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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. Port transport included.


  • 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
  • Port pickup and drop-off included
  • Covered by Viator's worry-free policy: guaranteed on-time return to your ship

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What You Can Expect

Juneau Shore Excursion: Mendenhall Glacier, Whale Watching and Salmon Bake

Traditional Alaskan Salmon Bake

After pickup from Juneau port, 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.

Then, relax on the return drive to port — 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.

Customer Reviews

Joy M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

Perfect day! Full day all three parts of this trip were great. Beautiful tour.

Jason and Amanda were great hosts for whale watching. Spotted migrant orcas and humpbacks on our trip.

Glacier park was nice.

Lots of food at the salmon bake.

Great transport between each event and back to Juneau/ cruise port.

Great value!

Brian B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

This was a Tri-Fecta for our family. The glacier is amazing, the Whale watching was Great, we got very close to the whales, saw several. I ate 5 pieces of salmon at the all you can eat salmon bake, it was Super Amazing. This was a great all in one package, I highly recommend for children, parents and grandparents... We had a memorable experience..


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Amazing tour! Mendenhall was gorgeous, we saw humpback wales, orcas, bald eagles and sea lions on our whale watching tour, and the salmon bake was absolutely delicious! All of our tour guides were very friendly and knowledgable as well!

Marilyn B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Everything well organized and a fabulous 3 stop tour. Got lucky with great weather and great day.

Robert D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2013

We booked this tour outside of the cruise line offerings, through Viator, and it was the right choice. Not only did it include 3 different activities, but we had our own separate transportation, 5 guests in a 12 passenger van, that gave us more flexibility with scheduling and more room. While my wife and I were a bit skeptical about whale watching, we had a great time! The Captain and his guide did a great job getting us in position to see multiple humpbacks, sea lions, and Orcas up close. We didn't go to the visitors' center at Mendanhall Glacier, but we did have time to walk the trail up to the waterfall and get a closer view of the glacier. While some folks were disappointed with the salmon bake, trying to compare it with the cruise menu, we took it for what it was; a quaint, relaxing, picnic-style atmosphere. The salmon was very good and there was a musician for entertainment. Overall we had a great time and would recommend this tour!

kirsten p

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2013

Our family was taking a cruise and I was a little skeptical booking an excursion not affiliated with the cruise line but wow what a great experience we had with our Juneau excursion and Viator! The whales, glacier, and salmon bake were top notch. If you are considering this excursion sign up now it is an experience you will never forget. Kirsten, Mississippi

Iris S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2013

The tour to Mendenhall Glacier gave enough time to view the glacier and the visitor's center. The bus was small enough to be comfortable and not have to wait for lots of people to exit or return. The whale watching boat was comfortable and once again small enough so everyone got a chance to view the whales. The crew was very knowledgeable. We saw many whales, including one that came completely out of the water. This was wonderful. The salmon bake was nice but not my favorite part. Their bus driver was very knowledgeable. The only complaint would be not knowing you have to walk so far to get to the start of the tour. One member of our group had difficulty walking and having to rush to get there was not good. We had to ask multiple people where to meet the tour in the beginning.

Charlaine M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2013

We had a great time. The Salmon Bake was delicious and what a wonderful site. Mendenhall Glacier is a breath taking, we even saw a bear. But the best was the Whale Watching, we saw so may whales. The boat was new and the crew was just

Gary L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2013

All three activities were excellent. The glacier itself was pretty awesome, and the nearby tourist center explaining what you were looking at (free admission for those on this tour) was fascinating. We saw quite a few whales, although I wasn't able to get a great picture of a tail. This was mostly my fault because I just didn't point the camera in the right place at the right time. Beautiful scenery and lots to see. The salmon bake was unbelievable, both in food and in scenery. It is held in an area with running streams all around. Wonderful tour; recommend it highly.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2012

We truly enjoyed al aspects of this tour. The guides were exceptional and we did manage to see several whales. The salmon bake was amazing as was seeing the Mendenhall Glacier. I wish the weather had been less dreary but guess one expects that in September in Alaska!!

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