Located at the northern terminus of the Inside Passage, Skagway is a one-hour ferry ride from Haines. By road, however, the distance is 359 miles, as you have to take the Haines Highway up to Haines Junction, Yukon, then take the Alaska Highway 100 miles south to Whitehorse, and then drive a final 100 miles south on the Klondike Highway to Skagway. View more
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This exclusive 6.5 hour tour combines glacier flightseeing, a catamaran cruise, scenic driving, and a fresh seafood chowder lunch. Cradled at the base of the Chilkat Peninsula, flanked by the Lynn Fjord and Chilkat River, Haines is filled with natural wonders. Your expert local guide will acquaint you with the best of the Chilkat Valley's unique attractions on this scenic outing.
Begin the tour by boarding one of Alaska's famous bush planes for a fifty-minute glacier flightseeing tour. Pass by the face of the Rainbow Glacier, a spectacular hanging glacier with an immense waterfall pouring from its face. Look down upon the Davidson Icefall, criss-crossed with crevasses and ice towers. Scan the cliffsides for mountain goats as you work your way along the edge of giant mountains and wild, forested valleys before landing at the riverside airport in Haines.
Chilkoot Lake State Park
Say goodbye to your bush pilot and commence your Haines tour with a seaside drive to Chilkoot Lake State Park. This park is renowned for its turquoise lake surrounded by snow-capped mountains, important Tlingit cultural sites, and a salmon-filled river flowing into the sea. Keep an eye out for wildlife; migratory birds, brown bear, and harbour seals are often seen here.
Continue with a seven-mile scenic drive along the Chilkat River. Make the most of a photo stop at the historic Letnikof Cove Cannery with the Rainbow Glacier and Chilkat Mountains gleaming as a backdrop.
We top the tour off with our final stop at the Pilot Light Restaurant. Owner Cambria Goodwin, featured on "Cupcake Wars", serves a tasty meal featuring her signature salmon bisque soup, fresh green salad, home-baked bread and, of course, dessert
High Speed Catamaran
Transfer to the ferry terminal and board the public ferry for your journey by high-speed catamaran along the steep-walled fjord that connects Haines to Skagway. Waterfalls stream down the cliff sides, and harbour seal and bald eagle sightings are common.
Please note: This tour requires a moderate amount of walking for approximately 300 yards (275 metres) and guests must be able to embark and disembark the vehicle via steps and climb aboard a 5 or 7-passenger airplane with limited to no assistance. This tour is not recommended for guests who utilise a wheelchair. Ponchos will be provided if required due to weather. We recommend guests dress in layers with a waterproof jacket, comfortable closed toed shoes, hat and gloves. A spotting scope and binoculars are also provided for guest use. Flightseeing operates with 4-7 guests per plane; flight route and timings are dependent upon favourable weather and local conditions. Although there are no weight limits on the flight, guests will be asked to provide their current weight prior to departure for even balancing. The order of sights may be reversed. The sighting of wildlife cannot be guaranteed. Transportation between the ship in Skagway and Haines is via public ferry, not exclusive to Silversea, and the distance is a 45-minute ride. The ferry schedule can affect the tour duration. We appreciate your understanding. Although capacity is very limited on this tour, a minimum number of participants is required for its operation.
Experience the pristine natural beauty of Summit Lake during this scenic and invigorating, half-day canoeing excursion.
Skagway, Denver Glacier, White Pass Summit, Snow-Capped Peaks, Summit Lake
Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately one-hour drive to the shores of Summit Lake. En route, take an orientation drive through Skagway, and marvel at the spectacular views of the Denver Glacier, White Pass Summit and numerous snow-capped peaks. Upon arrival at Summit Lake, take a short walk to your awaiting, 31-foot (about 9.4-metre), motor-assisted voyageur canoes. These large canoes are similar to the ones used by trappers and prospectors during Alaska's Gold Rush era.
Canoeing Journey, Rocks, Coves, Islets
After a short safety briefing and paddling instructions, don your safety equipment, launch out onto the water and begin your guided, approximately 1.5-hour canoeing adventure. The rocky landscape of coves and islets makes for stunning paddling in this pristine setting. If you begin to tire or the winds pick up, a small motor on the canoes provides welcome assistance.
Narrow Channels, Nature Stop, Smoked Salmon Snack and Refreshments
Whilst exploring the narrow channels, a stop is made in a remote area for a closer look around. Following a short break, embark the large canoes to explore more of the aquamarine-coloured waters of Summit Lake. After about 1.5 hours on the water, return to the launch-point, de-gear, and enjoy a smoked salmon snack and refreshments. At the conclusion of your visit, hike from the lake to your coach and commence the approximately 45-minute drive back to the pier. En route, a photo stop at the 'Welcome to Alaska' sign.
Please note: This tour involves an extensive amount of activity and a moderate amount of walking for approximately 219 yards (about 200 metres), at times over uneven, sandy and natural surfaces, inclines and declines, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach and embark/disembark the canoe. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility, and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are advised to wear warm, comfortable clothing in layers with flat, closed-toe walking shoes, and bring sun protection, a towel and weatherproof jacket from the ship. Rubber boots, PFDs, fleece ponchos, and rain ponchos are provided. Guests must be at least eight years old to participate on this tour. Guests must bring their passport and Canadian visas (where applicable). A signed waiver is required to participate on this tour. Although frequently encountered on this type of tour, wildlife, fish and marine life sightings are not guaranteed. The tour sequence may vary. Operation of this tour is subject to weather conditions. Space on this tour is extremely limited; we suggest you book well in advance to avoid disappointment.
Experience the spectacular beauty and pioneering past of the Dyea Valley during this half-day gentle horseback ride excursion through the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park.
Scenic Skagway and Coastal Drive
Depart the pier for the approximately 35-minute sightseeing drive through charming Skagway and along the breath-taking coastline en route to a ranch in Dyea. Upon arrival, your guides review your safety instructions and help you mount your horse, then lead you on a 1.75-hour ride through the Klondike Gold Rush National Historic Park.
Klondike Gold Rush National Historic Park Horseback Ride
Along the way, your guides recount tales from Alaska's Gold Rush days, including the boom and bust of the town of Dyea. Pass by some of the few remaining signs of what was once a bustling gold rush town of 10,000 residents, including the Slide Cemetery. From here, ride out of the rainforest and onto the Dyea Flats overlooking the northern tip of the Lynn Canal. Discover why the locals come here to view wildlife such as eagles and the salmon run, soak in the serenity, and marvel at the majestic mountains, streams and Alaskan wildflowers.
Following your trail ride, relax with your guides whilst being served refreshments and Alaskan salmon pate. At the conclusion of your visit, re-board your mini-bus and commence the approximately 35-minute drive back to the pier.
Please note: This tour involves an extensive amount of activity, with approximately 50 yards (45.72 metres) of walking on natural ground, a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach and approximately 12 steps during the tour. This tour is recommended for guests in good physical condition, and is not suitable for guests with limited mobility, guests who utilise a wheelchair or women who are pregnant. Guests must be able to maintain control of the horse and balance themselves in the saddle. Warm, layered clothing, sturdy, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended. The maximum weight is 250 pounds (113 kilograms) and height restriction of 4 feet 10 inches (147 cm) to participate on this tour. A signed waiver is required to participate and operation of this tour is subject to weather conditions. Space on this tour is extremely limited; we suggest you book well in advance to avoid disappointment. This tour offers a gentle ride only.
Chilkoot Lake has something to offer the nature lover all summer long. In May, June and July, the wildflowers bloom in profusion, and bald eagles nest along the river corridor. Brown bear are often sighted in the area, feeding on grass, dandelions, and later, sockeye salmon. Just before the beginning of August, the pink or Humpback ('Humpies') salmon begin to run. This attracts brown bear, bald eagles and other wildlife to the Chilkoot River to feed. This search for bear and other river-area resident animals combines a round-trip fast ferry ride to Haines with a guided wildlife viewing tour to the Chilkoot River and Lake, and a nice picnic lunch.
Meet your guide and walk to the ferry pier. This public-service, high-speed catamaran travels along the steep-walled fjord that connects Skagway to Haines. Waterfalls stream down the cliff sides, and harbour seal and bald eagle sightings are common.
Chilkoot Lake State Park
Upon arrival in Haines, board your touring vehicle and begin the seaside drive to Chilkoot Lake State Park. This park is renowned for its turquoise lake surrounded by snow-capped mountains, important Tlingit cultural sites, and a salmon-filled river flowing into the sea. Along the way, keep an eye out for wildlife; migratory birds, brown bear, and harbour seals are often seen here.
In May, June and July, you may see bald eagles bringing food to their young on the nest, and harbour seals and sea lions chasing salmon as they work their way upstream. Beginning in August, pink salmon, the smallest and most abundant of the Pacific salmon varieties, begin their run up the Chilkoot River to spawn. Look for the male salmon, with a pronounced humpback, giving these fish the nickname of 'humpies'. Your guide, having scoped out the area prior to identify the best wildlife feeding areas, will take you to the best vantage point where river life can be observed. This is the best opportunity to see brown bear as they are often witnessed feeding along the banks of the river. Listen as your guide explains brown bear behaviours and help you to identify and spot other wildlife.
We top the tour off with our final stop at the Pilot Light Restaurant. Owner Cambria Goodwin, featured on "Cupcake Wars", serves a tasty meal featuring her signature salmon bisque soup, fresh green salad, home-baked bread and, of course, dessert. Return to the ferry terminal and re-board the high-speed catamaran for the 45-minute journey back to Skagway and your ship
Please note: This tour requires a moderate amount of walking for approximately 300 yards (275 metres); however guests must be able to embark/disembark the vehicle via steps with minimal assistance. It is not recommended for guests who utilise a wheelchair. Dress in layers and bring raingear and a camera. Ponchos will be provided if required. Spotting scopes and binoculars are also provided for guest use. Observing bears and other wildlife is the goal but cannot be guaranteed. Transportation between the ship in Skagway and Haines is via public ferry, not exclusive to Silversea, and the distance is a 45-minute ride. The ferry schedule can affect the tour duration. We appreciate your understanding. This tour is not recommended for guests under the age of 12 years.
Trek the path of those stampeders who ventured along the Chilkoot Trail in search of gold on this half-day hike and raft excursion down the Taiya River.
Board your private van at the pier and head through Skagway and drive out of town along the coast for approximately 30 minutes, to historic Dyea where your off-the-beaten-path excursion begins.
Chilkoot Trail Hike
The Chilkoot Trail, once a Tlingit trade route over the Coast Mountains, is a 33-mile (53-kilometre) trail through the Coast Mountains that leads from Dyea, Alaska, to Bennett, British Columbia. It was a major access route from the coast to Yukon goldfields in the late 1890s and today is the centre piece of the Gold Rush National Historical Park. During the Klondike Gold Rush, prospectors disembarked at the port in Dyea and used the Chilkoot Trail to head off in search of gold. Although Dyea is no longer the town it was, many animals such as brown and black bears feeding on salmon in July and August, and eagles are known to frequent this U.S. National Historic Landmark.
Begin your hike along the first two scenic miles (3.2 kilometres) of the Chilkoot Trail, now a tranquil place of incredible beauty. On this fast paced hike, walk through a rain forest alive with birds and wild flowers as your guide explains the natural history of the trail, as well as the folklore and legends of the gold-rush era.
Taiya River Float Trip
Arriving at the shore of the Taiya River, board an 18-foot (5.5 metre) inflatable raft for the relaxing trip back to Dyea. As you float along this scenic river, through the temperate rainforest, keep an eye out for the variety of fauna and flora in the valley. Although fed by small glaciers and the icefield, the water is relatively shallow. Gain a sense of what the early settlers experienced during this 40-minute trip.
Following the river voyage, come ashore to enjoy a light snack before the return drive to Skagway.
Please note: This tour is suggested for guests in good physical condition able to walk for approximately 2.5 miles (4 kilometres) over unpaved and uneven terrain with a 350-foot (over 100-metre) elevation gain. Total time on the river is approximately 30-40 minutes. This tour is not recommended for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair, or guests who exceed 350 pounds (158 kilos). Dress in layers, wear comfortable hiking shoes, and bring insect repellent and an extra pair of socks. Rubber boots, life jacket (for rafting), trekking poles and rain gear are provided where needed. Guests must sign a waiver to participate. Space is extremely limited; we suggest you book in advance to avoid disappointment.
Experience the world-famous Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve, home to nesting bald eagles and offering visitors the greatest likelihood of sighting wildlife in their natural habitat in Southeast Alaska. Travel to Haines on and embark on a river cruise that provides an up-close look at the flora and fauna surrounding the water's edge.
Meet your guide as you disembark the ship and walk the short distance, about 125 yards (120 metres) to the Fast Ferry Terminal, where you board a catamaran with your knowledgeable naturalist guide providing details of the history of the Lynn Canal and Haines. Keep an eye out for any marine life that may be seen along the way.
Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve
The world-famous Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve is 48,000 acres (19,425 hectare) of river bottom wilderness established to protect and perpetuate the world's largest concentration of bald eagles and their critical habitat. Virtually every portion of the preserve is used by eagles at some time during the year.
Upon arrival in Haines, board your touring bus for the 30-minute drive to the river 'put-in' location. After a brief orientation, receive any necessary outerwear, depending on the weather, and climb aboard an 18-foot (5.5 metres) inflatable raft for a peaceful rafting trip down-river, the best way to see the preserve.
Travel along the different channels of the Chilkat River during your 1.5-2-hour river float. Admire the scenery in the heart of the Preserve that includes towering mountains, cascading waterfalls, hanging glacial ice and unspoiled wilderness. Bring extra jackets to keep you warm and dry on your adventure.
At the conclusion of your riverboat adventure, disembark your raft at the landing area for a picnic style lunch and hot drinks on the riverside.
The touring bus then returns you to the fast ferry pier to board your catamaran for the ride back to Skagway.
Please note: This tour requires a minimal amount of walking for approximately 1000 feet (304 metres); however, guests must be able to embark/disembark the vehicles via steps and manoeuvre in and out of an inflatable raft with minimal assistance. Actual time on the river is approximately 2 hours. Raft is manoeuvred by guide with oars and does not require guests to paddle or row. This tour is not suitable for women who are past 20 weeks of pregnancy, guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. The minimum participant age is 7 years. The maximum weight limit is 350 pounds (158 kilograms) in order to comfortably fit in the raft. Dress warmly in layers; bring a hat, gloves and extra socks and a warm jacket. Life jackets, ponchos and rubber boots are provided. The sighting of wildlife cannot be guaranteed. Transportation between the ship in Skagway and Haines is via public ferry, not exclusive to Silversea and the distance is a 45-minute ride. The ferry schedule can affect the tour duration. Lunch is served picnic style on the riverside. We appreciate your understanding. There is no white-water rafting on this tour. The order of sights may vary.
Leave all traces of civilisation behind and experience the infinite beauty of Alaska's remote glaciers during this memorable helicopter adventure and glacier discovery.
Depart the pier for the brief transfer to the heliport. Following a safety video, you are outfitted with boots and vests prior to boarding the helicopter. After lift-off from the historic Skagway waterfront, your flight proceeds over a rugged region of mountains, majestic valleys, and massive glaciers.
Flight routes and landing zones are selected daily based on prevailing weather forecast to ensure that you see the finest vistas the area has to offer. Among the many wonders to see are the jagged peaks towering over the Chilkat Glacier, cascading waterfalls surrounding the Ferebee Glacier and the spectacular Meade Glacier, the 'river of ice'.
Upon arrival at your glacial destination, experience the rare opportunity to explore one of Mother Nature's greatest marvels during a guided, approximately 40-minute glacier walk. Along the way, experienced glacier guides will answer your questions and explain the awesome forces at work beneath your feet.
Following your visit, re-board your helicopter for the approximately 20-minute flight back to the heliport. After turning in your gear, your tour concludes with a transfer to the ship.
Please note: This tour requires guests to walk a minimum of 200 feet (60 metres), and has a moderate amount of walking for the duration of the tour. Guests must be able to climb in and out of the helicopter via (13 inch) steps with minimal assistance. The walk on the glacier involves uneven, otentially slippery, snowy terrain. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. Operation of this tour is weather dependent and may be cancelled on short notice. The total flight time is approximately 40 minutes, with approximately 40 minutes spent on the glacier. These times will vary depending on weather and glacial conditions. Due to weight and balance limitations, as well as individual safety and comfort, passengers dressed in outdoor gear and weighing 250 pounds (113 kilograms/18 stone) or more will be charged an additional $120 to reserve adequate space on board the helicopter. Seating is based on weight distribution and is assigned at the pilot's discretion. For security purposes, no bags, IPads/tablets, GoPro selfie sticks, drones are allowed on the flight. A secure place is provided at TEMSCO headquarters to store personal items. You should dress in layers, including a hat and gloves, for the varying weather conditions; umbrellas are not permitted. Safety vest and glacier boots are provided. Space is extremely limited; we suggest you book in advance to avoid disappointment. Due to the limited capacity and high demand for this tour, it is non-refundable unless cancelled by 12:00 p.m. on the day after embarkation.
Ride the historic White Pass & Yukon Route Railroad and explore the crystal clear waters of a glacially-carved lake by kayak on this half-day adventure that offers a look at this scenic part of Alaska from both the land and the water.
Board the transfer vehicle at the pier and head out of town to the White Pass Depot. Meet your guide who will provide a brief orientation before you board your train car, bound for Fraser, British Columbia, Canada.
White Pass & Yukon Route Railroad
Take your seat aboard the 'scenic railway of the world', whose route was carved out of the rugged Coastal Mountains. This 27.7-mile (44-kilometres) ride is truly unforgettable, complete with impressive views of waterfalls, trestles, mountains, glaciers, and the original 'trail of '98'. Experience the beauty of the White Pass summit and the wilds of the Canadian Highlands before disembarking at Lake Bernard.
Kayaking on Lake Bernard
The next stage of your adventure begins with a 'gear grab' and instruction in the use of stable, state-of-the-art, two-person kayaks. Paddle across the cold, pristine waters that the gold field stampeders plied more than 100 years ago to reach the gold fields of the Yukon. Marvel at the unobstructed views of this true alpine wilderness, complemented by the scenery of snow-capped mountains that rise in all directions. The experienced, knowledgeable, and professional guide will answer your questions about the gold rush, natural history, flora, and fauna. Keep an eye out for bear, mountain goat, moose, and eagles amid the alpine terrain of the Tormented Valley.
After paddling, enjoy a light snack before boarding a motor coach for your return drive along the scenic Klondike Highway to Skagway.
Since this excursion enters Canada, participants of all nationalities must bring their passport.
Please note: This tour involves kayaking for up to 2 miles (3.6 km) and is recommended only for guests in good physical condition and able to paddle for approximately 1-1.5 hours. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility, those utilise a wheelchair or those whose waist size exceeds 42" (106 cm). It is not recommended for guests under the age of 9. Guests must sign a waiver to participate. Dress in layers and wear footwear that can get wet. Rain gear, hat, hand warmers, life jacket & spray skirt are all provided. The sighting of wildlife cannot be guaranteed. Tour will operate in reverse order on some dates with the train ride following the kayaking activities instead of preceding them. Guests requiring a Canadian visa to travel on this cruise must have a multiple entry visa for Canada to participate on this tour.
The Davidson glacier is one of the geological highlights of the Skagway-Haines area. See the face of this sprawling glacier as you journey by wildlife viewing boat and canoe through deep fjords and rain forest, dotted by colourful wildflowers and surrounded by immense mountains.
From the pier, a short drive takes you to the Skagway Small Boat Harbour. Board a wildlife viewing boat for the cruise along Alaska's deepest fjord. During your 75-minute ride, keep an eye out for whales and sea lions en route to Glacier Point.
Upon arrival, transfer to a safari bus for a narrated ride to the trailhead, to begin a 20-minute walk over the moraine towards Davidson Lake. As you approach your destination, the forest suddenly opens to a breath taking view of the glacier, across a lake.
At the shore of the lake, board a 31-foot (9.4-metre) canoe for a 1-1.5-hour journey of discovery to the face of the mighty Davidson Glacier. Paddle and motor across the lake and around the ice and shoreline. Throughout the canoe voyage, your guide shares his knowledge of this incredible landscape. The glacier provides a wonderful backdrop for any photographs.
At the conclusion of your paddling adventure, hike back to the awaiting safari bus and enjoy lunch at Glacier Point before the return boat ride to Skagway. Your outing concludes with the drive back to Silver Shadow.
Please note: This tour requires a extensive amount of walking up to 3 miles, some of which is over uneven terrain. This tour is not recommended for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. It is not recommended for women who are pregnant past 20 weeks. The transfer to Glacier Point via catamaran is not exclusive to Silversea guests. Paddling is not strenuous and is shared by up to 10 guests per canoe. Dress warmly in layers, wear comfortable, sturdy walking shoes and bring an extra pair of socks. Rubber boots, life vest and rain gear are provided. Guests must sign a waiver to participate. Guests must be at least 7 years old or 50 pounds (22.7 kilos) in order to participate. Participation is extremely limited.
Indulge your senses with the breath taking natural beauty of Alaska during this exhilarating, half-day zip line excursion.
Scenic Skagway, Coastal and Mountain Drive
Depart the pier for the approximately 35-minute sightseeing drive through historic downtown Skagway, then along nine miles (about 14 kilometres) of stunning coastline en route to Dyea. Upon arrival at the unimog base, board your customised all-wheel-drive unimog and proceed up the rugged mountain road, which offers stunning views of impressive rainforest and glacially-fed waterfalls.
Zip Line Tour
At the top of the mountain, your guides review your safety and tour instructions, and outfit you with state-of-the-art safety gear. Afterward, you are led to the take-off zone to clip in and begin your zip line experience. Soar through a course of 11 zip lines, the longest measuring 750 feet (228 metres), and stop by any of four suspension bridges for an opportunity to photograph your magnificent surroundings. In addition, pass directly above the glacially-fed waterfalls and feel their mist as you zoom by.
The zip line tour moves at speeds of up to 45 miles per hour (about 72 kilometres per hour); however, more cautious adventurers can always control their speed with a brake system. After completing the course, re-board your unimog for the ride back down to the bottom of the mountain then commence the approximately 40-minute transfer back to the pier.
Please note: This tour involves an extensive amount of activity, with approximately 0.5 miles (about 804 metres) of walking on natural, uneven ground, a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach and unimog, and 50 steps during the tour. This tour is recommended for guests in good physical condition, and is not suitable for pregnant guests, guests with limited mobility, guests with back and/or neck problems, and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Warm, layered clothing, sturdy, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended. Guests must be at least 50 pounds (23 kilograms) and the maximum weight is 265 pounds (120 kilograms) to participate on this tour. A signed waiver is required. Operation of this tour is subject to weather conditions. Space is extremely limited; we suggest you book well in advance to avoid disappointment.
See Alaska through the eyes of a professional photographer and through the lens of your camera on this photography tour. This tour combines a catamaran cruise and scenic drive with photography instruction.
Cradled at the base of the Chilkat Peninsula, flanked by the Lynn Fjord and Chilkat River, Haines is filled with natural wonders. Your expert photographer guide will acquaint you with the best of the Chilkat Valley's unique attractions. Depending on the lighting and weather, different locations in the Chilkat Valley boast specific photographic highlights. Your professional photographer guide will have previously scouted out the best areas for the day's photo shoot. May, June, and July feature wildflowers and bald eagles. In August and September, brown bear are often feeding on pink salmon in the Chilkoot River.
High Speed Catamaran
Begin with a journey by the high-speed, public ferry catamaran along the steep-walled fjord that connects Skagway to Haines. Waterfalls stream down the cliff sides, and harbour seal and bald eagle sightings are common.
Chilkoot Lake State Park
Upon arrival in Haines, begin with a seaside drive to Chilkoot Lake State Park. This park is renowned for its turquoise lake surrounded by snow-capped mountains, important Tlingit cultural sites, and a salmon-filled river flowing into the sea. Keep an eye out for wildlife; migratory birds, brown bear, and harbour seals are often seen here.
Letnikof Cannery Cove
Your exploration continues as you venture out of town and south along the mouth of the Chilkat River en route to the picturesque salmon cannery at Letnikof Cove. The Rainbow Glacier provides a stunning backdrop to the weathered red buildings of the historic cannery.
After enjoying a delicious boxed lunch, make your way back to the ferry pier to board the high-speed catamaran. The 45-minute journey returns you to Skagway and the awaiting ship.
Please note: This tour requires a moderate amount of walking to reach the best vantage points, some of which is over uneven or unpaved terrain. It is not recommended for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. This tour is designed with an emphasis on photography and is led by a local professional photographer. Participants must provide all photographic equipment; experience in photography is not necessary. Dress in layers, bring raingear and a day pack to protect your equipment, and wear sturdy footwear. Ponchos and tripods can be provided if required. Capturing wildlife images is one of the goals but cannot be guaranteed. Transportation between the ship in Skagway and Haines is via public ferry, not exclusive to Silversea, and the distance is a 45-minute ride. The ferry schedule can affect the tour duration. We appreciate your understanding. The minimum participant age is 12 years.
Experience the land of the Klondike prospectors with a unique look from the air and the rails on this half-day excursion. A scenic helicopter flight to glacially-carved valleys, followed by a hike along the raging Skagway River, ending with a trip on the historic and scenic White Pass railway back to Skagway makes for a truly special Alaskan adventure.
Depart the pier with your passport in hand, travel to the heli-port and watch a safety video before gearing-up to board your helicopter. The approximate 15-minute flight over the Juneau Icefield offers stunning scenery and gives you a true sense of the immense size and power of this glacial wonder. The mountains, valleys, and the ice field are rugged yet majestic. Touch down at Glacier Station, leave your aircraft and prepare for the hiking portion of your excursion.
Tongass National Forest Hike
Set off with your guide on a trail that winds through the Tongass National Forest. Your 3 to 5-mile (5 to 8-kilometre) trek takes you along the remote upper Skagway River and through a pristine old-growth, coastal, temperate rain forest on your way to view the magnificent Laughton Glacier. Your guide provides information about the region's unique natural history, plants, and animals throughout your journey, allowing plenty of time for wildlife viewing and photographs. Bears, mountain goats, moose, and other forest creatures call the Laughton Valley home.
White Pass & Yukon Route Railroad
Returning to Glacier Station, board the White Pass & Yukon Route Railroad for the 14.1-mile (22.5-kilometre) scenic ride back to Skagway, while enjoying a cooler of 'backcountry' snacks en route. Listen as the guides share information about the train and its history. They are there to answer any questions during the 50-minute train ride back to Skagway.
Return to the pier having truly experienced the Klondike.
This excursion does not enter Canada; however participants of all nationalities must bring their passport.
Please note: This tour involves hiking for 4-5 miles (6.4-8 kilometres) and is recommended only for guests in good physical condition and able to hike for up to 3 hours over unpaved and uneven terrain, with a nominal elevation gain. It does not involve hiking on the glacier itself. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or those utilise a wheelchair. Guests must sign a waiver to participate. Distance hiked is dependent upon trail selected by the guide after assessing the group capabilities. Dress in layers and wear comfortable hiking boots with good ankle support. Rain gear and other items such as insect repellent, hats, gloves, trekking poles are provided. Due to weight restrictions on the helicopter, no bags are permitted, only a camera. The sighting of wildlife cannot be guaranteed. Operation of this tour is weather dependent and it may be cancelled on short notice. The total flight time is approximately 15 minutes. Due to weight and balance limitations, as well as guest safety and comfort, seating is at the discretion of the pilot and guests weighing 250 pounds (113 kilograms/18 stone) or more will be charged an additional half-fare to reserve adequate space on board the helicopter. This tour is not recommended for children under the age of 9.
Embrace your sense of adventure and Alaska's breathtaking natural beauty during this exhilarating helicopter flightseeing and dog sledding excursion.
Depart the pier for the brief transfer to the heliport. Following a safety video, you are outfitted with boots and vests prior to boarding the aircraft. Once airborne, soar over the stunning glaciers and snowfields for approximately 20 minutes before landing at the dog camp located on the Denver Glacier.
Upon arrival, become acquainted with the world of 'mushing' and dog-sledding during a unique meeting with professional mushers and their friendly dogs. During your hour-long stay on the surface of the ice field and on your dog-sledding trek, observe the pristine beauty of your surroundings while seated on the sled or standing with a musher.
Following this truly authentic Alaskan adventure, commence your scenic flight back to Skagway. Upon arrival at the heliport, re-board your awaiting van for the return drive to the pier.
Please note: This tour requires a minimal amount of walking and a moderate amount of standing; however, guests must be able to climb in and out of the helicopter via 13 to 15 inches steps. The walk on the glacier involves uneven, potentially slippery, snowy terrain. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. Sleds carry two persons. Operation of this tour is weather dependent and it may be cancelled on short notice. The total flight time is approximately 30 minutes, with approximately 1 hour spent on the glacier at the dog camp. These times will vary depending on weather and glacial conditions. Due to weight and balance limitations, as well as individual safety and comfort, passengers dressed in outdoor gear and weighing 250 pounds (113 kilograms/18 stone) or more will be charged an additional $120 to reserve adequate space on board the helicopter. Seating is based on weight distribution and is assigned at the pilot's discretion. For security purposes bags, IPads/tablets, drones or GoPro selfie sticks are not allowed on the flight. A secure place is provided at TEMSCO headquarters to store personal items. Guests should dress in layers, including a hat and gloves, for the varying weather conditions; umbrellas are not permitted. Glacier boots are provided. Guests must sign a waiver to participate. Space is extremely limited; we suggest you book in advance to avoid disappointment. Dog camps close at the end of August therefore this tour is not available on September 3rd or 10th, 2018. There is a possibility the camp will close earlier and guests will be notified if this affects any more departures. Due to the limited capacity and high demand for this tour, it is non-refundable unless cancelled by 12:00 p.m. on the day after embarkation.
Set out with a professional guide and naturalist on a sea kayak paddling adventure in one of Alaska's most pristine and treasured places in Haines.
Ferry Ride to Haines
Your journey begins with a short 45-minute high-speed catamaran cruise along North America's longest and deepest fjord to Haines where you will enjoy spectacular glaciers and historic commentary as your guide points out marine wildlife - watch for whales!
Upon arrival to Haines you will be greeted by your professional guide for the salt water kayak trip of a lifetime. The 2-person kayaks will be set up on the beach; a short 5-minute walk from the ferry pier at Portage Cove. Here we will choose from a variety of beautiful ocean paddles depending on current sea conditions and weather. Depending on the current weather conditions and for the safety of the guests, an alternate kayaking location on Chilkoot Lake will be substituted. This is a fresh water kayak experience sheltered by mountains and remains quite calm.
Your guides will outfit you with a personal flotation device, spray skirt & ponchos if needed. A short but informative safety presentation and introduction to the kayaks will take place before setting off and paddling. You will be on the water for approximately 2-3 hours with the dramatic backdrop of the Chilkat Mountains. No previous experience is necessary and expert guides will make everyone quickly at ease.
Next, return to the private beachside shelter for a waterside picnic lunch and some time to rest.
You tour concludes with a 45-minute ferry ride back to Skagway. Re-board the ship or walk to town for some more exploration.
Please Note: This tour requires an extensive amount of activity and is only suggested for guests in good physical condition. It includes approximately 2-3 hours of paddling and is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. Paddle, Spray Skirt, Personal Flotation Device, rain gear & rubber boots are provided. We recommend guests dress warm and in layers and bring extra pair of socks. Guests are welcome to bring binoculars and a camera on the kayak. Guest over 6'8" (2.03 metres) or 300 pounds (136 Kilograms) may not fit comfortably in the kayak. This tour is not recommended for guests under 8 years old. Alternate kayaking site may be substituted depending on weather conditions. Wildlife sightings cannot be guaranteed.
Savour the site of the Klondike on this adventure via road and rail through history. Visit the highlights of Skagway, enjoy an early lunch at an organic show-piece garden, and venture on the trails of those who sought gold.
Begin your journey right from the dock as you tour to the historic downtown White Pass Yukon Route train depot. Please remember to bring your passport.
White Pass & Yukon Railroad
Board the world-famous White Pass & Yukon Route railroad to climb to the 2,885-foot (879-metre) summit of White Pass. This iron trail was built through some of North America's most rugged terrain and still operates over 100 years later. Ride aboard an old-fashioned rail car and enjoy a breath-taking panorama of mountains, glaciers, gorges, waterfalls, tunnels, trestles, and historic sites from the comfort of your vintage rail cars.
Once in Fraser, British Columbia a short scenic drive brings you to the famous Suspension Bridge. Here venture out onto the walkway of the Suspension Bridge, high above the churning rapids of the Tutshi River. The outdoor museum and interpretive centre allows you to learn about the plants, animals, and geological make-up of this unique region. Take in the breathtaking scenery from an overlook platform, view the giant 3D map of the region, and marvel at the hand-built replicas of historic Klondike-era gold rush boats whilst learning about the people of the Yukon Territory.
Leaving the Suspension Bridge, re-board your comfortable touring coach for the journey down the scenic Klondike Highway. Travelling down the west side of the White Pass Canyon, your driver/guide will regale you with stories of the prospectors who trekked through the pass in search of gold. Stop at picturesque points including the Tormented Valley and Pitchfork Falls on your way to visit the magnificent Jewell Gardens.
Cross the Skagway River and arrive at the beautiful Jewell Gardens. This organic show garden dazzles with thousands of tulips in the early season, giant delphiniums mid-summer and an abundance of flowers and produce during the harvest. Upon arrival, you are escorted to your lunch venue to savour a seasonal soup, salad, quiche, and freshly-baked dessert. The ingredients for your meal come from the edible landscape surrounding you. After your lunch, the guide shows off the immaculately groomed herb, flower, and vegetable gardens and the elaborate miniature railroad display depicting an 1898 Skagway.
Upon your arrival back in Skagway if you prefer, and time permitting, remain in town to enjoy the sights and return to Silver Shadow independently.
Since this excursion enters Canada, participants of all nationalities must bring their passport.
Please note: This tour requires a moderate amount of walking to view all of the sights; however, much of it is at your discretion. This tour is suitable for guests with limited mobility and those who utilize a wheelchair however wheelchairs are not able to cross the suspension bridge. Guests requiring transportation in a wheelchair lift-equipped vehicle should e-mail ShoreConcierge@silversea.com to reserve. Guests are not required to cross the suspension bridge. Guests requiring a Canadian visa to travel on this cruise must have a multiple entry visa for Canada to participate on this tour. Space is limited; we suggest you book in advance to avoid disappointment. The tour sequence may vary on this tour depending on arrival time in port.
Discover adventurous Alaska via razor style ATV on this exhilarating 6.5 hour excursion with scenic mountain, river and wildlife viewing opportunities abound.
Your adventure begins with a high-speed catamaran ride from Skagway to Haines. This catamaran ferries you along the deepest and longest Fjord in North America. Relax and enjoy the 45-minute ferry ride as sea life and nature abounds. There are regular sightings of eagles, seals, sea lion and whales.
Your knowledgeable guide will meet you at the dock in Haines. A scenic 26-mile drive along the National Scenic Byway and through the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve brings you to our remote staging area.
At the staging area, you'll receive an orientation and safety briefing on our Razor-style ATVs (Razor-style Side-by-sides) from your guides. Guests wishing to drive must be at least 21 years old and bring a valid driver's license. Driving is on a rotational basis to allow everyone to participate. There are a combination of 2-person and 4-person machines to accommodate varying group sizes and families. There are several spots along the tour where we can swap drivers to give everyone some time at the wheel. The ATVs are automatic transmission and drive similarly to a car for ease of operation. These high-performance ATVs are fun to drive and a great way to explore the Alaska wilderness.
Over the next 15 miles of gravel road, your guide will lead you through a series of remote areas and you'll explore the wilds of Alaska! As you drive along beaver ponds and mountain meadows you may spot swans, salmon, eagles, bears or moose along the way. You'll cross over Little Salmon creek and ascend to a series of viewpoints overlooking the Klehini, Tsirku and Chilkat River Valleys.
From our high point, you'll enjoy a picnic lunch while you bask in the surrounding mountain views. After lunch, you'll descend the mountain and make your way back to our private staging area before returning by bus back to Haines.
From Haines, you will be transported back to the fast ferry and on to Skagway. While onboard, you will be treated to the surrounding beauty of the Lynn Canal as you zoom back to your ship.
Please Note: This tour requires a moderate amount of activity for approximately 183 metres (200 yards) at the dock and fast ferry terminal. It is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. The ramp to/from the fast ferry can be very steep depending on tide levels at time of departure. There is some optional walking during the tour if guests wish to exit the ATVs at photo stops and overlooks. ATV trail is uneven, natural terrain therefore it is not recommended for guests who suffer from motion sickness, those with back/neck problems or pregnant women. A waiver is required to participate and guests who wish to drive must be 21 years of age or older, have a valid driver license and wear closed toed shoes in order to operate the ATV. Due to the seatbelt system in the ATV's, guests must be over 12 years of age and between 22.6 - 136 kilograms (3.5 - 21 stone / 50 - 300 pounds) in order to participate. We strongly recommend guests wear closed toed shoes (if they want to drive), wear layers to keep warm and bring a light rain jacket. Helmets are provided. In the event of rain, the picnic style lunch will be relocated to a covered/indoor location.
Cast a line amidst the magnificent beauty of Chilkoot Lake, a summertime haven for fishermen, on this private half-day tour.
From Skagway, your adventure begins aboard a high-speed catamaran for a 45-minute scenic cruise along North America's longest and deepest fjord to Haines. Enjoy spectacular views of waterfalls and ice-sculpted peaks as your guide provides informative commentary and points out marine wildlife.
On arrival in Haines, board your private vehicle and enjoy an approximate 30-minute scenic drive to Chilkoot Lake, one of the most picturesque locations in southeast Alaska. Enjoy some time fishing aboard a private boat surrounded by majestic waterfalls, forest and snow clad mountain peaks and Sitka spruce. Chilkoot Lake offers some the best fishing in southeast Alaska with four salmon runs a year from June to October. The lake is home to four of the five salmon species found in Alaska waters as well as Dolly Varden (a type of char) and cutthroat and steelhead trout. The unique waters of Chilkoot Lake are the perfect habitat for these fish. The cold, clear waters of the swiftly moving creeks created by melting ice fields on the surrounding mountains are ideal for salmon spawning beds.
Every guest is in control of their own spin-cast rod and reel. Your experienced guide assists with everything from new fishing methods to untangling your lines while you relax and absorb the grandeur of the surrounding snow-clad mountains. Fishing is conducted on a catch-and-release basis. It's an experience suitable for fishermen of all skill levels and a time to truly commune with nature. Refreshments will be provided on board.
At the conclusion of your fishing adventure, enjoy the fast ferry ride back to Skagway to re-join the ship or stay in downtown Skagway for some shopping.
Please note: The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle/vessel. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. The price for this tour is for parties of up to 6 guests. This tour requires a minimal to moderate amount of walking for approximately 880 yards (805 metres) with approximately 3 steps to manage, and some gravel surfaces in the parking area. The harbour ramp varies in difficulty as it is dependent on the tides. This tour is suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair however guests must be able to get on/off the vehicle with minimal assistance. Dress warmly in layers and wear comfortable non-slip shoes, a hat and sunglasses. Some rain gear and lap blankets are available if needed. The minimum age requirement for this tour is 5 years old. Total fishing time is approximately 3 hours. Catch cannot be brought to the ship.
Cycle through a portion of the Klondike Gold Rush National Historic Park, all while experiencing the natural beauty and history of the Taiya River Valley, during this 3 hour bicycle excursion.
Meet your guide on the pier and board the transfer van for the approximately 25-minute narrated drive out towards the former gold rush boomtown of Dyea. Once the staging area for the trek along the Chilkoot Trail and into the Yukon; Dyea was Skagway's rival city. Today, nature has reclaimed the land, leaving only ghosts of its Gold Rush past. On its place now stands a lush rainforest, which is home to an array of natural beauty. Your driver takes you along the spectacular coast of the inlet, to the beginning of the historic Chilkoot Trail.
After gearing-up and a safety briefing, follow your professional guide, versed in the ecology and history of the area, on a bike route, covering approximately five miles (eight kilometres). The terrain is relatively flat, allowing for easy pedalling.
Ride through the rainforest, visit historic ruins, the Chilkoot trailhead and the coastal tidal flats where eagles, salmon, colourful wildflowers, and dazzling mountains are often in view. Stop for a close-up look or photos of some of the sights along the way. This tour is ideal for those seeking mild exercise in the fresh Alaskan air.
After approximately an hour and a half, dismount your bike and re-board the transfer vehicle for the drive back to the pier.
Please note: This tour requires pedalling a bicycle with handbrakes for approximately 1.5 hours / 5-6 miles (9 kilometres) on negotiating rough sections of dirt road and trails on mostly flat terrain. It is recommended only for those guests who are physically fit and is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. Dress warmly in layers and wear closed-toe shoes; rain gear, mandatory helmets, and gloves are provided. Guests must sign a waiver to participate. Participants must be a minimum of 10 years of age, a minimum of 54 inches (137 centimetres) in height and weigh less than 250 pounds (113.39 kilograms/17.85 stone). Space is limited.
Boost your adrenaline on this exhilarating climbing adventure over the smooth granite walls of the White Pass. Climbs are available for all abilities and no experience is required. None of the climbing is mandatory, and all guests will enjoy the cliff-side snack and stunning views.
Depart the pier and enjoy a short interpretive drive through historic Skagway en-route for the White Pass Mountain. From the Klondike Highway, you'll hike for approximately 300 feet (91.5 metres) to the base of majestic rock cliffs. Here you will don rock climbing shoes, helmets and harnesses.
After a brief climbing introduction from the guides, your professional mountain guide will rope you up on one of more than a dozen routes from which to choose from, some are easy and some are much more challenging, but all offer stunning views of the Skagway River, the White Pass & Yukon Route Railroad, and the surrounding wilderness.
Additionally, you can experience rappelling down the high cliffs. This adventure is perfect for those looking for a first climbing experience, but also for experienced climbers.
At the conclusion of the tour walk back down the trail to your awaiting vehicle for the return drive to Skagway. On arrival re-board the ship or walk to town to continue your adventures.
Please Note: This tour requires an extensive amount of activity/climbing and is not recommended for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. Approximate climbing time is 2.5 Hours with 600 feet (183 metres) of hiking. Guests with pre-existing injuries may not participate in the climbing portion of the tour. Harnesses accommodate up to 52 inches (132 cm) waist and there is a maximum 300 pound (136 kilos) weight restriction. This tour is not recommended for guests under 6 years old. Climbing shoes, waist harness and helmet are provided. We recommend guests wear closed toed shoes and warm layered clothing. GoPro cameras are available to rent on location for an additional cost at the guests expense.
Join your costumed conductor for an historic journey through Skagway's Gold Rush past during this exclusive, award-winning sightseeing tour aboard an authentic 1927 streetcar.
Once the only way to see Skagway, the original streetcar used during this tour is as much a part of Skagway's story as the streets it travels on and the tales it tells.
Depart the pier aboard a streetcar for a sightseeing tour of Skagway.
Your streetcar proceeds around the waterfront, along the boardwalks of the downtown area's Historic District and up to the Scenic Overlook for panoramic views of the town, ship, and surrounding peaks.
Gold Rush Cemetery
En route, your costumed conductor provides an engaging narrative about the harsh Skagway winters and small town life in Alaska. There will be a stop to explore the Gold Rush Cemetery and take photographs of the re-enacted Soapy Smith gunfight. Next, your streetcar passes through the residential neighborhoods of Skagway, the 'Garden City of Alaska', view historic homes, churches, city school and Alaska's most famous resident, the childhood home of Gov. Sarah Palin
Your unique sightseeing tour via streetcar concludes back at the pier.
Please note: This tour involves minimal walking; however, guests must be able to embark/disembark the streetcar via steps. Umbrellas are provided during inclement weather. The tour sequence may vary. Participation is limited.
Experience Skagway's most scenic and historic locales on this private, guided adventure.
Depart the pier with your personal driver/guide, and begin your self-guided sightseeing tour of Skagway via a rugged yet plush Hummer H2. You can select from among personal points of interest, tour options or recommendations from your driver/guide whilst proceeding at your own pace. Either way, your driver/guide acts as your personal concierge, and is at your service throughout the excursion. A Visa may be required for sites outside of the US border.
Your tour concludes back at the pier to re-join the ship, or choose to be dropped off in town and make your own way back to the ship at a later time.
Please note: This tour is sold by the vehicle and charges may be split once on board. Entrance fees, meals, beverages, gratuities are not included in the cost of the tour and are at the guests own expense. The Hummer will seat up to 3 people comfortably. This tour is suitable for guests with limited mobility however not for those who utilise a wheelchair.
Complete your Alaskan adventure by experiencing an exhilarating sled ride pulled by a team of powerful Alaskan Huskies, learning about this great outdoors sport from seasoned mushers, and admiring the natural wonders of Alaska during a train ride on an old-fashioned narrow-gauge railroad.
Begin your adventure trip with an entertaining historic tour through downtown Skagway and along 9 miles (14.5 kilometers) of stunning coastline as the tour heads to the Musher's Camp in Dyea. This authentic dog sledding summer camp is home to many mushers who bring their dogs here for training in anticipation of winter activities. Some of these mushers and their team of huskies have competed in such world-renowned races as the Iditarod and Yukon Quest.
Unimog Ride and Dog Sled Adventure
Board a specialised Unimog vehicle that will take you from the camp up a rugged mountain road, surrounded by glacially fed streams and waterfalls. At the top, you are greeted by a musher who will direct you to a custom-designed, wheeled summertime sled with a team of very excited Alaskan Huskies. Feel the power of these strong dogs as they whisk your wheeled sled down a mile-long (1.6 kilometer-long) zigzagging trail deep into the Tongass National Rainforest. Take lead of your team of dogs and climb back onto the Unimog for an adventurous trip to the breathtaking overlook of the Dyea tidal flats. Depending on the month, you may be able to spot eagles, bears, seals, wild flowers and snow-capped mountains.
Following your Unimog ride a light lunch will be included, then you are invited to a "Kennel Talk," during which you will be introduced to frequently asked questions about Alaska's state sport. Experienced staff or mushers will share fascinating facts and welcome any questions you may have. There will be an opportunity to spend time with the puppies. Your affections shown to these adorable puppies actually help in the development of social habits, essential for the racing success of these future athletes. A crackling fire, complimentary drinks and a look in the unique gift shop round out your visit in this spectacular Alaskan setting.
White Pass & Yukon Route Railroad
Next, you are off to an unforgettable journey along the world-famous narrow-gauge White Pass & Yukon Route Railroad. This iron trail was built more than 100 years ago through some of the North's most rugged terrain. Board an old-fashioned train car and follow the eastern side of the White Pass to the 2,885-foot (880 meters) summit, retracing the original route beyond the summit of White Pass. The train passes through breathtaking scenery while you learn about the history of the gold rush era. Upon reaching Fraser, British Columbia, leave the train and switch to a motor coach for the journey down the west side of the White Pass canyon. Listen as your driver/guide regales you with stories of the stampeders who trekked through the canyon in search of gold. You will pass such picturesque points as the Tormented Valley and Pitchfork Falls.
Conclude your Alaskan adventure back in Skagway, taking with you lasting memories of awe-inspiring wilderness, new-found mushing expertise and an encounter with the legendary Alaskan Huskies.
Since this excursion enters Canada, participants of all nationalities must bring their passport.
Please note: This tour involves a limited amount of walking/standing, mainly at the guest's discretion, as well as approximately 12 steps to negotiate. It is available to guests who utilize a collapsible wheelchair, are able to make their own way on and off the coach, Unimog and train car, and have a companion to assist them. Guests with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Layers of weather appropriate clothing that is suited for the outdoors and flat, comfortable walking shoes are suggested. Guests should be prepared for the possibility of rain. The tour may operate in reverse order.
Explore Alaska's Gold Rush past and spectacular natural beauty in style during this exclusive journey aboard the world-renowned White Pass & Yukon Route Railroad.
White Pass & Yukon Route
Depart the pier by coach for the brief drive to the railway station. Climb aboard the legendary 'Scenic Railway of the World' for an exclusive on the rails adventure through Skagway's White Pass & Yukon Route. From the comfort of your vintage rail car, you can take in breathtaking panoramic vistas of mountains, gorges, waterfalls, tunnels, trestles, and historic sites. Also included is a full commentary about the history of the Gold Rush and how this railroad became an International Historic Civil Engineering Landmark.
White Pass Summit
The White Pass Summit, the international boundary between the United States and Canada, is reached after a 20.4-mile (32.6-kilometre) journey. At the Summit, trains meet, with their engines re-positioning to the opposite ends of the carriages. At the summit, receive a brass ornament of membership certifying your entry into the 'White Pass Summit Club', one of Alaska's most elite clubs. Exchange seats at this point to enjoy the views from the opposite vantage.
Then, commence the return 90-minute southbound journey back to Skagway, where the coach awaits to return you to the ship
Please note: This tour requires a minimal amount of walking for approximately 300 feet (92 metres) with three steps to embark/disembark the train. A wheelchair-lift carriage may be arranged with advanced notice to ShoreConcierge@Silversea.com. Scooters cannot be accommodated. Silversea guests will have exclusive train cars, subject to a minimum number of participants. Guests will not get off the train at the summit.
Bask in the stunning scenery of the White Pass Mountains and the surrounding area on this half-day tour, accompanied by a local and highly knowledgeable guide.
Depart the pier for the approximate 1.5 hour drive to the summit. The dramatic scenery of the White Pass summit soon surrounds you. This is a wonderland of impressive mountains, azure lakes and stunted forests. The pace is unhurried; you will have ample time to enjoy the view with stops at choice scenic locations.
Once past the summit a stop will be made to visit the Yukon Suspension Bridge where you can venture out onto the bridge to get stunning views of the turbulent waters of the Tutshi River below. Once here you will learn the about Gold Rush history and the natural history of the area. Walk along the boardwalk and immerse yourself in the miniature world of alpine wildflowers. After the walk, relax with a bison chili lunch served in the dining room with guaranteed cliff-side seating.
Next, meander back to Skagway with additional scenic stops and a visit to the Gold Rush Cemetery and Lower Reid Falls. A short nature walk through the forest takes you to the base of Lower Reid Falls. The water drops over one hundred feet as it pours out of the forested granite mountainside above.
You tour concludes with a short ride back to the ship having had an experience you won't forget.
Since this excursion enters Canada, participants of all nationalities must bring their passport.
Please note: This tour requires a moderate amount of walking for approximately 600 yards (549 metres) with some uneven ground at certain locations. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. Dress in layers with comfortable closed toed shoes, a waterproof jacket and a camera. Passports are required for this tour.