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Juneau Historic Gold Panning and Salmon Bake Combo Excursion S1869

Juneau, Alaska / USA

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  • Round-trip transportation from your Juneau cruise ship terminal!
  • English speaking certified guide!
  • Experience gold panning in the same creek as Joe Juneau in the town named after him!
  • Have the gold panning and mining history explained to you by a prospector excursion guide!
  • You get to keep all the gold you pan!
  • Enjoy an all-you-can-eat Alaska salmon bake buffet!
  • Escape the cruise ship shore excursion crowds and enjoy unique sights of Juneau and Alaska!

In 1880, two prospectors named Joe Juneau and Richard Harris stumbled upon Gold Creek, which was nothing more than a Tlingit Indian fishing camp at the time. They made friends with the local chief and when the chief showed them gold flakes he had found in the nearby creek, the prospectors wasted no time in staking their claim on Gold Creek. Within a month, other prospectors had arrived and almost overnight, the town of Juneau materialized. This led to one of the largest gold deposits ever found.

A costumed prospector will meet you at the pier and drive you up the valley along Gold Creek to Last Chance Basin, which sits in the shadows of the remains of the AJ (Alaska-Juneau) gold mine. The AJ operated for approximately 40 years and was the world's largest hard rock mining operation between 1920 to the 1930s. On this Gold Panning and Salmon Bake cruise excursion, you will hear about Joe Juneau and Richard Harris in their search for gold during your hands-on experience panning for gold in Gold Creek. You will also hear some of the other colorful histories of Juneau on this Gold Creek and Salmon Bake Shore Excursion from Juneau, Alaska.

Next, transfer to the original Juneau salmon bake, which features Alaskan-caught wild salmon grilled over an open alder wood fire. There is also chicken Parmesan, cheesy au gratin potatoes, baked beans with reindeer sausage, wild-rice pilaf, a variety of salads, cornbread, lemonade, coffee, tea, hot apple cider and hot chocolate, as well as blueberry cake for dessert. Beer, wine and soda are available for purchase.

For entertainment, there is a local musician, toasting marshmallows over a crackling campfire or take a walk to view the beautiful Salmon Creek waterfall. You may see a few remnants of the historic Wagner Mine. Explore at your leisure, and then hop on one of the transfer buses provided when you are ready to go back to the Juneau cruise ship pier.

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Relive the gold rush history by panning for gold and then enjoy a delicious original Alaska salmon bake, on this Juneau Excursion!


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Pine Bluff, AR
A super fan tour!
     5/5  September 2019
I took this tour with my wife celebrating our 30th wedding anniversary. This was just awesome with a big part due to our guide who was fabulous. He gave us historic tales from the panning gold days and a great lesson how to pan. My wife got more gold than I did and they let us keep it. Then we were taken to the salmon bake buffet and was all you can eat. This was simply the best tour of Alaska!
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Juneau Alaska
Salmon was AWESOME!
     5/5  May 2017
Our first trip to Alaska was not complete until we went gold panning, brought home some flakes, and enjoyed SCRUMPTIOUS salmon (& I don't like salmon!) Chef was fantastic and food was excellent. We booked (and) it was nice to not have to worry about getting there/getting back. Not to be missed!
Juneau Historic Gold Panning and Salmon Bake Combo Excursion Salmon was AWESOME!Juneau Historic Gold Panning and Salmon Bake Combo Excursion Salmon was AWESOME!Juneau Historic Gold Panning and Salmon Bake Combo Excursion Salmon was AWESOME!Show Management Response

Chesapeake, VI
Gold panning is real fun!
     5/5  May 2017
We just got back last week from our cruise. At the creek, the setting was beautiful and it was all about how to pan, which takes some practice and was actually fun! We all found some gold flakes and was able to bring some home as a token to remember our experience. The fresh salmon was delicious, so juicy and full of flavor. It was a great experience.
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