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Best of Juneau: Mendenhall Glacier, Whale Watching and Salmon Bake

Juneau, United States
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icon6 to 7 hours  (Approx.)
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This 6-hour shore excursion from Juneau port gives you an all-inclusive Alaskan experience. See Mendenhall Glacier, embark on a whale-watching cruise with a naturalist guide, and see firsthand a Tlingit Master Carver at work on totem poles and silver jewelry. Before returning to your ship, you’ll spot humpback whales, soak up cultural insight and enjoy a hearty traditional salmon bake.
  • Juneau shore excursion with a Mendenhall Glacier tour, whale-watching adventure and traditional salmon bake
  • Enjoy a narrated visit to the ice wall at Mendenhall Glacier
  • Cruise along Auke Bay on a sightseeing boat and spot humpback whales
  • Savor the flavors of a traditional Alaskan salmon bake
  • Watch a Tlingit Master Carver at work on totem poles and silver jewelry
  • Covered by Viator's worry-free policy: guaranteed on-time return to your ship
Your 6-hour shore excursion begins at Mendenhall Glacier. Snap memorable photos of the glacier that stretches approximately 12 miles (19 km) long. Learn about its formation from the visitor’s center.

Continue to Auke Bay and step aboard a 48-passenger jet boat for a whale-watching cruise. The exterior observation deck and extra-large windows provide excellent viewing positions to spot humpback whales and other marine wildlife that your naturalist guide on board points out along the way.

Back on land, dig into an Alaskan salmon bake buffet, with traditional menu items that include grilled salmon, cheechako chicken, Tongass wild-rice pilaf, Chilkoot baked beans, White Pass pasta, salads, beverages, and a selection of other side dishes. Top off your meal with blueberry cake for dessert. Beer and wine are available for purchase.

Don’t miss the chance to observe a Tlingit Master Carver and his son at work. Watch as they carve into 10-foot-tall (3-meter-tall) cedar totem poles and fashion silver jewelry. Feel free to ask questions about their craft, and listen as they share Tlingit lore. You just might want to stop by the gift shop to pick up original works of art.

You’ll leave with lasting impressions of Alaska.

Worry-free Shore Excursion:

We will ensure your timely return to the Juneau port for this activity. In the rare event your ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of-call. If your ship is delayed and you are unable to attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.
Stop At:  
Mendenhall Glacier
Enjoy a narrated transfer to the spectacular Mendenhall Glacier and its Visitor Center, where a ranger can satisfy your curiosity about the natural wonders there. Roam the grounds, snap photos, take in the interactive exhibits and have the chance to watch bears feast on salmon.
Duration: 60 Minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Auke Bay
From Mendenhall Glacier, we’ll take you to Auke Bay where you’ll board our state-of-the-art, 48-passenger jet boat custom designed for Juneau whale watching. It has extra-large windows, and an outside viewing deck. Juneau has a healthy humpback whale population with some 65 whales returning each season to feed in the nutrient-rich waters, and our boat captains are experts at locating them. We guarantee whale sightings; if there are no whales during your cruise, we'll refund $100 to each adult and $50 for children. Your captain will let you know when whales are spotted, but it’s likely you'll first hear a collective chorus of "Oohhs!" and "Ahhs!" from your fellow adventurers as they witness a giant humpback suddenly breach. Binoculars are available for your use onboard. Venture out on the deck to enjoy a panoramic view of your surroundings or to take a photo, or settle into your warm, comfortable interior surroundings to enjoy the scenery and wildlife sightings through the oversized windows.
Duration: 165 Minutes
Admission Ticket Free
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Gold Creek Salmon Bake
After your whale watching cruise, you're off to the Gold Creek Salmon Bake. In a beautiful setting nestled in the rainforest, you'll arrive with the aroma of wild Alaskan salmon grilling over an open alder wood fire. The all-you-can-eat buffet also includes Cheechako Chicken, Alyeska Au Gratin Potatoes, Chilkoot Baked Beans, Tongass Wild-Rice Pilaf, and other sides, salads, beverages, and blueberry cake for dessert! After your meal, roast marshmallows over a crackling campfire, visit the Salmon Creek Trading Post and stroll to the beautiful Salmon Creek waterfall. Take your time; you can return to the dock at your leisure.
Duration: 90 Minutes
Admission Ticket Included

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So many whales!! and a bear in the wild!
, Sep 2019
We barely noticed the cold drizzle due to the captain and the Naturalist, Sarah finding so many whales. Great day! We followed several throughout the morning. It was awesome and Sarah knew the names of the whales by their tails! The only bad comment I have is that the driver, Ashley, did not have alot to say about the city/surroundings and no microphone in the van. We had several really good guides at other excursions,so it was noticeable that she was not as good. The Glacier was spectacular! There was even a BEAR wondering thru the woods and crossing the street. The Rangers allowed us to get as close as was safe. The Salmon Bake was delicious!
, Jul 2019
This tour was absolutely amazing! You will not be disappointed. Watching the whales come up and then raise their tails was an experience everyone will enjoy. The beauty of the glacier was something to see. Great experience for the 14 of us.
Great overview of everything Juneau has to offer
, Aug 2018
We really enjoyed this excursion. It was well organized and we were given an appropriate amount of time to spend at each site. We really enjoyed the whale watching trip, during which we saw over a dozen whales! The time at the Mendenhall Glacier was nice too, where there were hiking trails and a visitor center with presentations by the park rangers. The only minor disappointment was the salmon bake. The food tasted good. However, I stopped eating my salmon after finding the 8th bone! It wasn't properly filleted. Overall, I would still recommend this tour.
bus to the whale watch had no...
Marilyn J. Z
, Sep 2017
bus to the whale watch had no working p.a. system driver had to talk really loud luckily we did not have a full bus or we would have missed all the commentary. Bus was very old too. Boat for whale watching did his best to get us to the whales. Tourist should be told one rarely sees a whale breach . Did see spouts and rolling whales from afar. Bring binoculars and zoom lenses on your cameras. Boats have to stay away for the safety of the whales and people have to understand that. Not enough time to see movie and exhibits at the mendenhall glacier which is amazing.
The Mendenhall Glacier stop was only...
Ricki W
, Aug 2017
The Mendenhall Glacier stop was only an hour. It takes just about that much time to walk to the waterfalls so it that is what you want to do, you may want to consider a different tour that provides more time. Whale watching was terrific! The boat they use was designed specifically for this purpose and it was excellent. Our captain and naturalist were friendly and knowledgeable. Some of the whales are quite familiar to them and they have been named. Flame's fluke was beautiful. Some of the whales were quite a ways off and some were very close to the boat. The water was calm and the weather was fantastic on the day we cruised. The salmon bake was good. Being next to the stream where we could watch some of the salmon trying to swim upstream was cool. The cooks and the support staff were all friendly and helpful.
This was the highlight of our cruise...
Charles F
, Aug 2017
This was the highlight of our cruise in Alaska. We saw many humpback whales - even one that breached only about 100 yards from us. The glacier was impressive as well, and we thoroughly enjoyed the salmon bake to end our day!
Great whale watching. The boat was...
Heather T
, May 2017
Great whale watching. The boat was nice and the staff were knowledgeable and friendly. We were super lucky to see so many whales. The salmon bake was tasty but we were there at an odd time so we almost had the place to ourselves.
Yes we saw whales as promised but...
John S
, Sep 2016
Yes we saw whales as promised but the Salmon bake was not much to write home about.If you missed glaciers on a cruise this is probably worth doing.
Rained all day but didn't dampen the...
, Sep 2016
Rained all day but didn't dampen the experience. If you want more time at Mendenhall Glacier, this is not your tour. Whale watching with Juneau Tours' Naturalist Tommy and Captain was awesome! They put us in the middle of 6 whales that put on a show. Full body breach 100 yards of the stern was the highlight! Salmon Bake was good.
It was a great time. Well worth the...
, Sep 2016
It was a great time. Well worth the money. Never been on a Duck Boat. Didn't see whale's per say, but crew was great. Salmon bake was out of this world. Wonderful set up plenty to eat. Great fun

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