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9 Days Inside Passage Tour Cycling Holiday in the USA and Canada

Juneau - Douglas Island - Auke Bay - Haines - Chilkat River and Eagle Preserve - Klukwan - Chilkoot Lake - Skagway - Taiya River, Alaska, USA; Fraser, British Columbia, Canada

Coastal Cycling Holiday USA and Canada

Visit one of the most scenic regions in Alaska, the Northern Lynn Canal on a multi-sport adventure! On the tour, have an adventure in the coastal communities of Juneau, Haines, and Skagway. In each town, you bike, hike, kayak, raft, and visit cultural sites.

The Alaska State Ferry and private ferry service transports you from one town to another. That is the perfect way to cruise Southeast Alaska, in comfort and style! The adventure utilizes Alaska's unique Marine Highway system for scenic cruising between the three coastal communities of Juneau, Haines, and Skagway.

The mountains thrust to the skyline straight from the glacial waters of the fjord and the rainforest beckons you to walk on a carpet of moss under its canopy. By day, you ride along scenic roads to picturesque picnic spots in each town.

Key information

  • Trip type: Guided
  • Lodging: Point to point
  • Terrain: Mostly unpaved and mountainous
  • Difficulty level: Easy (cyclist does not need to have certain level of fitness, mostly flat terrain though occasionally, they will ride on unpaved roads or hills, 10-30 miles per day) to moderate (cyclist needs to have a good level of fitness, terrain is mostly hilly or unpaved but they will ride on flat terrains sometimes, 31-45 miles per day)
  • Total distance: Approximately 180 miles / 290 kilometers
  • Type of bike: Hybrid touring bike (Available to rent / 405 EUR), Road bike, Mountain bike, Tandem bike

Highlights

  • Easy multi-sport trip
  • Kayaking, rafting, and hiking
  • Cultural and coastal environment
  • Journey on the Alaska Marine Highway
  • Vehicle transportation and support
  • Hybrid touring bike included
  • 8 nights accommodation
  • Daily delicious meals

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate

Styles


8 days with instruction
The maximum participants in the group is 8
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Accommodation

During this cycling holiday, you will stay in double rooms of various accommodations across Alaska. Sockeye Cycle Co has selected the finest local inns and bed and breakfasts for you to stay in. Enjoy northern hospitality at the quaint and historic lodgings. Single supplement rooms are available.

Silverbow Inn

You will stay at the Silverbow Inn for nights one and two. It is in the center of downtown Juneau and a boutique hotel that blends Juneau's unique history with contemporary amenities. You can eat breakfast at the Silverbow Bakery and Restaurant and visit the hotel's cinema and art gallery.

It is a unique Juneau lodging experience and a nice change of pace from typical hotels. With 11 warm and inviting guest rooms, the Juneau accommodations are unmatched. Enjoy all the comforts of home and the luxuries of a traditional hotel at the boutique inn.

The accommodations are fitting for a romantic getaway, business trip, or a family vacation. Choose from rooms with either king, queen, or twin beds or a room with a view of downtown. The Juneau hotel features many amenities to make your stay comfortable and convenient.

During your visit, enjoy complimentary high-speed wireless Internet, a free full breakfast each morning, daily housekeeping services, private bathrooms, direct TV, a private rooftop garden with Jacuzzi, and 24-hour free coffee, tea, and snacks.

Hotel Halsingland

You will stay in Hotel Halsingland from nights three to five. It is a Haines' premier hotel. Located in historic Fort Seward, the Victorian hotel offers modern accommodations in historic surroundings. You can dine at the elegant Commander's Room or at the Officer's Club Lounge.

The hotel has 35 guest rooms, daily service, pet-friendly accommodations at an additional fee, bath amenities provided by Bath and Bodyworks, complimentary house-made pastries and locally roasted coffee, a smoke-free environment, free self-parking, and a nine-acre grass park just across the street from the hotel.

Skagway Inn Bed and Breakfast

You will stay in the bed and breakfast for nights six to eight. At the Skagway Inn Bed and Breakfast, host Innkeepers Karl and Rosemary Klupar provide warm hospitality as they invite you to enjoy their historic Victorian inn. Enjoy fine dining at Olivia's restaurant.

It is in a quiet downtown location within the historic district and a walking distance to all services and attractions. Services and amenities include complimentary transportation to and from the ferry, train, bus, or airport, arranged in advance. It has ten antique and Victorian-decorated rooms.

It has Wi-Fi and internet access, an award-winning floral and culinary garden, Olivia’s Restaurant, satellite television in the lobby, phones in each room, bathrobes, a hair dryer and iron available upon request, and a luggage, refrigerator, and freezer storage. It is family friendly, with a no smoking policy. It is near the local park with pack and play, rollaway. There is a small DVD player and board games available.

Program

In addition to great biking, you will get to enjoy other outdoor activities such as sea kayaking, hiking, rafting, and cultural education. In Juneau, you will bike to Douglas Island, walk in the rainforest, and paddle on the glacial fjord with a view of the Mendenhall Glacier.

In Haines, you will explore the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve by bike and raft, then bike and kayak on the pristine Chilkoot Lake, an area known for abundant wildlife. In Skagway, you will relish in the Gold Rush history as you board the White Pass and Yukon Route narrow gauge railroad for your trip to the summit.

Then, you will bike back down the White Pass. Your final day will take you the ghost town of Dyea for a bike ride through the rainforest, a hike on the historic Chilkoot Trail, and a relaxing raft float down the Taiya River!

You will be escorted by one of the senior local guides who will inform you about the rich history and ecology of the region during your trip. The tour is a perfect sampling of Southeast Alaska, combining biking and other outdoor activities, comfortable lodging and dining, and a moment in your life to relax in an unforgettable journey.

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Juneau, Alaska

Your guide will pick you up at the airport and transport you to the Silverbow Inn. After you unpack and freshen up, you will meet your guide for a tour orientation, bike fitting, and a short ride around town followed by dinner.

Day 2: Juneau – Douglas Island – Juneau

You will depart on a morning bike ride to the north end of Douglas Island for a walk through the forest to the beach. After lunch, you will slip into a stable sea kayak for a paddle around the cove with views of the Mendenhall Glacier. The evening options are a town walk followed by a tram ride up Mount Roberts for an amazing view!

Day 3: Juneau – Auke Bay – Haines

You will check out of the inn, then bike to Auke Bay, making scenic stops along the way before your ferry ride to Haines. Dinner will be served onboard while cruising the Lynn Canal, North America’s longest fjord. Arriving in Haines four hours later, you will check in to the Hotel Halsingland.

Day 4: Haines – Chilkat River and Eagle Preserve – Klukwan – Haines

On your first day in the picturesque town of Haines, you will bike along the Chilkat River. After lunch, your guide will takes you on a raft float through the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve, spotting for wildlife along the banks of the glacial river. On your return to town, you will stop for a cultural tour in the Tlingit Village of Klukwan.

Day 5: Haines – Chilkoot Lake – Haines

In the morning, you will bike to glacial-fed Chilkoot Lake. At the beautiful emerald lake, you will exchange your bicycle for a sea kayak. After a brief orientation, you will glide silently along the shore, spotting for bear, moose, eagles, and other wildlife. The afternoon will be spent on a short coastal hike to a viewpoint or relaxing at your bed and breakfast.

Day 6: Haines – Lynn Canal – Skagway

Your day will start with a short bike ride along the Lynn Canal to a trailhead. You will hike through the rainforest to a viewpoint where you can take in the majestic scenery of the glacial fjord. In the afternoon, you will board the fast ferry to Skagway and check in to the Historic Skagway Inn. You can tour the own by foot or bike, followed by watching the “Days of 98” show.

Day 7: Skagway – Fraser Station, British Columbia – Skagway

You will board the historic White Pass and Yukon Route narrow gauge railroad for a trip over the summit to Fraser Station in British Columbia, Canada. From there, you will cycle back to Skagway, descending 15 miles from the 3,292 feet summit of the White Pass to the sea. The afternoon can be spent hiking on your own to a lake or relaxing at the bed and breakfast.

Day 8: Skagway – Dyea – Chilkoot Trail – Taiya River – Skagway

Your day will start with a bike ride from Skagway to the historic townsite of Dyea. You will explore the tidal flats and rainforest trails on your bicycle. You will then hike two miles of the Chilkoot Trail followed by a leisurely raft float down the Taiya River.

The afternoon will be spent with a park service interpreter on a town walking tour, followed by a movie about the Gold Rush. You may also choose to relax at your bed and breakfast and savor the memories of the past week.

Day 9: Departure day

After breakfast you can go shopping or sightseeing before Sockeye Cycle takes you to the airport or ferry terminal for your departure home. You may choose to keep the adventure going in Alaska!

Bike rental options

Full suspension mountain bike

The full suspension mountain bike available is the Trek Fuel EX 27.5 and 29er mountain bikes for rent which are great for exploring single-track trails. Skagway offers extensive, purpose-built MTB trail systems a short drive up the road in the Yukon. It is available for 20 USD per hour and 85 USD per day. Discounts available for multi-day rentals.

Mountain bike or hybrid

It is the most popular rental bike. Hardtail mountain bikes or hybrid bikes are great options for exploring town and nearby trails. Specialized Hardrock Disc mountain bikes and Specialized Crosstrail and Ariel hybrids, with rear racks, are available for rent at 10 USD per hour or 45 USD per day. Discounts are available for multi-day rentals.

Salsa Fargo and Vaya dirt road bikes

Salsa Fargo and Vaya bikes are ideal for dirt road riding. The 20-mile out and back dirt road ride to from Skagway to Dyea is a good option for experienced cyclists. It is available for 15 USD per hour or 65 USD per day. Discounts available for multi-day rentals.

Tandem bicycle

Rent one of the Trek T-900 tandem bikes to cruise town in style. The bike is available at 15 USD per hour or 65 USD per day.

Road Bikes

The rental specialized Allez road bikes are the best way to take advantage of the great road riding options in both Haines and Skagway! It is available for 15 USD per hour or 65 USD per day. Discounts are available for multi-day rentals.

Skill level

Beginner

  • can cycle for 2-3 hours
  • assistance required
  • comfortable with curves and leans
  • basic experience with unsurfaced roads
  • short distance ascents and descents

Intermediate

  • can cycle for 3-4 hours
  • average riding experience
  • little assistance required
  • comfortable with extreme curves and leans
  • average experience with unsurfaced roads
  • steep ascents and descents

Included excursions

  • Board the White Pass and Yukon Route railroad
  • Cruise along the Lynn Canal
  • Cultural tour in the Tlingit Village of Klukwan
  • Go hiking to a viewpoint near Lynn Canal and Chilkoot Trail
  • Kayaking around the cove with a view of the Mendenhall Glacier
  • Leisurely kayaking in Chilkoot Lake
  • Raft float through the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve and Taiya River
  • Take a walk in Douglas Island through the forest to the beach
  • Trip over the summit of White Pass to Fraser Station

Location

This cycling holiday will take place in Juneau, Douglas Island, Auke Bay, Haines, Chilkat River and Eagle Preserve, Klukwan Chilkoot Lake, Lynn Canal, Skagway, Dyea, Chilkoot Trail, Taiya River in Alaska, USA and Fraser Station in British Columbia, Canada.

Food

During this cycling holiday, you will be provided with meals from day one dinner through day nine breakfast. You will dine at some of Southeast Alaska's finest eating establishments for breakfast and dinner and recharge your day with scrumptious picnics during the lunch hour.

Sockeye Cycle prides themselves on the freshly cooked food you will eat on the tours. They resupply trips one to two times during the tour to ensure that you have fresh food. Expect to eat dishes like their local salmon or halibut, pasta, and Thai curries. They also serve either a warm or cold breakfast, sandwiches and salads for lunch, and a variety of snacks for you to carry throughout the day.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

  • Enjoy a tram ride up Mount Roberts
  • Get entertained by a movie about the Gold Rush
  • Go hiking to a lake in Skagway
  • Hike to a viewpoint of near Chilkoot Lake
  • Indulge in shopping or sightseeing in Skagway
  • Skagway town walking tour
  • Take a walk around town
  • Watch the “Days of 98” show

What's included

  • 8 nights accommodation
  • Hybrid touring bike
  • Services of a guide
  • Listed activities
  • Helmet
  • Expert local leadership
  • Three meals and snacks for all tour days (excluding arrival and departure days)
  • Vehicle transportation and support
  • On-tour bike maintenance
  • Fees and permits for special sites
  • Safety equipment, training, and certification

What's not included

  • Airfare and travel to Canada
  • Lodging and meals for extra days
  • Insurance
  • Alcohol
  • Optional tipping to guides

How to get there

Driving directions from Juneau

  • Driving to either Haines or Skagway is one of the most spectacular drives in North America.
  • High mountain peaks, glaciers, rivers and lakes line the roads.
  • Both town connect to the Alaskan-Canadian Highway (ALCAN) via either the Haines Highway or Klondike Highway.
  • Highways are paved and maintained year-round.

Arrival by ferry

Haines lies on the coast 90 sea miles north of Juneau and 14 miles south of Skagway. Passengers arrive via cruise ship, private boats or charters, or via passenger ferry. For the Alaska Marine Highway Ferry System, passenger and vehicle ferries connecting Haines, Skagway, and Juneau with other southeastern communities, in addition to British Columbia and Washington.

Ferry system owned and operated by the State of Alaska. Ferry trips are 2 1/2 to 4 1/2 hours depending on the ship. The Haines-Skagway Fast Ferry is a privately owned high speed passenger ferry service between Haines and Skagway. Up to six crossings per day, 35 minutes each way.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 60 days before arrival.
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Arrival: Saturday May 2, 2020
Departure: Sunday May 10, 2020

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