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Shore Excursion that are part of our program at the port of call in Ketchikan Juneau, and Skagway.
These tours will be operated buy Holland America.
     
JUNEAU SHORE EXCURSIONS
   
Discover Alaska's Whales
What great a way to put into practice your personal travel ethos and leave beautiful, memorable Alaska even better than you found it on this Cruise with Purpose adventure! This small-group outing (maximum 20 privileged guests) will travel aboard a fully-permitted research vessel for a closer look into the habitat of humpback whales. The boat has a heated cabin, a low-to-the-water build, large opening panel windows, and an open bow and stern—features specifically designed to meet the challenges of observing wildlife here in Alaska. As you head out from the quaint harbor at Auke Bay, your guide will share the current understanding of humpback whale research and what is known about activities and feeding patterns here in Alaska. Whale sightings are guaranteed, and you're also likely to see seals, porpoise, sea lions and other marine animals, all while doing some significant good as you contribute to a whale research program. You'll explore the foundation of the food chain by drawing plankton samples, taking a look at live sea animals in a touch tank and using a GPS camera to identify whale species while recording their various behaviors. The vessel is equipped with a hydrophone so you can listen to the underwater sounds of whales if the situation allows. You will also have the satisfaction of being a marine scientist for a day and knowing your efforts have made a contribution to understanding the delicate marine environs of Southeast Alaska and the whales' interaction with their habitat.

Notes:
All activities on this tour are operated by permit and regulation through the ADFG and NOAA in support of the University of Alaska and the Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program. You will receive a $100 cash refund from the tour operator at the conclusion of the tour if a whale is not sighted on the trip. The small group size of this tour ensures a personal and interactive atmosphere making the most of this authentic Alaska experience. Participants should be of age and ability to walk up to 200 yards, including down a sloped ramp to the boat harbor, and back. Dress warmly in layers—it can be cooler on the water. Binoculars are available for your use. Bottled water and a snack pack are provided. Tour operates in all weather conditions. Participants are eligible to enter to win cash prizes in the tour operator's Capture Juneau Photo Contest.


Dog Sledding Adventure by Helicopter
This truly Alaskan adventure offers the rare opportunity to mush your own dog sled team across a snow-covered glacier. Learn the tricks of the trade from seasoned veterans of the legendary Alaskan Iditarod Sled Dog Race. Master the all-important commands of Hike!, Gee! and Haw! Experience the unique thrill of zipping across a pristine glacier with a team of friendly huskies while enjoying the fresh mountain air and scenic vistas. This exclusive dog sled camp is located on the picturesque middle branch of the Norris Glacier. On your way there, you will be amazed by a beautiful heli-flightseeing trip over the vast Juneau Icefield. Keep an eye out for the largest glacier on the Icefield—the advancing Taku Glacier. View spectacular icefalls, rock formations, and untamed wilderness. Accessible only by air, this region is filled with lush forests, glassy alpine lakes, jagged mountain peaks, and awe-inspiring glaciers. Enjoy approximately 30 to 35 minutes of helicopter time and one hour at the dog base.

Notes:
A veteran dog sled musher will lead you on your sled adventure. Overboots provided for glacier landings. Minimum age is 2 years. All guests are required to weigh-in at the heliport. Guests weighing 250 lbs or more will pay an additional surcharge over the published fare. No bags are allowed due to security considerations. The tour operator will endeavor to be discreet during this process but please be aware that individual circumstances may not allow for complete privacy. Not suitable for wheelchairs. Tour operates subject to meeting a minimum number of participants.
 



Dog Sledding on the Mendenhall Glacier by Helicopter
When you visit Southeast Alaska and combine the thrill of a glacier helicopter tour with the oldest operating dog sled tour company, you end up with an unforgettable experience. You'll hear a safety briefing and be outfitted with glacier boots; then fly over lush rain forest, deep blue crevasses and glacier-carved peaks as your pilot gives you a spectacular flightseeing tour to the dogsled camp on Mendenhall Glacier. Here, the professional mushers will have you help drive the team or relax in the sled as you take in the awe-inspiring scenery. You will have time to talk with the mushers or take pictures with the dogs before your helicopter takes you back to base and civilization. Don't miss out on this truly Alaskan experience.

Notes:
Tablets and iPads are not allowed on the flights to ensure a full field of vision for pilots and guests alike. Wear warm clothing and sunglasses. Glacier boots are provided. Guests weighing 250 lbs or more will pay an additional surcharge over the published fare. Time spent on the glacier is approximate and may vary due to weather and glacial conditions. All times are approximate. For security purposes, no bags are allowed on the flight. A secure location will be provided at the heliport for storing personal items. Not suitable for wheelchairs.
 



Evening Whale Watching Quest
Enjoy a magical evening cruise that features great food, a relaxing ambience and guaranteed whale viewing. Following a short motor coach ride to scenic Auke Bay, you'll board a deluxe catamaran specially designed for wildlife viewing. Relax in the warm, spacious main cabin as you set out to explore Stephens Passage, a pristine marine wilderness surrounded by snow-capped peaks and glaciers. This area is world-renowned as a favored summer feeding ground for humpback whales. As whales are sighted, your skilled captain will gently maneuver the vessel to allow exceptional viewing opportunities. You'll be amazed by the gracefulness of these ocean giants as they slowly arc their massive tail flukes into the air. The whales are often close enough to hear them breathe. If conditions allow, an underwater hydrophone will be deployed so that you can experience their incredible "singing." An on-board naturalist will explain the behavior and habitat of the humpback whale, and other wildlife you may encounter, including killer whales, sea lions, porpoise, harbor seals and bald eagles. Throughout the voyage you'll be treated to a delicious variety of appetizers including a baron of beef, reindeer sausage, smoked salmon, cheese and vegetable trays, hot shrimp dip, dessert bars and pastries. Tea, coffee and cocoa will be served. Beer, wine and sodas are available at an additional charge.

Notes:

Bring a warm jacket to wear on the topside observation deck. The operators of this tour guarantee that a whale will be sighted on this excursion. If not, you will receive a $100 cash refund from the tour operator at the conclusion of the tour. In the past ten years, whales have been sighted on every tour. This tour is only available on ships staying in Juneau for the evening. The vessel is restroom-equipped.
 


Five Glacier Seaplane Exploration
The grandeur of Alaska's epic glaciers will thrill and delight you on Juneau's only five-glacier flightseeing tour. Seeing glaciers from the air is an Alaskan must-do, and doing so by authentic Alaskan seaplane is the quintessential Alaskan experience. One of the most important modes of transportation in Alaska is the seaplane (also known as a floatplane), allowing you to escape into the true Alaskan wilderness within minutes of leaving the ship. Your seaplane exploration begins as your aircraft gently takes off from the historic downtown Juneau waterfront, carrying you over the remnants of Juneau's mining past. You will soar over lush wilderness of the Tongass National Forest to catch your first glimpse of five distinctly different, absolutely majestic glaciers making up a section of the 1,500-square-mile Juneau Ice Field. 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 Ice Field, the Taku Glacier is the only glacier that is actually advancing—not retreating—and indeed is one of only a few advancing glaciers in the world.

Notes:
All participants enjoy a window seat for enhanced viewing and a headset for continuous narration.
 




Fly-Out Fly Fishing Adventure
Untouched Alaskan wilderness awaits you on this premier fly-fishing quest. Combine the highlights of Southeast Alaska with a ride in a classic floatplane, world-renowned fishing in remote waters, experienced local guides and abundant wildlife in a pristine wilderness setting. This foremost guiding service caters to the first-timer with hands-on instruction. The experienced fly caster will enjoy the challenge of Alaskan fishing and the guide interaction. All fishing is done on a catch-and-release basis. Depending on the season and availability, fishing species may include cutthroat trout, Dolly Varden and various salmon species. All first-class gear and equipment is provided, and an Alaskan smoked salmon snack and beverages are included. The only way to experience Alaskan fishing at its finest is to experience the heart of the Alaskan wilderness—something road access simply doesn't allow. Your guide will choose the stream or river fishing location based on current fishing reports, weather and scenic/ wildlife variables. Whether you are a seasoned fly fisherman or a discriminating traveler looking for the true wilderness experience, this is a once-in-a-lifetime adventure.

Notes:
Fishing is catch-and-release only. Alaska State law requires a valid 1-day fishing license, which may be purchased for US$20 cash from your guide. To fit the chest waders, the maximum shoe size is 15 and the minimum shoe size is 4. Minimum age is 8 years.
 

 

 

Glacier Landing Adventure by Helicopter
Soar over the massive Juneau Icefield on this signature tour—the Glacier Adventure by Helicopter. Visit a landscape that seems to be from another world. Experience the spectacular icefalls and rock formations of the Juneau Icefield from the air and on foot. Accessible only by air, the region you'll fly to is filled with lush forests, glassy alpine lakes, jagged mountain peaks, and awe-inspiring glaciers. On this unforgettable journey you may find Alaska's magnificent glaciers in differing stages: advancing, retreating, cascading, or a one-of-a-kind floating glacier. You'll be amazed by the largest glacier on the Juneau Icefield—the advancing Taku Glacier. After the flightseeing, your pilot will gently set you down on one of these ancient "rivers of ice." Under your pilot's expert guidance you will have the chance to walk on an Alaskan glacier, explore the ancient landscape, and experience the otherworldly blue of glacial ice. Enjoy approximately 30 to 35 minutes of helicopter time and 20 minutes of exploration on the glacier.

Notes:
Overboots are provided for glacier landings. Minimum age is 2 years. Every guest and his/her carry-on items on helicopter tours will be weighed during the check-in process. Guests weighing 250 lbs or more will pay an additional surcharge over the published fare. The tour operator will endeavor to be discreet during this process but please be aware that individual circumstances may not allow for complete privacy.
 

 


Glacier View Sea Kayaking
Transfer by bus to north Douglas Island with scenic views of Mendenhall Glacier and Auke Bay en route. Upon arrival you'll be outfitted with a life jacket and rain gear before beginning your kayak adventure. An experienced guide will teach you about paddling techniques; then you'll board a two-person kayak with a new friend or with your traveling companion. Your stable yet nimble kayak will allow you to silently approach any wildlife in the area and give you a sense of how the Aleut Natives traveled the coastal waterways of Alaska in search of otter pelts for the Russian fur trading companies. You will be led in a group of five to six kayaks to places such as the Mendenhall Wetlands where you may have the opportunity to view the Mendenhall Glacier from an ocean explorer's point of view. Your guide will explain the significance of Smugglers Cove, the history of the surrounding area, and help identify local flora and fauna. You may see porpoise, seals, sea lions, eagles, herons, or even whales. Paddle for 1½ to 2 hours; then enjoy a beverage and snack before transferring back to town.

Notes:
Minimum weight is 40 lbs; maximum weight is 250 lbs. Guests taller than 6'3" will not be able to steer with foot pedals and must sit in front.
 

 


Helicopter Flightseeing & Glacier Walkabout
No experience is necessary for this non-strenuous, one-hour interpretive glacier walk. Your guide provides detailed explanations of the glacier environment, the surrounding area, and teaches proper use of the mountaineering equipment provided. There is plenty of time for photo opportunities. The amount of walking is moderate, over relatively flat to rolling terrain. Your pilot will choose the glacier-landing site.

Notes:
Dress in warm layers; wear sunglasses. Rain- and windproof outerwear, boots, and gloves are provided. Minimum age is 8 years. Not suitable for wheelchairs. Guests weighing 250 lbs or more will pay an additional surcharge over the published fare. Every guest and his/her carry-on items on helicopter tours may be weighed during the check-in process. The tour operator will endeavor to be discreet during this process but please be aware that individual circumstances may not allow for complete privacy.
 

 


Mendenhall Glacier By Helicopter & Guided Walk
Travel back to the Ice Age on this excursion that was featured on Good Morning America as Juneau's top-rated excursion. Board a modern, turbine-powered helicopter to enjoy breathtaking vistas of thriving rain forests, alpine ridges, and mountain peaks. Your destination is the world-famous Mendenhall Glacier. The flight path takes you over the glacier itself, giving you an eagle's-eye view of its icy spires, deep blue crevasses and meltwater pools. Descending towards the landing site, you may fly past the Mendenhall Towers—rock sentinels that soar to more than 7,000 feet. A gentle landing brings you to your close encounter with the ice itself. You'll explore the glacier's surface with an experienced, knowledgeable guide—a wonderful opportunity to take once-in-a-lifetime photos. Bring your binoculars—you never know when you'll have a chance to see some of Alaska's famous wildlife.

Notes:
Tablets and iPads are not allowed on the flights to ensure a full field of vision for pilots and guests alike. Wear sunglasses. Glacier boots are provided. Guests weighing 250 lbs or more will pay an additional surcharge over the published fare. For security purposes, no bags are allowed on the flight. A secure location will be provided at the heliport for storing personal items. Infants up to and including the day prior to their second birthday can be considered a lap child and should be added to the parent's weight they will be sitting on and are at no cost. On or after his/her 2nd birthday, the child is required by FAA to have his/her own seat and will be charged accordingly.
 

 


Mendenhall Lake Native Canoe Adventure
Be among the select few to travel by canoe under a limited U.S. Forest Service permit for an amazing encounter with the majestic Mendenhall Glacier. You'll paddle across Mendenhall Lake, navigating past icebergs, surrounded by one of the richest samplings of Alaskan wildlife you'll find anywhere. Watch for birds including bald eagles and Arctic terns nesting in the towering cliffs. Keep an eye out for goats, salmon and bears. 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. Refuel with a snack of Alaskan-style fare for the return trip. 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—you'll be one of the lucky few to experience this one-of-a-kind adventure.

Notes:
Dress warmly and bring extra socks. Minimum weight is 40 lbs. Waterproof rain gear is provided.
 

 

Mendenhall River Float Trip
Hold on for an exhilarating but gentle river-running experience. You'll begin with a scenic tour up the Mendenhall Valley to the shores of Mendenhall Lake, where you'll don protective rain gear and a life jacket and board your raft. Each raft 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. Put in at the lake in view of the spectacular Mendenhall Glacier, and you'll be carried away by the river and views of towering mountains, forests and wildlife. Glide across the iceberg-studded Mendenhall Lake, marveling at the 150-foot-high, 1½-mile-wide face of the glacier and set your course downstream. The six-mile route combines meandering stretches with Class II and III whitewater. The rapids are exciting enough for beginners, appropriate for all ages, and a treat for experienced rafters, too. You'll encounter river features such as Iatola Hola, Tourist Trap, 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. You're likely to see bald eagles, birds nesting on the rocky cliffs, black bears, otters, seals, and salmon during spawning season. At the haul-out, celebrate with a shoreline snack and toast your adventure with a cup of Martha's Mendenhall Madness. You can also purchase an action photo of yourself as a lasting memento of your trip.

Notes:
Wildlife sightings are likely but are not guaranteed. Minimum weight is 40 lbs; maximum weight is 350 lbs.
 

 

Pilot's Choice Glacier Explorer by Helicopter (with Two Landings)
Marvel at vistas seen by few—high alpine lakes, "icefalls" hanging from sheer cliffs, and some of the most remote peaks and glaciers on the Juneau Icefield. Your pilot will create the best possible flightseeing based on the weather and glacier conditions. You'll land in two different locations, where you will continue the tour on foot. During these two landings, you will learn about the environmental and geological processes at work, creating moraines, crevasses, seracs, and the amazing glaciers themselves.

Notes:
Tablets and iPads are not allowed on the flights to ensure a full field of vision for pilots and guests alike. Space is very limited so please book quickly. Glacier boots are provided. Guests weighing 250 lbs or more will pay an additional surcharge over the published fare. Time spent on the glacier is approximate and may vary due to weather and glacial conditions. Guests must be able to get into and out of the helicopter and walk approximately 30 yards from the building to the helicopters. Employees can give a helping hand into and out of the helicopters but are not allowed to lift or carry a guest. Guests can remain on board the helicopter during the landings if they wish. Canes, crutches, walkers, etc., cannot be taken on the flight. Infants up to and including the day prior to their second birthday can be considered a lap child and should be added to the parent's weight they will be sitting on and are at no cost. On or after his/her 2nd birthday, the child is required by FAA to have his/her own seat and will be charged accordingly.
 

 

Sled Dog Discovery & Musher's Camp
Visit a musher's camp to experience a true Alaskan adventure and support the state sport of dog mushing. Your journey will begin with a scenic drive deep into the Tongass National Rain Forest on Douglas Island. At the camp, you will be greeted by a musher and a team of Alaskan huskies who seem like they're about to burst with excitement because they know that once you board the custom-designed wheeled summertime training sled, they get to run. Feel the thrill of being pulled by these strong huskies, and soak in the inspiring beauty as you race down a one-mile trail surrounded by giant spruce and hemlock trees. After your ride, meet up with a knowledgeable dog handler and a retired sled dog. Together they will demonstrate the impeccable care sled dogs receive from their mushers and veterinarians. Walk across the suspension bridge overlooking Fish Creek and step into Alaska's wilderness. Enjoy an interactive presentation about the adventurous races and the equipment required for dog sledding. Last, but certainly not least, meet the adorable husky puppies. The attention you give them is important because it helps to socialize them, and this is essential to their future athletic success. You will have a blast when you experience an authentic dog sled ride, meet and learn from knowledgeable mushers and dog handlers, and play with the husky puppies.

Notes:
The sled ride takes place on dry ground; not on snow.
 

 

Taku Glacier Lodge, Feast & Five Glacier
Seaplane Discovery

You're in for the journey of a lifetime—seaplane-only access to Alaska's famous Taku Glacier Lodge; a ride on a classic, powerful aircraft; a true wilderness setting; five massive glaciers; bears; a perspective on Alaska's vivid history with dog sledding roots; a seafood feast; and exclusive glacier-view dining. Fly in a classic de Havilland seaplane (floatplane) over five breathtaking glaciers flowing from the Juneau Ice Field, 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 and historic Taku Lodge, built in 1923 and located across the river from the five-mile wide Taku Glacier. This is Juneau's largest glacier and one of only a few advancing glaciers in the world. Savor a feast of fresh, wild Alaska salmon grilled to perfection (chicken alternative available), Taku baked beans, coleslaw, pioneer fruit compote, fresh herb biscuits and sourdough bread, all made from scratch. Drinks are chilled and served with authentic glacier ice and special-recipe ginger cookies to complete the meal. The scrumptious aroma of the alderwood grill attracts not only human visitors, 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 the Juneau area's premier attractions.

Notes:
All participants enjoy a window seat for enhanced viewing and a headset for continuous narration. Wildlife sightings are likely but are not guaranteed.
 

 

Whale Watching & Wildlife Quest
This sightseeing cruise features guaranteed whale watching. Following a short motor coach ride to scenic Auke Bay, you'll board a waterjet-powered catamaran specially designed for wildlife viewing. Relax in the warm, comfortable cabin surrounded by large windows as you ply the island-studded waters of Stephens Passage. This area is world-renowned as a favored summer feeding ground for humpback whales. Once whales have been sighted, your captain will gently maneuver the vessel to allow exceptional viewing and photo opportunities as these graceful ocean giants slowly arc their massive tail flukes into the air. The whales are often close enough to hear them breathe. An on-board naturalist will explain the behavior and habitat of the humpback whale and other wildlife you may encounter, including killer whales, Steller sea lions, Dall's porpoise, harbor seals, bald eagles and Sitka black-tail deer.

Notes:
Bring a warm jacket to wear on the topside observation deck. The operators of this tour guarantee that a whale will be sighted on this excursion. If not, you will receive a $100 cash refund from the tour operator at the conclusion of the tour. In the past ten years, whales have been sighted on every tour. The vessel is restroom-equipped. Binoculars and souvenir route maps are provided along with snacks and beverages.
 

 

 

View the Holland America web site ( www.hollandamerica.com ) for more details and booking instructions