Best of Sitka

Best of Sitka
5 Stars5.0 / 5  |  1 ReviewReview This Tour
Price: $118.00
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Shore Excursion Size ? Small
Shore Excursion Type Cultural, Scenic
Shore Excursion Duration 2 Hours
Activity Level ? Easy
Shore Excursion Leaves From ? Downtown Sitka, (Harrigan Centennial Hall) or Sitka Visitor Center.
Food/Beverage Provided Not Included
Recommended Dress For all tours in Alaska we recommend wearing layers, the top one waterproof. Sensible walking shoes are suggested as well as bring a light waterproof jacket in case of unexpected rain.
Restrictions Guests must be able to get in and out of transportation. Guests with mobility issues should reconsider this tour as there is some minimal walking involved. This tour is not wheelchair accessible.

Best of Sitka

Get to know Alaska's first capitol and experience this unique city through the eyes of a local guide, there is no better way to learn about a place you have never been. Your group is purposely kept to a small number of only 10 guests, allowing for a much more intimate and one-on-one experience with your friendly, knowledgeable and professional guide.

Boldly existing between the mountains and the sea, Sitka is an island community where the arts flourish and an ancient native culture still thrives. Tlingit, Russian and American settlers have all called Sitka home. Today, cultural influences from all three groups remain. From viewing traditional dancing to hiking a totem-lined trail through the rainforest, visitors still experience the cultural richness that inspired Sitka's 19th century nickname, the "Paris of the Pacific".

Begin your tour at the Harrigan Centennial Hall. Climb aboard a comfortable, full-size passenger van and begin to make your way south on Sitka's road system. Always keep your eyes peeled as you might spot bald eagles in the tree-tops and Sitka black tail deer grazing on brush. Drive around Silver Bay, a body of water surrounded by high mountains where in the later months of the season humpback and minke whales can sometimes be seen here. With time and weather permitting, make a stop here for photos.

Near the end of the road system you will arrive at The Fortress of the Bear. This non-profit rescue facility is home to seven Alaskan bears. Get up close and personal with the four rescued beautiful Alaskan coastal brown bears and three black bears, the only black bears on Baranof Island. This education and rescue center reside on an exquisite three-quarter acre habitat for orphaned brown bear cubs complete with covered viewing areas in a natural habitat setting which replicates Southeast Alaska.

After spending time with the bears travel next to The Alaskan Raptor Center. This rehabilitation center for birds of prey has a state-of-the-art flight room and is home to multiple rescued eagles, owls and other birds of prey found in Southeast Alaska.

To cap off this tour your final stop will be at Sitka National Historical Park. This protected area of temperate rain forest stretches out to a peninsula and offers multiple, easily accessible trail loops that contour Indian River and the Eastern Channel waters. Totem poles punctuate these trails. This park is also the site of a battle between the Sheetka Kwan Kiksadi Clan and Russian American troops, during the 19th century. Choose to walk through the park or visit the amazing cultural center, which offers its own onsite interpreters, as well as exhibits and demonstrations for traditional techniques such as carving, working with fur, beading, and metal working.

A well-rounded introduction to all things Sitka awaits on this best of tour. Spend two hours being introduced to Southeast Alaska and still have time left to explore, shop and taste local cuisine on your own afterwards. Space is limited so book today as not to miss out.

5 Stars5.0 / 5  |  1 ReviewReview This Tour
Great local touch!
October 19, 2022
Having a guide who is a long time resident of the area was a big plus. She was very informative and had loads of personality too! We had booked Best of Sitka, but could not get off the ship in time. They were very gracious and accommodating to get us on a later tour. So we actually were on another tour, not sure the name of it. The first stop of our tour was the Alaska Raptor Center. The snowy owl and bald eagle were fun to see up so close although the center is not very big. Next we went to Fortress of the Bear which is an impressive facility. We enjoyed seeing black and brown bears in a "natural" habitat. Our driver/guide then stopped at a lovely scenic spot for photos. Finally, we were conveniently returned to the ship.
Reviewer: Diane Green
5 Stars