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Juneau, Alaska owes much of its early history to successful gold mining operations in the region. The city was named after gold prospector Joe Juneau and is nestled in a spectacular setting between Mount Juneau and the Gastineau Channel. Juneau was established as the seat of Alaska's government dating back to 1906  Juneau's sightseeing highlights include the Mendenhall Glacier plus a wide variety of helicopter and fixed wing flightseeing tours over the Juneau Icefield - some of which land on glaciers for dog sledding. For wildlife enthusiasts, whale watching cruises are readily available. Enjoy the experience of the Sled Dog Musher Camp where you will enjoy a sled dog ride, and have a chance to visit with the dogs and puppies.

Juneau

Mendenhall Glacier by Helicopter & Guided Walk
Approximately 2 Hours • $300 per person
Glacier boots are provided. Fly over the Icefield at
Mendenhall Glacier. Explore the glacier's surface on
foot with expert guides. Learn how glaciers form, flow,
and carve out the rugged landscape.

Glacier Helicopter Explorer Pilot's Choice
Approximately 2 3/4 hours "Pilot's Choice" • $425 per person Including about 50 minutes helicopter flying time and two 30 minute landings. Your pilot will give you an eagle's eye view of high alpine lakes, "icefalls" hanging from sheer cliffs and some of the most remote peaks and glaciers in the Juneau Icefield. The itinerary is based on the current weather and glacier
conditions.

5-Glacier Seaplane Exploration
Majestic Alaskan Float Plane Tour!
Approximately 40 minutes • $299 per person
Childildren under 12 years $255 per person
Infants under the age of 2 years may travel at no cost as
lap babies.

Description: Includes five Glaciers flowing out of the massive Juneau Icefield. This Juneau float plane tour includes the most flightseeing time over the most amount of glaciers in Juneau!

The grandeur of Alaska's epic glaciers will thrill and delight you on Juneau's only 5 glacier flightseeing tour.  Seeing glaciers from the air is an Alaskan MUST DO, and doing so by authentic Alaskan bush plane is the quintessential Alaskan experience! Your seaplane exploration begins as your aircraft gently takes off from the historic downtown waterfront carrying you over Juneau's mining past.

En route you will soar over lush wilderness of the Tongass National Forest until your first glimpse of five distinctly different majestic glaciers making up the 1,500-square-mile Juneau Icefield. Glide over the deep crevasses and azure blue meltwater pools of the Norris, Hole-In-The-Wall, East and West Twin Glaciers, plus the famous five mile wide Taku Glacier. Of the 36 named glaciers comprising the Juneau Icefield the Taku Glacier is the only glacier that is actually advancing, not retreating - one of only a few in the world. Make sure to bring your camera to capture the magical memories this trip is sure to provide.
 
Note: All participants enjoy a window seat for enhanced viewing and a headset for continuous narration.


Dog Sledding on Mendenhall Glacier via Helicopter

Approx. 2 3/4 hours • $515 per person Operates until 9/7
20 to 25 minutes of actual sledding. Your pilot gives you a spectacular flightseeing tour to the dog sled camp on
Mendenhall Glacier where the professional mushers will
have you driving or relaxing in the sled as you take in the
awe-inspiring scenery. Don't miss this truly Alaskan experience.


Sled Dog Summer Camp
Approximately  2 1/4 hours: $136 per person
Climb on board the specially designed 6-8 passenger wheeled dog sled and be whisked back in time by your team of energetic Alaskan huskies.  Enjoy views of scenic Sheep Creek Valley, at the site of the historic AJ Gold Mine, where you will embark on an educational tour of Sheep Creek Dog camp.  You will be entertained with real stories from the trail and legends from the days of the Gold Rush.  Meet a real Iditarod musher, visit an exact replica of an Iditarod Race checkpoint, and tour a dog musher’s summer training camp.

Duration:  Approximately 1 hour is spent at camp, and the wheeled cart ride is over a mile long on dirt trails. (From the dock or your hotel, set aside 2¼ hours for your tour to allow for transportation to and from the camp.)

Mendenhall Glacier Float Trip
Approx. 3 1/2 hours • $146 per person
Hold on for a safe but exhilarating river-running experience! Put in at the lake at the foot of the spectacular Mendenhall Glacier, and be carried away by the river and views of towering mountains, forests and wildlife. There’s a lot of everything in this trip!

Begin with a scenic tour up the Mendenhall Valley. On the shores of Mendenhall Lake, don protective raingear and life jackets, and board your raft. Each holds up to twelve, and is rowed by an experienced guide. Or, if you’re looking for a hands-on experience, join a paddle-raft team.

Glide across the iceberg-studded lake, marveling at the1.5-mile-wide glacier, and set course downstream. The six-mile route combines meandering stretches with Class II and III whitewater. The rapids are perfectly safe, just exciting enough for beginners, and appropriate for all ages. A treat for experienced rafters, too! Encounter river features such as Moon Flats and Pin Ball Alley. Watch for the photographer on shore who snaps your picture, capturing the thrill of your adventure.

Where the river levels out, soak in the views of the riverbank, lush forests, and 7,000-foot mountains above the valley floor. Learn about the natural history of the river. Be on the lookout for bald eagles, black bears, otters and seals, and salmon during spawning season.

At the haul-out, celebrate with an Alaskan-style snack.  You can purchase a cup of  “Martha’s Mendenhall Madness” to toast your adventure or an action photo of yourself as a lasting memento of a trip you’ll never forget.

Round trip transfer from the dock or hotel to Mendenhall Lake; narration on glacial features and local history; snack and beverages consisting of reindeer sausage, cheese, crackers, salmon spread, water and hot apple cider; a souvenir "I Shot The Mendenhall" pin; raingear, life jackets, and rubber boots. Souvenir photos, T-shirts, hats, sweatshirts and jackets are available for purchase.

Suitable for all ages and no prior experience necessary, just good health and an adventurous spirit

Whale Watching
Approximately 3 1/2 Hours • $160 per person
Your adventure begins with a 20 minute ride to Auke Bay where you will have the opportunity to see Humpback and/or Orca whales, porpoises, sea lions, seals, bald eagles, and more. Once you board the boat, relax and let your experienced
captain and naturalist lead the way to whales and wildlife.

Whale Watching and Salmon Bake
5 Hours • $179 per person

DESCRIPTION: Board your comfortable vessel and set out on a search for humpback whales, Orcas, porpoises, sea lions, eagles and other wildlife. A naturalist will explain wildlife behavior and point out the sights. Venture out on deck for a close view and amazing photo opportunities.

At the Gold Creek Salmon Bake, in a beautiful setting nestled in the rain forest, you’ll arrive to the smell of wild Alaska salmon grilling over an open alder wood fire. The all-you-can-eat buffet also includes Cheechako Chicken, White Pass Pasta, Chilkoot Baked Beans, Tongass Wild-Rice Pilaf, and other sides, salads and beverages and blueberry cake for dessert!  After dinner, roast marshmallows over a crackling campfire, visit the gift shop, stroll to the beautiful Salmon Creek waterfall and have your picture taken with our resident Alaskan malemute, Mac.

INCLUDES: Whale watching cruise with onboard naturalist with light snack and beverages; wild Alaskan salmon and all-you-can eat buffet at the Gold Creek Salmon Bake; transfers to and from the dock or hotel.

Glacier View Sea Kayaking
3 1/2 Hours • $110 per person
Learn to handle a kayak from an expert, then put your new skills to use with an unforgettable seaborne adventure. Glide through the waters native-style, get up-close looks at wildlife and enjoy ever-changing views of the Mendenhall Glacier.

Start with a narrated tour through a historic part of Juneau on your way to North Douglas Island. Don protective raingear, boots and lifejackets, and learn the paddling techniques you'll need to handle your kayak. Then join a friend or new traveling companion in your two-person craft and you're off to explore!

Against a backdrop of forested slopes, nearby peaks and the spectacular Mendenhall, you're on course for an informative and memorable tour of Fritz Cove. In small groups of six kayaks, you're able to stealthily approach wildlife. Bald eagles and their nests, herons, shorebirds and waterfowl are all common sights. Porpoises and even humpback whales occasionally surface for air. If you're lucky, you might see a humpback's enormous tail fluke. You'll also visit the Mendenhall Wetlands, a protected habitat teeming with more than 140 species of birds, nearly a dozen different mammals and an abundance of marine life.

Along the way, your guide will satisfy your curiosity about local flora and fauna, and explain the history behind landmarks such as Smuggler's Cove.  But you'll get a sense for the experience that greeted the Aleut Indians as they traveled these waters two centuries ago.

Round trip transfer from dock or hotel; raingear and life jackets; snack consisting of reindeer sausage, cheese, crackers, salmon spread and water. Complimentary souvenir button.  T-shirts and hats are available for purchase at the conclusion of the tour.

No prior experience necessary, just good health and an adventurous spirit.

Sled Dog Discovery and Musher Camp
Approximately 2 3/4 hours $136 per person
When you visit our Musher's Camp, you will not only
experience a true Alaskan adventure, you will also be supporting the state sport. When you take that thrilling sled ride, you will also be participating in the summer training of a professional team of sled dogs. Enjoy time cuddling with our Husky puppies.

Rain Forest Zipline
Approximately 3/1/4 hours $188 per person
Enter the Fly-Zone! This eco-adventure combines the thrill of gliding above the treetops in a rich rainforest on over 6,000 feet of dual ziplines, suspension bridges, and a ground-based trail network. Plus a channel crossing aboard an expedition craft, mountain ascent on an off-road vehicle, and aerial
exploration of hidden relics of a world famous gold mine.

Taku Lodge Feast & 5-Glacier Seaplane Discovery
Enjoy the Splendor of Alaska
Taku Glacier Lodge Flight & Feast Tour

Approximately 3 hours Adult, $329 per person
Child (under 12 yrs) $280
per person
Infants under the age of 2 years may travel at no
cost as lap babies.

Description: Includes 35 minutes of Glacier Flightseeing in route to the Taku Lodge, 2 full hours on the Taku Lodge grounds, and a 15-minute return flight past the glaciers to the downtown Juneau waterfront.

Seaplane only access to Alaska's famous Taku Glacier Lodge combines classic powerful aircraft, true wilderness, 5-massive glaciers, bears, vivid history with dog sledding roots, seafood and exclusive glacier view dining!
 
You're in for the journey of a lifetime. Fly in a classic deHavilland seaplane over 5 breathtaking glaciers flowing from the Juneau Icefield, deep blue crevasses, snow-capped mountains, and the lush Tongass National Forest. Seeing glaciers from the air is an Alaskan MUST DO, and doing so by authentic Alaskan bush plane is the quintessential Alaskan experience! The Taku River will be your "runway" as you land at the elegantly rustic historic Taku Lodge, built in 1923 and located across the river from the 5 mile wide Taku Glacier, Juneau's largest glacier and one of only a few advancing glaciers in the world.

Savor a feast of Fresh Wild Alaska King Salmon grilled to perfection, a chicken alternative, Taku baked beans, coleslaw, pioneer fruit compote, fresh herb biscuits and sourdough bread, all made from scratch. Drinks are chilled and served with actual glacier ice and special-recipe ginger cookies complete the meal.  The scrumptious aroma of the alderwood grill attracts not only visitors daily, but also wild black bears.

Take a guided interpretative nature walk, stroll the trails or soak in the serenity of a place barely touched by time before your return flight to Juneau.   You can do it all with this exclusive combination tour of Alaska's premier attractions!
 
Note: All participants enjoy a window seat for enhanced viewing and a headset for continuous narration.

Mendenhall Lake Canoe Adventure
3 1/2 Hours $183 per person

Be among the select few, under a limited U.S. Forest Service permit, to travel by canoe for an unprecedented experience near the face of the majestic Mendenhall Glacier.

Paddle across Mendenhall Lake, navigating past icebergs, surrounded by one of the richest samplings of Alaskan wildlife you'll find anywhere. Birds including arctic terns nest in the towering cliffs, and eagles, goats, salmon and bears are all common sights. Then, venture within a safe distance of the massive, awe-inspiring face of the living Mendenhall Glacier. Grab a thrill ride by skirting the base of beautiful and powerful Nugget Falls. Then refuel with a snack of Alaskan-style fare for the return.

You'll make your trip in a traditional Tlingit-style canoe, an exceptionally stable 28-foot watercraft, with all modern safety gear supplied. Because of the close approach to the glacier face, the Forest Service tightly controls the number of participants. Be one of the lucky few to experience this one-of-a-kind adventure.

Round-trip transportation from dock or hotel, quality raingear, overboots and life jackets. Snack includes hot beverage (on cold days) and water plus reindeer sausage, salmon spread and crackers. 

Moderate to good physical condition is necessary for participation
in this excursion.  Children must weigh at least 40 pounds in order
to fit into required life jackets. 

Prices shown are effective as of August 15, 2012.
Prices are subject to change. All tours purchased prior to any price increase will be honored at the confirmation price.

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