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.

Trip Code: 188CTA
  • Duration: 7 days
  • Accommodation: 6 nights
  • Starting at: $2559 / 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 for 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 a National Park lodge and utilizes scheduled flights and day cruises showcasing some of the best Alaska marine wildlife and glacier viewing.

What's Included

  • 4 nights accommodation in Juneau
  • 2 overnights at the Glacier Bay Lodge
  • Transfers in Gustavus
  • 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, and gratuities.

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Tour Itinerary

Due to the included activities, guests should be able to get in and out of a floatplane, step down into knee high water, and wade to shore without a railing/support or assistance. In addition guests should be able to walk on uneven terrain and be on their feet for up to 2 hours at a time.

Day
1

Juneau Arrival

Arrive in Juneau at any time and transfer on your own to your hotel. The rest of the day is free to sightsee in Alaska’s capital city. Attractions include the newly updated State of Alaska Museum and the Mendenhall Glacier. Overnight in Juneau.

Day
2

Juneau

Depending on your final itinerary, today is at your leisure to explore Juneau. Admission to Mt. Roberts tram is included. Other attractions include the Capitol Building, Glacier Gardens, and the Alaskan Brewery. Overnight in Juneau.

Day
3

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.

Day
4

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. Overnight at Glacier Bay Lodge.

 

Day
5

Glacier Bay National Park

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 at Glacier Bay Lodge.

 

Day
6

Gustavus to Juneau

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 and you will be transferred to the Gustavus airport for your flight back to Juneau (flight may be in small plane). Overnight in Juneau.

Day
7

Juneau Departure

Today enjoy time in Juneau before continuing your Alaska exploration.

Flights to/from Gustavus are typically in small planes with luggage weight limitations of 50 pounds per person. Soft-sided luggage is recommended.


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To complete this reservation we will need for each person: Full name including middle name(s), gender, date of birth and body weight.


Children must be at least 9 years old. Please contact us for child pricing.

Our Standard Program Includes:

2 and 3 star hotel accommodations.

The program will include a combination of hotels or motels that are considered moderate to standard tourist class. Please be aware not all hotels have shuttle services.

Standard train car seating on all rail services (reserved seats).

If you would like to book the standard program but with upgraded rail seating, the option and surcharge will be listed when you save to your cart.

Our Upgraded Program Includes:

* 3 and 4 star hotels (best available) wherever possible.

The program will include standard rooms at this category of hotel where possible. Alaska has very limited hotel choices in remote areas and small towns. The properties will typically offer a wider range of services such as a full-service restaurant, room service and perhaps a pool or spa facilities. Please be aware the upgraded accommodations in downtown Anchorage do not have hotel shuttle services. Many of the upgraded hotels also offer guaranteed view rooms for additional cost. If you would like a specific room type, in addition to the upgraded program, please ask us about availability and cost difference.

Deluxe dome train car seating between Anchorage, Denali and Fairbanks, or Anchorage and Seward.

All journeys between Anchorage and Whittier are in standard seating as deluxe dome cars are not available on that route.

Cancellation Policy:

Any time after our written confirmation: 10% cancellation fee
90 to 61 days prior: 20% cancellation fee
60 to 45 days prior: 30% cancellation fee
44 to 31 days prior: 60 % cancellation fee
30 to 0 days prior: 100% cancellation fee

If the Admiralty Bear Viewing tour is cancelled due to weather, the included $75 per person permit fee is non-refundable.


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Browsing Optional Add-on's for the Bears, Whales & Glaciers Tour:

Availability: May 10 - September 15, 2017
Starting at: $430 / per person
Duration: 4.25 hours

On this Juneau trip, board a helicopter to access the more remote areas of the glacier. Enjoy guided glacier hiking for 2 hours and learn the proper use of the mountaineering gear. Learn to understand glacier features and hazards so you can safely access the region. Your Juneau hiking day trip is interspersed with fun and interesting explanations of the... Read More

Availability: May 8 - September 18, 2017
Starting at: $93 / per person
Duration: 3.5 hours

Experience one of the most popular attractions in Juneau, the Mendenhall Glacier! After a brief tour of Juneau, you will stop at the glacier, where you spend about 1 hour on your own. The amazing glacier is 1.5 miles wide and hundreds of feet thick and is fed by the 1,500 square mile Juneau Icefield. This meandering river of compressed... Read More

Availability: May 1 - September 20, 2018 (dependent on glacier conditions)
Starting at: $238 / per person
Duration: 7.5-8 hours

This active outdoor Juneau day trip begins with a 4.5 mile moderate to challenging hike through the rainforest along Mendenhall Lake. The beginning of the Mendenhall Lake trail is well maintained, while the second half is off the beaten path and can include areas of mud, slippery bedrock, loose gravel and multiple short, steep up and downhill sections. Once you... Read More


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