Escape the crowds of Skagway and head to Haines, Alaska to experience an authentic Alaskan town. While Haines is located a mere fifteen miles from Skagway, there is no direct road connection and very few cruise ships dock there. This gives Haines a friendly and "off-the-beaten track" feel. This exclusive small group tour takes you to three of Haines' most unusual and out-of-the-way attractions- the Hammer Museum, Extreme Dreams Art Studio, and Chilkat State Park.
The trip begins with a 45-minute catamaran ferry ride along the steep-walled fjord connecting Skagway to Haines. Your guide will acquaint you with the natural history of Lynn Canal as you look for humpback whales, harbor seals, and bald eagles.
Arrive in Haines and start with a visit to the Hammer Museum for a guided tour. Meet the curator and find out why this small, remote town is home for this quirky museum dedicated to man's first tool. The museum spans history from the Egyptian pyramids to the Space Age. There is something for everyone and you'll be sure to leave with a smile on your face.
Next, head out of town for a ten-mile scenic drive along the Chilkat River. The beauty is inspirational- no wonder a recent study found that Haines has highest percentage of professional artists anywhere in the rural USA. We leave the park and travel to the Extreme Dreams Art Studio owned by John and Sharon Svenson. John works in a variety of mediums including watercolor, woodcut prints, and glass. His wife, Sharon, is a lifelong Haines resident and talented weaver. Local art fills their handcrafted timber-frame gallery with unique and unusual creations.
We drop down to the ocean's edge at Chilkat State Park. The road is bit bumpy so very few tourists venture here. But the view is worth it- dominated by a huge waterfall pouring out the face off the Rainbow Glacier and the snow-capped Chilkat Mountains. After lunch, return to Haines and head back to Skagway via catamaran.
Included: The tour includes a picnic lunch.
Duration: 6.5 hours (Roundtrip from cruise ship terminal.)
- Round trip Fast Ferry from Skagway to Haines
- Deli-style lunch consists of a turkey sandwich on fresh baked bread, fruit, freshly baked cookie, and bottled water. Vegetarian and gluten free options are available with advance notice.
- Minimum of 2 passengers required to book
Duration: 6.5 hours. Tour times below are approximate:
- 15 minutes meet guides and transfer to Fast Ferry Dock
- 45 minutes scenic Fast Ferry to Haines
- 50 minutes visit to Hammer Museum
- 25 minutes photo stop at Letnikof Cove
- 45 minutes visit at Extreme Dreams Art Studio
- 55 minutes scenic visit to Chilkat State Park
- 50 minutes drive and photo stop at Picture Point
- 30 minutes return to Fast Ferry Dock
- 45 minutes scenic Fast Ferry to Skagway
- 15 minutes return to ship
Is there a minimum number of guests?
Yes. There is a minimum of 2 guests and a maximum of 14 guests per departure.
What time does the tour run?
Our tours typically leave in the morning but vary from day to day.
Do you meet us at our ship?
Yes, a representative will meet the guests just past security.
Is this tour wheelchair accessible?
No. We do not have a wheelchair lift in any of our vehicles.
What should I wear while on tour?
We recommend that you dress in layers. It can be cold enough where you want a wool cap, gloves and a jacket, or it could be so warm you will be in a T-shirt with sunscreen and sunglasses. The weather can change quickly.
What size groups are on your tours?
Our maximum group size is 14. Our typical tour has around 6-8 guests at one time. We can charter large buses for large groups with advance notice.
What kinds of vehicles do you use?
Depending on the size of the group and the tour, we utilize everything from an SUV like the Toyota Sequoia or Sienna, to the 14-passenger Ford Econoline Van to the 14- passenger Airporter-style bus.
What are your lunches like? What if I have a special diet?
The tour includes a deli-style lunch. It consists of a turkey sandwich on fresh baked bread, fruit, freshly baked cookie, and bottled water. Vegetarian and gluten free options are available with advance notice.
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