“Bears, Whales & Glaciers” Tour

Experience the wonders of Alaska's northern Inside Passage with bear watching in Juneau plus breathtaking scenery of Glacier Bay National Park.

Day cruises bring you up-close to glacier ice and wilderness coastline.
Trip Code: 188CTA
  • Duration: 6 days
  • Accommodation: 5 nights
  • Starting at: $2619 / per person
  • Availability: May, June, July, August
  • Highlights: Experience watching the majestic bears residing in the Admiralty Island National Monument wilderness, just a short seaplane flight from Juneau. Known as "Fortress of the Bears", Admiralty Island is home to the highest density of of brown bears in North America. Then explore Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve offering a rich and varied wildlife habitat. The glacier filled fjords bring you within close viewing of ancient ice flows, including a few of the 15 tidewater glaciers that are located within the park.

Tour Overview

Aptly named “Bears, Whales and Glacier” this exciting tour plan includes visits to Juneau, Alaska where you travel by a float plane to view the majestic bears of Admiralty Island plus a whale watching cruise with glacier viewing in Glacier Bay National Park. Glacier Bay is part of a bi-national UNESCO World Heritage Site. Cruise the pristine waters that are the summer feeding grounds for humpback whales, and keep an eye out a wide variety of marine mammals and birds.

Southeast Alaska, perhaps better known as the Inside Passage, is a magical place of lush coastal rainforest, deep blue fjords, rich Alaska history and abundant wildlife. This independent and multi-faceted Alaska vacation in the Southeast features National Park lodges and utilizes scheduled flights and day cruises showcasing some of the best Alaska marine wildlife and glacier viewing.

What's Included

  • 3 nights accommodation in Juneau
  • 2 overnights in the Gustavus Inn
  • Transfers in Gustavus and all meals during Gustavus stay
  • Ticket for the Mt. Roberts Tram in Juneau
  • Bear viewing tour to Admiralty Island in search of bears
  • Scheduled roundtrip flight Juneau - Gustavus
  • 8-hour Glacier Bay catamaran cruise with lunch
  • 3.5 hour whale watching cruise in Icy Straits
  • All taxes and fees

What's Not Included

Transfers in Juneau, meals other than mentioned, and gratuities.

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Tour Itinerary


Juneau Arrival

Arrive in Juneau at any time and transfer by hotel shuttle or on your own to your hotel. The rest of the day is free to sightsee in Alaska’s capital city. Attractions include the Mt. Roberts Tram, the State of Alaska Museum, and the Mendenhall Glacier (see Tour Add-Ons). Overnight in Juneau.



Today is at your leisure to explore Alaska’s capital city including the Mt. Roberts Tram. You can add an exciting tour such as trekking, fishing, kayaking (see Tour Add-Ons). Other attractions include the Capitol Building, Glacier Gardens, and the Alaskan Brewery. Overnight in Juneau.



The tour starts from the Juneau International Airport (transfers to/from airport on own). Here you will receive an orientation and then you will board a classic Alaska float plane for an approximate 25 minute flight to Admiralty Island. Along the way, your guide will point out the topography and natural features of Admiralty Island seen out the window. You may be lucky and see whales or bears on the beach as you approach the island! Your aircraft will land on the water and taxi to the beach where you will disembark. Once on the beach, you will spend the next 5 hours in bear country, walking about a mile within the viewing estuary where bears are likely to be seen foraging or fishing for salmon. Overnight in Juneau.


Juneau to Gustavus

Transfer to the Juneau airport this morning on your own. Here you will board a small plane for a 25-minute scenic flight to Gustavus, the gateway to Glacier Bay National Park. On arrival you will be met by a representative and transferred to your accommodations. This afternoon, enjoy a 3.5 hour whale watching cruise to Icy Strait and Point Adolphus to see humpback whales in their summer feeding grounds. The whales' unique feeding techniques, acrobatics and vocalizations make this tour unforgettable. Overnight in Gustavus.


Glacier Bay National Park

Depart from Bartlett Cove for your 8-hour narrated cruise of Glacier Bay National Park. Watch for whales, Stellar sea lions, puffins and sea otters as the high-speed catamaran cruises through the park to the face of the Margerie and Grand Pacific Glaciers, two of 16 tidewater glaciers found in the park. You may even be fortunate enough to see glacier calving (ice falling off into the ocean). Lunch is included and park rangers are aboard to provide interpretive information. The boat will return in the late afternoon. The evening is at your leisure for hiking and kayaking. Overnight in Gustavus


Gustavus to Juneau

In the mid-morning, you will be transferred to the Gustavus airport for your flight back to Juneau (flight may be in small plane). The remainder of the day is at your leisure in Juneau.

This tour ends today in Juneau but we recommend adding an additional night in Juneau due to weather delay possibilities.

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Best of Juneau tour with the Mendenhall Glacier.
Availability: May 22 - September 15, 2016
Starting at: $202 / per person
Duration: 6.25 hours

Start your "Best of Juneau" day tour in Alaska with a narrated, guided tour to spectacular Mendenhall Glacier and its adjacent Visitor Center. Explore the area on your own before you continue your Alaska whale watching adventure from Auke Bay.  Here you will board a custom designed jet boat providing a comfortable platform for a superb Juneau whale watching adventure.  The touring... Read More

Walking on the Mendenhall Glacier from Juneau.
Availability: May 10 - September 15, 2016
Starting at: $389 / per person
Duration: 3.5 hours

On this fun Juneau day tour find out why helicopter glacier trekking is the most exciting way to explore the scenic wonders of the glaciers flowing from the Juneau Icefield. After a scenic 25 minute helicopter flight you will land on one of the glaciers located within the 1500 square-mile Juneau Icefield. Meet your professional glacier guide who will teach... Read More

Gold Creek Salmon Bake in Juneau.
Availability: May 9 - September 13, 2016
Starting at: $82 / per person
Duration: 3.5 hours

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Mendenhall Glacier view on a sightseeing tour from Juneau.
Availability: May 9 - September 22, 2016 (dependent on glacier conditions)
Starting at: $311 / per person
Duration: 6.5 hours

This Juneau day trip begins paddling across Mendenhall Lake in an 8-person canoe. Take in the awe-inspiring Mendenhall Glacier ahead as well as the blue icebergs of all shapes and sizes. Upon reaching the beach near the glacier's edge, trade in the paddles for backpacks and trekking poles. With the use of crampons, you will hike on moderate glacier terrain exploring... Read More

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