Best of Juneau
Sale Price: $215.00
Whale Watching, Salmon Bake and Mendenhall Glacier Tour
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: Jeannie A Kiser
Unbelievable!!! We saw so many whales on our quest to view whales that even our guide was super surprised. It was truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Wonderful, wonderful. The salmon bake was also excellent, being out in the woods meeting new "friends," and eating from a great buffet. If we could have that same experience again we would take another cruise. It certainly was the Best of Juneau!!!
Reviewer: margaret b hall
very good enjoyed
Reviewer: Stephanie Preschel
The whale watching was by far the highlight. Amazing to see the vast number of humpback and orca whales swimming, leaping out of the water, and very close to the boat. Great pics were taken. The naturalist and captain were both very knowledgeable.
Reviewer: Heather Weber
We had a chance to see glaciers, waterfalls, whales, eagles, sea lions, and seals. The guide was super personable. It wasn't a rushed tour. After the whale watching we were dropped at a salmon bake and the food was amazing. They let you leave there whenever you want to go back to the ship. Just had to make sure to make it on time. Highly recommend this trip!
Totally worth it! Great, upbeat drivers, who were full of information. Very interesting visitor center at glacier, several viewing spots to see the glacier, Saw whales and sea lions on the whale watch. The salmon bake was at a pleasant outdoor spot, plenty to eat