(Yukon, Canada) — In December the Yukon River is a frozen highway for dogsleds and skidoos. Luxury riverboats at Great River Journey are safely stowed for the winter, but the gift giving season and early booking incentive makes this the right time to promote a summer Yukon River safari. It is the perfect family gift. When booked before December 31, 2009 clients receive a $500 per person discount and agents get an extra $500 discount per 7-day trip. Agents can choose to keep the money or pass it on to their clients.
The special rate is for the 7-day Classic Plus safari along the Yukon River, from June to September, when the weather and scenery are unsurpassed – and the sunsets seem to go on forever.
Great River Journey combines a lavish wilderness adventure with a journey of personal discovery. Clients travel on the Yukon River, route of the First Nations, Gold Rush stampeders, traders and riverboats. Beginning in Whitehorse, the trip unfolds over seven days and 600 kilometers of Northern Canadian wilderness to Dawson City. Along the way, it passes through the traditional lands of its four First Nations partners.
Comfortable glass domed riverboats take a maximum of ten guests on a personalized trip led by an experienced local guide and pilot, stopping frequently to view wildlife and historic sites. Photography, bird watching, hiking, fishing, biking, paddling and participation in cultural and interpretative programs make this trip a gift suitable for all family members. Also included is a scenic flight over the Yukon River to Homestead Lodge near Fort Selkirk – and a bird’s eye view that reveals the vastness of the surrounding wilderness.
The Great River Journey explores the rich history of the paddle wheeler era, life in Fort Selkirk, a trading post of the 1840’s and the first authentic wilderness homestead in the Yukon. Guests can peak in to old miner’s cabins, explore the estuaries along Lake Labarge, and walk through an abandoned Aboriginal village. Each overnight stop becomes more rustic, closer to nature and themed in the time period being explored. Three remote lodges have luxurious private tented sleeping cabins, which exude Yukon character but have all the security, amenities and comfort of a hotel suite. Families and friends enjoy fine cuisine along the way, featuring local ingredients and traditional foods.
The Great River Journey is a responsible tourism product, with respect for the environment and First Nations culture as its cornerstone values.