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Shore Excursion that are part of our program at the port of call in Ketchikan Juneau, and Skagway.
These tours will be operated buy Holland America.
     
SKAGWAY SHORE EXCURSIONS
   
Chilkoot Hike & Float
Hike the historic Chilkoot Trail, the centerpiece of Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park. This world-famous trail was the main route to the riches of the Klondike during the gold rush era. Enjoy a bit of exercise, fresh air, beautiful scenery, pristine forests and history as the trail takes you up and over the 350-foot elevation of Saintly Hill. Where the trail reaches the banks of the Taiya River, you will board an 18-foot inflatable raft for a scenic float (no white water) back down the tidal estuary. Forest gives way to fields of beach greens and wild iris, and the granite walls of the fjord rise steeply to the snow-capped peaks and hanging glaciers. Enjoy a riverside snack and countless picture-perfect moments before making the return journey back to your ship.

Notes:
This tour won Tour Guide of the Year 2008 - 2010. Voted Shore Excursion of the Year 2010. Maximum weight is 350lbs. Minimum age is 7 years. Pregnant women past 20 weeks' gestation are not allowed to participate. Elevation gain is 350 feet.


Dog Sledding & Glacier Helicopter Flightseeing
Combine your helicopter flightseeing tour with the experience of dog sledding. After flying over spectacular glaciers, you will land at a dog camp situated atop a majestic glacier above Skagway. Experienced guides will introduce you to the world of dog sledding. The young and young-at-heart will have the opportunity to either stand on the sled and mush; others can simply relax on the sled and observe the breathtaking environment. Meet the professional mushers and friendly dogs that have made the Iditarod dog race a world-famous event.

Notes:
Wear warm clothing and sunglasses. Glacier boots are provided. Guests weighing 250 lbs or more will pay an additional surcharge over the published fare. Time spent on the glacier is approximate and may vary due to weather and glacial conditions. Every guest and his/her carry-on items on helicopter tours may be weighed during the check-in process. The tour operator will endeavor to be discreet during this process but please be aware that individual circumstances may not allow for complete privacy. Tour is not suitable for wheelchairs. Tablets and iPads are not allowed on the flights to ensure a full field of vision for pilots and guests alike.
 



Glacier Discovery by Helicopter
Leave all traces of civilization behind and experience the infinite beauty of Alaska's remote glaciers. Lift off from the historic Skagway waterfront and head into a rugged region of sheer mountains, majestic valleys and massive glaciers. Jagged peaks towering over the Chilkat Glacier, cascading waterfalls, surrounding the Ferebee Glacier, or the spectacular "river of ice" known as the Meade Glacier, may be among the wonders you encounter. Flight routes and landing zones are selected daily to ensure that you receive the best that the area has to offer. Once you have reached your destination, you will be given the rare opportunity to explore one of nature's greatest marvels. Enjoy the walking tour of a lifetime—over the surface of the glacier—as your guide answers all your questions and explains the awesome forces at work.

Notes:
Guests weighing 250 lbs or more will pay an additional surcharge over the published fare. Time spent on the glacier is approximate and may vary due to weather and glacial conditions. Glacier boots are provided. Every guest and his/her carry-on items on helicopter tours may be weighed during the check-in process. The tour operator will endeavor to be discreet during this process but please be aware that individual circumstances may not allow for complete privacy. Tour is not suitable for wheelchairs. Tablets and iPads are not allowed on the flights to ensure a full field of vision for pilots and guests alike.
 



Glacier Lake Kayak & White Pass Rail Experience
Ride the historic White Pass & Yukon Route Railroad and explore the crystal clear waters of a glacially carved lake by kayak. Your adventure begins aboard the Scenic Railroad of the World, whose route is carved out of the rugged Coastal Mountains. This ride is truly unforgettable, complete with stunning views of waterfalls, trestles, mountains, glaciers and the original Trail of '98. Experience the beauty of the wilds of northern British Columbia at the White Pass Summit before disembarking at Lake Bernard. The kayaking portion 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 stampeders plied more than 100 years ago in search of gold and riches in the Yukon. Enjoy unobstructed views of snow-capped mountains that rise in all directions. Your experienced, knowledgeable and professional guide will answer your questions about the gold rush, natural history, flora, and fauna. Watch for bears, mountain goats, caribou and eagles amid the alpine terrain of the Tormented Valley. After paddling, enjoy a light snack before boarding a motor coach for your return to Skagway. Your driver also provides narration of the history and scenery of the route down the Klondike Highway.

Notes:
This adventure crosses the US/ Canadian border; US and Canadian citizens must carry a passport and ship ID. All other nationalities must have a valid passport, visa and ship ID. Minimum age is 9 years. Girth limit is 44'' waist. Minimum height is 4'8"; maximum height is 6'4". Participants must be physically fit and active. Wildlife sightings are possible but are not guaranteed. Tour operates after the lake thaws—usually the first week of June.
 


Grizzly Falls Zip Line Expedition
Listed as the #1 excursion on Trip Advisor for Skagway, this fast, fun, and exhilarating adventure is sure to excite nature-lovers and thrill-seekers. Get a running start on solid ground and take flight into the treetops of the Alaskan rain forest. First, enjoy an entertaining tour through historic Skagway and along nine miles of stunning coastline. When you arrive at the zip line base in Dyea, you will transfer into a customized Unimog—an all-wheel drive vehicle—to ascend the rugged mountain road. On the way up, check out the impressive rain forest—you're about to fly over this wild landscape. At the top of the mountain, suit up in gear that meets the highest standards of safety while your expert guide tells you what to expect and how to safely navigate the course. You will then be lead to the take-off zone, where you'll clip in and fly away. You'll soar through a course of 11 zip lines and 4 suspension bridges. The lines will place you directly above glacially fed waterfalls and includes the Pipeline—a line that's longer than two football fields—as well as the Big Kahuna, on which you can reach speeds of 45 miles per hour. This extraordinary adventure is sure to inspire and invigorate you. Exhilarating stories and breathtaking photos are your take-home prizes on this excursion of a lifetime.

Notes:
Minimum weight 50 lbs; maximum weight is 265 lbs. Minimum age is 6 years. Participants must be in good physical condition. Guests with injuries, seizure disorders, and/or current or recurring medical conditions, as well as pregnant women are not allowed to participate. Dress in layers; wear closed-toe footwear suitable for outdoor activity.
 




Haines Eagle Preserve Float Adventure &
Lynn Fjord Cruise

Your tour begins as you board a high-speed catamaran for a scenic cruise through North America's deepest fjord. Watch for whales, seals, and spectacular waterfalls as you cruise Lynn Canal to the picturesque village of Haines. In Haines, you'll board a motor coach for a beautiful 40-minute drive up the National Scenic Byway to the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve. You'll see Haines and historic Fort Seward on this narrated drive. Watch for moose and swans in the marshlands as you head up the Chilkat River Valley. At the preserve, experienced guides await to begin your rafting adventure (not whitewater). You'll float silently down the river aboard an 18-foot inflatable raft—the best way to observe the eagles drawn to feed on the plentiful salmon. Bears and wolves are also frequent guests at the feast. Not only rich in wildlife, the preserve is also a place of incredible beauty, with towering mountains, hanging glaciers and lush forests. You will float past the native village of Klukwan, where the Tlingit people have lived for centuries on the bounty of this beautiful preserve. After your float, you'll enjoy a riverside picnic. Your tour concludes with a return cruise aboard the catamaran back to Skagway. With Haines behind you, you'll take with you a wealth of unforgettable memories.

Notes:
Maximum weight is 350. Minimum age is 7 years. Pregnant women past 20 weeks' gestation are not allowed to participate. Guests must be in good health and must be able to walk over loose gravel and dry river delta to board the rafts. Life jackets, rubber boots and ponchos are supplied for the rafting portion of the tour. Wildlife sightings are likely but are not guaranteed.
 

 

 

Horseback Riding Adventure
Escape the hustle and bustle of port and come discover the awe-inspiring Alaskan beauty just as the pioneers did—on horseback! After an entertaining historic tour through charming Skagway and along the breathtaking coastline, you will arrive at the ranch in Dyea. Your experienced guides will give you a safety presentation; then, you'll climb aboard your trusty steed. For 1¾ hours you will ride through the Klondike Gold Rush National Historic Park. Along the way, your knowledgeable guide will entertain you with tales from the crazy days of the gold rush, and the boom and bust of the town of Dyea. You'll pass by some of the few remaining signs of what was once a rambling gold rush town of 10,000, including the Slide Cemetery. Then you will ride out of the rain forest 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. This adventure is sure to invigorate those who have been lured to Alaska by tales of its spectacular beauty. After the ride, relax with your guide as you enjoy refreshments and Alaskan salmon pâté. Reflect on your serene adventure during the scenic drive back to Skagway. The local tour operator takes pride in sharing Alaska's beauty and stories and is honored to provide you with a wonderful outdoor adventure in the last American frontier.

Notes:
Minimum height is 4'10". Maximum weight is 250 lbs. Guests should consider their physical fitness level and medical history when determining whether this tour is appropriate. You must be able to maintain control of the animal and balance in the saddle. Dress warmly in layers for the outdoors and wear closed-toe shoes.
 

 


Musher's Camp & Sled Dog Experience
Experience Alaska's state sport—dog mushing. On this dry land (no snow) adventure you will take an exhilarating sled ride pulled by a team of powerful Alaskan huskies, learn about the adventurous sport of dog mushing from genuine mushers. Each summer this camp is home to many mushers who bring their dogs to train for various winter activities. In fact, all the dogs at the camp are owned by year-round mushers, some of whom have competed in world-renowned races such as the Iditarod and the Yukon Quest. Your journey begins with an entertaining historic tour through downtown Skagway, and along nine miles of stunning coastline to the musher's camp in Dyea. Next, hop into a specialized Unimog for an exciting ride up a rugged mountain road, surrounded by glacially fed streams and waterfalls. At the top, a musher will greet you with a custom-designed wheeled summertime sled and a team of very excited Alaskan huskies. Feel the power of these strong dogs as they whisk you down a mile-long, zigzagging trail deep in the Tongass National Forest. After the ride, spend a bit of time with the dog team, then climb back into the Unimog and enjoy the adventurous ride to a breathtaking viewpoint overlooking the Dyea tidal flats. Depending on the time of year, you might see eagles, bears, seals, horseback riders, wild flowers, and of course snow-capped mountains. The Unimog will then bring you to the Kennel Talk. This is where mushers share their passion for dog sledding and answer the most frequently asked questions about the sport. In the Kennel Talk, you'll hear all the fascinating answers and you'll also have plenty of time to play with the puppies. Your handling them and showing them affection helps to socialize these future athletes, which is essential to their racing success. A crackling fire, drinks, and a unique gift shop round out your visit to this spectacular Alaskan setting.
 

 


White Pass Rail & Yukon Expedition
You've traveled so far already, now is a great time to make the 65-mile journey into the Yukon. Climb aboard a deluxe motor coach and experience the magic and the mystery of the famed Yukon Territory. Your adventure begins on the docks of Skagway and, soon after departing, you'll be climbing the South Klondike Highway to the top of the White Pass—3,292 feet above sea level—with views of majestic peaks, waterfalls, and glaciers from the coach. Leaving White Pass and the USA behind, you'll enter Canada and the unspoiled and untamed beauty of the Yukon Territory. Marvel at the chain of lakes that form the headwaters of the Yukon River, explore the rustic town of Caribou Crossing (Carcross). Snap a quick photo of the world's smallest desert, and enjoy the tales of the Klondike Gold rush provided by your guide throughout your journey. A stop at Caribou Crossing Trading Post is an opportunity to satisfy your wilderness appetite with a delicious chicken barbecue lunch complete with Grandma's all-you-can-eat homemade donuts. After your meal, tour Yukon's most extensive Wildlife Museum. Stroll among the creatures of Yukon's past and present, with favorites including steppe bison, grizzly bears, monster moose, woolly mammoth, and the world's largest mounted polar bear. Absorb some authentic Canadian culture with Caribou Crossing's newest exhibit—the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Heritage Center. This interpretive display focuses on the history of Canada's Mounties and highlights their role in the Yukon Territory during the Klondike Gold Rush. Carry on to the Dog Musher's Village, where you can visit with Iditarod dog mushers and take pictures with the sled dogs and husky puppies; or, for an extra fee, join them for a dog-cart ride with actual Iditarod and Yukon Quest dogs. Kids and adults alike will enjoy the petting farm. Back at Fraser, British Columbia, you'll board the White Pass & Yukon Route Railroad for a truly unforgettable ride down this historic and breathtaking narrow-gauge track.
Notes:
This adventure crosses the US/ Canadian border; US and Canadian citizens must carry a passport and ship ID. All other nationalities must have a valid passport, visa and ship ID.
 

 


White Pass Rail, Klondike Highway & Gold Camp AdventureExperience an unforgettable journey along the eastern side of White Pass aboard the world-famous narrow-gauge White Pass & Yukon Route Railroad, built more than 100 years ago. You'll pass through some of the North's most rugged terrain on board a comfortable, narrow-gauge rail car as you retrace the original route through breathtaking scenery beyond the summit of White Pass at 2,865 feet. Upon reaching Fraser, British Columbia, you will board a motor coach for the journey down the west side of White Pass Canyon. You'll hear about Tormented Valley and Pitchfork Falls en route. Stop at historic Liarsville, a gold rush trail camp nestled beside a waterfall at the foot of White Pass. Liarsville is named for the journalists sent here to report on the Klondike Gold Rush, whose articles included tall tales of the prospectors' exploits. Browse the authentic camp exhibits, including antiques and garments left behind by the prospectors and those who profited from them. A cast of 'sourdoughs' and dance hall girls will entertain you with a hilarious melodrama and a poem by Robert Service, the Bard of the North. You'll also have a chance to try your hand at the art of gold panning in the Liarsville gold fields, where you are guaranteed to find some gold to keep. Enjoy a snack, shop for souvenirs or have your photo taken with a dance hall girl or with Denali—the camp's sled dog mascot.

Notes:
This adventure crosses the US/ Canadian border; US and Canadian citizens must carry a passport and ship ID. All other nationalities must have a valid passport, visa and ship ID.
 

 


White Pass Summit Scenic Railroad
Take an unforgettable round trip journey aboard the White Pass & Yukon Route Railroad. Against all odds, this iron trail was built through some of the North's most ruggedly beautiful terrain and more than 110 years later is still in operation. Ride in a comfortable, restored or replica vintage rail car to the summit of the White Pass, through two tunnels, over sky-high trestles, and remote valleys. Pass Bridal Veil Falls, Inspiration Point and Dead Horse Gulch as your guide announces all points of interest and tells the story of the Klondike Gold Rush. Reaching the White Pass Summit at 2,865 feet, a seat exchange will occur, allowing everyone to experience the excellent views during this round trip rail journey. This narrow-gauge railroad is an International Historic Civil Engineering Landmark. It shares this honor with the Panama Canal, the Eiffel Tower and the Statue of Liberty, and is truly a world wonder.

Notes:
The train is wheelchair accessible. Restrooms are located on each train car. Food is not available for purchase on the train. You will not get off the train during the tour. The 4:30pm departure is a shorter duration as there are fewer trains on the pass at that hour. The same distance is traveled, just in less time.

 

 

White Pass Train & Bike
Experience the great Northern outdoors, get some fresh air and go biking with Alaska's original bicycle company on this combination of two great excursions—a unique way to tour Skagway and the surrounding area. First you'll board the historic White Pass & Yukon Route narrow-gauge railroad for an incredible 1½-hour trip through the coastal mountains to British Columbia, Canada. There you meet your professional guide, versed in the ecology and history of the area, who will take you for a short van ride along the scenic Klondike Highway to the summit of the White Pass. After a bicycle and safety orientation, it is 15 scenic miles downhill from the summit to the sea. As you coast along the paved Klondike Highway on this 1½-hour bike ride you will make multiple stops for photos of the historic White Pass & Yukon Route Railroad, cascading waterfalls, awe-inspiring glaciers, majestic mountains, and other historic sites. Your senses will awaken to sights and sounds of Alaska that can only be experienced on two wheels. You will even ride your bike across the US border. After your thrilling ride enjoy some time in historic downtown Skagway before heading back to your cruise ship.

Notes:
Participants must be confident on a bicycle with hand brakes coasting downhill at speeds between 15 and 25 mph. As this adventure crosses the US/Canadian border, US and Canadian citizens must carry a passport and carry their ship ID. All other nationalities must have a valid passport, visa and ship ID. Helmets must be worn. Minimum age is 13 years; minimum height is 4'6". Wear sport shoes and layered clothing. Rain jacket, pants, and fleece gloves provided. The ride is approximately 15 miles. Tour time may vary depending on customs.

 

 

 

View the Holland America web site ( www.hollandamerica.com ) for more details and booking instructions