I will be cruising to Alaska in June. In Skagway I am torn between doing the train tour or going by horseback. The train tour is about 6 hours. I am trying to do the one that I would see the most. Has anyone done both??
Joni's horseback riding in Carcross gets consistant raves, book through Southeast tours. This would probably give you a good variety of commentary and a nice drive on th Klondike Highway entering the Yukon. Are you looking at a combo train/bus tour?? A regular round trip rail is about 3 1/2 hours. The train is significant for superior scenery, history and engineering. Determine what the priority is for you???
I guess it depends how old you are. The train doesn't offer much for activity as it is a sitting tour. Southeast tours goes to the Yukon horseback to Emerald Lk. the drive also follows the train tracks on the opposite side of the road and there are stops for pictures as well as the activity of horseback ride, more variety I think. I hope this helps and I know emerald Lake gets reve reviews...
I read your post about Skagway, and looked up Southeast Tours. I was torn between the White Pass and horseback excursion. I sent Southeast Tours an e-mail, and within 15 minutes, I got a call from them. I have re-considered the White Pass because of the long ride and not being able to open the windows...too confined for us. I will book the Yukon Horseback adventure with them and I can't wait. This way, we can see the area up close and not from a distance.
We stood outside the front of our rail car almost all the way back down on a beautiful day. Plenty of openess and fresh air that way. We had time to take the railway and also the streetcar tour. Both were fun.
I took the bus tour up into Carcross Canada - all 6 of us really LOVED it. We had a great guide.
On my 2nd trip in Skagway I wnet horseback riding but we just rode a few miles from where the ship was docked. I hadn't heard of any riding up in the Yukon by Emerald Lake - that would be fun. Maybe it's a new tour. I was in Alaska in '01 & '03.