Juneau, Alaska, US
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Experience Alaska's glaciers and wildlife from two very different vantage points -- by land and by sea.
A narrated motorcoach tour takes you to view and photograph Alaska's most famous river of ice, the Mendenhall Glacier. At the Visitor Center, you'll have the opportunity to talk with Forest Service interpreters and, through interactive exhibits, learn about the tremendous force of glaciers.
Back aboard the motorcoach, you'll take the scenic route through the Mendenhall Valley to Auke Bay, where you'll board a water-jet-powered expedition vessel specifically designed for wildlife viewing. Relax in the warm, comfortable cabin surrounded by large windows as you ply the island-studded waters of Stephens Passage -- world-renowned as a favored summer feeding ground for humpback whales.
Once whales have been sighted, your captain will gently maneuver the vessel to allow exceptional viewing and photo opportunities as these graceful ocean giants slowly arc their massive tail flukes into the air. The whales are often close enough to hear them breathe.
An onboard naturalist will explain the behavior and habitat of the humpback whale and other wildlife you may encounter, including killer whales, Steller sea lions, Dall's porpoise, harbor seals, bald eagles and Sitka black-tail deer.
Bring a warm jacket to wear on the topside observation deck. The operator of this tour guarantees that a whale will be sighted on this excursion. If not, you will receive a $100 cash refund from the tour operator after the tour. In the past 15 years, whales have been sighted on every tour. The vessel is restroom equipped. Time at the glacier is approximately 75 minutes. Tour sequence may vary.