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Gold Rush Excursion: Klondike Highway, Historic Railway, and Skagway - Multilingual
Skagway, Alaska, USA
- Klondike Highway: Travel through one of North America's most scenic mountain roads to a height of 3,290 feet. From coastal rainforests to the summit, the views are amazing.
- Historic White Pass and Yukon Route Railway: Board a vintage narrow gauge railcar, retrace the "Trail of '98," and enjoy views on the other side of the pass. "The Scenic Railway of the World" climbs features steep grades of up to 3.9%, cliff-hanging turns of 16 degrees, two tunnels and numerous bridges and trestles.
- Audio-guided experience: Recorded commentary will be available in multiple languages.
- Skagway: Free time to explore the colorful "gateway to the gold rush," where the romance and excitement of those glory days still linger around every corner.
About this Skagway tour
It was the most frenzied and fabled gold rush in history. About 100,000 would-be prospectors stampeded into this region in the late 1890s. They were headed 550 miles north to seek their fortune in the Klondike. On this adventurous tour, you'll feel the golden dreams, cruel heartbreak, and raucous spirit of the Klondike Gold Rush. The scenery's not bad either.
Skagway was the miner's jumping-off point, and it wasn't long before stores, saloons, and brothels lined the streets, making it Alaska's largest (and bawdiest) town back then. You'll have time to explore and see authentic 100-year-old boomtown buildings. The Mascot Saloon Museum, a reminder of notoriously hard-drinking times, displays exhibits from the town's heyday (sorry, it offers not a drop to drink these days).
Your Klondike Highway drive parallels the arduous trek prospectors took out of Skagway. It winds through White Pass with views of historic landmarks and gorgeous gorges, waterfalls, and glaciers. (Now you know why your minibus has those enormous picture windows.) Before you reach the windblown summit, you'll hear a century's worth of stories and understand why those heavily burdened miners were desperate to get over this pass. But with views like this, you'll want to stay awhile.
At Fraser, B.C., climb aboard a vintage rail coach for the thrilling ride back to Skagway, complete with cliff-hanging turns, steep grades, and dark tunnels. See the original Klondike Trail worn into the rocks, a permanent tribute to the thousands who passed here to seek their fortune. Most of those dreamers returned broke. Your odds are much better. You can count on going home loaded with memories. And a few nuggets of history.
No one packed light for this trip
The miners who set off from Skagway were well prepared. They had to be. The Canadian government passed the "One Ton Law of 1898," and Mounties manned a checkpoint to enforce it, refusing entry to anyone not outfitted with enough supplies to survive a year in the cold and harsh terrain. This "outfit" consisted of 1,200 pounds of food and 800 pounds of clothes and equipment – that's one ton for each man to carry to the Klondike.
Once your cruise ship is docked at the Port of Skagway, please proceed to the end of the pier and look for our tour representative.
This tour combines a ride on the WP&YR and a scenic Klondike Highway drive in a short 3.5 hours.
Travelers must bring passports (visa if required) for the US/Canada border crossing. Written consent is required for children traveling into Canada without both parents.
The languages available for the GPS activated audio narration are as follows: Dutch, French, German, Japanese Mandarin, Portuguese, Spanish and English.
Travelers must be able to negotiate four (4) steep stairs onto and off the train.
Adventure, Scenic, Cultural, Family Friendly, Wilderness/Wildlife
English, German, Spanish, French, Japanese
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated mild. To participate fully, you may be required to walk over primarily even surfaces at a leisurely pace. You may encounter a limited number of steps, cobblestones, or uneven surfaces, and you may have to stand for extended periods of time.
Suitable for all ages.
Special Medical Restriction
This tour reaches an elevation of 2800 feet on a curvy mountain road. Take precautions before the tour if you suffer from motion sickness.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.
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