Design Your Own Sitka Day Trip

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An Intimate Exploration of Sitka!

Nestled at the foot of magnificent glacial carved mountains facing the Pacific Island, Sitka’s community-rich culture and history are reflected throughout the town and its beautiful attractions. Get up close to the wildlife of Sitka Sound and enhance your knowledge of the Alaskan Native cultures that have called this land home for generations on a 3 hour personalized adventure in this classic Alaskan port-of-call.

Choose how you want to experience Sitka!

Day 1

Step off your cruise ship into Sitka, an Alaska town with a colorful past highlighting a unique blend of Native Tlingit culture and Russian history.  Meet your private driver/guide and set off in search of Sitka’s best highlights, tailored to what you enjoy most!

YOUR OPTIONS INCLUDE:

Visit the Alaska Raptor Center

The Alaska Raptor Center is a rescue center that provides medical treatment to around 200 injured birds per year. The Center strives to rehabilitate and release the birds, but some may stay at the center in the Raptors-in-Residence program. After a brief introduction, you’ll receive a educational presentation featuring one of the Center’s birds. Afterwards, view the Flight Center, Raptor Clinic and outside deck habitat areas.

Explore Sitka National Historic Park

Sitka National Historical Park hosts totem-lined walking trails, cultural exhibits, and carving rooms where Alaskan Native artisans demonstrate the totemic art form. Time may be spent walking the forest trails, viewing cultural exhibits and video presentations, or talking one-on-one with local Native artists about their cultural art forms.

Visit St. Michael’s Orthodox Cathedral

St. Michael’s Orthodox Cathedral is a National Historic Landmark, established in 1848. Prior to becoming the 49th state of the United States, Alaska was colonized by Russia, who utilized Sitka as a trading post. As the Russian presence grew, the missionary Bishop Innocent constructed this cathedral, the first of its kind in North America.

Visit Russian Bishop’s House

The Russian Bishop’s House is a historic house, museum, and is another National Historic Landmark. This restored building which was once the Russian Mission Orphanage offers guests a look back into the history of Sitka and a chance to understand what it was like to live in Sitka during the Russian-American era.

Relive History & Discover Culture at the SE Alaska Indian Cultural Center

Learn the history and culture of the Native Sitka Tlingit community at the Southeast Alaska Indian Cultural Center. The exhibits housed here offer insight into the contention between the Russians and the Tlingits and how the Tlingits have struggled to retain their identity and culture. Speak with one of the Native artists while they work to learn more about the techniques passed down through generations.

Meet Bear Orphans at Fortress of the Bear

Bears have ruled Alaska long before fishermen, gold miners, or cruise ships arrived. As their territory has diminished, more and more bear cubs have become orphaned and sick. Fortress of the Bear is a safe haven for orphaned bears; the staff is dedicated to rescuing cubs, bringing them back to health, and providing a long life full of enrichment. Their hope is to, one day, release rehabilitated bears back into the wild.

Amenities, nearby adventures and more...

  • Meet and greet at the cruise terminal
  • Privately guided tour with roundtrip transportation
  • Admission to any pre-selected attractions

Customize your adventure

Visit the Alaska Raptor Center

Stop for a visit at the Alaska Raptor Center to get up-close to the rescued birds of prey.

Visit Fortress of the Bear

Visit Fortress of the Bear to learn about the resident bears and the center’s rescue and rehabilitation program.

Explore Sitka National Historic Park

Take time to explore the Sitka National Historic Park.

Visit St. Michael's Orthodox Cathedral

Visit the St. Michael’s Orthodox Cathedral to learn more about the Russian influence in Sitka.

Visit the Russian Bishop's House

Visit the Russian Bishop’s House to learn about life in Sitka during the Russian occupation.

Visit the Alaska Indian Cultural Center

Learn more about the Tlingit community of Sitka at the Alaska Indian Cultural Center.

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