Soar high above the streets of Ketchikan and the trees of the Tongass without the soaring cost! The scenic Top of the World Helicopter tour is the perfect opportunity if you are looking for helicopter rides in Ketchikan, but as a budget-friendly option! See all the incredible sites of Revillagigedo island, including wildlife opportunities and rainforest views, as you journey south to your stunning mountaintop landing on scenic Annette Island. To the west, you will have the beautiful Revillagigedo Channel and the marine wildlife that call it home, and to the east, you’ll find the Tongass National Rainforest, and perhaps even catch a glimpse of the famous Saxman totem poles.
What to expect and what not to expect with this Ketchikan shore excursion
The Top of the World Helicopter tour begins, as all helicopter tours in Ketchikan do, with pickup right from your cruise dock for maximum convenience. A short drive through the scenic streets of Ketchikan will bring you to your take-off location right along Ketchikan's coast, where your pilot will be waiting to give you a brief 10-minutes safety talk and time for photo ops with the helicopter. From take-off, you will head south along the Revillagigedo channel, with stunning views of the lush rainforest on one side, and the beautiful Inside Passage waters on the other.
Pick-up in short walking distance from your dock
45 minute duration
Amazing photo opportunities
Small-group setting with 3 guests per helicopter
When you eventually reach Annette Island, you're in for quite the treat, as you soar to the top of a beautiful peak for 360-degree views of the inside passage! You'll have 10 minutes to take in the sights, get up close with the unique plant life of Southeast Alaskan mountain tops, and chat with your knowledgeable guide about the area. Enjoy the quiet escape from the cruise crowds and don't forget to snap a few photos! On your return flight to Ketchikan, look around for wildlife, as the Top of the World Helicopter tour is often a great opportunity to spot marine wildlife along the narrow Revillagigedo Channel. With an affordable price tag and stunning views, the Top of the World Helicopter tour easily ranks among the best value for helicopter rides in Ketchikan!
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Minimum Age: This excursion is suitable for all ages.
Accessibility: This tour is rated 'Easy' in regards to activity level. There are a few steps to get in and out of the helicopter so a certain level of mobility is required. Please contact us in advance if you require assistance and we will do our best to accommodate!
In the event your cruise ship is late, delayed, or doesn't make it into port we will issue a refund. Changes or cancellations are allowed up to 14 days prior to the tour departure. Any cancellations made within 14 days of the tour departure are non-refundable.
What to Wear: Alaskan weather can be variable so it's recommended to plan accordingly. Dress warmly and in layers, so that you can take off an extra layer when the sun is out or throw on an extra layer if it's a bit chilly.
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Infant Rate: Free (under 24 months)
+ 6.5% sales tax
You've got questions, we've got answers
Q:Do the flights ever get canceled due to weather?
Yes, safety is the number one priority so weather conditions are taken into account each day. In certain cases, the weather can lift and a slight delay will still allow the flight to continue. However, if a flight is canceled completely due to weather circumstances, you will receive a refund.
Q:What if our cruise ship's schedule is canceled or delayed?
We will try our best to work with you to reschedule the tour to a later time. If that is not a possibility or your ship doesn't make it into port, then you will receive a refund.
Q:What should we wear and bring?
For comfort, we typically recommend long pants, closed-toed shoes and a jacket, as the air temperature will be a few degrees cooler than the ground temperature.
Q:Can you see wildlife from the helicopter?
If you have sharp eyes, it's certainly possible to see wildlife. The helicopter flies low enough to distinguish individual animals, but of course the pilots have to respect local wildlife so it's not an objective of this tour.
Q:How big are the helicopters?
The helicopters hold 3 guests in addition to the pilot. Everyone gets a window seat on these flights. Multiple aircraft will be used for groups larger than this.