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Sitka Bears, Raptors and Totems Excursion

Sitka, Alaska / USA (Excursion ID S3502)

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  • Round-trip transportation from your Sitka Alaska cruise ship pier!
  • Air-conditioned/heated and licensed vehicles!
  • English-speaking, local, and trained Sitka shore excursion guides!
  • Visit and entrance fee to Fortress of the Bear!
  • Visit and entrance fee to the Alaskan Raptor Center!
  • Visit and entrance fee to Sitka National Historical Park!
  • Small groups of 10 guests maximum!

Learn more about Alaska when you dock in its first capital, Sitka. You’ll see bears, raptors, and totems and get a better understanding of the largest and most sparsely populated U.S. state.

Your experienced local guide will meet you a short walk from your Sitka cruise terminal and get you onboard a clean, comfortable full-size van. Group sizes are limited to 10 people to give you a more personal experience. Your excursion begins at the Harrigan Centennial Hall and from there you’ll head south on the highway. This wilderness state is home to bald eagles and Black Tail Deer. At Silver Bay, a deep-water fjord, you may spot Humpback and Minke whales in the later months of the year. A stop may be made here if time and weather permit.

The next stop is near the end of the road system and is the Fortress of the Bear. This is a non-profit facility that rescues and is a safe haven for orphaned bears. The mix of bears may change but at the time of this post, there are four Alaskan Coastal Brown Bears and three Black Bears, the only ones on the island. The 3-acre sanctuary is left in a natural setting and you’ll be able to observe the bears from a viewing platform. These gentle giants are cared for and rescued by experienced naturalists. You’ll learn more about them and be able to see them up close.

Next is a stop at the Alaskan Raptor Center, a rehabilitation center for birds of prey. Here you’ll find a state-of-the-art flight room for the birds where you can observe them learning to fly again. Inside they are conditioned and must demonstrate their flight ability before they can be released back into the wild. They’ve rescued and rehabilitated native Alaskan birds like bald eagles, owls, hawks, falcons, and kestrels.

The last stop is at the Sitka National Historical Park located in the temperate rainforest. It’s not a large park but offers several trail loops that lead out to the peninsula of the Indian River and Eastern Channel waters. The park is the site of Russia’s defeat of the indigenous Tlingit people in the 19th century. You’ll find 20 totem poles along the trail. You can walk the trail or make a visit to the Cultural Center. Here are more totems too fragile to be outside. Tlingit artists carve yellow cedar logs into masks and totems. There are also demonstrations and exhibits of native beading, metalworking, and working with fur.

At the end of your day, you'll board again your transportation to return to your Sitka cruise terminal. Don't forget your camera and have fun!

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Learn more about Alaska and see nature up close on this amazing excursion of Sitka's bears, raptors, and totems. Come and enjoy the crossroads where land and sea meet, creating a unique experience that only Alaska can provide.


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San Francisco, CA
Recent Visited
     5/5  (Visited on May 2019)
Sitka was one of the stops of the MS Oosterdam cruise and took this short but well informative excursion. The scenic views along with history and culture were provided from our local guide, spotted wild animals and loved visiting the Totems Park.
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Phoenix, Arizona
Nature lover!
     5/5  (Visited on June 2019)
Took this excursion and truly enjoyed visiting each of the places. Spotted bears, eagles, whales, sea lions and much more. I highly recommend this tour.
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Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Highly recommend!!
     5/5  (Visited on June 2019)
Just getting off our cruise journey and had the best experience on this tour. The staff is very knowledgeable and give you a lot of information. We spotted brown big bears and visited the totem park which I wish we could have more time to spend there. I had promised to return next season with our grandchildren.
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Royston, Georgia
totally worth it!
     5/5  (Visited on August 2018)
This was the best excursion I've ever done in my life. My family had an amazing time too. The meeting point was easy to find and our guide was just great. We saw some bears and also a few whales while we were on the boat. We really enjoyed the experience!
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