On this tour, guests first get to experience an incredible narrated scenic tour on a motor coach up to the Alaska Rainforest Sanctuary. Guests will have experienced guides that will take you on an eco-tour up through the rainforest in Herring Cove. From there, guests will be able to cross on elevated platforms that give you a greater chance the see the wildlife, being sure to keep their eyes open for black bears, bald eagles, seals, deer and a huge variety of birds.
If it's bald eagles guests want to see, then they will continue their excursion at a stop at the Eagle Sanctuary to see the eagles up close and personal. Then, guests will get to stop by the carving shed to meet and interact with a native carver to learn how totem poles are carved, and the traditions behind them. To finish off an incredible experience, guests will enjoy some fresh cooked Dungeness crab in an incredibly beautiful lodge setting next to the George Inlet, a meal that also includes a fresh salad and dessert.
Included: All-you-can-eat fresh Dungeness Crab feast, including a starting salad and blueberry cheesecake dessert.
Please note: Guests must be comfortable walking short distances on uneven surfaces and steps. This tour may operate in reverse order.
Duration: 4 hours (Roundtrip from cruise ship terminal.)
- All-you-can-eat fresh Dungeness Crab feast, including a starting salad and blueberry cheesecake dessert
- Guests must be comfortable walking short distances on uneven surfaces and steps
- Raingear for days with poor weather
Duration: 4 hours. Tour times below are approximate:
- 20 minute drive to rainforest location
- 90 minute walk through rainforest
- 10 minute drive from rainforest to lodge
- 90 minute meal time
- 30 minute drive back to pier
- This tour meets at the Liquid Sunshine Rain Gauge. Fully detailed instructions are included on your finalized ticket vouchers.
ADA Accessibility of Tour:
- This tour is available for guests in scooters, wheelchairs and walkers. The gravel trail does not have any steep inclines or declines. There are 79 stairs from the parking lot down to the dining room/dock. If a guest is unable to walk up or down the stairs, a shuttle is available. Please leave a comment during checkout if ADA accommodations will be required on tour.
How many passengers ride in the motor coach together?
There is a maximum of 12 passengers in the motorcoach.
Will I see any wildlife or bears on this tour?
Wildlife is abundant in Southeast Alaska and sightings are possible on any tour, however this is not a designated wildlife tour and nothing can be guaranteed.
Are there any age restrictions for children?
There are no age restrictions for this tour.
Can I bring my own food or drink?
Non-alcoholic beverages in a closeable containter and snacks are allowed on tour.
Are food and drink included?
The highlight of this tour is the freshly prepared meal which is included.
Are there any physical requirements for this tour?
Guests must be comfortable walking short distances on uneven surfaces and steps. This tour is wheelchair and scooter accesible via a transfer van that guests must be able to transfer into.
What type of clothing should I wear?
Layered clothing and water resistant jackets are recommended.
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Jun 2019 - Joshua G.
The sanctuary was really cool but the crab was to die for. Go hungry and save some space for the cheesecake!!!!!
Sep 2018 - Claire M.
Interesting, well organised and lots of yummy crab
Sep 2018 - Arletta H.
Aug 2018 - Kathy P.
The Raptor Sanctuary was a hi-lite along with the Totem Carving and the Crabfeast! Our shuttle driver Peggy was very knowledgeable and it was a pleasure having her transport us to and from our excursion. Our guide on the rainforest walk tried too hard to be funny and missed the mark...
I recommend that he stick to the factual materials.
Aug 2018 - Janelle G.
The Ketchikan Rainforest Sanctuary was a lovely stop during our cruise from Vancouver to Seward. The guide gave us a lot of information about the flora and fauna of the sanctuary and we had plenty of time to amble about and see everything that wanted to, as well as do a little shopping for souvenirs. The crab feast at George Inlet Lodge was very nice- the lodge is down a rather long flight of stairs (there are options available for anyone who is mobility impaired), and our server had a great sense of humor and gave great directions for how to eat crab for those who had never done so. The crab was good and plentiful, and this tour was a great way to spend our day in Ketchikan. We had plenty of time for shopping when we returned before our ship was due to sail.
Jul 2018 - Pierre C.
We apreciated particularly Savanah, our guide with in Rain Forest. Meal was excellent.
Bus driver need more experience to drive backward when required, however he was very prudent and took his time.
Jul 2018 - Norman B.
It was fun and educational. Thank you.
Jul 2018 - JASON C.
The crab feast is legit. Its definitely all you can eat and was delicious. 5 stars on food.
The bus trip over is also easy, fun and informative. 5 stars on travel.
The rain forest tour is lacking. We thought it would be somewhat self guided, "meet us at the end of a trail in an hour" type of hike, but it was more walk with 15 - 20 people, and stop every 20 yards. Less than a mile in total. It was nice just not what we were expecting. 2 out of 5 stars. Wish they had more options for hikers who want to explore on their own.
Jun 2018 - Neil M.
Great tour! Crab was phenomenal!