‘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.
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.
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.
A leisurely morning before transferring to an airport hotel in preparation for your morning flight to Whitehorse.
Fly to Whitehorse, the day is free to independently explore or choose from the local sightseeing and adventure options in Kluane.
Follow the route of the Klondike gold stampeders from Whitehorse – the capital of the Yukon and surrounded by mountains and clear lakes.
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.
Today fly to Fairbanks, Alaska golden heart city. Later enjoy a sumptuous dinner at your hotel.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Enjoy a leisurely day cruising and explore the onboard activities and facilities.
Cruise the stunning, ice-studded fjords of the national treasure for a full eight hours as a Park Service Ranger narrates. A wonderful experience!
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.
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.
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 leisurely day cruising the Gulf of Alaska passing Queen Charlotte Island, the archipelago on the North Coast now known as Haida Gwaii.
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
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
|Cost Per Person * |
Auckland - Auckland
|Twin Share||Single Supplement|
|Verandah stateroom (VE or VD)||$12,586||$19,582|
|Oceanview Stateroom (C)||$11,690||$17,914|
|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
Travel Insurance is essential. Please feel free to contact us for a quote.
Climate / Temperatures (May – June)
Vancouver 19˚c 11˚c
Anchorage 17˚c 9˚c
Fairbanks 21˚c 10˚c
Comfortable touring clothing, light walking shoes, layered merino type clothing; along with a windproof jacket, scarf, gloves and a beanie are recommended.
Currency / Money
• Automatic stabilisers
• Christened 2006
• Tonnage 82,348
• Speed 24 knots/43km/h
• Capacity 1,916 passengers
Category VD or VE – 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.
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* Itinerary subject to change