This unique excursion explores the best of Sitka, the former "Russian" capital city of Alaska. It includes a wildlife tour through the Alaska Raptor Center, a visit to the Sitka National Historical Park, and a stop at the Fortress of the Bears.
A small group tour to give guests an intimate experience of Sitka's beautiful scenery and history through the eyes of a local guide. On this tour, guests will stroll through Sitka National Historical Park, along the Indian River, and observe brown bears at the Fortress of the Bears. Showing eagles in a natural setting is always a goal along the way as guests witness the historical sights and sounds of Sitka.
Guests will enjoy a locally guided, small group tour highlighting Sitka's abundant wildlife in both naturalized and wild environments. From stunning views on the way to Silver Bay, to up-close viewing opportunities at the famous Fortress of the Bears, to the rehabilitation Raptor Center to learn about local birds of prey, to Sitka National Historical Park to take in part of the state's largest national park and learn about the life cycle of salmon and spawning. An intimate look at some of Alaska's most revered wildlife, this tour is set up comfortably for guests to learn from local guides as they take in the best Sitka has to offer.
This small capacity tour is ideal for those wanting to experience Sitka's highlights on both land and sea. A remarkable catamaran constructed to maneuver Alaska's narrow channels while transport guests on the Sound for whale watching. After some unique marine wildlife viewing, the tour continues onto land where guests will learn about the state's procurement from Russia before heading to the popular Fortress of the Bears.
This small capacity (up to 6 guests) marine tour takes guests to some of the most stunning locales for whale watching and wildlife viewing. Guests will want to keep an eye out for seals, otters, and birds in addition to whales. Due to the intimate capacity of the tour, the captain can often accommodate special interests and highlights along the way.
Looking for an adventure away from the cruise-line crowds? Enjoy this adventure on the waters of Sitka Sound and then make a stop at the abandoned World War II fort. This trek will show you the wonders of the colorful marine life that inhabit the Sitka Sound. No matter your age or water skills, if you love coastal scenery, nature and history - you're sure to enjoy this style of exploring Sitka's beautiful surroundings and fascinating past.
Our most popular small-group kayak adventure, this tour gives you the opportunity to spend half a day kayaking on the Sitka Sound exploring the countless islands and lesser-known passages Sitka has to offer. You'll discover areas of the Sound which are only accessible by kayak and your guide will help to identify all of the wildlife above and below the sea!
If you thrive on adventure, if you hunger for wild places and endless views, if you love to explore at whatever place suits your mood, then you'll love this full-day Wild Coast Paddle & Cruise. Your guide will be able to sculpt your tour to your preferences so you can make the most of your experience. It will be the highlight of your time in Alaska!
If the time you have in Sitka is short, or if you have not paddled on the ocean before; this two-and-a-half hour adventure is the perfect sea kayaking sampler. This small-group tour will be a perfect exploration of the Sitka's historic and cultured coastal community. From the seat of your kayak you'll see abundant wildlife above and below the water's surface. Your friendly guide will help point out the sights while explaining the ecology of the land and sea.
Sitka was originally settled by the Tlingit people over 10,000 years ago before the Russians came over to establish their own settlement in 1799. In 1802, the Tlingit warriors revolted, destroying the Russian settlement and leaving few survivors. It took two years for Russia to return with a large force and bombard the Tlingit fort, forcing the Tlingit people to eventually surrender and desert their stronghold. Following the “Battle of Sitka,” the Russians established New Archangel as a permanent settlement where they continued to control the land until the Alaska Purchase in 1867. The strong Tlingit and Russian American influences can still be seen intermingled today in the local art, downtown architecture, and local museums. One of the best ways to learn about this varied history is with our Sitka Scenic Tour! You’ll drive by some of the historic Russian monuments, walk through the National Historical Park which features Tlingit totem poles, and you’ll visit the Fortress of the Bear which is a habitat for orphaned bear cubs!
During World War II, the United States Navy constructed an air base on the neighboring Japonski Island. Today, you can learn more about this part of Sitka’s history with tours like our Sitka Island Paddle and Lost Fort Trek which takes you on a scenic guided kayak paddle through the Sitka Sound and explores abandoned WWII forts.
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