Second time on this tour and second time with the same driver, Pete. If you take this tour, try to get Pete, he is terrific. Great stories and history of the area. The scenery is magnificent. Much better than the train.
I'll review those separately. In Skagway, we took the Yukon Rail & Bus Excursion through Chilkoot Charters & Tours. My husband and I had taken it on our previous cruise and loved it. Jenny, our driver, made this an awesome day! She was friendly and informative, without trying to be a comedian all day! She gave us quiet time, with some beautiful background music, on the trip back to the train, to soak up the majesty of our surroundings. We stopped from time to time for pictures, saw a brown bear, and had a wonderful stop for lunch and sled dog puppies (among other things) at the Caribou Crossing Trading Post. Jenny, our wonderful driver/guide, dropped us off at the Scenic Railway for an unforgettable ride back to the ship.
6 hour round trip tour to Yukon with various stops for photos and restrooms. Stopped at a small cafe for free sandwiches and pie for lunch. Small menu but adequate. Enjoyed a stop in one village where we could shop for about 30 minutes.
We used Frontier Excursions Yukon Discovery Tour. We chose this because the train, depending on the trip type you take, stops at Fraser, and you return via bus on the highway.
The van to the Yukon follows the Klondike highway past Fraser and goes all the way to Caribou Crossing just past Carcross in the Yukon. Obviously you see a lot more:
We stopped at the Welcome to Yukon sign, Welcome to Alaska sign, and stopped for pictures at the Carcross Desert, Bove Island, and Emerald Lake, along with some other picturesque areas crossing the mountains. We were lucky in that we saw a Brown bear along the side of the road eating Dandelions, and another Brown Bear on the way back. The narration was top notch. There was also lunch at Caribou Crossing and a chance to play with the sled dog puppies and tour a small taxidermy museum. All this for less than the cost of the railroad tour.
Our driver/guide Mike Swayze took us up the highway to White Pass describing all of the points of significance and stopping at many points along the way to give us picture taking opportunities. In the course of the ride we crossed over into the Yukon Territory of Canada and we had to show our passports. We saw all of the things the brochure promised including Emerald Lake which does look like an emerald, the world's smallest 'desert', the Mounty Museum, the Arctic Wildlife museum and we got to see the dogs pulling the sleds. There were some husky puppies available for adoption as well as for petting. This was at Caribou Crossing where we also had a delicious chicken BBQ lunch. A stop was also made at Carcross, which had a really interesting store with a lot of memorabilia as well as souvenirs for sale. On the way back we stopped at the various location signs for picture taking. It was a wonderful six and a half hour trip.
Terrific in every way. There is a lot of different opportunities where the van stops for pictures. We stopped at a sled dog training facility where there is also a taxidermy museum of Smithsonian quality. Plenty of animals in the petting zoo.
Lunch was fall off of the bone BBQ chicken with cole slaw, bread and homemade donuts. Very well worth every penny. The driver, Tyler, was fun, informative and a great guide.
Bus driver was very good at telling us of the history of the town.
Tour through historic district to Skagway Overlook - an old town, some good history
Visit Skagway Overlook - Nice overlook of the town and glaciers in the distance
Tour to City of Skagway Museum & Skagway Sculpture Garden - more history.
Visit Skagway Museum & Sculpture Garden - Small, but need more time (can go back)
Tour to The Days of '98 Show - more history
Watch The Days of '98 Show - If you like community theater, this is good
Tour back to cruise ship pier - a bit more about the town
Our guide Renee was so knowledgeable since she was a local and stopped at a lot of places for pictures (as well as taking pics of us!). She was also great with time management getting us through the Canadian checkpoint before the rest of the tour buses and charter buses as there was an hour+ wait the week prior. Also, Emerald lake is BEAUTIFUL! Would highly recommend this tour!!
We took the train up to Fraser, then took a van tour to Emerald Lake, Bridal Veil Falls, Carcross. We had a delicious BBQ lunch and a dog sled run at a summer training camp. The tour guide was very informative and entertaining.
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