Why I love Alaska
“Like many travelers, I am drawn to roads less traveled, isolated frontier regions where spontaneity and excitement rule over certainty and home comforts. Alaska, for me, fits all of these requirements. Challenging, unpolished and, on occasions, a hard nut to crack, it is, in many ways, the antithesis of the country where I grew up (the UK). Like a stranger in a strange land, I never fail to be astonished by the...” Read More
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Skagway Shore Excursion: Full-Day Tour of the Yukon
When your cruise ship docks in Skagway, begin your adventure by climbing the Klondike Highway north to the US/Canadian border, which parallels the 1898 Gold Rush Trail. Cross into Canada and traverse through the spectacular Northern Boreal Forest, which includes Bove Island, Tutshi Lake and Tagish Lake. After you break for a photo at the Yukon border, you'll travel on to Lake Bennett, see the "World's Smallest Desert" and marvel at gorgeous Emerald Lake. Stop at the Caribou Crossing Trading Post and Museum where you can relax and enjoy a tasty, satisfying lunch of baked chicken with BBQ sauce, baked potato, coleslaw, dinner rolls, donuts and coffee -- Yukon style! After lunch, visit one of the most spectacular wildlife museums in the North Country. As you stroll through the 9,000-square foot (2743-square meter) museum, you will find the quality of the wildlife exhibits to be truly remarkable. The museum's exhibits range from Ice Age specimens to animals more recently introduced into the Yukon. Also, included are exotic animals from both the arctic and sub-arctic regions of Alaska and the Yukon, as well as from around the world.Also at Caribou Crossing are the lovable Huskies preparing for the Yukon Quest dog sled race. Pet the dogs and play with puppies, and hear the musher's adventures of dog sledding in the Yukon during the winter! As you journey back to Skagway, keep your eye out for possible wildlife sightings, such as bears, moose, caribou, Dall sheep and mountain goats.Worry-free Shore Excursion:We will ensure your timely return back to the ship in Skagway for this activity. If your ship is delayed and you are unable attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.
Juneau Shore Excursion: Helicopter Tour and Guided Icefield Walk
When your cruise ship docks at the Juneau port, you’ll be picked up from the cruise terminal and you’ll kick off your Alaskan experience with an informative and entertaining van ride from your Juneau hotel to the heliport to begin your amazing helicopter tour. Enjoy stellar aerial views as you soar over rock formations and icefalls while learning about the spectacular sights from your knowledgeable pilot, who’ll act as your guide for your entire experience, including your landing and walkabout on the glacier. Make your way by helicopter to either the Herbert Glacier descending to the glacier below for the second part of your tour.When you land, you’ll be taken on a serene walk along the glacier surface, nestled among mountain peaks blanketed in ice and snow – a beautiful sight! You'll learn about your surroundings and be free to ask your pilot-guide any questions you have about Alaska’s natural history, geology, meteorology and more. Be sure to dress warmly, as it can be quite cold on the glacier. After your time on the icefield, savor more aerial views on your helicopter flight back to Juneau. Upon landing, you’ll have the oppurtunity for final photos and time to warm up before enjoying a return van trip back to your cruise port.Worry-free Shore Excursion:We will ensure your timely return to the Juneau port for this activity. In the rare event your ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of- call. If your ship is delayed and you are unable to attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.
Skagway Shore Excursion: White Pass Summit and Skagway City Tour
Spend time in port in Skagway breathing in the fresh mountain air and enjoying the great outdoors! Glimpse amazing views of spectacular mountains and coastal rainforests, and see historic landmarks including Brackett Wagon Road, Pitchfork Falls, Moore Creek Bridge, and the WP&YR railroad. Included is the Skagway City Overlook, where you can enjoy breathtaking views of the town, harbor and cruise ships. At the Klondike Gold Rush Cemetery, hear the tale of Frank Reid and "Soapy" Smith and the gunfight that changed the future of Skagway.Leaving Skagway for the White Pass Summit area, you'll journey along the Klondike Highway which parallels the White Pass Railroad, a popular tourist attraction today. In between visiting historic points of interest, distant glacier views, thundering waterfalls and majestic mountain vistas, you can relive the Klondike Gold Rush with stories from your guide. Continue traveling parallel to the White Pass Trail and White Pass Railroad, climbing 3,292-feet (1,003-meter) to the summit before descending into the upper portion of the daunting Tormented Valley. The Tormented Valley contains large areas with an almost lunar appearance, making this one of the most unique eco-systems in North America. Explore a forest-tundra ecotone with a stunted forest of 300-year old trees and alpine tundra. The final leg will be through the Tormented Valley, with a stop at Summit Lake. As you survey the landscape of the White Pass Summit Area, admire unforgiving wilderness that inspired such classic authors as Jack London and Robert Service. Returning to Skagway, stop at the "Welcome to Alaska" sign, the most popular photo stop on this bus tour.Worry-free Shore Excursion:We will ensure your timely return back to the ship in Skagway for this activity. If your ship is delayed and you are unable attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.
Juneau Shore Excursion: Mendenhall Glacier, Whale-Watching Cruise and City Tour
When your cruise ship docks at the Juneau port, walk an easy 10 minutes to Mt Roberts Tramway, where you'll hop on a comfortable coach for a Juneau sightseeing tour. Enjoy views of stunning mountains and winding waterways as you travel from the colorful port and see sites such as the Red Dog Saloon, the busy Juneau Capitol Building, the Governor's Mansion and beautiful Douglas Island. This unique modern capital city with an old-world charm has a new surprise around every corner.After your city tour, you’ll be driven to Auke Bay to board a boat for your 2-hour whale-watching cruise. Enjoy gorgeous ocean views as your professional guide helps point out whales and other wildlife such as bald eagles, seals, sea lions and black bears. Watch for humpback whales and playful orcas – when you spot one, the captain will slow the boat to allow for photo opportunities from the viewing deck. Snacks and drinks will be provided on board. When you return to the port, hop back on the coach and head to Mendenhall Glacier to explore independently at your leisure. Juneau’s crowning jewel treasure, Mendenhall Glacier is one of 38 glaciers flowing from the giant 1,500-square-mile (3,885-sq-km) ice field. Capture vistas of the glacier from several perspectives such as Nugget Creek Falls and Photo Point Trail, which winds along Mendenhall Lake and offers an unobstructed view of the glacier's face. At the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center, you can learn about glacier formation through a series of interactive geological exhibits.When you’re ready to leave, hop on the shuttle and head back to the Juneau port.The shuttle departs every 30 minutes, so you determine the time you return to your ship in Juneau. Please allow yourself ample time to enjoy your time at Mendenhall Glacier and ensure your timely return to the port. This excursion is not covered by our worry-free policy. Please note: This tour provided 30 minutes to 45 minutes at the glacier. if you would like to stay longer, you may have to skip the city tour portion to accommodate that.
Skagway Shore Excursion: Half-Day Tour to the Yukon Border
The White Pass was a route that was used in 1898 during the Gold Rush by those seeking fortune and you will discover this famous trail on your half-day tour of the Yukon. After your ship docks in Skagway, you'll head out up the Klondike Highway, beholding impressive scenery as you go, from the breathtaking coastal mountain ranges to the stunning waterfalls. Travel past local landmarks such as WP&YR railroad, Brackett Wagon Road, Pitchfork Falls and Moore Creek Bridge; then climb a 3292-foot (1003-meter) summit to White Pass and enter into Canada and the "Tormented" Valley, a subarctic alpine tundra.As you journey through Canada, keep an eye out for native wildlife -- you may spot moose, bears, birds, sheep, goats and more! While in the Northern Boreal Forest, you'll stop at Lakes Tutshi and Windy Arm, which are surrounded mile-high mountains. Lastly, take a photo at the Yukon Border sign for memorable photo souvenir. Worry-free Shore Excursion:We will ensure your timely return back to the ship in Skagway for this activity. If your ship is delayed and you are unable attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.
Skagway Shore Excursion: Chilkoot Trail Hike and Float Tour
This guided 2.0-mile (3.2-km) hike on the world-famous Chilkoot Trail runs through spectacular temperate rainforest. It’s a moderate hike and is fairly steep over uneven terrain for the first half mile (0.8 km), going uphill for about 300 feet elevation (92 meters) and then back downhill the same elevation and distance, with the remaining mile on level ground for the last mile. Your naturalist guide will point out wildlife and native plants and tell stories of Skagway and the Klondike Gold Rush. Retrace the footsteps of stampeding prospectors who bypassed Skagway's White Pass Trail, to hike the Chilkoot Trail in order to reach the headwaters of the Yukon River. The Chilkoot Trail was the most direct route leading from the Skagway/Dyea area to the Klondike Gold Fields around Dawson City in the Yukon. At the end of the hike, you will board an eight-eleven man rubber raft with your guide for a peaceful river float through the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park on the Taiya River, which runs parallel to the historic Chilkoot Trail. As you continue floating down the Taiya River, you will see little evidence of human civilization. However, you may see or hear the signs of a wide variety of wildlife, including bears, otters, salmon and eagles, all of which make their homes in the Taiya River Valley. After your Taiya River float, you will be treated to a riverbank snack before ending your adventure back in Skagway and boarding your cruise ship.Worry-free Shore Excursion: We will ensure your timely return back to the ship in Skagway for this activity. If your ship is delayed and you are unable attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.