This Alaska Value Package includes an exciting combination of tours in Juneau, Skagway, and Ketchikan to three of Alaska's highlights, Mendenhall Glacier, Saxman Native Village, and the White Pass Summit.
Juneau City and Mendenhall Glacier Tour
Juneau is one of the most unique state capitals in the entire United States. Although Juneau isn’t an island, it is land locked and you can only get to it by air or sea. Your tour begins in the historical downtown district. You will drive through downtown where you will see the streets lined with gift shops, jewelry shops, king crab shacks and local fish restaurants. You will also get a glimpse at the governor’s mansion and if you’re lucky, you might even see the world famous Red Dog Saloon.
Departing the downtown area, you will make your way north to the valley area and the Mendenhall Glacier. Along the way you will see boat harbors full of Alaskan fishing boats and boat houses and a wet land refuge. On clear days you can see the majestic Chilkat Mountain’s in the distance.
Once you arrive at the Visitor's Center, you will have some time to walk around the visitor center, which has an elevated view of the glacier which is on the other side of Mendenhall Lake, exhibits as well as a short film about the Juneau Ice Fields. Admission to the visitor center is included in the price of the tour. For those guests feeling more adventurous, there are several hiking paths around the lake area including Photo Point Trail which winds along Mendenhall Lake to an unobstructed view of the glacier face.
The tour comes to an end with a stop at famous Douglas Island, an historic mining community, for photo opportunities and panoramic views across the ocean to downtown Juneau. You will then arrive back to the main cruise ship terminal.
Duration: 3 Hours
Walking Information: Walking at the visitors center includes some steps and inclines.
Saxman Native Village and Ketchikan City Tour
This two-hour, fully-guided, and narrated tour includes many of the sights in the Ketchikan area, with photo stops, and time at Saxman Native Village. Enjoy the city orientation aboard a San Francisco-style trolley or deluxe motor coach. You will travel past the rustic waterfront, boat harbors and the picturesque city park, before driving out of the town. A stop will be made for a brief introduction to a rain forest, before traveling on. You will stop near one of Ketchikan's private salmon canneries where eagles are almost always in attendance. See a salmon ladder and watch salmon spring from the rushing water en-route to the spawning grounds (late July through September).
At Saxman Native Village your guide will show you the world's largest standing collection of totem poles. You will hear the legends and stories of these ancient majestic totem poles and learn how and why they were made. You will also make an exterior only visit to the outside of the Clan House where your guide will explain some of the many figures carved in its exterior. During free time, visit the Village Store and Artists Co-op where authentic arts and crafts are made by Saxman Natives. This tour does not include carving or native performances.
Once back in town, you have the option to enjoy Historic Creek Street, This was Ketchikan's former busy red light district and is now home to the world-famous Dolly's House Museum. Guests can choose to either end the tour here (approximately 10 minutes walk from the cruise pier) or be returned to the pier. Your tour includes a ticket to go through Dolly's House Museum.
Duration: 2 Hours
Walking Information: Guests with physical restrictions must be able to get themselves onto and off of the bus. There is approximately one quarter mile of walking required, which wheelchairs can handle with some assistance. There is no dance performance or carving demonstration included in this tour.
Skagway City and White Pass Summit
The highlight of your Alaskan Experience will begin with a guided mini-coach tour of Skagway’s Historic District. Your guide will explain why Skagway was known as the toughest town on earth during the Klondike Gold Rush of 1897-99. You will visit historic points of interest such as the Klondike Gold Rush Cemetery (AKA Skagway's Boot Hill), where you will learn of the gunfight between Frank Reid and Soapy Smith, the most famous shootout since the OK Corral. A stop will also be made at the Scenic Skagway Overlook where your guide will take your picture with the town below, the mountains in the background, and your cruise ship in the harbor.
As you journey up the scenic Klondike Highway you will parallel to the historic White Pass Trail and White Pass Railroad Train Ride much of the way to the 3,292 foot summit. Along this glacier carved valley are glaciers, thundering waterfalls, majestic mountain vistas, and pristine wilderness. Once at the summit, you will descend into the daunting Tormented Valley in British Columbia, Canada. It is this area which inspired the classic authors Robert Service and Jack London. The Tormented Valley is an eco-tone; here two separate ecosystems transform to become the other. After visiting this area of 300 - 400 year old trees known as “Krummholz,” many of which are no taller than chest-high, you will return to Skagway.
During your tour various photo stops will be made to help you maximize your Alaskan Experience.
Please Note: This tour will be crossing the Canadian border and then back across the US border. As of June 1, 2009 all U.S. and Canadian citizens who are 16 and older traveling between the U.S. and Canada by land, will be required to present a valid passport (or government authorized "enhanced" drivers license.) We recommend you bring a photo I.D. as well. U.S. and Canadian citizens who are 15 years old or younger may travel with a certified birth certificate. People of all other citizenship's are required to have a photo I.D., a passport, and visa (If required)
All Minors Must be Accompanied by a Legal Guardian.
Duration: 2 Hours 30 Minutes