If you're planning your cruise to Alaska, then now is the time to sort through our selection of Skagway tours and find the perfect excursion for you and your family. M&M Tours is the only tour brokerage contracted by the Municipality of Skagway, making us the most trusted source for local Skagway tours.
By booking independently from the cruise ship, you stand to save a substantial amount of money. So, why is it that so many people choose to book their tours in Skagway through the cruise lines?
As year-round Skagway residents with over a decade in the local tour sales business, we've met a number of people that see our prices while in port and realize that they paid hundreds of dollars more than necessary. Invariably, these cruise passengers voice the reasons that they booked their Skagway tours on the ship, and what follows is a brief overview.
"They told me that if I book my tours in Skagway independently that I could miss my ship's departure."
This is the most common reason we hear for why people book in Skagway tours on the ship, and it's undoubtedly a legitimate concern. At M&M Tours, you will never miss your ship, because every purchase comes with a GUARANTEE that we will pay to fly you to your next port if your tour results in missing your ship.
So, in our 15 years as the leading tour broker in Skagway, how many times have we paid to fly someone to their next port? NOT ONCE!
The threat of missing your cruise ship is fabricated so that you spend your money on the ship. When you think about it, how long would any Skagway tour vendors stay in business if their customers were regularly missing their ship departure? The answer is obvious.
"I wanted to guarantee my seat on the tour of my choice."
It is definitely a good idea to book your tour ahead of time. Skagway tours can book up solid, especially on busy days when multiple cruise ships are in port.
However, not only can you book your tours in Skagway ahead of time with us, you will also save a substantial amount of money. The truth is that tours are cancelled for a variety of reasons, the most common of which is bad weather. Inclement weather affects every tour operator, regardless of whether you book on the ship or with a local Skagway vendor, so why not book local and save money?
When you book your tours with one of our agents in Skagway, they will confirm your departure time and send you all pertinent information by email. We take a credit card number to hold your space, but we don't charge you until you are safely in Skagway. In this way, we eliminate the hassle of trying to negotiate a refund because a tour is cancelled.
Best of all, if your tour is cancelled you can choose one of our other tours from our long list of Skagway options.
"I wanted to wait until the day of my arrival to book a tour in Skagway."
Not everyone likes to plan their vacation out ahead of time. You may be the type of person that waits to book tours until the day of your arrival because you want to see how you feel, make sure the weather cooperates, monitor the mood of your children, or just because you like a little spontaneity in life.
If you want to wait until you dock in Skagway to book your tours - no problem. Browse though our list of Skagway tours today, and as you look through the website write down the tours you like most. When you are in Alaska, simply call or text us via this website from your smartphone and book your tour.
If you call early in morning on the same day as your arrival, it is likely we will still have what you're looking for. If not, we will help you find something else. Just because you wait until the last minute, doesn't mean you are forced to book tours from Skagway on your ship. Even if you have a large group, we can usually accommodate your needs if you get a hold of us between 6:00 and 7:00 a.m.
Are you excited about your upcoming trip to Skagway and other ports in Alaska? We are eager to show you why we love this place we call home, so take a few moments to familiarize yourself with all of our exciting Skagway tours.
If you would like to find tours in other ports, we also offer a handful of quality tours in Ketchikan and Juneau, a few of which are listed on this site. If you would like to browse a more comprehensive listing of these tours, and some of our other Skagway tours, check out our sister site at www.tourssoutheast.com. By booking tours in every port with M&M Tours, you can save additional money via our "package tour options."
Best of all, when you buy with Skagway locals, your money stays in our small Alaskan community, which is important for a town of less than 1000 that hosts up to 11,000 visitors daily.
We can't wait to see you in Skagway, so if you need any help with our tours simply call (907) 983-3900, and we will take good care of you and your group.
Skagway's history is inexorably linked to the original Tlingit population, who referred to the area as Shgagei, which is an idiom that means "bunched up water" or "rough seas." Skagway's name is appropriate because high winds during both the summer and winter months often generate whitecaps along the coastal waterfront that make up the Lynn Canal.
The Lynn Canal is the second longest fjord in the North America, and the deepest in the world at over 2,000 feet in depth. It was first explored by Joseph Whidbey in 1794. George Vancouver named the famed inlet after his birthplace, King's Lynn.
Shgagei is also the nickname of Kanagu, which is a mythical woman who transformed herself into stone along Skagway's shore. According to legend, it is Kanagu who causes the strong winds that blow toward Haines, Alaska to the south, where Tlingit people lived for millennia. Parson's Peak, which is colloquially called "Face Mountain" in Skagway, is likely the Kanagu stone formation of legend. Face Mountain is a prominent Skagway landmark, and a highlight of many tours that originate in Skagway.
While the area around Skagway was used by native populations from prehistoric times, Skagway's present location was uninhabited. A former steamboat captain by the name of William Moore made the first recoded survey expedition over what would be named the White Pass. This is the pass that makes Skagway the Gateway to the Klondike, and is where the White Pass & Yukon Route train tour is centered.
William Moore and his son Ben created a homestead at the terminus of the Skagway River because he recognized it as the most direct route to the goldfields of the Yukon. They named their home Mooresville, and built a log cabin, wharf, and sawmill that would prove instrumental to Skagway's development in the coming years.
Moore's instincts were validated when gold was discovered in the Klondike. The ensuing Klondike Gold Rush ushered in a new age for Skagway, and it was incorporated as Alaska's first incorporated city in 1898.
The reason Mooresville didn't become the official name was because Moore's fortunes took a sour turn in 1897. His property was overrun and stolen by prospectors who then sold it. In just a few months, Skagway's population swelled to more than 30,000. Jack London called Skagway "little better than hell on Earth," because the town was lawless and mean. Rival gangs battled amidst a backdrop of gambling and prostitution, while intrepid gold seekers prepared for the 500 mile arduous journey to the Klondike.
Many Skagway Tours focus on this storied history, and retell the tale of the famous shootout between Soapy Smith and Frank Reid on the Juneau Wharf, which is called the Railroad Dock in Skagway today.
Today, Skagway is a First Class Alaskan Borough with a population of approximately 1,000 hardy and friendly souls. The economy is mainly tourism, although Skagway's port provides shipping to and from the Yukon.
The Skagway borough is quite large, with an area of 464 square miles. Skagway is also within the Alaskan time zone, which is one hour ahead of the West Coast of the United States. Over a million tourists visit Skagway every season, many of which enjoy tours during their stay. Some of the more popular tours we offer include:
Skagway is especially loved by the people who call it home. The local K-12 school boasts the highest test scores in the state of Alaska, and families benefit from the small town atmosphere and many town functions. If you're visiting Skagway on a cruise ship, you will find the locals to be friendly and helpful.
At M&M Tours, we are proud to be locally owned and operated by year-round Skagway residents. All of our employees are year-round residents, and many grew up and went to school in Skagway. When you purchase your tour with us not only are you saving money, but you're also supporting our local economy.
If you buy a tour from us, every penny is staying in Alaska.
If you're not the touring type, there is still plenty to do in Skagway. You could also incorporate anything on this list into your day before or after you enjoy a local tour.
Lower Dewey Lake is a short hike from downtown Skagway to a pristine glacial lake stocked with brook trout. This is a popular local getaway. The hike to Dewy Lake in Skagway only takes 20 minutes, and you can follow this trail to other popular hiking destinations like Upper Dewey Lake, Sturgill's Landing, and Upper Reid Falls.
Yakutania Point is another popular local hangout, and part of a larger hike to Smuggler's Cove. From the Skagway Airport, which is near the point of origin for helicopter and flightseeing tours, a bridge over the Skagway River leads to this picturesque spot where whales are often spotted.
The Gold Rush Cemetery is located along the tracks of the famous White Pass & Yukon Route, so if you're on the Skagway train tour, you will get a brief glimpse of this historical landmark. Not only is this cemetery the last resting place of Soapy Smith and Frank Reid, it is the point of access for Lower Reid Falls, which is a stunning 100-foot high waterfall.
The Klondike Gold Rush National Park spans parts of downtown Skagway, Dyea, the Yukon, and even Seattle, Washington. In Skagway, you can visit park headquarters on 2nd and Broadway, and then head across the street to check out Soapy Smith's Parlour, which was restored in 2015. Another highlight is The Arctic Brotherhood Hall, which is the driftwood covered building on Broadway and the most photographed structure in all of Alaska.
Pullen Park is located near the waterfront, and is a great place to relax after enjoying a Skagway tour. You can cookout some food in the covered picnic area while watching locals catch pink salmon in the pond. If you ask nicely, you may even be able to talk them into sharing some of that tasty salmon with you and your tour group.
AT M&M Tours, we specialize in catering to the needs of our many cruise ship visitors. With convenient locations at every dock an in town, we make it easy to shop local. We want you to have a good time, so we will help you find a tour in Skagway that suits your interests. Our goal is not to sell you the most expensive tour available, but to find you a tour that you will thoroughly enjoy.
Ask yourself this question: "Why did I choose to come to Alaska for my vacation?
Are you interested in experiencing the life of the Klondike gold seeker? Were you hoping to see an eagle swoop down to the water and scoop up a fish? Did you want to enjoy the tender licks from a husky puppy that may one day grow into an Iditarod champion?
Whatever your fancy, we will diligently work to find the perfect Skagway tour for you and your family.
Drop us a line today and let us help you make your Alaskan dreams come true. We offer group discounts and can combine your Skagway tour with other popular shore excursions in Juneau and Ketchikan for additional savings.
We are eager to share the love of our Alaskan home with you. Book your tour of Skagway with real locals by contacting us today.