Fall under "The Spell of the Yukon" with the White Pass & Yukon Route Railroad, while following the trail of the Sourdoughs between Skagway, Alaska, and Yukon Territory, Canada. Welcome to the Yukon Rail & Bus Excursion in Skagway!
Departing from Skagway, your train will make the approximate 1 hour and 45 minute climb, following the Skagway River up to the White Pass Summit. After arriving at Fraser, British Columbia, you will be transferred to a comfortable tour vehicle where you will begin your amazing bus journey on the famous Klondike Highway. During this Skagway tour, you will make several stops at various points of interest for those memorable photo opportunities. Some of these stops include the "Welcome to the Yukon" sign, Bove Island lookout, Carcross, the world's smallest desert, and Emerald Lake, the Yukon's most widely photographed lake.
A 1 hour 15 minute layover at Caribou Crossing Trading Post offers passengers a piping hot barbecue chicken meal. At this lunch facility you will also be able to enjoy FREE admission the the Husky Puppy Camp and the Yukon Wildlife Museum.
At the foot of Lake Bennett is Carcross, historically known as "Caribou Crossing."The Carcross Station, situated on the edge of the lake, was built in 1910 and is a designated Heritage Railway Station.
During the return to Skagway, you will be entertained by professional guides with their amusing stories of local lore and captivating tales of the Gold Rush Era. On the excursion, there will be stops along the way and opportunities for photo enthusiasts to view and capture the unparalleled beauty of cascading waterfalls, roaring rivers, majestic mountains, glaciers, historic sites and panoramic vistas.
Built in 1898 during the Klondike Gold Rush, this Scenic Railway of the World was designated as an International Historic Civil Engineering Landmark (along with the Eiffel Tower and Statue of Liberty). The three-foot wide Narrow Gauge Railroad climbs almost 3,000 feet in the first 20 miles with an average grade of 2.6%, and up to 3.9% in some locations. It also passes through two tunnels and travels over sky-high trestles and bridges.
Comfortable restored and replica passenger coaches are pulled by vintage diesel locomotives. Each heated passenger coach has large viewing windows and a restroom. The train and connecting tour vehicles are not wheelchair accessible. Smoking is prohibited on the train and tour vehicles.
Please note: All participants are required to have a valid passport or an "enhanced" driver's license in their possession. This Skagway tour sometimes operates in reverse order with a bus first departure.
Reviewer: Mary Michelini
Wonderful guide Mike was just great. This tour was a small group, avoiding the "big" cruise tour groups. We saw bears, sockeye spawning, special spots of raspberry bushes for picking, were able to stop several places to take pictures, the whole day was something special. We have never had such an informative, attentive guide. Glacier and White Pass Trail are stunning. Well worth the tour.
Reviewer: Carol Mackie
We really loved this excursion. We were able to see such beautiful scenery and learn about the history of the area. Brian from Chillkoot tours was extremely knowledgeable. 24 persons was the perfect size. Most memorable was seeing two different bears along the way.
This excursion was great. The train ride was beautiful. Our van driver was the best. He was informative and enabled us to see bears, mountain goats and a beautiful water fall up close. I highly recommend this excursion.
Reviewer: rosa arguello-ortega
My son and I took the Yukon Rail and Bus Adventure in late July 2017 and I am so glad we took the extra bus tour into the Yukon. Our guide, Mike Guida, was phenomenal! He was able to give us the historical facts of the Alaskan gold rush and the points of interest on our tour - very informational and entertaining. Highly recommend Mike and this excursion.
Reviewer: Lidia Silverio
it was Awesome...very organized. I wish we had more time,