As you depart downtown Juneau, your guide will share the colorful history of Juneau's gold rush era and point out buildings of interest - Alaska's Capital City is always bustling with activity, even though it is surrounded by rainforest wilderness and rugged terrain.
You will hardly believe your eyes when your tour arrives at the Mendenhall Glacier, just a few miles from downtown Juneau. At the Mendenhall Glacier Visitors Center, you can take in the full view of this magnificent geologic phenomenon from an unobstructed vantage point. The Mendenhall Glacier is 1.5 miles wide and hundreds of feet thick and is fed by the 1,500 square mile Juneau Icefield.
With 1.5 hours for sightseeing, travelers will have free time to explore nature trails, see spectacular Alaska wildlife, and capture breathtaking photos before returning to the ship's gangway.
*PLEASE NOTE: THE GLACIER VISITORS CENTER IS NOT CURRENTLY OPEN FOR 2020 AND NO SERVICES ARE AVAILABLE AT THIS TIME.
Duration: 2.5 hours (Roundtrip transportation from cruise ship terminal.)
What is the seating arrangement of the tour bus?
There is open seating on the tour bus, however if you require a certain seat due to physical impairment then please inform your tour guide.
Is there enough time to hike to Nugget Falls waterfall?
Yes! Nugget Falls are certainly accessible during your time at the glacier and the 1 mile trail leading to it is well maintained.
Will I see any wildlife or bears on this tour?
Wildlife is abundant in Southeast Alaska and sightings are possible on any tour. Bears are often seen near the glacier during the late summer salmon spawning season, however this is not a designated wildlife tour and nothing can be guaranteed!
Will I be able to walk on the glacier during this tour?
Walking on or getting up close to the glacier is not possible during this tour.
Is admission inside the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center included?
Yes, admission is included. (Please note, the glacier visitors center is not currently open for 2020 and no services are available there at this time.)
Are there any age restrictions for children?
There are no age restrictions for this tour.
Can I bring a backpack?
Backpacks, small bags, and purses are allowed on this tour.
Can I bring my own food or drink?
Non-alcoholic beverages in a closeable containters and snacks are allowed on tour.
Are food and drink included?
No food or drinks are included.
Do you offer tours for large groups?
Definitely, arrangements of tours for groups or large families are possible. Please contact us with your group requirements.
What happens if my ship is delayed getting into port?
If your ship is late, please call your tour operator so that your tour time can be adjusted. If an alternate tour time is not compatible with your schedule, your ticket will be fully refunded with no fees or penalty.
What happens if the excursion runs late and I miss my ship?
We guarantee that your tour will return on time. If you were to miss your cruise ship because the tour did not return on time, we will comp your hotel, food, and flight costs associated with meeting your cruise ship the next day. We have never had a passenger miss their ship.
What if I am unable to print my ticket before I arrive in port?
All reservations are saved under the name you purchased your excursions and are kept on file with your tour operator. Having your tickets in-hand is the optimal choice to avoid confusion because the directions and meeting instructions are included. Please contact us if you are unable to print the tickets.
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