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Sitka Scenic Sightseeing and Fortress of the Bear Excursion

Sitka, Alaska / USA (Excursion ID S2186)

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  • Air-conditioned and licensed round-trip transportation from your Sitka Alaska cruise ship tender pier!
  • English-speaking, local, and trained Sitka shore excursion guides!
  • Photo stop at Japonski Island!
  • Guided walking trip at Sitka National Historical Park!
  • Visit and entrance fee to Fortress of the Bear!
  • Escape the cruise ship shore excursion crowds and enjoy the unique sights of Sitka and the surrounding area!

See what treasures the charming port of Sitka holds for guests. Get insider information about Sitka, the area, and the sites you will be seeing including the Fortress of the Bear Center.

This small group exploration of Sitka, the former capital of Russian America, starts right from the tender pier area shoreside. Departing the pier area in a comfortable 14-passenger van you will first drive over the O'Connell Bridge. From the highest point in downtown Sitka, you will get a great overview of this charming town that is only accessible by air or water. No roads lead into Sitka!

On the other side of the bridge, is Japonski Island, which means Japanese in Russian. It was named by the Russians in 1806 after some Japanese fishermen were stranded there and rescued by the Russians living there. In the 1940s, it served as the headquarters for military forces based in Sitka. The surrounding islands contained bunkers and gunning sites, the ruins of a few still exist. Today, it's the location of the Sitka airport, famous for its Russian Borscht soup and homemade pies, and the University of Alaska Southeast.

Driving back through town you will pass by and see the Pioneers Home built in 1913, Sheldon Jackson Museum, St Michael's Cathedral built in the mid-1800s, and the Sitka Sound Science Center as you make your way to the other end of town and the oldest national park in Alaska, Sitka National Historical Park. As you stroll along the path through hemlock and spruce trees you will discover hand-carved wooden Tlingit and Haida totem poles.

After your guided walk along the Indian River, you will drive along Silver Bay to the Fortress of the Bear, North America's biggest bear habitat. Designed as a natural setting for orphaned bear cubs, it also allows you to observe the brown bears from as close as 25 feet (8 meters), observing their play and learning about the habits of these magnificent animals. The staff can answer any questions that you may have about the bears and their rehabilitation at the center.

Throughout the cruise shore excursion, your guide will point out other historical treasures along the way that only a local can provide always keep an eye out for wildlife and have your camera handy!

Your transportation will then return to your cruise ship tender pier in downtown Sitka.

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A two-hour excursion shows you why Sitka is one of the most charming ports in Alaska. Sightseeing, Sitka history, and highlights with a visit to Fortress of the Bear rehabilitation center!


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Stockton, CA
Short but enjoyable tour!
     5/5  (Visited on June 2019)
We went on this during our Princess Cruise Really enjoyable tour. Words cannot describe in detail the beauty you find in Alaska. We truly enjoyed seeing the bears in the wild and were able to see quite abit of other wildlife including a few eagles. This is a tour I would recommend!
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Excellent Tour
     5/5  (Visited on May 2019)
A short but very informative tour covering all sites of interest. Our guide was very informative and friendly and having a small group made things even nicer. Alaska is truly somewhere that you need to get out and experience.
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Indio, California
Loved the Fortress of the Bears!!
     5/5  (Visited on May 2019)
Just returning from my cruise journey and visiting this fabulous place. I am very impressed with these people and their job working out with the bears. Definitely will return next time with my grandchildren.
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     5/5  (Visited on April 2016)
this was such an informative excursion, Alan was our guide and he filled us in with all of the Sitka highlights in a very interactive way. My kids loved the Bear Fortress, it was very nice to be able to watch them from such a short distance. Perhaps you can consider providing complimentary water during the excursion, it would be a kind gesture.
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Kim B NEDERLAND, TX, US Yesterday
Everything about each excursion was explained in detail
 Everything about each excursion was explained in detail 
Aldon J Lafayette, La., US
Aldon J Lafayette, La., US Yesterday
I recommend and love this place. I wish you would allow Carnival to book the ex...
 I recommend and love this place. I wish you would allow Carnival to book the excursions so more would book easily. others get skeptical. Thank you!! Can't wait to come see you. I will be there Sept 18, 2024, Feb 18, 2025 and some time in Dec 2024. 
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Lori O Metairie, LA, US 3 days ago
We have always had a great experience using this company.
 We have always had a great experience using this company. 
Joyce R Eldorado, 1, CA
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Gail K North Carolina, NC, US
Gail K North Carolina, NC, US 6 days ago
Easy to use. Competitive pricing. Excellent shore excursion options.
 Easy to use. Competitive pricing. Excellent shore excursion options. 
Al L Portland, or, US
Al L Portland, or, US 7 days ago