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Skagway Yukon Custom Van Tours

Skagway, AK, USA
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About Skagway Yukon Custom Van Tours
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 was the inaugural year of his company, Skagway Yukon Custom Van Tours, and it went great! With a maximum group size of six, my van 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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tanchaser wrote a review Oct 2019
Michigan87 contributions38 helpful votes
We were on the last cruise of the season. We booked with Tom through Tours by Locals and we are sure glad we did. From beginning to end he was fountain of knowledge, funny, and helpful setting up locations for pictures of a lifetime. From Skagway into BC and back, waterfalls, lakes, scenic vistas, we did it all. Ate wild blueberries off the beaten path and sipped glacial waterfall water. Tom even showed us where to get a unique beer at days end. Our profound thanks for a great day.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Response from Thomas P, Owner at Skagway Yukon Custom Van Tours
Responded Dec 20, 2019
Thanks so very much for your kind words, and for taking the time to do it, it's much appreciated. Being relatively new to having my own company, I do rely a lot on broker sites for bookings. The best way is to contact me directly. It works out better for everyone. My website is listed here on my TripAdviror page. I hope you and your family are happy and well, and next time, we can dedicate more time to blueberries. August is usually good, but it depends on the year! September, a bit sweeter, but harder to find. All the best, Tom Pickerel
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Bill H wrote a review Sep 2019
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We are an active group of six travelers who were looking for a tour away from the crowds in Skagway, and Tom supplied more then we could have hoped for. Tom provided amazing historical insights of the area, as well as safely brought us to the Skagway and Yukon areas. Tom was open minded as to what we wanted in our tour and happily took us to his favorite short hiking trails in the area. Tom’s knowledge and love of Alaska was obvious in his desire to provide a first rate tour. Our group agreed Tom’s tour of the Skagway area was as good as any tour we’ve taken in our 10+ years of travel.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Response from Thomas P, Owner at Skagway Yukon Custom Van Tours
Responded Dec 19, 2019
Hi Bill! Just catching up with "paperwork", while being on my own vacation. I'm very grateful that you took the time to write me a nice review, it's really appreciated, especially these days. If you can ever make it back, It would be a pleasure to show you around, and I can find some new spots, don't worry, It's a big place! Please let your friends know about me, if anyone is heading in my direction. :) --Tom Pickerel
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Jan B wrote a review Sep 2019
Saint Louis, Missouri9 contributions
Tom met my sister, me and a couple we invited along exactly on time at Centennial Park, and treated us to an above and beyond tour all the way to the Yukon. What's so great about this personalized tour is you can stop when you want, and not stop when you don't. Besides learning so much from Tom about the history of the area, he has a great eye for spotting far off wildlife and sets up his telescope so you can get a closer look. Talking about our day with others on the ship that evening made them wish they'd chosen the private Custom Van Tours over the large canned bus tours. Thanks, Tom, for an unforgettable Alaskan experience.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Response from Thomas P, Owner at Skagway Yukon Custom Van Tours
Responded Dec 19, 2019
Hi Jan, and Jan's Sister! Sorry to be slow, but the last few months have been pretty active, doing all the things that are hard to do in Skagway Alaska! I had a great time with you and your sister, and I really appreciated the gifts that you brought, and for sharing some of your very interesting life with me! I hope you had a great time, and you are truly welcome for the "Return Dinner" bonus, just let me know the date, and any special requests. In Skagway, with one grocery store, we have to really plan in advance in terms of ingredients :) I hope you have a wonderful Christmas. Hard to believe the 20'S are just days away! take care, -Tom Pickerel
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Chris Christy W wrote a review Sep 2019
Sunset, Texas11 contributions1 helpful vote
We loved our day with Thomas. We would do this tour again and again. His knowledge of the area was awesome. He took us to so many beautiful places and he even took us to some of his special places. He did not rush. He even took us out for an additional hour. Thanks for the awesome day. You keep looking for us. We plan to come have that dinner someday.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Response from Thomas P, Owner at Skagway Yukon Custom Van Tours
Responded Dec 19, 2019
A very fond, though very late, Hello, and Thanks to all the Boatners! I have truly fond memories of our day together, because I had a great time showing your incredibly nice family around my back yard, which is my "Office" It was a spectacular day, Autumn colors, amazing crisp September weather, and we went to that special overlook, above the lake. I loved Grandpa's jokes on the way home, which he kept on file on pieces of paper in his wallet. I know I told you, but own dear Grandpa did the exact same thing, in his later years. He was a vintage 1895 Grandpa, so he actually had stories of the frenzy of the Klondike Gold Rush, even though he was just a little kid, Jack London and the newspapers were a big deal. I hope all of you have a wonderful Christmas! I'm enjoying the sunsets, and eating a lot of seafood. All the best, and please come back, and tell your friends --Tom
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Reed A wrote a review Sep 2019
White Lake3 contributions
My wife and two close friends were looking for a local flavor to Skagway as we had taken the train in the past. Thomas fulfilled all our expectations and then some. Local knowledge is so important and Thomas had an excellent range of experience. His manner and sense of humor blended well with this four hour tour and made the time extremely enjoyable.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Response from Thomas P, Owner at Skagway Yukon Custom Van Tours
Responded Dec 19, 2019
Hi Reed! I am slow with tech, in the off season, but I wanted to let you know that I really appreciate that you took the time to write me some kind words. It's much appreciated, truly. I hope all is well with you and yours, and I hope to see you in the North again! Please let your friends know that I give referrals, and return guests a nice discount. This was year number Two, on my own, and things are good, but I would love to get more traffic on my website. Take care, --Tom
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