• Location: Sitka, Alaska
  • Duration: 4 hours (approx.)
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While your ship is docked in port, get to know Sitka’s historical sites and enjoy wildlife sightings on this 4-hour land and sea combo shore excursion. First, hop aboard a catamaran and watch for whales, otters, porpoises and birds. Then, discover by comfortable van Sitka’s top attractions, like Sitka National Historical Park, Japonski Island and Fortress of the Bear, a habitat for rescued brown bears. Enjoy personalized attention on this small-group experience limited to just six people.

Highlights

  • 4-hour tour with 2-hour whale watching excursion and 2-hour land tour of Sitka
  • See whales and other marine life on a 2-hour boat tour
  • Hear stories from your experienced local guides about Sitka’s fascinating history as a fur-trading empire
  • Be amazed by the stunning totem poles in the forest around Sitka National Historical Park
  • Visit Fortress of the Bear to get a close view of wild brown bears living in a naturalized habitat
  • Travel by comfortable catamaran and tour van well-suited to navigate Sitka’s seas and roads
  • Covered by Viator’s worry-free policy: guaranteed on-time return to your ship

What You Can Expect

Sitka Shore Excursion: Alaskan Wildlife by Land and Sea

Alaskan Wildlife by Land and Sea

Kick off your land and sea combo shore excursion with a 2-hour cruise aboard a Glacier Bay catamaran. As your experienced captain navigates Sitka’s narrow passages and bays, you can watch the stunning landscapes from the spacious deck or inside a heated cabin equipped with large windows. The 26-foot-long (8-meter) vessel is built specifically to sail smoothly in most conditions.

Factoring in weather and sea conditions, the captain will try to customize the tour to your interests and take you to prime viewing locations to watch for gray and humpback whales. You might spot otters lounging in kelp, whales feeding or perhaps even a bear on a beach.

Back on land, a comfortable 14-passenger van takes you on a 2-hour sightseeing tour of Sitka. Cross over the O’Connell Bridge bridge for great views of Sitka, and visit Japonski Island, which played a role in World War II.

Inside Sitka National Historical Park, admire Tlingit and Haida totem poles and then take a pleasant stroll overlooking the Indian River. During salmon season, learn about the life cycle of the fish as you see them spawn.

Next, visit 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 distance of 25 feet (8 meters) away.

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.

Customer Reviews

Debbie K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

This excursion was outstanding from beginning to end! Our boat captain was extremely knowledgeable and in constant contact with other vessel captains in the area who were sharing information about whale sightings, eagle sightings, sea otter sightings, and more. He was very observant and slowed/stopped the boat on numerous occasions to be sure we saw what he was looking at. We encountered DOZENS of humpback whales, several sea otters and sea lions, several bald eagles and one active nest, a small black-tailed deer, and saw tons of bright orange jellyfish in the water. On our way back, he stopped so we could watch a fishing boat haul in a huge catch of salmon. Additionally, he motored us around to several spots that were simply fantastic photo opportunities. When we got back to port, we started our land portion of the tour and again, had a very knowledgeable and congenial guide reminded me of Amy Farrah Fowler on Big Bang! who took us to all the sights around Sitka. She also pointed out several bald eagles, one sea otter having a crab snack, and she also managed to take us to see a pod of whales breaching in the bay. We also saw several rescued bears, a totem pole area, and hiked into a forest. One of the best parts of our tour was her interaction with an excited, curious 9-year-old boy who talked the entire time. She was patient with him and her excitement about the things he was experiencing for the first time was apparent. She is a natural-born tour guide and absolutely made this trip for us! Outstanding tour and HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!!

focusedfp

4 star rating: Recommended July 2017

THIS IS FOR SITKA TOUR, but the review also shows up under Juneau in error!!
The first part of this tour was fabulous! We were on a small boat with Sonny with another couple. It was a cloudy day but Sonny met the challenge and we saw about a dozen whales! It was spectacular! Sonny was friendly, welcomed questions... a great host.
The second part was by bus. It was drizzly now and about 12 folks in the van can determine where you go as some don't want to get off in the drizzle inappropriate attire or have limited mobility. That was unfortunate. We did make it to the Fortress of the Bear and did a very small part of Totem Park. Wish we'd done the full Totem Park trail and the Raptor Center thankfully we were able to visit Raptor on our own another day. All in all, Aakatchaq did her best given the large diverse group -- and particularly since she was a last minute fill-in for the tour.

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