There’s no doubt that there are some great motorhome journeys to be had in Australia and New Zealand, but on the worldwide scene a trip on many a motorhome traveller’s bucket list (it’s certainly on mine!) is up or down The Alcan: The Alaska Canada Highway, between Seattle and Anchorage, crossing Canada in between.
In many ways Alaska is still very much a frontier state; albeit one with all the modern comforts you’d expect in America. But if the thought of putting together a 25–day motorhome trip through this breathtaking land is a bit daunting, you can relax. Graeme Smythe, the Principal of Harvey World Travel, at Menai in Sydney’s South West, is widely regarded as the guru of Alaskan motorhome travel. Graeme has been running excellent motorhome convoy tours between Seattle and Anchorage - one north-bound and one south-bound - for a number of years and they are very highly regarded.
There are several great advantages to this style of travel; the first is that just about everything is organised - about the only thing to really be decided is the date of departure. The second is that although the destinations are fixed for each night, participants can travel at their own pace during the day, in what is termed loose convoy configuration. Consequently, there is plenty of time to explore places like Banff, Jasper, Whitehorse and Dawson City in Canada, plus Fairbanks, Denali and Anchorage in Alaska, at a pace the suits people individually. The third advantage is that every comfort is assured in the 7.31 metre (24 ft) motorhomes and although that might sound daunting to some, US and Canadian roads are usually very wide.
It’s not all motorhoming, though, because included in the tour is a seven night cruise of the Inside Passage between Vancouver and Anchorage, while is Alaska there are options like a rail trip on the White Pass and Yukon Railway, to Skagway. You can also take flights to various remarkable destinations (including a glacier!), choose tours into the magnificent Denali National Park and even take a tour around the truly ‘jumbo’ Boeing factory in Seattle - the largest building of its type in the world.
Although I have not done this particular trip I have been to Seattle, Canada and Alaska on different occasions, including travelling in those parts by motorhome in winter. The thought of putting them altogether in one motorhome trip is certainly very appealing! iMotorhome’s ‘Ambassador’ in Queensland, Bill McClintock, has done this very trip and speaks extremely highly of it: high praise indeed from the canny Scotsman.
The northbound tour runs for 36 days and the southbound tour for 45. Next issue we’ll bring you some details of the Eastern Canada and Nashville/Caribbean motorhome tours Graeme also has on offer.
Harvey World Travel Menai
Shop3, Menai Market Place
Menai NSW 2234
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T: (02) 9541 1244
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