Whale Watching Tours & Trips 2020

6 trips to Whale Watching tours from 48 tour companies. 101 reviews. 4.9/5 avg rating.

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Style Style Small Group Tour Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
Private Guided Private tours give you the undivided attention of a guide, and often involve special access to sites and unique experiences not available to larger groups. This is a great option for families, couples, and small friend groups. Expect to pay a bit more for the extra service.
Self Guided Tour A travel company plans your itinerary and arranges all the logistics including lodging, local activities, and transportantion. You have the flexibility of a solo trip while still getting the convience and time savings of expert planning. Get 90% of the benefits of a tour, without a guide.
Group Tour Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
River Cruise These vessels are smaller than most ocean cruisers, limiting which amenties are available. Passenger counts can vary. One of the biggest advantages of a river cruise is the ability to dock at smaller ports and local villages.
Small Ship Cruise Small ship cruises usually have a max passenger count of 500. The primary purpose of these trips is to spend time off the vessel in local ports (e.g. Mediterranean) or experiencing nature (e.g Galapagos or Antarctica). Cabins can vary from budget to luxury.
Large Ship Cruise This is the "floating city" experience, with multiple ways to enjoy your vacation aboard the ship as much as on land. Ships are multiple floors, provide several activities, culinary, and shopping options. They often make fewer stops and have less time available for shore excursions.
Retreats Similar to a self guided tour but staying in one location only with activities and day outings included as a part of the stay.

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Lodging Level Lodging Level Camping Typically involves most nights sleeping in tents (sometimes permanent tented sites) or in rustic cabins and lodges.
Basic - 2 star You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping.
Value - 3 star Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Premium - 4 star 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Luxury - 5 star The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays.

Physical Level Physical Level Very Easy Minimal walking - motor vehicles available for all major parts of trip.
Easy Normal generally flat walking in urban or suburban environments.
Moderate Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment.
Strenuous All or most of day hiking or biking, hills included.
Extreme Very challenging all day hiking and backpacking carrying significant equipment.

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Travel Style Travel Style Flexible schedule A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers.
Full schedule For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included.
Balanced schedule You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included.

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Solo Friendly Solo Friendly Good for Singles Trips that specifically cater to travelers looking to meet other singles.
No Single Supplement Trips where single supplement is usually not required for solo travelers.

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Icelandic Adventure - 2022

Collette
Preferred
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
10 days
$ 425 / day
$ 4,249
From : $ 5,226
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : Array Mixed
Physical Level : Very challenging all day hiking and backpacking carrying significant equipment. Hard
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Comfort (4*)
Highlights
  • Indulge in Icelandic-inspired cuisine at a local restaurant.
  • Taste a piece of lava bread and learn how locals use Iceland’s geothermal energy to cook food.
  • Taste homemade specialties during an Impact Moment visit to Jóhanna’s goat farm.
  • Go whale watching in Skjálfandi Bay with specialized RIB Zodiac boats.
  • Enter into a hidden world as you descend into the expansive Vatnshellir lava cave.
  • Ascend the massive Langjökull glacier via mountain truck.
  • Relax in the mineral rich waters of the iconic Blue Lagoon.
  • Tour the old section of Reykjavík on foot.
  • Stand in awe before the misty Húsafell waterfalls and watch the water cascade over lava rocks.
Visits:
Akureyri, Reykjavík, Iceland
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Best of Alaska

Intrepid Travel
Premier
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
10 days
$ 494 / day
$ 4,378
From : $ 6,070
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : Array Mixed
Physical Level : Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Comfort (4*)
Highlights
  • Experience the rugged scenery of Alaska by land from the most populous city of Anchorage, through quaint towns like Palmer, all the way to the untouched back country.
  • Head on an Alaskan safari for a unique chance to see moose, caribou, grizzly bears, Dall sheep and wolves in their natural habitat in Denali National Park.
  • Witness the land mammals of Denali before getting up close to sea otters, puffins and humpback whales on a boat trip among glaciers in Valdez.
  • Discover Seward, one of Alaska's oldest and most scenic communities, which offers a bustling harbour, quaint shops and galleries, and is a great base from which to explore Kenai Fjords National Park.
  • Sit back and take in stunning views along the dramatic coastlines of the Turnagain Arm from Seward to Anchorage, while someone else does the driving.
Visits:
Alaska, Anchorage, Denali, Denali National Park, Kenai Fjords National Park, Valdez, Seward, United States
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Journey to Antarctica: The White Continent aboard ...

Collette
Preferred
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
14 days
$ 1,136 / day
$ 15,899
From : $ 19,556
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : Array Mixed
Physical Level : Very challenging all day hiking and backpacking carrying significant equipment. Hard
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Comfort (4*)
Highlights
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  • Discover multitudes of Antarctic wildlife including seals, whales, albatross and chinstrap, gentoo and Adelie penguins.
  • Enjoy nearly 24 hours of sunlight as you absorb your surroundings ashore and from the expedition ship’s many observatory decks.
  • Enjoy a tour of Buenos Aires, the "Paris of South America."
  • Cruise through the waters of Antarctica on a fully stabilized polar expedition ship.
  • Cross the Drake Passage, a milestone for any adventurer!
Visits:
Buenos Aires, Ushuaia
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Cape Cod & the Islands

8 days
$ 411 / day
$ 2,989
Travel Style : Array Mixed
Physical Level : Normal generally flat walking in urban or suburban environments. Very Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Comfort (4*)
Highlights
  • Boston: Sightseeing with a Local Guide including, the Old North Church; harbor cruise
  • Plymouth: Visit Plimoth Plantation; visit a working cranberry bog
  • Hyannis: Orientation tour; see the John F. Kennedy Memorial and St. Francis Xavier Church; traditional lobster dinner
  • Nantucket: Sightseeing with a Local Guide; visit the Whaling Museum
  • Cape cod: Cape Cod National Seashore
  • Provincetown: Whale-watching expedition
  • Martha’s vineyard: Sightseeing with a Local Guide
  • Newport: Orientation tour; visit The Breakers mansionPROVIDENCE
  • Get acquainted with the history, beauty, and coastal traditions of Cape Cod and its neighboring islands on this fascinating vacation
  • Your tour begins in Boston with guided sightseeing of “Bean Town’s” most famous sights, a harbor cruise, and two overnights
Visits:
Boston, Plymouth, United States
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Untamed Iceland

12 days
$ 375 / day
$ 4,495
Travel Style : Array Mixed
Physical Level : Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Comfort (4*)
Highlights
  • Visit a local horse farm to meet affable Icelandic horses first brought to the country by Viking settlers
  • Discover some of Iceland's Saga-like history at the Settlement Center in Borgarnes.
  • Enjoy views of colorful mountain cliffs, pristine fjords, and fertile valleys where horses graze.
  • Visit a museum dedicated to this once-thriving industry before returning to Akureyri.
  • Visit the stunning Gullfoss waterfall
  • Visit a flower farm that relies on geothermal energy to grow lilies, roses and other species.
Visits:
Blue Lagoon, Lake Myvatn, Reykjavík, Snaefellsnes Peninsula, Iceland
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Cradle of the Grey Whale: Baja California Uncovered

Audley Travel
Premier
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
14 days
$ 5,554
Travel Style : Array Full on
Physical Level : Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Comfort (4*)
Visits:
California, La Paz, Mexico City, Bolivia, United States
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Top Whale Watching Attractions & Experiences

Top Whale Watching Experiences

    Taking a sailing cruise in the Maldives and getting to see the more unusual species present in tropical waters

    Going on a guided tour of the "Whale Route" in South Africa

    Midnight sun whale watching in Iceland

    Witnessing the spectacular "lunge feeding" display by enormous humpback whales in Alaska

    Seeing the incredible variety of species in Baja, Mexico

    Orca viewing in the Johnstone Strait area of Vancouver Island

101 Whale Watching Tour Reviews - Summary 98% Recommend

4.9 out of 5
Excellent 98
Great 1
Average 1
Disappointing 0
Terrible 1
Value
4.9
Guide
4.9
Activities
4.9
Lodging
4.9
Transportation
4.9
Meals
4.9

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This is an amazing trip.

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

This is an amazing trip. There is a lot of traveling but it is very much worth it, to get the opportunity to see the very best of Alaska. The scenery is spectacular, especially in early September as the colours were changing. We saw a great variety of wildlife and had some fantastic experiences such as sea kayaking and trekking across a glacier. The additional activities are expensive but definitely worth it, and if you can afford it don't miss out. As Alaska is relatively remote, we found the cost of meals expensive too, compared to the UK. Take bug spray, thermals, binoculars and a sense of adventure.

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Operator Intrepid Travel

Alaska was an amazing experience and was one of the loveliest places we have seen

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

Alaska was an amazing experience and was one of the loveliest places we have seen so far. It was made all the better by our fellow travellers and our guide. Travelling around in the van although tiring at times was the best way to see the country. We highly recommend the glacier hike and the flight over the glaciers. When they say beware of the bears they are not joking , but what an experience

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Operator Intrepid Travel

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