Skagway Yukon Van Tour Excursion Reviews
Van tour into the Yukon with Dyea Dave Tours. It was a lot of fun, and the tour guide got us through the border crossings really fast, which gave us more time to enjoy the scenery.
We decided to take a tour into the Yukon. Mike, our driver, was awesome. He was very funny, gave an incredible amount of information, stopped at scenic areas along the way and took pictures for everyone. We love Skagway!! It has the cleanest air you have ever breathed. The smell of pine trees was beautiful. We enjoyed gong to the dog sled camp and playing with the puppies. The museum was also very interesting. On the way back, our driver stopped along the highway as there was a bear near the road, and we got the most spectacular pictures of a cinnamon bear who was very big, over 600 pounds. My wife and I said that we could find ourselves retiring to Skagway, for the summer anyway, not so sure about the winters.
Skagway -Here we booked the 3.5 hour Train/Bus tour ($128 +tax). We took the White Pass Rail train up to the Yukon (Cananda) and took a bus tour back down. Our driver was full of information and stopped several places for photo ops. The train itself kind of dragged on. It was packed full and we had a very loud group of people in our car, so we didn't get to hear much of the narrative and you are allowed to stand on the outside platforms to take pictures but there's really only room for one person, so it was an endless fight. If I ever came to Skagway again, I would take the opportunity to do a private tour or boat/plane ride. You just cannot get the true feeling of this glorious wilderness on a bus of 20 noisy people.
We took the bus/train tour up White Pass. Our bus driver was very knowlegeable and stopped often for photo opportunities. The return trip by train was beautiful. The company arranged for us to be in the last car so we could stand outside on the platform and get unobstructed views.
Again, tour operator overbooked, so tried to separate our group. After some complaining and delay, got put with another driver, and rest of day was wonderful! Spectacular scenery, great driver.
Skagway – This port was COLD and windy. We did the Yukon/ Rail ride excursion with Chilkoot Charters. (more info on Tripadvisor) James was our driver. He did a decent job given the construction. A little preachy at the end, but still a good story teller, very informative, safe, and accommodating. We got to see two bears from a distance.. one on the bus and another on the train. Dog sled camp was interesting .. “puppy” area not what I expected as they dogs are between 6 m to a year or so. Lunch was decent and fast. White Trail Train ride back was outstanding and a “must do” for sure!