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Skagway Yukon Custom Van Tours

1997 State Street, Skagway, AK 99840
+1 907-612-3118
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Best day of our vacation!

We hired Thomas to drive us around Skagway during our Alaska vacation. I have to say this was the... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
sharonwater
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Seattle, Washington
Just what we wanted!

My husband, son and daughter-in-law wanted a personal, informative tour tailored to our interests... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
bimillie
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new york
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Offering custom, small-group tours in Skagway, Alaska. Owner-operator Thomas Pickerel has 27 years of experience showing his amazing backyard to Alaskan visitors. 2018 is the inaugural year of his company, Skagway Yukon Custom Van Tours. The fleet consists of a brand new 2017 Ford Transit Connect minivan, which is proving to be an excellent tour vehicle for the Spectacular South Klondike Highway. With a maximum group size of six, it allows for a more personal connection and easy communication. Why not go with the guy that has the most experience driving tours in Skagway? I am that guy, and I'd be honored and happy to show you why I still like my amazing office, which stretches 75 miles from Skagway, Alaska to Emerald Lake, Yukon Territory. You owe it to yourself to be nice to yourself, and travel changes your life, always in a good way.
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Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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1997 State Street, Skagway, AK 99840
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+1 907-612-3118
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Reviewed 3 days ago

We hired Thomas to drive us around Skagway during our Alaska vacation. I have to say this was the best day of our trip. Thomas not only drove us around Skagway and told us the history but also drove us all the way to the...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband, son and daughter-in-law wanted a personal, informative tour tailored to our interests while we were in port in Skagway. Tom gave us exactly that! His van was perfect for sightseeing and very comfortable.He was a very safe driver(important going up and down the...More

Thank bimillie
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Thomas P, Owner at Skagway Yukon Custom Van Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thanks very much for your kind words! Things are chugging along here, with some very busy days! I remember our day at the dog camp, we pretty much had it to ourselves! I like to get there early, and stay ahead of the crowds if...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

I'm a travel agent and my clients from the US and Australia had a wonderful tour of Skagway, Alaska with Thomas P. They described him as knowledgeable, accommodating, and passionate about Alaska. Within a short timeframe, he was able share a lot of information about...More

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Thomas P, Owner at Skagway Yukon Custom Van Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Hi Ching! I had a great time with Alma and your other high-school class chums, they were a lot of fun! The day went by quickly, because everyone was laughing a lot! If you have any other clients or friends coming up to the Great...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Our traveling companions booked a private van tour with Tom Pickerel. There were 6 of us and Tom's commentary and knowledge of the area was very educational. We had two accomplished photographers in our group and Tom provided them plenty of opportunities to get some...More

Thank Joy M
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Thomas P, Owner at Skagway Yukon Custom Van Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Hi Joy, Thanks for your nice review! I hope the photographers were happy with the day's efforts. Have you seen any of the results? It's always great when guests attach some photos from their day in Skagway. I'm starting to think of my own travel...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and my parents when on a tour with Tom during our cruise stop in Skagway through ToursbyLocals. He met us right off the cruise boat dock and started the tour right there. His Ford Transit is the comfortable and the perfect car to...More

Thank Gregory F
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Thomas P, Owner at Skagway Yukon Custom Van Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Hi Greg! We had a nice day, didn't we? Everyday is different, but sometimes everything just works out right. I always try to plan things out to avoid the busy times of the day. It may seem like a remote place, but as you saw,...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Whilst on a cruise along the coast of Alaska, we booked Tom on 'Tours by Locals'. What an amazing day!! He adapted his tour to incorporate our needs, and included all the main highlights of the Yukon Highway. We saw the local villages, lots of...More

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Thomas P, Owner at Skagway Yukon Custom Van Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you so much for your very nice review! I had a great time with you and your friends, and I also love seeing bears. I come from a long line of teachers, my parents, my grandmother, and my aunt, so touring with 4 teachers...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

During our cruise up to Alaska, we had a one-day stop in Skagway. When we found out we could have a custom tour with just the 5 of us, we jumped on it. Tom was a fantastic guide! He took us through some amazing scenery,...More

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Thomas P, Owner at Skagway Yukon Custom Van Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks so much, Kelly! I've been doing this for a long time, but finally decided to strike out on my own, and be my own boss. I don't like paperwork, but this is a nice aspect of paperwork for me :) I just got a...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I booked a 6 hour guided trip for four of us with Tom Pickerel for 2nd June, 2018 and we had a fabulous day! We were travelling on an Alaska cruise with Princess but have used Tours By Locals in other parts of the world...More

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Thomas P, Owner at Skagway Yukon Custom Van Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi Geoff, Thank you so very much for your wonderful review of our day in the Yukon! It's been a hectic start for me, and my business, but seeing this feedback brings a smile to my face. I've still been seeing bears, but the dandelions...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Thomas was an excellent guide, knowledgeable, courteous, a safe driver and funny. Our drive up to Emerald Lake & back was gorgeous with multiple photo stops (including 4 bear sightings) and my family's highlight - a cart ride with the very eager huskies (the first...More

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Thomas P, Owner at Skagway Yukon Custom Van Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you so much for your nice review! The huskies are still barking, every time I pull up! I remember our 4 bear day also! It's a pleasure to show folks around my "office", and it's also great when people understand why I've been in...More

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