- 5 hours (Approx.)
- Mobile ticket
Join us for Whale Watching in our cool Alaskan waters and then view one of 38 glaciers from the Juneau Ice Fields - the spectacular Mendenhall Glacier. We guide you on a 2 hour whale watching tour, spotting Humpback whales and other wildlife. Then off to the Mendenhall Glacier to spend some time hiking, watching fish spawn at Steep Creek or enjoy an outstanding view from the Visitor Center.
- Round-trip transportation between port and boat harbor
- 2-hour whale watching tour on 24-passenger jet boat or 49-passenger catamaran
- Heated cabin with wide viewing windows, spacious decks for whale watching, and bathrooms on board
- Informative professional driver guide during transfers
- Naturalist on whale tour
- Water and a light snack aboard the whale boat
- Flexible shuttle return from glacier to downtown Juneau port
• Mt. Roberts Tramway
• The meeting place is under the cables in front of the Mt. Roberts Tramway.
Mt. Roberts Tramway
On your way to the boat harbor, listen to informative commentary from your driver about Alaska's capitol city - Juneau.
Aboard our smaller 24 or 49 passenger whale-watching boats, enjoy a comfortable heated cabin with wide-viewing windows and spacious decks for wildlife spotting. When our captain spots the whales, the boat slows and you'll step out on the deck for that perfect whale shot. The on-board Naturalist is full of information about Alaska’s wildlife – Humpback whales, Stellar sea lions, Dall’s porpoises, bald eagles. A small snack and water are available.
The Mendenhall Glacier is the next stop with the visitor center included in your tour. Find out about the formation of glacier’s and walk to Photo Point, Steep Creek or take the Trail of Time. Nugget Creek Falls is the most popular trail which can take up to 1 hour 15 minutes.
When you’re ready to leave, take the shuttle bus to return to Juneau’s port – the schedule is flexible to allow a shorter or longer time at the glacier, depending on your ship schedule. It leaves every 30 minutes from the glacier.
Afternoon tours are reversed – the first stop is at the Mendenhall Glacier, with an appointed time for the pick-up at the Glacier
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Not wheelchair accessible
- Tour time is a check-in time; departure is within 15 to 30 minutes.
- The meeting place is under the cables in front of the Mt. Roberts Tramway.
- All ports or docks are within 10 minutes walking distances, except one - the A Dock - which provides a “Downtown” shuttle to the Mt. Roberts Tramway.
- Children must be accompanied by an adult
- At time of booking, cruise ship passengers must provide the name of their ship
- A moderate amount of walking is involved.
- No food is allowed at the Mendenhall Glacier.
- Tour operates in all weather conditions, so please dress appropriately in layers and for the likely chance of rain. It is recommended that you wear warm layered clothing, a waterproof jacket and comfortable slip-proof shoes
- Stroller accessible
- Service animals allowed
- Infants must sit on laps
- *This combination tour does not work for any Norweigan Joy passengers due to the early all aboard and also major construction in Juneau
- Most travelers can participate
- This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Saw several whales without having to move the boat. Captain Keven and Lena were especially great with the little kids. Boat only fits about 20 passengers which is perfect. Other boats around us seemed to have 100 plus passengers.
This was a great excursion that I would highly recommend! We saw three humpbacks and lots of orcas! The pilot was very funny and personable, and they had a naturalist on board that was from the area and knew a lot about whales.
With Captain Dan at the wheel and Lukas and Danielle providing the narrative/entertainment (what other guide would be willing to flop around on the floor to get his point across?), we had an excellent whale watching excursion. Saw several humpbacks ... then when the captain got word of the orcas, he sped us off ASAP. We were not disappointed at all! Highly recommend this team if you can get ‘em.
Pauly was awesome and funny...lot of education on whales...fun tour
recommend this tour to all...a few whale sittings..one full tail diving
like the flexibility to stay at medahill glacier f\and take shuttle back to shop in town
Everything was fantastic. The bus drivers are friendly, knowledgeable and humorous. The staff on the boat couldn't have been better....Luke and Ed with their knowledge and experience, Luke with his whale dance and Charlie with her seal calls! I recommend this trip for anyone.
First the whale watch was phenomenal. Impressive boat that wasn't too large which allowed for easy viewing at all times. Can be inside or outside on the front or back and even on top for the best view. We had Capt Kevin who did a great job piloting but also finding the whales. Jaden was our naturalist and did a great job. After the 2 hours, took a short bus ride to the Glacier. Here you can spend as little or as long as your want (be aware of final bus return, but you're not assigned to a bus which gives you flexibility). Can hike to the falls, tour the visitor center etc. It can be crowded but just go straight to the trails.
We had the most amazing adventure. Our guide Taylor and I’m pretty sure our Captain’s name was Cara, they were fantastic!!! We saw Orcas, humpback whales. Totally recommend this tour.
Marina, Josh and David were a fantastic crew on the boat whale tour. Saw whales and Orcas!!!
The glacier was awesome.
The boat and crew were top-notch. We saw both orca and humpbacks although orca on the trip are not common I understand. The crew was helpful and knowledgeable. The tour was reasonably priced. I'd recommend this tour to anyone wanting to see whales in Alaska.
This was the best excursion imaginable, beautiful and very safe boat with the best guides for whale watching and just the right amount of leisurely, independent time at the fabulous glacier.The whale watch guides deserve way more than just 5 stars!
Weather was cooperative, which really helps. Crew was informative and knowledgeable. We saw orcas and humpback whales. Would do this again.
Had an excellent time looking for whales. Got to see quite few surface, spout and then dive again. We had 5 whales around the boat. The last whale we saw surfaced and was headed directly toward the boat before he dove under. Captain Jordan did a fantastic job. Christy and the other naturalist did a great job explaining about what the whales were doing and how to identify them by their tails.
Mendenhall Glacier wasn't nearly as impressive as Hubbard, plus it was raining. Did however get to see a cinnamon colored black bear with her 2 cubs.
Mendenhall was very impressive, and the visitors center was educational.
But most amazing was the whale watching. The very enthusiastic tour guides were able to recognize the individual whales by the markings on their tales. They had a book of photographs of each of the regulars, with their histories and stories. It was so peaceful watching the whales, enjoying the mountains and the water - definite must-do!
We had a great trip on a beautiful warm day. We saw humpbacks, Dall's porpoises and many eagles. We learned a lot from the naturalist and the driver. They were great, the boat was comfortable and we had a good time. Much cheaper than the Princess tours offered.
Really a great trip and I highly recommend Juneau Tours. We did the combo whale watch and Glacier tour which worked out great through Juneau. The whale watching part was great, we saw lots of whales and the guides were entertaining. There were a lot of boats out in the same general area, so how many whales you see is more about luck of the day...then which boat you are on. Guides on Juneau were great, but I heard good things from other cruise passengers about guides elsewhere. The difference we saw with Juneau was a less structured approach at the Mendenhall Glacier Park. They had buses arriving/departing every half hour which allowed you to stay for as long or short a time as you wanted. The glacier park has a lot of trails to explore, so we wanted a little more time there. People on other tours complained that they were only allowed an hour total at the park, which is not enough time for anything more than the gift shop and observatory, display area. With Juneau Tours we made our own timetable allowing for time to take the trail to the waterfall an a few other easy trails as well. One word of warning, you may want to pack some extra snacks - Juneau Tours gave out granola bars and water on the boat, but no food is available at the Mendenhall Glacier National Park at all.
I wish I could post the video... too large... this tour guaranteed whale sightings and it could not have been any better! Must see.
My appreciation once again to VIATOR for their incredible offerings. We booked all 3 land excursions during our Holland America Alaska Cruise with VIATOR instead of the cruiseline, which is always risky. Everything went without a hitch and we saved a lot of money in the process.
We had a great day with Juneau tours whale watch and Mendenhall Glacier Combo Tour. Everything was organised and timed perfectly. Our boat captain was Jason, with Olivia and Ty assisting. we saw lots of whales from a nice new boat. The Glacier was amazing and we had plenty of time without feeling rushed to get back to port. There were regular buses to get back into town from the Glacier and good information to make sure we knew what to do and where to go. Would definitely recommend
We greatly enjoyed our trip. Weather turned out clear, saw numerous whales and even sea lions. Our tour guides were fun, engaged, and very knowledgeable. We recommend this tour to others.
Very organized, nice boat, great trip! We saw bald eagles and about 8 whales on our recent trip. The staff was VERY knowledgeable about the area and their whales. They recognize each whale by the colors/design on its tale, and call them by name. Our bus driver's name was DL, captain of the boat was Steve, and the staff on the boat were Mark and Olivia. All were helpful, courteous, and made the trip well worth it. After the whale watching, the bus dropped us off at Mendenhall Glacier, where we could spend as much as time as we wanted to, and took another shuttle back to our cruise ship whenever we were ready to return. The glacier and waterfall were stunning!
We had a wonderful whale watch. The weather held off--it was cold but not raining. We saw numerous whales, including a few that took a dive for us and showed their beautiful tails. We did not see any whales breach, however. Some whales swam right up to the boat.
The tour guides were wonderful. They could recognize the whales by their tails--apparently, that isn't uncommon, since whale tails are like their fingerprints. I highly recommend this tour.