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While your ship is docked in Juneau, pan for gold at Gold Creek and Last Chance Basin on a 90-minute shore excursion. Enjoy a brief city tour of Juneau and then travel to a remote section along Gold Creek. A guide dressed in 19th-century attire gives you insight into the Alaskan Gold Rush. See where thousands journeyed to during the Gold Rush in search of the precious metal. Learn how to pan in the creek or cull through the waters in the demonstration trough. Round-trip port transport included.

Highlights

  • Gold mining and panning shore excursion and Juneau city tour
  • Keep all the gold you find!
  • Learn about the history of the Gold Rush
  • Receive a Orelove Brothers Gold Claim Certificate
  • Port pickup and drop-off
  • Covered by Viator's worry-free policy: guaranteed on-time return to your ship

What You Can Expect

Juneau Shore Excursion: Gold Mining and Panning at Gold Creek from Juneau

Gold Panning in Gold Creek

On this 90-minute shore excursion from Juneau port, you get to relive some of the history you’ll be learning about, when thousands rushed to Gold Creek and the adjacent Last Chance Basin Mine during the Gold Rush in the late 1800s.

After port pickup, enjoy a sightseeing tour of Juneau before continuing to Gold Creek and Last Chance Basin, where Joe Juneau and Richard Harris found the jackpot of a lifetime in 1880. Hear entertaining history about the Gold Rush from your informative guide, dressed in traditional 19th-century garb.

Head to a secluded section along Gold Creek, which requires a special visiting permit. Learn how to pan for gold, and then explore the creek or enter waist-high water in the demonstration trough to look for gold on your own. Take a few moments to note the surrounding building remnants of the Alaska-Juneau Mining Company, which closed in 1944 due to the WWII labor shortage.

Receive an Orelove Brothers Gold Claim Certificate as proof of the gold you found — which you get to take home! Your shore excursion ends with drop-off at Juneau port.

Worry-free Shore Excursion:
We will ensure your timely return to the Juneau 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.

Customer Reviews

Margaret M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Grandkids had a ball . It was an interesting and fun trip for all of us.

Lynn T United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2013

We really enjoyed this short tour. The tour by mini bus in Juneau, the gold panning demonstration then the chance to find our own gold was fun! Tom (our guide) was friendly, helpful and fitted the "prospector" part really well. If you are looking for something different to do while visiting Juneau, this is a great way to spend a couple of hours.

Constance D

3 star rating: Worth doing August 2016

Totally amazing for our 6 year old grandson

Lesha B

3 star rating: Worth doing July 2013

This excursion started out bad but ended up turning out good. The representative at the port was not holding the correct sign making it difficult to locate our bus and we missed our excursion. But the company worked us in on the next. The tour guide was fantastic. He taught us so much about panning.

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