Spend two days before or after your Alaska cruise exploring the quaint Alaskan town of Juneau. Enjoy two nights at Juneau's Westmark Baranof hotel. Embark on a full day guided tour that includes visiting the Mendenhall Glacier, a whale watching cruise out of Auke Bay, and an authentic salmon bake. This short Juneau tour adds some extra time before your cruise to account for flight delays or allows for a more leisurely time to explore! Add on extra time in Denali National Park or the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park if you want to extend your Alaska travels.
Day 1 : Arrive Juneau Day 2 : Best of Juneau tour Day 3 : Free Day Juneau
Wander the town of Juneau for two days before or after your cruise
Visit the Mendenhall Glacier and its visitor center exhibits
Set out on a whale watching cruise out of Auke Bay
Arrive to Juneau and transfer yourselves to the Westmark Baranof, a historic building in the heart of downtown Juneau. Settle in at your hotel before setting out to wander and explore this quaint town.
Spend a full day touring the highlights of Juneau today. Transfer first to the spectaular icewall of the Mendenhall Glacier and its visitors center. Roam the area, take some pictures, and wander through the exhibits as you learn more about the natural formation and history of glaciers. Continue on to Auke Bay where you will board the North Star, a 48 passenger jet boat designed for Juneau whale watching. The indoor cabin has large viewing windows for spotting whales, and the outside viewing deck and hydrophone system allow you to hear the whales communicating underwater. Next enjoy a Gold Creek Salmon Bake in a beautiful rainforest setting. Smell the wild Alaskan salmon grilling over an alderwood fire. Enjoy an all-you-can-eat buffet tonight including some local favorites such as Chilkoot Baked Beans and Cheechako Chicken. Roast marshmallows over a campfire or visit the nearby Salmon Creek waterfall after dinner. Return to Juneau's pier this evening and walk back to your hotel for the night.
Day 3 Free Day Juneau
Enjoy a free day in Juneau today. Tour the town as you like, arrange to ride the tram, or opt to take a glacier sea kayaking tour or another whale watching tour. Continue on with your Alaska cruise or the rest of your Alaska land tour from here.
The trip might have been the absolute best of our lifetime (thus far). We particularly want to commend our guide Peter in the Guilin area-he was so incredibly attentive, energetic, enthusiastic-and absolutely dedicated to ensuring that our meals were 100% vegetarian.
When to Go
Good to ideal period to travel, and many people choose to visit at this time.
Typically not offered during this period because of weather conditions.