Located on the Aleutian Chain, approximately 900 miles southwest of Anchorage, Dutch Harbor is a destination full of breathtaking scenery. From windswept volcanic peaks surrounded by the sea, to green valleys dotted with the vibrant colors of wildflowers in the summer. Hike on trails, some of which were established thousands of years ago by the indigenous Unangan people whom have continuously inhabited these islands for roughly 9,000 years. Go beach combing for glass at Front Beach, berry picking for wild salmonberries and blueberries or Watch the salmon spawn in the Iliuliuk Creek.

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  • Shuttle Bus

    The entire shuttle loop takes about 30-40 minutes depending on where the ship will be docked and what road construction is taking place. The shuttle buses will make the following four stops:

    WWII Visitor Center: Interpretive exhibits recount the Aleutian campaign and Unangan evacuation.

    Grand Aleutian Hotel: The Gift Shop sells Alaskan crafts and products from local artists. It also stocks Russian souvenirs to honor Unalaska's sister city, Petropavlovsk, Russia.

    Museum of the Aleutians: Presents the culture and history of the Aleutians and Pribilof Island region from prehistory, through the Russian-American period and WWII, to the present-day.

    Holy Ascension Cathedral: A National Historic Landmark that houses one of Alaska's largest and richest collections of Russian artifacts, religious icons and art pieces.

    Please Note: The town of Dutch Harbor does not receive many visitors, the local community is very excited about your visit, but please be informed that the infrastructure and modes of transportation are very limited. RSSC is offering this complementary shuttle service in order to accommodate as many guests as possible on an activity ashore. However, due to the limited resources; delays and waiting times are to be expected. We appreciate your understanding and patience. Entrance fees are not included.

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  • Glimpse of the Past

    Join this limited-stop tour for a look at the area's military past, as you travel to various locations that mark the military presence in Unalaska.

    Due to its strategic location, the U.S. military built both navy and army installations here in 1939, and in 1942, the Japanese began their campaign in the Aleutian Islands by bombing Dutch Harbor. During the attack, a Japanese Zero fighter plane went down and the wreckage was recovered near the harbor, giving the U.S. military the opportunity to learn all about this Japanese weapon that had caused so much destruction and loss of life.

    Your transport and guide await you at the pier where you will head off to discover the military landmarks of the town. Along your route, you will see such local monuments as Second Priest's Rock, a natural rock formation that has served as a beacon for seafarers, and the Bishop's House, which is found next door to the onion-domed Cathedral of the Holy Ascension.

    As your tour winds down, your final stop will be at the World War II Visitors' Center, where the war era is covered more in-depth and there are a large number of relics on display. The Center is also home to a life-size duplication of the World War II aviator's tower.

    When the time comes for your tour to conclude, you will have the option of further exploring the town by walking back to the ship on your own, or re-joining your van for the transfer back to the pier.

    Please note: This tour includes a limited amount of walking, mainly at the guests' discretion during stops. The tour is available to wheelchair guests who have a collapsible wheelchair, are able to make their own way on and off the transport and have a companion to assist them. Those with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Weather appropriate clothing and flat, comfortable walking shoes are suggested. The order of the sites viewed or visited may vary.

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  • Discover Unalaska's Natural Wonders

    For those who prefer the great outdoors and spending time in nature, this tour is the perfect choice.

    The environs of Unalaska come alive each summer with the colors, smells and incredible scenery of the pristine Alaskan wilderness. Joining your specialized guide at the pier, you will commence your tour and journey up the flower-dotted switchbacks of Ballyhoo, drinking in the incredible natural beauty that will leave you completely enchanted. From the top of Haystack Hill, panoramic vistas of the city and sea below await you and you will want to make sure to bring your camera along to capture these picturesque scenes. Your route will also take you along the Illiluk River where you can almost reach out and touch the salmon as they crest their way up the river.

    As you make your way back to the ship, you will no doubt agree that this tour has definitely delivered an unforgettable experience spent discovering the nature that abounds in and around Unalaska.

    Please note: This tour includes a limited amount of walking, mainly at the guests' discretion during stops. The walking may be over uneven and natural surfaces. The tour is available to wheelchair guests who have a collapsible wheelchair, are able to make their own way on and off the transport and have a companion to assist them. Those with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Weather appropriate clothing and flat, comfortable walking shoes are suggested.

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  • Highlights of Unalaska

    Enjoy seeing numerous historical and cultural locations in Unalaska during this comprehensive tour that includes many local attractions.

    Boarding your transportation at the pier, you will set-off to discover the highlights of this pristine Alaskan town. One of the stops you will make is at the Museum of the Aleutians, where you can view the permanent exhibit that showcases various finds from several archeological digs, as well as rare memorabilia from the military presence that was here during World War II. There are also changing exhibits within the Museum and you may have the opportunity to view an assortment of underwater photography done by local marine biologist Reid Brewer. Also housed at the Museum are various collectibles, curios and books for sale that you will be allowed to browse at your leisure.

    Another stop included in your tour is the World War II Visitors' Center, where the war era is covered more in-depth and there are a large number of relics on display. The Center is also home to a life-size duplication of the World War II aviator's tower.

    Following your time at the Visitors' Center, you will make your way to Memorial Park for a breath of fresh, clean, Alaskan air, before continuing on to view the Cathedral of the Holy Ascension and the famous Bishop's house, two of the town's oldest landmarks and home to a vast collection of Russian Catholic icons. The Cathedral is recognized as the oldest Russian-built church that is still standing in the country and occupies a prime location overlooking the bay. Its decidedly Russian onion domes makes it a rather unique sight to see on these shores. Adjacent to the Cathedral is a graveyard where the Russian-born former Bishop of the Aleutian Islands and Alaska, Baron Nicholas Zass is buried.

    From here, you will travel back to the pier where your tour concludes.

    Please note: This tour includes approximately 2-hours of walking, mainly at the guests' discretion during stops. The tour is available to wheelchair guests who have a collapsible wheelchair, are able to make their own way on and off the transport and have a companion to assist them. Those with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Weather appropriate clothing and flat, comfortable walking shoes are suggested. The order of the sites viewed or visited may vary.

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  • Eyes to the Sky Bird Watching Tour

    Bird lovers won't want to miss this tour that takes you to some of the best bird watching areas in and around Unalaska.

    Your local bird guide will meet you at the pier and then you will set off to numerous local spots frequented by a variety of bird species. Do you fancy capturing a photo of the Whiskered Auklet for your collection? Or perhaps add to the photos you already have of Bald Eagles, or maybe even an Emperor Goose depending on the season.

    As you visit the different locations, you will no doubt enjoy observing the wildly different personalities of the birds as they interact in their chosen habitat and you surely won't want to leave your camera behind!

    After an exhilarating time spent getting to know the wondrous bird population that inhabits this corner of Alaska, you will transfer back to the pier where your tour concludes.

    Please note: This tour includes walking over natural and uneven paths. There may also be some inclines to negotiate. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and those with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Weather appropriate, layered clothing; sun caps; sun glasses and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Tour operates weather permitting.

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  • Coastal Beach Combing

    Spend your time in Unalaska discovering the coastal wonders of the area on this fun and informative tour.

    Meeting your guide at the pier, you will set-off to enjoy a beach combing expedition like no other. As you are led over the rocks and down to the beach area, your guide will happily point out to you the various things you will find at the water's edge and tucked away in tide pools.

    Relax and drink in the refreshing sea air as you wander along the shore hunting for sea glass, listening to the sea as it rushes in over the rocks, and watching seagulls as they circle overhead. Some of the various coastal areas you will visit are The Spit Dock, Glass Beach, Miller's Front Beach and Summer Bay (time permitting).

    All too soon, your tour will come to a close and you will be transferred back to the pier where your ship is waiting.

    Please note: This tour includes walking over natural and uneven terrain, including rocks and sandy surfaces. There may also be some inclines to negotiate. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests or those with mobility concerns. Weather appropriate clothing; sun caps; sun glasses and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Tour operates weather permitting.

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  • Hiking Off the Beaten Path

    This tour is geared for the adventurous and those who want to experience the natural beauty of the area up-close.

    Your local guide will join you at the pier and you will be transferred to the trail head where you will head off on an unforgettable journey hiking down paths that were created thousands of years ago. Enjoy breathtaking scenery that includes views over both the city and the sea as you are treated to unparalleled panoramic vistas during your amazing wilderness trek.

    Returning back to your transport at the end of your hike, you will be transferred back to the pier and your waiting ship.

    Please note: This tour includes several hours of hiking over natural and uneven paths. There are also uphill and downhill paths to navigate. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests or those guests with mobility challenges. Participants should be in good physical condition. Weather appropriate, layered clothing; sun caps; sun glasses and flat, comfortable hiking shoes are recommended. Tour operates weather permitting.

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