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.