Reviewer: Kathleen Kastenholz
If you don’t pick the right side of the train you don’t see much. However disappointing that may be our tour director was really great. Julie went above and beyond to show us as much as possible on the ride back to port. Kudos to Julie you’re five star!
Reviewer: Reta Berte
We really enjoyed the tour! Tour guides were excellent. Lunch was great
Reviewer: yehuda azenkot
Beautiful scenery. Visiting Yukon and its history was interesting. Though, the provided lunch was really bad. The trip was too expensive.
Reviewer: Jim Radtke
Best part of the whole trip! Best, most accommodating guide -- Heidi from Chilkoot Tours- good stories, good sights.
Reviewer: Anne Graham
This was a marvelous excursion. The bus driver was very knowledgeable about the area and the drive to Bennett Lake was extremely scenic. We stopped numerous times along the way to take pictures and the driver was most helpful in taking group shots. There was enough time at the Lake before boarding the train to enjoy some ice cream and see the village sights. Once on the train, the trip back to Skagway is gorgeous. The lunch boxes served were delicious. Views from the train were stunning with enough narration from the conductor to make it an informative trip as well. This was the full day trip and we would do this trip again. We left at 9:30 and got back to Skagway around 5:30 or so with enough time to walk around the town before going back to the ship.
Reviewer: Sarah Beiler
We were in Alaska the 1st week the tour opened this year. We had signed up for the tour before we left. It was a very special day and made wonderful memories. It was one of the most spectacular days of our trip. Our bus driver James did an amazing job of telling us history and interesting stories. He would stop and let us take pictures and was a very good guide. I was so glad we did this tour.
Reviewer: Debra Captain
This excursion was one of the highlights of our cruise. The train itself was beautiful and the scenery all the way up the pass was breathtaking. The car we were in was crowded so we asked if we could move up to next car and they were kind enough to accommodate us.All of the staff were friendly and knowledgeable, making it interesting as well as beautiful. They served a really good lunch too. This trip is a must if you're in Skagway!
Reviewer: jeanne anderson
this excursion was definitely worth the money and the time. our guides both on the train and on the bus were interesting and captivating, and made the journey memorable. definitely recommend!
Reviewer: Lisa Warner
Our driver was the best! Train ride was awesome. Got to see lots of Alaska! The driver stopped at more nature sites than stopping at signs to take pictures.
Reviewer: Jon Rossmiller
Loved this trip. Rode in a small bus up the hillside with stops for wildlife sightings and picture stops. Got on the train, had a nice lunch and rode down the hills and valleys back to town. Interesting train, historical restored train cars, can't imagine how they built the tracks in this remote, rugged terrain.
Reviewer: Dewey Johns
This excursion was very pleasant. It started with a nearly to hour bus ride to the train Depot, with a driver who was very knowledgeable about the area. She told us a lot of interesting stories about the people who settled in the area we traveled through and was very considerate about pulling over at scenic overlooks to allow people to get out and take pictures. The train ride itself was full of wonderful sightseeing and we even had a nice box lunch. The engineer and conductor also told us about the area we passed through and we were lucky enough that our train car was not even a third full, so we really could move about for the best viewing. It was a nice way to spend the day.
Reviewer: Larry Rehmann
Truly one of a kind adventures. The train ride, the scenery and the history make this a top choice for excursions. Very well run and we were lucky with the most beautiful day.
Reviewer: Lori A Zarnoth
We can't say enough about how wonderful this was. The scenery throughout the train and bus ride was fantastic. The train is great and everyone on board did a great job pointing out things on the route. The bus ride was just as wonderful. The bus driver was great.
Reviewer: Beatrice Foreman
The old old train ride was scary. The gal informing us along the way was so well-read. She was very amazing. The box lunch was great. This was well worth the bus ride and the train ride. Always will be remembered.
Beautiful scenery but a little too long.
Reviewer: From Missouri
This was by far the best tour of the trip. Beautiful weather, scenery, friendly tour guides, and an all around great experience. Thank you.
Reviewer: Steve Falkum
Excellent excursion with phenomenal views of the landscape. The narration describing the area was very helpful and the lunch served was good. Would recommend this outing to others.
Reviewer: Fred Meeks
The rail coach, tour guides, and scenery were outstanding. Highly recommend
This is a long tour but well worth the time. The absolutely beautiful scenery and relaxing train ride were highlights of this trip. We were pleasantly surprised that the train was not crowded and it was easy to find the best spots to take pictures and see the picturesque views. On the bus ride back we were delayed due to traffic and while we were stopped, along the edge of the road in the brush, a small black bear gave us a show to watch. We recommend this excursion for beautiful pictures, incredible scenery, and a relaxing adventure through the wilderness.
Reviewer: Melissa Petersen
I loved the tour bus version. Could’ve done without the train portion. Loved seeing emerald lake it was amazingly beautiful. Great tour guide who was very informative and friendly.
Reviewer: Elsa Shuster
Well worth the price. Really enjoyed the scenery!
There were so many things to love about this excursion! First, the train ride was relaxing with stunning views and an opportunity to learn about the gold rush in the late 1800's. We thought lunch was decent - thick sandwiches with a variety of sides and the turkey was carved, not lunch meat. Our disappointment was that we didn't get much time in the Yukon, Still, as this is the only version of the excursion that goes there, I think you should go all the way! We had a great shuttle driver to take us back from the Yukon to the port and along the way we stopped to take some photos at strategic locations. Also, my husband spotted a black bear along the way and the driver pulled right up to him and he sat there eating at the grass literally right outside the windows for quite some time. We got some amazing shots of him. Other groups told us they saw moose and grizzlies along the way. This was the most expensive excursion we selected and it was well worth the price.
Reviewer: John F
Walking off the ship it was easy find the tour operator and then it was a short shuttle ride to the White Pass and Yukon Railway depot. ** For the best views have the window on your left when facing the front of the train. The onboard tour guide was personable and clearly explained the history and conditions the railroad line was constructed under and its significance. Bennett Lake was beautiful and you were able to get off the train to hike around and eat lunch. At Carcross, we board small vans and the driver delivered a running dialogue of interesting facts and made many stops for views and photos. Back in Skagway, you could be dropped off in town or back at the boat. It was a long day but very memorable and worth the price.
This was one of the best excursions we did while on our trip and it's worth every penny!! The train ride was just breathtaking, and our bus guide was amazing as well. She was very nice and helped us spot a black bear!
Reviewer: Alison Karrer
This, by far for us, was our best excursion!! The train took us up through gorgeous scenery and into Canada. Then we were picked up by bus we went further north and then back down into Skagway. Pros- Our tour guide, KEVIN, was clever, funny and very entertaining! Along the way, we made stops at different view points and informed us of local legends and fun facts of each area. A great trip by far! Cons- a sign in the bus stating the tour guide work on tips. To me this is unacceptable especially when I paid a lot of money for this excursion.
Reviewer: LaDonna Norman
We started off in a comfortable bus with a great guide. There aren't words to describe the beauty and grandeur of the Yukon and surrounding area! Our driver was very good about stopping and letting us take pictures in the best places. Then we rode back on the train which was a equally awesome way to learn about the history of the area while taking in the beauty! This was a great tour!
This was an amazing all-day trip- we had a fantastic tour guide- Ms. Early (sounds like), and she really knew the ins and outs during a stunning minibus ride through to Canada along the Al-Can highway. She stopped frequently, gave insights, and really made this tour worthwhile. In Canada, she dropped us off for the rail portion of the trip, and we had an incredible (and a bit scary looking) trip back along rails on the side of a mountain looking over lakes and canyons. If you enjoy historical (gold rush history) information and scenes to knock your socks off, I highly recommend you take this tour. We loved it!
This was among the best excursions we did while in Alaska. If you are looking for something with some history tied to it and something that will enable you to see the natural beauty of Alaska this is the thing for you.
This is a great way to see the Yukon and hear about the Gold Rush History. I highly recommend this train ride! The lunch was plentiful and do offer gluten and vegan choice if notified in advance. We loved the train trip
We drove the shuttle up to Bennett; our driver and guide, Kevin, was very informative, knowledgeable, funny: a pleasant drive! The train ride back offered beautiful scenery, the lunch was ok, the stop in Bennett was a little long. Overall, a lovely day.
Reviewer: Kiva Adkins
Such a great trip with so many chances to take breathtaking photographs. We were even invited by the local at Bennett Lake to have fresh fish and salad. Our favorite pictures from our trip were here. A bonus on the trip back was seeing glacial silt that looked like sand dunes.
Reviewer: Barbara Builta
We had a wonderful time. The drive up to Emerald Lake and then down to the train was awesome! We would highly recommend this excursion!