recommended alaska shore excursions
When you book a cruise that matching up to one of our land tours your John Hall's Alaska Cruise Concierge with host included walking tours in Ketchikan and Juneau.
Additional shore excursions come at a cost to the traveler. You may request a full list of shore excursions options from our office or log in to your cruise line's website to view and book shore excursions. Please note that shore excursions may not be available for booking until April of any given year. Prices vary depending on the cruise line. If you need assistance, please contact our office and we will gladly book shore excursions for you.
Our favorite shore excursions are listed here for your convenience.
DOG SLEDDING & GLACIER FLIGHTSEEING - SK10
Hop into an easy maneuvering helicopter for a breathtaking aerial tour of Skagway’s glacial ice fields. Land at a dog camp on the snow-covered Denver Glacier. Experienced guides will introduce you to the world of “mushing” and the art of dog sledding. Drive the team or relax in the sled while observing the breathtaking environment around you.
SKAGWAY STREET CAR TOUR - SK14
Experience Skagway, Alaska, with our original city historical tour. The Skagway Street Car Tour is an informative, fun-filled 90 minutes to all the points of interest.
WHITE PASS SCENIC RAILWAY - SK01
Take a truly historic and stunning journey that follows the path of 1898 gold rush prospectors as they hiked the Dead Horse Trail in their quest to find gold in the Yukon Territories. This old-fashioned narrow gauge train will begin in Skagway and climb nearly 3,000 feet in just over 20 miles. Rated the #1 train experience in North America, this excursion is a John Hall’s Alaska guest favorite.
GOLDEN GLASS BLOWING EXPERIENCE - SK53
Veer from the norm and escape to the tranquility of Jewell Gardens for a unique glassblowing workshop. After a short ride from the pier, meet The Hot Shop crew and begin a learning adventure with the ancient art of working with molten glass. Then, choose your own design and color combinations, even incorporating 23-karat gold for spectacular effect to create an extra-special Alaskan memento. Arrangements are made to send your creation home after it cools.
WHALE WATCHING AND WILDLIFE QUEST - JU39
In scenic Auke Bay, board an enclosed, high speed catamaran for a marine wildlife viewing excursion with a $100 money back guarantee. You will see whales and plenty of them! Venture out onto the deck of your vessel for better picture taking and an up-close, fresh-air experience. As you cruise, be on the lookout for bald eagles, Stellar sea lions, sea otters, puffins, Dall’s porpoises and the occasional bear along the shoreline.
GLACIER LANDING WITH HIKE OR DOG SLED RIDE
Combine a fantastic glacier helicopter tour with dog mushing for a once in a lifetime experience! Board a helicopter for a flightseeing tour over lush rainforests, deep blue crevices and glacier carved peaks en route to the dog sled camp on the Mendenhall Glacier. Here the professional mushers and Alaskan sled dogs will have you driving the team or relaxing in the sled as you take in the awe inspiring scenery. Or opt to go for a hike on the glacier, witnessing ice crevices, flowing rivers and crisp glacier lakes. All gear will be provided.
TAKU LODGE FEAST & 5 GLACIER SEAPLANE - JU04
Discover Juneau's dynamic natural scenery and flavors as you embark on a picturesque seaplane ride before savoring an all-you-can-eat Alaskan feast in a cozy lodge. Fly over lush Tongass National Forest and the massive Juneau Icefield, as your guide spots five enormous glaciers from your window seat. Land near Taku Glacier, the world's deepest and thickest, where you'll visit Taku Glacier Lodge for a scrumptious meal of grilled wild Alaskan salmon and plenty of sides.
MENDENHALL GLACIER & GARDENS - JU38
Begin with a drive past downtown Juneau en route to the Rainforest Gardens. Join your forest guide aboard a covered shuttle for a mile-long, narrated journey into the heart of the rainforest. The Mendenhall Glacier – Juneau’s star attraction - is your final destination. This massive river of ice is the largest, most rugged glacier accessible by road.
BERING SEA CRAB FISHING TOUR - KE50
Come face to face with the deadliest job in the world. Board the Aleutian Ballad, featured on Discovery Channel’s Deadliest Catch, and have a seat on custom seating, complete with heaters to keep you toasty. Pull king crab from Ketchikan’s icy waters in crab pots, pull up cod on long lines and take pictures with octopus and rock fish. As an added bonus, you may be surrounded by bald eagles from above as they circle the boat, waiting for tasty morsels to be thrown their way!
MISTY FJORDS BY CATAMARAN/BOAT - KE62
Delight in Ketchikan’s spectacular natural scenery as you embark on a dynamic boat ride through the unspoiled wilderness of the famous Misty Fjords National Monument. Learn about the area’s natural history and enjoy snacks and beverages onboard the vessel, where you can watch a Native storytelling presentation and informative video. Travel along Behm Canal to expansive Rudyerd Bay, where you’ll see the striking New Eddystone Rock while spotting bald eagles, whales, and other native wildlife.
SAXMAN NATIVE VILLAGE - KED9
Saxman Native Village offers guests a totem treat at their unique Village Carving Center. It is here that you will learn about the expertise needed to be a master totem carver. Be amazed by Tlingit tribal members who perform colorful traditional dances for you dressed in complete Tlingit regalia.
Great Alaskan Lumberjack - KE13
Raw, lively and highly entertaining history comes alive at The Great Alaskan Lumberjack Show & Competition. The cheering & heckles become roars of excitement as the two rugged teams of Champion Lumberjacks compete in chopping, sawing, tree climbing, log rolling and axe throwing with music and lore.
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ATV EXPEDITION - IC12
Begin your adventure with a guided tour of the Tlingit village of Hoonah before arriving at your departure site. Once there, engage in an exhilarating ride through rugged hills and dense rainforest trails. Admire Alaska’s majestic snow-capped peaks and Icy Strait waters as you search for breaching whales and soaring bald eagles.
ZIPRIDER- WORLD'S LONGEST ZIPLINE - IC18
5,330 feet long with a 60 mph maximum speed this family friendly adventure gives you 1.5 minutes of ride time! At 1,300 ft above sea level you will sit in a special harness seat and await your launch. During your ride, witness sweeping views of Port Frederick, Icy Strait and your cruise ship far below. Your ZipRide concludes with a brake-activated landing on the beach back at Icy Strait Point.
KAYAK ADVENTURE - IC23
Explore the sparkling, calm waters of Port Frederick on a guided kayak adventure. Set off from the beach at Icy Strait Point in a stable, two-person wilderness kayak. Follow your safety-certified guide on a paddle along the Hoonah waterfront en route to protected waters where bald eagles soar and humans can rarely follow. Keep an eye out for humpback whales that feed along the very same route or the killer whales that prowl these waters.