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

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Michelle D USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2017

I highly recommend this tour. Our tour started with a bus ride to Carcross. I was happy to have a wonderful guide that stopped at many places for us to get out and take pictures of beautiful visas we even saw a bear and its cubs from safely within the bus. We had a little time in Carcross before boarding the train back. I would have loved to have had a bit more time in the quite town of Carcross, but it didn't ruin the experience. There are viewing areas outside between each train. I would suggest the back car as we enjoyed standing outside on the back of the train and thought the view from that spot were spectacular. Beautiful sights and very knowledgeable guides aboard the train. We stopped for a good amount of time in Lake Bennett. Plenty of time to visit the museum, view the film and walk the charming town. Overall one of the best experiences of our trip to Alaska.

Brian M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2017

This was one of our top 3 days of 2 weeks in AK. We would take this train ride again. We did the van tour with a fantastic guide who provided us with stimulating stories and stopped for us to take pics every time we saw a bear or other wild life. Then after buying delicious ice cream in the private family owned town shop, we took the train back towards Skagway arriving directly in the town. Every moment of the train ride was breathtakingly beautiful. I took hundreds of photos while standing between the train cars and great video too. The staff were knowledgeable and courteous. The train is comfortable. The lunch is sufficient. You won't be hungry. We bought a book, cap, and professionally made video of our trip because we enjoyed it that much. We would highly recommend this tour to everyone, young and old, and until the Kenai Fjords National Park Cruise boat tour, this was our favorite day. This is truly not to be missed!

Gina S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2017

loved it! Great views and lunch!

debrdin

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2017

Wow, the scenery was awesome. It's a really relaxing way to see some very remote areas.

trips

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2017

This was an amazing excursion! The views where amazing and we actually saw a rainbow between the mountains while we where on the train. Mike was our driver, he was very informative and had a great personality. Would recommend this tour and try to get Mike as your bus driver!

Mike

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2017

It was awesome. Get in the last car of the train if you can so that you can take pictures from that back of the train when you go around corners. You will get the train and the mountains in the same shot.

Marsha N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
May 2017

This was the most spectacular excursion we took during our cruise. The people were so accommodating and friendly. The lunch was great, just right. The scenery was outstanding and the information received about the history of the different areas were very interesting. We had 6 adults and 3 children with us. it was fun for every one of us. The weather was chilly but clear. We saw everything they had to offer. We touched snow on the side of the track when we were allowed to. It felt just like the finest shaved ice we eat on very hot days in Hawaii. It was great!

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!!

Joseph L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2015

Excellent Scenery and great information presented on the tour. I wish the weather could have been a bit better...but not much the tout company can do about that. A must do if you visit Skagway.

Lori E

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.

kuckertz

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2015

Excellent trip. Fantastic scenery.

deborah f

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2014

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

Omar Y. R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2014

This was beautiful excellent

Krishna P

4 star rating: Recommended
August 2017

Very scenic

Dcarey002

4 star rating: Recommended
August 2016

The excursion was great. The price was a little high. If you are cruising, try to stay with the cruise excursion.

wili

4 star rating: Recommended
July 2016

It was a very nice trip, with great views of the mountians. It does get a little long and there's nothing much in Bennet. We were very fortunate to have had amazingly good weather the entire day. I think if it had been cloudy or rainy the trip would have been a complete fail. The bus trip back was fun and our tour guide driver was great.

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