Juneau Excursions and Tours: Gastineau Guiding Company
Alaska’s Whales, Glaciers & Rainforest Trails
Step into Alaska with a naturalist photography guide. You will capture Juneau`s top sites and abundant marine wildlife on the same excursion! Your naturalist photography guide will lead you to local photo hot spots while sharing tips and techniques to help enhance your images. Some of the touches that set this tour apart include: A small group size limited to 14, an informative and entertaining media show, a naturalist photo guide that travels with you throughout the tour, and our unique customized safari vessels that offer the best vantage on the water.
By Land: Guided Trail Walk & Photo Shoot
You’ll enjoy a professional instructional slide show in the vehicle en route to the Mendenhall Glacier. Your photo guide works to inspire and educate while leading you to explore the Trail of Time capturing the natural history of the glacier. Walk an easy permitted trail through the shelter of the forest to photograph the signs of glaciation. Our aim is to step away from the crowds and capture the area`s hidden places before stopping to shoot the glacier itself. The itinerary is personalized and kept flexible in order to allow for those unexpected events that often become the highlights of an Alaskan vacation.
By Sea: Photograph Whales & Marine Wildlife
Next you will board our safari vessel for an unforgettable journey as you learn about life and living in the waterways of Stephens Passage. These boats are designed to get you up close and personal with the environment. The sheltered cabin has large panel windows that open from within to give you unrestricted views while keeping you dry on a rainy day. Padded arm rests fold over the sills to provide a steady platform for photographing marine life and shoreline activity. These are the only crafts of their kind in Southeast Alaska, custom built specifically for marine wildlife photography; there is simply no better vantage available.
On this tour the star of the show is different every day: Wildflowers in bloom, soaring eagles, spawning salmon, light on a foggy glacier, migratory birds, bubble feeding humpback whales, curious sea lions, sleek killer whales, and even lumbering black bears are possibilities. Your guide will provide photo coaching while helping you take full advantage of the opportunities each day presents. Come and learn about Juneau’s natural wonders and colorful history as you strive to capture that decisive moment in the medium worth a thousand words. Each participant also receives access to a complimentary photo tutorial, “Tips and Pics from Juneau’s Photo Guides”.
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Tour Time:5 hours
Sea Time:2.25 hours
Trail Time:Approximately 1.25 hours
Elevation:Less than 50′
Includes:Bottled water, granola snack and all transportation
WHALE SIGHTINGS ARE GUARANTEED OR EACH GUEST WILL RECEIVE $100 CASH BACK AT THE END OF THE TOUR
Like a good story, this tour is fully-guided from start to finish. Group size is limited to 20, with a 1:10 guide to guest ratio, ensuring a comfortable and interactive atmosphere. Dress warmly and in layers, and wear comfortable yet sturdy walking shoes. Rain ponchos and walking sticks are available for use on the trail. Binoculars, maps and a marine head are available on the vessel. This tour operates in all weather conditions and may run in reverse order. Each guest receives a free color publication titles “Remembering Juneau by Land and Sea,” as a memento of this special trip.
Reserving shore excursions online is the fastest, most convenient way for you to confirm your tours. Your cruise line will handle the request and in most cases have your tickets waiting in your stateroom when you arrive. If the cruise ship delays or if there is inclement weather, then the shore excursion department will take steps to inform you of any time changes or cancellations. And if your tour runs late, the ship will remain in port or they'll arrange transportation to the next port of call at no expense to you.
As chosen by Juneau cruise line passengers. Highlights:
Guaranteed whale watching
Rainforest trail hike
Mendenhall Glacier views
Custom safari vessels
This is truly a unique small-group wilderness experience. There’s a great variety of habitats and lots of opportunities to stop and look at the small things that are often overlooked when cruising along on a larger scale tour. – Jessica Smith
Gastineau Guiding supports responsible viewing practices adhering to the Alaska Humpback Whale Approach Regulations and does not intentionally approach whales within 100 yards. Our tours are operated under special use permit in the Tongass National Forest. We are an equal opportunity service provider. Persons with disabilities should inquire at least 48 hours in advance about the specific risks and challenges associated with this tour.