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

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

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icon6 to 7 hours  (Approx.)
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Seeking an all-inclusive Alaskan experience? This 6-hour tour from Juneau takes you to Mendenhall Glacier for incredible views of the ice wall. Then, board a jet boat for a whale-watching cruise in Auke Bay with a naturalist guide who gives you an in-depth look at the surrounding marine life. After spotting humpbacks, return to land and watch a Tlingit Master Carver work on 10-foot-tall totem poles and silver jewelry. Dig into a satisfying traditional salmon bake before you're returned to Juneau hotels.
  • Experience the best of Juneau in one day!
  • Get fantastic up-close views of the famous Mendenhall Glacier
  • Embark on a whale-watching adventure on a sightseeing boat around Auke Bay
  • Enjoy the aromas and flavors of a traditional Alaskan salmon bake
  • Watch a Tlingit Master Carver at work and learn about his ancestral craft
  • Pickup and drop-off from downtown Juneau hotels included
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Buffet and Hot & Cold Beverages
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Live Entertainment
Whale Sighting Guarantee
Souvenirs (available for purchase)
Alcoholic Beverages

Departure Point

490 S Franklin St, Juneau, AK 99801, USA

JUNEAU MEETING PLACE: On the sidewalk, under the cables of the Mt. Roberts Tram. When you arrive at the meeting area, look for the Alaska Travel Adventures tour representative. They will be wearing a red jacket/shirt and a red hat. Look for our distinctive Caribou logo

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
This day outing is perfect for food lovers and those seeking an all-inclusive Alaskan experience. Enjoy hotel pickup in downtown Juneau, and then head over to Mendenhall Glacier, a glacier that stretches approximately 12 miles (19 km) long. Learn about its formation from the visitor's center.

Continue to Auke Bay for your whale-watching cruise. The extra-large windows and exterior observation deck of the 48-passenger jet boat give you prime vantage points to spot humpback whales. Hear about the surrounding geology and marine life from your naturalist guide on board.

Back on land, settle in for an all-you-can-eat Alaskan salmon bake, with traditional menu items that typically include grilled salmon, Tongass wild-rice pilaf, cheechako chicken, Chilkoot baked beans, White Pass pasta, salads, beverages, and a mouthwatering selection of other side dishes. (Beer and wine are available for purchase.) Finish off your meal with blueberry cake for dessert.

You’ll also get to see 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. Gain insight into their craft and Tlingit culture, and then perhaps purchase unique works of art as souvenirs from the gift shop.

Your 6-hour experience ends with a relaxing drive back to your hotel in Juneau.
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: 1 hour 
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: 2 hours 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
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: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Please indicate your ship or hotel name when booking your tour
  • Subject to favorable weather conditions. If canceled due to poor weather, you will be given the option of an alternative date or full refund.
  • Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Children 13-17 must have a signed parental consent form to participate in the absence of a parent or guardian
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 90 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Alaska Travel Adventures Inc.
This experience is non-refundable and cannot be changed for any reason. If you cancel or ask for an amendment, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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Good but overpriced
, Sep 2019
We had fun whale watching. The tour guide and captain were very nice and accommodating. Even saw whales jumping out of the water. We had about an hour at Mendenhall Glacier, the highlight of the trip for me. It's so beautiful and the weather was nice and clear for great picture taking. The salmon bake was delicious! I thought it was overpriced for the whole tour but if you can afford it, then you should do it.
Whales, whales, whales
, Aug 2019
Great day in Juneau. Got very lucky with the weather, and saw loads of Humpbacks. Captain Tom and guide/naturalist Sarah were great as was guide Juneau Jeff. Another half hour at the glacier would have been nice but a great day overall. Well worth the price.
great way to spend your day in...
Natasha K
, Sep 2016
great way to spend your day in Juneau. After not spotting any whales for 1 hour, our guides were determined to show us a good time - we saw mating sea lions, and then, through their determination we changed location and spotted a whale! Salmon bake was delicious, with very nice staff.
Very slow getting off ship due to...
, Aug 2016
Very slow getting off ship due to poorly organized tendering. Whale watch disappointing saw spouts of four whales total, but only two of them surfaced and none breached. Saw more from the cruise ship on return toward Seattle. Salmon bake was fair at best, much better many years ago at Rotary Club bake in Fairbanks. Mendenhall Glacier was nice. Guides were average.
Saw the most incredible sightings of...
, Jun 2016
Saw the most incredible sightings of orcas and humpbacks up close. A very memorable viewing of the glacier and great salmon bake. Lots of food and tasted great.
1 traveler found this review helpful
I was expecting more and the buffet was...
, Aug 2015
I was expecting more and the buffet was not to my expectations.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Marvellous experience! Love the...
Elaine Chan
, Dec 2014
Marvellous experience! Love the tagline of "Full refund if Whale are not spotted". We were surrounded by whales and spot a hill of sea lions. Dinner at Salmon Bake is good as well
1 traveler found this review helpful
Very good tour. Wished for a little...
Jimmy N
, Jul 2014
Very good tour. Wished for a little more time at the Glacier. Whale watching was great. Salmon Bake was okay.

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