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Gastineau Guiding Company - Juneau's Premier Guiding Company

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Address: 1330 Eastaugh Way, Suite 2, Juneau, AK 99801
Phone Number: +1 907-586-8231
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Description: Gastineau Guiding has been offering small-group fully-guided wilderness...
Gastineau Guiding has been offering small-group fully-guided wilderness 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.
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Whale Watching and Mendenhall Glacier Photo Safari We took this tour during a cruise stop in Juneau. It comprised two parts, firstly a walk through a forest area to an... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 1, 2015
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Zurich, Switzerland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Whale Watching and Mendenhall Glacier Photo Safari We took this tour during a cruise stop in Juneau. It comprised two parts, firstly a walk through a forest area to an observation point for the glacier and secondly a boat trip for whale watching. We had a professional photographer, Brian, as our tour guide. The trip was superbly organised and conducted,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

We had the opportunity to take the whale watching tour and nature walk with our guide Trevor from our cruise ship. First of all Trevor was an amazing guide. Make sure you ask for him when signing up for this tour. We had a late in the day tour and started with the whale watching adventure. Trevor gave us an... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

We met our guide, the very entertaining Courtney, and were driven by bus to the rainforest trail. There were about 17 people on the tour. We divided into two groups for the walk. Courtney was very knowledgeable and pointed out various trees, flowers, fungi etc. We arrived at a beach, with views across a lake to the Mendenhall Glacier and... More 

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Malden, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

The overall rating on this from other guests made us think this was going to be an absolutely amazing tour. It was a good tour and I'd recommend it, but I wouldn't say that it was amazing. For ~$200pp, you only got ~1.5 hours on the water, ~50%+ of that was spent taxing from the dock to the Whale viewing... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW via mobile

My favorite excursion from last week's Regent Cruise in Alaska was the Gastineau Guiding Glacier Hike with Neal Callahan. Being local to the area, Neal has tremendous intrinsic knowledge of the local nature & culture & communicates wonderfully, teaches a great deal, loves what he does & where he lives, adjusts the hike for the actual participants, is constantly on... More 

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North Augusta, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

Our first excursion in Alaska was absolutely perfect! We had unusually good weather, and so the hike to the Mendenhall Glacier was as gorgeous and picturesque as it could be. Scott, our guide, took every opportunity to teach us about our surroundings, including edible berries and natural history of various formations. He was full of great stories, too! Highly recommend... More 

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Winnipeg, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

The Hike: Ingredients: Take a 4-6 hour hike on a prepared mountain trail in Juneau, Alaska. Add several enthusiastic people who re interested in botany, history, wildlife and the exercise. Stir gently with a professional guide who has expertise in the above areas as well as other areas of knowledge and people skills and you get Phil Gutleben. of Gastineau... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

I called Gastineau company direct to book but was told I had to book with the cruise ship. The very nice lady on the phone assured me they had "plenty" of room for us. I booked with the cruise activities person who sold me the tour stating they had room and to be back in 2 hours. Arrived back to... More 

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gguiding, Manager at Gastineau Guiding Company - Juneau's Premier Guiding Company, responded to this review

Greetings from Juneau, I am sorry to hear you were not able to join us while here in Juneau. Let me take this opportunity to explain our sales relationships with the ships. Here at Gastineau Guiding we have made a commitment to be an exclusive wholesale agent to the cruise lines. This means that we provide our tours as exclusive... More 

Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

John D was our guide and was first rate. Good sense of humor - and extremely knowledgeable and thoroughly engaging. The captain was excellent - knowing how to get us into the action quickly to maximize our time with the whales. The hike to the glacier was informative and again - engaging, as John made the hike educational and fun.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

We took this excursion as part of our trip to Alaska on Princess cruise line. We were pleasantly surprised to have an outgoing, knowledgeable and friendly tour guide named Molly. She gave a lot of good information on the history of the area as well as photography and taking scenic photos. We hiked as part of the first half of... More 

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