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“Rainforest, Medenhall Glacier and whales excursion: AWESOME”
Review of Gastineau Guiding

Gastineau Guiding
Ranked #1 of 86 Tours in Juneau
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Gastineau Guiding has been offering small-group fully-guided whale watching and hiking experiences to Juneau travelers for over 20 years. Step into Alaska with a passionate and professional Certified Interpretive Guide. Our guiding mission is to provide each guest with a sense of wonder about this special place we call home. Our modern fleet of custom built safari vessels provides the best vantage for viewing and photographing marine wildlife - whale sightings are guaranteed! Join us on a specialty trip by land & sea tailored to your interests: Juneau's original - Whale Watching & Mendenhall Glacier Photo Safari; Tour of the Year - Alaska's Whales, Glaciers & Rainforest Trails; The science behind the scenery - Discover Alaska's Whales (Science Adventure). Guided rainforest hikes with glacier views and alpine treks for active visitors are also available. Custom Group Tours and Charters are also available for those traveling to Juneau independent of a cruise line.
Reviewed 28 June 2018

We did this excursion on 21st June 2018 booked as an excursion on the Celebrity Infinity cruise ship. What an incredible experience. Scott our guide was very engaging and very knoweldgeable and shared lots of interesting information about the rainforest and the Medenhall glacier which is beautiful. He shared lots of information about the flora and fauna and the eco system of the forest. We saw a Beavers Lodge and then we literally came face to face with a black bear which was standing within 10 feet of us. It was amazing. We then went whale watching. Scott and the boat captain Bruck were very enthusiastic and proactive about seeing the whales and maximised our opportunity to see an active whale. As a result we saw two breaching whales and numerous fins, tails and spouts. It was fantastic. Scott also shared lots of information about life in Juneau and Alaska in general. We also saw many bald eagles. The trip was worth every penny and more. I would highly recommend this excursion and Gastineau when in Juneau.

Thank judy062
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Reviewed 28 June 2018

My daughter and I got off the Disney Cruise and went on the Mendenhall Glacier Hike. It was so amazing. Our guide, Kait, was wonderful. So many beautiful places along the trail. You do not get to go on the glacier it is not that close. But you can see it from the hiking trails. We had a great time and our guide Kait was so kind and explained all what we were seeing and what not to touch. She had time at the end and we were able to go on a walk near the nature center and saw a bear eating in the tree.

Thank rahonpurchases
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Reviewed 28 June 2018

There were whales popping up all over the place. We even saw one blast out face first! The gal who did the talking was CHELSEA and I cannot tell you enough how fun she made the trip! Captain Logan was amazing as he was able to spot whales. What a great experience. And also awesome... was seeing from the boat... TWO GLACIERS flowing into the water! I was watching for whales and put my camera down so did not get any photos of the whales who flipped their tails.

Thank bfrancisdesign
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Reviewed 28 June 2018 via mobile

My sister's and I went to visit my niece who is working in Juneau this summer. We scheduled a seaplane flight, and whale tour. Emma was an outstanding whale guide. Extremely knowledgeable with an Environmental studies background and an incredible passion for whales. She was so fun to have as a guide! This tour company is well organized, has friendly knowledgeable staff, and can't be beat!

Thank Diane M
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Reviewed 28 June 2018

We hade Rachel & Capt. Dan for our trip. They both did an excellent job finding the whales and explaining about them. What impressed me was that both of them were just enthused about finding & photographing the whales as we were. They took extra time to make sure we saw as many whales as possible. We also pulled up a trap that had a crab in it & we needed to identify which one it was.

Thank Fritz B
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