Sitka Small Group Scenic Tour: Totem Poles, Sitka History, and Fortress of the Bears | Same Day

Excursion Overview

See local attractions and spectacular wildlife

Experienced local guides will share their knowledge of the beautiful Sitka region and wildlife with guests on this 2-hour tour. Stroll throughout lofty totem poles in the Sitka National Historical Park, observe brown bears up close at the Fortress of the Bears, and take in the stunning scenery that Sitka has to offer. Japonski Island, O'Connell Bridge, Alaska Pioneer Home, Sheldon Jackson Museum, and St. Michael's Cathedral will be viewed along the ride through town as well. A personalized introduction to Sitka awaits guests on this locally run, small group tour.

After a quick shuttle ride into the town of Sitka, guests will begin their small group tour from the Visitor Center. A comfortable and smaller capacity van will transport guests throughout their expedition in Sitka; positioned at the edge of Baranof Island towards the end of the Inside Passage. Driving over O'Connell Bridge will give guests a wonderful view of Sitka and transport them to Japonski Island, where Sitka's history in World War II will be revealed.

Guests will then be transported within their small group to Alaska's oldest national park, Sitka National Historical Park. A stunning stroll through the Tlingit and Haida totem poles among spruce and hemlock trees awaits each guest on the breathtaking coastal trail. Joining a guide on a scenic walk looking out over the Indian River will educate guests on the salmon life cycle, and midseason opportunities to observe spawning.

The next stop brings guests to the popular Fortress of the Bears; a naturalized habitat offering visitors opportunities for up-closing viewing (within 25 feet!) of local rescued brown bears. Set along the National Forest, the 3/4 acre environment is the largest bear dwelling in North America. Skilled rescuers will share their experience, care and knowledge of a generally feared, yet revered forest dweller. Guests will learn the challenges these rescuers face in the pursuit to protect these amazing creatures.

The local guide will bring attention to historical gems like the Sitka Pioneer Home, Sheldon Jackson Museum, St. Michael's Cathedral, and the Sitka Sound Science Center throughout the tour. A keen eye can often spot wildlife along the way, so guests will want their cameras close at hand. The tour concludes with highlights of Sitka's wildlife and history before returning guests to the Visitor Center in the downtown area. Shopping is a mere 10-minute walk away for those with time to spare, or else guests can hop aboard a shuttle back to the ship terminal.

Please note: Wildlife sightings are likely but are not guaranteed. A small amount of walking is involved. Maximum of 14 passengers.

Things You Need to Know


  • Entrance and activity fees


  • Due to seat availability and guest safety/comfort, passengers weighing 250 lbs or more should purchase an additional seat to reserve adequate space.

Duration: 2 hours (Roundtrip from downtown Sitka.)

  • 40 minutes - total transport time to all attractions
  • 15~20 minutes - at Japonski Island for a photo opportunity
  • 30 minutes - Fortress of the bears
  • 30 minutes - Sitka National Historical Park
  • Guests will have a choice to drive back with a guide or stay longer and stroll the Sea walk back to town (a 15-20 minute walk to ship shuttle)

Meeting Instructions:

  • This tour meets downtown, and some guests will need to take a free shuttle. Fully detailed instructions are included on your finalized ticket vouchers.

ADA Accessibility of Tour:

  • This tour is not wheelchair or limited mobility accessible.

Refund Policy:

  • Same Day Tours are non-refundable unless the tour is canceled by the tour operator for any reason.
  • Please see our Refund Policy Page for complete details.

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, the ticket price covers all associated entry costs.

The maximum van capacity for this tour is 10 guests. If you have more than 10 passengers in your party, multiple vans will provide transportation for your group.

All passengers on this tour need to have a seat of their own. Please leave a note in your order if you will be having a child under the age of 3 on the tour.

There is open seating on the tour van, however if you require a certain seat due to a physical impairment then please inform your tour guide.

Wildlife is abundant in Southeast Alaska and sightings are possible on any tour. Bears will be viewable at the Fortress of the Bears stop during the tour.

There are no age restrictions for this tour.

Backpacks, small bags, and purses are allowed on this tour.

Non-alcoholic beverages in closable containers and snacks are allowed on tour.

No food or drinks are included.

The transportation van does not have the capacity to accommodate most wheelchairs, collapsible or not, unfortunately.


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Duration: 2 hours

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Duration: 2 hours

Passenger: $89.00