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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

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

Carol G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Maria, our guide is the best! She is very enthusiastic about Sitka and it shows! She stopped at many places just because she saw some interesting wildlife and hand dug some of the local crabs to show us. Seeing Sitka from her eyes was wonderful. The Fortress of the Bear was awesome, to see the care and understanding these bears get is amazing. The Salmon run was breathtaking. Worth every penny!

Kenneth J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Our tour guide, Roby, did an excellent job.

Cathleen D USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Local knowledgeable guide.

Chris H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Great tour if you are in Sitka for the day. Guide was fantastic.fantastic. Recommend this tour.

Grady G

4 star rating: Recommended September 2016

enjoyable and interesting.

Buck H

4 star rating: Recommended September 2016

Enjoyed the tour of Sitka and the Bears, Our driver was very interisting and really made the trip interesting and fun. I think her name was Melissa, wore her name on the right side of her hat bill.

Wayne H United States of ... 

4 star rating: Recommended August 2016

Really enjoyed the bear refuge!

Robert P

4 star rating: Recommended July 2016

Our guide, Maria, was informative and entertaining. Fortress of the Bear was terrific. Animals very lively and healthy-looking. I would recommend the tour to anyone going to Sitka.

Kimberly T

4 star rating: Recommended June 2016

Very informational...plenty of background into the history of Sitka. Tour guide made it personal but sharing her own experiences. Would recommend to everyone

Joyce M

1 star rating: I do not recommend this May 2015

This was the worst tour ever of Sitka which seems like a very nice city. I hope my previous review was of Sitka and not Skagway.

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