Alaska Nature & Wildlife Expedition

SGY-420 | Skagway, Alaska | See Special Notes

from $179.95*

*Price displayed in US Dollars unless otherwise noted; excursions priced in other currencies may be available on select voyages only. Prices are based on the amount Princess typically charges for each excursion, but your price may vary by voyage date and departure time.

Tour at a Glance

You will visit:
  • Haines Haines
  • Wildlife Search
You will see:

Easy Includes meal

Excursion Length:
Approx. 6.25 hours

Tour Overview

The journey begins with a 45-minute scenic cruise aboard a high-speed fast ferry along North America's longest and deepest fjord to Haines. Enjoy spectacular views of waterfalls and ice-sculpted peaks as your onboard guide provides informative commentary and points out marine wildlife in route.

Upon arrival in Haines, join personable naturalists as you board your expedition bus to follow the route of returning salmon along the Chilkoot River. Nestled between rugged glaciers and snowcapped mountains, the fertile Chilkoot Valley is home to generations of brown bears, bald eagles, mountain goats, marine mammals, numerous birds and spawning salmon. Inquisitive visitors, bird watchers and photographers are amazed by the migratory and resident birds. Several stops along the way allow for a stunning photo opportunity and a fascinating depiction of Tlingit Indian legends and history by your guide.

View a fish counting weir where you may watch a technician count migrating salmon as they return. You'll make your way to Chilkoot Lake and set up powerful spotting scopes, which may be used for close-up views of mountain goats in alpine meadows, bears along the river and nesting eagles. You can actually take photos through the scopes. A refreshing nature walk beneath the canopy of trees in the temperate rainforest leads to you to an ancient muskeg.

Your tour concludes with a narrated drive through historic Fort Seward and downtown Haines, where you'll enjoy a sack lunch before returning to Skagway via ferry.

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Detailed itinerary

Tour briefing & board ferry

Details:
Travel time: 00:20 Transport type:Walking
Walking distance (yards):125
Total number of steps:3 Notes

Tide conditions can make ramp to dock very steep, guests with limited mobility not recommended.

Wheelchair accessible?:No
Restrooms available?:Yes
Shopping available?:No
Air conditioned?:No
Photo/Video opportunity?:Yes
Photo/Video restrictions?:No

Cruise to Haines

Details:
Travel time: 00:45 Transport type:Catamaran
Transport Capacity (Normal Use):150
Wheelchair accessible?:No
Restrooms available?:Yes
Shopping available?:No
Air conditioned?:No
Photo/Video opportunity?:Yes
Photo/Video restrictions?:No

Greeting & orientation in Haines

Details:
Time at site:00:15
Walking distance (yards):125
Total number of steps:3 Notes

Tide conditions can make ramp to dock very steep, guests with limited mobility not recommended.

Wheelchair accessible?:No
Restrooms available?:Yes
Shopping available?:No
Air conditioned?:No
Photo/Video opportunity?:Yes
Photo/Video restrictions?:No

Journey along waterways with stops

Details:
Travel time: 02:00 Transport type:Mini Bus
Transport Capacity (Normal Use):20
Walking distance (yards):180
Wheelchair accessible?:No
Restrooms available?:No
Shopping available?:No
Air conditioned?:Yes
Photo/Video opportunity?:Yes
Photo/Video restrictions?:Yes Notes

Be sure camera flash is turned off to not disrupt the wildlife

Forest & muskeg nature walk near Chilkoot Lake

Details:
Travel time: 00:45 Transport type:Walking
Walking distance (yards):400
Wheelchair accessible?:No
Restrooms available?:Yes
Shopping available?:No
Air conditioned?:No
Photo/Video opportunity?:Yes
Photo/Video restrictions?:Yes Notes

Be sure camera flash is turned off to not disrupt the wildlife

Journey back along waterways

Details:
Travel time: 00:20 Transport type:Mini Bus
Transport Capacity (Normal Use):20
Wheelchair accessible?:No
Restrooms available?:No
Shopping available?:No
Air conditioned?:Yes
Photo/Video opportunity?:Yes
Photo/Video restrictions?:Yes Notes

Be sure camera flash is turned off to not disrupt the wildlife

Enjoy lunch

Details:
Time at site:00:35 Inside Visit :Yes
Total number of steps:24
Wheelchair accessible?:No
Restrooms available?:Yes
Shopping available?:No
Air conditioned?:No
Photo/Video opportunity?:Yes
Photo/Video restrictions?:No

Tour through Haines & Ft. William H. Seward

Details:
Travel time: 00:10 Transport type:Mini Bus
Transport Capacity (Normal Use):20
Wheelchair accessible?:No
Restrooms available?:No
Shopping available?:No
Air conditioned?:Yes
Photo/Video opportunity?:Yes
Photo/Video restrictions?:No

Cruise back to Skagway

Details:
Travel time: 00:45 Transport type:Catamaran
Transport Capacity (Normal Use):150
Total number of steps:3 Notes

Tide conditions can make ramp to dock very steep, guests with limited mobility not recommended.

Wheelchair accessible?:No
Restrooms available?:Yes
Shopping available?:No
Air conditioned?:No
Photo/Video opportunity?:Yes
Photo/Video restrictions?:No

Walk back to cruise ship pier

Details:
Travel time: 00:10 Transport type:Walking
Walking distance (yards):125
Wheelchair accessible?:No
Restrooms available?:Yes
Shopping available?:No
Air conditioned?:No
Photo/Video opportunity?:Yes
Photo/Video restrictions?:No

Tour timeline may vary to avoid overcrowding, etc.

Special Notes

 

Wildlife sightings are not guaranteed. Seasonal wildlife updates are posted at the onboard Tour Office. Tide conditions can make ramp to dock very steep, guests with limited mobility not recommended. Wear comfortable shoes with traction. Some departures may enjoy lunch at the beginning of the tour. Afternoon departures have the meal in the evening. Vegetarian meal available upon request. Please notify Tour Office onboard at least 24 hours prior to tour.

Provided: Spotting scope, binoculars, bird and wildlife checklists, lunch, roundtrip ferry ride to Haines

Meal: Chicken Caesar wrap, whole-grain chips, fresh fruit, cookie, bottled water or juice pack

Unaccompanied Minor Policy: Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Child Price:

12 years & under only

Number of Steps/Walking Distance:

For information on walking distances and/or the number of steps at each stop, please see the detailed itinerary above.

Wheelchair Accessibility:

For information on wheelchair accessibility, please see the detailed itinerary above.

Camera/Video Restrictions:

For information on camera/video restrictions at each stop, please see the detailed itinerary above.

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