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While you’re in port in Juneau, a true Alaskan experience can be yours! By day you’re as a gold miner, ravaging Gold Creek and Last Chance Basin for pieces of gold; by night you’re a true Alaskan, eating fresh seafood at a traditional salmon bake. 



After pickup from the cruise port, your guide takes you on a brief city tour of Juneau, Alaska’s capital. From there, continue to Gold Creek and Last Chance Basin and soak up all there is to know about gold panning, the simplest form of gold mining. After learning the ropes, try it on your own — finders, keepers! You’ll receive an Orelove Brothers Gold Claim Certificate as proof of your discoveries.



Then, travel by bus to the traditional Alaskan salmon bake. Your lunch or dinner (depending on your choice of tour time) includes grilled salmon, Cheechako chicken, Chilkoot baked beans, Tongass wild-rice pilaf, Alyeska au gratin potatoes and more. Eat as much as you like, and then toast marshmallows by the fire.

After your meal, you can check out the historic Wagner Mine and peek inside its entrance, or take a snapshot by the Salmon Creek waterfall. But don’t miss the chance to watch Doug Chilton, a Tlingit Master Carver, and his son, work on two 10-foot-tall (3-meter-tall) cedar totem poles and silver jewelry. Feel free to ask them questions about their craft, and pick up original works of art from the gift shop.

You can take the shuttle back to the port whenever you wish. Buses run based off of cruise schedules for the day.



Worry-free Shore Excursion:

We will ensure your timely return to the Juneau 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.
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Overview
On this shore excursion from Juneau port, you get to pan for gold and dig into a hearty Alaskan salmon-bake buffet. At Gold Creek and Last Chance Basin, learn how to cull the waters for the precious metal and then make your own small fortune exploring the gold fields on your own. Watch a Tlingit Master Carver at work on totem poles and silver, visit Salmon Creek waterfall and enjoy a city tour of Juneau. And yes, keep all the gold you find! Port transport included.
Highlights
  • Gold panning and salmon bake shore excursion from Juneau
  • Learn how to pan for gold in Gold Creek and about the history of the Alaskan gold rush
  • Enjoy a traditional Alaskan salmon bake for either lunch or dinner
  • Keep all the gold you find and receive an Orelove Brothers Gold Claim Certificate
  • Admire the artisanship of a Tlingit Master Carver and learn about his ancestral craft
  • Port pickup and drop-off included
  • Covered by Viator's worry-free policy: guaranteed on-time return to your ship
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile
Cruise trip

We loved the gold panning. Got some gold flakes, lots of fun. Also the salmon bake was delicious. Thanks

Thank docnfran
Dale S, Director of Sales & Marketing at Alaska Travel Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Glad you had a great time! Thanks for choosing us. Dale E Smith Director of Sales & Marketing

Reviewed 7 July 2018
Recommend it

The tour was couched beginning and end with info about downtown Juneau which was a good orientation. Then we went gold panning where we were shown how to pan and sift for gold. They were only gold flakes but we put them in a vial...More

Thank shapgo
Dale S, Director of Sales and Marketing at Alaska Travel Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for sharing! Glad you had a wonderful time. Dale E Smith Director of Sales and Marketing

Reviewed 6 July 2018 via mobile
Great time on this excursion

We had a great time with Sterling. He was knowledgeable about Juneau. We left right on time, even though 4 people had not arrived to the bus yet. After we arrived at the river, Sterling gave great instructions and demonstrated how to pan Gold. We...More

Thank Eileen K
Dale S, Director of Sales and Marketing at Alaska Travel Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for the great review and sharing your trip with us. I will let Sterling know! Dale E Smith Director of Sales and Marketing

Reviewed 30 June 2018
Motherload Matt and the Cruise Cows

I had the BEST time with Matt on our trip up to the creek! He was absolutely engaging and FUNNY, this guy has a wonderfully playful and quick wit. Of course, went home with gold as they are kind enough to share in their "paydirt"...More

Thank travlr2017
Dale S, Director of Sales and Marketing at Alaska Travel Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you so much for the detailed and kind review. I will let Matt know your kind words! We are so glad you had a wonderful time. Dale E Smith Director of Sales and Marketing

Reviewed 21 June 2018
Found Gold!

Great time panning for gold and the salmon bake was very good. Would recommend Sterling as your guide.

Thank Sally L
Dale S, Director of Sales & Marketing at Alaska Travel Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 22 June 2018

Sally, I will let Sterling know what a great time you had. Thanks for sharing. Dale E Smith Director of Sales & Marketing

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