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Juneau: Whale Watching and Mendenhall Glacier Day Trip

Juneau: Whale Watching and Mendenhall Glacier Day Trip

From US$ 155 per person

Embark on a bus journey to the Mendenhall Glacier on this day trip from Juneau. Hop aboard a whale watching cruise to admire the rugged coastline as you search for majestic humpback whales.

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  • Explore the natural beauty of area around the Mendenhall Glacier on your own
  • Keep your energy up with some delicious complimentary snacks and beverages
  • Sail along looking for local wildlife like humpback whales, orcas, and eagles
  • Uncover facinating information about local wildlife from your naturalist guide
  • Capture stunning pictures of views of the Alaskan coast to share on social media
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Travel to Mendenhall Glacier aboard an air-conditioned bus on this day trip from Juneau and have some free time to explore the area on your own. Cruise along the shore to observe true Alaskan wildlife at its finest. Enjoy complimentary snacks and beverages during your trip.

Meet your guide at the centrally-located meeting point in Juneau and be escorted to the spacious bus. Sit back and relax on the scenic drive through downtown Juneu and the countryside. Arrive at Mendenhall glacier and have 45-minutes of free time.

Take the time to tour the visitor center, walk towards Nugget Falls, or hike the East Glacier Loop Trail. Snap pictures of Mendenhall Lake and, if you are lucky, you spot black bears fishing for salmon in streams that traverse the area.

Get back on the bus and transfer to the boat. Sail along and look for sea lions basking in the sun on Benjamin Island or taking a nap on an ocean buoy. Keep your eyes peeled for bald eagles soaring peacefully in the air. Ride on a boat that is specifically designed for whale watching. Have your cameras ready to try and capture breathtaking photos of humpback whale flukes, breaches, and rare bubble-net feeding. Search for orca whales which are occasionally sighted traveling in pods. Head back into the dock and make sure to capture a photo of the Mendenhall Glacier in the background. A naturalist is with you the whole time on your Juneau whale watching tour to explain everything that you are seeing and to answer any of your questions.

Feel confidently knowing that your captain and deckhands are certified with the United States Coast Guard and highly trained to ensure your safety while onboard the boat. Return to your starting point at the end of the tour.

  • Bus tour to Mendenhall Glacier
  • 2-hour whale watching tour
  • Naturalist guide
  • Captain
  • Snacks and beverages
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

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Meeting point

An Alaska Whale Watching Tours representative will greet and escort you to the tour bus.

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  • This tour takes place rain or shine

Product ID: 417136