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Juneau City and Glacier Tour

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Update as of 6/21/23 - Please note that visitation will be limited to the Mendenhall Glacier. As of this date, this tour is sold out for the Summer 2023 season.

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 knowledgeable 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 at 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.

With a convenient pick-up location within walking distance of the cruise ships, meet your 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.

Pair this tour with a whale watching adventure for a comprehensive Juneau outing. The Whale Watching and Glacier Tour combines Juneau's most popular tours!

Upon arrival to Mendenhall Glacier, exit the bus and spend 1-hour viewing Juneau's trademark glacier & exploring the area, 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.

What's Included

This includes a 45-minute narrated tour of downtown Juneau with transportation to and from the cruise terminal, and a self-guided tour at Mendenhall Glacier Visitors Center.

Frequently Asked Questions

What other tours pair well with this one?
The 2 ½ hour time frame of this tour allows you to book another excursion before or after. We find that the Whale Watching Tour or the Icefield Helicopter Excursion pairs very well with this adventure!
What if our cruise ship's schedule is canceled or delayed?
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, then you will receive a refund, less any non-refundable fees.
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.
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.

Quick Facts


2h 30min

The minimum age for participants is 0 years old.

Cancel up to 14-days before the tour for a refund. No refund is available if canceled within 14-days of the tour. If for any reason your tour is canceled, or if your cruise ship’s schedule changes, you will receive a refund. Refunds do not include any non-refundable fees.




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