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Gastineau Guiding Company - Juneau's Premier Guiding Company

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1330 Eastaugh Way Ste 2, Juneau, AK 99801-7744
+1 907-586-8231
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Whale watching and scientific study

We went on one of the first cruises last May (2017), so it was still very snowy all around. The... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Susan M
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Tallahassee, Florida, United States
Disappointing excursion

We did the Whales and Rainforest Trails excursion in the last sailing week of the 2017 season. From... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Glenda N
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Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia
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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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Reviewed 3 days ago

We went on one of the first cruises last May (2017), so it was still very snowy all around. The whale tour we did featured some sampling of the waters in the bay, looking for exotic invasive species and other sea life. The tour folks...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We did the Whales and Rainforest Trails excursion in the last sailing week of the 2017 season. From memory it was relatively pricy. The pluses were that the boat and bus were clean and safety awareness was good. The negatives that despite our guide trying...More

Thank Glenda N
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gguiding, Manager at Gastineau Guiding Company - Juneau's Premier Guiding Company, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Good Morning Glenda, Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback with us. I am sorry to hear your experience didn’t quite meet your expectations. We are lucky to live and explore with our guests the natural habitat of these wild and beautiful...More

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Reviewed 15 January 2018

We were met at the ship by Matt Menhe where we were taken to a parking lot through the rain forest. He showed my wife how to use her camera using F stop and other settings. Matt was very knowledgeable during the hike up to...More

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Reviewed 19 December 2017

My wife and I went on an Alaskan cruise for our honeymoon and we are so glad we went whale watching with the Gastineau Guiding Company while in Juneau! It was a combined hike and whale watching experience and our guide MIKE HEKKERS was the...More

Thank Ben H
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Reviewed 11 December 2017

Highly recommend this trip - nice hike and beautiful scenery. This was a shore excursion booked through the cruise-reasonable price and great for the family. Our group included my two teens, my husband, myself, and my 70-year-old parents. We lucked out and the weather was...More

Thank SarahCahillSena
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Reviewed 4 December 2017

We had the most amazing time on this tour we took in late july of this year all thanks to our tour guide, MIKE HEKKERS. We took the combo tour of trekking in the wild and along the mendenhall glacier / whale watching. Our tour...More

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Reviewed 3 December 2017

We spent the day with the most amazing tour guide, Tawny Davis! We went whale watching and their boat was the best for getting up close and personal with the whales. You didn't have a lot of people to get in your way of seeing...More

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Reviewed 8 November 2017

Theresa, and her team, did a fantastic job on our cruise shore excursion adventure. The kids helped Theresa scientifically document crab pot contents, and densities of krill in the water. Then, we watched, and documented, humpback whales as well as a big pod of killer...More

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Reviewed 28 October 2017

My wife and I recently took a Disney Cruise and did Whales and Rainforest trails with Gastineau. Our guide Jordy was phenomenal. Scenery and whales spectacular, but impressed me most, is they had an engine glitch with our whale boat, and had us switched out...More

Thank Carl S
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Reviewed 28 October 2017

I took the photographic tour of the Glacier and whale watching. It was great with the exception that there was not enough time to photograph the glacier and the forest that we went into. I would have enjoyed more if we have stayed more time...More

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worthew8
18 September 2016|
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Response from gguiding | Property representative |
Hello Worthew, I'm so glad to hear you enjoyed your time with us back in 2009. We would be pleased if you decided to join us again! If we have a guest who would like to opt out of the walking portion of the tour we do... More
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Beverly M
5 August 2016|
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Response from gguiding | Property representative |
Hello Beverly, Thank you for your interest in Gastineau Guiding Company and our Cruise Shore Excursions. While we are a locally owned and operated company we are also a wholesaler to the cruise lines which frequent our... More
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ldrrnc
27 July 2016|
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Response from Michele R | Reviewed this property |
I know our cruise line delineated which excursions were and were not wheelchair accessible. Otherwise, I would check with the company directly about accessibility.
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