• Location: Sitka, Alaska
  • Duration: 2 hours (approx.)
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Get to know Alaska’s historic city of Sitka on this 2-hour, 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.


  • 2-hour Sitka wildlife and culture tour 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

What You Can Expect

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

City Sightseeing Tour including Fortress of the Bear

After morning port pickup, climb aboard a comfy van and begin your 2-hour 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’ll 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.

Customer Reviews

William W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 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.

Lorraine D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

This tour gave us a good understanding of Sitka and its' beauty. Fortress of the bear was very informative as well.

Karen P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

Loved it! Our guide was amazing...funny, animated, informative. The bears were the best!

Paul H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 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.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2017

Great guide. Saw extra things.

David E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2017

Sitka Scenic Tour guide Vivian, was outstanding. Very knowledgeable, she made us feel like family. Her description of the area helped us understand the culture of this city that was new to us. As a native Alaskan, she brought an understanding of the native culture, the various plants to embrace and those to avoid. We felt that we got great value from this tour and it was well worth the money. An added bonus was that the group size was small only seven in a small mini bus. I highly recommend this tour for everyone.

Rosalind W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2017

Wonderful, informative experience - tour guide Maria definitely loves what she does. It's obvious that she loves sharing her knowledge of the area including the creatures of the area with us tourists.

Janis S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2017

We were met by a lovely couple who had our names on a sign. They were very helpful in directing us to where we were to proceed.
We really enjoyed our tour. Our guide Vivian was a wealth of information. She shared her knowledge of her Alaskan heritage. I learned more about the Alaskan culture from her with every detail she shared. She added a personal touch to our tour.
The bear fortress was great. We saw a whale on our way up to the bear fortress.
We learned about totem poles and how and why they were created.

Jill M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2017

The guide was amazing and such knowledge. She was a local and an expert on the plants and the animals. She taught us allot about how the plants were used as medicine by the local natives and how they cured many sicknesses.

She was patient with everyone and we had a very diverse group with a few extremely old and handicapped members.

The bears were fun and something that we really wanted to see... I understand that we do not want to see them in the wild because they are huge and can be very dangerous, so this fortress was so much like their natural habitat that it created a great viewing of their interactions.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2017

The bus driver was highly knowledgeable and friendly. The bear exhibit was nicely done and I felt the bears were happy in there homes.

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