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Sitka Shore Excursion: City Sightseeing Tour including Fortress of the Bear and Totem Poles

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Sitka, United States
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icon2 hours  (Approx.)
Pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

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Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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Regular temperature checks for staff
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Overview

Get to know Alaska’s historic city of Sitka on this small-group shore excursion limited to just 10 people. Aboard a comfortable van, cross the O’Connell Bridge to Japonski Island. See Sheldon Jackson Museum, Alaska Pioneer Home, and St. Michael’s Cathedral, and hear informative commentary on the sites from seasoned guides. Meet the rescued bears of Fortress of the Bear, and take in the marvelous scenery of Sitka National Historical Park. Port transport included.
  • Sitka wildlife and culture shore excursion by tour van
  • Snap photos of the stunning totem poles and Indian River
  • Learn about the life cycle of salmon on a beautiful walk overlooking the Indian River
  • Visit Fortress of the Bear to get an up close view of rescued wild bears living in a naturalized setting
  • Cross O'Connell Bridge to Japonski Island and learn about Sitka’s role in World War II
  • Check out the incredible scenery all around you as you travel past Silver Bay
  • Pass by cultural highlights such as the Alaska Pioneer Home, Russian Block House, and St. Michael’s Cathedral
  • Covered by Viator’s worry-free policy: guaranteed on-time return to your ship
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2-hour tour of Sitka by 10-passenger van
Customizable, small-group tour
Local guide
Air-conditioned vehicle
Gratuities

Departure Point

Harrigan Centennial Hall, 330 Harbor Dr, Sitka, AK 99835, USA

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
After morning port pickup, climb aboard a comfy van and begin your sightseeing shore excursion of Sitka, located at the edge of Baranof Island, one of the last stops of Alaska’s Inside Passage. Cross over the O’Connell Bridge and head on to Japonski Island, and hear from your informative guides about Sitka’s role in World War II.

Change up the scenery with a visit to Sitka National Historical Park. Admire the historical and cultural treasures of the Tlingit and Haida totem poles that stand in the forests of hemlock and spruce. Enjoy a peaceful stroll along the Indian River, and if you’re here during the salmon season, learn about the wondrous life cycle of the salmon.

Next, travel 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 witness brown bears at play, from a fun and safe distance of 25 feet (8 meters) away.

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

Then, enjoy transport back to Sitka port.

Worry-free Shore Excursion:

We will ensure your excursion ends with ample time for you to return to the Sitka Cruise Ship Dock for your ship’s departure. In the extremely unlikely event your ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of-call. If your ship is delayed and you are unable to attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Sitka National Historic Park/Totem Park
Learn about our totem poles,Visit the river salmon spawn in yearly and learn about local plants
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Fortress of the Bear
Visit our local resident bears
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • A maximum of 10 people per booking
  • Dress in layers and wear comfortable shoes as the weather in Sitka is always different. The tour van has a heater for your comfort, but you will want to get out and enjoy the fresh air.
  • ALL tours start at Harrigan Centennial Hall 330 Harbor Drive Sitka Alaska 99835.
  • Please note: Wildlife sightings are likely but are not guaranteed
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Sitka Wildlife Tours

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Sitka Shore Excursion: City Sightseeing Tour including Fortress of the Bear and Totem Poles?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Sitka Shore Excursion: City Sightseeing Tour including Fortress of the Bear and Totem Poles.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Sitka Shore Excursion: City Sightseeing Tour including Fortress of the Bear and Totem Poles?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by Sitka Shore Excursion: City Sightseeing Tour including Fortress of the Bear and Totem Poles.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Sitka Shore Excursion: City Sightseeing Tour including Fortress of the Bear and Totem Poles?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Sitka Shore Excursion: City Sightseeing Tour including Fortress of the Bear and Totem Poles.

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  • "Although rainy, the tour was worth it, and Robin handed out big umbrellas, which helped." See review

Reviews

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Quaint and beautiful Sitka
tkttran
, Aug 2018
Overall, Robin, our guide, did a great job introducing us to Sitka. It's nice to be shown around by a local. Just wished we had time to do the totem park, we didn't get to stop there at all. The rainforest was lovely, and seeing the salmon ready to go upstream was fantastic. Fortress of the Bears is a great sanctuary, and the folks there are offering a great service. Although rainy, the tour was worth it, and Robin handed out big umbrellas, which helped.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2019
Thank you for your review! You said you didn't get to go to totem park but then mentioned the rain forest walk and the salmon stream that is at totem park. I'm not sure how you missed the totems as you had to walk thru them to do the rainforest walk. Never the less we are glad you came to see our amazing little city.
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jarheadalpa15
, Aug 2018
Really small town.a lot of rain there a lot of fog and low lying cloud's hard to see anything..but nice quiet place..it was the last Port we saw on Amsterdam Holland America.right after this Port 1 of the crew went overboard.then our cruise went to hell. Please think about booking with Holland America.for if anything goes wrong you are screwed..we lost the last half of our cruise and all Holland gave us was possible 10 percent off our next cruise..do not book with Holland America..we waited 6 years for our 40 the anniversary cruise.and only got half..of what we paid for..well news flash.. I'm not wealthy I work hard for my money..I had to save for 4 years to surprise my wife..for nothing...I can't take that time back..I wish I could.. you see I'm a retired veteran that just got back a few months ago after 21 years in the service..I just wanted to give her something to let her know how much I love her for being by my side all these years..and for waiting for me to come home...I blew it for trusting Holland America cruise..she forgives me thinks I did great.in the surprise I gave her.. please don't trust . I did.. please understand I love my country and fought for it for 20 years. I am so blessed to come home healthy.not all my brothers had that chance..yet we love our country..so don't thank me i made it.. please thank and keep in your 💓 our sons and daughters that are putting all on the line for us..for they are my heros,.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2019
I'm really sorry your cruise was messed up after your ship left Sitka! I hope you and your wife had fun with us on your tour. I think your review would have served you better if it was directed at Holland American lines. If you ever come back to Sitka we would be honored to serve you in thanks for your service to all of us. God bless
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Our tour guide was very...
donnaother
, Jul 2018
Our tour guide was very knowledgeable. Enjoyed Sitka National Historical Park and the totem poles. The Fortress of the Bears was very disappointing. Habitat area looked pretty pitiful. The City Sightseeing portion of the tour turned out to be a guide as to where to shop and eat.
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What a great tour! Our guide was...
William W
, Sep 2017
What a great tour! Our guide was very fun, energetic, and knowledgable, and took a great pride in her city. The Fortress of the Bear was amazing. We got to see the bears close up. We also enjoyed the totem pole national park and forest.
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It was well put together with a good...
Randy K
, Sep 2017
It was well put together with a good amount of time. The totem park was especially nice and had good interpretation as well as a good walk in the rain forest. We liked the bears, too.
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This tour gave us a good...
Lorraine D
, Aug 2017
This tour gave us a good understanding of Sitka and its' beauty. Fortress of the bear was very informative as well.
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Well run and organised. Very nice...
jbau1047
, Aug 2017
Well run and organised. Very nice hostess who is extremely knowledgeable and helpful.
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It was ok. Good photo opportunity. Hope...
Mary D
, Aug 2017
It was ok. Good photo opportunity. Hope it doesn't rain.
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Loved it! Our guide was...
Karen P
, Aug 2017
Loved it! Our guide was amazing...funny, animated, informative. The bears were the best!
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Sitka is an easily walkable and...
Paul H
, Aug 2017
Sitka is an easily walkable and scenic city...but the highlight was the Fortress of the Bear for incredible photos of Brown and Black Bears with near natural backgound.
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