- Round-trip transportation from your Skagway cruise ship terminal!
- English-speaking and trained Skagway River Float Shore Excursion guides!
- Scenic drive along the Taiya River Inlet and potential wildlife sightings!
- A peaceful, educational river float shore excursion down the Taiya River!
- A light snack after the float!
- Escape the cruise ship shore excursion crowds and enjoy the unique sights of Skagway and Alaska!
After meeting your Skagway River Float Excursion guide in downtown Skagway, you will take a scenic 35-minute drive along the coast of the Taiya Inlet to the Dyea Valley. The town of Dyea was located at the convergence of the Taiya River and the Taiya Inlet on the south side of the Chilkoot Pass. From here, thousands of hopeful gold seekers set out on the Chilkoot Trail that climbed through the pass and onto the Yukon. With the completion of the White Pass and Yukon Railroad in nearby Skagway, the town of Dyea disappeared almost overnight. All that remains now are a few foundations and some scraps of wood, which have returned to nature. On the drive, keep your eyes peeled as you may spot seals and eagles.
Before starting your Alaska river float cruise excursion, you will see the start of the famous Chilkoot Trail, the gateway to the Klondike, where thousands journeyed in the pursuit of gold in the 1890s. It is in a section of the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park. Upon arrival, you will meet your Alaska shore excursion guides who will get you geared up for your river float. You will then board your river raft/float with a maximum of only nine other guests and your excursion captain/guide.
As you float down the gentle Taiya River, your Skagway river float guide will point out native plants, and any wildlife (Bald Eagles are common, and bear once the salmon start running) and tell stories of the area's fascinating history while you enjoy the scenic river and mountain views. Sit back and relax as your captain does all the paddling. Float time on the river is approximately 40 - 45 minutes depending on the current that day.
After the float portion of your Skagway Alaska Shore Excursion, take time to enjoy a light snack before boarding your transportation for the 30-minute drive back to town and your Skagway cruise ship terminal. If time allows, a short photo stop at the Skagway scenic overlook will be taken, for a panoramic view of the town.