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Embark on a scenic drive from Skagway, past rugged mountains and picturesque log cabins and into the depths of Canada’s wild Yukon Territory.

mfh066

1 review

We tour a Scenic drive tour up into the Canadian Yukon Territory. The driver was engaging with lots of great information about what we were seeing and where we were. He told very interesting stories about the 1898 gold rush and the travels up the Klondike trail. It was foggy in the morning so we didn't see a lot of the amazing scenery on the way up and through White Pass but in the afternoon we got to see everything. He made lots of brief stops at various pull off spots so we could climb out, stretch our legs and get some incredible pictures. We had a great lunch of sandwiches, soup and the best homemade pie I've ever had at the Spirit Lake Wilderness Resort. We had about an hour to explore the small village of Carcross before heading back towards Skagway with more stops along the way at the Yukon and Welcome to Alaska signs for more pictures. After all the time on the ship and our other excursions being on the water as well it was great to have a chance to experience some of the beauty of the interior of Alaska and the Yukon Territory.


Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line

knittinggirl

14 reviews

We took a combination tour, and loved it! Great scenic drive into the Yukon, and we had several stops for picture taking. One where we saw Bridal Veil Falls just as the train went past! Those camera enthusiasts may want to bring a longer lens, because my 14-54mm on my m.4/3s lens didn't have enough Zoom. The lunch was one of the best we've had on a shore excursion. Definitely worth booking!

Provider: Celebrity Cruises

bluereef

1 review

On Day 4, Skagway, we booked a private tour with Beyond Skagway Tours. If you have a larger group, this can be well worth the price since you pay by the hour and not the person. The tour was originally booked for 7 hours, but in the end we added an extra hour and 45 minutes. We really did need that much time to explore and enjoy ourselves at each stop.

Stopping to build an Inukshuk near Summit Creek was a highlight for the kids. I think I saw a badger along the way, but only caught the hind end as it went over the edge into the ravine.

We drove into Canada, reaching as far as Carcross. Be sure to get your passport stamped at the Post Office there since they don't stamp it at the USA/Canada border. Eat lunch at Carcross Bistro, a new place whose menu includes buffalo burgers, caribou sausage, salmon salads, and poutine, plus other natural, sustainable, or organic fare.

At Caribou Crossing, a cute little tourist and photo stop, we saw an excellent taxidermy museum of arctic animals including a woolly mammoth. The museum showed a wide variety of animals--including a few oddly included tropical species. The quality of lifelike posing made it easy to imagine them alive. The descriptive plaques were helpful and informative, but too brief for my preference. The halls depicting Yukon gold mining history were excellent in helping to visualize what these explorers experienced. Great historic photos plus reenactment exhibits helped.

Caribou Crossing gave us the only bona fide experience of live animals on our Skagway day: the dogsled kennel. It was a working kennel owned by a currently active Yukon Dogsled and Iditarod Dogsled musher. You can feed the dogs, hold the puppies, and for an extra fee of $36, ride for 1 mile on a summer sled pulled by the dogs. This was a highlight of the tour for our kids.

Beyond Skagway Tours also took us to Carcross Desert which is technically not a meteorological desert because it receives too much rainfall. The sand dunes were created by mica and soil blowing into the area, and it looks like a real desert. The kids enjoyed climbing the monstrous dunes and looking for treasure that Beyond Skagway had hidden there as part of its 100-mile scavenger hunt.

We panned for gold at Tagish Lake and found gold dust. We also picked thimbleberries (giant raspberries) there.


Provider: Independent Operator

cruisergirl1969

1 review

Took a jeep and van driving to Emerald Lake in Canada. Was beautiful country but there were no animals to be seen. May do something different next time.


Provider: Independent Operator

TonyLon

3 reviews

We had pre-booked a jeep rental and drove over the White Pass into the Yukon.
The scenery was spectacular, and the gorgeous weather (once we'd crossed over the border!) really made the day. Particularly liked the small town of Carcross and Emerald Lake just beyond that.

Back in Skagway we walked around the town. Another set of interesting 'independent' shops,


Provider: Independent Operator

JohnCoMo

1 review

We rented a car and just drove on our own to the Yukon Territory in Canada. We bought a guide online and it told us scenic spots all along the drive. We saw several bears and the views were amazing. We split the cost with friends so it ended up being a very inexpensive excursion. I'm so glad we didn't book with a tour group as we passed several of them on the way and I would have hated riding in a bus with strangers. We like to spend as much or little time as we want along with way and the drive was super easy. We drove to Emerald Lake and then returned with plenty of time to still shop in Skagway.


Provider: Independent Operator

guyinjax

1 review

Great tour. The RR is the most popular but we think this was not only much cheaper, but better. Went by mini bus and stopped and got off several times. Mike, the driver, was outstanding.
The ship had bus tours as well. They were on large coaches and we saw them just slowly passing through the places where we stopped and got out.
We did the White Pass Summit Excursion and were more than satisfied. Chilkoot Charters are great.


Provider: Independent Operator

cmlk14

1 review

We took the Traditional Tour with Discover Skagway . For only $45.00 we went in a van up to the Summit, a beautiful drive through the mountains with many photo stops. Our tour guide filled us in on the gold rush and the geology of the area. We also went to the Gold Rush Cemetary. This was an interesting and well priced tour.


Provider: Independent Operator

BlueEyesMI

1 review

This was the best, and cheapest, excursion yet! We rented a car in town (book early - there was a line) and drove all the way to Emerald Lake. It was a postcard picture perfect day. It was also nice to be away from crowds and just be by ourselves.


Provider: Independent Operator

Bippity.Boppity.Bu

1 review

Yukon Scenic Drive (Skagway)
About $100, purchased from Carnival in advance

We boarded a tourbus (a nice bus with comfortable seating for about 25 people) in Skagway which took us into Canada - through a small slice of British Colombia into the Yukon Territories, to a town called Carcross. The scenery on this drive was magnificent. A few locations along the way were foggy in the morning, but by the time we returned in the afternoon the fog had cleared.

We had lunch at the Spirit Lake Wildreness Resort in Carcross - bland sandwiches and pie, soup, and fresh fruit. I liked that the tour guide radioed the restaurant ahead of time with special dietary needs - we had three vegetarians and two no red meat eaters on board - and the restaurant was able to prepare food appropriately.

Our tour guide, Mark, was excellent. He really knew his stuff - history, geography, life in a small Alaska town - everything we wanted to know, presented in a friendly manner. He even recited Alaska-themed poetry to us! He took photos of everyone (with their own cameras) at the "Welcome to the Yukon" and "Welcome to Alaska" signs, and kept an eagle eye out for wildlife - we didn't see much, but not because he didn't try! This was our first excursion, so I was still getting a feel for how much to tip tour guides - in retrospect, I wish I'd tipped him more. (If you do this tour - and you should - and get Mark for your Tour Guide, tip him an extra dollar for me.)


Provider: Carnival Cruise Lines

Catlady63

1 review

The knowledgeable driver identified many points of interest on our trip to Emerald Lake and pulled the car over to provide time for picture taking. It was not only enjoyable but informative. A truly beautiful trip.


Provider: Independent Operator

merrie1108

4 reviews

Nice guide, but foggy & could see very little


Provider: Princess Cruises

queenann1

1 review

A group of us that meet thru cruise critics rented a van and drove to Emerald Lake and then took numerous side trips all the way back to Skagway. Stopped in at the point where the White Pass rail road off loaded passengers. Awesome antique town- but bring your credit card because the it is expensive to buy any trinkets here. You can get great ice cream and scones at this stop. We were fortunate to see black bears, 1st one crossed the road in front of us and we find she had a cub waiting for her on the side of the road-- we went about 8 miles more and another black bear crosses the road to get to not 1 but 2 cubs waiting for her! Truly a site to behold.
It was a great trip and the rental of the car came to $25 a person.


Provider: Independent Operator

pizza4749

1 review

Saskia, our guide met us at the docks for a 7 hour tour of Skagway and the Yukon!


Provider: Independent Operator

Chris555

1 review

When I called Beyond Skagway Tours they suggested we take the train up to Frasier and drive to the Yukon and back to Skagway. What a great idea! After the train ride up to Frasier Kevin picked us up as planned and drove us to Emerald Lake, past Carcross and over the Yukon border. Kevin was a delight! A truly genuine nice guy. Very informative with interesting tidbits and fun facts. We stopped at all the turnouts worth stopping for photographs of the beautiful vistas. He patiently took photos of our group as many times as we wanted. Great scenery, mountains, lakes, waterfalls, flowers! Definitely the way to see beyond Skagway. Kevin drove us back down toward Skayway, almost to Dyea to see if the whales were in the channel. Just a couple of seals, but no whales. The 5 hours flew by. Kevin was safe, respectful, funny, friendly and got us through customs (twice) fast. We can't say enough good things about him and our tour with him. He told us about the hikes he has been on, his aspirations, and his many projects on his house and property. A real down to earth guy and we wish him the very best!!!


Provider: Independent Operator

deeis50

1 review

Awesome awesome!!! Save your money and spend day with dyea Dave

Provider: Independent Operator

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

jmbest78

3 reviews

A bus tour called "To the Summit" up to the summit of the White Pass Trail which was used by gold rushers.

Provider: Royal Caribbean International

Milenka17

1 review

The Bus Tour part of the excursion was the best part. The drive Shane was so informative and entertaining! One of the best tours I have had. We drove about an hour (30 minutes each way) where he told about these parts, shared some stories. Went into Canada and turned around. Stopped for pictures, one with the Welcome to Alaska sign

Provider: Princess Cruises

Thoth

10 reviews

White Pass Railroad and Yukon tour. The train is perhaps my all time favorite shore excursion out of 14 cruises. The bus then took us to Carcross Yukon. This is an excellent tour !!!

Provider: Princess Cruises

crazyforfun

2 reviews

Graet guide,James!full of stories

Provider: Independent Operator

usermom

3 reviews

A driver met us with a van for the rest of the excursion. The driver/guide was informative and humorous. There were numerous beautiful spots along the drive into the Yukon.

Provider: Independent Operator

Vietri Sul Mare

2 reviews

We drove down the Klondike Highway with quite a few photos stops.

Provider: Princess Cruises

garvey818

3 reviews

Drove to the top of the summit - good narration and some stops for pictures. Gorgeous scenery.

Provider: Celebrity Cruises

Umbarger

11 reviews

Great tour. Beautiful weather. Saw a bear. Drove up to the Summit and saw gorgeous views. Driver was informative and friendly.

Provider: Independent Operator

Adm. Cruz

5 reviews

Combo White Pass Yukon and City takes 3.5 hrs costs $65 per person excellent

Provider: Independent Operator

pmjnh

1 review

Rented a vehicle with Avis , drove to Emerald Lake

Provider: Independent Operator

AlwaysThankfulLady

1 review

We took a small bus with a group of 17 and a great tour guide. We went up into the Yukon and then got on the White Pass Railway at Fraser and rode back to Skagway. More beautiful scenery and plenty of opportunities for pictures along the way.

Provider: Independent Operator

xmasteach

3 reviews

Rented car and drove to Emerald Lake via Carcross, Yukon Territory. Set our own pace, saw lots of wild life and Emerald Lake was really something to see.

Provider: Independent Operator

GoKingBee

1 review

Standard cruise ship port town. They have tried to keep the town looking the same as during the 1890's during the gold rush. We took a bus tour up the White Pass that followed the gold rush trail and train line. Views were to die for and the history was great. Fairly decent walk from the town to the ship, that was docked last in the line. Weather was cloudy, rainy and cold, but then you come to expect that in Alaska.

Provider: Independent Operator

fredflint

1 review

Took a bus tour in place of the train a better choice in my opinion and a great outfit.

Provider: Independent Operator

busyone

3 reviews

This was a wonderful day. We booked our tour privately because it let us ride the earlier train and come back by a small 25 passenger motor-coach. Our group was much smaller than the group on the big bus booked by the cruise line, and this was appealing to us. The train ride was amazing with wonderful views. We watched spectacular scene after spectacular scene unfold.

Provider: Independent Operator

brock!1

1 review

Drive from Fraser into the Yukon. Great narrative by driver, beautiful views, casual - not hurried - tour

Provider: Independent Operator

pablo312

1 review

My wife and I took the Emerald Lake-Carcross tour with Dyea Dave in late June of 2012. In addition to the tour, we planned to take the train from Fraser back to Skagway. I was advised by Dave to reserve tickets for the train ride before our cruise which we did. We met Dave at the dock. Dave was not going to be our tour guide. Our tour guide was Shelby. Shelby took us to the ticket office, so I could get our train tickets. We had other tours during the trip, and those guides had an enthusiasm for their job. I can't say the same for Shelby. It appeared that she viewed herself as a bus driver and not a tour guide. Her commentary on the various sites was brief. Our stops at the sights seemed rushed. Our city tour consisted of a quick drive-thru. We were put off by her action at a restroom stop. My wife and I were the last in line for chemical toilets at a Canadian park. While in the restroom, I heard the bus start it's engine. When my wife and I got out of the restrooms, the bus wasn't in front of the wooden walkway that led tothe toilets. We walked down the walkway and saw the bus. At this point, the bus drove off. I guess we were supposed to run after her. When she saw we weren't, she finally circled back and picked us up. We conveyed that her joke misfired. We didn't expect receiving a high school joke from a professional tour company. At the Fraser rail stop, Shelby did wait for the train to arrive and got our tickets . She walked us to the rail car and left. We were impressed by the tour guide with Chilkoot Tours who followed his group onto the train and ensured they were seated in the right locations for the best views of scenery. He also pointed out location of the restrooms, drinking water, and viewing platforms. He was very personable. The scenery in the Yukon was very pretty and recommend going to see it. I included some pictures of the scenery. We would advise using someone other than Dyea Dave. I wish we had used Chilkoot Tours. Based on past reviews on TA and postings on Cruisecritic, Dyea Dave is good to use if Dave is your tour guide. If you get someone other than Dave, then the quality of your experience is very uncertain.

Provider: Independent Operator

yodasensei

1 review

Lairsville was a fun experience. The show is funny and you're able to pan for gold afterward. The drive to the top of the pass was pretty. Not being able to get out of the bus to take picture when we got there was not ideal. The town is very touristy with many gift shops.

Provider: Princess Cruises

Geraldmacboingboing

1 review

An excellent tour and good lunch. The use of mini buses is a plus over the larger vehicles.

Provider: Carnival Cruise Lines

CanWeGoYet?

3 reviews

Great experience, drive up to Emerald lake, Caribou Crossing & the Yukon with Dyea Dave. Couldn't have been better really. Awesome tour & Dave was quite entertaining.

Provider: Independent Operator

matted

1 review

The tour bus held 12 people and could maneuver places the big buses couldn't. We saw 4 bears and amazing scenery.

Provider: Independent Operator

AZDee

1 review

This was the third portion of the multi pack deal with the cruise line and the best day by far. We felt we were able to see more being in a bus that stopped alone the way up to the white pass rather than the train that hugs the side of the mountain.

Provider: Celebrity Cruises

pkt1976

1 review

Awesome tour!! We had a small group so we were able to stop many times for pictures. The tour went to the Yukon suspension bridge, Carcross, and Caribou crossing as well.

Provider: Princess Cruises

ChillKat

1 review

We were picked up at the dock by Dave in this top hat and given a brief tour of the town on our way into the beautiful Yukon territory, stopping at many picturesque places on the way. We rode in a small van, staying away from the big buses. We stopped in Carcross for a short shopping trip and to get our passports stamped and on to gorgeous Emerald Lake after stopping for lunch. We saw a bear on our way back to Fraser where we got on the White Pass Scenic Railway for the ride down and Dave picked us up at the bottom to finish the tour or drop us off wherever we wanted to go. Dave was very humorous with his own style of dry wit and gave us many interesting historical facts, pointing out many places of interest as well. We enjoyed our day and highly recommend this tour!

Provider: Independent Operator

Alaskanb

1 review

Highly scenic trip on railway and by bus into the Yukon. Loads of wildlife visible.

Provider: Independent Operator

wismergirl

3 reviews

August 15, 2011 (Day 18) -- White Pass Summit and Yukon Rail, Skagway (Excursion 8 -- Day 4 of the cruise) We woke up to a dull and gloomy day. The excursion lasted for over 8 hours. We were to take the coach on Klondike Highway to White Pass Summit, had lunch at Caribou Crossing Trading Post, then took the train from Fraser, B.C., Canada, back to Skagway. The train went all the way to the dock to pick up passengers who went on a return trip, and our coach was also waiting there to pick us up. What a scene with cruiseships, train and coaches together! The Klondike Highway was very scenic, though we could only see everything in basically 3 colours: gray, brown and white! The bus stopped at the big Yukon sign for us to take pictures. However, the sign was messed up, with the 'K' missing and the 'Y' turned upside down and placed in the spot where the missing 'K' was. It really spoiled our pictures!

Provider: Royal Caribbean International

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