your Own Dogs
Experience the excitement of one of the world's greatest races. During the famous Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race competitors travel 1000 miles between Whitehorse in the Yukon and Fairbanks in Alaska in as little as 10 days! On your Yukon Quest VIP package you will experience all the behind the scenes race action as you join the teams on their mandatory 36 hour layover in Dawson City - home of the 1898 Klondike Gold Rush - before travelling onwards to Whitehorse. While the race is still on you will be able to enjoy guided tours around Tombstone Territorial Park to admire the majestic tundra landscape and arctic wildlife, as well as a chance to see the Aurora Borealis. At the end you will have the chance to cheer the teams crossing the finish line in Whitehorse, celebrating their victory in conquering the toughest sled dog race in the world.
The 2019 race is currently scheduled to be held January 31st 2019 - February 8th 2019
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Your local VIP guide will meet you at the airport and provide a private transfer downtown. Your Arctic outerwear rental will be waiting in your room, to ensure for correct sizing and fitting, as well as a welcome pack with updated details on your itinerary. A welcome reception will be held this evening with beverages and snacks.
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After breakfast at your hotel, you will start the journey to Dawson City, which today still retains its turn-of-the-century pioneer feel with saloons with batwing doors and buildings with wooden facades. Arrive in the early evening, after allowing plenty of times for stops, including lunch, along the way.
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Today you will experience the relaxed pace of Dawson City while you wait for the first team to arrive. The town’s fire siren will announce the first team in, and everyone rushes down to the checkpoint to see who has arrived. To add to the excitement, the first team to arrive is given several ounces of gold by Dawson City as a reward. Spectators will have the chance to meet the mushers and their handlers as they load the sleds and prepare to depart and, of course, you’ll get up close and personal with the real stars of the show, the 14 delightful Alaskan huskies that comprise each team, as well as the volunteers who help make sure the race runs smoothly for all participants. In between all the activities you'll explore Dawson on a city tour. Tonight, you’ll visit Diamond Tooth Gerties for some more casino fun, and for the more adventurous, a chance to experience one of the North’s most infamous rituals, the Sourtoe Cocktail, a Dawson City tradition!.Close
After breakfast, you will depart on a Tombstone Territorial Park excursion. Your guide will take you up the Dempster Highway to the Park, known by its granite peaks and subartic tundra landscape. You could also get to see some arctic wildlife.Close
Today you will head back to Whitehorse. You may catch a few final glimpses of the mushers on the trail while enjoying the glorious views on the way.
3 nights Whitehorse.Close
Today your guide will take you on a Whitehorse city tour, including highlights such as the Kwanlin Dun Cultural Centre, Yukon Quest headquarters, Yukon Wildlife Preserve and Takhini Hot Springs. In the evening you will be taken Aurora hunting.Close
During your stay, your guide will have been keeping tabs on the race and will be sure to keep you update so you can be on the finish line today and witness when the teams arrive. Depending on expected arrival times, there may be time for some optional snowshoeing or snowmobiling.Close
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8 days round trip from/to Whitehorse, 7 nights hotel accommodation, guiding and transportation during the entire tour.
Small groups (max 11 participants), winter clothing package, private group tour in Dawson City, Yukon Quest activities and events in Dawson City, guided trip to Tombstone Territorial Park, city tour of Whitehorse including Yukon Wildlife Preserve and Takhini Hot Springs, Aurora Hunting from Whitehorse and Dawson CityWhitehorse airport shuttles
Meals and beverages other than specified
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