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Best of Juneau

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This tour operates May to September.
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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.

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Shore Excursion Size
Shore Excursion Type
Water, Cuisine, Scenic
Shore Excursion Duration
6 Hours 15 Minutes
Activity Level
Shore Excursion Departs From
An approximately 5 to 10 minute walk or a shuttle (not included, approximately $3 US round trip) is required to reach your departure location. (Full details will be provided in your electronic ticket upon confirmation.)
Food/Beverage Provided
An authentic Alaskan salmon bake and buffet are included.
Recommended Dress
For all Alaska tours, we recommend layers of clothing, with the top layer being water-proof. We also suggest comfortable walking shoes that may get wet.
This tour is suitable for all ages. Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Children ages 13 to 17 must have a signed parental consent form, if traveling without a parent or guardian.
4.5 Stars4.5Based On 90 Reviews Review This Tour
4 StarsGreat funAugust 13, 2018

Reviewer: Dina Musante
We enjoyed our excursion wished we saw bears but the whales were great and the salmon bake was delicious

5 StarsNicely Done!July 30, 2018

Reviewer: Tami Meyers
Hubby and I enjoyed ourselves! There were no problems in meeting with the guides, bus arrived on time, made sure we were all there and driver told some amazing stories and pointed out points of interest as we were escorted to the glacier. After having some time at the glacier we headed to the whale watching boat, and then to the salmon bake! We were entertained, well fed and felt safe as the drivers always did a head count before driving to the next destination. I would do this excursion again!

4 StarsA nice tripJuly 30, 2018

Reviewer: Cathi Barnes
The only complaint I would have is we weren’t exactly sure of what was happening. The girl dropped us off but didn’t explain very well what we were supposed to do. We did go for a short walk and ended up seeing the water falls and a glacier but on our own and not knowing that this is what we were supposed to see. Otherwise, it was an awesome experience! We saw whales and the salmon was great.

5 StarsMust seeJuly 23, 2018

Reviewer: Donna
Covered all the highlights. Salmon bake was fun and yummy. Saw lots of whales , crew was delightful. Of course the glacier was spectacular!

5 Stars7 WhalesJuly 23, 2018

Reviewer: Joe Jones
An outstanding trip. Well worth the money!! We saw a total of 7 whales. The staff was fantastic, we could not have asked for more!

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