I am looking at various tour options in Juneau and I am wondering if it is worth taking a city tour that makes a 45 minute stop at Mendenhall Glacier or just taking one of the buses that goes straight to the glacier without the tour. It seems that 45 minutes at the glacier might not be long enough and taking the bus there directly allows you to stay for as long as you want. I would appreciate anyone's advice. Thanks.
The great benefit of the tour bus is the narration and good orientation to Juneau. I highly recommend it. As for the time at Mendenhall- very very few people need a longer stay. Were you interested in hiking??? ranger programs??? Then the shuttle bus may be a better option for you. Most people are satisified with the short walk to "photo point" and a look at the visitor center (admission is usually included with the tours). The tour buses will take you to Alaska University for a look at Chapel on the Lake, usually a stop on Douglas Island for a look at your ship docked, and often excellent commentary. Go independent and NOT with a ship tour- they are about double in price. MGT runs a great tour and they also shuttle.
Thanks for the response. We were looking at the MGT trips. We're still undecided about what to do at the glacier as far as programs go, but if 45 minutes is enough then we will probably stick with the tour and allow ourselves more time in town to do a few other things instead of staying at the glacier for too long.