Skagway City and White Pass Summit
Sale Price: $50.00
Visit Beautiful White Pass Summit and Skagway
Sure to be a highlight of your Alaskan experience, the Skagway City and White Pass Summit Tour begins with a guided tour of Skagway's Historic District in a mini-coach holding no more than 32 passengers. 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 Pitchfork Falls and the Bridal Veil Falls. The Bridal Veil Falls are the trailhead for the "Valdez Goat Trail", which is a section of the Trans Alaska Military Packtrain Trail, created during the Klondike Gold Rush.
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: All tour stops are subject to change based on weather and road conditions. 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.
Please Note: The tour will be crossing the Canadian border and then back across the US border. As of June 1, 2009 all U.S. and Canadian citizens who are 16 and older traveling between the U.S. and Canada, by land will be required to present a valid passport (or government authorized "enhanced" drivers license.) Guests 15 or younger must have a certified birth certificate. People of all other citizenship are required to have a photo I.D., a passport, and visa (If required).
Please be aware that this tour operates in the wilderness, hours away from medical facilities. Although staff do have general first aid knowledge, this tour is not recommended for guests with serious medical conditions or infants under the age of 18 months.
Reviewer: Vijay Vaishnav
We had a wonderful time in the bus excursion in Skagway. Our driver cum guide was a very witty young man who also had a lot of anecdotes to share and keep us really interested. The tour started right on time and as we wound our way through the city streets, we had an interesting commentary on the history of the city and some of its famous streets and buildings. The guide gave us enough stops and ample opportunities to shoot great pictures as we went up to the White Pass Summit. Thouroughly enjoyable excursion and time well worth spent.
The tour guide is very passionate about his job and tells great story of the gold mining history of the region. However, having been all over north America I am unimpressed by the scenery. We took the afternoon tour and have good visibility. Later on the ship we met fellow passengers who took the 8:30 tour and said it was really foggy. Overall, I am happy that I took this instead of the expensive train tour. A great tour guide made all the difference.
Brian was very knowledgeable and took us to places with great views of the White Pass.
Reviewer: Jesse Simmons
Our driver was Brian and it was raining with low lying clouds. So Brian says, "usually we would ... well not today! It seems everyone on board has a passport so we are going to go above the clouds and see a bit of the Yukon in British Columbia today. We will stop along the way so you can take some pictures. ..." This guide was great! He was very informative. We did get past the clouds and were able to see so many beautiful and amazing things at a much better price than the train ride in addition to being able to stop and take pictures along the way. I would definitely recommed this excursion.
Engaging tour guide gives good historical anecdotes about the mine town. However the scenery was not very special. I heard it's about the same for the train so I m glad I didn't shell out more money. If you go choose the 11am tour. At 8am the mountain is very foggy according to fellow cruisers.