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Excursions

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Jrb599

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#1
My girlfriend and I narrowed the list down to 4, do you guys have any recommendations?
Below is a list of the 4 we are considering. THanks guys!

Skagway Shore Excursions
1) Heli - Hike & White Pass Railway

Approximate Duration: 5 hours

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Adult Pricing From: $373

This tour is sure to fulfill all your desires for the ultimate adventure in Skagway! A scenic helicopter flight is combined with a train ride aboard the historic White Pass & Yukon Route Railway, and a breathtaking wilderness hike in the Tongass National Forest. This fully guided wilderness experience offers the perfect mix of adventure, exercise and unforgettable scenery. Your day begins with a helicopter flight over the Juneau Icefields, along the Sawtooth Mountain range and over Goat Lake, before landing at Glacier Station. After a brief orientation and gear grab, you'll be off on a four-mile roundtrip hike along the raging Skagway River to the viewpoint of the magnificent Laughton Glacier. This remote sub-Alpine valley offers wonderful views and an endless array of flora and fauna. Be on the lookout for moose, bears and mountain goats which call this valley home. Once back at the Wilderness Whistle Stop, board the "Scenic Railway of the World" for an approximate one-hour train ride back to Skagway. You'll treasure the variety, exhilaration, extraordinary beauty and companionship of this very special day in Skagway. Note: Participants must be at least 9 years of age and in good physical condition. This is a wilderness hike over uneven and sometimes difficult terrain. Hiking boots or shoes with ankle support are recommended. Rain gear, lumbar packs and trekking poles are provided. Flight time is approximately 15 minutes. Tour duration includes approximately three hours on the trail (4 to 5 miles). This tour is non-refundable. For all helicopter tours, participants who weigh 250 lbs. or more will pay a surcharge. Approximate weight of each participant must be provided. Time spent on the glacier is approximate and may vary due to weather and glacial conditions. Glacier boots are provided at the heliport.
2) Sawtooth Mountain Rainforest Hike & Railway

Approximate Duration: 5 hours

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Adult Pricing From: $123

This tour combines a short rail trip aboard the historic White Pass & Yukon Route Railway with a dramatic wilderness hike. Board the historic railroad for a brief ride to a wilderness whistle stop and the Denver Trailhead. Experienced guides will accompany you through the dense temperate rainforest, filled with beautiful old-growth western hemlocks. Lookout points provide spectacular views of the raging waters of the Skagway River, the Denver Glacier Valley and the magnificent Sawtooth Mountain Range. There are plenty of opportunities along the way for photographs and wildlife viewing. Guides will provide information on the valley's forest, plants and geology. On the trail, be provided with snacks and water and at the end of the hike you'll be served beverages while enjoying the train ride back to town. Note: Participants must be at least 9 years of age and in good physical condition. This is a wilderness hike over uneven and sometimes difficult terrain. Hiking boots or shoes with good ankle support are recommended. Rain gear, lumbar packs and trekking poles are provided. Train returns from Canada - all participants are required to carry a valid passport. Tour duration includes approximately three hours on the trail (4 to 5 miles).
3) Glacier Point Wilderness Safari

Approximate Duration: 5 1/2 hours

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Adult Pricing From: $235

This outstanding wilderness expedition leads you through the beauty of Alaska as you journey through fjords, rainforests, colorful wildflowers and towering mountains, ultimately taking you face-to-face with the Davidson Glacier. Your adventure begins with an approximately 40-minute cruise through Alaska's deepest fjord aboard one of the fastest catamarans in North America. Watch for whales and sea lions along the way to a remote beach landing at Glacier Point, one of the most beautiful places in Alaska. After a short adventurous drive and a scenic, approximately quarter-mile walk, the forest suddenly opens to a breathtaking view of the glacier. A 31-foot canoe waits to take you past icebergs to the face of the blue glacier. Throughout your tour, expert guides share their extensive knowledge of this amazing area. A tasty snack box will be served on board the catamaran on the way to Glacier Point. Note: Outerwear and boots are provided. Participants must be at least 7 years of age. For more details about this tour please visit: http://www.glacierpointsafari.com/norwegian
4) Hike & Float The Chilkoot Trail

Approximate Duration: 4 1/4 hours

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Adult Pricing From: $105

Hike the Chilkoot Trail - a tranquil place of incredible beauty with rainforest, streams teeming with spawning salmon and birds, animals, wild flowers and edible berries. The trail brings you to the banks of the Taiya River, where your 35-minute float trip (with no whitewater) begins. The ride culminates at the tidal estuary where the forest gives way to fields of beach greens and wild iris. The granite walls of the fjord rise up steeply, becoming snowcapped peaks serrated by hanging glaciers. Enjoy a riverside snack before returning to your ship. Note: Participants must be at least 7 years of age, in good physical condition and able to hike to 700 feet in elevation (2 miles). We recommend you dress in layers. Ponchos and boots are provided. The float trip has no white water and can be enjoyed by anyone. For more details about this tour please visit: http://www.chilkoot-trail-hike-and-float.com/norwegian
 
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nieciez

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#2
Decisions, decisions....I am in the "same boat" as you trying to decided on what to do on our first trip to Alaska in a couple weeks. For Skagway we've decided on the Yukon Expedition and White Pass Railway. In Ketchikan it will be Flightseeing-Crab Feast and in Juneau Whale Watching and Mendenhall Glacier. Have fun planning!
 
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BSeabob

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#3
anything that takes in the Railroad is a trip you have to do...... do a little reading up on it before you go.
As late as the mid seventies we used to get all our dry goods and stuff barged up from Vancouver and over the pass into Whitehorse and then trucked again to the various small towns. Ore from the many mines went the other way.
 
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Yukon

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#4
The railway is excellent, but with the 2 hike combos you're asking about, you don't see the best part of the train ride (the Summit) area. The Glacier Point Wilderness Safari, OTOH, gets consistent rave reviews (I haven't been on it yet).

Murray
 
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AlaskaMoose

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#5
The Skagway White Pass Rail trip is the main draw for that port. It's an amazing excursion which I'm sure you will enjoy for the beautiful scenery along the rails.

In Juneau, we did do a whale watching excursion on Akuke Bay. Within 5 minutes, we starting seeing multiple whales. Highly recommended. We booked these tours through the cruise line (HAL).

Happy Cruising!
 
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Yukon

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#7
The "standards" in Juneau are:
- the Mt. Roberts tramway - buy your ticket when you arrive if the weather is decent ($25 for an all-day pass)
- Mendenhall Glacier - take the shuttles buses that run from the dock for $7 each way
- whale watching - I've been out with Orca twice and had great trips ( http://www.orcaenterprises.com/ ) but there are many other operators

Murray
 
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BSeabob

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#8
Or the city bus for a valley floor ride for hardly anything... Takes you to walking distance to the Glacier and the Alaskan Brewing Company :) (separate stops)
 
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Yukon

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#9
BSeabob said:
Or the city bus for a valley floor ride for hardly anything... Takes you to walking distance to the Glacier and the Alaskan Brewing Company :) (separate stops)
Sorry, Bob, but I wouldn't walk a mile each way along a fairly busy road without a very good reason (much better than saving $11).
 
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BSeabob

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Yukon said:
BSeabob said:
Or the city bus for a valley floor ride for hardly anything... Takes you to walking distance to the Glacier and the Alaskan Brewing Company :) (separate stops)
Sorry, Bob, but I wouldn't walk a mile each way along a fairly busy road without a very good reason (much better than saving $11).
That's exactly how I feel too Murry, I only put those "Inexpensive" options in there for those that might be looking for alternatives. I have seen folks get off the bus and do it but you won't catch me either. My favorite bus stop is the one at the prison gates :D Brings back old memories.
We did walk one time to the Brewery though for a hat and Tshirt for a realative.

Bus drivers are very friendly and helpful. Same as Bermuda actually. They make the young and healthy make way for the frail and elderly.