• Escorted Tour

Alaska and the Yukon

Cruise Tour

‘North to Alaska’ – we all know the refrain and this is a tour that offers an in-depth look at this region that is basically isolated for five months of the year.

We will see glaciers calving, snow on the tops of mountains, the Inside Passage and Denali National Park.

Our previous tour groups have returned with stories of vast landscapes, animals in their natural habitat and wonderful scenery.

Enjoying three days in the natural surroundings of the 24,000 sq km Denali National Park is special, before travelling on the luxurious McKinley Explorer train from Fairbanks to Anchorage.

Then step aboard the ‘Southbound’ cruise on board ‘ms Westerdam’ as it sails through the iconic Inside Passage alongside glaciers and snow-capped mountains; calling at Ketchikan, the capital Juneau and Haines.

  • Mt McKinley - Denali National Park
  • Glacier Bay
  • Ketchikan Creek Street
  • Juneau
  • Vancouver
  • Denali National Park Grizzly bears
  • Whitehorse
  • Dawson City

Your travel itinerary

Monday 27 May

Auckland – Vancouver

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Depart Auckland on an evening Air New Zealand flight, crossing the International Dateline to arrive in Vancouver mid-afternoon and check into your downtown hotel. Afternoon to rest before meeting up with your fellow travellers at the Welcome Dinner.

Tuesday 28 May

Vancouver

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After breakfast, a morning Vancouver city tour is included with the afternoon free to explore and enjoy the city. You also have the option of experiencing Vancouver fly over – which utilizes state of the art technology to give you the feeling of flight.

Wednesday 29 May

Vancouver

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A leisurely morning before transferring to an airport hotel in preparation for your morning flight to Whitehorse.

Thursday 30 May

Vancouver - Whitehorse

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Fly to Whitehorse, the day is free to independently explore or choose from the local sightseeing and adventure options in Kluane.

Friday 31 May

Whitehorse - Dawson City

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Follow the route of the Klondike gold stampeders from Whitehorse – the capital of the Yukon and surrounded by mountains and clear lakes.

Saturday 01 June

Dawson City (Yukon)

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After a morning of optional touring, enjoy a nostalgic Yukon River paddle-wheeler cruise aboard ‘Klondike Spirit’.

Dawson City is the heart of the world famous Klondyke Gold Rush. The town today pays tribute to these men who risked everything, including their lives during the rush from 1896.

Sunday 02 June

Dawson City - Fairbanks

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Today fly to Fairbanks, Alaska golden heart city. Later enjoy a sumptuous dinner at your hotel.

Monday 03 June

Fairbanks

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This renowned Gold Rush town still has working gold mines. Take a step back in time aboard the Sternwheeler Discovery (lunch included) and pan for gold at the historic Gold Dredge No 8 at the El Dorado Gold Mine.

Tuesday 04 June

Fairbanks - Denali

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Morning at your leisure before travelling by coach bound for Denali. Afternoon at your leisure.

Denali is home to North America’s highest peak, Mt McKinley and the national park covers approximately 24,000 sq km of abundant Taiga forests and rolling tundra. You may see Alaska’s ‘Big Five’ bear, grey wolves caribou, Dall sheep and moose

Wednesday 05 June

Denali National Park

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After breakfast venture deep into Denali on the Tundra Wilderness Tour – a six to eight hour spectacular scenery adventure - the best way to see the wildlife and hopefully Mt McKinley. Return to your lodge.

Thursday 06 June

Denali National Park

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After an early breakfast, travel to an Iditarod Husky training and breeding centre.  Spend time with champion sled dogs, cuddle the puppies and tour the kennel.  Afternoon free for other optional tours and to explore independently.

Friday 07 June

Denali National Park - Anchorage

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Board the luxurious McKinley Explorer train to Anchorage. Relax and enjoy the scenic beauty, including spectacular views of Mt McKinley and wildlife, before checking into your lodge with time to explore on your own in the evening. There will be photographic opportunities along the way.

The dome rail cars feature seating in the upper dome and an outdoor viewing deck.

Saturday 08 June

Anchorage

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Enjoy a morning tour of Anchorage with the balance of the day free to explore with a variety of exciting sightseeing options and leisure time available.

Anchorage - home to half the population of the state of Alaska with the high-rises complementing natures towering peaks in the surrounding countryside. Shopping, performing arts, museums and the Alaska Native Heritage Centre all make Anchorage a must-visit.

Sunday 09 June

Anchorage

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A transfer by train to Seward to board the ‘Westerdam’ early afternoon. Settle into your stateroom with dinner served as you sail out of Anchorage and later entering the scenic wonders of the iconic Inside Passage, one of the most spectacular waterways in the world.

Monday 10 June

At Sea (Gulf of Alaska)

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Enjoy a leisurely day cruising and explore the onboard activities and facilities.

Tuesday 11 June

Glacier Bay

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Cruise the stunning, ice-studded fjords of the national treasure for a full eight hours as a Park Service Ranger narrates. A wonderful experience!

Wednesday 12 June

Haines

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We spend today at the port of Haines- known as the adventure capital of Alaska. Haines is more unusual than most with its unique rustic feel. It’s almost as if time has stopped.

Thursday 13 June

Juneau

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Enjoy a full day exploring Alaska’s capital city which balances frontier ruggedness with cosmopolitan flair – choose from exciting shore excursions and still have time to wander.

Mendenhall Glacier, a river of ice measuring 2.5km wide and more than 9.5km in length, hugs Juneau’s north side and is part of the 3885sq km Juneau Icefield.

Friday 14 June

Ketchikan

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A day to explore this uniquely Alaskan port, famous for its rich native culture, salmon fishing and scenic, misty Fjords.

Ketchikan is the ancestral home of the Tlingit people, carvers of the world’s largest collection of totem poles. The name comes from the Tlingit phrase ‘katch kanna’ which roughly translated means ‘spread wings of a thundering eagle’ – a tribute to the hundreds of eagles that nest in the nearby mountain forests.

Saturday 15 June

At Sea

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Enjoy a leisurely day cruising the Gulf of Alaska passing Queen Charlotte Island, the archipelago on the North Coast now known as Haida Gwaii.

Sunday 16 June

Vancouver – disembark the ‘M/S Westerdam’ – Auckland

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After breakfast disembark the ‘M/S Westerdam’. You have time at leisure before you return flight home tonight. Or take optional extension Vancouver at Rocky Mountaineer

Cross international Dateline

Tuesday 18 June

Arrive Auckland early morning

Optional Extension

Victoria Island

June  Sunday 16      Vancouver – Victoria Island

Cross by ferry to Victoria Island and transfer to your hotel for a two night stay.

Monday 17               Victoria Island

Sightseeing includes an extensive tour of the renowned Butchart Gardens – a highlight.

Tuesday 18               Victoria Island – Vancouver – Auckland

Morning at leisure before transferring to Vancouver Airport to connect with an evening flight to New Zealand.

Cross International Dateline.

 Wednesday 19           Arrive Auckland

Inclusions

  • Economy Class flights Auckland – Vancouver – Auckland // Vancouver - Whitehorse – Dawson City
  • Seven night Inside Passage cruise Anchorage - Vancouver on board ms ‘Westerdam’
  • All meals on board ‘Westerdam’, entertainment and lectures
  • Port taxes, State taxes (NZD795 pp twin share or NZD 1589 pp single)
  • Private Cocktail Party on board ‘Westerdam’
  • McKinley Explorer Train, - Anchorage
  • Coach travel as outlined
  • Yukon River paddle-wheeler cruise
  • Husky Homestead Tour
  • Anchorage City Tour
  • Vancouver Fly over
  • Accommodation as per itinerary
  • All transfers and transport as per itinerary
  • Meals as specified as per itinerary
  • Sightseeing as per itinerary
  • Gratuities on board ‘Westerdam’
  • Pukekohe Travel escort – subject to 15 persons travelling

Cost

Cost Per Person *
Auckland - Auckland
Twin ShareSingle Supplement
 Verandah stateroom (VD)            $12,586  $19,582
 Oceanview Stateroom (C)  $11,690          $17,914
 Inside Stateroom    $10,997  $16,626
 Land Only (Vancouver – Vancouver)           Deduct $1900  
Business Class Upgrade +$7424
Premium Economy Class Upgrade +$2732
Early Booking Discount ( 01/12/2018 ) $150
Previous International Pukekohe Travel Tour Discount $100

*This is a cash or cheque price. Credit cards will incur a 2% fee
*Itinerary and costs subject to change, airline and fuel charges and currency fluctuations prior to final payment

Exclusions

  • Airline fuel surcharges and airport / government taxes (Approx NZD120)
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Canada eTA (CAD07)
  • USA ESTA (USD14)
  • Gratuities for drivers and guides
  • Meals not specified
  • Travel Insurance (please ask us for a quote)

Booking Conditions

  • A non – refundable deposit of $1500 per person will secure a place on this tour.
  • Full payment is due no later than 01 February 2019

Cancellations and Refunds

  • From date of booking until 01 February 2019 – loss of deposit
  • After 01 February 2019 – no refund

Travel Insurance

Travel Insurance is essential. Please feel free to contact us for a quote.

General Information

Climate / Temperatures (May – June)
Vancouver                        19˚c     11˚c
Anchorage                       17˚c     9˚c
Fairbanks                         21˚c     10˚c

Clothing

  • On board ship, a tie is not obligatory, but often worn on the more formal nights. Smart casual is fine.

Comfortable touring clothing, light walking shoes, layered merino type clothing; along with a windproof jacket, scarf, gloves and a beanie are recommended.

Currency / Money

  • Canadian Dollars are used in Canada while Alaska’s currency is the USD
  • ATMs are readily available
  • Visa and Mastercard are accepted in most towns and cities
  • We will outline more details in our Tour Newsletter


Health and Fitness

  • A good standard of health is required. Walking tours are an important part of the tour and a reasonable standard of fitness is required.
  • No obligatory inoculations are required

Ship Information

'MS Westerdam'

• Automatic stabilisers
• Christened 2006
• Tonnage 82,348
• Speed 24 knots/43km/h
• Capacity 1,916 passengers

Cabin Categories
Category VD – Verandah Stateroom
Two lower beds convertible to one queen-size bed, bath & shower, sitting area, private verandah, mini bar, refrigerator, floor to ceiling windows.

Category C – Ocean-View Staterooms
Large: Two lower beds convertible to one queen-size bed, bathtub & shower.

For further information visit; www.hollandamerica.com


Note: Pukekohe Travel reserves the right to correct errors and omissions on our website without recourse.
* Itinerary subject to change

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