Best of Juneau
A triple treat complete with whales, glaciers and an Alaskan buffet!
Tour includes narrated transfer to Mendenhall Glacier and self-guided tour; whale watching cruise with onboard naturalist; wild Alaskan salmon and all-you-can eat buffet at the Gold Creek Salmon Bake; transfer to the dock.
Come face to face with one of the only glaciers accessible by road, marvel at a humpback whale the size of six elephants, and top it off with a scrumptious all-you-can-eat adventure featuring wild Alaskan salmon grilled over an alder wood fire. At the Mendenhall Glacier, explore trails and learn about the ecology of the spectacular ice wall at the visitor’s center through interactive exhibits and narration provided by a US Forest Service Ranger. In Auke Bay, your captain and naturalist will welcome you aboard our vessel, custom designed for Juneau whale watching where you will view whales in their natural environment—guaranteed! The Gold Creek Salmon Bake is the ultimate Alaska experience with great food, live music, and fun activities like gold panning, marshmallow roasting, and a nature walk, set in a lush rainforest alongside Salmon Creek.
|Late April – early October
Multiple departures daily
Times are approximate
Child rate applies to ages 12 & under. Taxes not included. Times are approximate. By arrangement to meet tour & cruise ship schedules. Operates in most weather conditions. Please see our Trip Interruption Protection & Terms & Conditions.
Notes: Sequence of tour features may vary. Suitable for all ages. Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Children ages 13-17 must have a signed parental consent form if traveling without a parent or guardian. This tour operates under a special use permit with the USDA Forest Service and is and equal opportunity provider.
One of many adventures in Alaska, and one of the best. We chose this Mendenhall Glacier, Whale Watching, and Salmon Bake excursion because of the short time we had in Juneau and felt this would give us the most for our time and money. We were correct. Very enjoyable excursion. ~ TripAdvisor Review
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Come face to face with a glacier, marvel at huge humpback whales and top this excitement off with a scrumptious meal featuring wild Alaskan salmon grilled over an alder wood fire. You’ll call this combination amazing. We call it the Best of Juneau®.
Enjoy a narrated transfer to the spectacular icewall of the Mendenhall Glacier and its adjacent Visitors Center, where a ranger can satisfy your curiosity about the natural wonders. Roam the grounds, snap photos, take in the interactive exhibits and have the chance to watch bears feast on salmon.
From Mendenhall Glacier, you’ll be transported to Auke Bay. There your captain and onboard naturalist will welcome you aboard our state of the art 48-passenger jet boat custom designed for Juneau whale watching with 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 your captain is well versed in locating them. In fact, whale sightings are guaranteed! If a whale is not spotted during your cruise we’ll refund you $100 ($50 for children). Your captain will let you know when whales are spotted, but it’s more likely you’ll first be alerted by the collective chorus of “Oohhs!” and “Awwhhs!” 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 and comfortable interior surroundings to enjoy the scenery and wildlife sightings through the oversized windows.
Following your cruise you’re off to the Gold Creek Salmon Bake. In a beautiful setting nestled in the rainforest, you’ll arrive to 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 and 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! With frequent courtesy bus service, you can return at your leisure.
INCLUDES: Narrated transfer to Mendenhall Glacier and self-guided tour; whale watching cruise with onboard naturalist; wild Alaskan salmon and all-you-can eat buffet at the Gold Creek Salmon Bake; transfer to the dock.