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Step off your ship in Skagway port and board a vintage Gold Rush–era train on this full-day shore excursion to the Yukon territory. Travel along the White Pass and Yukon Route Railway through Alaskan and Canadian wilderness. Arrive in the Canadian town of Carcross and explore the Bennett Station House museum for more insight into Gold Rush history. Enjoy lunch on board the train and see the popular attraction of Emerald Lake. This Skagway train excursion includes port transport.

Highlights

  • 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 on board the train between Bennett and Carcross
  • 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

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

This Skagway train ride takes you along the Yukon Route Railway, designated as an International Historic Civil Engineering Landmark, along with the Eiffel Tower and Statue of Liberty.

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What You Can Expect

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

Bennett Lake

After port pickup in Skagway, a mini-coach whisks you along the Klondike Highway to the train station.

Step aboard a replica vintage Gold Rush–era passenger train. During your 68-mile (109-km) journey to Carcross in the Yukon, you’ll journey along the same route of remote wilderness taken by the Klondike stampeders — including the White Pass and Yukon Route Railway, built in 1898 during the Gold Rush. Learn more about these intrepid travels from your guide along the way.

Make a stop at the restored 1900s Bennett Station House, located in an area accessible only by train. Take some time to independently explore the site that’s been converted into a museum.

Back on the train, enjoy lunch (see a sample menu below) en route to Carcross in the Yukon territory. Upon arrival in the Canadian town, visit the Matthew Watson General Store — the oldest operating store in the area — or stroll through historic Carcross.

Then, stop at Emerald Lake to take pictures of the gorgeous lake, one of the most photographed in the Yukon, before your train heads back to Skagway.

Your full-day shore excursion ends with transport back to port.

Please note: You must bring a valid passport.

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.

Itinerary

Customer Reviews

Amanda4mosa

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Would highly recommend! The scenery was breathtaking! The staff was knowledgeable and made sure we saw all the points of interest. The self-guided tour of Bennett was nice and Bennet lake is beautiful! I would do this trip all over again!

Simon L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Possibly the highlight of our trip. The tour is organised with Chilkoot Tours, who pick you up at the bottom of the gangplank. We were then introduced to Larry, who is larger than life and full of knowledge about Alaska. A short drive takes you to the station where you pick up your train. We were allocated the last carriage, which gave us access to the open air standing deck at the back. The first part of the journey was in low cloud, which meant that we didn't have the views, but it seemed to add to the atmosphere. As we climbed we left the cloud behind and the weather was clear and quite warm.
The history of this line is fascinating and it is worth listening to the narration.

Bennett Station and museum really lets you realise how desperate or maybe greedy these men were. The hardship was horrendous and only a limited number were set to succeed. Don't miss the view point up the hill past the church - simply stunning.

After lunch on the move by Bennett Lake, we met Larry again in Carcross, who took us back by bus to Skagway, stopping at various points to take pictures. At one point to visit a bear feeding on berries by the road. We got back about 1.5 hours before our ship was due to leave so we had an opportunity to look around Skagway. A great day all round. However beware of Viator, who gave us the wrong pick up time for the tour on our voucher and we would have missed it if I hadn't checked it with Chilkoot Tours. I would recommend booking direct with them.

roy t

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

This tour was amazing!

ghcook1

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

It was a great experience , Scenes lovely breathtaking crew were fantastic drivers were great. Exceptional value

ghcook1

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

It was a great experience , Scenes lovely breathtaking crew were fantastic drivers were great. Exceptional value

Constance D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Our tour guide Kevin (on the way to the train) was the best ever! We had the best tour ever. He was informative and fun ! Our narrator on the train was great too! This was the very best tour we have ever taken in our travels!

Shauna B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Beautiful country, loved heading into the Yukon Territory. It was fairly foggy on the day of our tour, so some of the views from the train were obscured. However, the bus driver on the way back into Skagway did his best to ensure we still saw many of the things pointed out on the train up close before returning. James was very philosophical in his musings, and really enhanced the experience.

Sandra H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

We have a lot to thank the founding fathers for. A memorable experience. I recommend this tour as a must.

EVELYN M C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

The ttrain was as breath taking as I had remembered 30 years ago. We saw three bears in the distance on the train and saw an additional two bears on the way home. The bears like the dandelions and were eating them on the road home. Emarald lake is one of the most beautiful lakes that I have ever seen. I would highly recommend this trip to everyone.

W Warren H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Just a gorgeous train ride and comfortable bus ride including Emerald Lake! Great guide who was right on time and very informative. This was a great use of out time!!

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