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  • Location: Skagway, Alaska
  • Duration:  6 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
Spend time in port in Skagway enjoying a full-day shore excursion into the Yukon, Canada's westernmost territory. Explore some of North America's most stunning wilderness, stop for lunch at Caribou Crossing, a wildlife museum, and visit a dog-sled camp, where you can meet the adorable huskies preparing for the Yukon Quest dog sled race. Be prepared to stand in awe of natural beauty of southeast Alaska, British Columbia and the Yukon Territory on this Skagway sightseeing tour.

Upgrade to Dog Sledding Option

Make your time in port complete with the addition of summer dog sledding. You'll be guided by an authentic musher on a thrilling 15-20 minute wheeled training cart along a forested trail, which was once traveled by the Gold Rush stampedes.

All passengers must have a valid passport.


  • Full-day Skagway shore excursion of the Yukon
  • Fully narrated tour, including local history about the Gold Rush
  • Traditional Yukon-style lunch included
  • Browse through exhibits at the Museum of Yukon Natural History
  • Upgrade your Yukon experience to include the dog sledding experience
  • Covered by Viator's worry-free policy: guaranteed on-time return to your ship

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What You Can Expect

Skagway Shore Excursion: Full-Day Tour of the Yukon

Skagway Shore Excursion: Full-Day Tour of the Yukon

When your cruise ship docks in Skagway, begin your adventure by climbing the Klondike Highway north to the US/Canadian border, which parallels the 1898 Gold Rush Trail. Cross into Canada and traverse through the spectacular Northern Boreal Forest, which includes Bove Island, Tutshi Lake and Tagish Lake. After you break for a photo at the Yukon border, you'll travel on to Lake Bennett, see the "World's Smallest Desert" and marvel at gorgeous Emerald Lake.

Stop at the Caribou Crossing Trading Post and Museum where you can relax and enjoy a tasty, satisfying lunch of baked chicken with BBQ sauce, baked potato, coleslaw, dinner rolls, donuts and coffee -- Yukon style! After lunch, visit one of the most spectacular wildlife museums in the North Country. As you stroll through the 9,000-square foot (2743-square meter) museum, you will find the quality of the wildlife exhibits to be truly remarkable. The museum's exhibits range from Ice Age specimens to animals more recently introduced into the Yukon. Also, included are exotic animals from both the arctic and sub-arctic regions of Alaska and the Yukon, as well as from around the world.

Also at Caribou Crossing are the lovable Huskies preparing for the Yukon Quest dog sled race. Pet the dogs and play with puppies, and hear the musher's adventures of dog sledding in the Yukon during the winter! As you journey back to Skagway, keep your eye out for possible wildlife sightings, such as bears, moose, caribou, Dall sheep and mountain goats.

Worry-free Shore Excursion:
We will ensure your timely return back to the ship in Skagway for this activity. If your ship is delayed and you are unable attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

This excursion was very scenic and informative. Mike, the guide, gave us a lot of history of Skagway, the Yukon Territory, and all the places we visited. Have your camera ready to take some of the most breathtaking photos you'll ever see!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

This was a great experience and one of the best excursions we have taken. Our guide, Tyler, was outstanding. He was so informative and knowledgeable. He has a wonderful personality for this job and made everyone feel welcome. He stopped often and took pictures of couples and groups together. The area was very interesting but Tyler made it better.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

This is a great tour and our guide/driver was outstanding, since she had done the Iditarod this year. We made multiple stops along the way, which is not possible with the train trip. Also, we went further into the Yukon than the train. The dog camp and lunch were good.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Our tour guide, John, picked us up at the cruise terminal and gave a informative and cheerful naration along the way. There was plenty of time for photo stops along the way and a meal at the half way mark.
This was a less costly tour than was available from our cruise line and the small bus allowed everyone the chance to get out to take 'open air' shots. Our highlight was Emerald Lake.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Our tour was amazing! We were on a motor coach and our tour guide, T-bone aka Tyler, was the best! He really made this tour enjoyable. I was a little concerned about the length of this tour but T-bone made it interesting and we stopped at frequent intervals that kept us from getting bored. And he got us back into Skagway in plenty of time to visit the town and get back to the boat. T-bone managed to get us to every awe inspiring spot before the big buses dumped their load of tourists so we weren't competing for picture spots. And he also took pictures of each family at each spot so we have great family pictures, without having to miss a single family member. I can't thank T-bone enough for this amazing excursion.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

The trip was superb, and was all the more enjoyable with the interesting tales provided by our guide Heidi

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Hands down, our favorite excursion from our entire 10 day adventure! Holding the 11 day old sled doggie pups was a total treat! Heidi was our guide and she just might be the most interesting woman in the world! Her life in Alaska fascinated us-- she shared lots of her story about growing up and raising a family in AK-most recently was her experience completing the iditarod! Anyhow-- she made lots of stops along the way to Carcross, took lots of pictures, we got to fill up our water bottles from a cliff's waterfall with the best tasting water and see some scenery/sites that i couldn't have imagined. It was a total treat!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

I highly recommended it because our tour guide Mike was informative, witty and engaging with the group. He gave us many opportunities to take photos. The lunch was okay, but the staff at the restaurant were very friendly and helpful. The local ice cream store was a hit. The exhibits at the Museum of Yukon Natural History gave a good slice of the area, past and present. Saw the puppies at the dog sledding compound.
We returned on-time to board our ship.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

From start to finish our tour was fantastic. Our tour guide Mike was a local man and knew everything there was to know about everywhere we went. He was brilliant. I would highly recommend this trip to anyone interested in nature wide life and magnificent scenery.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

John, our driver and guide, was excellent as was the tour.

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