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Hike, Float And Summit

On this active tour from Skagway, embark on the Chilkoot Trail hike, float the Taiya River, and view the top of the scenic White Pass summit.

Chilkoot Trail Hike, Float the Taiya River and Summit White Pass Skagway Excursion

You don't have to choose just one adventure when in Skagway. Embark on the Chilkoot Trail hike, float down the Taiya River, and visit the White Pass summit on this Skagway shore excursion.

Your Skagway adventure tour begins with a comfortable, narrated drive through Skagway to the backcountry and to the historic town of Dyea. At the trailhead of the Chilkoot Trail, you'll begin your approximate 2-mile Chilkoot Trail hike through the centerpiece of the gold rush history in Skagway. This world-famous trail was the main route to the riches of the Klondike during the gold rush. Now a tranquil place of incredible beauty, the trail winds through a lush rainforest alive with birds, animals and wildflowers. Enjoy the exercise, fresh air, beautiful scenery, pristine forests, and history of a bygone era as the trail takes you up and over the tall Saintly Hill. Along the way, your guide weaves an entertaining mix of natural history and Klondike folklore. Photo opportunities abound as you retrace the footsteps of the gold-hungry stampeders who forged this route over 100 years ago.

Your Chilkoot Trail hike will end at the Taiya River put-in site for your float experience. A safety briefing will be provided and rubber boots and life jackets will be handed out to all guests. Your 18-foot raft awaits for the calm scenic float back to Dyea. During this approximately 30-minute float you will see the forest give way to fields of beach greens and wild iris, and the granite walls of the fjords rise steeply to the snow-capped peaks and hanging glaciers. Enjoy a riverside snack of homemade cookies and a hot beverage with countless picture-perfect moments before loading up in the van and heading up to the White Pass summit.

You will drive for approximately 45 minutes from the take-out on the river to the top of the scenic White Pass. Enjoy the many photo opportunities while on the Klondike Highway of beautiful alpine lakes, glaciers, towering snowcapped peaks and pristine forests. You'll also stop at the "Welcome to Alaska" sign for photos. On your return to Skagway, you will cross through US Customs and have a photo stop at Bridal Veil Falls.

Please Note: All guests must bring their passports and sign a liability waiver. A Canadian visa may be required for some participants.

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Tour Type
Group
 
Group Size
Small
 
Activity Type(s)
Active, Scenic
 
Tour Duration
6 Hours
 
Activity Level
Difficult
 
Tour Leaves From
Cruise Ship Pier
 
Food/Beverage Provided
Homemade cookies, tea, water, and hot cocoa is included.
 
Special Instructions
For all Alaska tours, we recommend layers of clothing, with the top layer being water-proof. Guests should wear comfortable sturdy hiking boots that may get wet.
 
Restrictions
This tour is not wheelchair accessible. The minimum age to participate is 7 years old. All guests must bring their passports and sign a liability waiver. A Canadian visa may be required for some participants. Expectant mothers past 20 weeks are not permitted on the tour. All guests must be in good physical health and must be able to hike approximately 2 miles over uneven terrain, with an elevation gain and descent of 350'. The hike and float are near sea level and summit is 3,292 feet above sea level. This is a physical activity and it is the guest's responsibility to determine that they are physically and mentally able to participate in the activity. The maximum weight per person is 350 pounds.
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About Shore Excursions Group
ABOUT US
Shore Excursions Group was created with one goal in mind: to provide exceptional travel experiences to cruise passengers in the ports they visit around the world. To accomplish this, we have compiled an exceptional array of tours delivered by local experts with decades of experience serving travelers and delivering excellent tours. Our owners and management team are comprised of seasoned travel industry executives who leverage their considerable experience to deliver memories of a lifetime.

We are experts in providing exceptional shore excursions. We understand that in today's fast paced world, vacations have become an increasingly important way to relax, reconnect with family and friends, and experience new and interesting places. With this in mind, we provide the highest quality tours by performing extensive research, and detailed reviews. While other companies also offer excursions, we strongly believe our expertise and approach set us apart. The large cruise lines sell shore excursions - typically in very large groups visiting high traffic sites. We focus on smaller groups visiting more interesting and authentic locations using more personalized local operators. While the cruise lines are experts in delivering cruises, we are experts in delivering shore excursions.

Our Approach
We believe quality service is not only highly valued by customers, but ultimately leads to better experiences and higher satisfaction. Unlike the cruise lines and other tour companies that rely almost entirely on websites, we encourage customers to call us. We want to invest our time answering your questions, providing input, and selecting the excursions that best meet your needs.

Our Tours
Our goal is to provide customers a wide array of exciting, appealing, and enriching tours. For those customers who prefer to travel in smaller groups with more personalized service, we offer a wide variety of small group tours around the world. These tours generally range in size from 2-12 people compared to larger tours which can number up to 50 people. While exploring the destinations and ports on this website, feel free to search for these "Small Group Tours". For those customers interested in private tours, we offer many outstanding excursions that allow you to travel with your party alone and, in many cases, to fully customize your tour. Search for "Private Tours" if you are interested in this experience. Our "Scenic" tours provide up close and personal access to some of the most spectacular natural environments on Earth from majestic glaciers in Alaska to spectacular reefs in the Caribbean. Our "Cultural" tours allow customers to experience local customs, entertainment and culinary delights ranging from tribal dances in Alaska to an outstanding local meal in Santorini, Greece. Our "Active" tours offer a multitude of exciting and adventurous ways to experience our destinations. Our customers can kayak the turquoise waters of the Caribbean, hike to a spectacular waterfall in Hawaii, or bicycle through quaint villages in France. Our "City" tours allow travelers to see the highlights of great cities around the world with unique insights provided by our expert tour guides.

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In our experience, exceptional travel experiences are almost always delivered by exceptional people. With that in mind, we utilize a comprehensive approach to select and employ the leading tour guides and tour providers around the globe. We hold our people to very high standards which we measure by our comprehensive Quality Control process and, most importantly, by our customer feedback, which we will actively seek from each of our customers.

Our Owners
Shore Excursions Group is owned by seasoned travel executives possessing extensive experience across many sectors within the travel industry.

Bradford J. Miller
Mr. Miller is the former Executive Vice President and Chief Development Officer for Abercrombie & Kent, the World's leading luxury travel company. In that role, Mr. Miller was responsible for contributing to Abercrombie & Kent's international growth through the development and acquisition of tour products and travel experiences around the world with a specific focus on cruising and land based experiences. Prior to joining Abercrombie & Kent, Mr. Miller held a variety of executive positions with Royal Caribbean International and Celebrity Cruises for more than a decade. These positions included Vice President of Guest Sales & Service, Vice President of Brand Development, and Vice President of Onboard Revenue (which included shore excursions). Mr. Miller also led Celebrity Expeditions, a collection of outstanding and unique tours around the World.

Michael Bonner
Mr. Bonner has over a decade of experience working in the cruise industry in a variety of roles for both Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. and Viking River Cruises. Most recently, Mr. Bonner was the Chief Operating Officer for The Scholar Ship, a Royal Caribbean program aimed at providing college students onboard educational programs in conjunction with enriching shore excursions around the world. Mr. Bonner also helped co-manage Viking River Cruises U.S. Operations, and he ran the corporate, strategic, and deployment planning functions at Royal Caribbean. While at Royal Caribbean, Mr. Bonner was responsible for forming Royal Celebrity Tours, Royal Caribbean's land-based tour operation in Alaska, which takes cruise passengers on multiple day tours through the interior of Alaska either before or after their cruises. Prior to working at Royal Caribbean, Mr. Bonner was a consultant for Booz Allen & Hamilton.

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