Skagway
08/31/2019 5:00 PM
08/31/2019 8:00 AM

Optional Private Excursions available for purchase

Avoid the crowds and hustle and bustle associated with a group activity. For a memorable trip ashore, we invite you to consider a private shore excursion. Enjoy the undivided attention of your own driver/guide and the flexibility of experiencing the aspects of the local culture that most interest you. Below are just some samples of the private shore excursions we can arrange for you. Give us a call or email us. Let us personalize your experience!

Skagway: Private Deluxe Classic Skagway - (6-hours)
Highlights:
Enjoy this version of the popular White Pass Summit Railroad and highway tour with a bonus—an escort who is knowledgeable in Skagway’s gold rush history, wildlife, and natural history. Your journey begins when you board the historic narrow gauge White Pass and Yukon Route Railroad and travel to the summit of White Pass. Along the way, you’ll marvel at the spectacular scenery that makes this trip a classic, with your guide there to highlight the natural and historic points of interest. Upon reaching the summit, you’ll disembark the train and board a private vehicle for a visit to the Yukon Suspension Bridge. Venture out onto the bridge to take in the turbulent waters of the Tutshi River below. Walk along the boardwalk to enjoy the miniature world of alpine wildflowers. After your visit, you will begin your descent back to Skagway. Unlike the train, your vehicle has the flexibility to stop when and where you want—allowing you to capture as many photographic opportunities as you like. Highlights include rushing waterfalls, pristine lakes, and views of the glaciated peaks. Back in Skagway, stop at the Gold Rush Cemetery for a short hike to Reid Falls. Top the tour off with a fully narrated tour of downtown Skagway, or continue directly back to your ship. 

Tour can operate:
Anytime while in port.
 
Inclusions: All transportation, guide/escort to the train depot, guide to accompany your group on the train, private vehicle and driver with guide for sightseeing and lunch.
 
Please Note: This tour includes lunch and beverages at either the Yukon Suspension Bridge or another venue in Skagway depending on timing and availability. Train cars are shared, return transfer with sightseeing is private. Passports are required for this tour.
 
Not Included:
Anything not listed as included.
Skagway: Private Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve Rafting - (6.5-hours)
Highlights:
Treat yourself to a private rafting and scenic driving tour through the famous Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve. The trip begins with a 45-minute shared fast ferry ride along the steep-walled fjords that connect Skagway to Haines. Your guide will acquaint you with the history of Lynn Canal as you look for humpback whales, harbor seals, and seabirds. 

Once in Haines, enjoy a riverside drive along the Haines Highway. The drive is incredibly scenic: glacier-clad mountains thrust to the sky, colorful wildflowers line the road, and green riverside channels provide habitat for moose, bear, and trumpeter swans. The highway was declared a National Scenic Byway in 2009. 

Upon arrival at the put-in point at the river, you will board your raft and enjoy a scenic float down the Chilkat River through the famous Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve. You will be immersed in the Alaskan wilderness, floating the silent river. Paddling is not required, as your expert guide will push the raft along, leaving your hands free for your binoculars or camera. 

Along the way, your guide will interpret the natural history of the area, and share some exciting stories from life in the Alaskan wilderness. You will learn to spot bald eagles and gain an appreciation for the challenges that bald eagles face to survive. Early in the summer, resident eagles are often seen coming and going from their nest to feed their young. As the summer continues and the river fills with salmon, more and more eagles arrive to feed. By September, over one hundred bald eagles can be seen in just one and a half hour on the river. 

After rafting, enjoy a boxed lunch on your way back to Haines. You will board the shared fast ferry to Skagway and return to your ship with memories of an unforgettable adventure.

Tour can operate:
Anytime while in port.
 
Inclusions:
All transportation to and from Skagway via fast ferry, picnic-style lunch along the river.
 
Please note:
Guests must be able to walk on or over uneven terrain for short distances.
 
Not Included:
Anything not listed as included.
 
Skagway: Private Flightseeing and Rafting - (6.5-hours)
Highlights:

Your adventure begins as you board your private Alaskan bush plane for a 50-minute glacier tour. Soar past Rainbow Glacier, a hanging glacier with an immense waterfall pouring from its face. Continue to the Davidson Glacier to look down upon the Davidson Icefall, crisscrossed with crevasses and ice towers. This is a great opportunity to look for mountain goats as you glide over a sea of ice on your way to Haines.

Upon arrival in Haines, meet your expert guide and enjoy a riverside drive along the Haines Highway. The drive is incredibly scenic: glacier-clad mountains thrust to the sky, colorful wildflowers line the road, and green riverside channels provide habitat for moose, bear, and trumpeter swans. The highway was declared a National Scenic Byway in 2009. Upon arrival at the put-in point at the river, you will board your raft and enjoy a scenic float down the Chilkat River through the famous Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve. You will be immersed in the Alaskan wilderness, floating the silent river. Paddling is not required, as your expert guide will push the raft along, leaving your hands free for your binoculars or camera.

Along the way, your guide will interpret the natural history of the area, and share some exciting stories from life in the Alaskan wilderness. You will learn to spot bald eagles and gain an appreciation for the challenges that bald eagles face to survive. Early in the summer, resident eagles are often seen coming and going from their nest to feed their young. As the summer continues and the river fills with salmon, more and more eagles arrive to feed. By September, over one hundred bald eagles can be seen in just one and a half hour on the river!

After rafting, enjoy a boxed lunch on your way back to Haines. Once back in Haines, you will board a shared fast ferry for a 45-minute journey back to Skagway. Experience the natural history of Lynn Canal as you look for humpback whales, harbor seals, and a variety of seabirds. You will reboard your ship filled with memories and photographs from an unforgettable adventure.

Tour can operate:
Anytime while in port.
 
Inclusions:
All transportation, guide and picnic lunch.
 
Not Included:
Anything not listed as included.
 
Skagway: Photography Tour to Haines (6.5 Hours)
Escape the crowds of Skagway and focus on photographing the stunning scenery of the Chilkat Valley. Cradled at the base of the Chilkat Peninsula, flanked by the Lynn Fjord and Chilkat River, Haines is filled with natural wonders. Your expert photography guide will assist you in capturing the best of the Chilkat Valley's unique attractions.

The trip begins with a 45-minute shared fast ferry ride along the steep-walled fjord connecting Skagway to Haines. Your guide will acquaint you with the natural history of Lynn Canal as you look for humpback whales, harbor seals, and bald eagles.

Upon your arrival in Haines, your guide will select favorite locations and provide you with ample time to set up the best shots. Depending on the lighting and weather, different locations in the Chilkat Valley boast specific photographic highlights. May, June, and July feature wildflowers and eagles. Beginning in August, pink salmon begin their run up the Chilkoot River to spawn. This is the best opportunity to see brown bears as they are often witnessed feeding along the banks of the river. 

The theme is flexibility, fun, and learning rather than adherence to a rigid schedule. Even a simple point-and-shoot camera or phone will work, but bring all your photo gear. The tour includes a box lunch so that you can eat when you want to and focus on getting the shots that you desire. 

At tour’s end, board the shared fast ferry for your journey back to Skagway and return to your ship filled with memories and photographs to last a lifetime!
Skagway: Private Naturalist's Paradise Adventure - (6.5 hours)
Highlights:
If Skagway is the big city, Haines is a naturalist’s paradise. Cradled at the base of the Chilkat Peninsula, flanked by the Lynn Fjord and Chilkat River, it boasts some of the most pristine country in Southeast Alaska. This trip begins with a 35-minute catamaran ride along the steep-walled fjords that connect Skagway to Haines. Your naturalist guide will immediately start acquainting you with the area’s unique plants, animals and ecosystems, as well as the natural history of Lynn Canal, as you look for humpback whales, harbor seals, and a variety of seabirds. Upon arrival in Haines, take a seaside drive to Chilkoot Lake State Park, which boasts a turquoise lake surrounded by snow-capped mountains, important Tlingit cultural sites, and a salmon-filled river flowing into the sea. Depending on the season, watch for migratory birds, brown bears, harbor seals, bald eagles, and wildflowers. After a scenic 10-mile drive along the Chilkat to view the Rainbow Glacier, you’ll return to town for lunch at a restaurant favoured by locals. Finally, you will return to Skagway via high-speed catamaran.

Tour can operate:
Anytime while in port.
 
Inclusions:
All transportation to and from the cruise ship terminal, private guided tour and picnic lunch. Roundtrip shared fast ferry transport to and from Skagway.

Please note:
Wildlife sightings are not a guarantee

 
Not Included:
Anything not listed as included.
 
Skagway: Private Multi-sport Family Adventure - (9.5 hours)
Highlights:

This trip combines glacier flightseeing, hiking, and kayaking for the ultimate Alaskan adventure! The action starts in Skagway, where you meet your bush pilot and head off to explore the glacier-studded country by air. Pass Rainbow Glacier, a spectacular hanging glacier with an immense waterfall pouring from its face. Look down upon the Davidson Icefall, crisscrossed with crevasses and ice towers. Keep an eye out for mountain goats as you work your way along the waterfall-strewn rock cliffs of the Lynn Fjord.

Land in Haines and board your private vehicle for a tour along the ocean’s edge to Chilkoot State Park, which boasts important Tlingit cultural sites, a salmon-filled river, and a turquoise lake surrounded by snow-capped mountains.

Once you arrive at the lake, take in the scenery and climb into your sea kayak. Sea kayaking is easy to learn and your expert guide will show you the basics of paddling. Outfitted with the proper gear, you’ll be gliding silently along the shores of the lake in no time. Leave the road behind and keep an eye out for brown bear and bald eagles, as you paddle past numerous waterfalls pouring out of the rocky cliffs above.

Next, head to the rain forest to begin your hike. After about one hour of walking, step out of the forest and on to a pristine beach with stunning views of the sea and the glacier-studded mountains.

Return to Haines and board a shared fast ferry for a 45-minute journey back to Skagway. Experience the natural history of Lynn Canal as you look for humpback whales, harbor seals, and bald eagles. Reboard your ship filled with memories and photographs from an unforgettable adventure.


Tour can operate:
Anytime while in port.
 
Inclusions:
All transportation to and from the cruise terminal, private guide, scenic flight from Skagway to Haines, guided sea kayak instructions and tour, guided hiking and picnic lunch. Return transport to Skagway by shared fast ferry.
 
Not Included:
Anything not listed as included.
 
Skagway: Dogsledding and Glacier Flightseeing - (2 hours)
Highlights:
Combine helicopter flightseeing with Alaska’s favorite sport—dog sledding—on this thrilling excursion. After a breathtaking flight over glaciers, you’ll land at a dog camp on the Denver Glacier. Here, experienced guides will introduce you to the world of “mushing” and the art of dog sledding, and you’ll discover just how friendly Alaskan huskies can be. This is an experience that offers plenty of great photo opportunities—plus the thrill of driving a team of sled dogs. Of course, you’re also welcome to simply relax in the sled while observing the breathtaking scenery around you. Either way, you’ll quickly learn the lure of the trail and the thrill of driving a dog team. Feel free to ask your guides—professional mushers—about their myriad backcountry experiences.

Tour can operate:
Anytime while in port.
 
Inclusions:
All transportation to and from the cruise ship dock, overshoes and safety vests provided.
Flights are private and dog camps shared.
 
Not Included:
Anything not listed as included.
 
Skagway: Private Chilkoot Lake & Wildlife Kayak Tour - (6.5 hours)
Highlights:

Break away from the crowds of Skagway for some kayaking in a true naturalist’s paradise—Haines, Alaska. The trip begins with a 45-minute shared fast ferry ride along the steep-walled fjords that connect Skagway to Haines. Your guide will acquaint you with the history of Lynn Canal as you look for humpback whales, harbor seals, and bald eagles.

Upon arrival in Haines, you’ll drive to Chilkoot Lake State Park, which boasts important Tlingit cultural sites, a salmon-filled river, and a turquoise lake surrounded by snow-capped mountains. Keep an eye out for wildlife; bald eagles, brown bear, and migratory birds are often seen here.

Once you arrive at the lake, take in the scenery and board your sea kayak. Sea kayaking is easy to learn and your expert guide will show you the basics of paddling. Outfitted with the proper gear, you’ll soon be gliding silently along the shores of the lake. This pristine lake is uncrowded and the scenery is spectacular. Huge waterfalls spill off the cliffs surrounding the lake, lush green forests crowd the shoreline, and wildlife abounds. Depending on the season, sockeye salmon may be spawning, eagles may be nesting, wildflowers may be at their peak, and brown bears may be feeding. Your guide will do their best to give you the wildlife-viewing opportunity of a lifetime, all from your kayak.

After kayaking, enjoy a scenic drive back to town and board the shared fast ferry for your journey back to Skagway with memories and photographs from an unforgettable adventure.


Tour can operate:
Anytime while in port.
 
Inclusions:
All transportation, round trip shared fast ferry from Skagway to Haines, private instructions and picnic lunch.
 
Not Included:
Anything not listed as included.
 
Skagway: Glacier Bay Flightseeing
This exclusive private tour provides you with an opportunity to explore Glacier Bay National Park by Alaskan bush plane.

Your local guide will greet you dockside and transfer you to the Skagway airport. There, you’ll meet your pilot—an experienced flyer who has been exploring the mountain passes around Glacier Bay since 1992. Your classic De Havilland Beaver features oversized windows for taking in the big scenery. Take to the skies and experience the dynamic beauty, power, and vast ice expanses of Alaska’s renowned Glacier Bay National Park. View ice spirals, deep blue crevasses, the valley floor, hanging glaciers, craggy peaks, and more! Keep an eye out for mountain goats, moose, and brown and black bear. Marvel at the dozens of waterfalls that pour out of the steep mountainsides. Your pilot will explain the geologic forces at work as you cross the rugged Chilkat Mountains and soar over massive glaciers, cobalt blue lakes, and iceberg-filled bays.

Return to Skagway and reboard your ship filled with memories and photographs from an unforgettable adventure.

Tour can operate:
Anytime while in port.
 
Inclusions: All transportation, private flightseeing, and guide.

Please note:Guests’ weights are required for the flight. Maximum group size 6 per departure.

Not Included:
Anything not listed as included
Skagway: Haines Offbeat Attractions
Escape the crowds of Skagway and head to Haines, an authentic, off-the-beaten track location filled with natural wonders.

The trip begins with a 45-minute shared fast ferry ride along the steep-walled fjord connecting Skagway to Haines. Your guide will acquaint you with the natural history of Lynn Canal as you look for humpback whales, harbor seals, and bald eagles.

Upon your arrival in Haines, you will visit the Hammer Museum, a quirky museum dedicated to man’s first tool, and spanning history from the Egyptian pyramids to the Space Age. Next, you will enjoy a scenic drive along the Chilkat River down to Chilkat State Park. Dominated by a huge waterfall pouring out the face of Rainbow Glacier with the snow-capped Chilkat Mountains in the background, the view here is spectacular! Serving as an artist’s haven, you will have the opportunity to meet a couple of local artists, John and Sharon Svenson, and tour their handcrafted timber-frame gallery filled with unique and unusual creations.

Your excursion will be topped off with a tour of historic Fort Seward and a final stop at the Pilot Light Restaurant, where owner, Cambria Goodwin, featured on “Cupcake Wars”, will serve a tasty meal featuring her signature salmon bisque soup, Caesar salad, home-baked bread, and of course, dessert.

Tour can operate:
Anytime while in port.

Inclusions: All transportation to and from Skagway, guide, and lunch at the Pilot Light Restaurant.

Please note: Maximum group size 14 per departure.

Not Included:
Anything not listed as included.

Skagway: Naturalist's Paradise with Glacier Flightseeing
Break away from the crowds of Skagway and visit a true naturalist’s paradise – Haines, Alaska on this 6.5-hour adventure.

Your tour begins as you board your private Alaskan bush plane on this 50-minute guided flight. Take to the skies and experience the grandeur of Glacier Bay National Park. Soar past the face of the Rainbow Glacier, a hanging glacier with an immense waterfall pouring from its face. Continue to the Davidson Glacier to look down upon the Davidson Icefall, crisscrossed with crevasses and ice towers. Cross over the Chilkat Mountains and explore the East Arm of Glacier Bay, including the McBride and Muir Glaciers. Discover the textures, colors, and light that make Glacier Bay one of Alaska’s premier attractions. Keep an eye out for mountain goats as you glide over a sea of ice on your way to Haines.
 
Upon arrival in Haines, take a seaside drive to Chilkoot Lake State Park, which boasts a turquoise lake surrounded by snow-capped mountains, important Tlingit cultural sites, and a salmon-filled river flowing into the sea. Depending on the season, watch for migratory birds, brown bears, harbor seals, bald eagles, and wildflowers.

Your tour is topped off with a final stop at the Pilot Light Restaurant, where owner, Cambria Goodwin, featured on “Cupcake Wars”, serves a tasty meal featuring her signature salmon bisque soup, Caesar salad, home-baked bread, and of course, dessert. After this delicious meal return to Skagway via shared fast ferry.

Tour can operate:
Anytime while in port.

Inclusions: All transportation to and from the cruise ship terminal, private flightseeing, private guided tour, lunch at the Pilot Light Restaurant, and shared fast ferry transport to Skagway.

Please note: Wildlife sightings are not a guarantee. Guests’ weights are required for the flight. Maximum group size 12 per departure.

Not Included:
Anything not listed as included.

Skagway: Glacier Flightseeing & Haines Photography (6.5-hours)

Escape the crowds of Skagway and focus on photographing the stunning scenery of the Chilkat Valley. Cradled at the base of the Chilkat Peninsula, flanked by the Lynn Fjord and Chilkat River, Haines is filled with natural wonders. Your expert photography guide will assist you in capturing the best of the Chilkat Valley's unique attractions.

The trip begins with a 45-minute shared fast ferry ride along the steep-walled fjord connecting Skagway to Haines. Your guide will acquaint you with the natural history of Lynn Canal as you look for humpback whales, harbor seals, and bald eagles.

Upon your arrival in Haines, your guide will select favorite locations and provide you with ample time to set up the best shots. Depending on the lighting and weather, different locations in the Chilkat Valley boast specific photographic highlights. May, June, and July feature wildflowers and eagles. Beginning in August, pink salmon begin their run up the Chilkoot River to spawn. This is the best opportunity to see brown bears as they are often witnessed feeding along the banks of the river.

The theme is flexibility, fun, and learning rather than adherence to a rigid schedule. Even a simple point-and-shoot camera or phone will work, but bring all your photo gear. The tour includes a box lunch so that you can eat when you want to and focus on getting the shots that you desire.

At tour’s end, board the shared fast ferry for your journey back to Skagway and return to your ship filled with memories and photographs to last a lifetime!


Tour can operate:
Anytime while in port.

Inclusions: All transportation to and from Skagway, private flightseeing, photography guide, picnic-style lunch, and fast ferry.

Please note:  Guests’ weights are required for the flight. Maximum group size 12 per departure.

Not Included:
Anything not listed as included.

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