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  • Location: Juneau, Alaska
  • Duration:  5 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
While in port in Juneau, make the most of your time with this combo tour that includes a city sightseeing tour, whale-watching cruise and Mendenhall Glacier experience. Tour the city by coach to see highlights such as the Red Dog Saloon and the Juneau Capitol Building, and then spot humpback whales and other wildlife on a scenic whale-watching cruise. Top it off with a leisurely outdoor adventure at Mendenhall Glacier, Juneau’s crowning jewel.


  • Enjoy three fantastic Juneau experiences with this Viator Exclusive shore excursion
  • See top Juneau sites including the historic Red Dog Saloon and Juneau Capitol Building on a sightseeing coach tour
  • Spot whales and other native wildlife on a 2-hour whale-watching cruise
  • Enjoy free time to explore Mendenhall Glacier National Park at your own pace
  • Admire views of Mendenhall Glacier from several perspectives and learn about glacier formation at the visitor's center

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What You Can Expect

Juneau Shore Excursion: Mendenhall Glacier, Whale-Watching Cruise and City Tour

Mendenhall Glacier

When your cruise ship docks at the Juneau port, walk an easy 10 minutes to Mt Roberts Tramway, where you'll hop on a comfortable coach for a Juneau sightseeing tour. Enjoy views of stunning mountains and winding waterways as you travel from the colorful port and see sites such as the Red Dog Saloon, the busy Juneau Capitol Building, the Governor's Mansion and beautiful Douglas Island. This unique modern capital city with an old-world charm has a new surprise around every corner.

After your city tour, you’ll be driven to Auke Bay to board a boat for your 2-hour whale-watching cruise. Enjoy gorgeous ocean views as your professional guide helps point out whales and other wildlife such as bald eagles, seals, sea lions and black bears. Watch for humpback whales and playful orcas – when you spot one, the captain will slow the boat to allow for photo opportunities from the viewing deck. Snacks and drinks will be provided on board.

When you return to the port, hop back on the coach and head to Mendenhall Glacier National Park to explore independently at your leisure. Juneau’s crowning jewel treasure, Mendenhall Glacier is one of 38 glaciers flowing from the giant 1,500-square-mile (3,885-sq-km) ice field.

Capture vistas of the glacier from several perspectives such as Nugget Creek Falls and Photo Point Trail, which winds along Mendenhall Lake and offers an unobstructed view of the glacier's face. At the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center, you can learn about glacier formation through a series of interactive geological exhibits.

When you’re ready to leave, hop on the shuttle and head back to the Juneau port.

The shuttle departs every 30 minutes, so you determine the time you return to your ship in Juneau. Please allow yourself ample time to enjoy your time at Mendenhall Glacier and ensure your timely return to the port. This excursion is not covered by our worry-free policy.

Please note: This tour provided 30 minutes to 45 minutes at the glacier. if you would like to stay longer, you may have to skip the city tour portion to accommodate that.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

The highlights of this tour ware the glacier and especially the whale watch. We saw several pods of whales bubble feeding. It was amazing to see. Yje sights of Mendenhall Glacier and Nugget Falls were also phenomenal.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

This is the best way to see whales up close and we saw them bubble netting as well as breaching. Mendenhall glacier was good and the hike to the falls is worth it. The city tour was not that great.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Absolutely the best!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Went on the combo tour and really enjoyed it. Would have liked to spend a little more time at the Glacier. We where only their for about 30 minutes. The gentlemen that took us on the whale watching was excellent!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Great excursion. Guides were great and informative. Professionally run and organized.we really enjoyed ourselves. I highly recommend this excursion.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Great value! Got to see everything in a perfect amount of time. The whale watching was great fun and definitely saw whales, we had enough time at the glacier to take a short hike to the waterfall which was lovely and the city tour was short and sweet. Great excursions

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

We loved everything about our excursion. AJ and Captain John were great and we enjoyed watching 4 different whales, including a mama and her calf! We did our city tour first, then whale watching, followed by the Mendenhall Glacier. This allowed us sufficient time to view the glacier, Nugget Falls and hike the East Loop trail. The shuttles run consistently into 7 pm, which was convenient.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Best tour of the trip! Brian and Amanda provided an experience we will never forget. Fabulous boat--Brian is the owner and captain. Amanda is the eagle-eyed naturalist who can spot whales before anyone else does. We had 2 mesmerizing hours watching a mom and pup play and a 3rd we couldn't identify.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

It was a fantastic tour and value for money.We enjoyed the tour very much.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

This was an AMAZING day!!! Precise timing allowed us to take in the breathtaking beauty of Mendenhall Glacier - complete with a walk to the waterfalls!! Then, our Juneau Tours escort took us to Auke Bay where Chelsea and Dirk educated us on the area with amazing views of Bald Eagles, Sea Lions and a Momma Whale with her VERY active calf!!! - TOO cool!! Finally, Ed took us for a trolley ride through down town and over to Douglas island giving us a feel for what the Gold Rush era entailed as well as what life is like today in Juneau. Beautiful day -- SO worth it!!

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