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KETCHIKAN SHORE EXCURSIONS
   
Alaska Rain Forest Sanctuary, Raptor
Center & Totems

This eco-exploration includes a guided nature hike, bald eagles, Alaskan reindeer, a Native totem carver and a historic sawmill at an exclusive reserve located in the forested mountains at rustic Herring Cove. A pristine natural environment, it is home to bald eagles, black bear, seals and a variety of birds and other species attracted by the major salmon runs in the abundant marine estuary. A naturalist will guide you along an improved trail through the heart of the dense forest, among tall stands of hemlock, spruce and cedar, stopping at strategically located viewing areas. At a protected, open estuary, you'll follow Eagle Creek along an elevated wooden boardwalk overlooking grassy wetlands. Major runs of salmon return to spawn here. Listen to the symphony of bird activity in this spectacular setting. Seasonal ecosystem changes result in varying levels of wildlife activity. After a half-mile trail walk you will have a chance to feed reindeer, see the historic Herring Bay Lumber Company sawmill, visit birds of prey up close at the Alaska Raptor Center's exhibit, and observe a master Native totem carver at work. Snacks and beverages are provided and shopping opportunities wait in the general store.

Notes:
Wildlife sightings are likely but are not guaranteed. Tour operates in all weather conditions. Rain ponchos provided. Wear comfortable walking shoes and warm clothing.


Bear Creek Zip Line Adventure
Enter the fly-zone on this rain forest eco-adventure that is designed for those seeking excitement and exhilaration. Featuring seven zip lines, 10 lofty tree platforms, Alaska's longest sky-bridge, a 250-foot-long mountain slide, and rappeling, this is the ultimate Alaska action experience. Your adventure begins with a ride up a steep hillside in a custom all-terrain 4x4 Unimog to the briefing camp. After outfitting and orientation, it's an uphill hike via an improved rain forest trail to a ground-based practice zip line, where your guide introduces you to zipping. This is your first encounter with the 5,200 feet of dual cable zip lines, intersected with a 250-foot-long suspension bridge, providing an aerial view of Bear Creek and a forest waterfall. You will rappel to the ground from the last tree platform. Speeding down the mountainside will be one of the highlights of your zip line adventure. Experience panoramic ocean, forest and mountain views from the tree platforms on this exciting adventure at a rain forest reserve, just eight miles from Ketchikan. In addition to tall stands of spruce, hemlock and cedar, the ecosystem here supports an extensive wildlife population. Eagles and bears are often sighted. Gear down at the base camp, where each participant is presented with a special award in recognition of his/her achievement. View your action photograph and shop in the General Store before returning to the ship.

Notes:
Minimum weight is 70 lbs; maximum weight is 250 lbs. Minimum height is 50 inches. Full use of limbs required. Pregnant women and guests with injuries/seizure disorders and with vision or hearing impairments are not allowed to participate. Not suitable for wheelchairs. Waiver must be signed and medical conditions disclosed. Rain jacket provided. Closed-toe shoes are required. Long pants and layered clothing recommended. Rain gear provided. Wildlife sightings are likely but are not guaranteed.
 



Exclusive Mountaintop Flightseeing & Crab Feast
This exclusive opportunity combines two of Alaska's favorite experiences—a flight on a de Havilland Beaver floatplane and dining on Alaskan Dungeness crab. Your flight begins as you take off from the Tongass Narrows, home to more floatplanes than any other port in the world. The bustling community of Ketchikan will quickly be revealed below as you take in the panoramic views of the spectacular mountains of the Tongass National Forest. Your flight narration will include the historic importance of the de Havilland Beaver floatplane and the many landmarks below. After twenty minutes of breathtaking scenery, you will land at the remote George Inlet Lodge—a rustic yet elegant wilderness oasis. Your host will greet you with delicious smoked salmon as you learn about the colorful history of the George Inlet Lodge and its epic journey across 90 miles of ocean to its current location. Learn about Alaska, Ketchikan and the wilderness lifestyle. Then, you will be seated in the elegant Oceanside Dining Room and your feast will begin—a fresh romaine salad with homemade oriental-style dressing, followed by steamed baby red potatoes, Dungeness crab and melted butter. A piping hot second helping of crab will arrive shortly. Last, but certainly not least, indulge in rich, creamy cheesecake with Alaskan blueberry sauce. A quick visit to the gift shop is a must before you depart. The second half of your journey is a narrated coastal drive back to your ship, passing totem poles, a fish hatchery, and the coast guard station of Ketchikan.

Notes:

Dress in comfortable, warm layers and wear shoes with good traction. Flight path is subject to change due to weather conditions. Floatplanes can be difficult to board for mobility-challenged guests. A van is available for guests who may have trouble using the stairs at the lodge. This tour also operates in reverse order so come hungry.
 



Hunting for Halibut
This is the experience many anglers dream of when planning an Alaskan vacation, fishing for the largest flatfish in the world, the Pacific Halibut. Imagine catching your first wild halibut with your friends or family and the bragging rights that will come with sharing your experience back home.
Unlike many other Alaska destinations, Ketchikan fishing is in protected waters a short ride from downtown Ketchikan. No matter your skill level, you'll experience halibut fishing like a local, with a halibut rod and Penn reel in your own two hands, working the sandy flats, drifting with the current, jigging in waters as deep as 300 feet. Spend the day with an experienced Alaskan fishing guide, in pursuit of the elusive halibut, learning the secrets of fishing circle hooks, working the tides and battling your catch.
Fully outfitted and accompanied by an experienced guide, your only job will be to catch the fish – a job that requires a little patience, a steady jigging arm, and perseverance at the reel.

Notes:
Alaska State law requires a valid 1-day fishing license, which may be purchased for US $20 cash from your fishing boat captain. Minimum age is 5 years. Participants may keep one halibut per person that is under 44 inches or over 76 inches in length. Fish can be shipped anywhere within the United States. Boxed lunch included a salmon spread sandwich, chips and cookie.
 


Ketchikan Salmon Fishing
Enjoy a 25- to 30-minute guided bus tour along the Tongass Narrows on your way to the marina. From there you will board a modern fishing boat, and head to the nearby salmon fishing grounds. Keep an eye out for eagles, whales, seals, sea lions or other wildlife. With only 4-6 guests per boat, you're off for a fine 3½- to 4-hour fishing adventure in the sheltered waters of Clover Passage.

Notes:
Alaska State law requires a valid 1-day fishing license, which may be purchased for US $20 cash from your fishing boat captain along with a US $10 cash king salmon stamp (during king season, May-June). Trolling involves using a downrigger to lower the bait to a specific depth. There are four downriggers, so up to four rods may be fished at once, allowing for fishing at different depths. Fishermen are rotated (instead of assigning rods) so that everyone has a fair chance to catch a fish. The captain may elect to use only two rods if the fish are plentiful. A light snack is provided. Guests who choose to have their fish processed and sent home (to US or Canada addresses only) will need to bring their credit card to pay for processing. A catch is likely but is not guaranteed. Minimum age to participate is 5 years.
 


Magnificent Misty Fjords by Floatplane
Board an authentic Alaska seaplane and take off from Ketchikan's bustling waterfront on a scenic flight over the Tongass National Forest. You are en route to the nation's second-largest wilderness area, encompassing more than two million acres. To fully appreciate the vastness of the Misty Fjords National Monument, you must see it from the air. Since its identification by Captain George Vancouver in 1793, Misty Fjords has been called a scenic wonder not to be missed. You will see majestic fjords, waterfalls and lakes, and perhaps wildlife such as bears, mountain goats, deer, wolves and eagles. Individual headsets allow you to enjoy the lively narrative and inspirational music as you take in the dramatic beauty of a land slowly crafted by the hands of nature. See sheer granite cliffs, 1,000-foot waterfalls, crystalline lakes and low-hanging mists on your flight from Tongass Narrows over Revillagigedo Island to Misty Fjords. At the entrance of spectacular Rudyerd Bay, your introduction to the monument, watch for New Eddystone Rock—a striking remnant of early geological activity. Enjoy a brief lake landing in Misty Fjords, giving you an opportunity to experience the silence, serenity, and monumental beauty that surround you.

Notes:
This tour is accessible to guests with some physical limitations—visit the Shore Excursions Office on board for details. Large bags/backpacks are not permitted inside the floatplane. Wildlife sightings are likely but are not guaranteed. Infants up to and including the day prior to their second birthday can be considered a lap child and should be added to the parent's weight they will be sitting on and are at no cost. On or after his/her 2nd birthday, the child is required by FAA to have his/her own seat and will be charged accordingly.
 

 

 

Misty Fjords & Wilderness Explorer
Explore Misty Fjords National Monument, one of nature's most spectacular creations, while cruising in luxury aboard one of the fastest sightseeing vessels in Alaska. The adventure begins as you leave Ketchikan's picturesque harbor, passing colorful floatplanes and fishing boats. Enjoy Alaskan hospitality and a narrative provided by your crew, and watch for marine and coastal wildlife as you view at sea level the rugged coastlines bordering Revillagigedo Channel. Voyage into Behm Canal, surrounded by the pristine beauty of Misty Fjords National Monument. Along the way you'll stop to view an active bald eagle nest, a Tlingit pictograph, and New Eddystone Rock—an immense volcanic spire rising from the emerald sea. Delight in the unhurried exploration of Rudyerd Bay, an ice-carved masterpiece deep within the Monument. Learn the natural history of the fjords, listen to the call of nesting seabirds, and feel the mist of glistening waterfalls while gliding quietly beneath 3,000-foot glacier-sculpted cliffs. On the cruise back to Ketchikan, enjoy a selection of snacks and beverages while watching for whales, seals, eagles and other species of wildlife. You'll also have the opportunity to experience Native culture and history presented by a Tlingit storyteller, watch a Native artist at work, or enjoy a tour-related video presentation.

Notes:

This tour is not accessible by electric scooters. Bring a warm, rainproof jacket to wear on the topside observation deck, as this tour operates in all weather conditions. Wildlife sightings are likely but are not guaranteed.
 

 


Orca Beach Rain Forest Nature Trail
Join an experienced Alaskan trail guide for a walk through natural, unspoiled beauty in the coastal rain forest on a remote island in the Tongass National Forest. The trail takes you through a beautiful old growth forest by way of a secluded beach, and is mostly boardwalk, about one mile in length and well maintained. Follow your knowledgeable guide through this ancient forest and learn about botanic species native to this region, including Western red cedar and yellow cedar that early Natives were so dependent upon for spiritual enrichment, shelter and transportation. Learn how Sitka spruce was instrumental in the construction of Howard Hughes' famous Spruce Goose and early vintage fighter planes. After hiking this gently sloped historic trail, enjoy an Alaskan snack of smoked salmon, cheese and crackers, hot chocolate, coffee, juice and water. Then take some time to explore the natural beauty around you. A motorized rigid inflatable Seahawk provides a short but exciting cruise along the coast of Clover Passage. Whales, Steller sea lions, harbor seals, porpoise, bald eagles and migrating seabirds may be spotted on this route. Knudson Cove is the launch point for transportation from the pier.

Notes:
Bring binoculars. Rain gear and life jacket provided. Wear warm, waterproof clothing. Tour is not suitable for wheelchairs. Not recommended for guests with back problems. Minimum weight is 40 lbs.
 

 


Rain Forest Canopy & Zipline Expedition
Live the thrill of gliding through the top of a rich rain forest canopy along a series of eight dual cable zip lines with three aerial bridges suspended between tall spruce, hemlock and cedar trees, bordering the magnificent Tongass National Forest. This major rain forest reserve embraces one of Alaska's richest salmon spawning streams and a pristine inter-tidal estuary. Abundant wildlife habitat here includes a high concentration of bald eagles, black bear and a variety of other species. At Herring Cove, an all-terrain custom 4x4 Unimog will transport you up a steep rain forest hillside to the canopy chalet. Professionally trained guides will outfit you with state-of-the-art safety equipment and provide a detailed orientation before you mount the first platform. Your rain forest canopy challenge features a flight over eight zip lines—6,000 feet of high-tension cables and ground-based nature trails. Your guide will progressively ease you into the forest canopy along cables ranging from a short 100 feet to the 750-foot, pulse-pounding Ben's Revenge. Eagles and bears are often seen from the platforms. Discover Eagle Creek falls, and cross three hanging bridges offering breathtaking views of the virgin forest below. You will be up to 135 feet above the forest floor. Throughout this adventure you will be surrounded by the sights and sounds of the rain forest wildlife preserve. The final zip line emerges from the rain forest and transports you over lush grassy wetlands to a viewing tower, 55 feet above ground. Descend the stairs and gear down at the base camp. Upon completion of this amazing experience, enjoy a snack and hot beverage, view your photograph and shop in the General Store.

Notes:

Wildlife sightings are likely but are not guaranteed. Minimum weight is 90 lbs; maximum weight is 250 lbs. Minimum height is 5'0". Full use of limbs required. Pregnant women and guests with injuries/seizure disorders are not allowed to participate. Guests who have vision or hearing impairments are not allowed to participate. Waiver must be signed and medical conditions disclosed. Closed-toe shoes are required. Long pants and layered clothing recommended. Rain jacket provided. On July 4th, there may be road closures due to the Independence Day Parade. Guests booked on the morning tour may be required to walk approximately one mile back to the ship, accompanied by your guide. Please consider this when booking.
 

 


Saxman Native Village & Lumberjack Show
Don't be fooled by cheap imitations—this tour provides exclusive access to the Beaver Clan House, a working Native carving center, and a chance to view the traditional Native dancers first hand. You can't buy this tour elsewhere, so if you're going to Saxman Native Village make sure you are part of this genuine, up-close look at the rich living culture of Southeast Alaska's Native Americans. The Tlingits welcome you in the traditional style that defines the culture of Southeast Alaska. A short video program introduces you to the culture and history of Saxman. You will then enter the Beaver Clan House where you are welcomed by song and dance. Visitors are encouraged to participate in the final dance, before moving on to the Saxman Totem Park, one of the largest gatherings of totems in the world. Your guide will help unravel the mysteries of these towering, majestic poles. At the Village Carving Center, skilled craftsmen pass on their skill to eager apprentices. Fine Alaska Native art and small mementos are for sale. Next, you will experience Native American culture through song, dance and stories, and learn of the art of lumberjacking through a rollicking demonstration of good-natured competition and hard-earned skill. Treat yourself to an action-packed experience at the Great Alaskan Lumberjack Show, where the world's best lumberjacks go head-to-head in more than a dozen exciting events such as chopping, sawing, relay races, axe throwing, log rolling and a 50-foot speed climb. The colorful host will introduce the events and offer a historic view of the Alaskan timber industry, which has shaped this rugged land. Just a short walk from your cruise ship pier, this celebration of a bygone era is a rip-roaring good time and quality entertainment for all ages.

Notes:
There may be a short wait prior to start of the Lumberjack Show. This time can be spent on your own or in the rustic company store located at the Lumberjack Show facility. Maximum weight is 500 lbs.
 

 



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

 

     
JUNEAU SHORE EXCURSIONS
   
Discover Alaska's Whales
What great a way to put into practice your personal travel ethos and leave beautiful, memorable Alaska even better than you found it on this Cruise with Purpose adventure! This small-group outing (maximum 20 privileged guests) will travel aboard a fully-permitted research vessel for a closer look into the habitat of humpback whales. The boat has a heated cabin, a low-to-the-water build, large opening panel windows, and an open bow and stern—features specifically designed to meet the challenges of observing wildlife here in Alaska. As you head out from the quaint harbor at Auke Bay, your guide will share the current understanding of humpback whale research and what is known about activities and feeding patterns here in Alaska. Whale sightings are guaranteed, and you're also likely to see seals, porpoise, sea lions and other marine animals, all while doing some significant good as you contribute to a whale research program. You'll explore the foundation of the food chain by drawing plankton samples, taking a look at live sea animals in a touch tank and using a GPS camera to identify whale species while recording their various behaviors. The vessel is equipped with a hydrophone so you can listen to the underwater sounds of whales if the situation allows. You will also have the satisfaction of being a marine scientist for a day and knowing your efforts have made a contribution to understanding the delicate marine environs of Southeast Alaska and the whales' interaction with their habitat.

Notes:
All activities on this tour are operated by permit and regulation through the ADFG and NOAA in support of the University of Alaska and the Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program. You will receive a $100 cash refund from the tour operator at the conclusion of the tour if a whale is not sighted on the trip. The small group size of this tour ensures a personal and interactive atmosphere making the most of this authentic Alaska experience. Participants should be of age and ability to walk up to 200 yards, including down a sloped ramp to the boat harbor, and back. Dress warmly in layers—it can be cooler on the water. Binoculars are available for your use. Bottled water and a snack pack are provided. Tour operates in all weather conditions. Participants are eligible to enter to win cash prizes in the tour operator's Capture Juneau Photo Contest.


Dog Sledding Adventure by Helicopter
This truly Alaskan adventure offers the rare opportunity to mush your own dog sled team across a snow-covered glacier. Learn the tricks of the trade from seasoned veterans of the legendary Alaskan Iditarod Sled Dog Race. Master the all-important commands of Hike!, Gee! and Haw! Experience the unique thrill of zipping across a pristine glacier with a team of friendly huskies while enjoying the fresh mountain air and scenic vistas. This exclusive dog sled camp is located on the picturesque middle branch of the Norris Glacier. On your way there, you will be amazed by a beautiful heli-flightseeing trip over the vast Juneau Icefield. Keep an eye out for the largest glacier on the Icefield—the advancing Taku Glacier. View spectacular icefalls, rock formations, and untamed wilderness. Accessible only by air, this region is filled with lush forests, glassy alpine lakes, jagged mountain peaks, and awe-inspiring glaciers. Enjoy approximately 30 to 35 minutes of helicopter time and one hour at the dog base.

Notes:
A veteran dog sled musher will lead you on your sled adventure. Overboots provided for glacier landings. Minimum age is 2 years. All guests are required to weigh-in at the heliport. Guests weighing 250 lbs or more will pay an additional surcharge over the published fare. No bags are allowed due to security considerations. The tour operator will endeavor to be discreet during this process but please be aware that individual circumstances may not allow for complete privacy. Not suitable for wheelchairs. Tour operates subject to meeting a minimum number of participants.
 



Dog Sledding on the Mendenhall Glacier by Helicopter
When you visit Southeast Alaska and combine the thrill of a glacier helicopter tour with the oldest operating dog sled tour company, you end up with an unforgettable experience. You'll hear a safety briefing and be outfitted with glacier boots; then fly over lush rain forest, deep blue crevasses and glacier-carved peaks as your pilot gives you a spectacular flightseeing tour to the dogsled camp on Mendenhall Glacier. Here, the professional mushers will have you help drive the team or relax in the sled as you take in the awe-inspiring scenery. You will have time to talk with the mushers or take pictures with the dogs before your helicopter takes you back to base and civilization. Don't miss out on this truly Alaskan experience.

Notes:
Tablets and iPads are not allowed on the flights to ensure a full field of vision for pilots and guests alike. 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. All times are approximate. For security purposes, no bags are allowed on the flight. A secure location will be provided at the heliport for storing personal items. Not suitable for wheelchairs.
 



Evening Whale Watching Quest
Enjoy a magical evening cruise that features great food, a relaxing ambience and guaranteed whale viewing. Following a short motor coach ride to scenic Auke Bay, you'll board a deluxe catamaran specially designed for wildlife viewing. Relax in the warm, spacious main cabin as you set out to explore Stephens Passage, a pristine marine wilderness surrounded by snow-capped peaks and glaciers. This area is world-renowned as a favored summer feeding ground for humpback whales. As whales are sighted, your skilled captain will gently maneuver the vessel to allow exceptional viewing opportunities. You'll be amazed by the gracefulness of these ocean giants as they slowly arc their massive tail flukes into the air. The whales are often close enough to hear them breathe. If conditions allow, an underwater hydrophone will be deployed so that you can experience their incredible "singing." An on-board naturalist will explain the behavior and habitat of the humpback whale, and other wildlife you may encounter, including killer whales, sea lions, porpoise, harbor seals and bald eagles. Throughout the voyage you'll be treated to a delicious variety of appetizers including a baron of beef, reindeer sausage, smoked salmon, cheese and vegetable trays, hot shrimp dip, dessert bars and pastries. Tea, coffee and cocoa will be served. Beer, wine and sodas are available at an additional charge.

Notes:

Bring a warm jacket to wear on the topside observation deck. The operators of this tour guarantee that a whale will be sighted on this excursion. If not, you will receive a $100 cash refund from the tour operator at the conclusion of the tour. In the past ten years, whales have been sighted on every tour. This tour is only available on ships staying in Juneau for the evening. The vessel is restroom-equipped.
 


Five Glacier Seaplane Exploration
The grandeur of Alaska's epic glaciers will thrill and delight you on Juneau's only five-glacier flightseeing tour. Seeing glaciers from the air is an Alaskan must-do, and doing so by authentic Alaskan seaplane is the quintessential Alaskan experience. One of the most important modes of transportation in Alaska is the seaplane (also known as a floatplane), allowing you to escape into the true Alaskan wilderness within minutes of leaving the ship. Your seaplane exploration begins as your aircraft gently takes off from the historic downtown Juneau waterfront, carrying you over the remnants of Juneau's mining past. You will soar over lush wilderness of the Tongass National Forest to catch your first glimpse of five distinctly different, absolutely majestic glaciers making up a section of the 1,500-square-mile Juneau Ice Field. Glide over the deep crevasses and azure blue meltwater pools of the Norris, Hole-In-The-Wall, East and West Twin Glaciers, plus the famous five-mile-wide Taku Glacier. Of the 36 named glaciers comprising the Juneau Ice Field, the Taku Glacier is the only glacier that is actually advancing—not retreating—and indeed is one of only a few advancing glaciers in the world.

Notes:
All participants enjoy a window seat for enhanced viewing and a headset for continuous narration.
 




Fly-Out Fly Fishing Adventure
Untouched Alaskan wilderness awaits you on this premier fly-fishing quest. Combine the highlights of Southeast Alaska with a ride in a classic floatplane, world-renowned fishing in remote waters, experienced local guides and abundant wildlife in a pristine wilderness setting. This foremost guiding service caters to the first-timer with hands-on instruction. The experienced fly caster will enjoy the challenge of Alaskan fishing and the guide interaction. All fishing is done on a catch-and-release basis. Depending on the season and availability, fishing species may include cutthroat trout, Dolly Varden and various salmon species. All first-class gear and equipment is provided, and an Alaskan smoked salmon snack and beverages are included. The only way to experience Alaskan fishing at its finest is to experience the heart of the Alaskan wilderness—something road access simply doesn't allow. Your guide will choose the stream or river fishing location based on current fishing reports, weather and scenic/ wildlife variables. Whether you are a seasoned fly fisherman or a discriminating traveler looking for the true wilderness experience, this is a once-in-a-lifetime adventure.

Notes:
Fishing is catch-and-release only. Alaska State law requires a valid 1-day fishing license, which may be purchased for US$20 cash from your guide. To fit the chest waders, the maximum shoe size is 15 and the minimum shoe size is 4. Minimum age is 8 years.
 

 

 

Glacier Landing Adventure by Helicopter
Soar over the massive Juneau Icefield on this signature tour—the Glacier Adventure by Helicopter. Visit a landscape that seems to be from another world. Experience the spectacular icefalls and rock formations of the Juneau Icefield from the air and on foot. Accessible only by air, the region you'll fly to is filled with lush forests, glassy alpine lakes, jagged mountain peaks, and awe-inspiring glaciers. On this unforgettable journey you may find Alaska's magnificent glaciers in differing stages: advancing, retreating, cascading, or a one-of-a-kind floating glacier. You'll be amazed by the largest glacier on the Juneau Icefield—the advancing Taku Glacier. After the flightseeing, your pilot will gently set you down on one of these ancient "rivers of ice." Under your pilot's expert guidance you will have the chance to walk on an Alaskan glacier, explore the ancient landscape, and experience the otherworldly blue of glacial ice. Enjoy approximately 30 to 35 minutes of helicopter time and 20 minutes of exploration on the glacier.

Notes:
Overboots are provided for glacier landings. Minimum age is 2 years. Every guest and his/her carry-on items on helicopter tours will be weighed during the check-in process. Guests weighing 250 lbs or more will pay an additional surcharge over the published fare. The tour operator will endeavor to be discreet during this process but please be aware that individual circumstances may not allow for complete privacy.
 

 


Glacier View Sea Kayaking
Transfer by bus to north Douglas Island with scenic views of Mendenhall Glacier and Auke Bay en route. Upon arrival you'll be outfitted with a life jacket and rain gear before beginning your kayak adventure. An experienced guide will teach you about paddling techniques; then you'll board a two-person kayak with a new friend or with your traveling companion. Your stable yet nimble kayak will allow you to silently approach any wildlife in the area and give you a sense of how the Aleut Natives traveled the coastal waterways of Alaska in search of otter pelts for the Russian fur trading companies. You will be led in a group of five to six kayaks to places such as the Mendenhall Wetlands where you may have the opportunity to view the Mendenhall Glacier from an ocean explorer's point of view. Your guide will explain the significance of Smugglers Cove, the history of the surrounding area, and help identify local flora and fauna. You may see porpoise, seals, sea lions, eagles, herons, or even whales. Paddle for 1½ to 2 hours; then enjoy a beverage and snack before transferring back to town.

Notes:
Minimum weight is 40 lbs; maximum weight is 250 lbs. Guests taller than 6'3" will not be able to steer with foot pedals and must sit in front.
 

 


Helicopter Flightseeing & Glacier Walkabout
No experience is necessary for this non-strenuous, one-hour interpretive glacier walk. Your guide provides detailed explanations of the glacier environment, the surrounding area, and teaches proper use of the mountaineering equipment provided. There is plenty of time for photo opportunities. The amount of walking is moderate, over relatively flat to rolling terrain. Your pilot will choose the glacier-landing site.

Notes:
Dress in warm layers; wear sunglasses. Rain- and windproof outerwear, boots, and gloves are provided. Minimum age is 8 years. Not suitable for wheelchairs. Guests weighing 250 lbs or more will pay an additional surcharge over the published fare. 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.
 

 


Mendenhall Glacier By Helicopter & Guided Walk
Travel back to the Ice Age on this excursion that was featured on Good Morning America as Juneau's top-rated excursion. Board a modern, turbine-powered helicopter to enjoy breathtaking vistas of thriving rain forests, alpine ridges, and mountain peaks. Your destination is the world-famous Mendenhall Glacier. The flight path takes you over the glacier itself, giving you an eagle's-eye view of its icy spires, deep blue crevasses and meltwater pools. Descending towards the landing site, you may fly past the Mendenhall Towers—rock sentinels that soar to more than 7,000 feet. A gentle landing brings you to your close encounter with the ice itself. You'll explore the glacier's surface with an experienced, knowledgeable guide—a wonderful opportunity to take once-in-a-lifetime photos. Bring your binoculars—you never know when you'll have a chance to see some of Alaska's famous wildlife.

Notes:
Tablets and iPads are not allowed on the flights to ensure a full field of vision for pilots and guests alike. Wear sunglasses. Glacier boots are provided. Guests weighing 250 lbs or more will pay an additional surcharge over the published fare. For security purposes, no bags are allowed on the flight. A secure location will be provided at the heliport for storing personal items. Infants up to and including the day prior to their second birthday can be considered a lap child and should be added to the parent's weight they will be sitting on and are at no cost. On or after his/her 2nd birthday, the child is required by FAA to have his/her own seat and will be charged accordingly.
 

 


Mendenhall Lake Native Canoe Adventure
Be among the select few to travel by canoe under a limited U.S. Forest Service permit for an amazing encounter with the majestic Mendenhall Glacier. You'll paddle across Mendenhall Lake, navigating past icebergs, surrounded by one of the richest samplings of Alaskan wildlife you'll find anywhere. Watch for birds including bald eagles and Arctic terns nesting in the towering cliffs. Keep an eye out for goats, salmon and bears. Then, venture within a safe distance of the massive, awe-inspiring face of the living Mendenhall Glacier. Grab a thrill ride by skirting the base of beautiful and powerful Nugget Falls. Refuel with a snack of Alaskan-style fare for the return trip. You'll make your trip in a traditional Tlingit-style canoe, an exceptionally stable 28-foot watercraft, with all modern safety gear supplied. Because of the close approach to the glacier face, the Forest Service tightly controls the number of participants—you'll be one of the lucky few to experience this one-of-a-kind adventure.

Notes:
Dress warmly and bring extra socks. Minimum weight is 40 lbs. Waterproof rain gear is provided.
 

 

Mendenhall River Float Trip
Hold on for an exhilarating but gentle river-running experience. You'll begin with a scenic tour up the Mendenhall Valley to the shores of Mendenhall Lake, where you'll don protective rain gear and a life jacket and board your raft. Each raft holds up to twelve, and is rowed by an experienced guide. Or, if you're looking for a hands-on experience, join a paddle-raft team. Put in at the lake in view of the spectacular Mendenhall Glacier, and you'll be carried away by the river and views of towering mountains, forests and wildlife. Glide across the iceberg-studded Mendenhall Lake, marveling at the 150-foot-high, 1½-mile-wide face of the glacier and set your course downstream. The six-mile route combines meandering stretches with Class II and III whitewater. The rapids are exciting enough for beginners, appropriate for all ages, and a treat for experienced rafters, too. You'll encounter river features such as Iatola Hola, Tourist Trap, Moon Flats and Pin Ball Alley. Watch for the photographer on shore who snaps your picture, capturing the thrill of your adventure. Where the river levels out, soak in the views of the riverbank, lush forests, and 7,000-foot mountains above the valley floor. Learn about the natural history of the river. You're likely to see bald eagles, birds nesting on the rocky cliffs, black bears, otters, seals, and salmon during spawning season. At the haul-out, celebrate with a shoreline snack and toast your adventure with a cup of Martha's Mendenhall Madness. You can also purchase an action photo of yourself as a lasting memento of your trip.

Notes:
Wildlife sightings are likely but are not guaranteed. Minimum weight is 40 lbs; maximum weight is 350 lbs.
 

 

Pilot's Choice Glacier Explorer by Helicopter (with Two Landings)
Marvel at vistas seen by few—high alpine lakes, "icefalls" hanging from sheer cliffs, and some of the most remote peaks and glaciers on the Juneau Icefield. Your pilot will create the best possible flightseeing based on the weather and glacier conditions. You'll land in two different locations, where you will continue the tour on foot. During these two landings, you will learn about the environmental and geological processes at work, creating moraines, crevasses, seracs, and the amazing glaciers themselves.

Notes:
Tablets and iPads are not allowed on the flights to ensure a full field of vision for pilots and guests alike. Space is very limited so please book quickly. 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. Guests must be able to get into and out of the helicopter and walk approximately 30 yards from the building to the helicopters. Employees can give a helping hand into and out of the helicopters but are not allowed to lift or carry a guest. Guests can remain on board the helicopter during the landings if they wish. Canes, crutches, walkers, etc., cannot be taken on the flight. Infants up to and including the day prior to their second birthday can be considered a lap child and should be added to the parent's weight they will be sitting on and are at no cost. On or after his/her 2nd birthday, the child is required by FAA to have his/her own seat and will be charged accordingly.
 

 

Sled Dog Discovery & Musher's Camp
Visit a musher's camp to experience a true Alaskan adventure and support the state sport of dog mushing. Your journey will begin with a scenic drive deep into the Tongass National Rain Forest on Douglas Island. At the camp, you will be greeted by a musher and a team of Alaskan huskies who seem like they're about to burst with excitement because they know that once you board the custom-designed wheeled summertime training sled, they get to run. Feel the thrill of being pulled by these strong huskies, and soak in the inspiring beauty as you race down a one-mile trail surrounded by giant spruce and hemlock trees. After your ride, meet up with a knowledgeable dog handler and a retired sled dog. Together they will demonstrate the impeccable care sled dogs receive from their mushers and veterinarians. Walk across the suspension bridge overlooking Fish Creek and step into Alaska's wilderness. Enjoy an interactive presentation about the adventurous races and the equipment required for dog sledding. Last, but certainly not least, meet the adorable husky puppies. The attention you give them is important because it helps to socialize them, and this is essential to their future athletic success. You will have a blast when you experience an authentic dog sled ride, meet and learn from knowledgeable mushers and dog handlers, and play with the husky puppies.

Notes:
The sled ride takes place on dry ground; not on snow.
 

 

Taku Glacier Lodge, Feast & Five Glacier
Seaplane Discovery

You're in for the journey of a lifetime—seaplane-only access to Alaska's famous Taku Glacier Lodge; a ride on a classic, powerful aircraft; a true wilderness setting; five massive glaciers; bears; a perspective on Alaska's vivid history with dog sledding roots; a seafood feast; and exclusive glacier-view dining. Fly in a classic de Havilland seaplane (floatplane) over five breathtaking glaciers flowing from the Juneau Ice Field, deep blue crevasses, snow-capped mountains and the lush Tongass National Forest. Seeing glaciers from the air is an Alaskan must-do, and doing so by authentic Alaskan bush plane is the quintessential Alaskan experience. The Taku River will be your 'runway' as you land at the elegantly rustic and historic Taku Lodge, built in 1923 and located across the river from the five-mile wide Taku Glacier. This is Juneau's largest glacier and one of only a few advancing glaciers in the world. Savor a feast of fresh, wild Alaska salmon grilled to perfection (chicken alternative available), Taku baked beans, coleslaw, pioneer fruit compote, fresh herb biscuits and sourdough bread, all made from scratch. Drinks are chilled and served with authentic glacier ice and special-recipe ginger cookies to complete the meal. The scrumptious aroma of the alderwood grill attracts not only human visitors, but also wild black bears. Take a guided interpretative nature walk, stroll the trails or soak in the serenity of a place barely touched by time before your return flight to Juneau. You can do it all with this exclusive combination tour of the Juneau area's premier attractions.

Notes:
All participants enjoy a window seat for enhanced viewing and a headset for continuous narration. Wildlife sightings are likely but are not guaranteed.
 

 

Whale Watching & Wildlife Quest
This sightseeing cruise features guaranteed whale watching. Following a short motor coach ride to scenic Auke Bay, you'll board a waterjet-powered catamaran specially designed for wildlife viewing. Relax in the warm, comfortable cabin surrounded by large windows as you ply the island-studded waters of Stephens Passage. This area is world-renowned as a favored summer feeding ground for humpback whales. Once whales have been sighted, your captain will gently maneuver the vessel to allow exceptional viewing and photo opportunities as these graceful ocean giants slowly arc their massive tail flukes into the air. The whales are often close enough to hear them breathe. An on-board naturalist will explain the behavior and habitat of the humpback whale and other wildlife you may encounter, including killer whales, Steller sea lions, Dall's porpoise, harbor seals, bald eagles and Sitka black-tail deer.

Notes:
Bring a warm jacket to wear on the topside observation deck. The operators of this tour guarantee that a whale will be sighted on this excursion. If not, you will receive a $100 cash refund from the tour operator at the conclusion of the tour. In the past ten years, whales have been sighted on every tour. The vessel is restroom-equipped. Binoculars and souvenir route maps are provided along with snacks and beverages.
 

 

 

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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.

 

 

 

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Book Additional Denali Excursions Exclusively Through
Holland America Line

Holland America Line offers a wide variety of excursions in Denali to fit your lifestyle, ranging from easy going activities to high adventure. Each of the tours provides the highest level of quality, safety, convenience and value. Once you have booked your cruise, you can easily book your Denali excursions online or contact the Holland America Shore Excursion Call Center.

If you have any questions or would like assistance booking your shore excursions please contact the HAL Shore Excursions Call Center at 1-888-425-9376 or 206.626.7320, Monday - Friday, 6:00 am - 6:00 pm, and Saturday & Sunday 8:00am - 4:30pm
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Summit McKinley Flight
Fly completely around Mt. McKinley and continue right up over the top of its towering summit for a one-of-kind Alaska experience. Sit back and relax as your multi-engine aircraft climbs high above Denali National Park covering miles of untamed wilderness and showcasing eye-popping scenery all along the way. Glide over U-shaped valleys and climb into a thrilling realm of snow-covered pinnacles. And when towering Mt. McKinley comes into view, you'll learn first hand why the mountain is called Denali, the "Great One." This gigantic mountain dwarfs all other massifs around it, keeping you glued to the edge of your window seat for one dramatic photo opportunity after another. Feel the excitement only a few mountaineers have experienced: the view from the top of North America's highest peak! The tour includes complete north and south side tour of McKinley. With the expert narration of your professional pilot and the opportunity to interact and ask questions through your aviation headsets, this adventure is nothing short of exhilarating. This is the ultimate flightseeing tour of Mt McKinley!

Notes:
Minimum age is 10 years.

 




 

River Rafting - Canyon Run
Hang on! It's whitewater ahead! You'll get splashed and enjoy every minute of this 11 mile, Class III-IV whitewater adventure on the Nenana River. Your experienced guides will navigate through such rapids as "Razorback," "Two Rocks" and "Cable Car" while you enjoy the ride and take in the stunning scenery.

Notes:
Minimum age is 11 years. Maximum weight is 350 lbs. Guests will be required to navigate 3 steps and walk 30 yards. All river gear, including commercial drysuits are provided. Socks are required. This tour operates regardless of weather.

 

 

 




Tundra Mountain Golfing
Experience a unique golfing excursion high in the mountains of Alaska. The Black Diamond Golf Course boasts a 9 hole rugged links course with spectacular views and is located next to a serene mountain lake. The package tour includes roundtrip transfers from your hotel, greens fees, clubs, power cart and a souvenir logo bag filled with tees, a logo ball, scorecard, ball marker, logo towel and as many playing balls you will need to finish your round.

Notes:
This tour will operate regardless of weather. Course was built on limited top soil. While a bit rough it is fun to play.

 

 




Steps through time - Interpretive Hike
Experience the concept of wilderness by stepping away from the developed area and immersing yourself in the tranquility of a hike through the forest. This guided hike will set you on the trail of discovery as your certified guide interprets many of the unique natural attributes of the area. Follow the trail of frontier hunters on the way to an old hunting cabin and take in some of the spectacular scenery on this invigorating hike. The trail offers some great overlooks of the Nenana River valley. This is a moderately strenuous hike.

Notes:
Dress in layers, wear sturdy shoes, and be prepared for any weather. This is a more strenuous hike than the Rock Creek Trail tour. Be prepared for uneven surfaces and some non-compact trails.

 

 

 

 

Triple Lakes Trail - Interpretive Hike
The Triple Lakes Trail inside Denali National Park offers visitors one of the best opportunities for a serene immersion into the boreal forest of Interior Alaska. This adventure, on an improved trail inside Denali National Park begins with a gradual and consistent hill climb providing spectacular views of the Nenana River and the expansive glacially-carved Yanert Valley. The trail then descends and levels off to provide access to the three alpine lakes that give this trail its name. Beautiful views of the lakes, bounded by the elevated ridges, make for some outstanding photo opportunities. The lakes are abundant with arctic grayling and also home to resident beavers. Moose enjoy the sheltered valley and other small mammals are abundant increasing the opportunity for wildlife viewing. Countless wildflowers can be seen on the hillsides adjacent to the trails and wild blueberries are abundant in August. This is a "must do" hike for any Denali visitor desiring to experience some solitude. This hike is rated as moderately strenuous due to the reasonably steep ascent at the onset of this hike. Only avid hikers with appropriate conditioning and footwear should consider this option. The round trip for this hike is approximately 4 miles and the estimated duration is 3-3.5 hours. Two person minimum is required.

Notes:
Dress in layers, wear sturdy shoes/hiking boots and be prepared for any weather. Minimum age is 11 years.

 

 

 

River Rafting - Wilderness Run
Take time to enjoy the scenery on this mild whitewater excursion along 13 miles of the Class I-II Upper Nenana River. Let your experienced guide share their knowledge of the wildlife and natural history of the area as you sit and enjoy this 13 mile excursion through a meandering glacial valley.

Notes:
Minimum age is 11 years. Maximum weight is 350 lbs. Guests will be required to navigate 3 steps and walk 30 yards. All guests are required to wear socks and have the capability to access rafts at water level as well as grasp paddle throughout tour. All river gear, including commercial drysuits are provided. Socks are required. This tour operates regardless of weather.

 

 

 

River Rafting - Paddle Run
If you're physically fit and ready for some moderate exercise, then grab a paddle and 'dig in' for an exhilarating ride down the Class III-IV Nenana River Canyon. Our experienced paddle captains will instruct you on the dynamics of paddle rafting. Then you'll follow their commands as you power through the waves.

Notes:
Minimum age is 16 years. Maximum weight is 350 lbs. Guests will be required to navigate 3 steps and walk 30 yards. All guests are required to wear socks and have the capability to access rafts at water level as well as grasp paddle throughout tour. All river gear, including commercial drysuits are provided. Socks are required. This tour operates regardless of weather.

 

 

 

 

Black Diamond ATV Adventure
Join your guide as you drive a 4-wheel All Terrain Vehicle on a truly exciting journey! Your adventure begins with safety training and riding information. Next, your guide will fit you with a helmet, safety glasses and gloves before you head off for your ride. This experience takes you back on old coal mining trails and spills you out onto the Dry Creek riverbed where Athabascan Indian artifacts have been found in archaeological digs. Soak in the mountain scenery as you head up high on Black Diamond Peak for views of the Healy Valley. Bring your camera as photo opportunities abound.

Notes:
Guests wishing to drive are required to have a valid driver's license. Minimum age to drive is 16 years. It is recommended that guests dress in layers. During inclement weather rain gear (if needed) and helmets are provided. This tour requires no previous experience and can be enjoyed by all. This tour will operate regardless of weather.

 

 

 

Black Diamond Treasure Hunt & Dining
An ultimate back country tour awaits you. Take a trip into the wilds of Alaska with your own personal guide where you will experience a fantastic adventure while driving a Polaris ATV. Feel empowered while working together to find hidden views, secret sites and geo-caches where you can leave a treasure and pick one out for yourself to take home. This tour will have you solving mini mysteries while navigating remote trails using GPS and maps. Each mini mystery draws you closer to the rustic pavilion where a full service camp style meal awaits you. This adventure will lead you to places that only the mind can imagine. Look down from high up the Black Diamond peak, navigate old mining trails and all bear tales about the people of this region. This is a tour that everyone can enjoy. An ultimate back country tour awaits you. Take a trip into the wilds of Alaska with your own personal guide where you will experience a fantastic adventure while driving a Polaris ATV. Feel empowered while working together to find hidden views, secret sites and geo-caches where you can leave a treasure and pick one out for yourself to take home. This tour will have you solving mini mysteries while navigating remote trails using GPS and maps. Each mini mystery draws you closer to the rustic pavilion where a full service camp style meal awaits you. This adventure will lead you to places that only the mind can imagine. Look down from high up the Black Diamond peak, navigate old mining trails and all bear tales about the people of this region. This is a tour that everyone can enjoy.

Notes:
These ATV's are covered, have seatbelts and can accommodate up to 5 people in addition to your driver/guide. This is a perfect tour for families. It is recommended that guests dress in layers and be prepared for all types of weather. Rain Gear and gloves will be provided to each guest for use on this tour. Each ATV will be given a GPS and Maps. This tour operates regardless of weather. For adults, this tour includes up to two glasses or beer or wine per person.

 

 

Covered Wagon Adventure with Backcountry Dining
Relax and journey into the woods of Alaska while being pulled by draft horses in a comfortable covered wagon. Your guide will tell you stories of the area's coal mining history and entertain you with local folklore, facts and more. At our covered pavilion enjoy a relaxing meal freshly prepared with only the finest ingredients by our entertaining staff. You will have time to look around the area before heading back. Be sure to bring your camera and be on the look out for wildlife.

Notes:
Guests must climb 3 steps into Wagon. It is suggested that guests be prepared for any type of weather. Please dress in layers.

 

 

 

Denali Jeep Backcountry Safari
You and your fellow adventurers will take the wheel of 4-wheel-drive Jeep Wranglers® and follow your guide on a spectacular off-road journey on the edge of Denali National Park. Your destination is the Stampede Road. The first few miles are paved, but beyond this point your guide will lead you along some very primitive roadway providing you with plenty of bumps and dips and sways. Your Jeep Wrangler® carries four guests, and there will be ample opportunity to switch drivers so everyone aged 25 years and older with a driver's license can enjoy the thrill of maneuvering along this wilderness road. Interactive two-way radios allow your guide to explain the area's rich history, point out interesting sights along the way, plus provide tips on the condition of the road ahead! Throughout the trip, you'll be able to ask the guide questions and share the experience with your fellow drivers. You will enjoy a hearty Alaskan snack on this tour.

Notes:
Minimum age is 5 years. Minimum weight is 40 lbs. Drivers must be at least 25 years old, present a valid driver's license and sign a liability / insurance waiver. Jeep Wranglers is automatic transmission and can carry up to four passengers per vehicle. There will be ample time to switch drivers so that everyone interested in driving will have the opportunity. A booster seat will be required for all children under 4'9". If needed, our local tour operator have booster seats available for guest use.

 

 

 

Wilderness Living Adventure & Dog Cart Ride
How did the hunters, trappers, and woodsmen of old travel and live in the wilderness of Alaska? This tour is an exciting and fun filled soft adventure that provides a look at this life style, both past and present. At a river side camp visit with and learn from Alaskans that make their living and raise their families in the wilderness near Denali. Your hosts are hunters, trappers and woodsmen who will share stories, tales and a few tricks about their lives in this remote part of Alaska. See a presentation of what winters are like in Denali, enjoy a snack at the camp and have an opportunity to photograph Caribou up close. Then head down the road to the dog cart ride. Powerful racing dogs will pull your cart on a rustic trail as you watch for views of Mt. McKinley (weather permitting) before returning to your hotel.

Notes:
This tour is not wheel chair accessible.

 

 

 

Denali Glacier Landing by Helicopter
Explore the beautiful Yanert Glacier at the base of Mt. Deborah. This Glacier Expedition tour leads you to the breathtaking Ice Falls in Yanert Valley. You'll soar through the Glacier carved valleys and be awe-inspired by the unique landscape as the Alaska Range towers on the horizon. Land on the advancing Yanert Glacier and be mesmerized by its beauty. Explore the Glacier with your pilot / guide. Enjoy your return trip back and keep an eye out for moose, bear, and caribou.

Notes:
Guests will be required to navigate 2 steps into helicopter. Flight is 20 minutes each direction and 20 minutes on the glacier. Children need to be 2 or older and require their own seat.

 

 

 

Discover Denali Flightseeing
Enjoy a flightseeing trip that offers views of Denali National Park that are simply unimaginable from the ground. Each trip around the mountain originates from our private airstrip in the scenic Yanert valley and parallels the Alaska Range all the way to Mt. McKinley. This flight provides up-close views of the rugged glacial beauty of the Alaska Range and Denali National Park. Flexible routing allows your pilot to provide the best views (over 90% of passengers see Mt. McKinley) even on days when the mountain is not visible from the road. Each tour is fully narrated through individual headphones and all seats are window seats.

Notes:
Maximum weight is 400 lbs. Guests will be required to walk 50 yards and climb 4 steps to access aircraft. Children under 2 can travel on the laps of their parents. Children over 2 years will require their own seat.

 

 

 

Denali Heli-Hiking by Helicopter
Join the adventure of a lifetime on a popular Heli-hiking tour. Located just outside the Denali National Park boundaries, the Yanert Valley hiking area offers low to moderate hiking along a tundra ridgeline, and spectacular vistas of Alaska. You are dropped off after a short helicopter flight to the open wilderness of Alaska's backcountry. View the flora and fauna of the area with your professional guide and possibly spot wildlife in its natural habitat. Includes small snack, bottled water, and limited outdoor gear as needed. (You must have proper foot wear to do this tour.)

Notes:
Minimum age is 2 years. Maximum weight is 400 lbs. Guests will be required to navigate 2 steps into helicopter. All participants must have proper foot wear for this tour as guest will be navigating uneven ground on this tour. Closed toed shoes or boots are required. It is also recommended that guests dress in layers (should include warm jacket). Operator will provide overboots and additional raingear or gloves if needed. Children need to be 2 or older and require their own seat.

 

 

Denali Excursion by Helicopter
This Denali Excursion offers an aerial view of Denali National Park and North America's highest peak, Mt. McKinley. Soar over this spectacular 6-million acre preserve and see a hanging glacier, the Polychrome Mountains, and weather permitting, the majestic Mt. McKinley. During inclement weather an alternate tour route will take you over the Yanert Glacier where you will fly over glacier carved valleys rich with Denali wildlife.

Notes:
Guests will be required to navigate 2 steps into helicopter. Flight time is approximately 35 minutes. Children need to be 2 or older and require their own seat.

 

 

Denali Fly Fishing for Arctic Grayling (Half Day)
On this half-day trip, anglers will learn the basics of fly casting, how to match the hatch, landing fish and catch-and-release techniques for Arctic grayling. Fishing is on local streams and will vary depending on conditions. Some walking over uneven terrain is involved including wading in moving water. No fly fishing experience is needed however you must be able to walk and wade a minimum of a half mile. Transportation and all gear is included.

Notes:
Please bring $20 cash for your one day Alaska fishing license. All fishing gear, flies, rain jackets and hip waders are included. It is also suggested that guests bring extra socks, bug repellant and your camera. Dress in layers and be prepared for any weather.

 

 

 

McKinley Glacier Landing by Airplane
Land on a glacier on Mt. McKinley and experience the Ice Age! Your flight seeing tour includes views of both the North and South sides of Mt. McKinley, including the Wickersham Wall and the Don Sheldon Amphitheater. You will fly past steep walls of rock and ice, with azure-blue glacier melt-ponds, blue ice, and glacier moraines below. Experience the thrill of landing on one of Mt. McKinley's glaciers where you can throw snowballs, take pictures, and enjoy the wilderness beauty and vastness of Denali National Park. This flight lands on Mt. McKinley and includes a fully-narrated tour. All guests have a window seat and interactive headsets.

Notes:
On this tour guests will need to step into and out of a small aircraft door and navigate a short distance on the glacier. Children under two may ride on their parents laps. Children over 2 are required to have their own seat. All guests will be required to have proper footwear (closed toed shoes/hiking boots) and warm layered clothing. Tour operator will provide overboots as needed. Landings are based on weather conditions at time of flight.

 

 

 

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