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Skagway Shore Excursion: Scenic River Float Tour

  • 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
Skagway Shore Excursion: Scenic River Float Tour
From US$78.75
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1:30pm DepartureMost Popular
Departs at 1:30pm
9am Departure
Departs at 9am

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.

What to Expect
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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1 - 5 of 18 reviews

Reviewed 4 days ago
Relaxed, Fun Adventure for Group with Ages 5-75

Our group's ages ranged from 5 to 75 and we didn't book any excursions through the cruise line because the shortest train ride at 3.5 hours seemed too long for the 5 and 7 year olds and cost prohibitive for our party of 8. After...More

Thank hoppingdownthetrail
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile
Great trip with Joe

Great morning trip with our two young children (6 and 8). Joe was a great host and guide! Highly recommend!

Thank Jason W
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile
The Highlight of my Alaskan Cruise

Floating the river was so much fun! The scenery was breathtaking and Alyssa, our river guide, was so much fun to be around! Thank you for taking such awesome care of us!

Thank play2win63
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile
Bob is great

Bob is one of the nicest, most experienced and most knowledgeable tour guide I’ve ever encountered, anywhere. And I’m fairly well travelled for my age of 57. Most of all you can tell he is passionate about nature. I could listen to him for hours....More

Thank Michael C
Reviewed 2 July 2018
Relaxing and delightful!

Brooke looks like a kid, but is an experienced guide - informative, interesting and strong (horsing the boat around isn't for weaklings!) When some of the others on the excursion said they were heading next to the railroad, we expressed an interest in doing more,...More

Thank NMLynnie
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11 August 2018|
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Response from hoppingdownthetrail | Reviewed this property |
Yes, we took a 1:30 trip and were back around 4. We were dropped off at the sales office near the port and headed back to the ship immediately, which allowed us to get back on board before the afternoon train trip returned... More
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