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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

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What You Can Expect

Sitka Sightseeing Tour including Fortress of the Bear

Sitka Sightseeing Tour including Fortress of the Bear

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.

Customer Reviews


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Our guide was excellent! His knowledge of the area and culture was fascinating. Totally enjoyed our tour!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Fran, our tour guide, was highly informative and fun to tour with!

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Fortress of the Bear is a DONT MISS in Sitka. Would have spent more time there if my schedule had allowed.

Kevin S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

This was a very enjoyable experience. Our tour guide was knowledgeable of many aspects of Sitka life and she did the best she could to integrate our understanding of the current status of the town with a historical overview of its Russian and Tlingkit roots. We also visited the Totem Pole park, got a look inside preservation efforts at the park before driving out to Fortress of the Bear. The fortress was very interesting. It was great to observe the bears in their new home. We learned about the good work they do there with abandoned and orphaned bear cubs. It was all great stuff. Sitka was, by far, my favorite shore site to visit on our cruise. I would highly recommend this excursion.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Beautiful. Great pilot and well equipped plane. In my opinion it's a don't miss!

Martin T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

The Guide, Marie, was special. Her knowledge of her town was wonderful


5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

The bears at the fortress were in clear view and were very photogenic. A great experience.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

This family-owned business treated you like family. If we had more time, we would have taken the boat trip, also.

Brenda J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Maria our guide was very knowledge on the nature surrounding. Sitka. We had many stops for photo's and visited places we just would not have know about on our own. Maria spotted several Bald Eagles and took us through woodland and showed us a river where the salmon go to spawn. The Fortress of the Bears was the highlight for me to see the Bears close and playing.

Richard H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Wonderful tour of the area prior to checking out the Fortress of the bear...wonderful experience...tour guide was very knowledgeable and friendly...would recommend this to everyone...

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