Insider's Guide to Skagway

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  • Location: Skagway, Alaska
  • Duration:  8 hours (approx.)
While in port in Skagway, hop aboard a replica vintage Gold Rush-era train for a scenic journey through the great Alaskan and Canadian wilderness. Traveling along the White Pass and Yukon Route Railway – an International Historic Civil Engineering Landmark – enjoy beautiful views of mountains, waterfalls, glaciers, rivers and plains on your way to Carcross in Yukon. Stop for lunch at the exclusive Bennett Station House and capture photos of Emerald Lake, and enjoy entertaining commentary from your guide on the way back to Skagway.


  • Round-trip train and bus journey from Skagway to Carcross in Yukon
  • Ride a replica vintage Gold Rush-era train along the route traveled by the Klondike stampeders
  • Enjoy views of the remote Alaskan and Canadian wilderness including mountains, plains, rivers and glaciers
  • Have lunch at the exclusive Bennett Station House, only accessible by train
  • Visit beautiful Emerald Lake, arguably the most-photographed lake in Yukon!
  • Covered by Viator's worry-free policy: guaranteed on-time return to your ship

What You Can Expect

Best Skagway Shore Excursion: Bennett Train Journey on the White Pass Rail

Bennett Lake

After pickup from the Skagway cruise ship terminal, drive by mini-coach along the scenic Klondike Highway before hopping aboard a replica vintage Gold Rush-era passenger train for your 68-mile (109-km) journey to Carcross in Yukon.

You'll travel along the White Pass and Yukon Route Railway, built in 1898 during the Klondike Gold Rush. This railway is designated as an International Historic Civil Engineering Landmark, along with the Eiffel Tower and Statue of Liberty.

As you journey along the same route taken by the Klondike stampeders in 1898, enjoy views of some of the most picturesque landscapes vistas and remote wilderness areas in Alaska and Canada.

Stop for lunch at the restored 1900s Bennett Station House, nestled in an area only accessible by train (see Itinerary for a sample menu). Here, you may take a self-guided walking tour.

Continue your train journey to Carcross in the Yukon Territory, where you can hop off to visit the Matthew Watson General Store -- the region's oldest operating store -- or enjoy a short stroll through the historic town. Next, make a brief visit to Emerald Lake -- arguably the most photographed lake in Yukon!

During your return train ride to Skagway, your guide will entertain you with stories about Skagway and the Gold Rush Era as you savor views of cascading waterfalls, roaring rivers, majestic mountains, glaciers and historic sites.

When the train arrives at the station, you’ll be taken back to the Skagway cruise terminal.

Worry-free Shore Excursion:
We will ensure your timely return to the Skagway port for this activity. In the rare event your ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of-call. If your ship is delayed and you are unable to attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.


Sample Lunch Menu
  • Mulligan stew (beef stew)
  • Coleslaw
  • Fresh-baked rolls
  • Homemade apple pie
  • Vegetarian option available upon request

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Really a nice trip. Beautiful untouched lakes. Great narration. Great bus ride back to Skagway with time for pictures.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Excellent trip. Fantastic scenery.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2014

Great trip into the YUKON. Seemed a little long...but very beautiful!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2014

This was beautiful excellent

4 star rating: Recommended June 2015

A wonderful train ride and excellent organisation to get us there.
Superb views but just a shame the train could not stop occassionally for photos!

4 star rating: Recommended June 2014

This trip was mainly for my husband who drives trains and loves it. He really loved the trip as did I. What made it even more special was my husband was able to speak to the engineer driving the train. He also enjoyed talking with the conductor. The lunch was very good. Wish we could have stayed longer in the last town where the train let us off to catch the coach. Emerald lake was absolutely gorgeous.

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