2022 Mendenhall Glacier and Whale Watching Combo 

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  • 2 hours on-the-water whale watching for Humpback whales, sea lions, bald eagles, and other wildlife.
  • Meet the stars of Auke Bay in their summer feeding grounds - the whales Sacha, Flame and many others.
  • Customized boats for panoramic views and optimal whale viewing.
  • Flexible time at the Mendenhall Glacier - spend as little or as much time depending on your schedule.
  • Select from a variety of departure times.

A special tour designed for these unprecedented times! All CDC safety and cleaning protocols will be followed to the T.

Guranteed whale sightings! Enjoy 2.5 to 3 hours, where you will be accompanied by crew who explain the feeding habits of these magnificent creatures and identify the many other kinds of wildlife that share these waters. Our whale watching boats are custom made to enhance your experience – a warm heated cabin with large viewing windows, and two decks to hurry to when the captain slows after spotting the whales. A bathroom is onboard. Snacks and drinks included complimentary. After the ocean adventure, the land awaits. The Mendenhall Glacier is Alaska’s only drive up glacier and the #1 natural attraction in Juneau. You can choose to hike to Nugget Falls (plan 1.5 hours for a leisurely walk or at least 1 hour if you hurry), take the Photo Point Trail (20 round trip), look for wildlife along the Steep Creek trail, or stroll up the easy walk to the Visitor Center. 

 

  • Aboard our whale-watching boats, enjoy a comfortable heated cabin with wide-viewing windows and spacious decks for wildlife spotting.  When our captain spots the whales, the boat slows allowing passengers to step out on the deck for that perfect whale shot. The on-board naturalist is full of information about Alaska’s wildlife – Humpback whales, Stellar sea lions, Dall’s porpoises, bald eagles. A small snack and water are available.
  • The Mendenhall Glacier is the next stop with the visitor center included in your tour. Find out about the formation of glaciers and walk to Nugget Creek Falls, Photo Point, Steep Creek or take the Trail of Time – a trail of storyboards the glacier's retreat over many, many years.
  • When you’re ready to leave, take the shuttle bus to return to Juneau’s port – the schedule is flexible to allow a shorter or longer time at the glacier, depending on your ship schedule. It leaves every 30 minutes from the glacier.

The meeting place is located on the street side in front of the Goldbelt Tramway ticket office. Dock representatives are waiting under the aerial tramway cables, holding Juneau Tours and Whale Watch signs, and wearing bright blue hats. All docks, with the exception of the AJ dock, are within walking distance (under 10 minutes). Check in is required prior to boarding the shuttle.

Directions

  • From the "AJ' dock. Look to the left as you exit the ship. The cruise line provides a "Downtown" shuttle, which will drop you right in front of the Goldbelt Tramway. A small fee may apply. If you're up for a walk, it's about 20 minutes. Ask the shore excursion representative from your cruise line for directions. 
  • Franklin dock. Exit and turn left. Walk along the Sea Walk for approximately 8 minutes. You'll see the Goldbelt Tramway building in front of you. Right of the building, on the street side, in between two parking lots, is the meeting area under the cables.
  • From the Tramway and Crusie Terminal docks which are located next to the Goldbelt Tramwayoffice, exit the ship and go straight ahead. Dependig on your ship, walk right or left around the building to the street side and meet a representative under the cables. 1-2 minute walk.
  • From the Steamship dock. Exit the ship and walk down the ramp to the Sea Walk, turn right, walk along the boardwalk and look for the Goldbelt Tramway building. It's on the left after passing Tracy's Crab Shack. 5-7 minute walk.

Please don't board a bus before checking in. We often have multiple tours departing at the same time.

Question? Call (907) 523-6095

The weather in Juneau AK is often wet (we live in a rainforest.) Bring layered clothing, a waterproof jacket, a camera and/or video camera, and comfortable shoes. Eating is not permitted at the Mendenhall Glacier Recreation Area. Keep food and flavored drinks packed tightly away. Water is permitted. Please feel free to eat on our buses.

 

  • Your ticket provides access to everything at the Mendenhall Glacier Recreation Area and visitors center. Occasionally, inclement weather or trail conditions may cause unexpected closures for affected areas in the park.
  • Light snack and water on the whale watch.
  • Children under 2 are free.

Full cancelations up to 24 hours before tour departure.