Best of Ketchikan, Juneau, and San Francisco
Juneau Whale Watching & Mendenhall Glacier Tour
Spectacular whales and the Mendenhall Glacier; All in a half-day Juneau excursion on a boat holding a maximum of only 40 guests. Whale viewing is guaranteed.
Your Juneau excursion adventure begins with a short drive to a scenic harbor. Here, you will board a mammal-friendly jet boat equipped with water jet drives to ensure a quiet underwater operation without dangerous propellers that may frighten or harm the animals. The boats have an enclosed and heated cabin, complete with indoor plumbing. In addition, the boat only holds a maximum of 40 guests. There are large viewing windows and an outdoor viewing deck, providing an up-close and personal experience while you observe and photograph the animals in their natural surroundings.
On this Juneau excursion, you will be on the boat for approximately two hours in an area that the whales frequent every summer.
Returning to land, you will travel further into the valley to see the only "drive up" glacier in Southeast Alaska. Once you arrive at the Visitor's Center (entrance included), you will have approximately 45 minutes to explore on your own. Enjoy an elevated view of the glacier across the Mendenhall Lake, see the exhibits, or watch a short film about the Juneau Ice Fields. For those guests feeling more adventurous during this Juneau excursion, there are several hiking paths around the lake area, including Photo Point Trail, which winds along Mendenhall Lake to an unobstructed view of the glacier face. At the appointed time, meet your guide for the trip back to town.
Backcountry Jeep & Canoe Safari Day Excursion
This scenic Ketchikan shore excursion combines three different nature experiences into one convenient package. Fill your senses with adventure and excitement as you take control of a 4-wheel drive Jeep Wrangler and navigate your way through the rugged backroads of Revillagigedo Island. Then, grab a paddle and make some friends aboard a 37-foot, 20-passenger Alaskan-style canoe, drifting across a gorgeous mountain lake.
For the Jeep portion of this Ketchikan excursion, you'll be paired into groups of 4 and depart on your adventure into the mountainous roads of the Tongass National Forest. The scenic route takes you through lush rainforest, up mountain roads to breathtaking scenery and vantage points. Your professional Ketchikan tour guide provides interesting and informative commentary along your drive through two-way radio.
Learn about the timber industry's reforestation methods while you stop for fantastic views and photo opportunities. If other guests would like to drive the vehicle, several stops are available along the route to change drivers. Conclude your drive by arriving at the stunning Lake Harriet Hunt. A unique ecosystem awaits, which you can enjoy from the vantage point of a large, easy to paddle guided canoe. Keep an eye out for the sundew, a rare carnivorous plant. On the other side of the lake, your expert safari guide leads a nature hike through an old-growth forest. A camp is located nearby with Alaskan snacks to refuel you. A short narrated transfer brings you back to base camp and Ketchikan.
Book this incredible Ketchikan shore excursion for a memorable day in the Alaskan outdoors. Awe-inspiring scenery and activities await!
Best of San Francisco City Tour
Experience the best of the City by the Bay and all of the incredible Northern California sights in San Francisco. Tour the Golden Gate Bridge, Twin Peaks, Golden Gate Park, Fisherman's Wharf, and many other unique sites in San Francisco on this half day tour.
Your San Francisco city tour begins at the front doors of your hotel, where you will be picked up by an air-conditioned coach service. From there, your guide will lead you to the Golden Gate Bridge, one of the most symbolic of American landmarks. Bring a camera to capture the incredible images from the Golden Gate Bridge, easily the most well known bridge in the world. You will also visit Twin Peaks, two near-identical hills located at the center of the city. From there, you will gain another perspective of the city and take in some incredible sights as you enjoy the 360-degree panoramic view of this beautiful city.
Next visit the stunning and lush Golden Gate Park. Often compared to New York City's Central Park, Golden Gate Park is home to a plethora of radiant seasonal flowers, a small herd of bison, and windmills. It is an incredible area frequented by almost 13 million people per year. While you drive through the once infamous Barbary Coast, you will learn about the history of San Francisco, from the Native Americans to the Gold Rush to the present. See San Francisco's iconic Victorian Homes as you travel through the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood. Enjoy the waterfront views and vistas of Alcatraz and the bay from the Fisherman's Wharf, and explore the local areas including Chinatown.
You will be dropped back off at your hotel at the end of the tour. This tour of San Francisco is the essential introduction to the amazing city, and it will open your eyes to the magnificence of San Francisco and all its other sights that are worth a deeper look.
Please note: If you are arriving by cruise ship, please select "Anchorage Square Office - 2800 Leavenworth Street" as your preferred pick up location above. This location is approximately 15 to 25 minutes from the cruise pier if you choose to walk. Taxis (not included, approximately $10 US each way) are also available at the cruise pier. If your hotel is not listed as a designated pick up location, please select either "Anchorage Square Office - 2800 Leavenworth Street" or "Union Square Office - 478 Post Street" as your preferred pick up location above. Please CLICK HERE to review a hotel reference list that may help you decide which pick up location is most convenient.