Shore Excursion Details

Whale Watching & Mendenhall Glacier Photo Safari

Juneau, Alaska

Whale Watching & Mendenhall Glacier Photo Safari


  • 43/4
    hrs Estimate Duration
  • Family Recommended
  • Snack

Capture everything from glaciers to whales on this excursion that features a professional photography guide. Travel with a small intimate group in a media-equipped shuttle bus and aboard a customized safari boat as your guide provides expert interpretation while also sharing tips and techniques to enhance the quality of your images. Enjoy a professional instructional slide show in the vehicle en route to the Mendenhall Glacier. Your guide will lead you to explore the Trail of Time capturing the natural history of the glacier. This short walk takes you through the shelter of the rainforest to photograph the glacier's historical path over time before stopping to shoot the glacier itself. This gentle walk leads to beaver dams, salmon streams and remarkable glacier panoramas — sites to inspire your photography. By sea, board a covered safari vessel for an unforgettable journey through the pristine waterways of Stephens Passage. Large panel windows open to give you unrestricted views, while your Captain safely maneuvers to give you the best angle on the shot. This excursion has never had a trip without a star-studded cast—often including humpback whales, sea lions, orcas, harbor seals, porcupines, eagles, salmon or even black bears. Whale sightings are guaranteed. See more of Alaska’s natural wonders as you strive to capture that magical moment in the medium that’s worth a thousand words.

Need to Know:

Note: Participants must be able to walk on their own for approximately 3/4 mile on a gravel trail. This tour operates in all weather conditions. Waterproof poncho, bottled water and a snack are included. Tour operator encourages guests to bring a reusable water bottle to minimize plastic use. Wear comfortable walking shoes, dress in layers and bring your camera and plenty of film or digital capacity. Each guest will receive a frame-able postcard with instructions to access exclusive online photography tutorials, slideshows, historical images and a printable tip sheet. All content is free and downloadable to any. Group size is limited to 14 participants to ensure a comfortable and personal experience. Whale sightings are guaranteed or you’ll receive $100 cash back at the conclusion of the tour. *Whale Sighting Guarantee May 15th –September 15th.* Liability waiver required to be signed in the presence of the tour operator. Bring a camera as all tour participants are eligible to enter the tour operator's Capture Juneau Photo Contest and win cash prizes. Tour operator is currently certified as "Excellence in Sustainability '' through Travelife and the Global Sustainability Tourism Council.

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Excursion Type:

Wildlife Tours

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Tours with this activity level involve a considerable amount of physical activity such as substantial walking over cobblestone streets, uneven or steep terrain, climbing stairs, or extended periods of standing. Not recommended for guests with physical limitations. Comfortable, sturdy shoes are recommended.
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