Saxman Native Village and Ketchikan City Tour
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See Historical Saxman Native Village, City and Wildlife
This Ketchikan guided tour includes sights in the Ketchikan area, an exclusive stop at eagle point and time at Saxman Native village.
Enjoy the city tour of Ketchikan aboard a deluxe motor coach or private 15 passenger van. The views are outstanding as you travel past the rustic waterfront, boat harbors and the picturesque city park. You will stop near one of Ketchikan's private salmon canneries at Eagle point. This is an exclusive stop where Eagles and Harbor seals are almost always in attendance. See a salmon ladder and watch salmon spring from the rushing water en route to the spawning grounds (late July through September). A stop will also be made for a brief introduction to a rainforest.
At Saxman Native Village, you'll gaze and be amazed at the world's largest standing collection of totem poles. On this Ketchikan tour you will hear the legends and stories of these ancient and majestic totem poles, and learn how and why they were made. You will also make an exterior-only visit to the Clan House, where your guide will explain some of the many carved figures. You will then have a short amount of free time to visit the Village Store and Artists Co-op, where authentic arts and crafts are made by Saxman Natives. This Alaska excursion does not include carving or native performances.
Once back in town, a stop will be made at Historic Creek Street. This was Ketchikan's former busy red light district, and is now home to the world-famous Dolly's House Museum. Guests can choose to either end the tour at Historic Creek Street (an approximately 10 minute walk from the cruise pier), or be returned to the pier.
Reviewer: Richard Viglienzoni
Ketchikan is on an island in SE Alaska, with a relatively mild climate. We made our way to several stops along the way to try to spot orcas, or, some whales. Turned out we were too early in the year. However, we did see some beautiful scenery and a waterfall, as well as a fish hatchery along a creek. The highlight, however, was the Saxman native village, where we were shown several totem poles that dated back to the 1890s. It is unusual to seem them survive that long as the wood used is soft and deteriorates. We were also taken to a native shop, where we were shown a totem carving in process, what the symbols mean (a large space between symbols indicates a significant event). Our guide was knowledgeable and a native of the Ketchikan area.
Reviewer: Robert Whaley
The tour guide may the trip interesting and informative. I enjoyed learning about the spruce trees. The bears eat the tip at certain times of the year when the fish are scarce. We tried some and they were sort of sweet. Also enjoyed the axemen show. It was good for some laughs as well as being entertaining.
Reviewer: George Sesin
Very informative tour guide. Saw many other items of interest during the tour. Would highly recommend this tour.
Reviewer: Christine Skaggs
Our tour guide Ken was excellent. We learned so many things and even got to stop at additional places because we were his last tour of the day. Highly recommend.
Reviewer: Stew hooper
I normally do not do shore excursions when I go on a cruise,glad I did this time,this driver was on the button,information was great,( can't remember what this ladies name ) thank you