With a convenient pick-up location within walking distance of the cruise ships, meet your local guide and load up to begin your tour of historic Juneau. With historic roots dating all the way back to the native populations, this is an area that has had European influences, strong Russian ties and in the grand scheme of things, a relatively recent American annexation. Throw in one of the largest gold rushes in history, and you've got quite a diverse history here! Of course your guide will cover all of this and more during this 45-minute narrated ride out to Mendenhall Glacier.
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Upon arrival to Mendenhall Glacier, exit the bus and spend 45 minutes exploring Juneau's trademark glacier, one of 38 in the Juneau Icefield. Head over to the Visitor Center for an elevated view of the glacier and loads of information, interactive kiosks, and displays about glacier formation and movement. Add some stunning photographs to your collection, exploring the glacier from several different perspectives. Eventually, return back to the cruise docks in about 2.5 hours total duration, leaving enough time in the day for shopping, exploring downtown Juneau or even joining another half-day excursion.
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Our guides on the buses out to the glacier were both Native American locals who provided great information and insight into the Juneau area and history. Both were a lot of fun. The glacier was beautiful! There was a slight mix up on our reservation but we were put on the trolley tour and then we went out to the glacier and all worked out for the best.
I was looking forward to this tour, but we were left a little disappointed. We booked the 3pm tour, the tour was 2.5 hours and it said we would be back by 5:30, so we booked 6:30 dinner reservations. That should have been plenty of time for us to do everything. When we checked in the guy said that we would leave at 3:30. I said what happened to 3:00 because we need to be back by 5:30. He then said that he could arrange things to still have us back by 5:30 but that meant losing 30 mins of our tour. I said that wasn't acceptable and I wanted the tour that we had booked. After some finagling we managed to get on two separate tours that would leave at 3 and get us back at 5:30. It was annoying having to run back and forth to get on the right shuttles rather than having the combo tour that I had originally booked. I'm not sure what happened with their times, but I wasn't happy that I didn't get the tour that I had booked. I don't recommend unless you are very flexible with your times in port.
An enjoyable tour with a local " First Nations " guide who was very informative and interesting. Only drawback was having to clear the bus windows of condensation throughout the journey, with kitchen roll.
Our driver really gave a hometown feel to our tour.
Thanks for the tour. In hindsight if I were to do it again, I think I would just take the trip to the glacier. A lot of the information given on the city tour was repeated on the glacier tour. And the glacier tour on it's own could be bought for just $10. It was wonderful when we got there.