Iconic Alaska Shore Excursions

Seeing wild Alaska is not enough; you must get out and experience it. Embark on an unforgettable adventure with the cruise line consistently awarded "Best In Alaska" (2019 Cruise Critic, Cruisers' Choice Destination Awards). Holland America Line® cruises get you closer to glaciers, wildlife and mountains. Mush a dog team over a glacier and feel the wind in your face. Go high into the mountains on the White Pass Railway for breathtaking views and a better understanding of the prospectors’ plight. Float a river in Haines as majestic eagles soar overhead. Make new friends, eat new cuisine, watch wildlife hunt and play in their home turf. From culture to food to icy thrills, our iconic shore excursions in Alaska make your trip one you will remember forever.

Top 10 Alaska Shore Excursions

With so many Alaska shore excursions, which one to choose? When it comes to the Great Land, great minds think alike. Peruse the best cruise excursions in Alaska.

Wilderness Sea Kayaking Adventure

Wilderness Sea Kayaking Adventure

Ride the current where the sparkling sea meets the emerald forest. Soak in rugged Alaska wilderness. Feel one with nature.

Best Of Sitka: Otters, Raptors & Bears

Best Of Sitka: Otters, Raptors & Bears

Watch massive brown and black bears living their best lives at Fortress of the Bear. Make new friends of a feather at the Alaska Raptor Center. See marine animals in their natural habitat. Every wild encounter will warm your heart.

White Pass Summit Scenic Railroad

White Pass Summit Scenic Railroad

Ride the rail over high trestles to uninterrupted views of pure Alaska wilderness. Pass Bridal Veil Falls, Inspiration Point and more as your guide regales captivating Gold Rush history.

White Pass Summit Rail, Gold Panning & Barbecue Lunch

White Pass Summit Rail, Gold Panning & Barbecue Lunch

Depart from the train depot for a thrilling 40-mile roundtrip train ride on the White Pass & Yukon Route Railroad. Visit Dredge Town, where you will enjoy an authentic barbecue lunch including ribs, chicken and various side-dishes. Experience a glimpse of the life of a prospector when you join a colorful cast of characters to learn the art of gold panning.

Haines Eagle Preserve Float & Wildlife Quest

Haines Eagle Preserve Float & Wildlife Quest

Raft a lazy river through the lush Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve. Photograph eagles feasting on bountiful salmon. Bears, moose and wolves also frequent these grounds.

Taku Lodge, Feast & Five Glacier Seaplane Discovery

Taku Lodge, Feast & Five Glacier Seaplane Discovery

Fly in a classic de Havilland seaplane over five breathtaking glaciers flowing from the Juneau Ice Field, deep blue crevasses, snow-capped mountains and the lush Tongass National Forest.

Dog Sledding & Glacier Adventure By Helicopter

Dog Sledding & Glacier Adventure By Helicopter

Helicopter onto a vast glacier ensconced by mountain peaks. Then carve through the snow with a team of sled dogs. Hike! Gee! Haw! This cruise excursion is as "Alaska" as it gets.

Alaska's Whales & Mendenhall Glacier Trail: Small-Group Experience

Alaska's Whales & Mendenhall Glacier Trail: Small-Group Experience

Zip up the Mount Roberts Tramway, treated to mountain vistas along the way. Hike alpine trails. Discover the Mendenhall Glacier, a vivid blue glacier that stretches 13 miles to Mendenhall Lake.

Bering Sea Crab Fishermen's Tour

Bering Sea Crab Fishermen's Tour

Witness all that goes into harvesting crabs with experienced crab fishers, some you may have seen on the Deadliest Catch. You will never want this Alaska shore excursion to end.

Saxman Native Village, Dance, Totems & Lumberjack Show

Saxman Native Village, Dance, Totems & Lumberjack Show

Learn about Alaska culture and frontier spirit in Ketchikan. Gain exclusive access to a Tlingit carving center and watch traditional dances. Tour Saxman Totem Park and then get your heart racing at the action-packed lumberjack show.

Alaska Cruises

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