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“Excellent tour”

Discover Skagway Tours
Ranked #41 of 50 Tours in Skagway
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St. Simons Island
Level 3 Contributor
21 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Excellent tour”
Reviewed 24 August 2013

We booked a tour to the White Pass summit through Discover Skagway Tours during a recent Princess cruise through the Inside Passage. We booked the tour for the afternoon after all the ship's tours had departed. We were met at our ship by our van driver who took nine of us on a trip to the summit. Our driver, Candy, gave us a tour of the town of Skagway, then took us to the summit. Along the way, she stopped numerous times for us to take photos of waterfalls, mountain views, and the historic train that was also travelling to the summit. She was both knowledgeable and personable and also offered to take pictures of/for the travelers. After the tour, back in town, at our request she dropped us off at various locations depending on what we wanted to see and/or do after the tour. Discover Skagway Tours was a nice, affordable, and easy way to see the countryside without getting caught in the crowds of the cruise tours.

Visited August 2013
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Fremont, California
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175 reviews
66 attraction reviews
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“Just OK, go for better options”
Reviewed 12 August 2013

First of all, regular van loaded with max number of people, all crammed up. Better to go with a bus where everyone has an individual seat. My kids were sent out to the last row and they didn't like to be away from us at all. My husband sat on half seat through out the tour.

The tour guide is from Texas, hardly had any knowledge of Alaska, started coming during summer here due to her son. Most of the info she gave was wrong. At one spot, she told us to go with other guides and listen to them or read whatever is written there. Please choose other local tours and local guides. At the end of the tour, she was pushing us to go to her son's restaurant.

For garden visit, we had Dave; he was rushing too much. He just wanted to finish the tour fast. I was interested in knowing more about the garden, he was running fast and I missed most of his commentary if I wait for a single photo or so.

98 show is really average; can skip it.

Next time if we go, we will rent a van and go on our own.

Visited August 2013
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Daveandgeorge1, Owner at Discover Skagway Tours, responded to this review, 24 May 2014
We appoligize for the over crowding in the van. We like to use the van for just 6 passengers or less. There must have been unexpected circumsatances that made us fill the van with additional passengers. We regret your uncomfortable seats. Yes, we typically prefer children in the rear seats especially if there are passengers that find the front seats easier to get in and out.
We do appreciate your comment and will certainly keep the number of passengers in our vans to a minimum.

Thank You,
Gwen
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Buckeye, Arizona
Level 3 Contributor
19 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Super Tour”
Reviewed 7 August 2013

In Skagway, we pre-booked the 5-hour "Super Tour" online through Discover Skagway for $75 per person. Our tour guide, Candy, met us at the dock area in a van. First stop was to see "The Days of 98 Show" - an eighty-six year running, approximately 1-hour, fun musical about Skagway’s beginnings. This was followed by an enjoyable historical tour of the town, and then a drive up through White Pass Summit into Canada - with plenty of stops along the way to enjoy the scenery and take photographs. Returning to Skagway, the tour visited Jewell Gardens & Garden City Glassworks, one of the most amazing gardens that I have ever seen, and with a resident glass-blower and gift shop. At the end of our tour, we asked to be dropped off in the ‘downtown’ area - about a 1/4 mile walk from the ship - where we visited Skagway Brewing Company for an adult beverage, followed by a stop at the Red Onion Saloon and Brothel for a souvenir t-shirt, before walking back to the ship.

Visited July 2013
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Charleston, South Carolina
Level 5 Contributor
65 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
“Traditional Tour”
Reviewed 27 July 2013

I booked this tour via internet $47 pp plus tax. We was with Holland America. Candy was our tour guide and driver. She came and pick us up from the ship. Instructions for the pick up location was very clear. This is about 4 hours tour that took us into Canada.
Tour was very enjoyable. Very informative with many details and time to stop and take pictures.
Weather was great. That work great for us because my husband can't walk long distances.
The only reason I rated this tour four stars is that the tour guide was not a local person. She live in Houston TX and work part time during summer. She told us that she is doing it the last three summers.
I expect locals to be tour guides that can share their experience not only for the summer or tourist time but beyond that time. Would be more interesting to find out what local people do during the long, dark, and cold days in Skagway.

Visited July 2013
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Cardiff, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
172 reviews
128 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 294 helpful votes
“Great tour!”
Reviewed 18 July 2013

Skagway is all about the 1898 Gold Rush and Discover Skagway is an excellent way to get a feel for all of that. We had toyed with the idea of the train (after all, that is THE thing to do in Skagway, but were put off by the price and lack of variety (long time to spend looking at mountains!) Then we found Discover Skagway through TA – thank you so much: it was ideal! Our guides were very professional, friendly and helpful. We chose the Super Tour and were picked up at the ship at 10.15am as arranged (after we had had time to walk into Skagway and wander round – if we had known we would have arranged to meet the tour at their HQ in the town – the Days of ’98 theatre)

Where you go first depends on the tour you take, I believe. On the SuperTour, we were taken first to the Jewell Gardens – a beautiful, unusual and quirky garden (watch out for the flower “beds” in Paradise Alley!) laid out in the form of a plant – two leaves and two flowers! The living flowers are supplemented by glass ones and you can watch the glassblower at work. (If you take the tour separately, there would be time for you to make your own bauble – maybe with a little Skagway gold added!) We spent about half an hour there, but our guide was flexible if we had wanted to spend longer.

Then we swapped minibuses (an upgrade!) for our trip up the White Pass on the Klondike Highway, with an informative and entertaining commentary from our friendly driver who answered all our questions, made frequent photo stops and took photos as requested! We went as far as the Canadian border, watching the trains on the other side of the valley disappearing into tunnels! Usually the tour would venture a few miles into Canada (hence the need for passports), but on this occasion there were road works which would have slowed things down considerably, so we decided to give it a miss.

When we returned to Skagway we visited the Gold Rush cemetery where Soapy Smith and Frank Reid are buried, and walked a little way to Reid Falls. Then our driver took us to the Overlook, where there were more fan-tastic views – this time over the town and docks.
Our final stop was outside the “Days of ’98 Theatre, an original 1800's building, where we enjoyed a real corny Wild West musical about Soapy Smith which lasted about an hour – and which involved some audience participation!! Afterwards there was an opportunity for a photo shot with the cast be-fore being taken back to the ship.

All this for $75!! I thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience, especially the variety, and that groups are smaller and the cost is lower than the cruise ship tours. I highly recommend this company and this particular tour!

Tip 1: There are food shops near the office for sustenance on the long tour.

Tip 2: You don’t pay until you arrive in Skagway, which is helpful if you are not sure which tour you want to go on.

Visited June 2013
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