Sitka, Alaska
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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
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.


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, Sep 2018

Nice views. Ok tour.

, 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.

, 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.

, 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.

, 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.

, Aug 2017

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

, Aug 2017

Well run and organised. Very nice hostess who is extremely knowledgeable and helpful.

, Aug 2017

It was ok. Good photo opportunity. Hope it doesn't rain.

, Aug 2017

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

, 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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