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$274 Per Person

From the start, you will know this is a special trip. You will meet your representative right at the cruise pier and transfer to the airport, where you will board a fixed wing Cessna or Piper Cub. The view over the multitude of glaciers is incredible as you make your way along the northern escarpment of Glacier Bay National Park to the Tsirku Valley. Three famous spots, Broken Heart Ridge, Takhin Glacier and DeBlondeau Glacier will be pointed out as you land at the remote, historic gold mine site known as Nugget Creek, where you'll have time to explore a real goldmine.

Your guides will provide a short orientation of the valley as well as river safety so you feel comfortable with what's ahead. You will get rubber boots, lifejackets, and more attire as the weather deems necessary before you board your airboat. This trip is about an hour in length. As you head downriver, the section of the river that you will travel will become braided and you will get to experience some swift water (not white water, though). It will not be long before your craft passes by the sheer rock walls, the ribbons of waterfalls, and an increase in vegetation is apparent.

You will reach Devil's Elbow, where you will leave your craft and take a short ride over three bridges and a busy beaver pond before intersecting to the beautiful Haines highway.

The highway parallels the Chilkat and Klehini Rivers and the heart of the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve, known for the largest gathering of eagles in the world. During the fall and winter months, there are sometimes up to 3500 eagles hanging out here, with the mountains in the background.

You will be taken into Haines where we take you to the ferry for your return trip to Skagway.



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