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Tour code: 6226WILDLIFE
Discover Alaska’s historic city of Sitka on this 2-hour, small-group tour limited to just 10 people. A comfortable van takes you across the O’Connell Bridge to Japonski Island. Pass Sheldon Jackson Museum, Alaska Pioneer Home and St Michael’s Cathedral, and listen to engaging commentary on the sites from informative guides. Enjoy up-close views of rescued bears at Fortress of the Bear, and take in the stunning scenery of Sitka National Historical Park and admire its towering totem poles.

Highlights

  • 2-hour Sitka wildlife and culture tour
  • Examine the stunning totem poles at Sitka National Historical Park
  • Get close to rescued wild bears living in the naturalized setting of Fortress of the Bear
  • Visit Japonski Island to learn about Sitka's role in World War II
  • See cultural landmarks including the Alaska Pioneer Home and St Michael’s Cathedral
  • Small-group tour limited to 10 people ensures a more personalized experience with your expert guide

What You Can Expect

Sitka Sightseeing Tour including Fortress of the Bear

Sitka Sightseeing Tour including Fortress of the Bear

Head to Sitka port to meet your small group and climb aboard a comfy van accommodating a max of 10 people. Your 2-hour sightseeing tour of Sitka, located at the edge of Baranof Island, one of the last stops of Alaska’s Inside Passage, takes you over the O’Connell Bridge and on to Japonski Island, where your guides will recount Sitka’s role in World War II.

Switch up the scenery and head to Sitka National Historical Park, Alaska’s oldest park. Learn about the historical and cultural treasures of the Tlingit and Haida totem poles towering in the hemlock and forests, and then take a tranquil walk along the Indian River. If you’re visiting during the salmon season, learn about the wondrous life cycle of the salmon.

Back aboard your van, continue south on a scenic route along Silver Bay and arrive at the Fortress of the Bear, the largest bear reserve in North America. The habitat takes in orphaned bear cubs to live in a naturalized setting. Meet the caretaker staff and watch brown bears at play or rest, from a fun and safe distance of 25 feet (8 meters) away.

Other top landmarks you’ll see during your tour include the Sitka Sound Science Center, Alaska Pioneer Home, Sheldon Jackson Museum and St Michael’s Cathedral.

Your sightseeing tour ends with transport back to the departure point.

Customer Reviews

Ekirtman

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

The bears at the fortress were in clear view and were very photogenic. A great experience.

V A L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

This family-owned business treated you like family. If we had more time, we would have taken the boat trip, also.

Brenda J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Maria our guide was very knowledge on the nature surrounding. Sitka. We had many stops for photo's and visited places we just would not have know about on our own. Maria spotted several Bald Eagles and took us through woodland and showed us a river where the salmon go to spawn. The Fortress of the Bears was the highlight for me to see the Bears close and playing.

Richard H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Wonderful tour of the area prior to checking out the Fortress of the bear...wonderful experience...tour guide was very knowledgeable and friendly...would recommend this to everyone...

sjokeefe

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2014

This tour was wonderful! We had been to Sitka before, and had seen the Russian influences on this town. But this time we were given a tour of the native culture and wildlife in the area. The Fortress of the bear was a great way to see bears up close, and learn how they were being saved when they became orphaned.

RICHARD B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2014

Our Guide, Bruce, made the day for us--his knowledge and general help was fantastic.

Ruth E

4 star rating: Recommended June 2015

The trip is all about the Fortress of the Bear, and our guide was savvy enough to know that and spend lots of time there. The rest of the tour was forgetable, as I don't much remember what it was.

Yvonne M

1 star rating: I do not recommend this July 2014

The tour started late and we had a limited time at Sitka (from cruise ship). The tour guide was way to chatty about personal information and he did this while stopped at no place that was interesting wasting more time. He was not concerned about our time frame saying he it was okay as we were his last tour for the day. We ended up getting back about 40 minutes late and didn't have time left to finish touring the town. Very disappointing!

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