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!
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. 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. 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. All minors must be accompanied by a legal guardian. This Skagway port tour sometimes operates in reverse order with a bus first departure.
We (40's) were traveling with my parents (70's) and our children (10/12) This excursion has a great mix of different sites and experiences for everyone to enjoy. If you are looking at doing the railway, then I would highly suggest that you do this as opposed to the ones that only go half way-you will miss the incredible scenery that can only be enjoyed from the upper reaches. You are on a smaller van/bus as opposed to the cruise line offerings. With fewer people you are able to get out and take pictures instead of burning up your time unloading.Being outdoors, weather plays a huge role and we had a beautiful day -- but in the event that the weather would not be good, you will still be able to see things and not get soaked because of being in a van or train. Absolutely beautiful scenery and it can be done by any age group -- the amount of walking you do is up to you. You are never walking long distances to get from one mode of transportation to another. Great family excursion!
Reviewer: Bucky Billing
Excursion was very interesting. Personal were great, knowledgeable and courteous. Contacts at dock were easy to find. Well satisfied with my purchase.
Reviewer: vera lissfeld curt moore
we very much enjoyed the travel by bus with all the interesting commentary by Doug our guide. He fit right in with his experience and appearance and brought this magnificent nature and turbulent history for us to enjoy. taking the train back was really beautiful and even more enjoyable with all the information we had gained on our bus tour
Reviewer: Regina Ottaviano
Our tour guide Mike was excellent; informative, pleasant and prompt. We would recommend him to our friends and family
Reviewer: Larry Dotterman
My wife and I took this same tour several years ago. When we decided to go back to Alaska we made sure to do it again. This was the only tour we wanted to do and we let our tour companions choose all the other shore excursions. We would do this again is we go back to Alaska..