Come face to face with a glacier, marvel at a huge humpback whale leaping out of the water and top this excitement off with a scrumptious meal featuring wild Alaskan salmon grilled over an alder wood fire on this Juneau shore excursion. You'll call this combination amazing. We call it the Best of Juneau.
Enjoy a narrated transfer to the spectacular icewall of the Mendenhall Glacier and its adjacent Visitors Center in Juneau. Tour the grounds, snap photos, take in the interactive exhibits, and turn to a ranger who can satisfy your curiosity about the natural wonders of the Mendenhall.
From Mendenhall Glacier, you'll be transported to Auke Bay. There your captain and onboard naturalist will welcome you aboard our state of the art 48-passenger jet boat custom designed for Juneau whale watching with large windows, an outside viewing deck, and an amplified hydrophone system for listening to whales communicate under water.
Juneau has a healthy humpback whale population, with some 65 whales returning each season to feed in the nutrient-rich waters, and your captain is well-versed in locating them. In fact, whale sightings are guaranteed! During this Juneau tour, your captain will let you know when whales are spotted, but it's more likely you'll first be alerted by the collective chorus of "Oohhs!" and "Ahhhs!" from your fellow adventurers as they witness a giant humpback suddenly breach.
Binoculars are available for your use on board throughout the Juneau Excursion. Venture out on the deck to enjoy a panoramic view of your surroundings or to take a photo. Or, settle into your warm and comfortable interior to enjoy the scenery and wildlife sightings through the over-sized windows.
Following your cruise, you're off to the Gold Creek Salmon Bake. In a beautiful setting nestled in the rainforest, you'll be welcomed by the aroma of wild Alaskan salmon grilling over an open alder wood fire. The sumptuous spread has something for everyone, with a variety of Alaskan entrees, sides, and blueberry cake for dessert!
After your meal, roast marshmallows over a crackling campfire, visit the Salmon Creek Trading Post, and stroll to the beautiful Salmon Creek waterfall. Take your time! The food, entertainment, activities, and ambiance make Gold Creek Salmon Bake an Alaskan experience that is much more than a meal. With frequent courtesy bus service, you can return at your leisure.
Please Note: The sequence of tour features may vary.
Reviewer: Rich Hansen
Glacier is amazing Whales were breaching near the boat The salmon bake was a great finish
Reviewer: Rachel Gildea
We took several tours on our Alaskan cruise, but by far the best was Best of Juneau. Each section was amazing. We were able to get up close and personal to whales and even watched one breach. The salmon bake was delicious, relaxed. The glacier was incredible. This was all pulled together in neat order. If you want 3 great experiences, I highly recommend this tour!
Reviewer: Kim Kerr
Not to be missed.Best tour of the trip.Saw lots of whales and the salmon bake was fantastic.Also great time at the glacier.Do not miss going to the Red Dog Saloon
My family group of 8 booked this trip for the day that our cruise ship arrived in Juneau. Everyone in the group was impressed with the 3 events and felt it was a very good value. The first stop on the excursion was the Mendenhall Glacier. Next we enjoyed a whale watch where we were delighted by the sight of a large pod of Orca Whales. We concluded the Best of Juneau event with an outdoor salmon bake. I recommend this excursion.
Reviewer: Cass Griffin
We booked the Best of Juneau through Holland America. We had a little more than an hour at Mendenhall Glacier which wasn't enough time to do the hike to the waterfalls but it was ample time to see the glacier. Orca Point was nice. My friends and I felt the dinner was rushed. We had right at an hour at Orca Point. The actual Whale Watching Excursion was FANTASTIC. The captain and boat crew were Phenomenal with watching for the whales, circling back and being very patient waiting for the whales to resurface. I was glad that dinner was rushed- because the time on the water was WELL WORTH IT! We saw Sasha, the humpback whale, also known as AK and was able to follow her for several miles through the inlet. It was a great excursion and certainly a highlight of our trip through the inside passage! FIVE STARS for the captain of the boat and the lady who assisted him looking for whales. :) Their enthusiasm matched the guests!