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  • Location:Juneau, Alaska
  • Duration:5 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

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

When your ship is docked in Juneau, soak up Alaskan beauty and wilderness on this combo tour — a Viator Exclusive that is available nowhere else. A comfortable coach whisks you around the landmarks of Juneau city, including the Capitol Building and Red Dog Saloon, and then drops you off at Auke Bay for a 2-hour whale-watching cruise. Get your pics of humpbacks and orcas, and then independently explore Mendenhall Glacier before hopping on a shuttle back to port.


  • 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 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

Begin your Viator Exclusive Juneau shore excursion with a city tour aboard a comfy coach. Travel from the vibrant port, with views of beautiful mountains and waterways along the way, and pass popular sites including the Juneau Capitol Building, the Governor’s Mansion, Douglas Island and the Red Dog Saloon. Hear about their colorful history from the informative commentary on board.

Next, it’s time to hit the waters. Board a boat from Auke Bay for your 2-hour whale-watching cruise and delight in seeing an array of wildlife, including seals, sea lions, bald eagles and black bears. When humpback whales and orcas are sighted, the boat will slow down so that you can capture the perfect action shot. Hungry or thirsty in between sightings? No problem, snacks and beverages are available on board.

Then, you’ll be driven to Mendenhall Glacier, one of 38 glaciers flowing from the massive 1,500-square-mile (3,885-sq-km) ice field. The shuttle back to Juneau port leaves every 30 minutes, giving you flexibility to get to know the glacier at your own pace.

You may want to walk along Nugget Creek Falls or Photo Point Trail, which winds along Mendenhall Lake and provides clear views of the glacier. Interested in knowing more about the glacier’s formation? Discover interactive geological exhibits at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center.

When you’re ready to leave, hop on the shuttle to return to Juneau port.

Please note: This excursion is not covered by our worry-free policy. This tour provides about 30 minutes to 45 minutes at Mendenhall Glacier. Plan your time accordingly at the glacier and ensure your timely return to the port. If you would like to stay longer, you may have to skip the city tour.

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Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

It was a great experience - we started with the city tour then Mendenhall Glacier, I believe doing it this way we had plenty of time to follow all the trails , one to the shore line of the glacier and the other to Nugget falls, it was a long trail but a surprising end for it took you directly in front of the falls where you can take pictures and view the scenic beauty. After the falls we went on the whale watch portion of the tour - that was a spine jarring choppy ride out to see them, once there we saw a pod of about 6 whales - they were not close but we were able to see them and take some pics, what a great experience we had and we enjoyed ourselves - the Juneau Tour company was on time, scheduled and did a great job for their customers

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Our guide said it was one of the top 3 times that he had seen the whole season. We had Humpbacks all around us and saw them fully breach several times!!! We got to witness whales lunge feeding and got many looks at whale tails as they prepared to dive down deep. Our captain Jason and his mate Steve were awesome and energetic and made the trip and sightings exciting, especially for our children.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

The Mendenhall Glacier was amazon. the City Tour was very informative but the Whale watching was out of this world. Seeing Humpback whale bubble feeding is the most special thing that has ever happen too me. I seen a lot of humpback whale but never feeding like that.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Local people outstanding. Having booked other excursions directly with cruise line, hands down this one directly with local people not employed by cruise line was by far the best one of entire trip. The pricing was also better as the proverbial middle man, I.e.cruise line was not in the mix! Kudos for a job well done!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Whale watching experience was fantastic. We observed the whales breaching jumping out of the sea. Tour guides were very informative. Mendenhall Glacier was a great sight to see. City tour was OK.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

This is a wonderful way to see all three parts of Juneau in a day. We toured the city, visited the glacier and went whale watching on a sunny day. The guides were great and we learned a lot in short amount of time.
Did we see whales - yes!! and sea lions as well.Thank you for a great experience.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Most importantly, we saw whales! The excursion was well co-ordinated. All of the people were friendly, helpful, and knowledgeable. The boat itself was brand new.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Thoroughly enjoyed. Yes, we did see some whales! The Glacier was worth seeing as well. Recommend.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

It was wonderful the whales were amazing and out host were friendly and knowledgeable

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.

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