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Skagway City and Summit Tour

On this city and summit tour, you'll drive up the Klondike Highway which parallels much of the Gold Rush Trail of 1898 where stampeders struggled to climb carrying their ton of goods during winter snows. Along the route are spectacular vistas of steep mountains of coastal rainforest and historical stops, including Brackett Wagon Road, Pitchfork Falls, Moore Creek Bridge, and views of the White Pass & Yukon Railroad. Breathe in the fresh mountain air and watch for wildlife.

Upon cresting the White Pass Summit (3292 feet, 1003 meters), take in views of the sub-arctic alpine tundra of the 'Tormented' Valley, with its crystal blue Summit Lake and snowcapped mountains. At the US/Canadian border, have a photo opportunity with the Welcome to Alaska sign!

Our return trip takes us to the Skagway Scenic Overlook, which offers a panoramic view of the town, harbor, and cruise ships. Before returning to your ship, drive through the historic downtown streets including a stop at the Gold Rush Cemetery where we'll visit our infamous outlaw, Soapy Smith, and hear tales of the early pioneers. Your guide will bring the Gold Rush to life with many stories of the history of the era.

Notes: A Passport or Passport ID card is required for all passengers over 16. Children 15 and under are required to have a Passport or (U.S. citizens only) an original, raised seal birth certificate. USA Visas may be required for guests traveling internationally. No photocopies of any identification are allowed. Please determine that you will be able to fulfill all USA border requirements before booking this tour.

Duration: 2.75 hours (Roundtrip from cruise ship terminal.)


  • Roundtrip narrated scenic tour


  • A valid passport or a US passport card is required for all guests on this tour. Please see the tour description for specific, limited exceptions for American children under the age of 16.

Duration: 2.75 hours. Tour times below are approximate:

  • Pick-up from the cruise pier
  • 2.75 hours - narrated bus tour with multiple scenic stops
  • Drop-off at the cruise pier

Meeting Instructions:

  • This tour meets near the cruise ship pier. Fully detailed instructions are included on your finalized ticket vouchers.

ADA Accessibility of Tour:

  • This tour is limited mobility accessible. Guests must be able to climb 4 steps into and out of the bus. There is limited space for collapsible wheelchairs and walkers. There is no storage available for motorized scooters. Please leave a comment during checkout if accommodations for collapsible equipment will be required on tour.

Are masks or vaccines required?

Masks and vaccines are not required for this tour. 

How many passengers does the tour bus hold?

The maximum capacity for this tour is 28 passengers (usually not filled with more than 25 or 26). If your party is larger than 28, arrangements can be made to accommodate your group. Please contact us with your group requirements.

What is the seating arrangement of the tour bus?

There is open seating on the tour bus, however, if you require a certain seat due to physical impairment then please contact us with your requirements.

Will I see any wildlife or bears on this tour?

Wildlife is abundant in Southeast Alaska and sightings are possible on any tour. We sometimes see bears (more frequently in May/June), but this is not a designated wildlife tour, and wildlife is not guaranteed.

Are there any age restrictions for children?

There are no age restrictions for this tour.

Can I bring a backpack?

Backpacks, small bags, and purses are allowed on this tour.

Can I bring my own food or drink?

Non-alcoholic beverages in closable containers and snacks are allowed on tour.

Are food and drink included?

No food or drinks are included.

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Customer Reviews
Sep 2022 - Karen P.

We really enjoyed this tour! Beverly was an excellent guide and very knowledgeable in the local area and it's history. I would highly recommend your company for those interested in touring Alaska! Thanks for a wonderful time!

Sep 2022 - Mark K.

Our trip to the summit was beautiful and the tour was very fun and informative. We made many photo stops along the way and were given many opportunities to capture beautiful pictures of the scenery and waterfalls. Highly recommend this tour.

Sep 2022 - Patrick J.

The tour was outstanding. Our guide Jen was excellent. She knew her history and provided good information about the town, helped us know where to go and what to do once the tour ended so we could continue exploring on our own. Good stops for photos. Best of all, outstanding scenery!

Sep 2022 - Kevin K.

From pick up to drop off the tour was excellent. Our tour guide Mike was so informative and made our excursion top notch. Not only was he a lovely fella but he had us laughing all the way through our tour. The scenery in skagway was amazing with lots of chances for pictures. Mike took us to a beautiful waterfall and then on to the gold rush cemetery where he told us all about soapy smith and his shenanigans. I would definitely recommend this trip. And if we're ever back in skagway would definitely book with you again.

Sep 2022 - Mary C.

Connor was an excellent tour guide for our Skagway and Summit Tour. He entertained during the bus ride with history about Skagway. Got a real feel for Alaska history and the bus stops were great for pictures. All in all would recommend this tour.

Aug 2022 - Susan D.

This tour was more than I expected and well worth the cost! Andy was a terrific guide and very knowledgeable about the area.

Aug 2022 - Kerstin N.

Wonderful trip, knowledgeable and helpful guide! Best guided tour we experienced in Alaska.

Aug 2022 - Zita B.

Very great tour with stopovers to look out at. We had a view of the train with the falls in the background, Canada/US border as well as the bridal veil falls. Highly recommend this tour!

Jul 2022 - Lynnette E.

This was a terrific excursion. Our guide was friendly, helpful and had a lot of interesting information to share with us. Really enriched our visit to Skagway.

Jul 2022 - Rick P.

Fantastic tour and scenery. The weather was perfect for viewing though there were record highs during our stay. Beautiful location!

Jul 2022 - David D.

Excellent views, interesting history provided. Plenty of time at the stops!

Jun 2022 - Jolene C.

Patrick was a PHENOMENAL tour guide and we absolutely LOVED this tour!!! We took our time deciding on what we wanted to do in Skagway and I'm so glad we put the extra thought and effort in because we definitely made the right decision. This was our absolute FAVORITE tour on our entire cruise, filled with lovely views from town, valuable insights and information, and unforgettable, breathtaking views from every angle! We LOVED stopping at the Canadian border for photo opps at the "Welcome to Alaska" sign, and the short (but challenging) hike from the gold rush cemetery to the stunning Reid Falls was worth every single steep step! Thank you SO MUCH for making our day in Skagway a truly beautiful and memorable experience!

May 2022 - Paul W.

Excellent! On time, friendly staff, excellent tour guide. Very reasonably price. I highly recommend Alaska Shore Excursions.

May 2022 - Aurelio P.

Great tour the driver was very knowledgeable, the tour started on time and returned us back to the ship on time. Great tour for the price...Recommended to everyone....

May 2022 - Courtney A.

Very friendly tour guide. Lots of photo stops. Absolutely breathtaking views!

Sep 2019 - Helga S.

Very good, many stops, top guide & driver....a very beautiful day, gave us lots of memories...

Sep 2019 - Isobel G.

Impressed with the entire crew that we encountered, friendly and happy to assist. They helped us by finding out availability for another attraction not related to their organisation. Our tour leader Andy was thoughtful and provided lots of relevant information. Highly recommended. Thanks for a great tour.

Aug 2019 - Patricia H.

Our guide was very knowledgeable and we got to see some unique locations which made for great photo opportunities. We also got to pick some fresh blueberries.

Jul 2019 - Cecile N.

We enjoyed the scenery and a nice driver who told us a lot about the area. Very comfortable and worth the fair price.

Jul 2019 - Michael B.

Scott was great!!! Pick up was right on time and we made it to the airport at the time stated.

Jul 2019 - Fred W.

We had a great time on our summit tour. Our guide/driver lives in Skagway and had so much information. She told us about the Klondike gold rush and the town's history. We made several stops along the way visiting the old cemetery, waterfalls, scenic lookouts, and lakes. This was the right amount of time for us three to four hours with many stops. We spent plenty of time at each stop. The van was large and open with big windows and easy viewing. We still had plenty of time to do an additional excursion and spend time walking around in town.

Jul 2019 - Jeffrey R.

Frank Sheppard "Cat in the Hat" was the best tour guide! He made sure we had a good experience. Most of the stops were great. Starbucks Reserve was not worth the stop...they have a timeline of the company and you can buy coffee and lunch.

Jul 2019 - Keith O.

A well balanced trip with plenty of stops to enjoy the superb views. Excellent narration by our tour guide

Sep 2018 - Sandra G.

Had a great time on our Skagway City and Summit Tour. Our tour guide, Jessica, was a lot of fun and told us many stories about Skagway. The ride to the Summit was beautiful.

Aug 2018 - Jodie L.

Unfortunately we messed up the pick up for all parties booked. The office staff were fantastic as was the tour driver - Jess (JJ) who could not be faulted, her customer service was fantastic. Definitely recommend this company to other travellers.

Aug 2018 - Yvonne N.

wonderful ,very friendly tour guide, lots of interesting information.

Aug 2018 - Larry D.

This was an excellent tour and our entire travel to Alaska was wonderful. L. R. Dawson

Aug 2018 - Angelo C.

A little too long enjoyed the scenery but tour guide seemed to not be a people person.

Aug 2018 - Connie B.

Jessica was great!! Full of all kinds of information and you can tell she really loves her town! My husband had left his hat on the bus and she even personally delivered it to us after she finished her last tour!

Jul 2018 - Christine B.

The tour was great, saw lots of country with few photo stops.....could have used a couple more. Our guide seemed to have his own adjenda when we arrived at the Gold Rush cemetery pushing for all to go to the waterfall rather than the cemetery and failed to mention there was a great presentation at the cemetery as well. Tour guides need to share as much information as possible with their guests so they are able to make choices of interest to them, not to the guide.

Jul 2018 - Catherine C.

We loved this tour. There was only me and my mother booked on this trip. We had a lovely private tour with Lindsey. She was funny and informative. We felt very welcome and not rushed at all.

Jul 2018 - Binal P.

Excellent tour

Jun 2018 - Elaine M.

Alaska Cruising with family and friends who have never been to this area before. Myself, having lived in Whitehorse for a number of years wanted to introduce them to the truly magnificent scenery and some Gold Rush history without spending a whole day away from the ship and out of Skagway. This trip fit the bill! We were extremely happy with our excursion and the experience. Tour guide (Jessica?) was also very knowledgeable, friendly and a good driver;)

Jun 2018 - JOHN D.

Our guide Merinda was terrific and had a great local knowledge, she made the trip enjoyable and we even saw a bear!

Jun 2018 - James S.

My wife and I were on the Norwegian Bliss cruise last week. I had read the reviews about this tour company and this tour in particular and the reviews were all positive. I made my reservations weeks in advance for a 9am tour. We departed the ship and were walking down the pier when we seen a sign that said we needed our passports. This was entirely my fault as I noticed on my confirmation that it said to be sure to have your passports. So, I had 10 minutes to get all the way back to my stateroom, get my passports and make it to the tour meeting point. I told my wife to go ahead and I would meet her. Now, I am older and not so fast so needless to say, I didn't make it in time. By the time I met my wife, she said the tour couldn't wait for us, but that they would get us on the next tour. I was so relieved. The tour guy on the pier(sorry I didn't get his name) was super nice to us and told us where to meet the bus. Chris (who I believe was the owner of the tour company) picked us up and told us he put us on the next tour which would actually be a better tour than we supposed to be on. What magnificent customer service! He dropped us off at his office where we were transferred to another bus that would take us on the tour. We were with a group of about 20 and our driver / guide was Patrick. He was super nice and knowledgeable. The bus was comfortable. Patrick gave us lots of detail of the sights. He stopped at many photo opportunities and even took pictures for everyone. I feel this tour by bus is better than the tour by train because the bus can stop at many more scenic locations. On the way back Patrick's eagle eye spotted a bear on the side of the road and the bus went crazy. We got some great photos. All in all what could have been a disater turned out to be a very pleasurable day. I owe it all to the extremely customer oriented Alaska Shore Excursions company. They truly took great care of us and made our trip special and memorable.

Jun 2018 - Michael M.

The city and summit tour was great. This driver/guide was by far the best organizer. And sometimes he had to step into action to keep everyone organized.

Jun 2018 - Jill W.

This was an excellent tour! Jessica was very friendly and informative. She made several stops so we could take pictures. I highly recommend this tour!

Jun 2018 - George C.

Good trip interesting commentary by well informed guide. Spectacular views on way up to summit. Would recommend

Jun 2018 - WAH-KWAN L.

Good experience.

May 2018 - Lynda O.

Great little tour of Skagway, the guide Patrick was excellent.

May 2018 - Donna R.

JJ was a good guide had fun

May 2018 - Cheri R.

Beverly was our tour guide/bus driver and did an amazing job providing history, pointing out details and driving safely. Would highly recommend this tour and kudos to ASE and Beverly for a memorable experience.

May 2018 - Rodney M.

Beverley was a great tour guide with information and witty stories to keep us informed and entertained on this tour. Lots of stops for photos was appreciated.

May 2018 - Grace M.

Very good trip we loved it very much the views amazing and Jennifer our driver and guide was very informative and nice you could ask her anything and she responded with a very nice and polite way. If we have to go back we

May 2018 - Davd W.

Good tour , very informative with lots to see and opportunities to stop and take pictures. Small coach definitely the best way to take your.

Oct 2017 - David F.

An economical alternative to taking the train to the summit. However, with it often being wet and cloudily, you might prefer to wait until arriving to book on the quay.

Sep 2017 - Gerald F.

Great trip - stunning scenery and a great commentary by Tom our driver. Great value for money and well worth it. Maybe we were lucky with the weather but I'm glad we were.

Sep 2017 - Jeffrey L.

Only 3 on the tour due to 2 cruises being diverted.Driver Chris was well informed and quick to spot wildlife.We had wonderful tour

Aug 2017 - Shaohua L.

The ride to the summit was pretty but not much to see or stop. The tour guide had lots of jokes that makes the trip not so boring. Seen lots of bikers down the hill--better for the ones with trying heart.

Aug 2017 - Mildred Diane W.

We really enjoyed our tour with Tomass on Aug.1/17. He is a great tour guide-driver. We were never rushed..even when slow completing the walk to the Falls. He had time to take pictures for us the Falls, Welcome to Alaska and other interesting stops during the Tour. He is so knowledgeable about the area and really makes it a fun trip. Would highly recommend it to everyone!

Aug 2017 - Judith H.

Excellent!!! There were 10 of us in our family group and we had a fantastic time. Brooke was our tour guide and she did a great job at pointing out all the important areas. She was very knowledgeable with information and provided answers to all of our questions. She was a great tour guide. Thank you Brooke.

Aug 2017 - Winston D.

A very good and informative guide.

Jul 2017 - Jeremy H.

Brooke was Fabulous as our tour guide. She was very knowledgeable and passionate about Skagway, yet super personable. She was entertaining and provided us a great experience. We were torn between this and the railway tour, and I'm glad we chose this. Being able to get out and walk around and take pictures was much more our speed, as opposed to spending almost triple $$ for a railway ride that did none of the things we were able to. I'd definitely recommend this to anyone. I wish I would have booked the longer tour to go farther after we were finished.

Jul 2017 - Charles W.

J.J. was very informative. Our van broke down, but another came along, and we continued the trip. We would like to come back to Skagway some day.

Jul 2017 - Brooke P.

This was a perfect tour. We had decided not to do the train tours due to concern it would be too long with young kids. This tour was a perfect amount of time and great for kids. The tour guide stopped multiple times so we could get out and take pictures. Would highly recommend.

Jul 2017 - Karen D.

Very enjoyable. Guide was friendly, informative, and share stories about the history of Skagway.

Jul 2017 - Ken K.

The tour guide/ bus driver was knowledgeable and shared lots of information as we drove up the mountain. Skagway is a very small city, but with a lot of tales and the tour guide shared them all and with a sense of humor. The scenery is beautiful, no matter what excursion is chosen, one should go somewhere high to see the view.

Jun 2017 - Careita H.

We had a blast on this tour. We hiked, biked and floated some of the most beautiful place I've ever seen. My pictures turned out so good from the hike! We were sore (not as young as we used to be) but it was worth it! Thank you for some great memories!

Jun 2017 - Jeannie K.

Beverly was very knowledgeable and on time as our bus driver and our tour guide. Glad that we did the bus tour instead of train. We got to stop constantly to take pictures. Thanks, Beverly!

Jun 2017 - Denise J.

Great tour guide Tomas a nice tour and view around Skagway.

Jun 2017 - Debra R.

Was an awesome excursion

Jun 2017 - Pat F.

Top tour and Sunday was a very knowledgeable and great tour guide.

Jun 2017 - Doug R.

This was a good tour. The lady was very nice and took our picture at every stop. She was full of information and did a good job overall. I would recommend this tour.

Jun 2017 - Mary G.

This tour was excellent.the guide was very knowledgeable and very professional.Many photo stops were made and she kept everyone on schedule.Thank,you .

May 2017 - Ronald S.

Great tour. Beverley was the best guide ever: she knows all about the area and stopped so we could take photos of a bear at the side of the highway.

Sep 2016 - Cassie B.

Tomaz was a brilliant guide, very informative - and entertaining! We had a great tour despite some pretty wet weather. Thanks for a very enjoyable morning. Cassie & Mike.

Sep 2016 - Rena K.

Had a great driver. Beautiful scenery.

Sep 2016 - Jennifer W.

Wonderful.stopped for photo opportunities.great scenery and great guide. Thank you

Aug 2016 - Robyn M.

No views due to foggy weather, but the tour guide was great!

Aug 2016 - Dale R.

Great tour guide and wonderful trip. would have liked more time in the cemetary to explore but loved the stories and the amazing scenery.

Jul 2016 - Kyle V.

Our guide, Jessica, was fabulous and very personable. I feel like we were able to see more of the city than we would've been able to on our own. I'm very glad we took this tour.

Jun 2016 - Linda D.

I would recommend this tour for everyone! Probably the best value anywhere. Tour guide was phenomenal!

May 2016 - David S.

Our guide was very knowledgeable, informative and sensitive to our needs, had a great time.

May 2016 - Roberto B.

Enjoyed this trip tremendously. Our driver guide even went out of his way to have us stop by the Catholic church on our way back to the ship.

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