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Skagway City Tour Excursion Reviews

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Take in the beauty of Skagway with a tour focusing on its rugged culture, stunning scenery, and fascinating history.

LadyValkyrie

1 review

This was by all means much better than riding the train to the summit. The tour guide gave us a history tour of Skagway, took us to the old cemetery and gave us history on who was buried there, a short hike to a beautiful waterfall, and then on to the summit. Our guide rocked. She took all of our pictures and was extremely patient with the guests who didn't speak English and who kept running late.


Provider: Independent Operator

Jim Henry

2 reviews

Free and very informative of the town and the early gold rush.


Provider: Independent Operator

Deck Chair Dave

1 review

Again did it on the cheap found a free tour of the city offered by our national parks. A ranger took us around and gave us quite a talk. It was great. Afterwards went to Red Onion for some refreshments.


Provider: Princess Cruises

56suzy

1 review

We had walked into town and happen upon a tour in progress with a National Park Ranger. This young man did an excellent job walking us around town explaining it's history and it's Free!


Provider: Independent Operator

kellerwynn7

1 review

The driver/guide was a little over the top but very entertaining and informative. We got to see a lot of Skagway and she knew a lot of it's history. Wouldn't hesitate to recommend the tour.


Provider: Holland America Line

peter grant

6 reviews

Having taken the White Pass trip previously, we opted for the expensive ($42pp) but interesting old-time trolley tour. Skagway is not over-filled with attractions, but this tour, nicely narrated, makes the best of them.


Provider: Holland America Line

ski2pla

1 review

Skagway has so little to offer, I would not get off the ship to see the town. I understand that the train ride, whale watching and hiking are good if one is up to it physically.


Provider: Princess Cruises

Spot649

1 review

Skagway Street Car City Tour was raised from the normal tour to a tour with so much fun and it was all because of "Charity" she says it's her real name lol.
She makes this tour because of her down to earth attitude and love of the area, a must do in Skagway.


Provider: Princess Cruises

Parasols

1 review

We pre-registered on line with Frontier Excursions for a guided van ride up to Carcross (you go through BC and into the Yukon Territory to get there). They charge just under $100pp, includes a BBQ lunch. You get to see sled dogs - lots of them. You can ride a dog sled here for about $37.75 for 15 minutes and a little more for a half hour. There is a coffee shop, museum and gift store here as well. Take this excursion- you will see many beautiful sites. Many people opt for a train ride - from what I have heard, it is a waste of money. You never get off the train, and it only goes a third of the way as this guided van tour will take you. If you decide to take this Frontier Excursions tour, make sure you bring your passport. They take you around Skagway as well.

Provider: Independent Operator

Colleen.Pilgrim@gmail.com

1 review

We chose to take a bus tour for about $48 per person, that followed the same path as the train that cost $169 per person. We had a great driver that was very informative about Skagway and Alaska. She made several stops for us to get out and take pictures and we got to take pictures by the Welcome to Alaska sign as we crossed over the border into Canada. We really enjoyed the tour.

Provider: Independent Operator

Chryssie

1 review

This tour was on the 'yellow' bus. It was fun. A year round local lady was the guide. She took us up to the cemetery and gave a very good accounting of the 'Soapy' Smith murder. She also gave us some great info on what life was like the rest of the year when the cruise ships aren't coming in. Nice tour and I'm glad we took it.

Provider: Royal Caribbean International

Chryssie

1 review

This was a 3-in-1 tour. We took a ride up the Railway to Fraser, where we stamped our own passports! Lovely ride - sit on the left side of the train for better views and pics. You can hear the guide inside but not when you're outside on the train. Then it was a bus ride back down to Liarsville for a show and salmon bake. The food was better than we expected it to be. Walked around a recreation of a camp from the goldrush days. The show a bit hokey but fun and then we panned for some gold! Found my few flecks and then made my way to the gift shop which was very nicely stocked. Then back onto the bus to Skagway proper and the Red Onion Saloon. 20 minute tour with a glass of wine or madam's punch (lemondade). Then we chose to get off in town to do some shopping. This left at 740 am and lasted till about 2pm. Nice rounded tour.

Provider: Royal Caribbean International

myracle777

1 review

Skagway isn't much of a "city", but the tour was OK. Liked the graveyard.

Provider: Holland America Line

maganini

6 reviews

We had a brief tour on a drive up to White Pass Summit. The scenery in Alaska is second to none and we found, having travelled on various cruises, Alaska to be the most wonderful, scenic with fresh air and incomparable photo ops.

Provider: Independent Operator

orangetaxi

1 review

It was focused on the Klondike gold rush. It was apparent that Skagway would not exist except for tourism. The entire city is operated by the national park service.

Provider: Holland America Line

Freedom58

1 review

We started with a coach bus tour thru Skagway and then into a Theatre where a live play was put on in song and dance about the life and death of Soapy Smith, they involve a member of the audience in the play as well. This is funny and very enjoyable. We go on for a tour of one of the brothels, beer in hand with a beautiful madame showing us the way.

Provider: Holland America Line

cntrymum

2 reviews

Whilst the YWPR is the major attraction out of Skagway, we choose the Dyea Dave Tour based on recommendations in the TA forums and didn't include the train in our trip although DD Tours will collect or drop off passengers to include the train one way. Right from the start, we knew that we'd made the right choice for our style of touring. While all the other drivers were hustling their guests onto buses to get started, Cathy leisurely directed the DD guests to their small buses to start their day. We began with a visit to the cemetery and heard the tale of the infamous standoff between Soapy Smith & Frank Reid who are both buried there. We also had time to hike out to the falls above the cemetery which are quite pretty. Our guide, Shelby, then started off a long the road to Carcross. We had many stops along the way with informative commentary. We saw the train at many points and even with all our stops including a couple of U-turns to go back & see bears, we still arrived at the rail head about the same time as the train. Collected some passengers off the train & proceeded into BC Canada then on into the Yukon Territories. Lots of opportunities for stops and photo ops continued together with continued commentary. On arrival at Carcross, we first visited Carcross Desert before stopping for lunch in the town itself after a brief tour. DD's recommends the bakery but we walked across behind the visitors centre to the cafe in the colorful building which offered fresh toasted sandwiches & coffee. After lunch, we had time for a quick walk around and a visit to the SS Tutshi. Unfortunately we had passengers who were anxious to get going in order to meet the train which cut short our time in Carcross. We made the train in plenty of time so had more opportunities to stop on the way back including going out to a lookout above the town for a birdseye view. We are glad we took a small group tour for the extra opportunities to stop as we watched the large coaches whizzing by to take their passengers to the Disney Like Caribou Crossing theme park near Carcross. Would have preferred a little more time in Carcross itself however but overall a good daytrip.

Provider: Independent Operator

dutchboy2

1 review

Very good - the driver guide was in costume and a good actress

Provider: Holland America Line

Ocredhead

1 review

Fabulous tour. We saw a lot, stopped numerous times to take pictures and our guide was fabulous, Joe. Worth way more than the $45 per person we paid. Better than any excursion we did through Celebrity. The weather was very cold and very windy that day and it was nice being able to chose the trip that day based on the weather conditions since the cruise line trips don't ever get cancel due to bad weather unless you go on a float plane or helicopter. They guarantee to get you back to the boat on time, we had plenty of extra time, and will even take you back to the boat when your done if you so please.

Provider: Independent Operator

GARYTHEHITMAN

5 reviews

Outstanding independent motorcoach tour alongside the White Pass Railway, extending beyond into Canada to Emerald Lake. Wonderful commentary from Dyea Dave, who as he says "is a legend in his own mind".

Provider: Independent Operator

calmpets

3 reviews

An amazing combination of the White Pass Rail, the Liarsville Camp and the Red Onion Saloon. All were outstanding, and I'd do the same tour again if I were to return.

Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line

debk68

5 reviews

We boarded a motor coach on the pier. Our driver Jess was the best part of this trip. He is very knowledgeable about the area. Then we boarded the train and headed down the mountain. Very steep and informative tour. Then we headed to Liarsville, it is a hoaky show with an overcooked salmon bake and gold-panning. We stayed here too long. Then went to the Red Onion brothel, interesting. Overall too expensive, would not do this again.

Provider: Carnival Cruise Lines

deschoolie

2 reviews

Great tour for the money. Small bus makes several photo stops as you go up the pass and follow the Rail line. Several stops in BC and the Yukon as well. Made stops at No Shy Lake and had several wildlife viewings. Saw Mountain goats, black bears and Bald Eagles. Be sure to bring binoculars and camera! Driver narration was exccellent. Driver drops you off at the ship or in town, based on your desires. After the tour, DW and I did some hiking next to the pier. There are excellent trails next to the pier across the walking bridge.

Provider: Independent Operator

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