Escape the packed school bus tour offered by some cruise lines on this fun and adventurous tour by van. You will be picked up at the cruise ship tender pier. After driving down the town's main street, you will take in the sweeping view of downtown Sitka from the O'Connell Bridge as you explore Japonski (the Russian word for Japanese) Island's rich history and wildlife. Although wildlife sightings are not guaranteed, you will most likely see eagles, sea lions, otters, and various other animals during the tour.
Your tour continues with a scenic drive to Silver Bay, where you will learn of its rich history and be amazed by the scenery and photo opportunities.
Next, we're on to the "Fortress of the Bear." Here, you'll have the opportunity to witness the distinctive brown bear in a naturalized setting, while gaining a thorough education on the species itself. The three-quarter acre habitat is complete with covered viewing areas, as well as an adjacent public farm.
The last stop is the Sitka National Historical Park, also known as Totem Park. You will stand on a bridge over Indian River and learn about the salmon and their life cycle, then take a walk in the amazing old growth rain forest. Hear about the native culture as you view the totem art and scenery..
Reviewer: Jackie Golden
Great tour. Driver was very friendly & very informative. Took us to some great spots to see local life.
Reviewer: jing zhu
We were warmly greeted by the staff. The tour started on time, beautiful view, and the most impressive one is the visit of bear sanctuary.
Reviewer: Cleta V. Belt
We thoroughly enjoyed our tour. The young woman tour guide was incredibly knowledgeable about the area and patient with the tour members. She even stopped in a bay on our way to the bear Fortress to let us see a whale. She knew one looked in that area and she waited until we saw its tail flip. As she guided us into the rainforest at the totem Park, again she was personable and knowledgeable about the area.
Reviewer: Rob and Joanna Kim
The tour operators were right out side the terminal and were very welcoming and had our reservation. Our tour guide, Maria, was the best!! Thank you to her for an interesting and enjoyable tour. We highly recommend this tour.
Reviewer: Sue Bezanson
We really enjoyed this tour, and felt it was great value for the money. We were fortunate to have a great guide who was a native Alaskan and had Tlingit roots. She was very knowledgeable and had wonderful stories. We had the option to stay at the National Park and do a self-guided tour or take the van back to the cruise terminal, and we were very glad we chose to walk the park--we saw several eagles in the wild, and salmon jumping, and lots of beautiful totem poles. It was a short walk back to the ship.