Top of the World Helicopter Tour

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    This tour features stunning 360 views from the top of a mountain.
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    Fly high over Inside Passage waters on your 30-minute journey to Annette Island.
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    Every seat has easily accessed views of the surrounding landscapes.
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    The unique fauna of Southeast Alaska is a treat to behold as you explore the landing area.
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    You’ll get a bird’s eye view of Ketchikan during your journey to and from the base.
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    Stretch your legs and escape the crowds with exclusive permitting for this landing space.
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    Take in the diverse Terrain of the Tongass National Forest and how it varies from island to island on this trip.
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    Gaze back towards Ketchikan, or south towards the Misty Fjords. From the top of the mountain you can see it all!
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    Your pilot is here to provide knowledge of the area throughout your flight and stop.
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    The 30 minutes of flight provide plenty of time to view Ketchikan’s diverse coastline.
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    Ask your pilot for a photo! You’ll want to remember this experience
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    The landing pad is sturdy and secure, making this a good option even for guests with limited mobility.
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    This tour is great for all ages, even the littlest in your group!
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    You won’t find any other tour with as much flight time for as little cost.
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    Take-off from base right on the shores of Ketchikan at your waterfront base.
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    You’ll be surrounded by scenic views of the Inside Passage waters your cruise ship has been traveling through.
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, including multiple wildlife opportunities and rainforest views, as you journey south to your stunning landing on scenic Annette Island. To the east, you will have the beautiful Revillagigedo Channel and the marine wildlife that calls 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 most helicopter rides in Ketchikan do, with pickup right from your cruise dock for maximum convenience. A short drive through the scenic streets of Ketchikan will take 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 minutes duration
  • Potential for wildlife
  • Amazing photo opportunites
  • Small-group setting with only 7 guests per tour

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. Take your time, enjoy the quiet escape from the cruise crowds, and of course, 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 as it swims through 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!

If you're looking for a bit more time in the air, you may try one of these:

Minimum Ages, Cancellations, Accessibility, Etc.

KETCHIKAN TOURS DETAILS:

  • 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!
  • Cancellation Policy: In the event your cruise ship is late, delayed, or doesn't make it into port we always issue a full refund for the tour. Changes or cancellations are allowed up to 14 days prior to the tour departure with absolutely no penalty. Including 'Flex Cancel' allows cancellations and refunds up to 24-hours before the tour. Any cancellations made within 14 days of the tour departure (or within 24-hours with Flex Cancel) are nonrefundable.
  • 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.
For availability and timing, complete the information on the sidebar
  • Passenger Rate: $189.00
  • Infant Rate: Free (under 24 months)
  • + 6.5% sales tax
You've got questions, we've got answers
Q:Will we make it back to the ship in time? What if we don't?
We've never left anyone behind and only schedule tours that work well with your cruise ship's itinerary. We leave plenty of cushion so you can confidently book your trips independently.
Q:Do the flights ever get canceled due to weather?
Yes, safety is a 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 always receive a full refund.
Q:What if our ship is delayed or doesn't make it into port? Refund?
It's very rare that a ship is delayed into port, but in those cases, 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, we will of course refund the full cost of the tour.
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 on the mountains below. 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?
There are a few types of helicopters used for the tour, and you'll typically be in a group of 3 guests on the flight. Everyone gets a window seat on these flights. Multiple aircraft will be used for groups larger than this.
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