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.
Reviewer: Vickie DeRouville
Reviewer: Ed Acosta
Friendly tour guide/driver. Passed good information showing his knowledge. Shared his own experiences in the city with his passengers making the tour more enjoyable. Went out of the way to show a few things enroute. Kept us well informed.
Reviewer: Monique L'Heureux
We had the most beautiful tour. We enjoy the tour in the town and the White Pass Summit probably most because of the guide. He knew his history of this part of Alaska so good and he was very interesting.
Reviewer: Obdulia Santaella
The driver was very polite and informed of the area we visited. The art was beautiful.
Reviewer: Susan Garavaglia
The tour guide was not only very knowledgeable about Skagway and White Pass Summit, he was also very entertaining - a great story teller about the White Pass Summit gold rush days.