How about a custom tour from a local guide in the capital city of Alaska to kick things off? This deluxe Juneau tour is one of the most popular options and hits the city's main attractions up-close by motorcoach. The fully narrated tour guided by a local driver begins in downtown Juneau and offers an excellent history of the state's capital city and its scenic attractions, including the famous Mendenhall Glacier.
Starting in the famous streets of historic downtown Juneau, the tour will take you right by the Governor's Mansion, Alaska state Capitol, and world famous Red Dog Saloon. You will enjoy narration and information as you roll past the city's highlights.
From there you will drive along the scenic Gastineau Channel and Wildlife Refuge to the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center. Take in the massive and mighty Mendenhall Glacier from afar and see it's rugged crevasses and a vibrant blue color shimmer on a sunny day.
At the glacier you will have approximately 45 minutes to explore the walking paths and the U.S. Forest Service Visitor Information Center. This area is located roughly 3/4 of a mile from the face of the glacier and offers excellent views of the Mendenhall Valley. Make sure you have your camera ready to snap photos of the famous black bears feeding on wild Alaskan salmon as you walk along raised trails over salmon spawning streams; it's truly a memorable experience!
The tour comes to an end with a stop at famous Douglas Island, an historic mining community, for photo opportunities and panoramic views across the ocean to downtown Juneau. You will then arrive back to the main cruise ship terminal, close to shopping or your ship, whichever you choose to end your day!
Included: Admission to the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor's Center.
Please note: Unable to accommodate wheel chair guests as there are no lifts available on the motorcoach.
This tour operation is under permit with the Tongass National Forest and is an equal opportunity provider.
Duration: 2.5 hours (Roundtrip from cruise ship terminal. Glacier time: 45 minutes.)
How many passengers does the tour bus hold?
The maximum capacity for this tour is 35 guests.
What is the seating arrangement of the tour bus?
There is open seating on the tour bus, however if you require a certain seat due to physical impairment then please inform your tour guide.
Is there enough time to hike to Nugget Falls waterfall?
Yes! Nugget Falls are certainly accessible during your time at the glacier and the 1 mile trail leading to it is well maintained.
Will I see any wildlife or bears on this tour?
Wildlife is abundant in Southeast Alaska and sightings are possible on any tour. Bears are often seen near the glacier during the late summer salmon spawning season, however this is not a designated wildlife tour and nothing can be guaranteed!
Will I be able to walk on the glacier during this tour?
Walking on or getting up close to the glacier is not possible during this tour.
Is admission inside the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center included?
Yes, admission is included.
Are there any age restrictions for children?
There are no age restrictions for this tour.
Can I bring a backpack?
Backpacks, small bags, and purses are allowed on this tour.
Can I bring my own food or drink?
Non-alcoholic beverages in a closeable containters and snacks are allowed on tour.
Are food and drink included?
No food or drinks are included.
Are there child prices?
Adult and child prices are the same for this tour.
Do you offer any discounts or promotions?
We offer the local wholesale rates for all of our tours because we feel that everyone should get the same lowest price possible regardless of how many excursions you book. No tricks, no gimmicks, no hidden fees.
Do you offer tours for large groups?
Definitely, arrangements of tours for groups or large families are possible. Please contact us with your group requirements.
Can multiple families book this tour and be together?
Yes! Multiple families may join the same tour as long as adequate space is available and the maximum is not exceeded.
What happens if my ship is delayed getting into port?
If your ship is late, please call your tour operator so that your tour time can be adjusted. If an alternate tour time is not compatible with your schedule, your ticket will be fully refunded with no fees or penalty.
What if my tour is cancelled due to bad weather?
All tours that cancel because of weather will be fully refunded with no fees or penalties.
Where do I meet the tour operator to be picked up for my excursion?
All tours pick-up either at your cruise ship or within a short walking distance of your cruise ship unless otherwise noted. When you purchase your excursion, your ticket will be sent to you via email with detailed meeting instructions and emergency contact information. If you have any questions relating to a specific excursion, please contact the tour operator listed on your ticket.
How close is the pick-up location to the cruise ship?
This will vary from port to port. Most excursions meet you either in front of your cruise ship or within a maximum 5-10 minute walk from your ship unless otherwise noted. All pertinent directions and details will be listed on your ticket.
What happens if the excursion runs late and I miss my ship?
We guarantee that your tour will return on time. If you were to miss your cruise ship because the tour did not return on time, we will comp your hotel, food, and flight costs associated with meeting your cruise ship the next day. We have never had a passenger miss their ship.
Does the tour include transportation?
Yes. All tours pick up from the main cruise ship terminal and include round-trip transportation unless otherwise specified for the specific tour.
What if I am unable to print my ticket before I arrive in port?
All reservations are saved under the name you purchased your excursions and are kept on file with your tour operator. Having your tickets in-hand is the optimal choice to avoid confusion because the directions and meeting instructions are included. Please contact us if you are unable to print the tickets.
Want to learn more about our Mendenhall Glacier tours?
Check out our blog for more details on all of the Mendenhall Glacier tours we offer: http://alaska-shoreexcursions.com/blog/mendenhall-glacier!