Sitka Scenic Tour: Totem Poles, Sitka History, and Fortress of the Bears

Explore the wildlife highlights of Sitka on a 2-hour tour with knowledgeable local guides who share their expertise on this remarkable and beautiful area. Walk among the towering totem poles of Sitka National Historical Park, watch the antics of the brown bears at Fortress of the Bear, and gaze at the breathtaking scenery around Sitka. You'll also see Japonski Island, the O'Connell Bridge, Alaska Pioneer Home, Sheldon Jackson Museum and St Michael's Cathedral. This small-group tour ensures a more personalized experience.

After meeting your small group tour at the cruise ship dock, you'll board a comfortable 10-passenger van and head over O'Connell Bridge. Get a great view of Sitka, situated on the edge of Baranof Island at the end of Alaska's famous Inside Passage. The bridge connects to Japonski Island where you'll hear about Sitka's role in World War II.

Then continue to the oldest national park in Alaska: Sitka National Historical Park. You'll be amazed as you stroll among the stunning Tlingit and Haida totem poles amidst hemlock and spruce trees on the scenic coastal trail. After, join your guide on a beautiful walk overlooking the Indian River. In the middle of the season, witness salmon spawning while your knowledgeable guide teaches you about the amazing life cycle of the salmon.

After your guided walk along the Indian River, you'll head south along Silver Bay to arrive at Fortress of the Bear, North America's biggest bear habitat. The habitat is designed to be a natural setting for orphaned bear cubs. You'll be able to observe the brown bears from as close as 25 feet (8m), getting a great view of the play and habits of these magnificent animals. Experienced staff can answer any questions that you may have about the bears and their rehabilitation.

Along the tour, your guide will point out many historical treasures like the Sitka Pioneer Home, Sheldon Jackson Museum, St Michael's Cathedral, and the Sitka Sound Science Center. Keep an eye out for wildlife throughout your journey, and have your camera handy! After the tour of Sitka's fascinating wildlife and historical highlights, you will end your tour back at the cruise ship dock in Sitka.

Included: Entrance and activity fees.

Please note: Wildlife sightings are likely but are not guaranteed. A small amount of walking is involved. Maximum of 14 passengers.

Duration: 2 hours (Roundtrip from cruise ship terminal.)

Inclusions:

  • Entrance and activity fees

Duration: 2 hours

  • 2 hours guide narrated bus tour with multiple scenic stops

How many passengers does the tour bus hold?

The maximum capacity for this tour is 10 guests. If you have more than 10 passengers in your party, multiple buses will provide transportation for your group.

What is the seating arrangement of the tour bus?

There is open seating on the tour bus, however if you require a certain seat due to a physical impairment then please inform your tour guide.

Will I see any wildlife or bears on this tour?

Wildlife is abundant in Southeast Alaska and sightings are possible on any tour. Bears will be viewable at the Fortress of the Bears stop during the tour.

Are there any age restrictions for children?

There are no age restrictions for this tour.

Can I bring a backpack?

Backpacks, small bags, and purses are allowed on this tour.

Can I bring my own food or drink?

Non-alcoholic beverages in a closeable containters and snacks are allowed on tour.

Are food and drink included?

No food or drinks are included.

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Duration: 2 hours


Number of Passengers *

Max of 14

Adult: $63.00

Child (3-12): $63.00

Infant (0-3): $0.00

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  • Alaska Shore Excursions
  • 212 Admiral Way Ste. 5 Juneau, Alaska 99801
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