Skagway Offbeat Haines Tour

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.

Do you offer any discounts or promotions?

We offer the local wholesale rates for all of our tours because we feel that everyone should get the same lowest price possible regardless of how many excursions you book. No tricks, no gimmicks, no hidden fees.

Do you offer tours for large groups?

Definitely, arrangements of tours for groups or large families are possible. Please contact us with your group requirements.

Can multiple families book this tour and be together?

Yes! Multiple families may join the same tour as long as adequate space is available and the maximum is not exceeded.

What happens if my ship is delayed getting into port?

If your ship is late, please call your tour operator so that your tour time can be adjusted. If an alternate tour time is not compatible with your schedule, your ticket will be fully refunded with no fees or penalty.

What if my tour is cancelled due to bad weather?

All tours that cancel because of weather will be fully refunded with no fees or penalties.

Where do I meet the tour operator to be picked up for my excursion?

All tours pick-up either at your cruise ship or within a short walking distance of your cruise ship unless otherwise noted. When you purchase your excursion, your ticket will be sent to you via email with detailed meeting instructions and emergency contact information. If you have any questions relating to a specific excursion, please contact the tour operator listed on your ticket.

How close is the pick-up location to the cruise ship?

This will vary from port to port. Most excursions meet you either in front of your cruise ship or within a maximum 5-10 minute walk from your ship unless otherwise noted. All pertinent directions and details will be listed on your ticket.

What happens if the excursion runs late and I miss my ship?

We guarantee that your tour will return on time. If you were to miss your cruise ship because the tour did not return on time, we will comp your hotel, food, and flight costs associated with meeting your cruise ship the next day. We have never had a passenger miss their ship.

Does the tour include transportation?

Yes. All tours pick up from the main cruise ship terminal and include round-trip transportation unless otherwise specified for the specific tour.

What if I am unable to print my ticket before I arrive in port?

All reservations are saved under the name you purchased your excursions and are kept on file with your tour operator. Having your tickets in-hand is the optimal choice to avoid confusion because the directions and meeting instructions are included. Please contact us if you are unable to print the tickets.


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Duration: 6.5 hours

Number of Passengers *

Adult: $203.00

Child (2-12): $183.00

Infant - Free (Under 2): $0.00

  • Alaska Shore Excursions
  • 212 Admiral Way Ste. 5 Juneau, Alaska 99801
  • 1-888-586-8489