Juneau, Alaska, US
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Approximately 5 Hours
View Alaska's humpback whales and the Mendenhall Glacier on a small-group excursion (capacity is limited to 20 travelers) tailored for sensational encounters with nature. On a custom-built safari vessel, you'll seek out marine wildlife and step away from the crowds on a secluded rain forest trail -- two pristine habitats to explore on a single tour. On this trip, you will learn about the interdependence of species and the many connections between the land and sea. This exploration introduces you to this pristine wilderness in an intimate setting with a certified naturalist guide as your leader.
Your trip begins with your guide sharing stories and perspectives as you travel to Mendenhall Glacier. A short, guided hike gives you exclusive access along a wooded path, once completely covered by the massive glacier. Spend an hour exploring amid forested moraines and sweeping glacial landscapes, track the glacier's recession over the past 100 years, and perhaps glimpse wildlife from the Steep Creek viewing platforms. This small corner of the Tongass National Forest is home to beavers, salmon, Arctic terns, porcupines and even black bears.
Following a short drive, you'll climb aboard a covered, heated safari vessel. This specialized watercraft has large, opening panel windows and an open bow and stern for viewing the wildlife that thrives in these protected waters. Humpback whales, orcas, sea lions, porpoises, seals and sea birds are commonly seen. Stephens Passage is a renowned whale watching and wildlife refuge, and your experienced Coast Guard-certified captain will guide you to the action. Keep your camera handy as you travel from place to place or drift quietly to witness the behaviors and antics of the area's notable marine residents. This tour is locally owned and operated.
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. Other wildlife sightings are likely but are not guaranteed. The small group size of this tour ensures a personalized and interactive atmosphere, making the most of your one-of-a-kind Alaska experience. Participants must be able to walk approximately one mile on level, improved gravel trails. Rain ponchos on the trail and binoculars on the boat are available for use. Bottled water and a snack pack are provided. Infants up to and including the day before their second birthday can be considered a lap child and may participate at no cost. If you are traveling with an infant, please notify the shore excursions staff once onboard the ship. Not advisable for guests using a wheelchair. Dress warmly in layers and wear sturdy, comfortable walking shoes. Tour operates in all weather conditions. Tour sequence may vary. Each guest receives access to a digital publication as a memento of the trip. All tour participants on this excursion are eligible to enter to win cash prizes in the tour operator's Capture Juneau Photo Contest. Waiver must be signed and medical conditions disclosed.