Welcome to Sitka

The bonus for visitors is that Sitka mixes wonderfully preserved history with outstanding natural beauty. Looming on the horizon, across Sitka Sound, is impressive Mt Edgecumbe, an extinct volcano with a graceful cone similar to Japan’s Mt Fuji. Closer in, myriad small, forested islands turn into beautiful ragged silhouettes at sunset, competing for attention with the snowcapped mountains and sharp granite peaks flanking Sitka to the east. And in town picturesque remnants of Sitka’s Russian heritage are tucked around every corner. It’s like Skagway but with less tourists.

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Sitka activities

$69 Cultural & Theme Tours

Sitka Tour including Fortress of the Bear and Totem Poles

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Sitka National Historic Park/Totem Park, Sitka, AlaskaLearn about our totem poles, local plants and see a eagle nestDuration: 20 minutesStop At: Fortress of the Bear, Sitka, AlaskaView our local resident bearsDuration: 20 minutes

$69 Kid Friendly

Sitka Shore Excursion with Fortress of the Bear and Totem Pole

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Sitka National Historic Park/Totem Park, Sitka, AlaskaLearn about our totem poles,Visit the river salmon spawn in yearly and learn about local plantsDuration: 20 minutesStop At: Fortress of the Bear, Sitka, AlaskaVisit our local resident bearsDuration: 20 minutes

$79 Cultural & Theme Tours

Sitka Tour:Alaska Raptor Center, Fortress of the Bears, Totems

After taking the free ship shuttle to town, where you will meet the owners of your small group tour at the Harrigan Centennial Hall. After being introduced to your guide you'll board a comfortable 10-passenger Nissan NV van to start your adventure of Sitka, situated on the edge of Baranof Island at the end of Alaska's famous Inside Passage. Silver Bay: Your local guide narrates what life is like in Sitka as you drive south to Silver Bay. Here, incredible beauty unfolds around each and every bend in the road. We will stop for an amazing photo opportunity and possible wildlife viewing. We often see whales, eagles, sea lions and salmon jumping.Fortress of The Bear: Next your tour brings you the “Fortress of the Bear”, our most popular stop. Here you will have the opportunity to get within twenty-five feet of our distinctive Brown Bear in a naturalized setting. The three-quarter acre habitat, set against the National Forest, is the largest bear habitat in North America and is complete with covered viewing areas. Meet their experienced rescuers as they share their love and knowledge of this often feared, but yet revered creature of the forest.  Learn the challenges they experience as they seek to rescue these incredible giants.Alaska Raptor Center: Next you will start your private small group tour of this amazing raptor rehabilitation center. Located on a 17–acre campus bordering the Tongass National Forest and Indian River, its primary mission is the rehabilitation of sick and injured eagles, hawks, falcons, owls, and other birds of prey which are brought in from all over Alaska. The Center (the largest of its type in the state, and one of the largest in North America) receives between 100–200 birds a year, with many suffering from gunshot wounds and traffic accident-related trauma. The Center's goal is to introduce the birds back into the wild, once they are healed and retrained in "raptor life skills" (such as flying) in the enclosed, Bald Eagle Flight-Training Center. A few of the animals that could not be returned to nature have become permanent guests. You will see up to two dozen resident eagles, hawks, owls, and ravens, who assist in the Center’s secondary function, that of public education.Sitka National Historical Park: You continue to the oldest national park in Alaska: Sitka National Historical Park. You'll be amazed as you stroll among the stunning Tlingit and Haida totem poles amidst hemlock and spruce trees on the scenic coastal trail. After, join your guide on a beautiful walk overlooking the Indian River. In the middle of the season, witness salmon spawning while your knowledgeable guide teaches you about the amazing life cycle of the salmon. All Guests will be given the choice to drive back with your guide or stay longer and stroll the beautiful Sea Walk back to town a 15-20 minute stunning walk.

$199 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Sitka Sightseeing with Whale Watching Cruise: Small-Group Tour

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Sitka National Historic Park/Totem Park, Sitka, Alaskavisit and learn about our totem poles, local plants and visit the river the salmon spawn in every year.Duration: 20 minutesStop At: Fortress of the Bear, Sitka, AlaskaView our local resident bearsDuration: 20 minutes

$157.94 Shore Excursions

Sitka Shore Excursion: Sea Kayaking Adventure

While in port in Sitka, embark on an exciting kayak tour in Sitka, sure to be a memorable adventure! Meet your group dockside at the Sitka cruise port and prepare for your Alaskan experience. Suit up in quality rain gear and life jackets and climb aboard a fast, custom-built vessel for an exciting sightseeing tour on the Sitka Sound. Head to the floating base camp and listen as your captain points out native wildlife, including whales!Upon arrival, you’ll be instructed on how to use the two-person kayaks. These safe, stable and easy-to-maneuver crafts let you enjoy the beauty of the protected bays near Sitka. Follow your experienced guide while learning effective paddling techniques, and learn all about the surrounding marine life. Spend approximately 1.5 hours kayaking while taking in the magnificent scenery. Keep an eye out for colorful fish and other sea life, eagles, harbor seals, black-tailed deer or even brown bears! No prior kayaking experience is required and all ages are encouraged to participate on this tour. After kayaking, enjoy a hearty snack including clam chowder, crackers and hot apple cider. Worry-free Shore Excursion:We will ensure your timely return to the Sitka port for this activity. In the rare event your ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of-call. If your ship is delayed and you are unable to attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.

$26.25 Cultural & Theme Tours

Alaskan Brewery Tour and Tasting Experience

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Alaskan Brewery and Bottling Company, Juneau, AlaskaThis exclusive tour takes guests to the original Alaskan Brewery. Guests sit down with the Alaskan Brewery expert and learn about how the Alaskan Brewing Co started, how it has continued to grow and the challenges of having a brewery located in the remote Juneau Alaska. During this experience, guests are guided through a tasting of the Alaskan Brewery's flagship brews. Once the tour is over, guests get to enjoy their custom beer flight in the Alaskan Brewery Tour Hallway. Duration: 1 hour