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Sitka: Totem Poles, Local History and Fortress of Bears Tour

1. Sitka: Totem Poles, Local History and Fortress of Bears Tour

Enjoy a port stop in Sitka with a small group tour full of history and wildlife. Gaze at lofty totem poles in Sitka National Historical Park, take in beautiful sights, learn local history, and get introduced to nature at the Fortress of Bears. Grab the quick shuttle ride into the town of Sitka and drive over the O'Connell Bridge to Japonski Island. Learn of the town's World War II history and its role in defending North America in the war's onset. Enter Sitka National Historical Park and take a stroll among the Tlingit and Haida totem poles. Breathe in the northern air as you walk among the spruce and hemlock trees. Allow your guide to bring your attention to historical gems like the Sitka Pioneer Home, Sheldon Jackson Museum, St. Michael's Cathedral, and the Sitka Sound Science Center as you move throughout the tour. Keep your eyes open for spotting local wildlife along the way and try to snap a photo. At last, get up close and personal with Brown Bears at the Fortress of Bears and learn of the wildlife rescue initiatives in the area. With a little time to spare, take a 10-minute walk to browse the shops or hop aboard a shuttle back to the ship terminal. Please make sure you include your cruise ship name as you book, the tour start time will match your cruise ship porting times and could be from 9.30am to 1.30pm as your start time.

Ketchikan: Private Scenic Drive & George Inlet Fjords Cruise

2. Ketchikan: Private Scenic Drive & George Inlet Fjords Cruise

On this private, guided, half-day tour, embark on an adventure from Ketchikan through the Tongass Narrows as you travel to the George Inlet Fjords. Discover hidden gems of Alaskan culture on the drive through Saxman, then cruise through the rich scenery of the coastal fjords. Begin your tour in Ketchikan, where you'll meet your guide and explore the historic downtown area by van. Then, venture onwards to Saxman, which pays homage to Tlingit culture with its extensive totem pole park. Admire the breathtaking scenery of the Tongass Narrows coastline as you drive. Continue your adventure at the Beaver Falls Salmon Cannery. After visiting the historic cannery, relish the fresh air as you hike the rainforest trail to the Zodiac boat. Along the way, pause for Mahoney Falls Glacial Cirque's stunning views of snow-capped mountains and a 2000-foot waterfall. Next, your guide will provide a brief safety orientation of the Zodiac motorboats. Bundle up in rain gear, rubber boots, and a life jacket, then step into the four- or six-seater vessel. Follow your guide out to the George Inlet Fjords and marvel at the pristine scenery. As you cruise, keep watch for wildlife, including Sitka deer and black bears. Bald eagles may swoop to water for hunting, and in the water, you may be able to observe the salmon streams. After your cruise, return to the cannery for snacks and refreshments before heading back to Ketchikan.

Sitka: Self-Guided Audio Walking Tour

3. Sitka: Self-Guided Audio Walking Tour

Explore the historic city of Sitka, and learn about the city’s Russian past on a self-guided walking audio tour. Visit the Sitka Historical National Park, Sheldon Jackson Museum, St Michael's Cathedral, and spend as much time as you want. Download a self-guided audio tour onto your Android or iPhone. Use the included detailed map to navigate through the area. Listen to the audio guide with stories from local experts.  See important sites like the Harrison Centennial Hall, Alexander Baranof Memorial, Pioneer's Home, Russian Cemetery, and Lincoln Street. Stroll through the town and hear fascinating facts from this educational and fun tour.

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