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Skagway Shore Excursion: Scenic River Float Tour

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    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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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Skagway, Skagway, Alaska

    Traveler pickup is offered
    Please meet at the tour waiting area of the pier past security gate. Look for representative with Skagway Float Tours sign. Please be there 10 minutes before departure time.

    Skagway Port
    2h 15m
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    • River float tour
    • Professional guide
    • All necessary equipment
    • Port pickup and drop off
    • Gratuities
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 5 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
    • Please see voucher for details regarding your departure point
    • The Scenic River Float is suitable for most ages/ skill levels.
    • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
    • Maximum per raft/group is 11
    • Minimum age is 2
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Popular mentions
    Beautiful location to float just a bit outside Skagway. Certainly a much better option than the similar trips offered through the cruise ship - better price and longer float. Becca was an awesome guide! Very knowledgeable! Very gentle float trip with lots of bald eagles to spot
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    Bob was the BEST, close second was Sulky and her dig! Bob did all the hard work while we floated down the river with Bob. He's extremely knowledgeable on local affairs, geography and wildlife. A very relaxing time. Plus we saw eagles wrestling over salmon. I wish it could have
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    We were met at the cruise ship dock , picked up another couple and headed to the river. They helped up with poncho and boots and loaded into a comfortable rubber raft. With the guide and his paddles, down the river we went. It was a smooth ride with a little spitting rain. We
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    We had a beautiful trip down the river where we saw many eagles, some seals and other types of birds. Our guide was fun and knowledgeable and provided us with a great afternoon. Despite some rain, everyone in our party loved the trip!
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    Very friendly staff and our tour with guide Brooke was just amazing. Good size of group, good trip time and so many informations from our guide - thank you for this great trip to Dyea Valley. Family Küng from Switzerland
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    About the operator
    By: Skagway Float Tours
    Linda I
    Great hike with a beautiful payoff
    We signed up for this trip with our adult kids and their spouses, since they are somewhat experienced hikers. We
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    Dale C
    Great tour
    This was a great tour that was both safe and a fantastic experience. Got to see a black bear which was really the
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    Owen met us at the dock and we spent the few miles in the van to the trail entrance hearing all about the history
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    Atlantic City, New Jersey
    Mother nature everywhere
    Hike was fantastic. Bring good hiking shoes and waterproof jackets. The boat ride was fun, safe and interesting
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    Scenic Review and Awesome Guide
    Beautiful location to float just a bit outside Skagway. Certainly a much better option than the similar trips
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    Plano, Texas
    Great hike and float!
    We enjoyed a wonderful hike and float! Our guide, Becca, was helpful and knowledgeable. She taught us about
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    V A
    Los Angeles, California
    Historic hike and great ride down the river!
    This historic hike along the Chilkoot Trail was even more wonderful, with Bob our guide giving a lot of historical
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    Christina H
    Denver, Colorado
    Lovely hike with a calming float
    On our hike: Tasted some Highbush Cranberries , took tons of pictures of mushrooms growing in this lush temperate
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    Beautiful tour, not that steep of a walk jeans and adults did easily, beautiful view . Drug guide really cared
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    Lafayette, Indiana
    Rain did not deter us!
    Becca and Ryan helped make a rainy day hike/float excursion the best. The sensory was so beautiful I barely
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