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

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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.

marikays

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.

janicebeemer

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.

Vicki H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2017

Excellent! We loved Sitka,it was charming and our guide was extremely good!

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.

Randy K

4 star rating: Recommended
September 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.

jbau1047

4 star rating: Recommended
August 2017

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

Mary D

4 star rating: Recommended
August 2017

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

Clive H

4 star rating: Recommended
June 2017

Even though our bus was running late, we realised why when our guide and driver Vivienne had so much local knowledge, particularly about her tribe the Tlingits, that she could not fit it all in in the time. We benefitted because we were the last tour of the day and we over ran by a lot more because she did not have another group to pick up. My only small niggle was that we did not have long enough at the Fortress of the Bear. It was very interesting because the people who set the place up were giving a very detailed narration but we had to leave part way through.

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

Jenny

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better
June 2017

These bears are apparently rescue bears and beautiful creatures. I could not help but feel for the environment they were living in. It looked somewhat like a rubbish dump and I did feel they were being exploited for commercial purposes. One appeared to be trained to stand upright on a log while he was fed fruit by one of the keepers. There were enormous amounts of tourists here sometimes hard to move around. It was not what we expected.

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