Juneau Excursions and Tours: Gastineau Guiding Company
Town, Tram & Timberline Trek
Enjoy four tours in one! This fully guided trip gives you the best of Juneau`s history with an exclusive downtown tour, a ride on an aerial tram with dramatic views, a walk in the timberline wilderness atop Mount Roberts, and some time sampling products made from the rainforest in the Alpine Tea House – Juneau’s peak attraction.
Explore downtown Juneau & Mt. Roberts Tramway
Board the shuttle with your interpretive guide and set off through the historic district. You’ll pass by the Capitol Building and the Governor’s Mansion while listening to tales of Juneau past and present. Stop by Whale Park and visit “Taku,” the famous and life size breaching whale statue in downtown Juneau. Next, board a modern gondola for a smooth ride to an altitude of 1800` above the city. Spectacular vistas appear as you soar over the tall spruce trees and jagged rock outcroppings.
Guided Alpine Trek & Tea House
Next it’s out to the trail with your naturalist-guide, where you will experience the quiet solitude of the temperate rain forest, the lushness of alpine meadows, and the splendor of mountain cirques. At any time during the hike, you may glimpse a wandering black bear, a bald eagle, or a whistling marmot. Frequent stops will provide time for interpretation about the medicinal and edible uses of the forest’s flora. These activities culminate with a short interpretive presentation within the Alpine Tea House. Here you will sample Alaskan made herbal teas, fireweed honey and other interesting products derived from the bounty of the Alaskan rainforest.
Nature Center & Mountain Attractions
Finish the tour with your guide at the Nature Center as you finish your cup of tea perusing interpretive displays and unique outdoor gifts. You may choose to extend your stay on the mountain and view the complimentary Native cultural film `Seeing Daylight`, venture to the Raptor Center for a closer look at a live bald eagle, or check out the various mountaintop shops. Your tram ticket is valid for unlimited rides all day. Best of all, the Tram is conveniently located in the heart of the Juneau shopping district making for an easy transition from wilderness adventure to retail therapy.
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Tour Time:2.5 hours
Trail Time:.75 hours
Elevation:less than 150′ – trail includes multiple steps
Includes:All-day tram pass, tasty samples & hot tea
This excursion begins with a city bus tour departing from your dock. Participants must be in good physical condition and able to walk easily over uneven terrain. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended. You will be walking 3/4 of an hour, covering approximately ½ mile, with an elevation gain of about 50 feet. If necessary, rain ponchos and walking sticks are also included. This tour may use an alternate trail early season, due to snow levels on the mountain. The tour concludes atop Mt Roberts. This tour operates in all weather conditions.
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.
Hike the trail, relax at the rail of the Alpine Tea House
Concludes atop the mountain at the Mt. Roberts Nature Center
This is my favorite tour. In just a short time, the whole group is lifted effortlessly (by tram) to nearly timberline on Mount Roberts. For most of our season up there on the mountain, flowers are blooming, birds are nesting and singing, and there is a fair chance of seeing an interesting mammal, such as a porcupine or a marmot. There are items of cultural interest on the trail, and many beautiful views, whether up-close or far off. – Linda Nicklin
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.