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Ketchikan, United States
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After relaxing aboard your ship, this off-road Ketchikan shore excursion will pump up your adrenaline. First, steer or ride in a 4WD Jeep Wrangler® deep in Tongass National Forest. Then, at Lake Harriet Hunt, paddle with your group a Native American–style, 20-person canoe! Keep watch for deer, moose, eagles and even bears along the way. Reward your outdoor activities with a delicious snack of smoked salmon, clam chowder, fresh bread with local wild-berry jam, and hot chocolate.
  • Jeep and canoe shore excursion in Ketchikan
  • Take the wheel of a 4WD Jeep and drive through the back roads of Tongass National Forest
  • Paddle across Lake Harriet Hunt in a Native American–style canoe
  • Refuel with Alaskan-style snacks including smoked salmon, clam chowder and other treats
  • Enjoy a nature walk through the rain forest with a knowledgeable guide
  • Covered by Viator's Worry-Free policy: guaranteed on-time return to your ship
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  • Ketchikan near the RAIN GAUGE
  • Ward Cove cruise ship pier , 7691 N Tongass Hwy, Ketchikan, AK 99901, USA
  • **Ketchikan Meeting Place:** Please meet us by the RAIN GAUGE located outside on the north end of the visitor center building on the dock. If your ship is docked at The Mill at Ward Cove dock, please meet in the WELCOME CENTER building at the Tour Departure sign. - Take careful note of your tour departure time noted above and please be at the designated location 15 minutes prior to departure time. - **Local Phone Number:** (907) 247-5295 - When you arrive at the meeting area, look for the Alaska Travel Adventures tour representative. They will be wearing a red jacket/shirt and a red hat. Look for our distinctive Caribou logo. Have your tour voucher ready to show the representative so that they can direct you to the appropriate transportation.
    While in Ketchikan, fill your craving for excitement with this half-day off-road vehicle and canoe adventure. After port pickup, your shore excursion begins with a safety briefing on operating a 4WD Jeep Wrangler® at the activities center. You’ll be placed in groups of four, and during the drive, you’ll switch drivers so that everyone has a chance to get behind the steering wheel.

    Time to set off! Rev your way on a route deep inside Tongass National Forest, on back roads and through rain forests. Using two-way radios, your group leader-guide shares commentary on the local geology. Blaze past old-growth and new-growth woods, and stop to take pictures at stunning vantage points.

    When you arrive at Lake Harriet Hunt, prepare for your next mode of transport — a Native American–style canoe stretching 37 feet (11 meters) long with a capacity to carry 20 passengers. Make your way across the mountain lake, and then follow your guide on a nature hike through an old-growth forest.

    Settle down for a snack break at a forest camp, and recharge with clam chowder, smoked salmon and bread rolls buttered with local wild-berry jam, and wash it all down with coffee or hot chocolate.

    With plenty of photos and great memories, board your transport that takes you back to Ketchikan port.

    Worry-free Shore Excursion:

    We will ensure your timely return to the Ketchikan port for this activity. In the rare event your ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of-call. If your ship is delayed and you are unable to attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.
    Stop At:  
    Tongass National Forest
    For the Jeep® portion of this safari adventure, you will join up to three other guests, with plenty of opportunities to change drivers for those who want to get behind the wheel! While you traverse the mountain roads of the Tongass National Forest, your guide provides you with interesting and informative commentary using a two-way radio. You'll be fascinated by the area's natural history as you pass through old growth and new growth forests and stop for magnificent views and photo opportunities along the way.
    Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
    Admission Ticket Included
    Stop At:  
    Lake Harriet Hunt
    The Jeep® portion of your tour concludes with your arrival at Lake Harriet Hunt. Here, you'll experience a unique ecosystem from the vantage point of a 37-foot, Alaska Native-style canoe. These traditional Alaskan canoes are fast, stable, and easy to maneuver. Once on the other side of the lake, your expert guide will lead you to a camp on shore where an Alaskan snack awaits. Next, your guide will interpret the features of the temperate rainforest on a nature walk through the old-growth forest. Your excursion concludes with a scenic motor coach drive back to the pier.
    Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
    Admission Ticket Free
    • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
    • All guests are required to sign an insurance/liability waiver in order to participate
    • Drivers must be at least 25 years old and are required to show a current driver's license
    • Minimum age for the tour is 5 years
    • Children must weigh at least 40 lbs (18 kg) in order to fit into the required life jacket
    • Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult
    • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
    • Children 13-17 must have a signed parental consent form to participate in the absence of a parent or guardian
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 40 travelers
    • OPERATED BY Alaska Travel Adventures Inc.
    This experience is non-refundable and cannot be changed for any reason. If you cancel or ask for an amendment, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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    • "Jeeps were in good condition and we really appreciated letting my husband and I have our own jeep as it we were not able to get into the back seat very easily." See review

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    Off-road Adventure and Mystical Secret Garden
    , Jul 2022
    Off-roading in Alaska is an adventure, but with our great Jeep Safari guides, it was even better - more entertaining, more fun. The canoe part was great too - walking through the rain forest was like visiting a magical secret hide-away. Hollywood couldn't do better. And then there's a special culinary surprise awaiting halfway through the canoe trip. Thoughly enjoyable - I recommend it highly.
    Our excursion was...
    , Jul 2022
    Our excursion was canceled and we found out the morning of so we were not able to book anything else.
    We had a blast!
    , Jun 2022
    The canoe ride over to their pavilion was a blast! Our 6 year old loved it. The Jeeps were fun V the guide had so much energy and knowledge it made it fun for all!
    Our trip canceled
    , Sep 2021
    Our trip got canceled and we were disappointed that we were not notified ahead of time. We tried to call the local number but no one answered. We were really pleased with Viators response with a refund offer.
    Great Tour Guide from Nebraska!
    , Aug 2019
    Jeeps were in good condition and we really appreciated letting my husband and I have our own jeep as it we were not able to get into the back seat very easily. We did not see any bear during the nature walk but our guide was informative. We learned about native wildlife and plants during our nature walk and the canoe ride was fun! We had a little canoe race on the way back from the nature walk and the Nebraska canoe was victorious! GO BIG RED!!!
    Nice job good crew
    peter c
    , Jun 2019
    We started on a short bus ride, then in to a Jeep. A little to fast on a rainy day on the rock trail. Might think about taking it in 4 wheel low and a lil slower. We then put long rain coats on and rowed a large canoe with 25 of us to a spot on the lake where we we're served clam chowder and a salmon spread, pretty good. A walk in the forest and back to town again. It would have been nice to drive back in the Jeeps. I would rate the help a 10 and the excursion one i would do again.
    1 traveler found this review helpful
    Fun for entry level participants
    Julie B
    , Jun 2019
    Overall this excursion was a lot of fun, but it was easy stuff. Dont get me wrong, it was 'off road' type driving on an old logging road up the side of a mountain. And then a bigger canoe-style row boat across the lake - just as described. No complaints there, just wish the Jeep part was longer! One road up and down the mountain with two stops to look out and take pictures. Supposedly the lead car with our guides saw a bear as we turned onto the old road, but that would be the only 'wildlife' seen. Rowing was easy, just wish the guide would have called out to row in unison... every inexperienced person smacking their paddles in the water and on each others oars was a little annoying. Snacks across the river were good - clam chowder, hot chocolate, coffee, bread, strawberry jam and goldfish crackers. It was a hot day so some water would have been good, but that's ok! Beautiful day on a beautiful lake in beautiful Alaska! I'd add a star if they'd add more off road time.
    1 traveler found this review helpful
    Great Guide
    , May 2019
    Overall this was a fun adventure. The Jeep portion was over a old logging road so not truly off road, then you take a short canoe ride over to an really cool camp and a walk thru the woods. We would have liked more time to explore the woods but our ship time didn’t allow it. Overall it was a fun time.
    Great fun!
    , Aug 2018
    Highly recommended. Off road great fun and scenery. Canoeing lake and chowder for snack. Awesome. Jose and Sebastian terrific.
    Overall the excursion was fun. The...
    Matt C
    , Sep 2017
    Overall the excursion was fun. The canoe ride wasn't too far, but there was no walk in the woods. It would of been nice if we could have done that. That's the only reason I dock it by one star. The off roading was a lot of fun. The guide was knowledgeable and friendly. Overall I would recommend it.
    This a great excursion. We loved the...
    , Jul 2017
    This a great excursion. We loved the canoe ride and the jeep ride was fun too. Oliver,our tour guide did a great job. The clam chowder and not chocolate was great. Could have used a little more time to enjoy it though.
    The jeep ride was truly off-road...
    mary F
    , Jul 2017
    The jeep ride was truly off-road. Only wish we could have viewed more wildlife. The canoe trip was excellent, the food tasty, and the nature walk very interesting.
    Wow, this was an amazing excursion...
    Machelle F
    , Jul 2017
    Wow, this was an amazing excursion we booked separately from the Disney Cruise. So worth it...small group, safe vehicles and knowledgeable, fun, guides. The canoe safari, lake and salmon bake were ideal. One blip... we were the last excursion of the day and the bus that was suppose to take us back to base, forgot us. The guide had to paddle back out to the middle of the lake to get cell reception, to remind them we were there. delay was less than an hour. Because we were a small group, there were no real complaints. However, had this been an excursion booked from the ship, it would have probably gotten ugly. Take bug repellant as the bugs around the lake were plentiful.
    Jeep was absolutely a ton of fun...
    Kristen G
    , Jun 2017
    Jeep was absolutely a ton of fun! Canoe in the rain a little less so, but still fun, not long, and they had hot clam chowder and hot chocolate for us, plus a short walk in the woods. Canoeing back was beautiful, rain had stopped and the view was awesome. Overall great excursion, we could not stop laughing on the jeep ride!
    A good tour, access to experiences...
    DALE G
    , Aug 2016
    A good tour, access to experiences, views, and information probably not available other ways, tour guides were safe, very informative and many first hand experiences which added a great deal to the tour and information, the cookout was great, enjoyed the up close and personal access to the flora and fauna.
    Live the bantering between guides...
    , Aug 2016
    Live the bantering between guides Kevin and Jansen, they make the trip fun! Canoe portion was OK nothing exciting. Self drive jeep drive up a rocky bumpy Tongas mountain was awesome!
    This is a great tour!! Amy was great...
    Angel C
    , Jul 2016
    This is a great tour!! Amy was great and her knowledge of all the beautiful trees, plants and animals, was outstanding! This is an amazing tour and alot of fun! Oh I almost forgot, the guys even cooked us a great lunch too! To have such a great tour in such a breathtaking spot, really made this a trip of a lifetime and we will never forget it!!
    Lots of fun. The guide gave us lots of...
    Steve D
    , Jul 2016
    Lots of fun. The guide gave us lots of information along the way,
    The tour itself was great - really...
    Matthew L
    , Jul 2016
    The tour itself was great - really fun time doing both the canoe trip delicious clam chowder and salmon snacks, and the jeep off-road tour. People were very friendly, but just two comments that made us give a lower rating - first, our Jeep guide Daron would not stop talking about the few types of trees that we saw - should have just given us a brief story, and let us admire the scenery in peace for the rest of the time. Second, the scheduled time for the trip just barely fits in to the allotted time we had from the cruise ship. We ended up making it back in time, but were actually later than the scheduled departure time. They guaranteed they would transport us to the next stop if needed, but that's not good enough. We would have been furious if we did not make it back in time. My wife and I both felt our blood pressure increase with each passing late minute - they need to make the trip just 15-30 minutes shorter or depart 30 minutes earlier and eliminate any avoidable stress.
    our guide goose was extremely...
    Erik M
    , May 2016
    our guide goose was extremely entertaining,she made the trip great

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