2.5 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better 2 Reviews

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  • Location: Juneau, Alaska
  • Duration:  7 hours (approx.)
This 7-hour shore excursion from Juneau covers the perfect trifecta of Alaska's attractions: whale-watching, bear-viewing and a scenic flight over the glaciers of the Juneau Icefield. You'll experience a small-group tour by van for bear-viewing, board a comfortable vessel equipped with heated cabin and bathroom for whale-watching and travel aboard a fixed-wing, wheeled aircraft for the glacier air tour. See the best of Alaska by land, sea and air!

Highlights

  • 7-hour Juneau whales, bears and glacier shore excursion
  • Packed lunch included
  • Snacks, soft drinks, and bottled water are provided on board whale-watching cruise
  • Binoculars are provided for whale-watching and bear-viewing
  • Flexible departure time
  • Free port pickup and drop-off
  • Covered by Viator's worry-free policy: guaranteed on-time return to your ship

What You Can Expect

Juneau Shore Excursion: Bears, Whales and Glaciers by Land, Sea and Air

Juneau Shore Excursion: Whales, Bears and Glacier Adventure

Spend your time in port in Juneau discovering southeast Alaska's greatest treasures from the road, the water and from the air. On this all-encompassing shore excursion, you'll have the opportunity to see bears in their natural environment, spot whales and behold glaciers from above in a plane. Experience Alaska's majestic wilderness over the course of a full day, complete with lunch and personalized service.

Worry-free Shore Excursion:
We will ensure your timely return back to the ship in Juneau for this activity. If your ship is delayed and you are unable attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.

See the Itinerary section below for full details on each activity.

Itinerary

Whale-Watching
Begin your adventure with a 2.5-hour whale-watching and nature tour. Cruise to the Tlingit Village of Hoonah, located on Chichagof Island. From the decks of the vessel, you'll have the opportunity to spot a variety of local wildlife, including humpback whales, sea lions, Dall's porpoises, harbor seals, orca whales, bald eagles and shorebirds. While on the trip, you will enjoy a delicious boxed lunch.

Bear-Viewing
Once the boat docks at Chichagof Island, you'll be greeted by your guides and begin your quest for bears and wildlife in the Tongass National Forest. The route for this portion of the tour varies greatly, as the knowledgeable guides will take you directly to see the Alaskan brown bear in its natural habitat. You may spot them fishing for salmon in a stream or may even go to the top of a local mountain to survey a river valley. Escape the crowds for a day and see stunning views of Chichagof Island.

Flight-seeing
After your Alaskan brown bear and wildlife search, you'll be transported to the local airport to enjoy a 30-minute flight-seeing tour back to Juneau. From your positon in the aircraft, gaze down on the Inside Passage and the Juneau Icefield. You'll see many different landmarks, including Admiralty Island, Point Retreat Lighthouse, Funter Bay, Icy Strait, Lynn Canal, Herbert Glacier, Eagle Glacier, Mendenhall Glacier and dogsled camps, and Auke Bay.

Customer Reviews

4 star rating: Recommended July 2013

The hunting for bears was not good. The guide on the island just raced up and down some gravel roads for 2 hours plus. She also took a "friend" with her who was there to take her on photos on our dime. The friend got to set in the front passenger seat putting our tour guide in the rear seats of a nine passenger van which precluded her from doing any narration. We finally saw a bear beside the runway at the airport while we were flying out. The glaciers by air were really nice and the whale watching was great. Saw Orcas and Humpbacks.

1 star rating: I do not recommend this July 2013

The low rating for this tour is exclusively because of the bear watching tour. Immediately upon arrival, Hope Anderson informed our young tour guide that she could sit in back as Hope was bringing along a friend (Denise) who did not work for the tour company NOR had paid for the tour though Hope informed us that Denise would narrate. Hope and Denise had a great time talking about and viewing bear scat. Denise stopped and took lots of pictures. Denise did not narrate. The most enjoyable part of the tour was when our young tour guide (who was with us from pick up on Juneau to drop off) spoke from the back and shared a bit about the plants and berries on the island. It is a SHAME that this was allowed. We saw a bear as our flight was leaving the island on the side of the runway. We knew we might not see bear at all, which was fine, however, Hope was far too busy entertaining her friend and insulting our home state to give us a decent tour...We would discourage anyone from booking a tour to look for bears if there was a chance that Hope would be their driver/guide.

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