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Skagway Shore Excursion: Scenic River Float Tour

Skagway, United States
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icon2 hours 15 minutes to 2 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
Pickup offered
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Good for avoiding crowds


While your ship is docked in Skagway, enjoy a 40 minute raft ride on the Taiya River. During this peaceful river float, a knowledgeable guide points out any wildlife, including possible bald eagles and even bears, depending on the time of year. Learn about Skagway’s history as you snap photos of spectacular mountain scenery. This family-friendly shore excursion comes with port transport.
  • Scenic coastal drive to Dyea Valley with beautiful views and stops for photographs
  • Journey down the Taiya River and possibly spot native wildife
  • Port pickup and drop off included
  • Choose between a morning and afternoon departure to suit your schedule
  • Covered by Viator's worry-free policy: guaranteed on-time return to your ship
  • Great soft adventure for families with varied ages
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River float tour
Professional guide
All necessary equipment
Port pickup and drop off

Departure Point

Skagway, Skagway, Alaska

Traveler pickup is offered
Please meet at the tour waiting area of the pier past security gate. Look for representative with Skagway Float Tours sign. Please be there 10 minutes before departure time.


  • Skagway Port

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
After port pickup from Skagway, take in stunning scenery during a 10-mile (16-km) drive along the coast to the Dyea Valley, an old Gold Rush settlement rich with history. Keep your eyes peeled for seals, eagles and other wildlife, and spot the beginning point of the famous Chilkoot Trail, where thousands traveled in search of gold in 1898.

Then, board your boat, an inflatable raft of maximum 11 passengers, for a tranquil, approximately 40-minute float down the Taiya River. Your knowledgeable guide on board provides insight into Skagway’s colorful past, and points out potential bald eagles and other native wildlife. Depending on when you visit, you might even see bears. (Note: Wildlife sightings though possible are not guaranteed)

After the float, settle on a riverbank for a snack break while admiring the beauty of your river and mountain surroundings.

You’ll be transported back to the Skagway cruise ship terminal. If time permits, your driver will make a stop at an overlook that gives you 360-degree views of Skagway and cruise ships in port.

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.
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Skagway Float Tours
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 5 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
  • Please see voucher for details regarding your departure point
  • The Scenic River Float is suitable for most ages/ skill levels.
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Maximum per raft/group is 11
  • Minimum age is 2
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 11 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Skagway Float Tours

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the maximum group size during Skagway Shore Excursion: Scenic River Float Tour?
This activity will have a maximum of 11 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Skagway Shore Excursion: Scenic River Float Tour.

Traveler Tips

  • "This is a fun way to get away past the stores selling t-shirts and get to see some of the beauty of Alaska." See review


53 Reviews
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An Absolute MUST to enjoy scenic Skagway!
Cathy d
, Aug 2019
Booked this trip for a group of four while we were on an Alaskan cruise on the Ruby Princess. Could not have asked for a better excursion! Communication with the local operator before the event was easy and smooth. Finding where to meet was SIMPLE. Enjoyed a local narration of the town and gold rush history from "Bob". Getting to the launch point was picturesque. As a person who is newer to river rafting, I appreciated the safety level take with all participants. Life vests AND boots were provided. The river narration and sights were beautiful. We were lucky to watch an eagle hunt for salmon 50 feet away from us! I never felt rushed and Bo has complete command of the raft! Snacks and conversation at the end. This is a fun way to get away past the stores selling t-shirts and get to see some of the beauty of Alaska. Everyone in our group had an AMAZING time! Delivery occurred right back to our cruise ship docking area; who could ask for more?!
Dyea River Float and scenic drive
, Jun 2018
This was our first time using Viator but it won’t be our last. Island Joe, our guide, was great. We had our 5-year-old granddaughter along and felt she was perfectly safe. He was knowledgeable and so very friendly and accommodating. The pace was just right for us.
Beautiful, calm float down the...
, Sep 2016
Beautiful, calm float down the river. Tour gives you rubber boots and lifevest. I got engaged at the end of the tour at the river bank. The tour guide Becca took dozens of photos as it happened.
The tour was good but the cost did not...
, Aug 2016
The tour was good but the cost did not justify it. Ramesh and Sharda
Excellent. From the agent handling the...
Ellen L
, Aug 2016
Excellent. From the agent handling the order to the completion of the trip.
This was our most favorite tour on...
Brian B
, Aug 2015
This was our most favorite tour on our Alaska cruise. Was able to get my elderly mother on the raft along with my kids. All 9 of us took this slow gentle river ride, we saw 2 bald eagles on the tree where their nest was, another one was further up the river. This was as scenic as I imagined. A very worthwhile excursion. I highly recommend this one.
Bob, our guide, was wonderful...
, Jul 2015
Bob, our guide, was wonderful. Scenery was beautiful, travels easy and informative, salmon snacks much appreciated.
The trip was nice, although we did...
, Aug 2013
The trip was nice, although we did not spend much time on the water. It seems we were in the van longer than the boat. The guide was very informative and interesting but I don't think I would recommend the trip to anyone as we did not see much wildlife: one eagle, a few nests, and a sea otter.
Only wildlife were two eagles. Pleasant...
Ron Z
, Aug 2013
Only wildlife were two eagles. Pleasant trip but not much wildlife.
Guide was excellent. Pleasant and...
John C
, Aug 2013
Guide was excellent. Pleasant and informed. Float was short but, fun. Not as much wild life as expected.

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