Juneau, Alaska, US
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Experience Juneau's highlights on this ultimate combination tour.
Start with a visit to the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center to see Alaska's best-known river of ice, talk with Forest Service interpreters and, through interactive exhibits, learn about the tremendous force of glaciers.
Take a motorcoach ride to scenic Auke Bay and board a water-jet-powered expedition vessel designed for wildlife viewing. Relax in the warm, comfortable cabin surrounded by large windows as you ply the island-studded waters of Stephens Passage. This area is 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.
Take a break from cruising to step ashore at Orca Point Lodge on Colt Island to enjoy a surf-and-turf feast that includes fresh grilled wild-caught Alaska fish, Alaska game meat and a variety of delicious side dishes and desserts. The lodge offers peaceful seclusion with modern comforts in a remote wilderness setting.
Visit the marine life viewing tank or stroll along the beach before the return cruise to Auke Bay.
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. Restrooms are available at all venues. Wear comfortable walking shoes. Not advisable for guests using a wheelchair due to the number of stops requiring (dis)embarkation of transportation equipment and uneven terrain. Tour sequence may vary.