Skagway Shore Excursions

Another spot ideal for its easy access to pristine wilderness, there’s a myriad of options to choose from on your Skagway shore excursion.  However, with a population of under a thousand souls and just one main street, it can get very crowded when more than 10,000 people come pouring off the cruise ships on a busy summer day! Our collection of private tour options are designed to allow you to take in all that Skagway has to offer without getting lost in the crowds!

Glacier Bay Flightseeing (1.5-hours)

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.

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Naturalist’s Paradise Adventure (6.5-hours)

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.

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Multi-Sport Family Adventure (9.5-hours)

This trip combines glacier flightseeing, hiking, and kayaking. The action starts in Skagway, where you meet your bush pilot and head off to explore the skies. You’ll pass Rainbow Glacier, the Davidson Icefall, and the waterfall-strewn cliffs of the Lynn Fjord. In Haines, board a private vehicle for the drive to Chilkoot 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. You’ll encounter your sea kayak at the lake, and soon find yourself gliding silently along the shoreline as you watch for brown bear, eagles, and harbor seals. Next, you’ll head to the rainforest to begin your hike. Your guide will help you identify various plants along the way, and you’ll soon step out onto a pristine beach with stunning views of the sea and the mountains. Relax and enjoy a picnic lunch in this spectacular setting. Afterwards, you’ll return to Haines to catch a high-speed catamaran back to Skagway. The 45-minute journey offers plenty of opportunities to spot humpback whales, harbor seals, and seabirds.

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Icefield Flightseeing & Glacier Dogsledding (2-hours)

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.

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Haines Offbeat Attractions (6.5-hours)

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.

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Chilkoot Lake & Wildlife Kayak Tour (6.5-hours)

Break away from the crowds of Skagway for some kayaking in a true naturalist’s paradise—Haines, Alaska. The trip begins with a 35-minute catamaran 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. Upon arrival in Haines, you’ll drive to Chilkoot Lake State Park, which boasts important Tlingit sites, a salmon-filled river, and a turquoise lake surrounded by snow-capped mountains. Here, you’ll encounter your sea kayak and soon find yourself gliding silently along the shoreline of the lake, where huge waterfalls spill off of the cliffs, 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. Afterwards, return to town for a deluxe seafood lunch at the Lighthouse Restaurant, and return to Skagway via high-speed catamaran.

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Deluxe Classic Skagway (6-hours)

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.

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Naturalist’s Paradise with Glacier Bay Flightsee (6.5-hours)

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.

To enquire about pricing or learn more about this experience please contact one of our travel planners.


Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve Rafting (6.5-hours)

Treat yourself to a private rafting and scenic driving tour through the famous Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve. Starting at the pier in Skagway, you’ll embark on 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. In Haines, enjoy a riverside drive along the incredibly scenic Haines Highway. Glacier-clad mountains thrust to the sky, colourful wildflowers line the road, and green riverside channels provide habitat for moose, bear and trumpeter swans. 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. 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. Afterwards, enjoy a delicious riverside picnic before returning to board the fast ferry back to Skagway.

To enquire about pricing or learn more about this experience please contact one of our travel planners.


Flightseeing and Rafting (6.5-hours)

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. In Haines, enjoy a riverside drive along the incredibly scenic Haines Highway. Glacier-clad mountains thrust to the sky, colourful wildflowers line the road, and green riverside channels provide habitat for moose, bear and trumpeter swans. 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. 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! Afterwards, enjoy a delicious riverside picnic before boarding 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.

To enquire about pricing or learn more about this experience please contact one of our travel planners.


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 favourite 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. The tour includes a deluxe picnic 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!

To enquire about pricing or learn more about this experience please contact one of our travel planners.


Glacier Bay Flightseeing & Haines Photography Tour (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.

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 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. The tour includes a deluxe picnic 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 45-minute shared fast ferry for your journey back to Skagway. Your guide will acquaint you with the natural history of Lynn Canal as you look for humpback whales, harbor seals, and bald eagles. Return to your ship filled with memories and photographs to last a lifetime!

To enquire about pricing or learn more about this experience please contact one of our travel planners.

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