Sitka, Alaska

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Overview

Discover Alaska’s historic city of Sitka on this 2-hour, small-group tour limited to just 10 people. A comfortable van takes you across the O’Connell Bridge to Japonski Island. Pass Sheldon Jackson Museum, Alaska Pioneer Home and St Michael’s Cathedral, and listen to engaging commentary on the sites from informative guides. Enjoy up-close views of rescued bears at Fortress of the Bear, and take in the stunning scenery of Sitka National Historical Park and admire its towering totem poles.
  • 2-hour Sitka wildlife and culture tour
  • Examine the stunning totem poles at Sitka National Historical Park
  • Get close to rescued wild bears living in the naturalized setting of Fortress of the Bear
  • Visit Japonski Island to learn about Sitka's role in World War II
  • See cultural landmarks including the Alaska Pioneer Home and St Michael’s Cathedral
  • Small-group tour limited to 10 people ensures a more personalized experience with your expert guide
Head to Sitka port to meet your small group and climb aboard a comfy van accommodating a max of 10 people. Your 2-hour sightseeing tour of Sitka, located at the edge of Baranof Island, one of the last stops of Alaska’s Inside Passage, takes you over the O’Connell Bridge and on to Japonski Island, where your guides will recount Sitka’s role in World War II.

Switch up the scenery and head to Sitka National Historical Park, Alaska’s oldest park. Learn about the historical and cultural treasures of the Tlingit and Haida totem poles towering in the hemlock and forests, and then take a tranquil walk along the Indian River. If you’re visiting during the salmon season, learn about the wondrous life cycle of the salmon.

Back aboard your van, continue 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 watch brown bears at play or rest, from a fun and safe distance of 25 feet (8 meters) away.

Other top landmarks you’ll see during your tour include the Sitka Sound Science Center, Alaska Pioneer Home, Sheldon Jackson Museum and St Michael’s Cathedral.

Your sightseeing tour ends with transport back to the departure point.

Reviews

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E
, Sep 2018

Learned quite a bit about the local culture, plants and habitats. The scenery from pier to Fortress of the Bear was beautiful.

d
, Sep 2017

Had a wonderful trip, our guide was very enthusiastic and knowledgable, took great care of us. A very enjoyable morning followed but another trip with the same company whale watching on o catamaran with six other tourists, saw about thirty whales, sea otters, sea lions and eagles. A wonderful wildlife experience. All the arrangements were excellent. Thank you for a memorable day. Daphne and Pauline

M
, Sep 2017

great tour. a great tour through Sitka. Bears were amazingly entertaining.

C
, Sep 2017

If you get Maria as your guide you've already got your monies worth. Her enthusiasm, knowledge, common sense, and love of Stika is contagious.

D
, Aug 2017

What can you say about Fran?

One of the the most personable tour guides and a great tour of Sitka with a tremendous amount of local knowledge.....

5 stars isn't enough. Would do it all over again tomorrow.

P
, Aug 2017

The guide was very good and knew what she was doing.

D
, Aug 2017

Our tour guide was from Sitka and you could tell she loves her home. The bears were amazing and their habitat better than expected. I really enjoyed walking the National Park and seeing the totem poles.

M
, Jul 2017

The tour was interesting and showed us some very scenic areas around Sitka. The guide explained a lot of local history and landmarks dating from when the Russians owned Alaska. The tour also stopped at a park where Tlingit Totems were on display. The highlight of the tour was the Fortress of the Bear. We had nearly an hour to observe rescued bears that were living there. There were also many bald eagles there as well, feeding on the scraps of fish left over from the bears. One eagle picked up some fish and landed on a ledge only 3 feet from where we were standing! That was unbelievable! The only thing that could be improved was the vans used for the tour. They were small Nissan vans that held 9-10 people. The view was not very good, especially for the people sitting in the middle. It would be better if taller vans like those used by airport rental car shuttles were available instead.

N
, May 2017

Excellent tour guide Fran and the bear exhibit is well worth visiting.

D
, May 2017

This was a small group tour with an excellent tour guide who gave us lots of information and background on Sitka and then drove us up to the bear sanctuary explaining how it had come to be. It was interesting and the tour is certainly worthwhile. it leaves lots of time to then visit suggested Sitka landmarks on your own when you get back to the town site.


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