The delight of being able to see far and wide as the views are not yet blocked by foliage. Sightings of moose and bears and more are common.
‘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, Denali National Park as spring develops, the bears wake up and daylight extends to 16 hours.
Alaska during the spring wake-up.
NB: Land-Only available Vancouver to Vancouver
Depart Auckland on an evening Air New Zealand flight, crossing the International Dateline to arrive in Vancouver mid afternoon and transfer
to your downtown hotel. Afternoon to rest before meeting up with your fellow travellers at the Welcome Dinner.
After breakfast, a morning Vancouver city tour is included with the afternoon free to explore and enjoy the city.
A leisurely morning before arriving at the cruise terminal to board the ‘Westerdam’ in time for a buffet lunch.
Settle into your stateroom with dinner served as you sail out of Vancouver Harbour, gliding under Lion’s Gate Bridge, past Vancouver Island and
later entering the scenic wonders of the iconic Inside Passage, one of the most spectacular waterways in the world.
Enjoy a leisurely day cruising the Gulf of Alaska passing Queen Charlotte Island, the archipelago on the North Coast now known as Haida Gwaii.
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.
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.
Step back to the days of the last great gold rush with several shore excursions to choose from, with leisure time before returning to the ship.
Take a trip back in time on the White Pass Scenic Railway. Learn how gold was discovered in 1896 when this town was gripped by gold fever, attracting all manner of fortune hunters, saloon owners and adventurers.
Cruise the stunning, ice-studded fjords of the national treasure for a full eight hours as a Park Service Ranger narrates. A wonderful experience!
Enjoy a leisurely day cruising and enjoy the onboard activities and facilities.
After breakfast disembark ‘Westerdam’ and transfer to your Anchorage hotel for a two night stay. Afternoon free to explore.
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.
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.
Board the luxurious McKinley Explorer train to Denali (breakfast onboard). 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.
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.
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.
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.
Morning at your leisure before a coach ride bound for Fairbanks, Alaska’s Golden Heart City. Check into your city hotel for a two night stay.
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.
Today fly to Dawson City. Later enjoy a sumptuous dinner at your hotel.
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.
After a morning of optional touring, enjoy a nostalgic Yukon River paddle-wheeler cruise aboard ‘Klondike Spirit’.
Follow the route of the Klondike gold stampeders to Whitehorse – the capital of the Yukon and surrounded by mountains and clear lakes.
The day is free to independently explore or choose from the local sightseeing and adventure options in Kluane. A farewell dinner tonight is included.
Fly to Vancouver and overnight at the Fairmont Airport Hotel.
Day at leisure before an evening Air New Zealand flight to Auckland or extend your stay. Cross the International Dateline.
Fri 15 Vancouver – Victoria Island
Cross by ferry to Victoria Island and transfer to hotel for a two night stay.
Sat 16 Victoria Island
Sightseeing includes an extensive tour of the renowned Butchart Gardens – a highlight.
Sun 17 Victoria Island – Vancouver – Auckland
Morning at leisure before transferring to Vancouver Airport to connect with an evening flight to New Zealand.
Cross International Dateline.
Tues 19 Arrive Auckland
Arrive Auckland early morning
Cost* per person
Twin share $NZD731
Single + $NZD302
An additional deposit of $150 per person isrequired for this extension.
*Itinerary and costs subject to change
|Cost Per Person * |
Auckland - Auckland
|Twin Share||Single Supplement|
|Oceanview - category C||$12,815||+$6,091|
|Veranda - category VD||$12,997||+$6,376|
|Business Class Upgrade||$8,900|
|Premium Economy Class Upgrade||$2,666|
|Early Booking Discount (01 December 2017 )||$100|
|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
• Airline fuel surcharges and airport /government taxes (Approx NZD140)
• Items of a personal nature
A non – refundable deposit of $1500 per person will secure a place on this tour.
• Full payment is due no later than 02 February 2018
Cancellations and refunds
• From date of booking until 02 February 2018 – loss of deposit
• After 02 February 2018 – no refund
• A current New Zealand passport is required, valid six months beyond the date of travel
• A current ESTA visa for the USA is required (Alaska). We can help with this (USD14)
• A Canadian eTA visa is required – to be applied for online by client (CAD07)
• All other passport holders please ask
Climate / Temperatures (March – April)
• 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.
• 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
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
Note: Pukekohe Travel reserves the right to correct errors and omissions on our website without recourse.
* Itinerary subject to change