Founded by Russian fur traders as New Archangel in 1799, Sitka was the historic center of Russia’s Alaskan empire. The Russian flag was replaced by the Stars and Stripes when the United States purchased the Alaska territory in 1867. Today, picturesque Sitka, is known for its fishing industry, an annual summer classical music festival and, of course, its many historic visitor attractions. On a clear day Sitka, the only city in southeast Alaska that actually fronts the Pacific Ocean, rivals Juneau for the sheer beauty of its surroundings.

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  • Sea Otter and Wildlife Quest

    Discover Alaska's abundant marine and wildlife during this award-winning cruise through one of the world's most beautiful coastal environments.

    Depart the pier aboard a boat in search of Alaska's abundant marine and wildlife. Along the way, you will have an opportunity to observe sea otters, whales, sea lions, porpoise, harbor seals, brown bears, deer, bald eagles, and a variety of marine birds. You will also learn about the sea otters' recovery following their near-extinction at the hands of Russian fur hunters in the early-1800s. An onboard naturalist will explain the workings of this remarkable ecosystem throughout the tour.

    Your waterjet-driven tour vessel has been specially-designed to navigate Southeast Alaska's narrow island passages and open bays, and offers spectacular wildlife viewing at close range. Each vessel features a warm and comfortable cabin with enclosed seating, large windows, a snack bar and restrooms. During your cruise, you may visit the topside Observation Deck for breathtaking views and photo opportunities. Binoculars, a souvenir route guide, complimentary snacks and beverages will be provided.

    Please note: The operators of this excursion guarantee that you will be able to view sea otters, a whale or a bear, or receive $100 cash as you disembark the vessel. This tour operates in all weather conditions. Guests are advised to dress warmly in layers, and bring a rainproof jacket to wear on the Observation Deck. This tour cannot accommodate persons who are completely unable to walk. Participants must negotiate 3-4 steps with non-lifting assistance to embark & disembark the catamaran.

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  • Executive Collection Private Tour

    This unique excursion explores the historical highlights of this former "Russian" capital city and includes a tour through the Alaska Raptor Center.

    Begin your tour with a scenic PRIVATE VAN tour along Sitka’s roadways. Visit the Sitka National Historical Park, where the 1804 "Battle of Alaska", was fought. The park hosts totem lined trails, cultural exhibits and carving rooms where native Alaskan artisans demonstrate their totemic art form. Time may be spent walking the forest trail, viewing cultural exhibits and video presentation, or talking with local native artists about their cultural art form.

    Next, your guide will drive you to the Alaska Raptor Center. This Bald Eagle Center operates with bird care professionals assisted by volunteers to rescue birds, provide them with rehabilitative care and hopefully release them back into the wild. After your introduction to the center, a presentation with one of the Center's educational birds will take place. Time will be available to view the flight center, clinic window, outside deck habitat areas and gift shop. (NOT A PRIVATE VISIT)

    Re-board your PRIVATE VAN and travel by Castle Hill, site of the 1867 land transfer ceremony. Upon conclusion of the drive you will make the final stop at St. Michael's Cathedral and view original Icon Artwork dating back to the early 16th Century. The Cathedral is the mother cathedral for orthodoxy for all of America. After the church you may return to the pier or disembark on the main street to shop and be returned by a shuttle coach.

    Please note: This tour involves walking of up to 1 mile (approximately 1 1/2 hours). The order of sites visited may be reversed.

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  • Executive Collection Private Boat

    An amazing vessel and knowledgeable captain are at your command for a wide choice of activities featuring a stunning variety of wildlife and soul-stirring coastal scenery. You choose the activity and the pace of your unique marine adventure as you indulge your senses and imagination on Sitka Sound's pristine, island-studded waters.

    Wildlife is plentiful here, and your captain has a profound knowledge of the preferred habitats and movement of whales, sea otters, sea lions, porpoise, seals, brown bears and bald eagles. He also knows the best places to explore and photograph awe-inspiring volcanic formations, glacier-carved peaks, secluded passages and other natural wonders. Weather permitting, you may wish to circumnavigate the rugged coast of St. Lazaria National Wildlife Refuge • breeding grounds for thousands of seabirds, including puffins, auklets and murres.

    An expert naturalist will accompany you if you opt to go ashore on remote islands to beachcomb, explore tide pools, or just savor the peacefulness of an untouched place. Your vessel is a 30-foot, expedition-style catamaran with a spacious, heated cabin, equipped with deluxe seating, a restroom and galley. Viewing opportunities are facilitated by large wrap-around windows and an expansive open-air deck, along with a special bow-landing door to allow easy beach access.

    ACCESSIBILITY: Access to vessel requires walking approximately 100-yards and ability to negotiate 2-3 boarding steps with only minor assistance. Vessel doorways and restroom are not wheelchair accessible.

    SPECIAL NOTES: Dress warmly in layers, and wear sturdy footgear if you are planning to go ashore. Rain poncho, binoculars, snacks and beverages are provided. Bring your camera. Maximum capacity is 6 guests. Only one person in the party purchases the ticket to reserve use of this private vessel.

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  • Russian America and Raptor Center

    This unique excursion explores the historical highlights of this former "Russian" capital city and includes a tour through the Alaska Raptor Center.

    Begin your tour with a scenic motorcoach tour along Sitka’s roadways. Visit the Sitka National Historical Park, where the 1804 "Battle of Alaska", was fought. The park hosts totem lined trails, cultural exhibits and carving rooms where native Alaskan artisans demonstrate their totemic art form. Time may be spent walking the forest trail, viewing cultural exhibits and video presentation, or talking with local native artists about their cultural art form.

    Next, your guide will drive you to the Alaska Raptor Center. This Bald Eagle Center operates with bird care professionals assisted by volunteers to rescue birds, provide them with rehabilitative care and hopefully release them back into the wild. After your introduction to the center, a presentation with one of the Center's educational birds will take place. Time will be available to view the flight center, clinic window, outside deck habitat areas and gift shop.

    Reboard your motorcoach and travel by Castle Hill, site of the 1867 land transfer ceremony. Upon conclusion of the drive you will make the final stop at St. Michael's Cathedral and view original Icon Artwork dating back to the early 16th Century. The Cathedral is the mother cathedral for orthodoxy for all of America. After the church you may return to the pier or disembark on the main street to shop and be returned by a shuttle coach.

    Please note: This tour involves walking of up to 1 mile (approximately 1 1/2 hours). The order of sites visited may be reversed.

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  • Sitkas Historical Floathouse and Boat Cruise

    Cruise the pristine waters off Sitka, admiring the impressive scenery while the guide offers all sorts of fascinating facts about the local history, wildlife and floathouse that you will visit.

    After departing from the pier, you will soon settle into a boat designed for optimal sightseeing and cruise into the passages and bays near Sitka. Along the way, the guide will provide entertaining commentary about local history and wildlife, all of which will enhance your appreciation of the pristine, wonderfully picturesque area.

    One of the most fascinating topics is how Sitka served as the capital of Russian America until 1867, when the United States purchased Alaska. You may also hear about Sitka’s cultural history. Once known as the “Paris of the Pacific,” Sitka claims to have had the first opera house, performing arts theater and grand piano on North America’s west coast.

    Wildlife thrives around Sitka and while there is no telling what you will see while cruising, you can expect to be impressed. You might gaze up and see bald eagles soaring overhead. Sea otters, sea lions and seals typically frolic near the rocky coast, and whales often breach the water’s surface in a magnificent display of size and power. Don’t forget toscan the forest edge for brown bears and black-tailed deer.

    Before returning to the pier, a short stop will be made at a floathouse in Camp Coogan Bay, which was named in the 1870s for a soldier who established a wood-cutting camp in the surrounding wilderness.

    Note: Guests must be mobile enough to walk the dock ramp and board a boat. Restrooms are available prior to departure. Weight max 250 lbs. Minimum age is 7 years, maximum weight is 250 lbs. There are no height restrictions however there are some low ceilings in the floathouse at 6"2".

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  • Sea Otters, Raptors and Bears-Oh My!

    Observe many of Alaska’s most iconic animals by cruising the surrounding waters, visiting a center for injured birds of prey, and touring a facility for rescued bears.

    After boarding a deluxe catamaran at the pier, you will spend the next three hours or so viewing the indigenous wildlife in the passages and bays near Sitka. The conditions are ideal for supporting a variety of animals, and sightings are frequent wherever you look.

    You might gaze up to see bald eagles soaring overhead. Whales often breach the water’s surface in a magnificent display of size and power. Sea otters, sea lions and seals typically frolic near the rocky coast. You might also scan the forest edge for brown bears and black-tailed deer. A naturalist will be on board to explain the workings of this remarkable ecosystem as your skilled Captain maneuvers the vessel to provide the best-possible views.

    Following your viewing adventure at sea, you will drive to the nearby Alaska Raptor Center, where injured birds of prey receive medical treatment in hopes of releasing them back into the wild. A wildlife interpreter will guide you through the Bald Eagle Flight Building, and introduce you to some of the “raptors in residence” perched in outdoor habitats. Afterwards, you’ll have some time to explore the river trail and enjoy interactive exhibits.

    Your adventure continues with a narrated drive along a winding, coastal road to visit the Fortress of the Bear rescue facility at Silver Bay. Here, you can view and photograph brown bears up-close from a raised platform, and learn about an Alaskan family’s dream: offering a life-saving alternative for bears caught in conflict with their human neighbors. Following your visit, you will transfer back to the pier.

    Please note: This tour includes approximately 90 minutes of easy walking. There will be steps to negotiate to board and disembark the vessel and the coach. The tour is available to wheelchair guests who have a collapsible wheelchair, are able to make their own way on and off the vessel and coach, and have an able-bodied companion to assist them. Electric wheelchairs and scooters are not permitted. Wheelchair guests must advise the Destination Services Desk on embarkation that they will be participating in this tour as arrangements must be made with the vessel operator to accommodate. Those with walking difficulties are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Warm, layered clothing to include a rain-proof jacket; cap; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

    The cruise portion of this tour guarantees you will observe sea otters, a whale or a bear. If not, you'll receive a $100 cash refund as you disembark the Sea Otter & Wildlife Quest vessel.

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  • Taste of Sitka

    Your adventure begins with narrated coach ride to the Sitka National Historical Park. Site of the 1804 Battle of Alaska, the park boasts a delightful array of historic Tlingit and Russian cultural exhibits. In addition, discover fascinating totem exhibits and see native craftsmen working their traditional totemic art forms.

    Next, enjoy a stop at the Sitka Sound Science Center. Learn from the guide as they tell you about the commercial fishing industry in Sitka and how the hatchery keeps it alive. See the incubation and nursery. Touch and see the creatures of the sea that call Sitka Sound home.

    Reboard the motor coach to the Baranof Island Brewery where you get to sample both microbrew and Wild Alaskan Salmon. Watch the Brewery process happening behind the glass while a guide talks to you about how the beer is made from start to finish. Have a taste of Alaska Salmon while you sample the microbrew beig brewed onsite! Please note: Order of operations may vary due to scheduling. At the end of the tour, all guests will be dropped off in town to explore Sitka on their own. A shuttle runs every 10 minutes back to the pier when the ship is docked.

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  • Salmon Sportfishing

    Relax and unwind on Sitka's beautiful coastal waters during this half-day salmon-fishing excursion.

    Depart the pier with your guide aboard a comfortable, fully-equipped, 24-27-foot cabin cruiser. The cabins are heated, and equipped with curtained marine heads, or port-a-potties, located in the V-berth. Fishing will be performed via trolling by downrigger, the most common practice on sport-fishing excursions. Rods will be placed in holders and lowered to specific depths. After the fish have been hooked, participants will take the rod on a rotating basis in order to land the fish.

    If you wish, your catch can be processed locally and shipped to your home for an additional charge (only U.S. dollars and credit cards will be accepted).

    During your 3-hour fishing session, all necessary equipment, bait, tackle, rain gear, light snacks, and beverages will be provided. At the conclusion of your tour, you will be returned to the pier.

    Please note: Each boat will accommodate up to six guests. There is no outside seating, only 2 benches inside the cabin. This tour includes approximately 3 hours of actual fishing time. Rubber-soled or deck shoes must be worn on the boat. Dress warmly in layers. Bring cash for your fishing license ($20 for the one-day, non-resident license, and an additional $10 for the required king salmon tag during king salmon season, payable in cash only). Guests subject to seasickness should take proper precautions.

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  • Best of Sitka

    This unique Alaska excursion explores the historical highlights of this former "Russian" capital city and includes a wildlife tour through the Alaska Raptor Center. The Raptor Center operates with bird care professionals assisted by volunteers to rescue birds, provide them with rehabilitative care and hopefully release them back into the wild. After your introduction to the center, a presentation with one of the Center's educational birds will take place. Time will be available to view the flight center, clinic window, outside deck habitat areas and gift shop.

    Next, you'll visit the Sitka National Historical Park, where the 1804 "Battle of Alaska", was fought. The park hosts totem lined trails, cultural exhibits and carving rooms where native Alaskan artisans demonstrate their totemic art form. Walk the nature trail, view cultural exhibits and video presentation, or talk with local native artists about their cultural art form.

    The final stop is visiting the Fortress of the Bears, which allows you to get within 25 feet of Alaska’s brown and black bears in a naturalized setting. You will enjoy observing 3 populations of bears from a covered viewing platform and interact with an experienced naturalist.the ship.

    Please note: The order of sites visited may be reversed. At the end of your tour you will be dropped off in town to continue to explore Sitka on your own. There is a shuttle service that operates every 10 minutes to return you to your ship.

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  • Jet-Cat Wildlife Quest and Beach Exploration

    Alaska's diverse marine and wildlife are yours to discover during this intimate wildlife-viewing adventure aboard a deluxe expedition-style catamaran, and a visit to a remote island.

    Depart the pier aboard a catamaran for a cruise along Sitka Sound's rugged coastline. Your captain will use his understanding of tides, weather and seasonal changes to design an expedition uniquely-suited to the day. The high speed and maneuverability of your catamaran will allow you to explore areas unreachable by conventional boat, and witness the very best of Sitka Sound's marine and coastal wildlife.

    During your ride, you may see whales, sea otters, puffins, brown bears and other diverse species that thrive in this pristine environment. As animals are sighted, the captain will skillfully maneuver the vessel to provide optimal viewing, and your naturalist guide will explain their fascinating life cycles and behavior. You can take in this encounter from the comfort of the window-lined cabin, or indulge all of your senses by experiencing it from the open deck.

    Next, you will step ashore on a remote island to explore colorful tide pools, trace the meandering tracks of wildlife, or settle on a giant beach log and take in the splendid beauty of your surroundings. While beachcombing, keep your eyes peeled for Japanese fishing floats and other exotic flotsam. Enjoy a complimentary gourmet snack as you "fly" back to Sitka in catamaran comfort, including full restroom and mini-galley.

    PLEASE NOTE: This tour involves up to a half-mile of hiking over wet, rocky and uneven terrain. This tour is recommended for guests in good physical condition. The minimum age to participate on this tour is 6 years old. Dress warmly in layers, and wear sturdy, closed-toe footgear. Rain poncho, binoculars, snacks and beverages are provided. This tour operates in all weather conditions.

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  • Tongass Rainforest Nature Hike

    Discover the diverse flora, fauna and history of the world's largest temperate rainforest during this memorable hike in the Tongass National Forest.

    This tour has been recommended by Jean-Michel Cousteau's Ocean Futures Society based on its philosophy that guided experiences in nature should inspire people, young and old, to act responsibly for the protection of our planet's vital ecosystems.

    Depart the pier for the transfer to the Starrigavin Trailhead. The trail climbs to and crosses a muskeg area, then descends to the Starrigavin Estuary. From here, you will take a guided walking tour to Starrigavin Creek, a seasonal spawning ground for salmon.

    Next, you will reach a boardwalk, then proceed to a viewing area overlooking the estuary. The second half of your tour will commence along the trailhead and into the headlands before descending to Mosquito Cove, a small cove on the ocean.

    Following your visit at Mosquito Cove, you will continue on the loop, return to the Starrigavin Trailhead pick-up spot and re-board your bus for the return drive to the pier.

    PLEASE NOTE: This tour includes a potential 4-mile hike. Each group sets their pace and may hike 2-4 miles. The hike inlcudes some steep climbing over uneven surfaces. The hike gains some elevation, approximately 300 feet at the highest point, but is mostly along a level maintained boardwalk and gravel path. This tour is recommended for guests in good physical condition. This non-smoking tour operates in all weather conditions. A rain poncho will be provided (if needed). The minimum age to participate on this tour is ten years old; children must be accompanied by a parent. Guests are advised to wear comfortable clothing with hiking shoes or boots.

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  • Historic Sitka and Nature Walk

    Discover Sitka's fascinating history and natural beauty on foot during this scenic walking tour of the city, and a nature walk at the Sitka National Historical Park.

    Depart the pier for a scenic motorcoach tour enroute to the Alaska Raptor Center. At the Raptor Center, you will encounter the swamp-like muskeg soil and alpine meadow where most of Alaska's bird, plant and wild berries thrive.

    You will then explore and photograph the Raptor Center's open bird habitat and new Eagle Flight Center, home to bald eagles, owls, hawks and other birds of prey. During your visit, the staff will explain the Raptor Center's mission and answer questions.

    Next, you will begin your guided walk into Sitka National Historical Park, where walking trails lined with authentic totem poles will guide you through the lush Tongass National Forest. As you cross the bridge at Indian River where salmon spawn in the late-summer, you will learn about the rain forest ecosystem, and local plant and animal life.

    You will continue to walk along the harbor's shoreline to visit St. Michael's Russian Orthodox Cathedral and the Russian Bishop's House. However, a visit inside the Bishop's House is not included in the walk. Along the way, you will see many Victorian-style homes and ornate churches before passing Sheldon Jackson College, home to James Michener during the writing of his book, Alaska.

    Your tour will conclude with a transfer back to the pier. If you wish to explore more of Sitka, you can choose to stay downtown and take a free shuttle back to the pier later.

    Please note: The tour involves 3 miles of walking over uneven ground, trails and stairways at a steady pace. Guests are advised to dress warmly in layers, and wear sturdy closed-toe walking shoes. An admission ticket will be provided to visit St. Michael's Cathedral on your own after the tour. The order of sites visited may be reversed.

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  • Artist Walk - Hot Italian Glass

    Browse the fine art galleries of Sitka and watch the locals create imaginative works of art in silver, wood, ceramic and even glass.

    After departing from the pier, you will soon arrive in Sitka’s cultural district, where the fine arts have long been celebrated. Once known as the “Paris of the Pacific,” Sitka claims to have had the first opera house, performing arts theater and grand piano on North America’s west coast. Today, Sitka still zealously supports its artists.

    Another popular medium in Sitka is glass. While their techniques may be similar to those used in the glass factories on the Venetian island of Murano, the Sitka artists create their works in kilns not roaring furnaces.

    You will be able to watch them twist and stretch the hot glass into highly detailed canes and rods like those produced in Italy. If you feel inspired to work with glass yourself, feel free. The artist will happily show you how to get started. During your visit you will also have the opportunity to purchase pieces made by local artists. All artists are local individuals inspired by the natural beauty that is Sitka. This wonderful gallery is focused on bringing the outside, inside and you will find many unique, yet organic pieces all inspired by the outdoors. Afterwards, you will return to the pier.

    Please note: This tour is conducted on foot and includes approximately 90 minutes of guided easy to moderate walking. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and those with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Layered cotton clothing and sun glasses are recommended. Sturdy, flat shoes with a closed-toe are required.

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  • Brewery and Deluxe Raptor Experience

    During this tour created exclusively for the Craft Beer Spotlight Cruise, you will gain two different perspectives of Sitka; one at a center that rehabilitates injured raptors, the other at a brewery where you will sample beers that pair well with your salmon lunch.

    After departing from the pier, you will soon arrive at the Alaska Raptor Center, a facility that rehabilitates injured birds of prey in hopes of successfully releasing them back into the wild. While touring the avian center, you can expect to see bald eagles, owls, hawks and falcons in various stages of rehabilitation.

    You will also enjoy a behind-the-scenes look at the flight-training center where bald eagles try to regain their strength, stamina and ability to fly before they “graduate.” While hidden from the birds’ view in the specially designed viewing corridor, you will watch them fly from tree to tree, preen their feathers and even pluck salmon from a manmade waterway. It will be inspiring to learn how many of these symbols of America are completely rehabilitated.

    Next, you will visit nearby Baranof Island Brewery, the sole brewery in Sitka. Because water is such a key ingredient in brewing, Baranof Island only uses water from pristine Blue Lake, which is fed by rain, melting snow and glacial runoff.

    You should be able to taste the difference by sampling several beers while dining on a lunch of wild Alaskan salmon. The beer selection may include a bold red ale, a crisp pale ale or a Hefeweizen brewed in a traditional manner with mostly wheat malt.

    Please Note: This tour includes approximately 2½ hours of walking, on some uneven surfaces. Guests are advised to wear layered clothing, comfortable walking shoes, and light rain jacket.

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  • Taste of Sitka

    Discover fascinating aspects of the native wildlife and local culture at a science center and national park, and then return to Sitka to sample a selection of local craft beers.

    After departing from the pier, you will soon arrive at the Sitka Sound Science Center, which includes a fish hatchery and an aquarium full of marine creatures indigenous to these waters. It’s an ideal environment to learn about sea lions, harbor seals, sea anemones and giant octopus. You may even touch some fascinating marine creatures in the nursery.

    For a different perspective of Alaskan life, you will next visit the Sitka National Historical Park, the oldest national park in Alaska. Created in 1910 to commemorate the Battle of 1804 between the Tlingits and the Russians, the park presents the local culture through exhibits, historical photographs, and totem poles carved by native first people such as the Tlingits.

    The 20 totem poles may well be the highlight, as some of them are more than 100 years old. Alaska’s first governor, John Brady originally gathered the poles to promote Alaska at the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis. The totems are highly symbolic and never fail to fascinate.

    Following your historical immersion, you will head to the Baranof Island Brewing Company for a light salmon meal and beer tasting. Although the craft beers at the microbrewery change periodically, you might sample crisp pale ale, a strong stout and perhaps a hoppy IPA before returning to the pier.

    Please Note: This tour includes approximately 2 hours of walking and 28 steps. It is not available to wheelchair guests and those guests with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of ability and stamina. Guests are advised to wear weather appropriate layered clothing and comfortable shoes.

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  • Wilderness Sea Kayaking Adventure

    Embrace the exceptional beauty of Sitka's pristine surroundings from a unique perspective during this memorable sea kayaking adventure.

    This tour has been recommended by Jean-Michel Cousteau's Ocean Futures Society based on its philosophy that guided experiences in nature should inspire people, young and old, to act responsibly for the protection of our planet's vital ecosystems.

    After meeting your guides on the pier, they will outfit you with your waterproof gear and life jacket. You will then embark a motorized, inflatable Seahawk craft for the transfer to the kayak base camp, which is tucked away in a picturesque cove. Here, you will receive your safety and kayaking instructions before embarking your two-person kayak. You will then be lead by your guides through the tranquil waterways in a group of four-six kayaks. Along the way, your guides will acquaint you with this area's spectacular marine environment.

    Afterward, you will return to the base camp for a hot beverage and snack before being transferred back to the pier.

    PLEASE NOTE: This tour includes approximately 1 hour of kayaking, and is recommended for guests in good physical condition. Guests will be required to sign a waiver in order to participate on this tour. Children must be at least six years old in order to fit into the required life jacket. Each guest will be assigned a life jacket, which must be worn throughout the tour. Due to insurance liability, only life jackets provided by the tour operator will be permitted on this tour. Raingear will also be provided (if needed). Minimum weight: 40lbs and Maximum weight: 250lbs.

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  • Sitka Cycling and Forest Walk

    Explore a side of Sitka rarely experienced by visitors during this unique and exhilarating cycling tour and forest walk. This tour has been recommended by Jean-Michel Cousteau's Ocean Futures Society based on its philosophy that guided experiences in nature should inspire people, young and old, to act responsibly for the protection of our planet's vital ecosystems.

    From the pier, you are transported by motor coach to the south-end of Sitka's road system. After receiving your safety and riding instructions, you will don your helmet and begin your bicycling adventure in Sitka. As you breathe in the crisp, clean outdoor air, your guides will lead you on a bike tour and inform you about Sitka's local history, current events and natural beauty. En route, you will also take in spectacular views and photo opportunities of the Pacific Ocean, Silver Bay and the mountainous backdrop.

    This tour also includes a hike where you can enjoy the temperate rainforest, the beautiful landscape, and a waterfall. The hike is approximately 1 – 2 miles, depending on the pace set by the group. At the conclusion of your tour, you will be transferred back to the pier.

    Please note: This tour involves a gently rolling, 4-mile bicycle ride, and a total of 1-2 miles of hiking and walking. This tour is recommended for guests that are in good physical condition, and able to ride a bike. All riders will be required to wear the provided helmet. Raingear will also be provided (if needed). Guests are advised to wear comfortable clothing and sturdy, closed-toe walking shoes. Participants must be at least ten years old, at least 4' 10" tall and accompanied by a parent if under the age of 18. This non-smoking tour operates in all weather conditions.

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  • Advanced Bike Trip

    Embrace the beauty of Alaska's scenic natural terrain in an exhilarating new way during this memorable bicycle tour of Sitka.

    This tour has been recommended by Jean-Michel Cousteau's Ocean Futures Society based on its philosophy that guided experiences in nature should inspire people, young and old, to act responsibly for the protection of our planet's vital ecosystems.

    Depart directly from the cruise ship pier for a 18-26 mile ride on a combination of biking trails, mountain roads, and along the coastal road. A light lunch is provided and guest will stop for a break approximately half-way through the ride to enjoy the scenery and have a light snack. Take in beautiful mountain and ocean views during your exploration and see parts of Sitka most visitors do not get to see. Raingear (pants and jacket), a helmet, a complimentary water bottle, a candy bar and a light snack will be provided.

    Please note: This 4-hour, dock-to-dock tour departs from downtown Sitka, and is only recommended for advanced, physically-fit bikers capable of riding between 16 and 23 miles with an elevation gain of over 800 feet. All riders must wear helmets, and attend a safety briefing. The ride is performed using 21-speed TREK Mountain bikes with front shocks. Dress comfortably, and wear sturdy shoes. Participants must be at least 16 years old and 4'10" in height. Minors must be accompanied by an adult parent to participate on this tour.

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  • Ocean Raft Adventures

    Experience Sitka's picturesque coast in a unique new way during this exciting and memorable ocean rafting adventure.

    After being outfitted with state-of-the-art gear that includes a Coast Guard-styled exposure suit, balaclava, safety glasses and gloves, you will embark your Adventure Raft 1(AR1) for an exhilarating ocean excursion. Specially-designed straddle seats offer comfortable and secure seating for your exciting trip. As you proceed offshore, you will fly over ocean swells at speeds up to 50 m.p.h., and feel blasts of fresh air in the open seating of the AR1.

    Along the way, seabirds will glide by as you take in the sights, sounds and smells of the ocean. Keep your eyes peeled for a glimpse of whales and sea otters en route to the ravaged volcanic coastline of Kruzof Island. While exploring this coastline, you will have an opportunity to get up-close to the towering cliffs where sea birds nest and fly into volcanic sea caves. At opportune times, the captain will stop the boat and shut down the engine to enable you to hear the surf crashing off of volcanic cliffs, the songs of nesting seabirds or the sound of whales breathing. Following your ocean rafting adventure, you will be returned to the pier.

    Please note: This tour includes limited walking; however, guests must be in good physical condition and able to take a high step to enter raft. The tour is very bumpy and has hard turns and jolts, not recommended for pregnant women, those with back, neck, hip joint problems or those who are prone to motion sickness. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests or those with mobility concerns. The minimum age to participate is 9 years old and the maximum allowable weight is 350 lbs or able to fit a xxx large exposure suit. Gear includes a balaclava hood, glasses, gloves and a cold weather flotation suit. Guests are advised to wear warm clothing and good sturdy shoes. There is the possibility you will get wet. The tour route may vary dependent on the prevailing weather conditions.

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  • Alaska 4x4 Nature Safari

    Embrace the scenic natural beauty of the Alaskan wilderness during this exclusive off-road adventure on Kruzof Island.

    After boarding your skiff boat, you will have a rare opportunity to experience the Alaskan wilderness during a picturesque 45-minute ride through the scenic islands and channels of Sitka Sound. Along the way, your captain will discuss your surroundings, and help you spot marine life that may include whales, seals, sea otters and sea birds.

    Upon landing on Kruzof Island, you will be met by your guides, receive your safety and driving instructions, then board your two-person Yamaha RHINO off-road vehicle. Your guides will then lead your group on an exhilarating ride through Southeast Alaska's lush temperate rainforest. Your first stop will be at the Iris Meadows Estuary. The meadow is filled with Alaska's beautiful vegetation and wild flowers, and is a great place to look for Alaskan brown bears and Sitka black tail deer; both are common to the area.

    Following your visit, you will re-board your ATV for the ride to the boat landing, and a transfer back into town. Upon returning to Sitka, you will re-board your van for the return drive to the pier.

    Please note: As this tour involves travel over bumpy surfaces, guests with back and/or neck problems and guests with limited mobility are discouraged from participating. Participation on this tour will be limited to a small number of guests. Guests are advised to dress warmly in layers, and wear clothing they won't mind getting wet and muddy. The minimum age to participate on this tour is 9 years old; minors must be accompanied by a parent. Binoculars, helmet, and a rain poncho or raingear will be provided. For insurance purposes, each driving participant must present a valid driver's license and be at least 21 years of age. Guests will be required to sign a waiver in order to participate in this excursion.

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  • Sitkas Great Hiking Adventure

    Cruise to a trailhead in America’s largest national forest and then hike to a pristine lake, where you may kayak, fish or do nothing more ambitious than relax around the campfire.

    After departing from the pier, you will enjoy an immensely scenic boat ride of about five miles to Camp Coogan Bay, a waterway off Sitka Sound. The bay was named in the 1870s for a soldier who established a wood-cutting camp in the surrounding wilderness.

    After gathering some additional gear at a floathouse on the bay, you will continue cruising to a trailhead that offers easy access into the Tongass National Forest. The nation’s largest national forest and the world’s largest intact rainforest, Tongass is a pristine wonderland.

    You can expect to hike under a canopy of towering hemlock, spruce and cedar trees that shade an understory of evergreens. Along the way, the guide will point out the most interesting flora and fauna and describe their roles in the ecosystem. Devil’s Club thrives in this area and the indigenous people have long used the plant for its medicinal qualities.

    In time, you will hike past a waterfall and boggy land known as muskeg, eventually arriving at a pristine mountain lake. It will be a serene setting to enjoy free time, during which you might kayak, fish or simply gather around the crackling campfire. Few places are as peaceful and majestic as the Tongass National Forest, an area that president and avid outdoorsman Theodore Roosevelt first protected in 1902.

    Note: No heavy perfume or cologne allowed. Hiking is on natural trails, some steep, sometimes muddy and slippery. Hiking at least 45 minutes each way. Participants must be able bodies, active and mobile. Wear layered clothing. Restrooms are available prior to departure. Boots, raingear, backpacks and a snack lunch provided. Minimum age is 7 years, maximum weight is 250 lbs. There are no height restrictions however there are some low ceilings in the floathouse at 6"2".

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