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Sitka Scenic Tour- Premium - Alaska Raptor Center, Fortress of the Bears,Totems!

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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.
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Departure Point
330 Harbor Dr, Sitka, AK 99835, USA
Duration
2h 30m
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
Inclusions
  • Accommodation as per itinerary
Exclusions
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities (recommended) for great service.
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Standard seat size (17 inches) if you require more space, please book accordingly.
  • ALL tours start at Harrigan Centennial Hall 330 Harbor Drive Sitka Alaska 99835.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Our independent tour operator brought us here While we thought the entrance was included in the price of the tour it wasn’t. That said we were still able to see the eagle and sev3ral other birds of prey for free. I was particularly impressed that...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Forest W
Rhonda C, Owner at Sitka Wildlife Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Hello Forest, I'm wondering if you took our Sitka Scenic Tour instead of the Sitka PREMIUM Tour. Sitka Scenic Tour is a 2 hour tour and the Sitka Premium Tour is 2.5 hours which DOES include the Alaska Raptor Center.(including admissions to Fortress of the...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited Sitka on our Alaskan cruise and the weather was very wet and windy when we docked. Our guide, Becky, did an excellent job showing us the area and had great stories and information to share. The highlight was the Fortress of the Bears...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank mlclark49
Rhonda C, Owner at Sitka Wildlife Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

We are so happy you enjoyed your tour with Becky! Thank you so much for the awesome review! Yes even in the rain Sitka is beautiful to come and visit. Our summer was beautiful with LOTS of sunny days which we really enjoyed but that...More

Reviewed 8 September 2019

My husband and I just returned from an Alaska cruise, and had reserved this tour ahead of time based on the good reviews. We were not disappointed. Our guide, Becky, did an awesome job showing us around and sharing fun personal stories of her life...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank colt123
Rhonda C, Owner at Sitka Wildlife Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

I'm so glad you had a blast with us! We also love sharing with you! Please come back sometime soon!

Reviewed 2 September 2019 via mobile

Excellent places to see in Sitka. Go with a small group. So much better than large buses. Great tour through Sitka, and super photo ops with Bears and Birds.More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank 1Blacklab
Rhonda C, Owner at Sitka Wildlife Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

We are glad you saw the value of the small group tour over the large bus tours. They offer longer tours but that is so they have time to load and unload so many at each stop, not to give you more of a tour....More

Reviewed 29 August 2019

Rhonda, the owner of Sitka Wildlife Tours, met us as we got off the port's shuttle bus and introduced us to our guide, Lindsay. I paid extra to have a private tour for the six of us (grandparents, parents & 2 teenagers) and extended the...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank lkarpesq
Rhonda C, Owner at Sitka Wildlife Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

We can't help but tear up when we read your review! We are so proud of all our guides making such great connections with our visitors. We are honored you chose us the love your family! Please come again soon!

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3 September 2019|
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Yes, The centers will handle large groups and children.
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25 January 2019|
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Response from SDBrad | Reviewed this property |
3-4 hours they will make sure you are back downtown in time to catch the ships bus back to the ship
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3 January 2019|
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Response from SDBrad | Reviewed this property |
As already mentioned we spent about 15 min on the island. Most of the old base is a school and closed to the public. The day we were there the AK Highway Patrol School was teaching high speed car handeling which was fun to... More
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