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Shore Excursion Size ? Standard
Shore Excursion Type Water, Cuisine, Scenic
Shore Excursion Duration 6 Hours 15 Minutes
Activity Level ? Easy
Shore Excursion Leaves From ? An approximately 5 to 25 minute walk, or an approximately 5 minute shuttle ride (not included, approximately $5 US per person) is required to reach your departure location.
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.
Restrictions 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. Although this tour is wheelchair accessible, guest will still have to take a few steps to board the bus and the boat.

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 excursion. You'll call this combination amazing. We call it the Best of Juneau.

Enjoy a narrated transfer to the spectacular ice wall 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 underwater.

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, Whale Watching and Mendenhall Glacier excursion, 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 onboard 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.

4.5 Stars4.7 / 5  |  157 ReviewsReview This Tour
Whale watching, glacier views and Salmon bake
July 31, 2023
Totally awesome tour. Lots of whales, education on whales feeding which happened right in front of us on the excursion with an estimated 25 whales. Such a unique experience. Salmon bake with lots of other delicious foods in a scenic area. This was one of the highlights of our Alaska cruise. Highly recommended.
Reviewer: John
5 Stars
Absolutely incredible!!
July 31, 2023
We could not have asked for a better excursion!! The naturalist was so knowledgeable and helpful! We saw whales, bears, eagles, and harbor seals!! It was incredible!!
Reviewer: Angie Burris
5 Stars
Best of Juneau
July 24, 2023
We enjoyed the Best of Juneau, seeing the Glacier, Whale Watching, and Salmon Bake. The Humpbacks 🐋 we’re having a good time, and the Salmon Bake was very tasty… it was a day of seeing the glaciers, and the Mendenhall did not disappoint.
Reviewer: Ronald Bloomquist
5 Stars
It's the Unexpected Extras
July 22, 2023
My husband and I went on the Best of Juneau excursion and what a treaat it was! A lovely self guided tour of the Mendenhall glacier. The boat we were assigned brought us to a small island, where we got to tour a 100+ year old lighthouse. On the boat we were treated to some authentic Alaskan treats of Caribou jerky. The highlight was seeing two mother humpbacks with their babies. One of the babies even delighted us by breaching! At the end of our excitin day we were treated to a salmon supper in the forest by the twinkling lights hanging in the trees. What a way to finish off a magical day!
Reviewer: Carilyn
5 Stars
Lots to do
July 18, 2023
Mendenhall glacier & waterfall were great. Wish we had more time there. Whale watching was fun & exciting. Salmon bake was good. (Salmon actually not the best but most food was really good). Beautiful area.
Reviewer: wendi goldberg
4 Stars
Excellent excursion!
July 16, 2023
From the whale watching, salmon bake, and Mendenhall glacier- it was all spectacular! Ms.Mary was our driver and provided interesting facts and pointed out bald eagles. I would definitely recommend! Five stars!
Reviewer: Devon Williams
5 Stars