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Whales and Mendenhall Glacier

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Half-Day Mendenhall Glacier and Whale Watch Tour

Juneau's spectacular whales and the Mendenhall Glacier, all in a half-day program on a boat holding a maximum of only 40 guests. Whale viewing is guaranteed.

Your Juneau excursion adventure begins with a short drive to a scenic harbor. Here, you will board a mammal-friendly jet boat equipped with water jet drives to ensure a quiet underwater operation without dangerous propellers that may frighten or harm the animals. The boats have an enclosed and heated cabin, complete with indoor plumbing. In addition, the boat only holds a maximum of 40 guests. There are large viewing windows and an outdoor viewing deck, providing an up-close and personal experience while you observe and photograph the animals in their natural surroundings.

On this Juneau Alaska tour, you will be on the boat for approximately two hours in an area that the whales frequent every summer.

Returning to land, you will travel further into the valley to see the only "drive up" glacier in Southeast Alaska. Once you arrive at the Visitor's Center (entrance included), you will have approximately 45 minutes to explore on your own. You can walk around the Visitor's Center, which has an elevated view of the glacier across the Mendenhall Lake, or view exhibits, as well as a short film about the Juneau Ice Fields. For those guests feeling more adventurous during this Juneau excursion, there are several hiking paths around the lake area, including Photo Point Trail, which winds along Mendenhall Lake to an unobstructed view of the glacier face. At the appointed time, meet your guide for the trip back to town.

Shore Excursion Size
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Shore Excursion Duration
4 Hours 25 Minutes
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Shore Excursion Leaves From
The Ship Pier Area. (Full details will be provided in your electronic ticket)
Food/Beverage Provided
A snack and coffee is included.
Recommended Dress
For all tours in Alaska, we recommend dressing in layers with the top layer being waterproof. Participants should dress in warm layers appropriate for changing weather conditions and temperatures, and comfortable waterproofed walking shoes.
Guests must be able to navigate a ramp that leads to a floating dock to access the boat. Due to dramatic tidal changes, this ramp may be steep. Folding wheelchairs are permitted on this tour, but must be stored at the office while on the boat. Walking at the visitors center includes some steps and inclines. Guests 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult of 18 or older.
4.5 Stars4.5Based On 215 Reviews Review This Tour
5 StarsWhales and GlacierOctober 24, 2018

Reviewer: Dennis and Ellen Patterson
An excellent excursion with very knowledgeable and friendly guides! From the bus driver to the boat captain, the adventure was great. There is time if you walk fast to walk to the waterfalls at the glacier and then walk around the pathway. The whales performed perfectly on the boat ride as well as the sea lions and seals!

5 StarsAmazing!October 11, 2018

Reviewer: Rosie Salazar
This excursion was great! we saw lots of whales, and the guides are very knowledgeable. The boat is nice and not too small but not too big.

5 StarsGreat ExperienceOctober 04, 2018

Reviewer: Mark Hilburn
Great tour guide driving the bus - shared interesting info about the area on way to Glacier. The Mendenhall Glacier was amazing - plenty of time to see glacier, we even saw some salmon and a bear in park area near Glacier. The whale part of the excursion was fun - saw multiple whales, the boat was awesome and the guides enthusiastic. Great overall experience!

4 StarsBeautiful September 28, 2018

Reviewer: Kim Yepez
Beautiful. The excursion was organized. Staff was friendly and informative.

5 StarsVery fun tourSeptember 26, 2018

Reviewer: Julie Swope
We were so blessed with great weather for our trip. The mendenhall glacier was really inspiring and there were many beautiful trails to walk. We saw salmon in the streams. Others saw black bears, we did not. The whale watching was cool and really just made my obsession worse. The guide really had a lot of info on them and what to look for. We saw Flash do a tail slap. She is one of the oldest residents.

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