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

Viator Exclusive: Mendenhall Glacier, Whale-Watching Cruise and Juneau City Tour

Enjoy a Juneau sightseeing tour, whale-watching cruise and Mendenhall Glacier experience with this Juneau combo tour. Tour the city by coach to see highlights such as 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 Juneau’s crowning jewel: Mendenhall Glacier. This is the only tour of its kind in Juneau, so book now to enjoy these three amazing Juneau experiences together.


  • Enjoy three amazing Juneau experiences with this Viator Exclusive
  • See sites including the historic Red Dog Saloon, the Juneau Capitol Building and the Governor's Mansion on a sightseeing coach tour
  • Spot whales and other native wildlife on a 2-hour whale-watching cruise
  • Explore Mendenhall Glacier at your own pace
  • Capture 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

Viator Exclusive: Mendenhall Glacier, Whale-Watching Cruise and Juneau City Tour

Whale Watching from Juneau

After pickup from your Juneau hotel -- or after meeting at Mt Roberts Tramway in downtown Juneau -- hop on a comfortable coach to begin your Juneau sightseeing tour. Enjoy views of Alaska's capital city nestled between stunning mountains and winding waterways. From the colorful port, you'll see sites such as the historic Red Dog Saloon, the Juneau Capitol Building and the Governor's Mansion; this unique modern city with an old-world charm has a new surprise around every corner.

At the end of your city tour, you’ll be taken to Auke Bay to board a boat for your whale-watching cruise. Spend two hours out on the water and enjoy beautiful ocean views as your professional guide helps point out whales and other wildlife such as bald eagles, seals, sea lions and black bears. Keep an eye out for humpback whales and playful orcas – once you spot one, the captain will slow the boat to allow for great photo opportunities from the viewing deck. Snacks and refreshments will be provided on board.

As soon as you hit the port, hop back on the coach and head to Mendenhall Glacier for some independent exploration at your leisure. Juneau’s crowning jewel, Mendenhall Glacier is one of 38 glaciers flowing from the massive 1,500-square-mile (3,885-sq-km) ice field.

Capture views of the glacier from a variety of 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, browse interactive geological exhibits to learn about glacier formation.

When you’re ready to head back to the Juneau port to conclude your tour, hop on the shuttle, which departs approximately every 30 minutes. Drop-off at your Juneau hotel is also available.

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

Susan E
United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Had a great time the staff were knowledgeable and we saw lots of whales a brilliant time thank you

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

great crew on boat, very informative, city tour and trip to the glacier also good

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Great whale watching. The 2 guys on the boat we were on were the best guides we have ever encountered during our travels. Only one drawback, the tour operator should better coordinate the tour buses. There was some confusion by the buses. Otherwise a fantastic tour, we highly recommend it.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Well worth it. Spectacular scenery and great opportunity to see some majestic wildlife! Whatever you do don't forget your camera, especially for the whale watching!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Great trip with lots of variety. all the sites were incredible and we did see some whales. The company was very flexible - we move the city tour a bit later in the afternoon so we could have lunch after the menhaden glacier. very fun full day in Juneau.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

This was an outstanding tour. Simple overview of Juneau. Then we went to Mendenhall Glacier. Be sure to take the hike to the Nugget Falls. That alone would have been enough for a great day in Alaska. We were pretty beat and loving Alaska. But our day was not over...we went whale watching. The most amazing whale watching we've ever done. There were 3 pods of Whales Bubble Netting. Words and photos cannot describe it. The crew was friendly, knowledgeable and as enthusiastic as the passengers. It was a great day full of smiles for all.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Thanks so much. It was a wonderful experience. Specially the tour to watch the whales.!! Fantastic. I will recommend this tour to my friends and family.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Very good.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

We started with the whale watching which was awesome. The guide was excellent, she was informative, enthusiastic and friendly. We were all so excited to see several whales and the boats skipper made sure that we all had an opportunity to take photos.
We were taken from there to the Mendenhall Glacier which really is a spectacle. We walked to the waterfall and thoroughly enjoyed this experience.
After the Glacier we should have returned to the Juneau bus depot for the Juneau City tour but we didn't have enough time to get back for this. It was after 5pm when we got back.
With hindsight I think we should have booked to start the trip earlier in the morning and then we could have fitted everything in. We chose 11:00.
We did have an amazing day and the trip was well worth the money.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

Whale watching was fantastic! Not enough time at the Glacier, we were there on the last cruise ship of the season and were taken to the Glacier first and had to be back to the bus stop in an hour to go the the whale watching destination. Better to do the whale watching first and then take the shuttle back at your leisure.

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