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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

Thomas B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

The trip was fabulous! We had Ben and Jerry ok, Jeremiah. They were able to get us very close to the whales. We saw the bubble net feeding an incredible nine times. At one point, the whales were so close, going from one side of the boat to the other, Ben had to turn the boat off and drift. An incredible experience!

Annette C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Alex and Emma were great! Emma gave us an overview about whales and Alex knew exactly where to go. A huge bonus was seeing a whale breach right in front of our boat just a few minutes after Alex stopped the boat. A great tour price for a smaller group of people--well worth it!

Gary W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

It was not obvious where we were supposed to meet this tour, but after asking several people, we were able to find our tour. The driver to the boat was great with lots of information about the city and the area. The whale watching cruise and the Mendenhall Glacier visit were fantastic. We saw a large number of whales and had plenty of time to visit the glacier. Outstanding excursion!!

Seema R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Amazing. Josh and Alex were awesome guides - knew the area, knew the spots to go to and got us there. Great customer service with snacks, water, and laid back personalities. Bonus - MUCH cheaper, and smaller vessel to get closer to whales than the cruise line. I was not paid to do this, and rarely leave positive reviews but these guys deserved it. Would absolutely recommend them to anyone.

Irene D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Steven and Amanda were wonderful. We shaw a whole group of whales come up for feeding even before we stopped the boat. The show continued even after we had left. It was a most wonderful experience. The walk to the waterfall near the glacier was easy and worth it. The walk on the other trails was great because we saw the king salmon try to make it upstream to spawn. Great trip.

susan m

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

very good tour we saw lots of whales would highly recomend

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Super excursion! We did not see Orka's, but saw humpback whales bubble-net feeding. Tell guide to skip salmon bridge and give you enough time at Mendenhall Glacier to walk to water fall.

Martin D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

The crew was nothing short of great, great great. Their excitement topped ours. It was so much fun. This company shows the whales all the consideration they deserve. They approach them with great caution.
Marty, Norma and Granddaughter Joy

Richard T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Mendenhall Glacier was impresive but very crowded and touristy. Not the fault of the tour company!

The whale-watching portion was phenomenally good. We happened to be doing this tour while bubble-net feeding was happening, and got to witness an incredible show. Hats off to Juneau Whale Watching and our skipper and crew, Jason, Emma Naturalist of the year, reportedly and John.

The city tour part of the package was narration while on the bus and was enjoyable and adequate.

Hitesh P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

It was our one of the best excursion. Capt. Steve and Emma did the nice job, we couldn't ask for better.

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