• Escorted Tour

Alaska and the Yukon

Cruise Tour

‘North to Alaska’ – we all know the refrain and this tour 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 Haines, the capital Juneau and Ketchikan en-route to Vancouver.

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

Your travel itinerary

Wednesday 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 airport hotel. Afternoon to rest before meeting up with your fellow travellers at the Welcome Dinner.

Thursday 28 May

Vancouver - Whitehorse

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Fly to Whitehorse with the day free to explore and share the authentic Yukon lifestyle including an Alaskan husky sled dog tour.

Friday 29 May

Whitehorse - Dawson City

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A leisurely morning before transferring to an airport hotel in preparation for your morning flight to Dawson. Remainder of the day free.

Saturday 30 May

Dawson City (Yukon)

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Day at leisure to explore Dawson City.

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 31 May

Dawson City - Fairbanks

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

Monday 01 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 02 June

Fairbanks - Denali

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After breakfast, travel by coach bound to 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 03 June

Denali National Park

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

Thursday 04 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 05 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 06 June

Anchorage

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Morning sightseeing of the city with time to explore a variety of exciting options and leisure time available. Optional add on to the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Centre (approx. $200NZD)

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 07 June

Anchorage (Embarkation)

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A transfer by train to Seward to board ‘m/s 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 08 June

at Sea (Gulf of Alaska)

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

Tuesday 09 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 10 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 11 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 12 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 13 June

Cruising the Inside Passage)

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

Sunday 14 June

Vancouver – disembarkation

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After breakfast disembark the ‘M/S Westerdam.’ Enjoy a city tour including Chinatown, Canada Place, English Bay, Lions Gate Bridge and Stanley Park. Return to hotel with rest of the day free.

Monday 15 June

Vancouver – Grouse Mountain – Vancouver

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Depart for a North Vancouver sightseeing tour including crossing Vancouver’s oldest visitor attraction. There is something for everyone including rainforest and tree top walks, exhibits, immense Red Cedars and Douglas firs and a ‘Cliff Hanger’ walk.

Continue on to Grouse Mountain and enjoy the Skyride to the peak with breath-taking views of Vancouver city, the Pacific Ocean, gulf islands and snowy peaks. Enjoy access the Theatre in the Sky, Lumberjack Show and Mountain Refuge. Return to hotel late afternoon.

Tuesday 16 June

Vancouver

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A day at leisure to further explore the city or return to some of the previous activities. Farewell Dinner tonight.

Wednesday 17 June

Vancouver – Auckland

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Day at leisure before transferring to the airport for your evening flight home.

Cross international Dateline

Thursday 18 June

Arrive Auckland early morning

Friday 19 June

Arrive Auckland early morning

Inclusions

  • Economy Class flights Auckland – Vancouver – Auckland // Vancouver - Whitehorse – Dawson City
  • 14 nights Vancouver and Yukon Tour
  • Seven night Inside Passage cruise Anchorage - Vancouver on board
    ‘m/s Westerdam’
  • All meals on board ‘m/s Westerdam’, entertainment and lectures
  • Port taxes, State taxes (NZD1,353 pp twin share or NZD2,238 pp single)
  • Private Cocktail Party on board ‘m/s 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 ‘m/s Westerdam’
  • Pukekohe Travel escort – subject to 15 persons travelling

Cost

Cost Per Person *
Auckland - Auckland
Twin ShareSingle Supplement
 Verandah stateroom (VD)            $15,430 $23,323
 Oceanview Stateroom (C)  $14,799         $ 22,139
 Inside Stateroom   $13,895  $ 20,464
 Land Only (Vancouver – Vancouver)           Deduct $1465  

 

Business Class Upgrade +$6950
Premium Economy Class Upgrade +$1954
Early Booking Discount ( 06/12/2019 ) $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 NZD160)
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Canada eTA (CAD07)
  • USA ESTA (USD14)
  • Gratuities for drivers and guides – on land
  • Meals not specified
  • Travel Insurance (please ask us for a quote)
  • Alaska Wildlife Conservation Centre (approx. $200NZD)

Booking Conditions

  • A non – refundable deposit of $1500 per person will secure a place on this tour.
  • Full payment is due no later than 31 January 2020

Cancellations and Refunds

  • From date of booking until 31 January 2020 – loss of deposit
  • After 31 January 2020 – 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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