Juneau City and Glacier Tour

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    Icebergs, floating fragments of the glacier’s face, await more company as they drift along Mendenhall Lake
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    A welcomed sighting along the way, mother and two cubs cross the road
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    The narrated tour of downtown will undoubtedly leave you with a strong knowledge of historic Juneau
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    An elevated Visitor Center provides sweeping panoramic views of the glacier face
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    Mountains seem to shoot up straight from sea level in and around Juneau
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    Another bear visible during the return journey after leaving Mendenhall Glacier
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    Boardwalks and maintained paths allow you to view and photograph the glacier from multiple angles
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    A lonely fireweed stands tall, painted by a lovely backdrop
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    The view of the glacier face on a sunny day!
  • Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center
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    The Visitor Center is an additional $3.00 and supplies loads of information about the area’s 38 glaciers
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    Local guides are available to add some interesting commentary and answer questions along the way
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    Add some beautiful photographs to your collection!
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    A roadside bear hides out in the tree, protected from a midday rain
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    Though not guaranteed, wildlife sightings such as this one are not uncommon en route out to Mendenhall Glacier
A popular half-day Juneau excursion that pairs well with other shorter activities, the Juneau City and Glacier Tour includes a narrated bus ride through Juneau out to Mendenhall Glacier. Your local, native guide will retrace the area's history, dating all the way back to 10,000 years ago when the first inhabitants arrived and bring you through Alaska's Russian occupation all the way to the present. Absorb the insightful information, taking in the sights of historic Juneau until arriving to Mendenhall Glacier. Time is set aside to explore the Visitor's Center and photograph this Juneau icon before returning back to the cruise docks. All in all, a quick hitter that touches some of Juneau's biggest highlights.

What to expect and what not to expect with this Juneau shore excursion

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.

  • 45 minute narrated tour of historic Juneau
  • 45 minutes at Mendenhall Glacier
  • Covers many Juneau highlights in one half-day trip
  • $3.00 entrance fee to Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center not included

Pair this tour with a whale watching adventure for a comprehensive Juneau outing. The Whale Watching and Glacier Tour combines 2 popular tours, saving $20.00/person.

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.

Minimum Ages, Cancellations, Accessibility, Etc.

JUNEAU TOURS DETAILS:

  • Restrictions: This is a family-friendly tour and all ages are welcome. Please contact us in advance if you require a carseat.
  • Accessibility: The bus has a couple of steps and is not equipped with a wheelchair lift. The Visitor Center at Mendenhall Glacier is accessible with boardwalks and ramps.
  • Cancellation Policy: In the event your cruise ship is late, delayed, or doesn't make it into port we always issue a full refund for the tour. Changes or cancellations are allowed up to 14 days prior to the tour departure with absolutely no penalty. Including 'Flex Cancel' allows cancellations and refunds up to 24-hours before the tour. Any cancellations made within 14 days of the tour departure (or within 24-hours with Flex Cancel) are nonrefundable.
  • What to Wear: We recommend hoping for sunshine but preparing for rain for all of our tours. Drizzles are common in this area so we recommend bringing a waterproof jacket. We typically recommend long pants and closed toed shoes for comfort. And don't forget your camera!
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  • Adult Rate: $59.00
  • Child Rate: $45.00 (ages 3-12)
  • Infant Rate: Free (up to 3 years)
  • + 5% sales tax
You've got questions, we've got answers
Q:Will we make it back to the ship in time? What if we don't?
We've never left anyone behind and only schedule tours that work well with your cruise ship's itinerary. We leave plenty of cushion so you can confidently book your trips independently.
Q:What if our ship is delayed or doesn't make it into port? Refund?
It's very rare that a ship is delayed into port, but in those cases we will try our best to work with you to reschedule the tour to a later time. If that is not a possibility or your ship doesn't make it into port, we will of course refund the full cost of the tour.
Q:What should we wear and bring?
This tour operates rain or shine, and rain is common as we lie in a temperate rainforest! For comfort, we typically recommend long pants, closed-toed shoes and a waterproof jacket. Some guests choose to bring a small bag or backpack along to store extra layers, a bottle of water and cameras.
Q:What if we want to spend more time at the glacier?
This narrated tour does operate on a schedule which allocates 45 minutes at Mendenhall Glacier. This tour is designed to leave you with time for other activities in the day and we find this is sufficient time for most guests, but if you would prefer to have more time, there are hop-on shuttles that operate every half-hour which you can reserve upon arrival to Juneau.
Q:What other tours pair well with this one?
The 2.5 hour time frame of this tour allows you to book another excursion before or after. We usually recommend the Alaska Zipline Tour if you are up for adventure. Just under 4 hours, it works for many cruise ship schedules. Booking these 2, you get all of the Juneau highlights along with the #1 rated ziplining tour on TripAdvisor.
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Rating of This tour has received an average of4.13 stars on a total of 8 Ratings

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Linda
Montana Our guides
2016/05/25

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.

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Mary
California
2016/05/25
A little disappointing.

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.

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Lynne and Terry Howard
England
2015/10/16
Juneau Tour

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.

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Richard Migasi
Rocklin California
2015/09/29

Our driver really gave a hometown feel to our tour.

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Julie
Australia
2015/09/29
Medenhall was enough

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.

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