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

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

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 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 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 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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