Reviewer: Charlotte Scroggs
We docked in Skagway and a SEG representative was at the pier to direct us to the fast ferry to Haines. The ferry ride through the Lynn Canal was beautiful. Once docked in Haines, we met our guide to go into the Chilkoot wilderness where we saw eagles and other birds but the highlight was a momma brown bear with 3 cubs. We watched them eat and play for 30-45 minutes as they wandered up the river. We left to see other sights and eat a box lunch at the beautiful lake. Then we returned revisit the bears who had wandered up the river close to our new viewing location. We were close enough to get great pictures - even with cell phones. After watching them there for another 30-40 minutes, we left for a quick drive through Haines and another photo op before having to head back to the fast ferry and back to Skagway. It was a beautiful, warm day and a great excursion.
Reviewer: Ray Rumsey
Great private wildlife viewing tour, up close to salmon spawning and bear feeding in river. Scenic ferry ride to Haines from Skagway.
Reviewer: Natalie Paridy
While everyone was scurrying for the train tour (which was cancelled due to landslides), we were comfortable in our touring bus, stopping along the way to view and photograph grizzlies, spawning salmon and bald eagles with a tour through off beat areas of Skagway. The guide was great, box lunch was provided and the town of Skagway is amazing with wooden sidewalks...much less 'touristy' than Juneau.
Reviewer: Joni Plourd
We had a great time with Nate on our excursion, despite the rainy day on the way over on the ferry. Nate was a local and was knowledgable and we loved his style! We saw bears, eagles, trout swimming upstream and loved the scenery. Nate went out of his way to make sure all 4 of us had a great time!
Good excursion. Learned a lot from the guide about living in the wilderness in Alaska and how harsh the winters can be. Didn't see any bears, but lots of Bald Eagles, Salmon and water foul. Nice scenery!!
Reviewer: John A. Griffith
Great experience got to see bears and eagles the the wild, luncheons was a little disappointing, but still a great excursion.
Reviewer: mark rabin
Oh my, where do I begin!! BEST excursion ever. Our guide was friendly, knowledgable, accommodating--everything you would want for a perfect excursion.
We had a fantastic time on this excursion! The ferry to Haines would have been very scenic but the weather was terrible so we could not really see the scenery. When we got to Haines we were met by our guide, Sheryl, who was extremely personable and informative. She told us details of the life she leads subsistence fishing and hunting and growing things and how she stores things for the winter. She took us to see some interesting areas with eagles' nests and had a spotting scope so that we could view the juvenile eagles closely. She explained the habits of a mother bear and her two cubs who live in the area, and after driving to some of their favorite spots, we were able to see them! We were able to watch them cavorting on the side of the river and in the forest and were able to drive to different spots to view them for long periods of time. It was thrilling! She was a great guide and we had a wonderful time despite the rain!!
We had a wonderful time on this tour. Our guide was terrific! It was great to hear about her experience and her life in Alaska, as well as to see the area she showed us. The ferry ride to Haines was not as beautiful as it could have been because the weather was poor. Once we arrived, our guide took us in a comfortable bus to various spots to see eagles and their nests, and a juvenile eagle in the nest and on the beach. She also drove us around to several spots where we ultimately had several occasions to view a mother bear of a variety of grizzly and her two cubs cavorting in the woods and on the beach and later catching fish from the river. It was a wonderful experience. She knew a lot about this particular bear and her cubs, and was clearly concerned for the well-being of the bears while giving a chance to see them numerous times without disturbing them. We got wonderful pictures and videos. The fact that this is a small group tour enhanced its appeal. We also saw several seals.
Awesome guide -very accomodating.
The unexpected aspect of the tour was that there were three of us on the tour - my husband and I and our guide. It was a wonderful way to get up close to Alaska, when the rest of our cruise trip was much more impersonal. Out guide was friendly, excentric and special. It felt like we actually had a chance to ""touch"" Alaska.