Best of Juneau
Sale Price: $209.00
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: Murray Hoffman
The weather was fantastic... the scenery sensational... the crew on the boat knowledgeable and friendly PLUS we saw Dahl's porpoises, a pod of Orca's and several humpback whales. Definitely a worthwhile excursion. I highly recommend it.
Reviewer: Murray Hoffman
The salmon BBQ at the end was a huge BONUS !! Loved it. Thanks.
The whales cooperated and because our boat was a jet engine, we could go faster and had a little side trip to see about 100 Stellar sea lions basking on a tiny island further up the bay...terrific! Mendenhall Glacier was good and the salmon bake very tasty. Would recommend this for a good selection/variety of experience
Reviewer: Kevin Dewey
Didn't see the whales up close but that's not the tours fault. I would have preferred to stay longer than 45 mins at Medenhall Glacier, not enough time to hike to the falls. The salmon bake was really good! The tour folks were awesome. Driver, Paulea was awesome and a great personality.
Best of Juneau is the main highlight among the shore excursions we’ve chosen. It includes viewing scenes at Mendenhall Glacier, Whale watching, & Salmon bake buffet. While we’ve seen humpback whales several times during the boat trip, we were lucky to see flock of Orcas too. It was great to watch them up close and personal. Katie, our tour guide & Naturalist, was so knowledgeable and knows her craft. What more... she’s cute too and looks hot! 😉