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Ketchikan Highlights & Saxman Native Village Tour

4.6
5 reviews

Excursion Overview

Learn firsthand about Alaska Native culture, customs, and modern lifestyles

Enjoy a uniquely Alaskan experience with this tour of Saxman Native Village, one of Ketchikan's most popular attractions. We'll start with a scenic drive through town and along Ketchikan's coastline.

Saxman is a small town near Ketchikan with a population of about 400 people, most of whom are Alaska Natives. At the village, you will have the privilege of learning about Alaska Native culture, customs, and modern lifestyles.

You'll be welcomed in the Tlingit language and invited to the Beaver Clan House, a wooden structure painted with a beautiful representation of a beaver. It's time for the highlight of the tour, a private performance by the Cape Fox Dancers, dressed in elaborate regalia. Through traditional song, dance, and props, they will portray cultural stories and teach about Alaska Native history.

You will then be guided through the Canoe Canopy, where you can learn about the history of these Native-style boats. Canoes are a true feat of innovation, and they were vital to the peoples of Southeast Alaska for thousands of years. You will also have a chance to check out the Carving Center, for an up-close look at the art of totem pole carving and paint making.

You'll finally head to the famous Totem Park, which houses 25 authentically carved totems. Each pole holds cultural significance, and the symbols tell a unique story. You'll learn in-depth about the meanings and symbolism behind each pole.

This tour is an excellent opportunity to learn firsthand from the people whose ancestors have stewarded this land for centuries. Saxman Native Village is accessible and fun for both kids and adults, making it a great choice for multi-generational families traveling together!

Things You Need to Know

Inclusions:

  • Roundtrip transportation
  • Access to Saxman Native Village totem park, carving center, and canoe canopy
  • Private performance by the Cape Fox Dancers
  • Shopping Opportunity in the Gift Shop

Requirements:

  • Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Duration: 2-2.5 hours (Roundtrip from cruise ship terminal. (Guests docking at Ward Cove will be picked up and dropped off at Ward Cove))

  • 15-20 minutes - transportation to Saxman Native Village
  • 1.5 - 1.75 hours - Saxman Native Village
  • 15-20 minutes - return transportation to Ward Cove and Downtown Ketchikan

Meeting Instructions:

  • Guest docking at WARD COVE will be picked up and dropped off here. All other cruise ship guests or those staying locally will meet at the Ketchikan Visitor Center. Fully detailed instructions are included on your finalized ticket vouchers.

ADA Accessibility of Tour:

  • This tour is fully accessible for guests with wheelchairs, scooters, and walkers. Most vehicles used have the space to accommodate collapsible equipment. There is a chairlift available upon request in advance. Please let us know at checkout if you will be bringing any medical equipment or will require the use of the lift.

Refund Policy:

  • You may cancel for any reason up to seven (7) days prior to the date of the tour for a full refund.
  • Please see our Refund Policy Page for complete details.

Frequently Asked Questions

Dress warmly in layered clothing appropriate for the weather. Comfortable walking shoes are highly recommended.

We offer the local wholesale rates for all of our tours because we feel that everyone should get the same lowest price possible regardless of how many excursions you book. No tricks, no gimmicks, no hidden fees.

Definitely, arrangements of tours for groups or large families are possible. Please contact us at [email protected] with your group requests.

Yes! Multiple families may join the same tour as long as adequate space is available and the maximum is not exceeded.

 

Guest Reviews

4.6

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Delores J

On Jun 2024

Loved learning about the totems and seeing the dancers. The children were adorable and eager to share their customs. Rainy day but I'm so glad we went! Special thanks to our driver who was wonderful!

Allen H

On Jun 2024

We really enjoyed the opportunity to share time with both the dancers and the totem carvers. Hearing the stories and being able to connect with the Tlingit people in Saxman was so special.

Holly D

On May 2024

My mom really enjoyed this. It wore her out, but she said it was worth it!

Margaret S

On May 2024

I thought it was very informative. Guides did a wonderful job.

Deborah D

On Aug 2023

I appreciate the authenticity and the family connections

$69.00

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$69.00

Duration: 2-2.5 hours

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Duration: 2-2.5 hours



Adult (12+): $69.00

Child (3-11): $59.00

Infant (Under 3): $0.00

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