Sure to be a highlight of your Alaskan experience, the Skagway City and White Pass Summit Tour begins 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.
On this Skagway cruise tour, 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. Your excursion tour 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 travel parallel to the historic White Pass Trail 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 to 400-year-old trees known as "Krummholz", many of which are no taller than chest-high, you will return to Skagway.
During your Skagway 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 U.S. border. All U.S. and Canadian citizens 16 and older traveling between the U.S. and Canada are required to present a valid passport (or government authorized "enhanced" driver's 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 are required to have a photo I.D., a passport, and visa (if required).
All minors must be accompanied by a legal guardian. Children that are 2 years old or younger are free when occupying an adult's lap. If you would like your child to have his/her own seat, you are required to count them as an adult while booking.
If placed on an 11:30 AM departure, your tour will depart from Downtown, about a 10 minute walk from the pier or short shuttle ride. Full details will be provided in your electronic ticket.
What a great tour we has a awesome time the guide was awesome too knew alot about alaska
For being a small town we saw lots of the outskirts like the train tour the beautiful lakes scenery was gorgeous. Then the town tour was very nice we ate there and shopped. Only downfall wish we had more time off shore!!
We enjoyed this excursion , it was a lovely and beautiful ride into the mountains . Our driver was very pleasant , funny and knowledgeable, made the journey very interesting ! My 6 Year Old Granddaughter enjoyed the trip !
Reviewer: Jack Ayers
We have done this tour three times and found it to vary considerably, depending on the guide you have. On this trip (5/23/17) our guide was a real expert on the gold rush days and the experiences of the many thousands of gold seekers. His lively accounts brought the summit trip to life in a most enjoyable way. An unfortunate consequence of his spending so much time on gold rush stories was that we did not have time to visit the incredible weather-dwarfed conifer forest at the top of the pass. We also missed the pioneer cemetery.
Reviewer: I. Willerton
This was an excellent excursion, which really did go above and beyond - the clouds, that is! Our bus driver was trustworthy, friendly, entertaining and knowledgeable. The tour took us into beautiful alpine areas and we were able to see more and go further than if we had chosen the train tour. I would definitely recommend this excursion to others!